5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (September 26-October 3)

Live performances, an Italian gala and a city-wide croissant crawl.

Your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to dwright@canadawide.com.

Read on for this week’s lineup.

actors on a stage
Credit: Leif Norman, courtesy of Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

1. Frozen River

September 28-October 16

Through whimsical puppetry and storytelling Frozen River tells the story of two children hundreds of years ago—one who is Cree, the other Scottish—as they meet in the forest of what will one day become modern-day Manitoba. A broken promise between them leaves a lasting impact and we follow what this means for their modern-day descendants. This poignant and powerful play about reconciliation, environmentalism and interconnectedness is suitable for children of all ages.

When: September 28-October 16
Where: The Waterfront Theatre
Cost: From $18
More Info: carouseltheatre.ca

a festive text treatment of 'la grane festa'

2. La Grande Festa

September 29

The Italian Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a gala filled with delicious Italian food and wine. The five-course dinner is inspired by authentic Italian products from different regions of Italy and begins with an open-bar prosecco reception. The evening includes a keynote address from Whitecaps FC head coach Vanni Sartini and an exclusive Italian-made silent auction.

When: September 29
Where: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Cost: From $250
More Info: iccbc.com

a kneeling dancer, with face obscured
Credit: Yvonne Chew

3. Kisiskâciwan

September 30-October 1

From choreographer Jeanette Kotowich, comes Kisiskâciwan, a solo performance that explores the vast prairie, rolling landscape and sacred spaces of her childhood in Saskatchewan. Kotowich, who is of Nêhiyaw, Métis and mixed settler ancestry, reflects Nêhiyaw/Métis cosmology within the context of Indigenous performance, Indigenous futurism and contemporary dance.

When: September 30-October 1
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre
Cost: $34; $25 students/seniors
More Info: thedancecentre.ca

painting of a woman with her eyes obscured


4. Echoes from Far Away Cities

October 1-2

Echoes from Far Away Cities tells the story of a documentary filmmaker who aims to capture a story of extreme domestic violence by finds herself experiencing similar moments in her own relationship. Inspired by playwright Ami Hosseenini’s own work on a documentary about an acid attack victim in Iran, the play explores how silence, stigma and shame keep domestic violence as one of the most common and horrifying global human rights violations today.

When: October 1-2
Where: Presentation House Theatre 
Cost: From $22
More Info: phtheatre.org

a cut-open croissant with filling oozing out
Credit: Bel Cafe’s churro croissantevents to do in Vancouver

5. Vancouver Croissant Crawl

October 1-7

Inspired by a personal journey to discover Vancouver’s best croissant, this tasty new food crawl will feature limited edition croissant flavours and innovations at ten different vendors throughout the city. Options include seasonal flavours like Terra Bread’s pumpkin pie double-baked croissant to creative treats like Bel Café’s churro croissant.

When: October 1-7
Where: Various locations
Cost: Varies
More Info: laurajo.co