Events, shows, festivals and things to do in Vancouver this Fall (2021)
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Events, shows, festivals and things to do in Vancouver this Fall (2021)

Planning your next trip to Vancouver and wondering what you should check out in addition to landmarks and nearby attractions? Check out these shows, cultural events, markets and festivals around and near downtown Vancouver!


Culture, markets and festivals

BC Culture Days 2021 | RE:IMAGINE

bc culture days

Source: BC Culture Days

An annual series of free and interactive creative events, BC Culture Days is hosted by artists and cultural organizations across the province. This year’s month-long celebration invites participants to envision a post-pandemic world brightened through creative exploration and artistic expression. Events include socially distanced outdoor and pre-registered indoor events, pre-recorded videos, livestream presentations, self-guided activities, and more to discover.

When: September 24 to, 2021 – October 24, 2021
Where: Various locations

>> Check out the different BC Culture Days 2021 events here

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

VIFF 2021

With over 110 feature films, 75+ shorts, talks and conferences there are lots to discover at VIFF 2021. Take a moment to explore the dynamic program featuring some of the best cinema and creative voices from around the globe.

When: October 1, 2021 – October 11, 2021
Where: Vancouver International Film Centre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver)

>> Check out event schedules and get tickets here

Vancouver’s Farmers Market

Vancouver’s farmers markets provides a local, sustainable marketplace for the community. The current global pandemic has only increased the need of fresh and nutritious food. Check out the local produce and yummy goods and support Vancouver’s local food system and farmers.

When: Now – October 31, 2021
Where: various locations

>> Check out the different farmers markets here

Circle Craft and other Craft Markets

Since 1972, Circle Craft has been a Vancouver tradition for locals and visitors alike, and is Western Canada’s largest craft market, featuring over 300 craftspeople and artisans from coast-to-coast.

Circle Craft

When: November 10, 2021 – November 14, 2021
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver)

>> Check out details about Circle Craft here

Other Craft markets

When: various times
Where: various locations

>> Check out other craft markets here


Concert, sports, shows

Ricky Gervais: SuperNature

Ricky Gervais 2021

Ricky Gervais is the award-winning entertainer and producer who created The Office, among other hit TV shows. After just hosting the Golden Globes this year, Ricky Gervais will be returning to Vancouver with his SuperNature Tour. Considered to be the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin in his home country, he has proven as divisive as he has successful in recent years thanks to his bold style of comedy. He's also known for frequently engaging in high-profile Twitter feuds, and for refusing to apologize for jokes that offend.

When: October 17 and October 18, 2021
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton Street)

>> Get tickets for the show here

City and Colour

City and Colour

City and Colour, acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, kicks off his Canadian tour in Vancouver, and ending the run with five shows at historic Massey Hall in Toronto in December. Green will perform intimate, solo live concerts featuring songs from his vast award-winning catalogue. Special guests include Ben Rogers on November 12, and Marin Patenaude on November 13.

When: November 12 and November 13, 2021
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton Street)

>> Get tickets for the show here

Hansan Minhaj: The King’s Jester

Hasan Minhaj

Four years after the global success of his Netflix comedy special, Homecoming King, which garnered rave reviews and won a 2018 Peabody award, Hasan Minhaj returns returns to his storytelling roots.

This event will be a phone-free experience. Use of phones, smart watches and accessories, will not be permitted in the performance space. Upon arrival at the venue, all phones, smart watches and accessories will be secured in individual Yondr pouches that will be opened at the end of the event.

When: November 14, 2021
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton Street)

>> Get tickets for the show here

Cheer on a Local Sports Team

Autumn in Vancouver means the start of the hockey season with the Canucks playing at Rogers Arena, and with the Canadian Football league and Major League Soccer well underway with the BC Lions and the Whitecaps both playing at BC Place. Popular sports teams to check out in Vancouver are the Canucks in hockey, Whitecaps in soccer, BC Lions in football and Vancouver Canadians in baseball.

The YWCA Hotel is right across the street from BC Place and a five-minute walk from Rogers Arena.

>> Click here for more information about checking out a local sports team


Art and Theatre

Imagine Van Gogh

Imagine Van Gogh 2021

Imagine Van Gogh is an immersive digital art exhibition touring around the world that transports visitors to the heart of Van Gogh’s work. Hailing from Europe and featuring over 200 of the famed Dutch artist’s paintings projected onto surfaces, the exhibition allows the audience to “literally enter the artist’s world of dreams”.

When: Now  –  October 15, 2021
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver)

>> Get tickets and more information on the Imagine Van Gogh website

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO)

The Vancouver Symphony is back! Maestro Otto Tausk invites you to return to the concert hall this fall and join VSO for their 103rd season.

“We have come through a most challenging and strange time. Now, let us turn a page and come back to the things we love most. For the musicians of the VSO and myself, that means making music with you. This will be a season of return, discovery, adaptation, and evolution.” – Otto Tausk, VSO Music Director

When: various times
Where: various locations and Orpheum theatre

>> Get tickets and learn more on the VSO website

Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo at the Vancouver Art Gallery

This exhibition is a fun and expansive look at contemporary art in the Greater Vancouver region. Featuring works by newer artists as well as established artists, with a variety of media, scale and modes of presentation, Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo is a great curation for locals and visitors alike.

When: Now until January 2, 2022
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street, Vancouver)

>> Get tickets and more information on the Vancouver Art Gallery website

Imagine Picasso

Imagine will feature more than 200 of Picasso’s paintings being shown together for the very first time. Paintings will be projected onto nine full-blown Origami-style structures, which will offer a one-of-a-kind perspective on the work of the great Picasso. The experience will last approximately one hour. Non-commercial photography is permitted, and organizers encourage guests to share their photos online. Organizers point out that Imagine Picasso is designed as a contactless experience. It will have limited capacity and timed entries, and the event will be in full accordance with current public health orders.

When: October 27, 2021 to January 8, 2022
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver)

>> Get tickets and more information on the Imagine Picasso website