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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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Sunday September 1st (2019)

  • Bands on the Beach – free outdoor concerts at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Victory Square Block Partya free community event with live music at Victory Square in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side between 1:00 and 9:00 pm. (Details to be confirmed.)
  • Nikkei Matsuri a Japanese-Canadian festival at Burnaby’s Nikkei Cultural Centre. Parts of the event are free, but access to some areas costs around $3 or so.
  • Serbian Days – live entertainment and cultural activities at St. Sava Church at 505 63rd Avenue East in Vancouver.
  • Taiwan Cultural Festival – an Asian-themed street party along Granville Street from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm.
  • Summer Sundays – final outdoor summer concert of the year at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park. Today’s live music is Motown with The Hitsville USA Band.
  • 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).
  • 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 – 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 at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street (but presented by St. Andrew’s-Wesley). Admission by donation.

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Monday September 2nd (2019)

  • Labour Day – a statutory holiday.
  • Labour Day Rally at Jack Poole Plaza – the Vancouver & District Labour Council hosts a family-friendly afternoon of speakers, games and live music at Jack Poole Plaza. Performing at the event is the party band Cease & Desist.
  • Labour Day Picnic – the New Westminster & District Labour Council hosts the picnic at Surrey’s Holland Park between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. The free event includes live music and child-friendly activities.
  • Labour Day at Burnaby Village – special Labour Day activities and live entertainment between 11:00 and 4:30 pm. Even the carousel rides are free today.
  • Taiwan Cultural Festival – an Asian-themed street party along Granville Street from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Tuesday September 3rd (2019)

  • Stanley Park Drum Circle – if a sunny day, informal drumming happens at Third Beach in the evening.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
  • 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 4th (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).

Thursday September 5th (2019)

  • Circo Osorio Circus – children who are 10 and under get into the travelling big top at Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • 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).
  • Granville Island Farmers Market – a small market on Granville Island from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • New Westminster Farmers Market – a larger market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Downtown Farmers Market – a medium-sized market in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

Friday September 6th (2019)

  • Circo Osorio Circus – children who are 10 and under get into the travelling big top at Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Summer Concert Series – a free R&B outdoor concert by Lafarge Lake at 1299 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. Performers include Tonye Aganaba and the 10-piece band R&B Allstars.
  • 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).
  • 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 7th (2019)

  • Circo Osorio Circus – children who are 10 and under get into the travelling big top at Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Country Celebration – a small-town country fair with live entertainment at Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley. (Admission is just $3 for adults and $1 for seniors and children, so not free, although it is pretty cheap.)
  • Korean Community Day – drumming performances, martial arts demonstrations, merchants’ booths, kid-friendly activities and a barbecue at Burnaby’s Korea Town Centre at 4501 North Road between 11:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • Fleetwood Festival – live entertainment, community booths, a talent show and family-friendly activities from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm at Fleetwood Community Centre in Surrey.
  • Savour Summer Festival – a block party festival with free family-friendly activities and live entertainment at River District Vancouver’s town centre from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • 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).

Sunday September 8th (2019)

  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Circo Osorio Circus – children who are 10 and under get into the travelling big top at Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Coho Festival – a festival all about salmon on the North Shore at Ambleside Park.
  • Country Celebration – small-town country fair with live entertainment at Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley. (Admission is just $3 for adults and $1 for seniors and children, so not free, although it is pretty cheap.)
  • Polish Festival – a cultural festival at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square between 1:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • 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 – 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 at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street (but presented by St. Andrew’s-Wesley). Admission by donation.
  • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street. Admission by donation. (To be confirmed.)
  • 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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Monday September 9th (2019)

Tuesday September 10th (2019)

  • Stanley Park Drum Circle – if a sunny day, informal drumming happens at Third Beach in the evening.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
  • 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 11th (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.
  • 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).

Thursday September 12th (2019)

  • Granville Island Farmers Market – a small market on Granville Island from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • New Westminster Farmers Market – a larger market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Downtown Farmers Market – a medium-sized market in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from 3:00 until 7:00 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).

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Friday September 13th (2019)

  • Agassiz Fall Fair & Corn Festival join the community at the country fair in Agassiz from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. (Admission to the fairgrounds is free today, but not tomorrow.)
  • White Rock Moon Festival – a free event with music, lanterns and family-friendly activities in White Rock.
  • MCC Festival for World Relief – a fundraising event for refugee assistance and international development at Tradex in Abbotsford between 5:00 and 9:00 pm. The event features food, live entertainment, kid-friendly activities and items for purchase. Free admission.
  • Westward Street Party – a free event with live music and other activities on Mainland Street in Yaletown.
  • 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 14th (2019)

  • 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).

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 at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street (but presented by St. Andrew’s-Wesley). 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).

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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.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore if and while the weather is good.
  • 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).

Thursday September 19th (2019)

  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 8:30 pm at UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
  • 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

Friday September 20th (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.
  • 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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

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 in Vancouver – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street (but presented by St. Andrew’s-Wesley). Admission by donation.
  • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at 4:00 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).

Wednesday September 25th (2019)

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.

2019 Shipyards Festival

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.
  • 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 at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street (but presented by St. Andrew’s-Wesley). Admission by donation.

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.