Welcomes to another week in September, folks. Things might be a bit smokey at the moment, but once the air quality improves – there’s no stopping us from enjoying the sunshine.

Check out some concerts, covered patios, art exhibits, and more this week. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver from (September 12-16).



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Flume is one of those artists that has made it big but whose concerts still somehow feel more intimate than other musicians and DJs to make it into mainstream culture. And if his top-charting songs and performance charisma are any indications, we’re sure his concert this week will be no exception.

When: Monday, September 12th
Where: 2901 East Hastings
Cost: $48.50 – $88.50+ fees

The Shins

The Albuquerque-born indie rock band known for “New Slang” and their musical debut in feature films like Garden State and Wish I Was Here is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wednesday, September 14th. Their bandmates may have fluctuated through the years, but their sound is ever-strong.

When: Wednesday, September 14th
Where: 630 Hamilton Street
Cost: $47.40

Beaded Nostalgia at the Bill Reid Gallery 

The Bill Reid Gallery has a ton of inspiring exhibits on right now, including Beaded Nostalgia – a look into the past through the use of contemporary beadwork. Artists Audie Murray (Michif), Hazel Wilson (Haida), Nico Williams (Anishinaabe), and Serena Steel (Secwepemc), each use their innovative beadwork to express feelings of nostalgia and connections to their own experiences.

Pro-tip: If you’re looking to check out the rest of the gallery, note that the gallery offers free admission from 2 to 5 pm on the first Friday of every month.

When: Open throughout September
Where: 639 Hornby Street
Cost: $13 GA

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Taste of Abby 


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Folks can celebrate the best of the harvest season at Abbotsford’s first-ever fall food fest this season – and there are multiple dates available. Think live music, a variety of food-related events, tasting menus, and limited-edition creations to devour. Oh, and the event is an evening market – so folks can expect to sip on local wine and handcrafted bevies as well.

When: Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 18th
Where: 2552 McCallum Road, Jubilee Park
Cost: $38.15

Check out some dog parks

Thanks to this online interactive map of all the off-leash dog parks in Vancouver, you’ll never need to wonder where to let your canine friend roam free next. And if you don’t have any dogs, we think going for the sole intention of dog-watching is a great time too. After all, it doesn’t cost a thing to treat your furry friend to some quality outdoor time.

Where: Check out the online map above

Go on a fall hike

We know it’ll be a while before the leaves start turning, but we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves anyways. After all, BC is absolutely stunning in autumn, and the season will be here before you know it. Explore our beautiful province and get your steps in for the month.

Where: Check out our picks above

Hang out on a covered patio 

Who says patio season can’t be extended to covered patios?? Vancouver has plenty to go around that are both scenic and practical for any kind of weather.

Where: See our picks above

Plan a romantic date

The weather may be cooling down soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still plan a spicy date night. Surprise your partner with an intimate stroll through Nitobe Gardens through the fall foliage, an apple-picking road trip, or a visit to some retro-themed bars around the city.

Where: Check out our picks above

Rent some e-bikes

Starting on August 30th, folks who want to hop on a Mobi and go on a joyride can do so with an emission-free electric bike that’s not only energy and time-efficient, but money-efficient as well.  Whether you bike through Stanley Park or go across the Lions Gate Bridge, Mobi has you covered. The 24 Hour Pass gives you access to e-bikes for 25¢/min for the first 30 minutes and 35¢/min thereafter.

Richmond Night Market

It bears repeating that the Richmond Night Market is still on throughout much of fall, and with over 500 amazing food vendors to choose from, we can certainly see why the beloved market warrants multiple visits.

When: On throughout August
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
Cost: $4 ($22 to skip the line)

And that’s a wrap on this week, folks! Enjoy & soak up every bit of sun you can.