Things to Do in Vancouver – September 2023
Once we pass Labour Day, it might feel like summer is behind us, but it’s not officially over until the sun sets on September 22. And indeed, early September often offers some of the best sunny weather, which is why you’ll still find Vancouverites playing outside until at least October. With sunshine, smaller crowds, and still lots of fun to be had, September is a great time to visit our city. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Vancouver if you’re planning a September getaway.
Le Burger Week
September 1 – 14
Le Burger Week is back for its second year in Vancouver and we can’t wait to see what participating restaurants are flipping! Having started six years ago in Montreal, last year’s festival brought together 22 Vancouver restaurants from across the city to join the fray, offering a special burger creation for the event. Now spanning 14 days, this year we’re hoping for even more spots across the city to join in the patty-palooza. Check the website for participants and what they’ll be serving up.
Vancouver Fringe Festival
September 7 – 17
Always a good time, Vancouver Fringe Festival is the occasion to take a chance! Whether you’re getting tickets for an emerging artist you’ve never heard of, a show that pushes the boundaries, or maybe the kind of performance that you just wouldn’t ordinarily go for, the risk is mitigated by the fact that tickets start at just $15. With more than 85 acts spanning theatre, comedy, drag, spoken word and even “death-defying dance” (dare we ask?), you’re sure to find something to tempt you.
Light Up Chinatown!
September 9 & 10
Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the biggest in North America, and a highlight for many visitors to the city. Light Up Chinatown! is a free, two-day festival that shines the light on what makes this neighbourhood so unique, with live performances, walking tours, light displays and activities for all ages. Food comprises a big part of the celebrations, with local food trucks and vendors, along with restaurant collaborations such as Chinatown BBQ with Beaucoup Bakery, and Bao Bei Brasserie with The Boss Bakery & Restaurant.
Car Free Days
September 9, 16 and 24
Over three successive September weekends, Vancouver sees three neighbourhoods play host to Car Free Day celebrations. With traffic blocked between noon and 7 pm on festival day, these events offer a great chance to explore Commercial Drive (September 9), Main Street in Mount Pleasant (September 16) and the West End – Denman Street (September 24). Each celebration includes local vendors and artisans filling the streets, live music and performance, patios and picnic areas, and a whole lot of fun.
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Feature Image: False Creek looking north: Adi K via Pexels
Burger: Kolidzei / Getty Images
Tyson Bradley performing Stiff Upper Lip: Vancouver Fringe Festival website
Light Up Chinatown! Graphic: Vancouver Chinatown Foundation website
West End – Denman Car Free Day: Car Free Vancouver website