To kick off the first weekend in autumn the theme is… FREE events! There’s a hearty lineup of affordable and no-cost/low-cost entertainment and activity options from live music to arts and culture. From the Dragon Boat Festival and Shipyards Festival, to free admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame and BC Culture Days events. Here’s the big list of things to do in Vancouver this weekend:
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (“VSO”) is back! As an avid movie and symphony fan, I was thrilled to see the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has relaunched their highly acclaimed TELUS movie nights and tickets are still available for this weekend!
From September 23-25 you can recharge your own flux capacitor and watch Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) in the 1985 box office chart ‘Back to the Future’ live with the VSO at the iconic Orpheum Theatre.
Going Back to the Future with the VSO
Watching a movie on the big screen while the VSO flawlessly plays Alan Silvestri’s musical score live in sync is a thrilling and captivating experience. Academy-Award winning Silvestri is known for his brilliant and beautiful musical scores from The Avengers, to the Polar Express, Forrest Gump and so many more. And audiences are in for an exclusive treat, with twenty minutes of brand new music added to the show.
This memorable and moving score will both fill your heart and soul as you are taken back in the DeLorean Time Machine to 1955. Tickets are available now and range from $32.25 to $108.00.
I think it’s important to share that the VSO are taking your comfort and safety seriously. Comfort spacing is implemented to create space between ticket holder groups. Extra sanitation protocols are in place and hand cleaning stations are available. And they have new BC vaccine protocol in place which requires proof of vaccination to enter concert facilities.
More This Season
There are two more nights (tonight and tomorrow) for Back to the Future then on October 3, the beloved children’s entertainer Fred Pennerwelcomes families back to the Orpheum with his message of love and positivity through music. Check out the full event calendar, with even more performances and guests in October, and follow the VSO on Facebook for updates. Sign up for the VSO newsletter so you can be alerted when ‘Home Alone in Concert’ with the VSO tickets go on sale for December.
This October, visitors will see Burnaby Village Museum transformed into a magical world bathed in breathtaking colour, with talking crows and photo-bombing ghouls as part of Eerie Illusions, a Halloween event unlike anything else in Metro Vancouver.
Halloween at Burnaby Village Museum
Where: Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby)
When: October 22-31, 2021
October 22-23, 5:00pm to 11:00pm; October 24-28, 6:00pm to 10:00pm; October 29-31, 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission: Adults $10; Children $5 (2-12 years); Free for children under 2 years
Online bookings will be available starting Monday, September 27, 2021 at 10:00am
Utilizing state-of-the-art lighting, projections, soundscapes and special effects, Eerie Illusions will amaze and astound visitors of all ages, and showcase Burnaby Village Museum as it has never been seen before.
“We are so thrilled to bring people together to experience this one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration in Burnaby this year,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “Halloween is a wonderful time to connect with the community and make memories with friends, family and loved ones, and Eerie Illusions will quickly become a beloved Burnaby tradition.”
The fun starts when two eager children discover a book of magical spells, unleashing a torrent of enchantments throughout the Village. As the children work to set things right, the Village is overrun with unruly spirits, chatty crows and portals to different dimensions and times. Visitors will encounter unique displays, activations and surprises as they explore the Village on a quest to return things to normal.
From scavenger hunts to holiday events and everything in between — there is always something to see and do at Burnaby Village Museum’s 10-acre site at Deer Lake Park. This family friendly Halloween experience is suitable for all ages. It will likely sell out so make sure you book your tickets as soon as possible.
BC Culture Days 2021 presents a dynamic lineup of interactive arts and culture events from September 24 to October 24, 2021. Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. It is a collaborative movement dedicated to providing free, hands-on, and interactive arts and culture activities across Canada.
Featuring a wide range of activities in alignment with public health recommendations, BC Culture Days offers socially-distanced outdoor and pre-registered indoor events, pre-recorded video content, livestream presentations, self-guided activities, and more.
BC Culture Days 2021
The month-long celebration invites culture enthusiasts to reconnect with their communities by learning a new skill or discovering creative talents. Participants are asked to come together to ‘RE:IMAGINE’ a brighter future post-pandemic, enhanced through creative connection.
To further enhance the 2021 arts and culture celebration and help boost community engagement, BC Culture Days has selected nine outstanding emerging artists to participate in this year’s cultural ambassador program. Representing a wide array of artistic disciplines – dance, theatre, visual arts, storytelling, poetry, film, and music – each ambassador will host an interactive event free to the public, as part of the ambassador event series, RE:CONNECT.
This year’s BC Culture Days activities will kick off with a brand new video series, RE:GENERATE, showcasing the creative resilience of five remote or rural B.C. communities, as they adapt to COVID-19 restrictions and re-emerge with inspiring ideas for the future. Each week of the month-long event, several new videos will be released online, featuring event coverage and interviews from one of five communities – Prince Rupert, Bella Coola, Sooke, Salmon Arm, and Kimberley.
There will also be a pre-recorded welcome ceremony from Chief Kwakwee Baker, member of the Squamish First Nation, as well as a pre-recorded provincial proclamation from BC Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, Hon. Melanie Mark.
BC Culture Days 2021 in Metro Vancouver
Here is the lineup of events for the Metro Vancouver region: