Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for September 2 to 8

Get colourful at a rainbow fun run, check out theatre at the Vancouver Fringe Fest, eat free pancakes while appreciating art + more

Get colourful at a rainbow fun run, check out theatre at the Vancouver Fringe Fest, eat free pancakes while appreciating art + more


1. Color Run – Saturday, September 2

The “happiest 5k on the planet” returns with a colourful collection of surprises along the way, ranging from inflatable unicorns to new colour powders and foam zones. Come prepared to get messy along the rainbow race route.
Cloverdale Rodeo Grounds, 17755 60 Avenue, Surrey; $44.99; register here


2. TAIWANFest – Saturday, September 2 to Monday, September 4

Celebrate the culture and culinary offerings of Taiwan at this multi-venue festival of workshops, films, food and exhibitions, featuring events like a street banquet, paper-crafting lessons and a symphony concert by maestro Ken Hsieh & VMO.
Various venues; free; see website for full lineup


3. Baza Dance Studio Open House – Sunday, September 3

Try free dance classes such as salsa, bachata, kizomba, zouk, zumba and reggaeton at Baza Dance Studios open house. There will also be a pop-up shop from fitness brand Lorna Jane Canada.
Baza Dance Studios, 1304 Seymour Street; 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; free


4. Haim – Monday, September 4

The Los Angeles-based musical siblings come to Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl for an evening of music under the stars combining their flavours of pop and R&B, with a rockier live sound.
Malkin Bowl, 610 Pipeline Road; 5:30 p.m.; tickets $42.50


5. iHeartRadio Beach Ball – Monday, September 4

Vancouver’s first iHeartRadio Beach Ball features musical throwbacks Blondie, Train, The Philosopher Kings as well as Serena Ryder, Ruth B and Christian Hudson.
PNE Amphitheatre, 2901 East Hastings Street; 2 p.m.; tickets from $69 plus reduced fair entrance; all-ages event


6. Façade Festival – Monday, September 4 to Sunday, September 10

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Georgia Street facade will be transformed into a huge art projection, featuring the work of 10 artists. Each night will showcase the work of two artists until September 9th when there will be an encore presentation of all the artists’ works. On September 10th, the grand finale will include a special projection-mapping presentation titled Contradistinction by Go2 Productions followed by another encore of all the artists’ works.
Vancouver Art Gallery; 750 Hornby Street; 7:30 p.m. to midnight; free


7. The Dark & The Wounded – Wednesday, September 6

Part art exhibit and part screening, this evening showcases master painter James Picard’s lastest work, with a behind-the-scenes film that follows his journey as he forces his way into the places no one else wants to go, such as abandoned prisons and vacant asylums, in an attempt to display his work in the ultimate gallery… Alcatraz Prison.
Renegade Cinema, 3030 East Broadway; 5 p.m. to  9 p.m.; tickets $16


8. Vancouver Fringe Festival – Wednesday, September 6 to Sunday, September 17

Celebrate all things theatre with 10 days of events, kicking off with a preview on September 6th that gives 40 fringe artists two minutes each to tell you why you should see their show, And with 100 shows in the fringe, you might appreciate this rapid-fire overview!
Various venues; see website for full details


9. The Vancouver Pancakes and Booze Art Show – Thursday, September 7

Yup, free pancakes! Plus, live music, interactive art installations and body painting are also part of the underground art show, which features the work of more than 75 emerging artists.
Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender Street; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; tickets $13


10. ICONS Vintage Market – Friday, September 8

The Eastside Flea Shop n’ Bop presents ICONS Vintage Market, a carefully curated collection of the best vintage clothing, vinyl, homeware and collectables. Enjoy food and drinks while you shop, all soundtracked by a DJ.
Eastside Flea, 1024 Main Street; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; tickets $3