This weekend is jam-packed with all sorts of great fall family fun! Experience a rainforest by night, take a tree tour or two, or learn all about fossils. Culture Days celebrations are happening throughout Metro Vancouver — you can enjoy free family-friendly activities like mural painting, arts and crafts, and dance performances. Check out the annual Mushtari Begum Festival in New West, swing by the grand opening of the Museum of Surrey, then cap the weekend off with a visit to PumpkinFest in West Vancouver. Looking for more family-friendly fun? Check out our round-up of September events.
Friday, September 28th – Sunday, September 30th, various locations around Metro Vancouver + beyond
Millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations, and municipalities in communities across Canada. From Nunavut to New Brunswick, and from British Columbia to Baffin Island – and all points in between – we share all the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture. Visit the website to find an awesome event near you.
Rainforest by Night
Friday, September 28th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam
Experience a west coast rainforest beneath a full moon when owls, salamanders and beavers are active. Ages 6+. $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per child/youth/adult 65+.
Museum of Surrey Grand Opening
Saturday, September 29th, 11 am – 3 pm, Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Avenue, Surrey
Be among the first to play, laugh and explore Surrey’s very own museum. Check out Dinosaurs Unearthed, the TD Explore Zone and even the unveiling of the photo mural wall. While you are here, take in live performances by: Smile Band, Bobs and Lolo, Vancity Bhangra, and Aché Brasil. Other highlights include caricature artists, face painting, stilt walkers, onsite paleontologists, Dr. Recycle and The Re-enactors.
ArtStarts on Saturdays & ArtStarts at River Market: Wild Heart in Motion with Desirée Dawson
Saturday, September 29th, 11 am & 1 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, September 30th, 11 am & 1 pm, River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Desirée Dawson, Winner of the 2016 CBC Searchlight Contest, brings you a music-based workshop filled with exploration and creativity. Desirée’s journey with music has led her to a place she calls her Wild Heart space, where she is fully tapped into the flow of her creative spirit. Desirée finds that she can be at her most Wild Hearted when she’s having genuine connections with those around her and when she’s connecting and spending time with the beautiful traditional, ancestral and unceded coast Salish Territory that she lives and plays on. She believes that when our Wild Hearts are in motion, so much is possible. Come get into the flow of your own Wild Heart with movements of your body, voice, and words. All Ages.
Forest Elders and Giants
Saturday, September 29th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
There is wisdom in those that stand the test of time, and wisdom to gain from learning their ways. On National Forest Week, learn about Stanley Park’s ancient trees—elders that nourish the young, and giants that have towered over centuries of events.
Tree Tour with Egan Davis
Saturday, September 29th, 12 pm – 1:30 pm, UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Do you love trees? Join Egan Davis from UBC Botanical Garden on a campus tree walk. UBC has an outstanding collection of mature trees and Egan will take participants to see some of the campus’ hidden treasures. You will learn about tree identification tips, biogeographical details and hear anecdotal stories about the trees. If you like this tour, you may be interested in participating with the new citizen science group that will be collecting data for the UBC tree inventory project. Egan will also explain how you can be involved in this fun and informative tree walk.
7th Annual Mushtari Begum Festival
Saturday, September 29th, 6:30 pm, Massey Theatre, 735 8th Avenue, New Westminster
Once again, the Massey Theatre is filled with a mosaic of Indian classical music and dance and allows the audience to become immersed into the soothing and healing sounds of the Mushtari Begum Festival. Founded by two globally recognized New Westminster artists – Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha – the 7th annual iteration is Canada’s premier celebration of Indian classical music and dance.
Sunday, September 30th, 11 am – 4 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Learn about BC’s fascinating prehistoric past with real fossils displayed by the Vancouver Paleontological Society. Make fossil casts and fossil rubbings too. This event is for all ages.
Sunday, September 30th, 10 am – 3 pm, West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
PumpkinFest is back for the 8th Annual harvest community festival! Come and celebrate the harvest season at PumpkinFest—an old-fashioned, community-style day with family-friendly activities. Last year, over 5,000 people came together at the West Vancouver Community Centre under sunny skies to enjoy farm animals, old-fashioned games, artisan market, home, and harvest competition, watch police and firemen demonstrations, participate in free swimming, gymnastics and skating, enjoy local food vendors and listen to fantastic local talent.
Remember 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!