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Weekend Events in Vancouver Things to do September 22-24, 2023

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It’s the first weekend of autumn and the event list for Metro Vancouver is packed! Miss604 is proud to sponsor the Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala on Saturday, and the free World Maritime Day celebration at Canada Place on Sunday. Find these events and many more things to do in Vancouver this weekend listed below. Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 22nd | Saturday, September 23rd | Sunday, September 24th

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Weekend Events in Vancouver Things to do
September 22-24, 2023

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Fright Nights at Playland 2023 Dates and Tickets

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For two decades Fright Nights at Playland has delighted and terrified and this season the highly anticipated Halloween event returns with haunted houses, hair-raising rides, creepy decor, monsters and live performances.

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Fright Nights at Playland Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Warning: Not recommended for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting or fog machines, people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, or anyone pregnant. Absolutely no guest costumes or guest costume face make up allowed.

  • When: Select Nights from October 6 – 31, 2023
  • Where: Playland Amusement Park 2901 E Hasting St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Available for purchase online now. Purchase tickets for specific dates in advance as there is a cap on tickets sold per day. Event nights may sell out.
    • Early Access Pass: Includes expedited line for park entry (begining at 5:00pm on select nights) and early access to 3 houses (The Void, Doll Factory, and Darkness) for an additional $20 cost.

Fright Nights is celebrating its 20th anniversary with brand new scares. The Void is the scariest haunted house in Fright Nights history where monstrous beasts stalk thick forest of the Pacific Northwest. Within the lush and beautiful forest are the Howling Caves. It’s coincidence, many will say, how frequently people go missing along the trails and near the caves…

Another highly anticipated haunted house is Carn-EvilIf you hate clowns, beware of this house because the clowns of Fright Nights are notorious. In this haunted house the clowns are humanoid creatures who live right under our feet in the sewers below where they multiply & grow when they encounter radioactive toxic waste. Don’t miss out on these attrations and more.

Opening Scaremony

Witness the Fright Nights Opening Scaremony. Venom and Coco welcome Fright Nights guests as creepy cast members emerge from the fog in a completely unique immersive performance you don’t dare miss! Nightly at 6:00pm at the entrance to the park.

Stay up to date with Playland and Fright Nights on Facebook and Instagram.

VIFF 2023 – Win Tickets to the Vancouver International Film Festival

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The 42nd Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) returns this fall with 140 features and 100 shorts, presented on ten screens in seven Vancouver venues. I have two sets of tickets to give away as well!

There is a star-studded lineup for Special Presentations and VIFF Live — unique, cinema-infused performances that push the boundaries of traditional film programming. Explore film culture through an expanded program of live events, performances, and exhibitions. Tickets and passes for all experiences are now on sale

VIFF 2023

  • September 28 to October 8, 2023

The festival will officially open with award-winning Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves, a poignant comedy about two lonely souls who believe they’re meant for each other, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes.

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Offleashed for the BC SPCA 2023

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Offleashed, Vancouver’s largest event in support of animals, returns in person on October 21st bringing together hundreds of animal lovers to celebrate the BC SPCA’s lifesaving work.

Offleashed for the BC SPCA 2023

This approachable fundraising event, where youth can also join in, will have all the staples of a glitzy gala with a great auction and 3-course dinner. Of course the signature Cuddle Lounge will be back where you can get up close with rescue puppies, kitties, and other animals.

Miss604 at Offleashed last year
Miss604 at Offleashed last year

In 2022, all of the Cuddle Lounge animals were then adopted into their forever homes and the event raised more than $730,000 for the animals! Join hosts Ann Luu, Howard Blank, and Event Chair Tracey Wade for this unforgettable evening in 2023.

About the Cause

Animals and their people across our province need the BC SPCA’s help every day and over the last few years, demand has skyrocketed. Floods, heat domes, COVID, wildfires, financial insecurity – the reasons for need keep increasing.

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But the BC SPCA is a constant community presence, providing vulnerable animals and their guardians with critical support such as pet food banks and vet services, emergency boarding assistance, and by serving as a vital resource across the province.

Your generosity changes thousands of animals’ lives. The millions of dollars raised through Offleashed powers the BC SPCA’s essential programs: sheltering and adoptions, pet food bank and outreach services, veterinary care, wildlife rehabilitation, and summer camps and school programs for kids, to name just a few.

Your ticket is a built-in donation. Each ticket purchase covers the cost of one day of shelter, food, love and basic medical attention for an abandoned mother and her young litter of puppies or kittens. Join Offleashed on October 21st!

Miss604 is proud to sponsor Offleashed for the second time in 2023

Black Space Summit and Symposium

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The Black Space Summit and Symposium invites members of the community including BIPOC, LGBTQ2IA, and Allies into intentionally curated spaces online and across the Greater Vancouver this weekend.

Through this event series you can engage in progressive dialogue that centres and celebrates the lived experiences of African Descent people on these lands and beyond. 

Black Space Summit and Symposium

Produced by Afro Van Connect and Black Space Media INC, the Summit and Symposium takes place over four days with the intention of uniting artists, activists, professionals, and educators within the African Descent community for the purpose of promoting communities culture, growth, and wellbeing.

Each day there will be workshops, talks, and more. Admission is free or pay-what-you-may, and there will also be a donation box placed at the info table. All proceed received from The 2023 Black Space Summit and Symposium will go to supporting local artist and creatives within the African Descent community.

Black Space Symposium 2023

September 21, 2023 at The Vancity Culture Lab @ The Cultch
New Media Panel: The Rise of AI, Virtual Spaces, & Representation

  • Kor Kase, Moderator Executive Director & Founder of Black Space Media INC
  • Jamila Pomeroy, Speaker Writer Filmmaker Entrepreneur
  • Doaa Magdy, Speaker Interdisciplinary Artist Equity Facilitator Educator Filmmaker
  • Tim Lewinson, Senior Producer for Apex Legends at Electronic Arts, Speaker, and Author
  • Get tickets

September 22, 2023 at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Mental Health Awareness Panel: A Space for Self Care & Community Care

  • Ruth Unaegbu, Moderator Clinical Counsellor Brain Spotting Therapist
  • Melissa Nkomo, Founder of KUNYE Mindfulness & Somatic Practitioner
  • Manuel Piña, Speaker Spiritual & Social Activist Professor
  • Margaret Akulia, Speaker Author Community Advocate
  • Get tickets

September 23, 2023 at Rennie Hall @ Emily Carr
Justice Equity Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI): Conscious Space & Place Making

  • Sayo Olowoake, Moderator Multidisciplinary Artist
  • Nya Lewis, Founder of AFROQUEER YVR Multidisciplinary Artist
  • Feven Tesfay, Co Director of Vancouver Black Libaray Community Organizer
  • Nataizya Mukwavi, Founder of Black Women Connect Vancouver
  • Get tickets

September 24, 2023 at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Creative Wealth: Developing New Formats for Resource Exchange, Funding, & Mentorship

  • Chipo Chipaziwa, Moderator Multidisciplinary Artist
  • Jackie Kasandy, Founder & Executive Director of Black Entrepreneurs BC
  • Trish Mandewo, Founder & President Of Synergy Consulting City Of Coquitlam Councillor
  • Monique Cherrie, Executive Director of Makeshift Spaces Entrepreneur
  • Get tickets

Follow Black Space Media on Facebook and Instagram for more information.