Labour Day weekend is the symbolic end of summer what with school, work and all those activities coming at us. It’s also summer’s final hurrah, and a great time to catch up on some of the things you may have missed (or loved) over the summer like outdoor swimming, gorging yourself at the Richmond Night market or taking one final coaster ride at the PNE. There are also a few special events worth checking out as well.
Six things to do this Labour Day Weekend
Eat your way though one of the Richmond summer night markets
Richmond boasts not one but two night markets full of outrageous desserts (shaved mango and ice cream piled high), fascinating street food (bubble egg waffle and flower tea in a light bulb anyone?), trinkets, live performances and kids zones. Richmond Night Market is the classic (with over 17 years running) while the Illumination Summer Night Market boasts the largest summer lighting show in North America with nine different themes.
Richmond Night Market, 8351 River Rd, Richmond,
Illumination Summer Night Market, 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond
Taves Applebarn in Abbotsford is worth the drive. Known for its pumpkin patch, it’s like a day in country with a corn maze, hay and pony rides, a bunnytown, petting zoo, apple picking, jumping pillow, playground, and much more. Open from 9-5 on Labour Day.
333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford
Go on a family picnic
One of the best ways to make the most of the last few weeks of summer is to plan a picnic in the park with friends on a warm, sunny day. We put together a list of primo picnic spots in Vancouver so you can scope out your perfect spot and sample your delicious spread al fresco.
Close out the PNE
If you haven’t been yet, this is your last chance to take in the dizzying colourful chaos of the Fair at the PNE. Think gooey mini donuts, crispy chicken feet, baby chicks, Super Dogs, crazy rides and rickety roller coasters! Word to the wise, beware of overindulging before riding.
Take one final outdoor plunge
Most of our spectacular outdoor pools close after Labour Day. Sob. So take the kids for a final glorious swim one of these pools! Update from the Park Board: 2nd Beach and New Brighton pools will be open until Sept 17! Sadly, Kits and Maple Grove pools close after Labour Day.
Head out to a Labour Day family event
Check out the Nikkei Matsuri Festival, a super family-friendly event with tons of fun for everyone including Japanese food, a game zone, Bon-Odori, Matsuri Star Talent Search, Hello Kitty & Friends, Taiko drumming (see above photo) and more.
Nikkei Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Sept 2 & 3, 11 am-7 ppm, 604-777-7000
Join the Burnaby Museum for their final day of the summer season. It’s old-fashioned fun complete with games of chance, entertainment, demonstrations, a children’s craft, and market vendors. Plus FREE carousel rides (compliments of Burnaby Parks, Recreation & Culture Commission and CUPE Local 23).
Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, Sept. 4, 11 am – 4:30 pm
Bonus: Looking to do some very last minute back to school shopping? Tsawwassen Mills is having a Labour Day Weekend Savings Bash with $500 gift card giveaways every hour all weekend! Check it!