negroni week
Credit: Chickadee Room

1. Celebrate Negroni Week

September 13 to 19

18 Vancouver restaurants are celebrating the Negroni this week by serving up the apéritif for a cause. There's a full list of participating restaurants here, including the Chickadee Room's Classic Negroni (pictured above)— $1 from each one sold will be donated to the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre.

When: Monday September 13 to Sunday September 19
Where: Restaurants across the city
More Info: negroniweek.com

Upintheair Theatre
Credit: Upintheair Theatre's Revelations

2. Do an Escape Room in Your Own House

September 16 to 26

This apocalypse-themed at-home escape room has got to be one of the most unique theatrical endeavours to come out of the pandemic. Here's how Revelations works: you buy a ticket for your household, and someone from Upintheair Theatre drops off a box at your house. A walkie talkie is included. Then, you open the box and the game begins—the whole time, you're in contact with an "Apocalypse Consultant" via walkie talkie. Later in the evening, there's an in-person interactive performance at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Folks in East Van, New West and Burnaby are all within the delivery zone—so if you're an eastsider up to the challenge, grab a ticket for the end of the world.

When: Thursday September 16 to Sunday September 26, showtimes vary
Where: Online and at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Cost: $25 per household
More Info: upintheairtheatre.com

dream cuisines
Credit: Huda Abd Elhamid, Super Dishes. Photo by Rich Won

3. Eat at Dream Cuisine's Street Food Pop-Up

September 18

Local nonprofit Flavours of Hope has been helping newcomer refugee women get their start in Vancouver's culinary industry through their pilot program, called Dream Cuisines. This weekend street food celebration includes the work of Angeles Canedo of Mis Cazuelas Mexican Food, Huda Abd Elhamid of Super Dishes (pictured above) and Angelica Davalos Ramirez of Tinkerbake. Think pastries, quesadillas, ceviche, hawawshi—hungry yet?

When: Saturday September 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Coho Coffee
More Info: instagram.com/flavoursofhope

dried by design
Credit: @driedbydesign

4. Take a Flower Bouquet Workshop (and Drink Wine)

September 18

Wind down for the week at this dried floral workshop hosted by local florist Dried by Design. Participants will be guided through all the steps to creating a gorgeous bouquet that lasts a lot longer than traditional fresh flowers, and the winery venue isn't for nothing—a ticket also gets you two glasses of Lulu Island's Pinot Gris, Merlot, or Blueberry Fruit Wine.

When: Saturday September 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Lulu Island Winery, Richmond
Cost: $80
More Info: exploretock.com

monstercat compound
Credit: A photo from 2019's Monstercat Compound by Brandon Artis

5. Monstercat Compound

September 18

This annual (save for last year) outdoor block party is an electronic music lover’s paradise, with live tunes, art and gaming. Entry is free, but for $25 you can treat yourself to a private bar and viewing area. The lineup includes The Funk Hunters, Tony Romera, Sabai, OBLYVN and more.

When: Saturday September 18
Where: 380 Railway Street
Cost: Free with RSVP
More Info: monstercat.com