The arrival of the last long weekend of summer 2022 is a bittersweet one – but we’re determined to make these next few days count. Vancouver has been blessed with unseasonably hot weather so far this month, and we plan on taking full advantage. From block parties to exploring the great outdoors, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this long weekend.

Richmond Community Block Party 


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After the mass success that was the first Richmond Community Block Party, The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Fest is taking over
Lansdowne Centre this long weekend with even more food truck vendors, entertainment, and drink options. Best of all? The block party is completely free to attend!

When: Friday, September 2nd to Sunday, September 4th
Where: 5300 No. 3 Road
Cost: Free

RuPaul’s Drag Race – Werq The World Tour

That’s right, folks. Some of the biggest names in drag will be performing at Queen Elizabeth Theatre this Saturday, September 4th. Grab some last-minute tickets and enjoy the show!

When: Sunday, September 4th
Where: 630 Hamilton Street
Cost: $74.67+

Italian Summer Festival & Car Show

Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre’s Italian Summer Festival and Car Show are nearly upon us, and there will be tons to do by way of delicious eats, drinks, and car show viewing. Simply register here and get ready for a variety of food from around Italy, and a market full of street vendors with treasures to peruse.

When: Sunday, September 4th
Where: 3075 Slocan Street
Cost: Free

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2022


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Labour Day 2022 is your last chance to check out Chilliwack’s beloved Sunflower Fest, so if you haven’t already admired the 50+ stunning varieties of sunflowers or taken pictures in their garden displays, you’ll want to head to Chilliwack sooner rather than later! Tickets are only $10-15, and you’ll get to enjoy more than just sunflowers. There will be an additional 50 varieties of Dahlias, 8 varieties of Gladiolas, and several varieties of Zinnias and Cosmos to appreciate.

When: Wednesday, August 10th to September 5th
Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack
Cost: $10-$15 GA

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Harambeecouver Diversity Festival 

The iconic Harambeecouver Diversity Festival is back at Thornton Park near Main Street this year, bringing a ton of food options, live music, and a variety of family-friendly activities to partake in. Oh, and did we mention the event is free??

Other events promoting reconciliation and inclusion include a pancake breakfast for the DTES on Friday, September 2nd, as well as a diversity run on Sunday, September 4th.

When: Sunday, September 4th
Where: 1166 Main Street
Cost: Free!

Catch The Adventures of Tin Tin at Cineplex

Great news, movie lovers! Cineplex Canada is offering visitors $2.99 family movies every Saturday this month. And this weekend’s ‘Family Favourite’ is The Adventures of TinTin.

Where: Cineplex locations around the city

Check out a patio happy hour


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Before patio season transitions to cozy cafe season, we thought we’d share some of our fave outdoor spots to have some patio drinks and sprawl out in the sun. And we’ve got one more new addition to add to the mix: Mount Pleasant Vintage & Provisions. Not only do they have two amazing patios with different vibes to choose from, but they’ve also got $5 happy hour drinks and hot dogs for $1.50.

Where: Check out our picks above

Visit a ghost town 

With ‘spooky season’ almost upon us, there’s no better time than now to check out some ghost towns around BC & learn about their history. We say either because while some of these are just a stone’s throw from the city, others are downright impossible to get to (unless you’ve got some scuba gear handy).

Where: Check out our picks above

Labour Day at Burnaby Village Museum 

Take a walk through local history and gorge on kettle corn at the Burnaby Village Museum this Monday. All the museum’s exhibits will be open to the public, including the Kids Conservation Lab, Quilter’s Demo, a slew of new exhibits, and even a special Labour Scavenger Hunt! Oh, and did we mention free carousel rides all day long?

Where: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Vancouver Canadians


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A hot dog, a brewski, and some baseball? If that doesn’t sound like a great way to spend an afternoon, then we don’t know what does. Plus, the prices really can’t be beat for pro sports around the city. This weekend, they’ll be facing off against Eugene’s Emeralds. So grab your yard-long hot dogs, popcorn, and bags of peanuts and get ready for one of the last games of the season.

When: Games until September 11th
Where: 4601 Ontario Street, The Nat
Cost: $20+

And that’s a wrap on Labour Day weekend, Vancouver! We hope you enjoy the last long weekend of the summer and soak in all the rays you can.