It’s another stat holiday weekend in BC, and there are plenty of opportunities to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Vancouver and beyond. And if you’re looking for some fun shows, pop-up markets, and movie screenings to check out as well, we’ve got you covered with our list of 10 things to do in Vancouver this weekend (September 29-October 1).

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Daniel Caesar fans, mark your calendars for this weekend and snag some last-minute tickets, because the Canadian R&B singer is coming to Vancouver. For those who don’t know, the artist broke into the scene with not one, but two acclaimed EPs: Praise Break¬†and¬†Pilgrim‚Äôs Paradise. His first and second studio albums were also both critically acclaimed, and the artist shows no signs of slowing down.

When: Saturday, September 30th
Where: Pacific Coliseum
Cost: $69.50+

Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children 

From 7:30 to 9:30 pm on September 30th, Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly is bringing to life a multimedia performance promoting anti-racism and raising awareness around the detrimental impacts of the Indian Act and the Residential School System at the Tightrope Impro Theatre.

When: Saturday, September 30th
Where: 2343 Main Street

Sponsored: Vancouver International Film Festival

The Vancouver International Film Festival is lighting up screens across the city as it kicks off for 2 weeks of movie-loving madness. Prepare for over 138 full-feature films and 93 shorts from across the world with a large showcase of cinema by Canadian and Indigenous creators. There will be works across multiple genres, award-winning films, special premieres, live events, and more to discover

When: Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, October 8
Where: 10 screens in 7 venues across Vancouver
Cost: $18 for Adult tickets

Indigenous Drawing Workshop

On Sunday, October 1st, artist Ungwa-Kasu Chris L. Wilson will lead three sessions at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Indigenous design, where participants will be guided to create their own in honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The first session will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., and is recommended for younger participants. Sessions two and three will take place from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. respectively.

When: Sunday, October 1st
Where: 750 Hornby Street

International South Asian Film Festival


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Along the same vein as VIFF is this year’s International South Asian Film Fest in Surrey. This year’s theme is Pathbreakers, and guests can enjoy six feature films, four documentaries, and over 30 shorts total.

When: Thursday, September 28th to Sunday, October 1st
Where: Participating venues in Surrey
Cost: Varies per film screening

Vancouver Giants vs. Wenatchee Wild

Hockey lovers, take note. The Vancouver Giants are up against the Wenatchee Wild on Sunday, October 1st at the Langley Events Center, and the game starts at 4 p.m.

When: Sunday, October 1st
Where: 7888 200 Street, Langley
Cost: $23.90 to $46

Autumn Pop-Up Shop at The Pipe Shop

On Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 1st, you can head to The Pipe Shop in North Van for a pop-up market filled with one-of-a-kind, locally-made goodies from over 70 small businesses and creatives.

The dog-friendly pop-up will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

When: Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st
Where: 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

Harvest Haus

Harvest Haus is back & better than ever this weekend celebrating the seasonal bounty of autumn with tons of specialty German fare, including schnitzel, roast chicken, and a wide range of German, Czech, and Belgian brews. Whether you’re impartial to an old-fashioned pilsner or more of a radler person, there’s a beer (and a seat) for everyone at Harvest Haus.

When: Friday, September 29th and Saturday, September 30th
Where: 2901 East Hastings
Cost: $35 to $480

37th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival ‚Äď A Circus of Dreams

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a time-honoured tradition celebrated by families around the globe, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is celebrating the 37th annual festival this week with a slew of cultural performances, tea ceremonies, art exhibits, and food.

When: Friday, September 29th and Saturday, October 1st
Where: 578 Carrall Street
Cost: $10-$15 for adults, $7-$10 for children

Bard on the Beach

It looks like the final weekend of Bard on the Beach is shaping up to be a sunny one, so if you haven’t gone to see Bard’s 2018¬†blockbuster As You Like It yet, now’s your chance.

When: Last show on September 30th
Where: 1695 Whyte Avenue
Cost: Varies by production

So there you have it, Vancouver. To learn more about Indigenous perspectives in Canada and what First Nations define as true reconciliation, you can read the official Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

As well, you can support the following Indigenous-led organizations: