family friendly events in vancouver september 21-23

Family-Friendly Weekend Events in Metro Vancouver

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Fall is almost here – the days are becoming shorter and the weather is starting to change. Celebrate the beginning of autumn with a Wild Salmon parade, Fall Forest Frolic, Sukkot Festival, or Olde Harvest Fair. There are toonie skates, a gem and mineral show, and a spooky Ghost Town day in Port Moody too. Looking for more family-friendly fun? Check out our round-up of September events.

PARK(ing) Day
Friday, September 21st, 11 am – 8 pm, Robson Street between Burrard and Jervis, Vancouver
The City is partnering with the Robson Street Business Association and other community partners to participate in PARK(ing) Day, an international annual event where community members create their own pop-up parklets on street parking spots. This year, drop by Robson Street to witness the transformation of metered parking spaces into a pop-up parklet. PARK(ing) Day is a playful way to create temporary public seating, encourage creativity, and support a more fun a memorable city. It also invites new ideas for making streets and sidewalks better places for people.

Pro-D Day Toonie Skate
Friday, September 21st, 12 pm – 1:15 pm & 1:30 pm – 3 pm, Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, Coquitlam, Cost: $2
School’s out for the day in Coquitlam! Come skate for only a toonie. Admission includes skate and helmet rentals.

Wild Salmon Caravan Parade
Saturday, September 22nd, 10 am – 3:30 pm, Parade from Vancouver Art Gallery to Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver
Follow the Sockeye from the Salish Sea to Secwepemcul’ecw! The parade departs at 10 am sharp and travels from the Vancouver Art Gallery to the Roundhouse Community Centre. From 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, enjoy a Salmon Ceremony & Performances by Melawmen Collective, Just & more!

Fall Forest Frolic
Saturday, September 22nd, 10 am – 11:30 am, Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey
Find giant maple leaves, shuffle through leaf-littered trails and discover the secrets of the changing seasons with your child as summer gives way to fall. Ages 3-5. Must be accompanied by an adult. $4.50 per child

RiverFest: Inspired by the Fraser
Saturday, September 22nd, 11 am – 5 pm, Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
RiverFest 2018 returns for its 16th year! Presented by the Port of Vancouver, RiverFest is a FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day along the mighty Fraser River. The main festival day will take place on on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 11 am – 5 pm.

Olde Harvest Fair
Saturday, September 22nd, 11 am – 3 pm, Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Ring in fall like locals did for the first annual fall fair held in 1888! Celebrate the harvest with food, neighbourly competitions and music.

ArtStarts Explores: Using Music
Saturday, September 22nd, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
This month we will explore making our own dances. Oftentimes, we dance to music. Music can be really challenging to work with because it is so powerful! Come explore new ways of dancing to music and new kinds of music to dance to! Please note that we will be filming much of the session for use in part two of our gallery exhibition starting in October.

Gem and Mineral Show
Sunday, September 23rd, 11 am – 4 pm, Richmond Nature Park,11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
The Richmond Gem and Mineral Society present a display of gems and minerals; demos and interactive games.

Ioco Ghost Town Day
Sunday, September 23rd, 12 pm – 4 pm, Ioco Town Site, Ioco Road & 1st Avenue, Port Moody
Come down to the Ioco townsite to enjoy this very popular, annual festival. Enjoy 20+ local vendors and community organizations’ displays, as well as live music and entertainment, guided trolley tours of the townsite and more! Kids will also have a great time with many different games and activities, including pony rides. The Ioco Ghost Town Days festival is a favourite among Port Moody residents and a great way to spend time with family and friends out in the community. Exciting News, there will be a new ARTISTS AT WORK area on Ioco Road and 3rd Avenue! Stop by watch artists at work, they will also be exhibiting their art!

Sukkot Festival
Sunday, September 23rd, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Celebrate the Jewish Harvest Festival of Sukkot. Build and decorate the Sukkah, make crafts, sip hot apple cider, and listen to a Sukkot Story! The Sukkah will be standing throughout the week-long festival of Sukkot until September 30. All are welcome to visit! Location is outside at the north side of the centre.

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And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!

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