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. We’ve got ten ideas to wind up summer with a bang!
Ten things to do this Labour Day Weekend in Metro Vancouver
1. Close out the PNE
If you haven’t been yet, this is your last chance to take in the colourful chaos of the Fair at the PNE. Think gooey ribs, mini donuts, ramen corn dogs, crispy chicken skin (so good!), pig races, Super Dogs, jousting on horses, dizzying rides and rickety roller coasters! Word to the wise, beware of overindulging before riding.
2. Visit Kids World at the Richmond World Music Festival . *Free*
Catch some live music while the kids enjoy performances on the Cowell Kids World Pop Up Stage by Peter GG, Matt Henry, Yuki, and more! And of course, face painting and balloon artists will be hand. PS: Ginalina will perform 2 30-minute interactive family sets at 12 and 2:30 on the Library Stage.
3. Check out the Museum of Vancouver for $5!
Monday, September 2, 2019, Vancouver
Check out the MOV exhibitions for only $5 on Labour Day Monday. Experience a visual feast of innovation and tradition on a 30-minute highlight tour of Haida Now happening at 11:30 and 1:30. and the Wild Things exhibition before it closes at the end of September.
4. Snap a family pic in a field on sunflowers
Head to the valley for a wander through massive fields of towering sunflowers for one final summer shot of the fam. This fest boasts five-plus acres of more than a dozen varieties of peak-season sunflowers in varying shades of yellow, orange and red. Also there are loads of insta-spots (think swings, tractors and the like) and fun for the kids.
5. Explore Taves Applebarn
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 (can you say “baby goats?”, apple picking, jumping pillow, playground, and even sunflowers! Open from 9-5 on Labour Day.
6. Take one final slide at Cultus Lake Waterpark
Labour Day Monday is the final day for epic (or gentle) watersliding at Cultus Lake Water Park. This 35-year-old park has something for everyone. The Bazooka Bowls, Rattler, Tubular Terror and Valley of Fear should satisfy the risk-takers. For the little ones, there are plenty of less aggressive slides from Pirate’s Cove and the Kiddie Castle to the Turtle Pool. And for grownups, there’s WIFI and five hot tubs.
7. Take one last 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. Maple Grove, Hillcrest and Second Beach) close on September 3, while New Brighton and Kits pools will remain open until September 15. (Water parks will remain open until September 30 and are another great (and free) way to cool off.)
8. Ride the Burnaby Museum Carousel for free!
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).
9. Eat your way though the Richmond Night Market
The Richmond Night Market is now a summer mainstay with 19 years of wacky food and evening fun. Think 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.
10. Learn about Japanese culture
Check out the 7th annual 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 and Friends, Taiko drumming and more.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).