60 things to do this Labour Day long weekend

The PNE is just one of five dozen ideas for the upcoming Labour Day long weekend.

Labour Day long weekend — it’s the final kick at the can for some summer fun before the kids head back to school. (OK, parents, try to contain your excitement.) So postpone that back-to-school shopping, gather up your family and friends, and take in one of the many events and attractions happening around Vancouver and beyond.


Fair at the PNE

This annual event features returning favourites like the SuperDogs and Craft Beer Fest, the Pacific Spirit Horse Show, Farm Country, nightly concerts, food food and more food, 50+ rides including three new ones, many attractions, a wide variety of performances and exhibits, lots of games and a whole lot more! • 2901 E. Hastings St. • Until Sept. 4 • Fair gate admission: $17, free for ages 13 and under

Richmond World Festival

Popular Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club and Korean hip hop star Verbal Jint will headline the expanded Richmond World Festival. This free celebration of music, food and culture features more than 75 music and dance performances on nine stages. Other highlights include the FEASTival of Flavour with more than 50 food trucks; the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances; the Bamboo Theatre and Digital Carnival, both offering diverse and innovate performances; Kids World children’s activity area; the Artisan Marketplace; and Imagination World at the Richmond Public Library. • Minoru Park, Richmond • Sept. 1 and 2 • Free,

 The annual Taiwanese Cultural Festival takes place at a variety of downtown venues from Sept. 2-4

Nikkei Matsuri Festival

Burnaby’s family-friendly Japanese Festival features food, a game zone, Bon-Odori, Matsuri Star Talent Search, Hello Kitty & Friends, Taiko and more. • Nikkei Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres. • Sept. 2 and 3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. • 604-777-7000

Taiwanese Cultural Festival

Celebrate the Taiwanese culture with concerts, a giant street party with vendors and food stalls, film screenings, live entertainment, lectures, culinary events and much more. • Various downtown locations including Granville Street, Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, the Playhouse, Orpheum Annex and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza • Sept. 2-4 • Free

14th Annual Festival del Maize

Come enjoy traditional Latin American cuisine made with corn! Tamales, pupusas, riguas, elote loco, atoles, nachos, pasteles, burritos and more. • Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier St. • Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. • Free

 Enjoy traditional Polish food at this year’s Polish Festival

5th Annual Polish Festival

This event will feature Polish music, singing and folk dancing and a special program for children and youth with puppet theatre show, arts and games activities, sing along, balloon lady, face-painting and more. Also includes vendors, as well as plenty of delicious traditional Polish food such as sausages, perogies and pastries. • Lynn Valley Village, 1255 Lynn Valley Rd., North Van • Sept. 3, 2-7:30 p.m. • Free

Safe & Sound Music Fest

Headlined by contemporary R&B artists Majid Jordan, DVSN, Jessie Reyes and special guest k-os, live music fans will be able to enjoy high calibre performances in a beautiful outdoor setting. Complete lineup: Majid Jordan, DVSN, Jessie Reyes, k-os, Tonye, David Morin, Hayleau, Prado, Omar Khan, SJS, The Freshest, DJ Arems, Jay Swing, Andishae. • Westminster Pier Park, New West • Sept. 3, noon-10 p.m. • $55, VIP/$95

 k-os will be performing at this year’s Safe & Sound Music Fest

Victory Square Block Party

Back for its 13th year, this annual festival hosted by Music Waste Festival, CiTR 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine, highlights local, independent music in a free end-of-summer celebration. • Victory Square, Cambie and Hastings St. • Sept. 3, 2-9 p.m. • Free


Labour Day Fair

Enjoy a day of old-fashioned fun complete with games of chance, entertainment, demonstrations, a children’s craft, market vendors, carousel rides and more. • Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby • Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 Take a ride on the carousel at the Burnaby Village Museum.

Fall Kick Off Carnival

A day of family fun. Join us at Sunset Community Centre for play gym including a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, games, and more! A healthy snack concession will be available. • Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main St. • Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. • Free, 604-718-6505

Burnaby Central Railway: Miniature Train Rides

Take a ride on one of the longest miniature railways of its kind, featuring more than 3km of track, and steam, diesel and electric trains. • Confederation Park, 120 North Willingdon Ave., Burnaby • Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays • $3.50, 604-291-0922

Fly Over Canada

See Canada like never before at this new, all-ages ride. Take off into a huge domed screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience that takes you from east to west across Canada • Canada Place

 Visit the Britannia Mine Museum and learn about the history of mining in B.C.

Britannia Mine Museum

Last century, it was a working mine. Now, it’s a multi award-winning Museum, turning out awe-inspiring sights and memorable family experiences. Rumble aboard the mine train as it rolls into the dark, learn from informative but informal tour guides and pan for real gold! • Sea to Sky Highway, Britannia Beach • 604-896-2233

Telus World of Science

Discover the wonders of science by immersing yourself in interactive displays, inspirational feature exhibitions, live science demonstrations and larger-than-life films in the OMNIMAX Theatre. • 1455 Quebec St. • 604-443-7440

Greater Vancouver Zoo

B.C.’s largest zoo features a wide variety of animals including lions, tigers, giraffes and more. • 5048 264th St., Aldergrove • 604-856-6825

 Say hello to the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

Vancouver Aquarium

Get closer to Steller sea lions than ever before at the new Steller’s Bay. Enjoy 4D experience movies, and explore the various galleries including Graham Amazon Gallery, the Pacific Canada Pavilion, Canada’s Arctic and many more. • 604-659-3474

West Coast Railway Heritage Park

Home of the Royal Hudson and Western Canada’s largest collection of heritage railway equipment dating back to 1890. • 39645 Government Rd., Squamish • 604-898-9336


Canada 150 Afternoon Tea

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has taken inspiration from their iconic grand railway hotels and the train journey across the country to create a Canada 150 Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a perfectly steeped cup of tea, scones with Saskatoon berry compote, Canadian tea sandwiches and in-house baked sweets. • Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W. Georgia St. • Until Sept. 3, sittings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. • $59/adult, $29.50/child (12 and under), 604-662-1900

 Enjoy a special Canadian-themed tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Exhibits, galleries and interactive displays tell the stories of sport in B.C. from the early 1800s to the current day. • B.C. Place, Gate A • 604-687-5520

Façade Festival 2017

Ten contemporary Canadian artists will transform the Georgia Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery at this week-long public art project and cultural event. Artists include Diyan Achjadi, Fiona Ackerman, Scott Billings, Annie Briard, Shawn Hunt, James Nizam, Luke Ramsey, Evann Siebens, Ben Skinner, and Paul Wong. • Vancouver Art Gallery, Georgia Street facade • Sept. 4-10, 7:30 p.m.-midnight

 The work of 10 Canadian artists will be projected onto the façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

15th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

Features a Spotlight on Cuban Cinema; screenings of 69 films from 17 countries in 11 different languages (always with English subtitles); live music; dancing and more. • The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St. • Until Sept. 3 • 604-708-5657

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Learn about space and the night sky through Planetarium shows, live demos, an interactive exhibit gallery and evening lectures. • 1100 Chestnut St. • 604-738-7827


Witness the migration of wild Pacific salmon in a 30-minute cinematic spectacle that explores the connection between nature and our urban environments. As the sun sets, the undersurface of the Cambie Street Bridge will transform into a wild river filled with migrating salmon. • Coopers’ Park, 1020 Marinaside Crescent • Until Sept. 20

 Learn about the migration of wild Pacific salmon at Uninterrupted, a cinematic spectacle.

Hunters & Gatherers: A First Nations Feast

Enjoy a delicious indigenous-inspired feast complete with a cultural presentation by a world-renowned performance team. Accompany a tour guide though the museum to discover stories of the hunters and gatherers who traditionally inhabited the sea to sky territory. • Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, 4584 Blackcomb Way, Whistler • Tuesdays and Sundays, 6 p.m. • $65/$25, 604-964-0990

Yaletown Art Seen

This one-of-a-kind community art event in Yaletown brings art to the masses while showcasing art by Vancouver artists. The original works of art are displayed in windows and inside the retail stores and banks in Yaletown. • Until Sept. 4


Guns N’ Roses

Legendary hard rock band bring their Not In This Lifetime Tour to B.C. Place. With guests Royal Blood. • Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m. • $35-$275

 Guns N’ Roses will rock the house at B.C. Place Stadium

The Fair at the PNE: Summer Night Concerts

Sept. 1: Australian singer, instrumentalist, songwriter

Rick Springfield

| Sept. 2:

The Gipsy Kings

, a group of flamenco, salsa and pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France. Featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo | Sept. 3 and 4:

iHeartRadio Beach Ball

(ticketed show). • PNE Amphitheatre • Free with admission, or ticketed reserved seating starting at $20 at



Blue-eyed soul duo Honne have become the band to fall in love with, and to. Warm On A Cold Night is an album where expressing feelings may not come naturally, but one which nonetheless strives for real love in the digital age. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. • Sept. 1, doors 8 p.m. • $20-$23

Gabriel Palatchi Trio

The Blue Frog Studios is excited to bring back the Gabriel Palatchi Trio for a return engagement and video filming for a live concert DVD. Energy and passion, combined with skill, and a true love for music, has resulted in a dynamic musical juggernaut. His music is an original blend of different genres such as Latin jazz, tango, funk, Klezmer, gypsy, reggae, samba and electronic. • Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnston Rd., White Rock • Sept. 1, 7 p.m. • $39.50, 6045-423-055

Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series

An eclectic mix of genres will perform at Whistler Olympic Plaza. • Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m.:

Jann Arden

: One of Canada’s most celebrated and loved artists. | Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m.:

The Boom Booms

: Alt-soul band from Vancouver blends Latin, folk, reggae and rock. • Free

 Head to Whistler for a free show by Canadian artist Jann Arden.

August Alsina: Drugs Tour

R&B star from New Orleans signed to Def Jam Recordings is best known for his single, I Luv This S–t, with Trinidad James. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. • Sept. 2, 9 p.m. • $35

Chris McClenney

23-year-old soul/R&B artist grew up listening to a wide variety of music from jazz and R&B, to soul, hip hop, funk and electronic. He takes a holistic approaching to making the music that he loves. • Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender St. • Sept. 2, 7 p.m. • $15


Hot Thoughts is the ninth album from this band whose musical style is best described as indie rock, indie pop, art rock, and experimental rock.• Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park • Sept. 2, 8 p.m. • $45

 Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl hosts a show featuring indie rock band, Spoon.

iHeartRadio Beach Ball

iHeartRadio Canada is bringing some of the hottest names in music to the Fair at the PNE. • Sept. 3, doors 2 p.m.:

Lorde, Alessia Cara, Liam Payne, The Strumbellas, Shawn Hook, Scott Helman, Virginia to Vegas, Ralph

• Sept. 4, doors 2 p.m.:

Train, Blondie, Serena Ryder, Philosopher Kings, Ruth B, Christian Hudson

. • PNE Amphitheatre • $69, $89, $119 (Note: Fair gate admission is not included)

Lionel Richie | Mariah Carey

Multi-platinum-selling artists, multiple Grammy Award-winners and music icons, Lionel Richie and special guest Mariah Carey bring their All the Hits Tour to Rogers Arena. • Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way • Sept. 3, 7 p.m. • $39.95, $59.95, $79.95, $129.95, $165, ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com

 Lionel Richie and guest Mariah Carey are coming to Rogers Arena.

Opera & Arias: The Barber of Seville

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival brings Rossini’s beguiling music to life with a costumed concert staging excerpts from his ever-popular opera. Performed by the rising stars of the UBC Opera Ensemble, accompanied by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, directed by UBC’s Nancy Hermiston and conductor Leslie Dala. • Bard’s BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park • Sept. 4, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. • From $21, 604-739-0559


L.A.-based rock band, consisting of sisters Este Haim, Danielle Haim, and Alana Haim. On tour in support of their second studio album, Something To Tell You. • Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park • Sept. 4, 7 p.m. • $42.50, ticketmaster.ca, livenation.com

 Alana Haim, left, and sister Danielle Haim, right, of the American rock band Haim.

Music in the Park

Bring a picnic and enjoy live music, art demonstrations, children’s activities and a nature-inspired art gallery set against the stunning backdrop of the North Shore mountains and Capilano Reservoir. • Capilano River Regional Park, North Van. Meet at parking lot near Cleveland Dam. Limited parking. Please leave your pets at home • Sept. 4, noon-5 p.m. • Free, 604-224-5739


End of the Rainbow

Electrifying, intense and real, this production will leave you breathless. End of The Rainbow is a true account of the last comeback of Judy Garland at the twilight of her career and as it turns out, her all-too-short life, and it’s revealing in a way seldom found in the tabloids. • Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, 4360 Gallant Ave., North Van • Until Sept. 16, Wed-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m. • $25/$23, 604-929-9456

 End of the Rainbow is a true account of the last comeback of Judy Garland.

Mr. Foote’s Other Leg

In Georgian London, no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, he has become a star in the earliest days of celebrity culture. Adored by many, despised by some, Foote finds himself at the sharp end of attacks from the press – and a surgeon’s knife. And in an age obsessed with fame, his colleagues from the worlds of science and the stage begin to wonder: does fame make you mad? Ian Kelly’s riotously funny play, based on the amazing true story of Foote, explores our obsession with celebrities, and their rise and fall. Presented by the United Players. • Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St. • Sept. 1-24, Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. (except Sept. 10, 17, 24, when there is a 2 p.m. matinée) • $20-$26, 604-224-8007

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny

Vancouver TheatreSports League’s improvisers take a loving and comedic look at what makes us uniquely Canadian – poking fun at the stereotypes of Canada and Canadians. Based on audience suggestions, the cast lampoon such Canadian ‘institutions’ as Heritage Minutes, the Mounties, winter, our hunky Prime Minister, hockey, lumberjacks or Timmy’s coffee to name only a few of the endless possibilities. • The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island

 Nomadic Tempest is performed on a 90-foot long Tall Ship.

Nomadic Tempest

The Caravan returns to B.C. after a 30-year world tour aboard the Company’s 90-foot Tall Ship, the Amara Zee, a replica of a Thames River Sailing Barge. The show is an original operatic spectacle: a mythical saga of monarch migrants — embodied by aerial artists — searching for refuge on a drowned planet. Gather at SE False Creek for a free, all-ages show performed on this 90-foot-long Tall Ship. Come early and enjoy the food trucks, beer gardens and an activity zone for children. • The shore of South East False Creek, just east of the Cambie St. Bridge • Until Sept. 3, 9:45-11 p.m. • Free

The Tenacious D Burlesque Tribute

Prepare yourself for The Tenacious D Burlesque Tribute with The Hot and Heavy Band. This sensational music and dance event features some of this city’s hottest burlesque performers, hosted by Stephen Blakley (as JB) and Seamus Fit-It-In (as KG). All your favourite songs of The D will come to life – in the sexiest way possible. Presented by the Geekenders and Kitty Glitter. • Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway • Sept. 1, 8 p.m. • $25/$20

Dysfunctional Disney Cabaret

A fun and sexy homage to our favorite princesses, villains and enchanted animals featuring a talented cast that truly is the only wish your heart needs to make. Watch the Magic Kingdom turn topsy-turvy with these wild and wacky tributes. • Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway • Sept. 2, 9 p.m. • $25/$20

Nathan for You: Sneak Peek and Q&A

Host Nathan Fielder appears live and in person to give you a sneak peek of the upcoming season of Nathan for You. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion. • Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St. • Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. • $35

 Gerti the Bassett hound plays the role of Crab the dog in Bard on the Beach’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

The stages are set for another year of classic theatre, featuring four classic Shakespeare plays plus a short-run contemporary drama. Together they’ll transport you from a mythical past to modern-day Venice and contemporary Vancouver. • Shows include: Much Ado About Nothing, until Sept. 23 | The Winter’s Tale, until Sept. 22 | The Merchant of Venice, June 22-Sept. 16 | The Two Gentlemen of Verona, until Sept. 17 | Shylock, Sept. 6-15 • Vanier Park • From $21, 604-739-0559


Into the Wild

Reconnect with your wild-side this summer at Grouse Mountain and go Into the Wild with special activities and learning experiences at the Peak of Vancouver. Get up close with resident grizzly bears or watch a falcon take flight at the Birds in Motion Demonstration. Enjoy lumberjack shows and guided Eco Walks • Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver • 604-980-9311

 Get up close with Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bears.


Celebrating 50 Years of Regional Parks

It’s been 50 years since Metro Vancouver’s regional parks system got its start. Come celebrate with us! There are 14,500 hectares of forests, fields, rivers and beaches to explore. Get a passport, visit regional parks and collect stamps along the way to earn rewards. You could even win a prize!

Sea to Sky Gondola

Take in the amazing natural sights of the Howe Sound and its surrounding mountains on this gondola ride that boasts killer views from 2,700 feet above sea level. • Sea-to-Sky Hwy., Squamish • $13.95-$34.95 or $89.95/family, passes available, 604-892-2551

 Visitors enjoy the view from the Panoroma Trail platform at the Sea to Sky Gondola.

Creative Café

Explore ways to express your love of nature in different art forms or simply be inspired by the work of others. • Minnekhada Regional Park, meet at the Minnekhada Lodge, Coquitlam • Sept. 3, 1-4 p.m. • Free, 604-432-6359

Nature Walk: A World of Colour

The park’s plants and animals show a marvelous diversity of colours – but what do they all mean? Bring your camera! With veteran naturalist Al Grass, formerly with B.C. Parks. • Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley • Sept. 4, 1-2:30 p.m. • Free, registration required, 604-432-6359

 Returning salmon in the public viewing area at the Capilano Fish Hatchery.

Capilano River Hatchery

Learn how fish develop from eggs to juvenile stage on a self guided tour, and see salmon making their way upstream during spawning season. • 4500 Capilano Rd., North Van • Free


VanDusen Botanical Garden welcomes ZimCarvings back this summer. Patrick Sephani along with visiting artists will be showcasing works from more than 30 Zimbabwean stone sculptors on the beautiful garden grounds and carving stone sculptures on site. • VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St. • Until Sept. 30


Kerrisdale Antiques Fair

Features more than 60 specialty vendors and 250+ tables of 18th, 19th and 20th century antiques and vintage collectibles. • Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Blvd. • Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • $7

 A great mix of antiques and collectibles will be for sale at the Kerrisdale Antique Fair.

Artful Sundays

An outdoor, visual arts market featuring the work of local artists, plus live music, workshops, special events and more. • Britannia Centre, 1661 Napier St. • Sundays, noon-5 p.m. • Free, 604-718-5800

Illumination Summer Night Market

The largest summer lighting show in North America with nine different themes. There are over 300 food and merchandise booths, and 20+ events or performing shows every week. It’s family-friendly with a featured kid’s play zone and VIP lounge. • 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond • Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, gates open at 7 p.m. • $3

Richmond Night Market

This local night market celebrates its 17th season and will be hosting a Canada 150 celebration. Enjoy more than 200 vendor stalls, 500+ food choices from around the globe, live performances and carnival games. • 8351 River Rd., Richmond • Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, gates open at 7 p.m. • $3.75

 Vendors and kiosks at the Richmond Night Market.

Shipyards Night Market

Come down for great food, art, music, entertainment and shopping. Enjoy a showcase of local items from artisans and makers, live music featuring talent from around B.C., a beer garden pouring local craft beer and 35 food trucks serving locally made food. • East of the SeaBus and the Lonsdale Quay at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, North Van • Fridays, 5-10 p.m. • Free admission

Farmers Markets: Burnaby/North Shore

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market: Burnaby City Hall Parking Lot, 4949 Canada Way, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market, 123 Carrie Cates Ct., North Van. Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m.| Ambleside Artisan Farmers’ Market, 1000 Argyle Ave., West Van. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Farmers Markets: Vancouver

Shop local at one of the many Farmers Markets around Vancouver. • Trout Lake, Lakewood Dr. & E 13th Ave., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Kitsilano Community Centre, Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Main Street Station, 1100 Station Street, Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. | Dude Chilling Park, Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Riley Park, 30th Ave. & Ontario St., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | West End, 1100 Comox St., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

 Farmers’ food market stall with variety of organic vegetables.

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