5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (September 4-10)

Suyo's 1st anniversary bash, a sustainable cocktail seminar and the return of two great fests: Light Up Chinatown and Fringe.

Here’s 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 kdonaldson@canadawide.com.

1. Come Celebrate SUYO’s 1st Birthday

September 5-9

Guess who’s turning one and throwing the ultimate culinary bash? Suyo Modern Peruvian, that’s who! This restaurant has achieved more than most one-year-olds dream of—snagging two gold medals at our 2023 Restaurant Awards (Best New Restaurant and Best Latin American). Impressive, right? If you’re a fan (or just curious), mark your calendar for September 5 to 9 for a knockout à la carte seven-course 1er Aniversario Tasting Menu showcasing their innovative global-inspired Peruvian delights (like hamachi tiradito and lucuma ice cream). Guaranteed to be a culinary dunk on every other toddler’s birthday party you’ve ever been to.

When: September 5-9
Where: SUYO Modern Peruvian
Cost: $189 per person (wine & cocktail pairings $89)
More Info: suyo.ca


2. Learn How To Make Sustainable Cocktails at Published on Main

September 10

To serve up the ultimate flex at your next dinner party, come to Published on Main this Sunday at 12 p.m. and learn how to sling some seriously tasty (and sustainable) cocktails like a pro. The Sustainable Cocktail Seminar brings Agung and Laura Prabowo of Hong Kong’s Penicillin Bar to Vancouver to teach you how to mix it up like an eco-bar star. And this duo brings some serious cred too (they rank #26 in San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars, and are also the founders of The Old Man in Hong Kong, which ranked #1 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars and #5 in The World’s 50 Best Bars). This event is limited to just 40 seats, so be sure to reserve yours promptly.

When: September 10
Where: Published on Main
Cost: $60
More Info: www.exploretock.com


3. Get Festive at the 3rd Annual Light Up Chinatown!

September 9-10

Vancouver’s Chinatown is set to sparkle with the return of the Light Up Chinatown! Festival. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday (and ’til 6 p.m. on Sunday) enjoy some live music, cultural performances and epic food collabs (one such duo: Bao Bei and The Boss). On September 9th, the “Party of 5” skewer event is going down—a ticketed pop-up special gathering top restaurateurs, including Michelin star chef Pete Ho, for a culinary feast at 127 East Pender as part of the Light Up Chinatown festivities (feast-ivities?). Plus, there’s a kids’ “fun zone” for families, and for the first time, the event is fully licensed. So you can enjoy some drinks, exclusive discounts, cool food collabs and prizes.

When: September 9-10
Where: 500 Columbia street
Cost: Free
More Info: chinatownfoundation.org


4. Calling All Music Lovers: Don’t Miss the VMO’s 21st Season Opening Concert!

September 9

Get ready for an unforgettable evening of fancy concerto! The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra’s 21st season opener kicks off with a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30pm. The programme is entitled “Our National Identity,” and features music by Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. Led by maestro Ken Hsieh, the orchestra will be accompanied by the internationally acclaimed Australian pianist David Fung, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A-minor. Then, the second half of the programme will feature Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D-Major.

When: September 9
Where: The Orpheum
Cost: From $44.81
More Info: vmocanada.com/21th-season-opening-concert


5. Enjoy a Sneak Peak Showcase and the Opening Week of This Year’s Fringe Festival

September 6-17

It’s that time of year again! A time when clowning, stage combat and one-person shows take over the city as pervasively as pumpkin spice lattes. It’s Fringe Fest season, and with that comes all the local and international talent one arts festival can hold. To kick off a full schedule (officially starting on September 7), there’s a special sneak preview event: ‘Fringe4All‘ happening September 6. It’s a beloved inaugural showcase that features snippets of many of the artists featured at this year’s Fringe (taking place at Performance Works.) Check out the master schedule and guide here to start planning your Fringe-ing! Or, why not check out our completely unbiased (cough cough) Fringe picks? Planning on going to at least 5 shows? Might be worth getting the multipass (the cheapest one is $68 for 5 shows and the highest is up to 25 shows for $320). Happy Fringe-ing everyone!

When: September 6-17
Where: Various venues
Cost: (Must have a membership— $10)
More Info: vancouverfringe.com