The weather in Vancouver might be cooling off a touch, but the fun isn’t! The city becomes a little more laidback as the summer crowds dissipate, making it even easier to explore Vancouver. We’ve rounded up four of our top picks for September fun, with a little bit of something for everyone!
Vancouver Fringe Festival
September 5 – 15
Vancouver Fringe Festival takes its “everyone is welcome” approach seriously – mainstage shows are drawn out of a hat, meaning that veterans and newcomers have an equal chance of making it. All box office revenues go to the artists, and the 700+ performances will attract an audience of around 40,000 who get to experience independent theatre that pushes boundaries.
Bike the Night
Part ride, part parade, part mobile party, Bike the Night rolls through downtown taking back the streets! Starting and finishing at Sunset Beach—a short pedal from The Burrard—5,000 participants (many in costume) will cycle 10 kilometres around the city on car-free roads, taking in the sights after dusk. But before hopping in the saddle, everyone gets to warm up with a pre-ride festival with music, food trucks, games and giveaways.
Westward Music Festival
September 12 – 15
A multi-venue, multi-genre music festival held in and around downtown Vancouver and Mount Pleasant, Westward Music Festival brings together over 100 artists performing everything from electro-soul to new-folk, hip-hop and punk rock. Along with shows at the Vogue, Rickshaw, Biltmore and Fox Cabaret (among other venues), there’s a free Yaletown Street Party on both the Friday night and the Saturday.
Poutine with Purpose – Vancouver
September 27 – October 5
Bringing together fries, cheese curds, gravy, and social enterprise, the Poutine with Purpose event is coming to Vancouver for the first time. Restaurants around the city will come up with their take on this Quebec classic, and for each poutine ordered, a youth in need is provided with a healthy meal thanks to charity partner, Mealshare. This is probably not for poutine-purists, but the rest of us will have fun with options that might incorporate sushi, breakfast and even dessert!
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Feature Image: Bike the Night: HUB Facebook page, courtesy of MEC
Vancouver Fringe Festival performance: Yelena Markova
Bike the Night: by Simon Yoon, via the HUB Facebook page
Missy D: Westward Music Festival website
Poutine from the Beltliner in Calgary: Poutine for Purpose’s Instagram page