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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.)

September Food Truck Festivals


You have to wait now until 2019 for the next Fort Langley and Vancouver editions of the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival. The Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival, however, takes place on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Haney Plaza in Maple Ridge.


Thursday, September 20th

  • Powwow Night – an Indigenous cultural event with singing and dancing between 5:00 and 8:00 pm at Surrey’s Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre at 13458-107a Avenue.
  • Using Science to Save Our Ocean – an evening event celebrating the diverse ways that Ocean Wise uses science to help protect our oceans. There will be food and a free drink for attendees, plus a cash bar. It’s a free event, but advanced registration is required.
  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 8:30 pm at UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
  • Farmers Markets

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. Click River District Drive-in Movies for details (and if sold out you can still take your chances on the day, or take your lawn chairs and just walk in).
  • 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.
  • Steveston Grand Prix of Art – a free art show featuring the work of dozens of painters at Britannia Heritage Shipyards between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. The artists are on site in the area doing their paintings in the morning and the art remains on display until 6 o’clock.
  • 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

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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

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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.