Well, Vancouver, it’s now officially fall, and we’re already donning our cozy sweater and preparing for the season of over-baking. Thankfully, it’s still nice enough out to enjoy a good picnic or two, and just chilly enough to start thinking about pumpkin patches and museum visits. Without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (September 23-25).

Jack Harlow 


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A true Gen Z breakout star with ‘humble Tik Tok beginnings,’ if you will, Jack Harlow has amassed a level of fame that few viral stars have been able to replicate. And the Kentucky-born rapper now has a ton of hit singles (and die-hard fans) to prove it. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a wild time at his concert this Saturday, September 24th!

When: Saturday, September 24th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Cost: $202+

Sam Fender

The English singer-songwriter known for his high tenor voice and Geordie accent is slated to perform at The Commodore on Sunday, September 25th, so buckle in for some serious fan girl vibes.

When: Sunday, September 25th
Where: 868 Granville Street
Cost: $157.08 GA

Enjoy authentic bannock

If you’re interested in learning more about BC’s diverse Indigenous food scene, you’ll definitely want to check out these spots for authentic bannock (pan-fried flatbread) as highlighted by Indigenous Tourism BC. So, grab a fork and get ready to sample delicious bannock tacos, sandwiches, and more!

Where: See our picks above

Oktoberfest at Austria Vancouver Club 


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The Austria Vancouver Club is celebrating Oktoberfest this Saturday, September 24th with feasting, dancing, and of course, drinking top-notch pilsners and lagers. For just $45 per person, you can enjoy a wholesome Oktoberfest meal alongside live entertainment by Al Pichler & the Alpiners and The Silver Stars.

And if you’re looking for even more Oktoberfest fun to get up to, there’s always CRAFToberfest and other inspired menus available at select brewpubs.

When: Saturday, September 24th, October 15th, and October 22nd
Where: 5851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Cost: $40 for members, $45 for non-members

Saturday Skate Nights at the PNE

Great news, roller skate lovers, the Rolla Skate Club is currently back at the PNE with their popular Saturday Skate Nights. So, lace up your roller skates and get ready for all-ages fun, or a 19+ skate session.

When: Multiple dates in September
Where: 2901 East Hastings
Cost: $15 online

Eat your way through Chinatown

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Vancouver’s Chinatown has some of the best eats in town. What’s even better is that most options are very affordable – and there are so many to choose from. Our recommendation? Start with Kam Wai Dim Sum or New Town Bakery. And if you want a drink or two to cap it off, head to Blnd Tger.

Where: Chinatown

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 interesting 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

Check out Hell’s Gate Airtram

And if you weren’t able to scout out some friendly ghosts at the locations above, there’s always Hell’s Gate Airtram. The ‘haunted’ tram ride takes you through one of the most narrow passageways out there, where some visitors have reportedly seen/heard “mysterious voices, lurking shadows, and objects falling off shelves.” As if dropping from 950 feet in the air isn’t spooky enough!

When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: 43111 Trans Canada Highway, Boston Bar, BC
Cost: $30.99 or $25 per ticket for groups of 8+

Go on a scenic picnic

If you want to mix in some quality picnicking with the last of your beach days, we’ve got just the list for you. From the grassy hills and killer views at Queen Elizabeth Park to the shady spots at Trout Lake, here are some amazing picnic spots around Vancouver to enjoy while you can.

Where: Check out our picks above

Check out some pumpkin patches

While it might still be a little early to be thinking about pumpkins, there are already farms around Metro Vancouver opening for the season this weekend. From Hazelmore Pumpkin Patch at Gabriel Farms to Maan Farms, here’s what’s open by way of fall festivities and u-pick pumpkins.

Where: Check out our picks above

And that’s a wrap on this weekend, folks!