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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 are free things happening in the region.

Best FREE Places in September in Vancouver

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

Because of COVID-19, there are fewer free activities in 2020 than most years. The region’s two biggest night markets, for example, have been cancelled for the entire season, and several festivals have also either been cancelled or are going online. As you’ll see below, however, there are still a number of fun things to do on a budget.

(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. Also, whatever you do, be sure to maintain appropriate physical distancing, wear a mask when necessary, and wash your hands frequently.)

Wednesday, September 30th (2020)

  • 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.
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 28 to October 4, 2020, people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.

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Thursday, October 1st (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • New West Farmers Market – an outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm. (Note: 3:00 until 3:30 is reserved for seniors and people with special needs.)
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 28th to October 4th people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Friday, October 2nd (2020)

  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission at the Indigenous art gallery from 2:00 until 5:00 pm (because it’s the first Friday of the month).
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 28th to October 4th people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.

Saturday, October 3rd (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • 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.
  • Drive-In Movie – the film Angry Birds plays in Maple Ridge tonight. The cost is just $5 (so it isn’t free, but it is really cheap).
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 28th to October 4th people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.
  • The Sky’s No Limit & Girls Fly Too! – held during the week of International Women’s day, this free event promotes females in the areas of aerospace, aviation, defense and marine industry. (POSTPONED until October 2nd & 3rd, 2021)

Sunday, October 4th (2020)

  • 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 – 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.
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 28th to October 4th people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.

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.