September is a month of change. The summer temperatures dwindle, the amount of sunlight lessens, school-aged children return to the classroom, and lengthy holidays come to an end. But it isn’t all bad! September brings us Fall with its warm, frothy drinks, pumpkin-flavored everything, and the farm bounties of apples and corn. Metro Vancouver also offers up a ton of family-fun events throughout September. Here are the top September picks from Family Fun Vancouver:
You won’t want to miss the incredible Circo Osorio Circus this September! This month, the fast-paced, energetic, and supremely FUN Circo Osorio roars into Abbotsford (Sept. 7-11), Surrey (Sept. 14-18), and Tsawwassen (Sept. 21-24). The internationally renowned cast features: Lazerman and his combination of high-power music and laser light manipulation, The Globe of Death, where motorcycle riders dare to defy gravity inside the circular cage, juggling and tumbling, aerial artistry, zany clowns, and much more!
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Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Gateway Theatre for great food, exceptional entertainment, and a fun day of family-friendly activities. Gateway Theatre is celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with a plethora of family activities. Begin your day with a live stage reading performance of Legend of the Whooshhh, the latest episode of the popular audio play series A Year of Blessings, in Studio B. Following the live reading of the play, make your way into the lobby for arts and crafts that reflect community and togetherness. Finally, each guest will take home a mooncake to enjoy following the festival.
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Harrison Sunflower Festival (on until late September) – Don’t miss the beauty of sky-high sunflowers at the new Harrison Sunflower Festival. Running daily until late September, the open-field experience will introduce you to a stunning number of sunflower varieties.
BC Culture Days (September 22 – October 13) Culture days raise awareness and accessibility to arts and culture in and around communities across Canada. This annual festival offers free and cheap workshops, performances, and demonstrations at various locations in each Metro Vancouver city. Some events require advanced registration.
TAIWANfest (Sept 2 – 4) TAIWANfest returns in 2023 for a spectacular array of family-friendly programming showcasing the best of Taiwanese arts, culture and heritage. Community events and performances are taking place around Metro Vancouver.
Vancouver Fringe Festival (Sept 8 – 18) – Bigger, bolder, and better than ever before, this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival will be parading its fine wares all across Granville Island and beyond – from rollicking new theatre to belly-bursting comedy, awe-inspiring dance to lip-splitting spoken word and more.
Good Times Cruise-In (Sept 10) returns to downtown Aldergrove. Thousands of cars – new, old, restored, hot-rodded – close off the streets. Have a wander and be sure to keep your hands to yourself!
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival (September 18 – 30) features 12 days of performances, workshops, and outdoor activities at various locations around Metro Vancouver. If you’ve been wanting to learn flamenco or improve your existing skills, you will love the Masterclass options for beginners or intermediate dancers!
RiverFest (Sept 20 – 24) is a FREE family-friendly festival and a great way to learn more about the mighty Fraser River. Head to the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster. The majority of the events occur on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24th.
Scarecrow Stroll (September 24 – October 31) is a fun fall festival at Art Knapps in Surrey. Explore the expansive 10+ acre nursery anytime between Sept 24 and Halloween to enjoy a casual, outdoor stroll amongst 50+ scarecrows and fall photo opportunities. You can purchase a scarecrow kit to take home and build for your own garden.
Vancouver International Film Festival (September 28- October 8): The Vancouver International Film Festival showcases exceptional cinema from around the globe, live performances, and other unique events.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30): The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is on September 30, 2023. It is a day of public awareness and commemoration of the tragic and painful history of residential schools in Canada. This day is also meant to educate about the rich cultural traditions of Indigenous Peoples across Canada and in our local communities. Click on the link to access a variety of events occurring around Metro Vancouver.