September is here and with it comes back to school, shorter days, changing colours and, if you’re visiting Vancouver’s North Shore, an amazing variety of festivals & events and fun things to do!


What better way to celebrate the end of summer than spending the day outside listening to great music, visiting local artists at work and soaking up those last rays of summer sun, while taking in the majestic views of the North Shore mountains and the Capilano Reservoir. From 12:15-5:00pm on September 7, Music in the Park showcases amazing musicians, performing everything from orchestra folk-pop and upbeat folk to classic jazz will take to the stage. So bring your blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for an afternoon of wonderful entertainment.

Polish Festival North Vancouver
Photo credit: Polish Festival Vancouver 2015

This Labour Day long weekend (September 6-7), Lynn Valley Village comes alive with music and dance at the Polish Cultural Festival. Enjoy performances by Polish-Canadian musical groups and a folk dance group from Calgary and best of all, there will be authentic Polish sausages, perogies and delicious pastries.

Coho Festival | Andy Chamberlayn

Photo Credit: Andy Chamberlayn via Coho Society Facebook page

September is salmon season on Vancouver’s North Shore and the 2015 Coho Festival, on September 13, is the ultimate celebration of the return of the Coho Salmon to the rivers and streams of the North Shore. The festival kicks off with a 14 km run from Kitsilano to Ambleside followed by an epic salmon barbecue, live entertainment, kids activities and a Squamish Nation Village. In addition to the run, there’s an 8.5km walk from Cleveland Dam to Ambleside and an open water swim that forms a loop mimicking the migratory patterns of the Coho and other salmon. The festival, in addition to being loads of fun, raises funds for salmonid enhancement activities on the North Shore. Visitors of all ages are invited to the Peak Chalet at Grouse Mountain for the 2015 Artists for Conservation Festival from September 19 – 30. Art and nature lovers get the chance to discover conservation themed art exhibits, take part in art workshops, enjoy guest speakers and films, watch live painting demonstrations and music and cultural performances. Most AFC festival activities are complimentary with Grouse Mountain admission, but discounted tickets will be available soon, when purchased in advance from the festival website.

North Shore Culture Days
Communities across Canada will be celebrating Culture Days from Sep 25 -27. A celebration of arts and culture, North Shore Culture Days includes a side range of free, hands-on activities and invite people of all ages and artistic persuasions to participate. With over 60 events happening over the weekend, there is sure to be something for everyone. This year, there will be “Community Hubs” across the North Shore where people can access a variety of hands-on activities. Check out Coast Salish music and art, heritage displays, interactive music and theatre, origami workshops, free admission to galleries and the Pianos on the Street grand finale. And be sure to snag tickets for Trolley Dances. Back by popular demand, guests will be transported by replica San Francisco-style trolleys to four secret locations across the North Shore where they’ll be entertained by performances designed to highlight the location. (Trolley Dances is a ticketed event, more information can be found on the North Van Arts council website.)


Boat Show at the Creek | North Vancouver

Photo Credit: Boat Show at the Creek

If you’re a boating enthusiast hoping to explore the region’s waterways, or just looking for a fun way to spend the day, head to the Mosquito Creek Marina from September 17 – 20, for the 9th Annual Boat Show at the Creek. With over 160 boats on display plus demonstrations and kids activities, this family friendly event offers lots of opportunities for relaxing and getting out on the water. New events for 2015 include open house tours of the Spirit Trail Ocean Homes, a new floating home community and the “Duck Off Competition”. Everyone knows that the best way to get an awesome view is to head for the hills and Vancouver’s North Shore has more than it’s fair share of amazing viewpoints! One of our favourites, and quite possibly the most popular for spectacular views of Vancouver, is the Cypress Mountain Lookout. Drive up (and up and up) Cypress Bowl Road and you’ll see a pullout for the viewpoint on the right hand side. Bring your camera, on a clear day it feels like you can literally see forever!


Shipyards Night Market | North Vancouver
September may be here, but did you know that the Shipyards Night Market continues every Friday until September 25? That’s 4 more Fridays to grab a tasty treat from the awesome selection of local food trucks that set up at the Shipyards starting at 5pm. There’s also a full farmers and artisans marketplace, live entertainment and a beer garden featuring local craft beer. Grab your dinner and head out onto the Pier to eat with sweeping views of downtown Vancouver, Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park. Grab your friends and your appetite and head to West Vancouver on September 10 for the 2015 Taste of Dundarave. Along Marine Drive, from 24th Street to 25th Street, businesses will be offering a variety of appetizers, drinks and giveaways! Collect 20 stamps and enter for a draw. This is a great way to try a new restaurant and then make plans to go back at a later date for a leisurely meal! Kids are welcome and we promise that there will be fabulous food and fantastic music.