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Free Vancouver Events in September

Free Things to Do in September

September is a fabulous month in Metro Vancouver. The weather is still usually beautiful, plus there’s lots of great FREE stuff happening in the region.

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Free (or almost free) things to do in September include various festivals, plus many of the summer’s regular great activities like farmers markets, night markets and exploring the great outdoors.

(Note: Event locations, times, prices and other details listed below are subject to change. Check with each event’s website for the most up-to-date information.)

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Saturday September 14th (2019)

  • Mid-Autumn Family Day – Coquitlam Heritage hosts an afternoon of family-friendly cultural activities from 1:00 until 4:00 pm at All Saints Parish Hall at 821 Fairfax Street in Coquitlam. The Lion Dance starts at 1:30 pm and admission is by donation.
  • White Rock Moon Festival – a free event with music, lanterns, fireworks and family-friendly activities in White Rock.
  • Westward Street Party – a free event with live music and other activities on Mainland Street in Yaletown.
  • Vancouver Classic Car Toy Run – admission is a new child’s toy or equivalent cash donation to participate in the small car rally from Port Moody to Vancouver. If you’d like to watch for free, it starts at the Port Moody Park & Ride.
  • MCC Festival for World Relief – a fundraising event for refugee assistance and international development at Tradex in Abbotsford between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The event features food, live entertainment, kid-friendly activities and items for purchase. Free admission.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in Surrey that’s open to the public by donation from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a special feature family-friendly film costs $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
  • The Clock – admission to the Polygon Gallery near North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay is always by donation. Today also features showings of a free film that’s comprised solely of clocks and time-related scenes from famous movies and TV shows (and continuing until September 22nd).

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Sunday September 15th (2019)

  • Terry Fox Run – a run to raise money for cancer research at multiple venues around Metro Vancouver including at Stanley Park.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in Surrey that’s open to the public by donation from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – an impressive market between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the salons in St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission by donation.
  • The Clock – admission to the Polygon Gallery near North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay is always by donation. Today also features showings of a free film that’s comprised solely of clocks and time-related scenes from famous movies and TV shows (and continuing until September 22nd).

Monday September 16th (2019)

Tuesday September 17th (2019)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
  • Stanley Park Drum Circle – if a sunny day, informal drumming happens at Third Beach in the evening.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • The Clock – admission to the Polygon Gallery near North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay is always by donation. Today also features showings of a free film that’s comprised solely of clocks and time-related scenes from famous movies and TV shows (and continuing until September 22nd).

Wednesday September 18th (2019)

  • Main Street Farmers Market – a small to medium-sized market with about 3 dozen vendors outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • The Clock – admission to the Polygon Gallery near North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay is always by donation. Today also features showings of a free film that’s comprised solely of clocks and time-related scenes from famous movies and TV shows (and continuing until September 22nd).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore if and while the weather is good.

Thursday September 19th (2019)

  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 8:30 pm at UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
  • Second-Hand Book Sale – a used book sale put on by the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission is free and the books are cheap. (TIP: the selection will be at its best today.)
  • Free Movie NightFinding Nemo plays at Richmond’s City Centre Community Centre starting at 7 o’clock.
  • The Clock – admission to the Polygon Gallery near North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay is always by donation. Today also features showings of a free film that’s comprised solely of clocks and time-related scenes from famous movies and TV shows (and continuing until September 22nd).
  • Farmers Markets

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Friday September 20th (2019)

  • Second-Hand Book Sale – a used book sale put on by the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission is free and the books are cheap.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in Surrey that’s open to the public by donation from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • Shipyard Night Marketa beer garden, food trucks, market vendors and live music from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Shipyards.
  • The Clock – admission to the Polygon Gallery near North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay is always by donation. Today also features showings of a free film that’s comprised solely of clocks and time-related scenes from famous movies and TV shows (and continuing until September 22nd).

Saturday September 21st (2019)

  • Indonesia Fest – food vendors, craft activities and cultural entertainment at Burnaby’s Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. Admission is free.
  • Olde Harvest Fair – dancing, music, refreshments, games and artisan vendors at Stewart Farm at 13723 Crescent Road in South Surrey.
  • Mackin House Birthday Celebrations – live music, tours of the museum and other activities take place at Coquitlam’s heritage house at 1116 Brunette Avenue between noon and 3:00 pm. Admission is by donation.
  • Free Outdoor MovieNight at the Museum starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams shows outdoors at the Ioco Town Site at 1st Avenue and Ioco Road in Port Moody starting at 7:30 pm.
  • Second-Hand Book Sale – a used book sale put on by the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Admission is free and the books are cheap. (TIP: prices will be reduced by 50% or so today compared to the previous two days.)
  • Cloverdale Market Days – a large market with artisan vendors in downtown Cloverdale between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Scarecrow Festival – live entertainment, kid-friendly activities, artisan vendors, hay rides and scarecrows on display at Art’s Nursery in Surrey. Admission is free, but some things cost money or are by donation with some proceeds benefiting charities.
  • Riverfest – a community festival with live entertainment and environmental educational displays along the boardwalk at Westminster Quay in New Westminster from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
  • Steveston Grand Prix of Art – watch dozens of artists compete to create a masterpiece within 3 hours and then admire those pieces at the Britannia Heritage Shipyards.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in Surrey that’s open to the public by donation from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a special feature family-friendly film costs $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
  • The Clock – admission to the Polygon Gallery near North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay is always by donation. Today also features showings of a free film that’s comprised solely of clocks and time-related scenes from famous movies and TV shows (and continuing until September 22nd).

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Sunday September 22nd (2019)

  • World Rivers Day – free admission and activities at Burnaby Village Museum between 11:00 and 4:30 pm.
  • Ioco Ghost Town Day Festival – entertainment and kid-friendly activities from 12:00 until 4:00 pm at the Ioco Town Site (at 1st Avenue and at Ioco Road) in Port Moody.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – an impressive market between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in Surrey that’s open to the public by donation from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission by donation.
    • From 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855-156th Street. Admission by donation.
  • The Clock – admission to the Polygon Gallery near North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay is always by donation. Today also features showings of a free film that’s comprised solely of clocks and time-related scenes from famous movies and TV shows (and continuing until September 22nd).

Monday September 23rd (2019)

Tuesday September 24th (2019)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
  • Stanley Park Drum Circle – if a sunny day, informal drumming happens at Third Beach in the evening.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

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Wednesday September 25th (2019)

  • Main Street Farmers Market – a small to medium-sized market with about 3 dozen vendors outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore if and while the weather is good.

Thursday September 26th (2019)

Friday September 27th (2019)

  • Roedde House – the historic museum in Vancouver’s West End is open by donation today because it’s the last Friday of the month.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in Surrey that’s open to the public by donation from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • Shipyard Night Marketa beer garden, food trucks, market vendors and live music from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Shipyards.

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Saturday September 28th (2019)

  • Shipyards Festival – the Shipyards and Lower Lonsdale District of North Vancouver host this free festival with live music and family-friendly activities.
  • White Rock Buskers Festival – street performers entertain around the streets of White Rock.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in Surrey that’s open to the public by donation from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a special feature family-friendly film costs $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.

Sunday September 29th (2019)

  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in Surrey that’s open to the public by donation from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – an impressive market between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the salons in St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission by donation.
    • From 4:00 until 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church at 1044 St. George’s Avenue in North Vancouver.

Monday September 30th (2019)

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For a full list of things to do in September, including events that aren’t free, see Vancouver’s September Calendar or the Festivals & Events Calendar.

For other affordable things to do, see Vancouver on a Budget.

To see what’s happening next month, check out the October Calendar of Events.