Free Weekend Events (Sept 21 - 23)


Friday, September 21, 2012

Harvest Moon Campfire - registration required
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Iona Beach Regional Park
Hear stories, sing songs, roast marshmallows and create your own autumn rituals to greet the change of seasons - all next to a cozy campfire. FREE for all ages, register 604-432-6359

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Farmers Market Kitchen Trout Lake
9:00am - 2:00pm - Regular Farmers Market
11:00am - Farmers Market Kitchen
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake, Vancouver
Chef Angus An will be doing a cooking demo at the Farmers Market Kitchen at 11am. Following Chef An's demonstration, Darlene Tanaka, Bernardin Home Economist, will be demonstrating how to can a delicious vegetable salsa! Two demos on one day!

Patch Planters Launch Party
11:00am - 4:00pm
WALRUS, 3408 Cambie St, Vancouver
What would a new product launch be without a little celebration? Not much! So, we’re throwing a fancy little tea party and you are invited. Serving up Spot Tea's finest, cookies from Seeds of Plenty, and sandwiches from Railtown Cafe & Catering. Plus: get growing instantly with free soil and seeds with every purchase of a Patch Planters this Saturday at Walrus! When you buy a Patch during our launch phase, you’ll help donate planters to Vancouver classrooms through Growing Chefs! a Vancouver-based organization dedicated to connecting chefs, educators, growers and families to further awareness of food production and sustainability.

Cocoa Nymph East Grand Opening
11:00am - 7:00pm
4 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Save the date for Cocoa Nymph's BIG Grand Opening party, Sept 22 from 11am-7pm. Musicians, samples, and a tour of the production facility.

Westbrook Village Festival
11:00am - 3:00pm
Wesbrook Village, south of 16th Ave on Wesbrook Mall (beside Pacific Spirit Park)
A day of free fun for all with food, entertainment and kids activities. Bring the kids to see Music with Marnie or listen to live music by Dr. Strangelove, the Mozart School of Music, and more. Plus there will be a BBQ, bounce houses, kids crafts, prizes, facepainting, sidewalk sale, bungee run, UBC Farmer’s Market and more!

Dunbar Village Harvest Festival
11:00am - 3:00pm - Dunbar Village Harvest Festival   
4:00pm - 7:00pm - Après Harvest Festival 
Dunbar Village, Dunbar Street between W16th and W41st Avenues, Vancouver
The 4th Annual Dunbar Village Harvest Festival returns to Dunbar and new this year there is an added an adult-friendly event called Après Harvest Festival from 4pm to 7pm on the same day. Both events are hosted by the Dunbar Village Business Association and are sure to offer something to see and do! Dunbar Village South Après Harvest Festival in the Marketplace IGA West parking lot – 4pm to 7pm Food tastings from Dunbar restaurants and food suppliers Merchant displays, demonstrations, samplings, and giveaways  Cool jazz with places to sit and visit with your neighbours.

Study and Go Abroad
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, West Ballroom A, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
This is your chance to come and visit with representatives, ask questions, gather information, have your documents reviewed, listen to experts at the free seminars.  Meet with universities and colleges offering a wide range of undergraduate and post-graduate programs all over the world. Visit our Travel Pavilion to find out about exciting travel opportunities; semesters abroad, work programs overseas, internships, volunteer programs and adventure travel. Pre-register (optional) here to be entered in their grand prize draw.

UBC Farm Open House
3:00pm - 5:00pm
UBC Farm, 6182 South Campus Road, Vancouver
Join staff members and current practicum students on Saturday, September 22 from 3-5pm for a Practicum Open House, which will include a UBC Farm tour. Please meet on the UBC Farm Harvest Hut Lawn. For further details, email

Raw Talent 2012: The 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibit
6:00am - 11:45pm
Salt Building in The Village on False Creek, 85, West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Raw Talent showcases every photo taken by the 60 participants of the 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon which took place on August 18th, 2012 at Coffeebar in Gastown. 60 will marathoners regroup with nervous anticipation to find out how their images developed. The exhibit is at the historic Salt Building in The Village on False Creek and is free and open to the public. Photo enthusiasts, art lovers, and Vancouverites of all ages are welcome to experience this unique one-night-only event in a stunning venue.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Earth Walks Vancouver
10:00am - 12:00pm
Meet at entrance to Lily trail oppossite 12th Avenue on Blanca Street
“How the Forest Works” with Terry Taylor. Forests work very hard and are of great benefit to all the species that live on Planet Earth. Terry will talk about what a forest is and how it functions.  How do mushrooms keep trees alive, how do they recycle them back in the ground again, how are the alders the first forest and when and how do they give way to the evergreens. What are the characteristics and uses for swamps and wetlands. Register here.

Shangri-La Farmers Market
11:00ppm - 2:00pm
Third-floor terrace of Market by Jean-Georges, 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Local vendors, BBQ bites, wine tasting with Le Vieux Pin Winery and live music. Beaucoup Bakery - traditional treats with luxurious twist Black Tusk Jerky - grassfed beef jerky & jerky snack mixes MIX the Bakery - jam & artisan breads SOLEfood Farm - tomatoes, peppers, root vegetables and more, grown in Vancouver! Sticky Spoon Jam - preserves made with local produce  Take a Fancy Chocolates & Treats - chocolates from bean to bar! Waterworking Microgreens - a variety of micro greens: radish amaranath, arugula. See photos of previous market here.

East Van Coop Crawl and Hive Hop
11:00am - 4:00pm
Show your love for backyard chickens and honey bees! Check out the East Van Coop Crawl and Hive Hop on Sunday September 23, 11 am - 4 pm. Join for a self-guided tour of the backyard chicken coops and bee hives in Vancouver’s East Side. Get the buzz on urban eggriculture! Hosts will provide information and answer questions at each site from 11am to 4pm. Pick up a map of the tour sites on the day of the event at: Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, 2131 Renfew Street (at 5th ) or Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, 4065 Victoria Drive

James Barber's Gingerteani Trunk Sale 
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks, 1740 West 2nd Avenue (half a block east of Burrard), Vancouver
For many of us, James Barber remains in our memories as the gentle bon vivant who inspired us to fry fearlessly and to share a good cup of ginger tea with a friend or two. This afternoon we host a once-in-a-lifetime trunk sale of some of James Barber's treasured cookbook collection. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Providence Farm on Vancouver Island. Drop by for a browse, a cup of tea or a gingerteani.

Heritage Harvest Celebration 
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Great Northern Way Urban Orchard, 555 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
(at the west end of Great Northern Way Campus)
Join us for this FREE family-friendly event featuring a world of activities to celebrate our diverse heritage: taste delicious multicultural foods, help paint a community mural, learn about native medicinal plants, make seed bombs to take home with you, and even press your own soft apple cider from heritage apple varieties.
Alpine Garden Club of BC Fall Sale 
1:00pm - 4:00pm
VanDusen Floral Hall, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
Shop alpines and a great variety of small and large garden plants from expert members and specialty nurseries in BC. Free admission. Info:

Burnaby's 120th Anniversary Celebration
1:30pm - 4:30pm 
Civic Square and the Bob Prittie Library 6100 Willingdon Avenue (Kingsborough & McKay)
Enjoy an afternoon of fun for the whole family as Burnaby Celebrates 120. Catch live stage performances, join in our community project called “Burnaby Reflections”, make a birthday party hat, get your face painted, play parachute games, go on a scavenger hunt at the library, join in a walking tour (at 2pm and 3:30pm), catch a slide show of Burnaby - Then and Now and more.

Movie at River District
4:00pm - 6:00pm
River District Centre, 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Enjoy a free movie at the River District. This month’s River District silver screen selection is Robots. The movie begins at 4:00pm sharp and buttery popcorn will be served.

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