5 Cool and Quirky Events Happening In Vancouver This Week (Sept. 24-30)

Yes, our city has a two-day knitting festival.

(Photo: Craft Beer Market.)

It’s (Almost) Oktober

September 25

Fall decorations were in stores in July, pumpkin spice lattes were brewing in August–it’s time to give up those summer vibes and give in to the sweet call of October. Craft Beer Market will give you a headstart on Oktoberfest at their Oktoberfest Brewmaster’s Dinner. Each dish at this five-course dinner is paired with a beer from Erdinger and Stiegl. While you’re at it, you better get started on your Christmas shopping, too.When: Tuesday, September 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.Where: Craft Beer MarketCost: $60More Info: craftbeermarket.ca (Photo: Vancouver Biennal.)

Curious Conversation

September 24

Australian artist Patricia Piccinini’s work is unique, to say the least. Her sculptures include very curious representations of not-quite-human creatures that are the talk of Vancouver at the moment. Whether you find them confusing, grotesque, beautiful or creepy, Piccinini is in town to answer your most burning questions at her “Inside the Curious Mind of Patricia Piccinini” Artist Talk. We’re certainly curious. Also, we’re having nightmares.When: Monday, September 24, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Where: York TheatreCost: By donation (suggested $10)More Info: thecultch.com (Photo: Etsy Vancouver.)

Pop-Up Palooza

September 29

Etsy is moving from online to on the ground at the Etsy Made in Vancouver Canada Market this Saturday. This event is Canada’s largest pop-up market; 37 markets in various cities happen simultaneously. Attendees can meet their favourite web vendors in person and buy local handmade goods. Plus, no shipping fees.When: Saturday, September 29 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Where: UBC Robson SquareCost: FreeMore Info: facebook.com (Photo: Sweet Georgia Yarns.)

Fit to Knit

September 29-30

This isn’t your grandmother’s fibre arts festival (but she’s totally welcome to come). Knit City is a two-day celebration of all things cozy, and features a marketplace, workshops and demonstrations. Workshop titles include “Secrets from the Skein,” “Short Row Insanity,” and “War and Peace (Two Socks at Once),” so you know it’s going to be intense. If you’re more of a knit enthusiast than creator, the marketplace has all the knitwear designers your heart desires.When: Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30Where: PNE ForumCost: $17 for a weekend passMore Info: knitsocial.ca (Photo: Friends United Beyond All Race.)

Rock and Roll

September 30

The Friends United Beyond All Race Roller Jam is transforming the Robson Square ice rink into a classic retro roller rink this Sunday, and it’s the perfect opportunity for you to show off your travelling toe pivot. Skate rentals will be available for less avid skaters, as well as food vendors for those fresh-off-the-rink tummy rumblies. Proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, so you’re rolling for a good cause.When: Sunday September 30, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.Where: Robson Square RinkCost: By donation (minimum $10)More Info: friendsunitedbeyondallrace.com