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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.

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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.)

Tuesday, September 1st (2020)

  • Vancouver Mural Festival – murals, talks and tours take place in the Main Street area of Vancouver.
  • 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).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.

Wednesday, September 2nd (2020)

  • Vancouver Mural Festival – murals, talks and tours take place in the Main Street area of Vancouver.
  • 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 – 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.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

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Thursday, September 3rd (2020)

  • New West Farmers Market – an outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – murals, talks and tours take place in the Main Street area of Vancouver.
  • 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.

Friday, September 4th (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).
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – murals, talks and tours take place in the Main Street area.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

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Saturday, September 5th (2020)

  • Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival – free performances take place online today.
  • Vancouver Flamenco Festival – live performances take place at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm at Granville Island on the Picnic Pavilion stage at 267 Old Bridge Walk.
  • 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.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – murals, talks and tours take place in the Main Street area of Vancouver.
  • Bands on the Beach – there is usually live music at Harrison Hot Springs this weekend most years. This year, though, because of COVID-19, the performances are happening online instead.
  • Taiwanfest – the Asian-themed street party usually takes place along Granville Street. This year, however, most of the festival is happening online instead.

Sunday, September 6th (2020)

  • Vancouver Mural Festival – murals, talks and tours take place in the Main Street area.
  • Vancouver Flamenco Festival – live performances take place at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 pm at Granville Island on the Picnic Pavilion stage at 267 Old Bridge Walk.
  • Taiwanfest – the Asian-themed street party usually takes place along Granville Street. This year, however, most of the festival is happening online instead.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. (Available to stream online as it is the first Sunday of the month.)
  • 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.

Monday, September 7th (2020)

  • Labour Daya statutory holiday.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – murals, talks and tours take place in the Main Street area of Vancouver.
  • Taiwanfest – the Asian-themed street party usually takes place along Granville Street. This year, however, most of the festival is happening online instead.
  • 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, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Tuesday, September 8th (2020)

  • 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).
  • 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.

Wednesday, September 9th (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.
  • 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.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Thursday, September 10th (2020)

  • New West Farmers Market – an outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 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.
  • 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.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Friday, September 11th (2020)

  • 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.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Saturday, September 12th (2020)

Sunday, September 13th (2020)

  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Coho Festivala festival all about salmon on the North Shore at Ambleside Park. Due to COVID-19 this event is scheduled to run virtually in 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.

Monday, September 14th (2020)

  • 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.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Tuesday, September 15th (2020)

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Wednesday, September 16th (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.
  • 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.

Thursday, September 17th (2020)

  • New West Farmers Market – an outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 8:30 pm at UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (To be confirmed.)
  • 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.

Friday, September 18th (2020)

  • 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.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Saturday, September 19th (2020)

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Sunday, September 20th (2020)

  • Terry Fox Run – a run to raise money for cancer research at multiple venues around Metro Vancouver. In 2020 the events have gone virtual so folk can run wherever they want.
  • 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.
  • Jazz Vespers in Vancouver – from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. (CANCELLED)

Monday, September 21st (2020)

  • Pull of the Net Event – a multicultural event hosted by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. It normally occurs live and in May, but this year the performances are all online and in September.
  • 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, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Tuesday, September 22nd (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • Pull of the Net Event – a multicultural event hosted by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. It normally occurs live and in May, but this year the performances are all online and in September.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.

Wednesday, September 23rd (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.
  • Pull of the Net Event – a multicultural event hosted by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. It normally occurs live and in May, but this year the performances are all online and in September.
  • 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, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Thursday, September 24th (2020)

  • New West Farmers Market – at Tipperary Park in New Westminster from 3 until 7 pm.
  • Pull of the Net Event – a multicultural event hosted by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. It normally occurs live and in May, but this year the performances are all online and in September.

Friday, September 25th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Pull of the Net Event – a multicultural event hosted by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. It normally occurs live and in May, but this year the performances are all online and in September.
  • 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!

Saturday, September 26th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Pull of the Net Event – a multicultural event hosted by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. It normally occurs live and in May, but this year the performances are all online and in September.
  • 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.

Sunday, September 27th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Pull of the Net Event – a multicultural event hosted by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. It normally occurs live and in May, but this year the performances are all online and in September.
  • 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.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. (CANCELLED)

Monday, September 28th (2020)

  • 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 28 to October 4, 2020, 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.

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Tuesday, September 29th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 8:00 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.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

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.

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.