Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for September 2002

 

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Ongoing until September 30, 2002
First Nations Textiles: Basketry and Beyond at Hills Native Art Gallery, Vancouver. This exhibit will feature hand-made items crafted by Native artists, such as Cowichan knits, woven baskets, museum-quality beaded baskets, woven jewelry, button blandkets and button vests, plus a selection of topic-related books. Textiles are an important component of First Nations history and culture because of their every day application and specific association with supporting women artists; 604.685.5422.

September 1, 2002
Concerts by the Sea at Ambleside Landing, West Vancouver; 604-925-7263.

September 5 - 15, 2002
18th Annual Vancouver Fringe Festival at Granville Island; (604) 257-0350 .

September 6, 2002
Bat Watch: Watch for bats darting and zigzagging above water or farm clearings as they leave their day roosts to feed on night-flying insects. Learn about bat food, roosts and enemies. Take home handouts, bat house plans and vivid memories of walking in the dark.  At Colony Farm, Coquitlam; 604-432-6359.

September 6 - 8, 2002
Taiwanese Cultural Festival at the Plaza of Nations, Vancouver; 604-290-9889.

September 6 - 8, 2002
Hot Jazz Weekend at the Evergreen Cultural Centre Studio Theatre, Coquitlam. Featuring performances by the Marc Atkinson Trio; the BigDawg Band; and Circle of Voices; 604-927-6555.

September 6 - 8, 2002
Aldergrove Fall Fair:  This year marks the 90th fall fair. Come and experience a traditional country fair Chicken Style. The fair is held at the Aldergrove Elks Hall. There will be entertainment, games, displays, animals and much, much more; 604 856-2749.

September 7, 2002
American folk music icon makes a rare Vancouver appearance in this beautiful outdoor setting, with guest Richard Shindell; Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park; 604-280-4444.

September 7, 2002
Peace Arch Anniversary & Re-enactment, Peace Arch Park; 1-800-624-3555.

September 7, 2002
Dollarton/Deep Cove Beach Clean-up, North Vancouver  Contact Information: Save Our Shores 604-929-2090.

September 7, 2002
Fourth Annual Fleetwood Festival: You are cordially invited on September 7, 2002 to help the Fleetwood Community Association celebrate our community. Along with our partners and generous sponsors, a stupendous day of FUN, tethered hot air balloon rides, beach volleyball, ice skating, swimming, running, professional and amateur entertainment alike, is waiting for your entire family to enjoy. Come visit us at the award winning Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex 16555 Fraser Highway, Surrey and the Fleetwood Community Centre 15996 84th Avenue, Surrey, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to experience what our community has to offer.   Info at www.fleetwood.surrey.bc.ca or 604-501-5056.

September 7, 2002
Water Lily Wander: Canoe the tranquil waters of Burnaby Lake. Look for Marsh Wren nests, hear the plop of jumping Bullfrogs and watch for Painted Turtles lazing in the sun.  Burnaby Lake; 604-432-6359.

September 7, 2002
Langley Good Times Cruise-In:  The largest mixed car show in Canada will be held rain or shine on the streets of downtown Langley. Over 2000 vehicles from all over Canada and USA will be registered. It includes show and shine, antique, vintage, custom, and classic cars and trucks, vintage military equipment and vintage emergency vehicles. Admission is free for spectators; 604-533-7575 or www.langleycruise-in.com.

September 7, 2002
West End Neighbourhood Day, Denman Street, Vancouver; 604-257-8333.

September 7 - 8, 2002
Nibbles & Bites of Richmond: Food, fun, free entertainment for the whole family! Since 1992, local restaurants have offered "nibble and bite" - sized samples of their cuisine to the public in a festive setting that includes free entertainment, a children’s carnival, volleyball and basketball tournaments, a craft and exhibitors’ fair and a beer and wine garden.  Thompson Community Centre and Community Park, Richmond; 604-718-8422.

September 7 - 8, 2002
19th Annual Farm Fair at Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver; Both days are jam-packed with activities from craft exhibitors; pony rides, colouring contest, straw play area, food concession, fire fighters “Fire Safety House”, down home music and dancing, hand-milking demonstrations, butter making and plain “olde fashioned” fun and games!  Kids, you can even milk a goat.  Bring down your home-grown sunflower for judging (Saturday morning only).  Have your entry in by 11:45 a.m.  Winners will be announced at Noon.  Good luck!   604-929-5610.

September 8, 2002
Discovery Waterfront Walk: 4.5Km low tide beach/trail shoreline walk from Cates to Panorama Park. Interpretative nature guides, NVD Fire boat display, certificate & refreshment on completion. Free shuttle bus back to Cates Park. Cates Park, North Vancouver; Contact Information: Save Our Shores, 604-929-2090.

September 8, 2002
Village Street Festival: A fun day for the family on Mary Street, Langley. Call 604-888-8835.

September 11, 2002
Trees, Scrub and Remnant Bog: Follow trails through shrubs, old birches and Sitka spruce. Look at some remnant bog plants along the way. Meet beside the kiosk in the Avalon Avenue parking lot off Cariboo Road, Burnaby Lake; 604-432-6359..

September 12 - 29, 2002
Le Cirque Eos: Quebec circus troupe featuring jugglers, acrobats, balancing artist, and high-flyers, performing on the trapeze, aerial cube, and flying ring.  PNE location, 1 (800) 361-4595.

September 13, 2002
Beaver Watch: Beavers come out to play and work after dark. Find out about these master builders of ponds, dams and canals. Listen for warning slaps, watch for beaver swimming patterns and learn about beaver friends and foes who are also out at night.  At Burnaby Lake; 604-432-6359.

September 13, 2002
The legendary Engelbert Humperdinck in concert at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

September 13 - 14, 2002
Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale: This two day auction and festival is an important community event and fundraiser which raises tens of thousands of dollars annually for assistance of third world countries and disaster relief.  Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 850-6639 or http://www.mccbc.com (http://www.mccbc.com).

September 13 - 15, 2002
Ninth Annual In Harmony Music Festival: More than 45 sets of local music, featuring folk, blues, rock, classical, jazz and country. Camp Kwomais, Surrey; 604-538-9216.

September 14, 2002
All Star Wrestling at the McKay Building Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey; 604-889-0251.

September 14, 2002
The 12th Annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run, Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver;

September 14, 2002
Kid's Swap Meet at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey; 604-513-8880.

September 14, 2002
Scouts Canada - CloverValley Soapbox Derby, 60th Avenue between 177A and 182nd Streets; 604-534-3660 or www.cloverdalesoapboxderby.com.

September 15, 2002
911 Relay - Lions Gate Hospital: The Relay is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, which to date has netted over $1 million for health services on the North Shore. Your participation will go a long way towards improving health care in your community!  Ambleside Park, West Vancouver; 604-984-3782.

September 15, 2002
The 23rd Annual Terry Fox Run will be held at the Hammond Community Centre, Maple Ridge. This run attracts over a million participants of all ages with an estimated 5000 run sites in 50 countries. Walk, run, bike roller blade, or go the distance in a wheelchair. Choose, 1, 5 or 10 km. The run times are 11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. All money raised goes towards Cancer Research. Call 604-464-2666.

September 15, 2002
21st Century Flea market at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive at 16th, Vancouver; 604-925-3159.

September 15, 2002
Funky Art Car Festival in Waterfront Park, North Vancouver;

September 15, 2002
Grease: Come and watch one of your favourite movie classics for free in the park . Bring a blanket.  At Grandview Park, Vancouver, 7:45 pm; 604-718-5824 or www.summersundays.com (http://www.summersundays.com).

September 19 - 28, 2002
The Far Side of the Moon: Magical fusion of video, theatre and puppetry that explores the mysterious teachings the universe holds for those brave enough to look up to the stars and ponder. Vancouver Playhouse; 604-873-3311.

September 20, 2002
World of Hypnosis: Shannon Preston and her World of Hypnosis. At the Clarke Theatre at 33770 Prentis Avenue, Mission. All ages welcome for this comedy performance.

September 20 - 22, 2002
Fraser Valley Home & Ideas Show at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 1-800-316-7366.

September 20 - 22, 2002
The Body Soul & Spirit Expo at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre; 1-877-560-6830.

September 21, 2002
Giant Garage Sale at Capitol Hill Hall, Burnaby. In support of Burnaby Meals on Wheels Society; 604-299-5778 ext 5.

September 21, 2002
Burnaby Heights on the Run, 9:00 AM: Family fun run with proceeds to the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society.  The event includes a 10 km run, 5 km walk/run & community/corporate and school teams.  The course starts just off Hastings St. in the Heights and winds through neighbourhood streets and the Trans-Canada Trail.  Post-race celebration includes great food, tons of raffle prizes, and entertainment including the Celtic band the "Halifax Wharf Rats".  Registration is $20 per participant and includes a souvenir event T-shirt, or $15 without the T-shirt.  For information and online registration, visit the event website at http://www.burnabyheights.com/heightsrun/ or call 604-294-9060.

September 21, 2002
Night of 2002 Lights: As the sun sets the colourful lanterns made at community workshops are displayed in a latern procession around Deer Lake Park, filling the site with beautiful shimmering candlelight, at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby, Dusk; 604-291-6864.

September 21, 2002
VECC Kids’ Series presents Alberta Touring Opera Snow White: An operatic adaptation of a beloved tale, with all the elements of the original, plus contemporary comic touches. A lively, dramatic and fast paced production full of laughs and beauty. Ages 6 +.  Vancouver East Cultural Centre; 604-251-1363.

September 21 - 22, 2002
Arts on the Rise Festival: Art exhibition, street entertainment, art activities for kids, kite painting extravaganza and more, south Granville area of Vancouver; 604-734-3195.

September 21 - 22, 2002
Country Celebration: A traditional fall fair at Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley; 604-432-6351.

September 21 - 22, 2002
Langley Country Celebration:  Enjoy the fall country fair at Campbell Valley Regional Park; 604 432-6351.  

September 21 - 22, 2002
Nikkei Festival 2002: Celebration of Japanese-Canadian culture, featuring traditional and contemporary Japanese food, arts, and crafts; a traditional tea ceremony; martial-arts demonstrations; musical performances; and a dance, at Nikkei Place, 6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby; 604-777-7000.

September 21 - 22, 2002
The Vancouver Police Department is hosting the Canadian Police Dog Championships at Nat Bailey Stadium. This event is open to the public and admission is free. Police Dog teams from across Canada and the USA will compete in Obedience Agility and Criminal Apprehension.  More information at www.policedogchallenge.com

September 21 - 28, 2002
West Coast Chocolate Festival, 12 festival events at 8 locations around the Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody area of Greater Vancouver; Chocolate demonstrations and tastings, performances, factory tours, movie night, chocolate dessert buffet, library programs, poetry slam, photography & more.  Info at http://www.chocolatefestival.ca/ or 604-469-0759.

September 21, 28, 2002
Willow View Farm Festival: Hayrides, petting barn, hay-loft maze & slide, cider and U-pick apples and pumpkins; 288 McCallum Road, Abbotsford; 604-854-8710.

September 22, 2002
Bite of Fairhaven:  Eat your way through the restaurants of Fairhaven serving small "bites" of their best cuisine. Enjoy soups, desserts, salads, seafood and more. Entertainment and beverages featured as well. Fairhaven District, Bellingham, Washington; 360-714-0252

September 22, 2002
Carnivorous Plant Show: A show and sale of those rarest of plants - the insect eating carnivorous kind. Presented by the Pacific Western Carnivorous Plant Society.Richmond Nature park; 604-718-6188.

September 22, 2002
Children's Swap Meet: Looking for great buys on children's second hand clothing, accessories and toys?  Come check us out! Poirier Community Centre, Coquitlam. Doors are open to the Public  from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; 604-933-6048.

September 22, 2002
Country Fair at the Southlands Riding Club: Pony rides, midway, petting zoo, and more! 7025 MacDonald St., Vancouver; 604-263-4817 or www.southlands.bc.ca (http://www.southlands.bc.ca).

September 22, 2002
Garbage Can Art Contest & Auction at Granville Island Public Market; Artists decorate garbage cans which are auctioned off , will proceeds going to purchase supplies for art therapy at BC Children's Hospital; 604-681-5411.

September 22, 2002
Harvest Festival at Edgemont Village, North Vancouver;

September 22, 2002
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver: 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver.  This is the most romantic outdoor Chinese cultural celebration and includes a colourful lantern festival, myth telling, music, and complimentary tea and mooncakes; 604-662-3207.

September 22, 2002
Pagan Pride Day:  The mission of the Pagan Pride Project is to foster pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity and community. Vancouver Pagan Pride Day is a celebration of religious diversity and thanksgiving. It is a day set aside for being ourselves; to honour the paths we all walk and celebrate that walk with us. By celebrating in the Autumn season we also give thanks for the bountiful harvest, both physically and spiritually. Prospect Point picnic area of Stanley Park; http://www.paganpride.org/

September 22 - 24, 2002
North American Native Art And Crafts Festival at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver;

September 26 - 29, 2002
Snowbird RV Show at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 604-264-8234.

September 28, 2002
Abbotsford Police 10k Challenge/ 5K Fun Run, $10,000 in prizes will be given away randomly to participants; Info and registration forms at www.abbotsfordpolice.org (http://www.abbotsfordpolice.org).

September 28, 2002
Farmer's Market & Craft Fair at the Upper Sumas Elementary School at 36321 Vye Road in Abbotsford; 604-852-8619.

September 28, 2002
Puget Sound's 17th Annual Toy Show: Farm Toy Tractors and Construction Toys - Toy Trucks - Banks and Nascar, at Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington; 360-354-1218.

September 28 - 29, 2002
Catch the Spirit Art Show: Art show and artists from BC - all mediums. Entrance by donation. All proceeds to CKNW Orphan's Fund, Semiahmoo Park - East Beach South Surrey; 604-538-8018.

September 28 - 29, 2002
Farm Fest '02 - Secrets From the Farm, Public Market Courtyard, Granville Island; Chef demos, farm animals, farmers' favourite family recipes, canning contest, farm fresh produce direct from local farmers. Fun for the whole family!

September 28 - 29, 2002
Medieval Fair at Minter Gardens; 1.888.646.8377.

September 28 - 29, 2002
Richmond Gem & Mineral Club Show at the Richmond  Cultural Centre; 604-231-6440.

September 28 - October 13, 2002
Fall Harvest Festival: Come and enjoy the fall displays at the Gardens and savor the tastes of the harvest. Discover the majestic colours of autumn at Minter Gardens. 1.888.646.8377.

September 29, 2002
Demolition Derby: Northern Lights Motorsports Show presents another Derby at the Agrifair Arena, Abbotsford; 604-589-4337.

September 29, 2002
Kidstuff Swapmeet at Willingdon Community Centre, Burnaby; 604-299-1446.

September 29, 2002
BC Rivers Day: A special day to celebrate our spectacular river heritage. Allco Park hosts this annual event to raise awareness of our streams and rivers. For more information call Jenny at Alouette River Management at 604-467-6401.

September 29, 2002
Whonnock Lake Day: The annual Whonnock Fall Fair begins with an inter-denominational church service and a pancake breakfast. Food, crafts, children’s activities, a 5 & 10 km run/walk, a 1 km. non-competitive children’s run, and musical entertainment are all part of the day’s activities. Don’t miss the Whon -auction—a popular tradition. For more information call Darla at 604-462-0876.

Ongoing until September 2, 2002
Marconi's Transatlantic Challenge: Explore the 'miracle' of Marconi Wireless in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic wireless signal by Marconi, on Signal Hill in St. John's Newfoundland. That day - December 12, 1901 was the beginning of a new way of transmitting information over vast distances, shortening the gap between people and places, a first step towards creating the modern village we call global. In addition to a wealth of historical information two interactive stations contain an actual recording of Marconi's voice announcing the first experiment, in both Italian and English. Marconi's Wireless system has truly changed our everyday lives, affecting how we gain information, how we interact with each other and how we communicate with the rest of the world.  Science World, (604) 443-7443.

Ongoing until September 8, 2002
"How can something so heavy seem so light?" "If birds' wings flap, why don't planes'?" Sure these are questions a child might ask, but these are also the same questions grown-up inventors asked a hundred years ago. Flight explores aviation as a springboard to understanding a wide range of science, math and physics principles. Understanding how flight works illuminates the very nature of problem solving and in few other subjects is the result of research so historically rich and visually breathtaking.  Sit in the cockpit of a real Stearman PT-17 biplane or a Bell 47D Helicopter, or pedal a Gossamer Condor to find out what it feels like to be the engine of the aircraft that pioneered human-powered flight. Other interactive experiences include a virtual flight on a jet liner, a flyable model helicopter and more. Flight ignites minds - the connections between the ancient dream and its modern fulfillment teaches that knowledge does make dreams possible.  Science World; (604) 443-7443.

Ongoing until September 15, 2002
My Fair Lady at the Stanley Vancouver. Theatre Tickets: 604-687-1644.

Ongoing until September 22, 2002
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival at Vanier Park, Vancouver.  Featuring the romantic comedy Twelfth Night as well as the powerful drama Henry V and the rarely seen classic, Cymbeline; 604.739.0559.

Ongoing until September 22, 2002
Stanley Park Shuttle: This free bus service has 14 specially signed stops and hits the park's most popular attractions and natural highlights.

Ongoing until September 28, 2002
William White: My Ancestors are Still Dancing at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Tsimshian weaver William White from Lax Kw'alaams will be publicly weaving a child-size Chilkat robe this summer as part of this exhibition; 604-822-3825.

Ongoing until September 29, 2002
Street of Dreams - Abbotsford.  Abbotsford's prestigious Eagle Mountain development will be host to this national event. Five homes have been constructed for the Street of Dreams. You can view the homes Wednesday - Sunday 10am-8pm. Admission is $12 & $10; 604 864-0860.







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