September is here and with it comes a ton of awesome family-friendly events and activities in Metro Vancouver. Celebrate the changing of seasons at a harvest festival, enjoy country fairs, and tons of outdoor autumnal fun. Take a bite out of a giant blueberry pie, gaze at fields of sunflowers, or head down to Vanier Park where you can still take in a show at Bard on the Beach (until September 28th, at least)! Take a look at our round-up and start planning some memorable family fun. If you like learning about great family-friendly activities happening in Metro Vancouver, make sure you sign up to receive our weekly emails.
Festivals & Fairs
Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
Opens August 22nd, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 9 am – 7 pm, 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Chilliwack Sunflower Festival is brought to you by the creators of Tulips of the Valley. They welcome you to explore over 5 acres of sunflowers in 17 different varieties. Get lost among the 3 acres of giant Mammoth sunflowers reaching up to 12 feet tall. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along one of the many paths through 1.5 acres of Suntastic Orange. Snap that perfect selfie in the 1-acre show garden displaying 15 different varieties of this gorgeous flower.
Campbell Valley Regional Park Celebrates the Best of Country Living
September 8th & 9th, 10 am – 4 pm, Campbell Valley Regional Park, 204th Street & 8th Avenue, Langley
Head out to Campbell Valley Regional Park in the Township of Langley and experience the charm of an old-fashioned country fair that combines nature, heritage, agriculture, and community. This fabulous fall tradition is back and more fun than ever with a variety of musicians and entertainers, nature interpretation, a giant straw maze, Kids Zone activities, Raku pottery workshops, live raptors and farm animals, and so much more! From perogies to mini donuts, choose from a variety of classic country fair food to fuel your day’s activities. Help reduce waste – bring your own cutlery, mug, and bags for the local crafts and produce market. An ATM machine is available onsite.
Wesbrook Village Festival 2018
September 8th, 11 am – 4 pm, Wesbrook Village, 3378 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
The bustling boulevards of Wesbrook Village will be alive with family-friendly activities during the community’s annual community festival on Saturday, September 8. This special event promises fun for all ages: young families, students and adults alike. Shoppers can enjoy a sidewalk sale where local retailers and artisans will showcase new products with interactive games and contests. For the young at heart, the Wesbrook Village Festival also features a kids zone, complete with face-painting fun, craft tables, bouncy castles and more. Don’t miss the performances on the TD Canada Trust Entertainment Stage. We’re bringing in Will’s Jams, Dr Strangelove Band, various UBC entities, and many more. TD will also be having their GRAND OPENING during the Festival, so don’t miss out. And of course, what beats a FREE BARBECUE? Parking at Wesbrook Village is free and the community is on various bus routes.
Pie in the Plaza
September 8th, 11 am – 4 pm, Central City Shopping Centre Plaza, 10153 King George Blvd, Surrey
Celebrate Agriculture Week at Central City Plaza (right outside Central City Shopping Centre) for this fun family event and see the creation of BC’s largest blueberry pie! Watch the pie being assembled and stay for a slice after the ceremonial pie cutting. There will also be other free, family-friendly activities throughout the afternoon, like pony rides, live music, balloon animals, and more!
West Vancouver Coho Festival
September 9th, 11 am – 6 pm, Ambleside Park, Marine Drive, West Vancouver
The Coho Festival is held the second Sunday in September and features our famous Coho Salmon Barbecue, the Coho Garden, Stewardship Zone, Kids Park, Main Stage, the Squamish Nation Village. The day starts with a Coho Run, Coho Swim, pancake breakfast and much more.
Chilliwack Garlic Festival
September 15th & 16th, 10 am – 6 pm, 9423 Gibson Rd, Chilliwack
The Garlic Festival is Bigger, Smellier and more Rock’n than ever! Adding more Local Vendors, Food, Garlic, Music and Events & The Kids Zone. Back again by popular demand, the second busking stage. Fun for the whole family and a great way to Shop Local, Plenty of Free Parking & in all it’s smelly goodness a great way to spend your weekend!
Pirate Weekend at the Cannery
September 15th – 16th, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Pirates (the friendly kind!) invade the Cannery on September 15 & 16, from 12 to 4 pm, in celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day! The Shady Isle Pirates will set up a pirate encampment inside the historic cannery, with lots of games and swashbuckling fun for the entire family to enjoy. Wear your best pirate gear, or try some from their collection, and be sure to brush up on your pirate-speak before you dare to enter the pirate zone! Admission for Youth (17 years & under) is free (must be accompanied by an Adult).
September 22nd, 2 pm – 9 pm, Capilano University, North Vancouver
Celebrate with us on Saturday, September 22, at CapFest, our biggest 50th anniversary party. Admission is free and open to everyone. CapFest runs from 2-9 p.m. at our North Vancouver campus. We’re celebrating 50 years with music, an Experience Fair, Indigenous Festival, family-friendly activities and more. CapFest features dozens of attractions and activities, from the Alumni Homecoming lounge to live music to interactive art.
RiverFest: Inspired by the Fraser
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 main festival day will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 11 am – 5 pm. The week-long event starts on Wednesday, September 19th with a special RiverFest edition of FRDC’s curriculum-based RiverSchool for three lucky elementary school classes. That is followed the next day by our *click* photos of the Fraser exhibit unveiling, whose photograph theme this year is Movement. The climax of the week is Saturday, which will include the Family Fun Zone (inside the FRDC), Artisans on the River (with New West Craft), the Samson V Maritime Museum, the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade and the launch of the latest addition to the Journey Through the Working River Exhibit – Within the Hidden River, which is supported through the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program.
Sunday, September 30th, 10 am – 3 pm, West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
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 & Harvest competition, watch police & firemen demonstrations, participate in free swimming, gymnastics, and skating, enjoyed local food vendors and listened to fantastic local talent.
Theatre, Plays & Shows
Bard on the Beach
June 6th – September 22nd, 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vanier Park, Vancouver
The BMO Mainstage will host a joyous new production of As You Like It, set in Vancouver and filled with Beatles music; it will alternate with a powerhouse classic production of Shakespeare’s epic drama Macbeth. On the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre there are two innovative new productions: Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, redefined with a female-dominated cast, and a Bard-commissioned new adaptation of the Greek classic Lysistrata, transposing its ancient, bawdy story to our time.
VSO Tiny Tots: Camel Caravan Musical Adventure!
Friday, September 14th, 10 am & 11:30 am, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Saturday, September 15th, 10 am & 11:30 am, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Sing & bounce along the magical Silk Road on your camel! Hear the playful tunes of many lands accompanied by the Oboe, French Horn, and Cello.
Science World: The Science Of Pixar
May 19th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Take a peek into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of your most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar, presented locally by White Spot restaurants. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. With more than 40 interactive elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an insider’s look at the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams and come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL·E!
Vancouver Aquarium: Douglas Copeland’s Vortex
On now for a limited time, Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Experience acclaimed west coast artist Douglas Coupland’s Vortex – a new radical art installation. Step into Vortex, take an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and immerse yourself in the ocean plastic pollution crisis. Coupland’s exhibit will make you think about plastic – a seductive yet sinister material – in a relevant, contemplative, and transformative way. Vortex is a must-see exhibit on for a limited time only.
Vancouver Titanic Exhibition
On until January 2019, Lipont Place, 4211 No.3 Road, Richmond
Visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and take a trip back in time from June 23, 2018 to January 11, 2019. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition put you inside the Titanic experience like never before. They feature real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal histories, each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage. Board Titanic using a replica White Star Line boarding pass belonging to an actual passenger, touch an iceberg, and learn about artifact recovery and conservation. Audio guides in various languages including Chinese Mandarin are available for rent.
Vancouver Art Gallery: Cabin Fever
On until September 30th, 2018, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Cabin Fever offers a historical and cultural survey of the cabin in North America—from the settlement of the frontier to the contemporary depictions feverishly circulated across the Internet. Featuring architectural models, drawings and full-scale interventions, as well as art, literature, photography and film, Cabin Fever will reveal how this architectural form has helped to shape a larger cultural identity. Read more.
We hope this big giant list has inspired you and your family to get out and enjoy everything Metro Vancouver has to offer in September. For more great family fun make sure to join our mailing list to receive weekly Metro Vancouver events right in your inbox.