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Free Events in September 2018

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.)

Saturday, September 1st

  • Richmond World Festivala multicultural festival at Richmond’s Minoru Park from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm with live music and family-friendly activities.
  • Taiwanese Cultural Festival – a festival primarily on Granville Street but also other locations.
  • Nikkei Matsuri a Japanese-Canadian festival at Burnaby’s Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. Parts of the event are free, but access to some areas costs just $3.
  • Bands on the Beach – free outdoor concerts at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Serbian Days – a small community festival with live entertainment, food and family-friendly activities at a church at 505 East 63rd Avenue in Vancouver between 12:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Movie Night at Lonsdale Quay – double feature movies with Finding Dory at 8 o’clock and The Goonies at 10 o’clock at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation.
  • 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
  • Cheap Cineplex MoviesThe Lego Movie is showing for just $2.99 at select theatres in the Lower Mainland. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!

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Sunday, September 2nd

  • Taiwanese Cultural Festival – a festival celebrating everything Taiwanese along Granville Street and other downtown locations.
  • 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.
  • Nikkei Matsuri a Japanese-Canadian festival at Burnaby’s Nikkei Cultural Centre. Parts of the event are free, but access to some areas costs just $3.
  • Summer Sundaysfinal outdoor summer concert of the year at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park. Today’s live music is with Big City Soul.
  • 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 at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets

Monday, September 3rd

Tuesday, September 4th

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

Wednesday, September 5th

  • 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.

Thursday, September 6th

Friday, September 7th

  • Motown at Town Centre Park – a free outdoor concert by Lafarge Lake at 1299 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam ​from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. Performing tonight are the bands Kokosoul and Hitsville USA.
  • 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.

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Saturday, September 8th

  • Savour Summer Festival – a block party festival with free family-friendly activities and popcorn at River District Vancouver’s town centre from 2:00 until 8:00 pm. Live entertainment is with Bobs & Lolo and the band Wooden Horsemen.
  • Wesbrook Village Festival – live music, a free BBQ and family-friendly activities on the UBC Campus at 3378 Wesbrook Mall between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • 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.)
  • Fort Langley Food Truck Festival – food trucks, live music and people fill Fort Langley’s Glover Road from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. CANCELLED.
  • Pie in the Plaza – a small event in Surrey from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Central City Plaza. The event features the baking of BC’s largest blueberry pie, pie samples (for those who get their early enough) and various 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
  • Cheap Cineplex MoviesThe Secret Life of Pets is showing for just $2.99 at select theatres in the Lower Mainland. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!

September Food Truck Festivals

Sunday, September 9th

  • Coho Festival – a salmon festival on the North Shore at Ambleside Park.
  • 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.)
  • Polish Festival – a cultural festival at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square between 1:00 and 9:00 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.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets

Monday, September 10th

Tuesday, September 11th

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

Wednesday, September 12th

  • 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.

Thursday, September 13th

Friday, September 14th

  • 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.
  • 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.

River District Drive-in Movies

Saturday, September 15th

  • Free Drive-in Movie Night – free drive-in-style movies take place this evening at River District Vancouver. There’s free popcorn too! Showing tonight are Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic Park (1). The films are free, but you need to “pre-purchase” your tickets.
  • Market Mexico – a free Mexican-themed market at Robson Square from 11:30 am until 8:00 pm.
  • MCC Festival for World Relief – a fundraising event for refugee assistance and international development at Tradex in Abbotsford between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. The event features food, live entertainment, kid-friendly activities and items for purchase.
  • 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
  • Cheap Cineplex MoviesE.T. The Extraterrestrial is showing for just $2.99 at select theatres in the Lower Mainland. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!

Sunday, September 16th

  • Terry Fox Run – a run to raise money for cancer research at multiple venues around Metro Vancouver including at Stanley Park.
  • Southlands Country Fair – an event hosted by the Southlands Riding Club in South Vancouver between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission is by donation.
  • Vancouver Food Truck Festival – dozens of food trucks and other vendors plus live music at Concord Pacific Place.
  • 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.
  • Squamish Street Market – a once-a-month summer market in Squamish between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets

Monday, September 17th

Tuesday, September 18th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • 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 19th

  • 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.

Thursday, September 20th

Friday, September 21st

  • 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.

River District Drive-in Movies

Saturday, September 22nd

  • Free Drive-in Movie Night – two free drive-in-style movies take place this evening at River District Vancouver. There’s free popcorn too! Showing tonight are Ant Man & The Wasp and Solo: A Star Wars Movie. The films are free, but you need to “pre-purchase” your tickets.
  • Riverfest – a community festival with live entertainment and environmental educational displays along the boardwalk at Westminster Quay in New Westminster from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.
  • Maple Ridge Food Truck Festivallive music, food trucks and market activities at Haney Plaza.
  • CapFest – a free event celebrating Capilano University’s 50th anniversary. Activities at the North Vancouver campus include live music, an “Experience Fair” and Indigenous Festival.
  • Cloverdale Market Days – a large market with artisan vendors in downtown Cloverdale between 10:00 am and 3:00 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
  • Cheap Cineplex MoviesShow Dogs is showing for just $2.99 at select theatres in the Lower Mainland. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!

Sunday, September 23rd

Monday, September 24th

Tuesday, September 25th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, September 26th

  • 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.

Thursday, September 27th

Friday, September 28th

  • 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.

River District Drive-in Movies

Saturday, September 29th

Sunday, September 30th

  • Pumpkin Fest – a community event at the West Vancouver Community Centre with a small number of farm animals, food vendors, family-friendly entertainment and free swimming, gymnastics and skating.
  • 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 at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets

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.