This weekend is jam-packed with all sorts of great fall family fun! Go on a scavenger hunt, stare at the stars, or celebrate local squash. Culture Days celebrations are happening throughout Metro Vancouver — you can enjoy free family-friendly activities like mural painting, arts and crafts, and dance performances. Celebrate the honey harvest with a BBQ, go play in Vanier Park for Water’s Edge Day, or munch on an apple or two at Derby Reach Park for Heritage Apple Day. We’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do. You are bound to find something fantastic to make a memorable weekend with your favourite people!
Port Moody Scavenger Hunt
Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st, 9 am – 9 pm, Port Moody
Join in on this Culture Days event! Follow clues through the City of Port Moody on their second annual Scavenger Hunt! You’ll see the public art collection and some great historical sites along the way. There will be riddles for you to solve, and you could win some great Port Moody swag. Register for this free event at www.portmoody.ca/culturedays
Starry Night Party
Friday, September 29th, 6:30 pm – 9 pm, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
It’s an evening of stargazing — the Starry Night Party is a chance for the whole family to look at the moon, constellations, planets and other celestial objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.
Culture Days in Burnaby
Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st, various locations in Burnaby
Celebrate Culture Days in Canada in Burnaby. Experience fun and free public programming at the Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby Art Gallery and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, including talks and tours, carousel rides, demonstrations, dance performances, dance classes, plant walk, arts and crafts and more!
Saturday, September 30th, 9 am – 1 pm, Mission City Farmers Market, 7650 Grand Street, Mission
Celebrate Squash and Support Local! Come out and check out the best vendors in the Valley at the Mission Farmer’s Market!
Water’s Edge Day
Saturday, September 30th, 10 am – 4 pm, Vanier Park, 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Join the community celebration at Vanier Park for an all-ages activity fun-day, with land and water activities. All activities are free. Paddle a canoe, kayak, or dragon boat. Touch sea critters. Learn about community-supported fisheries and what happens at Port of Vancouver. Listen to live music. Create marine life arts and crafts. Learn about the impact of plastics in our oceans. Take an electric boat tour in the harbour. Enjoy children’s entertainment, and explore the Vancouver Maritime Museum with free admission. There will also be food trucks!
Heritage Apple Day
Saturday, September 30th, 11 am – 2 pm, Derby Reach Regional Park, 10716 Allard Crescent, Langley
Sample a variety of apples, try your hand at old-fashioned chores and enjoy fiddlers, artists and historians. Meet at the Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, north of 96th Ave and 4km west of Fort Langley. Free – All ages.
ArtStarts – Wordless Picture Books with Julie Flett
Saturday, September 30th, 11 am – 2 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, October 1st, 11 am – 2 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Learn how to create a wordless picture book with Cree-Metis artist and illustrator, Julie Flett! Julie will also do a reading of some of her award-winning children’s books. Looking for fun, free things to do with kids in the Lower Mainland? ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based events for kids and families each month—in both Vancouver and New Westminster. Join some of the best artists working with young people for performances and workshops that explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Each 45-minute workshop takes place twice, at 11 am and 1 pm. Please arrive a little early as this is a popular program. Ideal for ages 5 and up, but all are welcome. Free! Donations welcome.
Honey Harvest BBQ
Saturday, September 30th, 2 pm – 7 pm, Honeybee Centre, 7480 176 Street, Surrey
Celebrate the honey harvest and head to the Honeybee Centre for a Honey Harvest BBQ! This free family event will include beekeeping and extraction demonstrations, live music, games for kids, local vendors selling great fall items, beer and spirits made with Honeybee Centre honey for purchase, and the chance to purchase honey fresh from the hive. The event runs rain or shine!
5th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
Saturday, September 30th, 4 pm – 8:30 pm, Renfrew Park Community Centre, 2929 22nd Ave East, Vancouver
The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is a signature festival that celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance while honouring diverse cultural traditions. The festival will highlight art, music, environmental stewardship, and community participation. This year’s theme, Migrations, allows attendees to reflect on the global movements that occur every day, from the smallest of salmon fry to the largest of humans.
Sunday, October 1st, 2 pm – 4 pm, Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey, Cost: Adults $20, Child 12 and under $10
This dynamic performance features colourful costumes, inspiring music (including ukulele), and graceful dances from the islands of Hawai’i, Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa, and Fiji performed by dancers ages 4 to 94. Net proceeds will be donated to the ALS (Lou Gehrig) Society, Doctors without Borders, Operation Smile, and Union Gospel Mission’s Christmas Dinner for the Homeless. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes