Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for September 10-16

This week: Go on a bike tour to check out urban art, experience a night of storytelling through song, get your fill of funny at the Fringe Festival + more

Sunrise Sessions – Saturdays, September 10, 17 and 24

Get a taste of the new Equinox West Georgia fitness studio—before it opens—at a pop-up style yoga and brunch event at the Shangri-La Hotel. Start the morning with an energizing yoga class on the hotel’s picturesque sixth-floor outdoor terrace, then fuel up with a healthy breakfast courtesy of Shangri-La’s Executive Chef, Ken Nakano.

Shangri-La Hotel, 1128 West Georgia Street
9:45 a.m. (class starts promptly at 10 a.m.), tickets $45.71

Mural Festival Guided Bike Tour – Saturday, September 10

Missed out on the mural festival? Take a one-off guided bike tour with Hayo and Mobi to find out more about Vancouver’s first collective creation of urban art. Get some exercise and snap some great shots for your Instagram. The meeting point will be revealed when you book a ticket, but the general location will be in the Main Street area.

10 a.m., tickets $15

Stories in Song – Saturday, September 10

Experience a night of storytelling through song with mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel and Kinza Tyrell on piano, and baritone Chad Clark with Chris Chok on piano. Enjoy a glass of bubbles in Hawksworth Restaurant’s historic York Room in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and listen to performances and discussions about classical and contemporary compositions.

7:30 to 10:30 p.m., tickets $60
The York Room at Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 West Georgia Street

Credit: Big Sisters

Big Yoga for Big Sisters – Saturday, September 10

Take part in a 10-hour yoga relay to raise money for Big Sisters. Create a team and get friends to join, or ask to be put in a team to take part in the 10 one-hour sessions. The point is to have a team member on the mat at all times so you can swap in and out of the hatha, power and yin classes.

Registration opens at 8:15 p.m., classes run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Johnathon Rogers Park, Mount Pleasant, free (but each participant needs to raise minimum of $100 each)

Luxury & Supercar Weekend – Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11

From Bugatti to Bentley, Van Dusen Gardens will be hosting some of the world’s most mind-blowingly expensive cars this weekend at the seventh annual Luxury & Supercar Weekend. Check out VIP vehicles and visit one of the pop-up restaurants at the event, including Hawksworth’s brunch at 10 a.m. ($60) and lunch at 12 and 2 p.m. ($90).

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Van Dusen Gardens
$50 general admission, $100 VIP (includes canapes, drinks and access to car auction)

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival – Saturday, September 10 to Tuesday, September 20

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival includes free performances, events and workshops that celebrate all forms of flamenco—from classical Spanish to the dance’s roots in Sephardic, Persian, Gypsy and Indian cultures.

Various locations and prices
Check online for more details

Copper & Fire Arts Festival – Sunday, September 11

Visit Britannia Mine Museum for the annual showcase of crafts made from mined materials of the earth, such as copper, ceramics and gemstones. In honour of the upcoming royal visit to B.C., there will be a chance to make wired gemstone copper crowns as a throwback to the Copper Queen competitions that were held at the mine between 1926 and 1975.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Britannia Mine Museum, 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach

Credit: Drop Zone

The Easter Seals Drop Zone Vancouver – Tuesday, September 13

Would you like to try rappelling 20 storeys down the side of a skyscraper? Be a superhero and raise funds for Easter Seals House to provide a low-cost, caring place for more than 100 parents and children to stay every night in Vancouver. Get sponsored to help support the camps that offer once-in-a-lifetime, week-long camping experiences for approximately 800 children.

999 Hastings Street, register and donate here
Minimum $1000 fundraising target per participant

Dinner by Design – Thursday, September 15 and Friday, September 16

Top interior designers will be creating stunning tablescapes and room sets for the fourth annual Dinner by Design event, which brings together style and substance to create Cocktail Art (featuring signature sips and canapes from the city’s top restaurants) and the Dinner by Design Gala Dinner, a wine-paired multi-course feast that held in incredible surroundings.

Cocktail Art, $75, Thursday, September 15, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Dinner by Design Gala Dinner, $300, Friday, September 16, 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Public viewing (free) on September 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Harbour Events Centre 750 Pacific Boulevard

Vancouver Fringe Festival – Until September 18

Fringe is in full swing and there are shows of all shapes and sizes to enjoy, as well as workshops and plenty of musicals, including Trump: The Musical, featuring songs such as I’m a Yankee Doodle Donald and Hillary’s Lament and How to Adult: The Musical, about four 20-somethings trying to get their lives together. Main stage shows are chosen out of a hat, so be sure to check all venues for some fun on the fringes of comedy and art.

Various locations
Check online for more information