Celebrate the written word, party in public, enjoy a vegan feast + more
1. Wünderbar Oktobeerfest Pop-Up — Until Sunday, October 6
Bells and WhistlesBells and Whistles’ second annual ‘Wünderbar Oktobeerfest Pop-Up' features warm pretzels with tangy honey mustard, currywurst (seared Two Rivers Meats bratwurst or vegan ‘Beyond Sausage’ brat, crispy fries, curry ketchup), the Oktoberfest platter (crispy pork schnitzel, bratwurst, rosemary bacon, braised homemade sauerkraut, German potato salad, mustard and pickles) and more. At the bar, Bells and Whistles will showcase a wide range of classic German beer styles by tapping into local and import brews like Four Winds’ Holz Pils Foeder Fermented Pilsner, Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold and Paulaner Hefeweizen.
Bells and Whistles, 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver; Details online
2. Word Festival — Tuesday, September 24 to Sunday, September 29
Facebook/Word Vancouver Created by the Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society, Word is a celebration of the written word, with poetry and prose workshops, talks and other special events. Sunday, Saturday 29th is the main event with a day of talks, readings and other word-related activities.
3. Etsy Made in Canada — Saturday, September 28
Facebook/Vancouver Etsy CollectivePick up locally-made presents (for yourself, or someone else... no judgement here!) at the Etsy Made in Canada Vancouver edition, which features handmade wares, vintage goods and supplies from local Etsy artisans.
Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Details online
4. Arts and Culture Creative District End of Summer Party — Saturday, September 28
Facebook/Vancouver BiennaleVancouver Biennale and The Beaumont Studios join forces to create an end of summer bash in conjunction with B.C. Culture Days, bringing together diverse creative groups, artist collectives, breweries and small businesses in the Arts and Culture Creative District. Kicking off at the Vancouver Biennale headquarters and ending at Beaumont, the night features engaging art experiences, studio tours, music and an interactive puzzle scavenger hunt.
Vancouver Biennale, 290 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver; From 4 p.m.; Free; Details online
5. New Building Design Viewing — Saturday, September 28
Facebook/Vancouver Art Gallery Find out what the new Vancouver Art Gallery is going to look like at a preview of the new building design. Gallery staff and volunteers will be on hand in the lobby between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. to answer questions about the design.
Vancouver Art Gallery lobby, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free; Details online
6. Public Disco Laneway Series — Sunday, September 29
Facebook/Public DiscoCelebrate the end of summer with one last Public Disco at the Laneway X New Forms event at Main and 1st Avenue. Come to dance, meet people and enjoy public spaces.
Main and 1st Avenue, Vancouver; 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Free; Details online
7. Made in the 604 — Sunday, September 29
Facebook/Madeinthe604Support locally made products and check out more than 45 local makers, creators, artists and businesses vending at the fall pop-up market in Main Street’s historic Heritage Hall.
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Details online
8. Sound House: African Vibes — Thursday, October 3
Facebook/Museum of Anthropology Sound House is a celebration of culture and music, set in MOA’s Haida House, against a stunning backdrop of Northwest Coast art and architecture. Held on the first Thursday of each month, this time Ezra Kwizera and his band offer a zesty yet soulful mix of reggae, soca, East African bongo and pop, as Ezra sings and raps in English, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Zulu and Swahili.
Museum of Anthropology, 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver; 7 p.m.; $15; Details online
9. Vegan Harvest Dinner — Thursday, October 3
Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster BarSpearheaded by Boulevard’s executive chef Alex Chen—Canadian Culinary Champion, Chef of the Year and inaugural winner of Iron Chef Canada in 2018—each dinner will showcase the creativity of his kitchen team as he redefines vegan cuisine.
Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver; Tickets $85 per person, plus taxes and gratuity; Details online
10. North Shore Craft Beer Week — Friday, October 4 to Friday, October 11
Facebook/Beere Brewing CompanyBack again for a third year of local brews, Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week toasts the talent of the North Shore’s local breweries with special casks, fun events and educational activities. Download the B.C. Ale Trail app to explore the festival.