Vancouver Events in September

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival in Vancouver, BC
••• September's annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival in Vancouver. Image Courtesy of Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

The Vancouver International Fringe Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and unique multicultural festivals--including the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival--are just a few of the big events happening in September 2016.

See also: Top 10 Things to Do on Labour Day Weekend in Vancouver

Ongoing through September 2
Free Ballroom Dancing in Robson Square - Fridays
What: Organized by DanceSport BC, this summer Dance Series offers ballroom dance lessons every Friday at 8pm, show dances at 9pm and 10pm, and a chance to dance the night away under the Robson Square dome, in the heart of downtown Vancouver.


Where: Robson Square, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through September 4
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
What: This Latin American film festival has documentaries, feature films, film panels and workshops.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: See site for details

Ongoing through September 4
Americas Masters Games​
What: Vancouver hosts the American Masters Games 2016, where athletes aged 30 and over compete for the Americas portion of the World Masters Games.
Where: Venues around Vancouver, see site for details
Cost: See site for details

Ongoing through September 5
The Fair at PNE Vancouver
What: The Fair at the PNE is fun for the whole family and a Vancouver summer tradition: over 800 performances and exhibits and more than 50 exciting rides and attractions.
Where: Pacific National Exhibition, 2901 E Hastings St., Vancouver
Cost: $16 admission; $42.75 ride pass; online discounts available—see site for details.

Free admission for kids 13 and under.

Ongoing through September 5
Facade Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery​
What: Large-scale art projections transform the Vancouver Art Gallery's Robson Street "facade" into an outdoor art gallery, every evening between 8pm and midnight, from August 30 to September 5.


Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Robson Street façade, between Hornby and Howe Streets, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: Free

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holiday Mondays through September 11
Panda Night Market
What: Richmond's amazing night market (formerly just the International Summer Night Market) is a don't-miss summer tradition, with 300 vendors, tons of food, and thousands of visitors. 
Where: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 3 - Monday, September 5
Vancouver TaiwanFest
What: Celebrate Taiwanese culture with at this free and ticketed festival, which includes loads of live music, culinary demonstrations, cinema, and more.
Where: Downtown Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Some events are ticketed, most are free; see site for details

Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 18
Vancouver International Fringe Festival 
What: The annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival, BC's largest theatre festival, features over 600 performances over 11 days, making it one of Vancouver's most diverse & eclectic sources of entertainment.
Where: Primarily at Granville Island; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Saturday, September 10 
Vancouver Zombie Walk 2016
What: This annual event proves how much Vancouver loves zombies!

Join in the fun or just watch as hundreds of bloody, clothes-torn zombies scramble through downtown Vancouver. Meet up at 3pm in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery; the zombie walk starts at 4pm.
Where: Starts at the Vancouver Art Gallery, then moves along Robson Street to Denman Street, in Downtown Vancouver.
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 17
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
What: The annual moon festival combines Asian mid-autumn celebrations with western harvest festival traditions to create a beautiful community event. The event begins with a Harvest Fair at Slocan Park, continues with a Twilight Lantern Walk to the site of the grand finale at Renfrew Field.
Where: Slocan Park to Renfrew Park in East Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Free

Saturday, September 24 - Monday, September 26
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Opening Weekend 2016
What: The VSO opens its 98th Season with Composer-in-Residence Jocelyn Morlock’s first VSO commission, Alexander Gavrylyuk performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, and the VSO performing Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.


Where: Orpheum Theatre, 884 Granville St., Vancouver
Cost: : $21 - $88

Thursday, September 29 - Friday, October 14
The Vancouver International Film Festival
What: The VIFF is one of the five largest film festivals in North America. Acclaimed as "an unspoiled celebration of world cinema," VIFF showcases over 300 films from 60 countries around the world.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details.

Ongoing through September 24
Bard on the Beach
What: One of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals, Bard on the Beach features Shakespeare plays, related dramas, operas and arias, lectures, and several special events, all in scenic Vanier Park.
Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver
Cost: $30 - $43, or all plays for $145

Fridays through September 30
North Vancouver's Shipyards Night Market
What: North Vancouver's free night market is more like a nighttime farmers market than the giant, Asian-style night markets in Richmond, but it does feature live entertainment and a beer garden.
Where: 2014 Shipyards Plaza, 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through October 2
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses at the Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery showcases the "most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver," including major works, painting, drawing, print, and sculpture.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Cost: $24; discounts available for kids and seniors; by donation Tuesdays 5pm - 9pm

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holiday Mondays through October 12
Richmond Night Market
What: Richmond's other amazing night market features with 80+ food vendors, 250+ retailers, live entertainment, and carnival rides.
Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond
Cost: $2.75 admission; free for kids 10 and under and seniors over 60

Ongoing through October 27
Vancouver Farmers’ Markets
What: Vancouver's neighbourhood farmer's markets are open weekly through October.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; go here for details
Cost: Free