Things to do near transit this Labour Day long weekend

Things to do near transit this Labour Day long weekend

There’s a plethora of things you can do this long weekend – that too on transit!


It’s that time of the year again – summer’s over, so back to school! Before timetables and schedules start, let’s give summer a goodbye kiss – fare thee well, long days; hello, fall foliage!

But, there’s still the Labour Day long weekend, and lots to do in Metro Vancouver on transit. Don’t know where to go? Don’t worry, The Buzzer blog has your back!

Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details.

1. Richmond World Festival

Location: Minoru Park, Richmond
Canada Line

This free, family-friendly multicultural event features live music, lots of food, and all sorts of cultural things from different parts of the globe. New this year is the Antarctica Zone where festival goers can skate for free inside Minoru Park Arenas. Make sure you catch our community outreach bus that will be there on Sept 1 from 11 am – 10 pm. Hop on board and chat with us!

Our community outreach bus will be at the Richmond World Festival – come say hi!


2. Pacific National Exhibition

Location: 2901, East Hastings St, Vancouver
Buses 16, 160, 210

The Fair at the PNE returns for its 108th year, Aug. 18 to Sept. 3, 11 a.m. till late. As always, in addition to the usual service in the area, we’re adding extra service to take you to and from the PNE!



3. Labour Day at Burnaby Village 

Location: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Buses 123, 133, 144

It’s old-fashioned fun complete with games of chance, entertainment, demonstrations, a children’s craft, and market vendors.

4. Kerrisdale Antiques Fair

Location: Kerrisdale Arena, 5670 East Boulevard,Vancouver
Buses 16, 41, 43

This antiques fair, held in the charming and historic neighbourhood of Kerrisdale, features over 65 specialty vendors with over 250 tables of antique, vintage and retro decor and collectibles under one roof.

5. TAIWANfest

Location: Granville Street (500 – 700 blocks)
Expo Line

This annual event includes concerts and other live entertainment, culinary shows, a street party with food stalls. This year’s event hosts a special Filipino-themed area in the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.


6. Saturday/Sunday Farmers’ Markets 

Location: Across Metro Vancouver

Check individual farmers’ markets’ schedule – head to Burnaby, Fort Langley, Lonsdale Quay, Maple Ridge, Trout Lake and the West End on Saturday for fresh produce, and lots more! For a Sunday outing, head to Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Mt. Pleasant, Steveston Village and White Rock.

Farmers’ markets to visit on transit

7. Outdoor Movie Night

Location: Various
SkyTrain, buses

Bring your own chairs and blankets to these popular movie nights across town! Folks in East Van – FREE outdoor screening of Disney/Pixar’s Oscar-winning blockbuster, COCO at Grandview Park August 31st at dusk. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival is hosting the Chinatown movie night and culture fair on September 1st. If you’re in North Vancouver, head to the Lonsdale Quay Market on Spetember 1st for a movie night hosted by Outdoor Movies BC.

8. Serbian Days 

Location: Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 505 E 63rd Ave, Vancouver
Buses 8, 100

Serbian Days festival is not just the oldest, but also the most-attended Serbian gathering in the Greater Vancouver Area. The festival has been traditionally taking place at the Saint Sava Church which was consecrated in 1971.

9. Richmond Night Market

Location: Minoru Park, Richmond
Canada Line, Bus 430

This popular summer market runs from May – October and is also known as seafood heaven! Guess who frequents this spot? Vancouver actor/comedian/director Seth Rogen!


10. 15th annual Corn Festival

Location: Britannia Centre, 1661 Napier St
Expo Line, Bus 20

Enjoy a taste of Latin America at this annual corn harvest fiesta. Try delicious Latin American food like tamales and pupusas, and enjoy music and dancing. Presented by the Canada El Salvador Action Network.

You can also visit these  vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurants on transit. When you’re on the bus, remember to pick up the latest issue of The Buzzer with Seth Rogen on the cover. Lastly, September 3 is when our fall service changes roll out, so make sure to check your bus schedule before you leave.

Author: Tanushree Pillai