September traditionally marks the start of the arts and culture season, and this year is no different. Except, of course, it’s very different! The city’s festivals have adjusted to the current situation to keep us safe and healthy, while still providing us with the inspiration and hope that we need right now. Here are some of the things we’re most looking forward to doing in Vancouver this September.
Vancouver Mural Festival
Through September 7
One of our favourite art events of the year, Vancouver Mural Festival seems tailor-made for an open-air, safely-distanced experience. This year’s festival has expanded into nine neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver, with 60 new works, along with the murals painted over the past four editions of the festival. Along with walking tours, you can also enjoy live entertainment on the VMF Pop-Up Patio in Mount Pleasant each night.
Dine OutSide Vancouver
Through September 21
September 21 marks the last day of summer, but also the end of a month of amazing al fresco dining activities. Dine OutSide is the sister festival to January’s Dine Out Vancouver, and gives us plenty of open-air dining opportunities to get excited about, from fixed-price menus starting at $15, through to to-go picnic packs from your favourite restaurants. Make a night of it with our special overnight package with Burgoo, where you’ll dine out then sleep in!
Vancouver Fringe Festival
September 10 – 20
Vancouver Fringe Festival is back, and this year, we get to enjoy the weirdness through until December! To make it Covid-safe, the event is being broken into four chapters, the first of which will be over the regular Fringe dates in mid-September. The focus will be on local artists at a limited number of venues, with carefully spaced seating. Check the festival’s website in early September for the schedule and tickets.
“No Child” at Arts Club Theatre
September 24 – November 8
Launching their fall season, the Arts Club Theatre is resuming live audience productions with three shows, starting with No Child, the story of a substitute drama teacher at an underfunded school in the Bronx, with 16 characters portrayed by the one actor. Audiences at the BMO Theatre Centre are limited to 50 per performance, with two “line-up times” to reduce bottlenecks getting into the theatre.
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Feature Image: Vancouver Mural Festival walking tours: Gabriel Martins via Vancouver Mural Festival website
Fintan Magee’s mural: Connor McCracken via the Vancouver Mural Festival website
Dine OutSide: Tourism Vancouver / Jade Stone Photography
Vancouver Fringe Festival’s “Weird” character: Chris Ross and Kitty Cheung via Vancouver Fringe Festival website
No Child show artwork: Arts Club Theatre website