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Free Vancouver Events in September

Free September Events in Vancouver

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 and exploring the great outdoors.

Because of COVID-19, there are fewer free activities in 2021 than most years. 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.)

 

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Saturday, September 18th (2021)

 

Sunday, September 19th (2021)

  • Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival – boat racing activities happen at the eastern end of False Creek.
  • 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.

 

Shipyards Festival

 

Monday, September 20th (2021)

  • Canadian Federal Election – be sure to get out and vote!
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Vancouver beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people.

 

Tuesday, September 21st (2021)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • Art Downtown – artists, art displays and art demonstrations take place in the North Plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery (weather permitting).
  • Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle – drumming takes place at Stanley Park’s Third Beach if the weather is sunny from early evening until sunset. Free! (If you go, be sure to keep your distance from other people. It can get pretty crowded!)

 


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Did you know that there are nine parks and plazas on Vancouver’s North Shore where you can drink alcohol in public? You can buy your beverages at the liquor store and enjoy them with your friends at some fabulous places. See our article about North Shore Alcohol-Friendly Parks for details.


 

Wednesday, September 22nd (2021)

  • Art Downtown – a group of local artists display their work outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in Jack Poole Plaza (weather permitting).
  • Downtown Farmers Market – held outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in the North Plaza from 2:30 until 6:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.

 

Thursday, September 23rd (2021)

 

Friday, September 24th (2021)

  • Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival – boat racing and other activities happen in False Creek and other venues.
  • Art Downtown – a group of local artists display their work outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in Jack Poole Plaza (weather permitting).
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.

 

Shipyards Festival

 

Saturday, September 25th (2021)

 

Sunday, September 26th (2021)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • 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 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

Monday, September 27th (2021)

  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 27 to October 3, 2021, people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.

 

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Tuesday, September 28th (2021)

  • 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 27 to October 3, 2021, people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • Art Downtown – artists, art displays and art demonstrations take place in the North Plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery (weather permitting).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle – drumming takes place at Stanley Park’s Third Beach if the weather is sunny from early evening until sunset. Free! (If you go, be sure to keep your distance from other people. It can get pretty crowded!)

 

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Wednesday, September 29th (2021)

  • Downtown Farmers Market – held outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in the North Plaza from 2:30 until 6:00 pm.
  • Art Downtown – a group of local artists display their work outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in Jack Poole Plaza (weather permitting).
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 27 to October 3, 2021, 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.

 

Thursday, September 30th (2021)

  • National Day for Truth & Reconciliation – a day for people to remember and acknowledge the racist history of Canada’s former residential school system and work towards a better tomorrow.
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • New Westminster Farmers Market – at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • False Creek Farmers Market – from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm in Concord Community Park near False Creek.
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 27 to October 3, 2021, people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.

 


 

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.