BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for September 15 – 21

This week in BC: Visit the Vancouver Aquarium sans kids, groove to Voices in the Park and mark up the sidewalk at the Victoria International Chalk Festival, and more

Catch Sarah McLachlan and Bryan Adams live at Voices in the Park

What to do in BC this week

Enjoy Some Retail Therapy – September 14-16
What’s in fashion this fall? Find out at Spend on Trend, a designer showcase featuring everything that’s stylin’ this season. From one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories to evening wear and career gear, you’ll find it all at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall from September 14 to 16. Plus, everything is hand-crafted by local designers, so you can feel extra good knowing you’re pumping bucks back into B.C. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Welcome Fall at the Autumn Shift Festival – September 15
Head over to Main Street (from Broadway to 12th Ave) on September 15 for the annual Autumn Shift Festival. This family-friendly street party has great music, delicious treats, loads of free activities for kids and a community fashion show at 3:30 pm. Some of the themed booths include the Telus World of Science, David Suzuki Foundation and Vancouver Aquarium among others. See you there!

Volunteer at the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – September 15
Don’t let aquatic debris ruin our beautiful shorelines. To tackle the problem hands on, join the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and witness the impact you can make over the course of a single day. Grab your friends and family, head over to your nearest beach and do your bit for our fragile aquatic ecosystems.

Groove to Voices in the Park – September 15
Want to see Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Adams, Jann Arden and Hedley all perform live on one stage? Of course you do! And you can, on September 15 at Voices in the Park, at Stanley Park. All proceeds from this fundraising event will go to The Sarah McLachlan School of Music, so not only do you get to enjoy a night of great music, you can feel good about being there, too.

Take the Family to The Rock Creek and Boundary Fall Fair – September 15-16
Located in south central British Columbia’s Boundary Country, among the sun drenched mountains of the beautiful Kettle River Valley, The Rock Creek and Boundary Fall Fair is one of the last “true” country fairs. Bring the whole family to enjoy events like lawnmower races, broncs, performances, crafts and loads of food competitions.

Get Arty at the Victoria International Chalk Festival – until September 16
To kick off the Victoria International Chalk Festival, international 3D chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum will be creating a 26-foot chalk art drawing at The Bay Centre’s lower level. The two-day chalk art exposition will also feature both international and local artists who will present their works on Government Street

Wine & Dine at the O! Osoyoos Celebrates Festival – until September 16
If you’re thinking a fall weekend in wine country would hit the spot, check out the first annual O! Osoyoos Celebrates, a wine and food fest saluting the fab flavours of the South Okanagan. Held from September 14 to 16, it’s set to roll out a Red Carpet Soiree and a Lobster on the Beach Feast — both hosted by Global BC’s Sophie Lui on Friday and Saturday — as well as a Sparkling Sabre Brunch on Sunday. Tickets are $150 for a weekend pass, with individual tickets priced from $35 to $85.

Bike Your Way to Spectacular Art – until September 19
The Art Wheelers are guided bicycle art tours that explore Vancouver’s vibrant collection of public art along the city’s dedicated bike lanes. Tours run from Coal Harbour to Olympic Village every Wednesday evening from 6-8pm. Discover some of the city’s most spectacular pieces of public art, including Aerodynamic Forms in Space by Rodney Graham, A-maze-ing Laughter by Yue Minjun and The Birds by MyFanwy MacLeod.

Have the Vancouver Aquarium all to Yourself – September 20
Love the aquarium but not a fan of being pushed and jostled by excited kids? Head over to After Hours at the Aquarium on September 20 for an adult-only evening and explore the galleries and exhibits without kids underfoot. The September After Hours event will feature multiple screenings of the world premiere of BBC Earth’s The Great Salmon Run 4-D Experience. If you’ve been looking for a perfect date night, this is it.