BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for September 29 – October 5

This week in BC: Shop for your little one at the 2012 Baby Fair, catch a flick at the Vancouver Retro Cinema Festival and celebrate the arts at Culture Days


This week in BC: Catch the incredible story of a polar bear family in To the Arctic at Science World, shop for your little one at the 2012 Baby Fair, celebrate the arts at Culture Days, and more

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Take a Trip to the Snowbird RV Show & Sale – September 27-30

With autumn upon us, snowbirds are plotting their escape to sunnier climes. That’s why road-trippers of all ages are flocking to the Snowbird RV Show & Sale, held September 27 to 30 at Abbotsford’s Tradex Centre. Rest assured you’ll be ready to hit the road once you check out the exhibitors, speakers and RVs in all sizes, styles and prices. Tickets are $8 at the door.


Celebrate the Arts at Culture Days – September 28-30

Whether you live in Sechelt or Surrey, Kelowna or Castlegar, you’re invited to join fellow Canadians in hundreds of cities across the country for the third annual Culture Days. From September 28 to 30, you can celebrate arts and culture in your own community with everything from free dance sessions and play readings to museum tours and fall festivals, with full listings online.


Get a Job at the Retail Fair – September 29

Now that the lazy, hazy days of summer are over, it’s time to get back to the grind. No job? No worries: Check out Metropolis at Metrotown’s fifth annual Retail Job Fair on September 29, where paycheque seekers can apply for hundreds of positions at B.C.’s biggest shopping mall. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and be sure to bring your resumé because some retailers will hold interviews right on the spot.


Shop for Your Little One at the 2012 Vancouver Island Baby Fair – September 29-30

From cribs and car seats to playpens and diaper bags, prospective parents have lots to buy before bringing home baby. Save yourself some time by checking out the Vancouver Island Baby Fair, held September 29 and 30 at Pearkes Recreation Centre in Victoria. Along with everything you need for your infant, you’ll find mainstage speakers, photo contests, baby races, door prizes and kid-friendly fun from Bobs & Lolo. Tickets are $8 (kids free) at the door, starting at 10 a.m.


Attend the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival – September 29

Full moons are known to bring out the crazies, but on September 29 it’ll just bring out a benign bunch of revelers to the 10th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. This fall fair, starting at 4 p.m. at Vancouver’s Slocan Park, includes live music, food vendors and a twilight lantern parade leading to Renfrew Park, site of fire spinning, stilt dancing, fireworks and a tea garden.


Splurge at the Victoria Fall Vintage Fair – September 29

Sure, you could always scour your local Value Village, but you’ll score just as many bargains — maybe more! — at the fourth annual Fall Vintage Fair, held on September 29 at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield St, Victoria). Frugal fashionistas will find everything from retro and vintage clothing to jewelry and accessories, along with roaming runway shows and a chance to win prizes. Tickets for the fair, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are available at the door.

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Buy Spring Seeds at the Qualicum Fall Plant Sale – September 29 – 30

If you want next year’s April showers to yield May flowers, now’s the time to plant your spring bulbs. First stop? The Fall Plant Sale at Milner Gardens & Woodland (2179 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach), where you’ll find deep discounts on heritage trees, shrubs and perennials this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. What’s more, you’ll also have a chance to chat with master gardeners or sit back and enjoy fresh scones in the Tearoom. Entry is by donation.


Plan Your Special Day at the Vancouver Wedding & Honeymoon Show – September 30

Planning a wedding is a big job, but you’ll find plenty of help at the Vancouver Wedding & Honeymoon Show on September 30 at the Vancouver Trade & Exhibition Centre. Top wedding and honeymoon specialists will showcase everything from dresses and cakes to décor and invitations at this bridal bonanza, and — even better — one lucky guest will go home with a grand prize. Tickets for the show, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., are available online for $20.


Catch a Movie at the Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest – until September 30

Pop culture kitsch is what you’ll find at the first-ever Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest, screening 15 film favourites — everything from The Godfather and Ghostbusters to Back to the Future and The Big Lebowski — at Vancouver’s Denman Cinema. Expect more than just popcorn because this fun fest also includes costume competitions, trivia contests, prizes and themed drink specials, until September 30.


Enjoy an Arctic Experience – October 5

Unless you’re named Santa, the closest most of us will ever come to the North Pole is at Vancouver’s Telus World of Science, screening To the ArcticThe Ultimate Tale of Survival beginning October 5. This Greg MacGillivray film — projected on a six-storey screen — follows a polar bear family’s struggle to survive in the melting, though still majestic, habitat they call home.

Credit: David Cooper


Watch a Tony Award-winning Play – until October 27

Maria Callas may be dead but her spirit lives on in Master Class, a Tony Award-winning play by Kiss of the Spider Woman scribe Terrence McNally. Set in an opera class at Juilliard, it spotlights the world’s greatest soprano as she regales students with tales of her past — from triumphs at La Scala to feuds with rival singers to a doomed affair with Aristotle Onassis. See it until October 27 at Vancouver’s Granville Island Stage.

Credit: David Cooper


See the Popular Play, Chelsea Hotel – until November 3

Few hotels are quite as infamous as the Chelsea. In its 128-year history, this Manhattan landmark has been the backdrop to all manner of murder, mayhem and mystery. Perhaps less well known is that it also served as the stomping grounds for a young Leonard Cohen, whose music sets the soundscape for Chelsea Hotel, a play returning by popular demand to Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre until November 3.

BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for Sept 29-Oct 5