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Vancouver Events in September

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The Vancouver International Fringe Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and cultural festivals are just a few of the big events happening in September 2013.

Ongoing through September 1
Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival
What: The 2nd annual Gastown BBQ & Chili fest features food from 12 Gastown eateries, including the Blarney Stone, Save on Meats and Peckinpah. Festivities include food (of course), music, and block-party style-fun.
Where: Carrall St., between Cordova St. and Water St., Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through September 2
The Fair at PNE Vancouver
What: The Fair at the PNE is fun for the whole family and a Vancouver summer tradition: over 800 performances and exhibits and more than 50 exciting rides and attractions.
Where: Pacific National Exhibition, 2901 E Hastings St., Vancouver
Cost: $16 admission; $42.75 ride pass; online discounts available—see site for details. Free admission for kids 13 and under.

Ongoing through September 2
Vancouver TaiwanFest
What: Celebrate Taiwanese culture with a free, Taiwan-style street banquet, culinary demonstrations, live musical performances, and more.
Where: Downtown Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Free

Ongoing through September 2
Serbian Days Festival
What: This cultural festival celebrates all things Serbian, with live performance, food, and fun for the whole family.
Where: St Sava Church, Fraser & 63rd Ave and George Park, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through September 8
Vancouver Chinatown Night Market
What: Chinatown’s night market has something for everyone, including Asian handicrafts, fashionable gifts, and lots of food. Runs 6:30pm – 11pm.
Where: Keefer St., between Main St. and Gore St., Chinatown, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through September 8
International Summer Night Market
What: Richmond's amazing night market (formerly just the Summer Night Market) is a don't-miss summer tradition, with 300 vendors, tons of food, and thousands of visitors.
Where: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond
Cost: Free

Ongoing through September 8
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
What: This Latin American film festival has documentaries, feature films, film panels and workshops.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: See site for details

Ongoing through September 14
Bard on the Beach
What: Bard on the Beach, one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals, features Shakespeare plays, related dramas, operas and arias, lectures, and several special events, all in scenic Vanier Park.
Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver
Cost: $30 - $40, or all plays for $145

Ongoing through September 15
Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life at the Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The first major exhibition of its kind, Grand Hotel spans two floors at VAG, charting "the evolution of the hotel from an isolate and utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently around the world." Features art installations, interior design and architecture.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: $20; discounts available for students, seniors, and kids

Ongoing through September 22
Food Cart Fest - Sundays
What: Last summer's Yelp Food Cart Fest has new organizers--Arrival Agency--and a new location for summer 2013. Now called simply Food Cart Fest, this event, held every Sunday, includes 24 top Vancouver food carts, community markets, DJs, and kids' activities.
Where: 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $2

Sunday, September 1
Victory Square Block Party
What: The annual party/free concert series features live music from 2pm - 9pm.
Where: Victory Square, at Pender St. and Cambie, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Thursday, September 5 – Sunday, September 15
Vancouver International Fringe Festival
What: The annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival, BC's largest theatre festival, features over 600 performances over 11 days, making it one of Vancouver's most diverse & eclectic sources of entertainment.
Where: Primarily at Granville Island; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Saturday, September 21
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival
What: The annual moon festival combines Asian mid-autumn celebrations with western harvest festival traditions to create a beautiful community event. The event begins with a Harvest Fair at Slocan Park, continues with a Twilight Lantern Walk to the site of the grand finale at Renfrew Field.
Where: Slocan Park to Renfrew Park in East Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Free

Thursday, September 26 - Friday, October 11
The Vancouver International Film Festival
What: The VIFF is one of the five largest film festivals in North America. Acclaimed as "an unspoiled celebration of world cinema," VIFF showcases over 300 films from 60 countries around the world.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details.

Saturday, September 28 & Monday, September 30
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Opening Weekend, with Dame Evelyn Glennie
What: The VSO opens its 95th anniversary season with Dame Evelyn Glennie performing a work by Canadian composer Randolph Peters, plus Verdi and Ravel.
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 884 Granville St., Vancouver
Cost: : $21 - $88

Ongoing through October 30
Vancouver Farmers’ Markets
What: Vancouver's neighbourhood farmer's markets are open weekly through October.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; go here for details
Cost: Free

Ongoing through October 14
Richmond Night Market
What: Richmond's other night market returns for 2013 with 80+ food vendors, 250+ retailers, live entertainment, and carnival rides.
Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond
Cost: $1 admission

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