From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from September 11 – September 17, 2019. Note that you can also get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY | Make your way to the Beaumont Studios this weekend to see your city through the lens of a group of talented street photographers. In addition to a full weekend of great photos, highlights of the Vancity Street Collective exhibition include an opening night reception (7pm-11pm, Thursday); a Friday night ‘Sofar Sounds’ event; and a photographers panel and photowalk on Saturday (3pm-5pm). Find out more.
SUPERSTITION | You might want to take a little extra care around the ladders and black cats this Friday because it’s Friday the 13th. The superstitious date occurs once every 212.35 days, and the 13th of any month is marginally more likely to be a Friday than any other day of the week. We suggest riding it out with a can of counteractive “Lucky” lager in a quiet corner of your safe home. If, on the other hand, you don’t believe in any of that silly superstitious hullabaloo, you could swing by The Rio for a screening of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985). Find out more.
LANTERNS | This Saturday is the 17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. This magical evening begins with the Slocan Park Harvest Fair, and as night falls in the park a procession of lanterns forms to follow forested pathways down to a ravine glowing with hundreds upon hundreds of lanterns and light installations. Wander through the soft darkness to enjoy the lights, learn about salmon, rivers and ravines, enjoy roaming performers and live music, and make sure to stop for some tea and mooncakes in the Renfrew Field Tea Garden. This is one of our favourite Vancouver events! Always beautiful. Always overflowing with good vibes. Find out more.
MOON & TEA | Celebrate the mid-Autumn moon at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens on Friday. The festival honours the full harvest moon which is a symbol peace, prosperity and togetherness — all good things to celebrate! Expect traditional Chinese music performances, six types of Chinese tea to taste, mooncakes, tea poetry, and lantern making. Extra bonus: This Mid-Autumn Moon Festival also marks the opening of local artist Lam Wong’s year-long artist residency at the Garden which kicks off with a group exhibition of five curated artists viewable at the event. Find out more.
LISTEN | Westward Music Festival hits Vancouver this weekend. With a line-up of performers that include Yukon Blonde, The Paper Kites, Joji, Deep Dark Woods and Black Mountain appearing at venues such as The Vogue, The Imperial, The Fox and The QE, there is something for everyone at this Fest. In addition to phenomenal music, Westward goers can also expect a beer garden, food trucks and local vendors. For all the details on concerts and tickets, click here.
FARM | The UBC Fall Fair goes down this weekend. Not only will there be the usual awesomeness of vendors selling everything from flowers and fruits to eggs and ice cream, but you can also expect live music, u-pick pumpkins, a pie contest, a fantastically weird veggie display, and 24-hectares of field, farm and garden to wander through. This event goes on rain or shine. Wear footwear appropriate for walking in dirt and tall grass. Leave feeling like you’ve escaped for a day in the country! Find out more.
CITY | City of Vancouver staff have been working on a plan to develop the Granville Bridge Connector. They are saying that the connector has the “potential for features such as art, lighting, seating, and lookout stations to create a special place and enjoyable experience for people of all ages and abilities.” That sounds kinda rad, right? Phase one of the public consultation for this project has already gone down, but this weekend bring the opportunity for the public to review and comment on the six design options that came out of the first phase, so, if you enjoy urban planning, community building and turning underused public spaces in to gathering places, you should get yourself to one of this weekend’s open houses. Find out more.
RUN | There’s a 10K run going on in East Van on Saturday traveling through Gastown to Pandora Park in East Van and back again. This run – “In the Eastside, with the Eastside and for the Eastside” – aims to raise money for a number of charities including the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Watari Support and Counselling, Breakfast Club of Canada, and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. There’s still time to register, but if you aren’t able to run there’s always room to get out there and show your support by cheering runners on from the sidelines. What you shouldn’t do is try to drive anywhere that relies on Powell Street all the way up to Nanaimo on Saturday morning. Find out more.
SOUP | Clouds are rolling in and meteorologists say a few drops of rain may fall. What a nice excuse to make your way to La Mezcaleria in Gastown to warm up with a tasty bowl of Pozole (a hearty soup of hominy with delicious toppings). The good folks at the Mexican restaurant are teaming up with Katz P0zole to offer a special ‘Pozole Verde Menu’ during happy hour on Sunday. Oh, and Sunday also happens to be Mexican Independence Day and Pozole is a traditional dish to have on that day. No tickets needed, just head in and order up. For all the tasty details, click here.
BEER | Looking for an excuse to pack up and head out of town for the weekend? Whistler is holding a beer festival, which is as fine a reason as one could possibly need. There are still tickets available to the weekend’s main outdoor tastings. We’ve been and can vouch for the venue and vibe, it’s pretty great to wander around in the fresh mountain air tasting great beer and talking to the people who make it – even if there are a few raindrops expected to fall. There are also lots of fantastic events and ancillary attractions to check out. Hustle over to the WBF website here and get sorted now. Now through Sept. 15 | Various times, locations and prices.