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What’s On East Van: September 13th Edition

13 Sep


Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Vancouver Fringe Festival – Various Venues – Now On Until September 15th

The Vancouver Fringe Festival wraps up this weekend. Lots of great shows happening around East Van including at Havana Theatre, The Cultch, Wise Hall, What Lab and The Firehall Arts Centre.  For a full line up, visit Vancouver Fringe Festival.

First Pick Handmade YVR – Heritage Hall – September 14 + 15

This weekend you are invited to come out and support Canadian designers at First Pick Handmade happening at the Heritage Hall at Main St. and 15th Ave. Many of the designers have a focus on sustainability which is emerging in fashion and has strong roots here locally.  Check out the talent for men’s and women’s fashion. Event happens Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is $3 (cash only).

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival – Slocan Park – September 14

The 17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens this Saturday, rain or shine. The event kicks off with a Harvest Fair between 4:00 and 7:00 pm.  After this time, there will be procession through the ravine to Renfrew Park which includes beautiful lanterns on display along the route leading to a spectacular display at Renfrew Park along with music, fireworks and much more.  This is a free family friendly event.

James Johnstone Ghost History Tour – The Heatley – September 15

James Johnstone and ghost-whisperer Kati Ackermann of Vancouver Spooks Paranormal Investigators take you on a history walking tour along with an introduction to ghosts along the way.  The walk will be through Strathcona with a meeting spot at The Heatley, 696 E. Hastings St. Cost is $30 per person and there is a limit of 30 people on the tour.  To reserve your spot email James at historywalks@gmail.com. To learn more, visit his website at James Johnstone.

Art To Wear Fashion Show and Sale – River District Neighbourhood Centre – Sept. 15

Local designer, Marianne Greaves, is hosting a Fashion Show and Sale at the River District Neighbourhood Centre, 8683 Kerr Street from Noon to 4:00 pm. Marianne’s designs will be featured along with those of Cecile Benac, Firma Energywear and Love’s Pure Light. Tickets are $15 each in advance or $20 at the door.  You can purchase tickets at Art To Wear online or call 604.786.1780.

Sunday Night Movie – Bells & Whistles – September 15

Bells & Whistles, 3296 Fraser Street, is hosting the next movie in their Sunday night movies series showing Waterboy at 9:00 pm. During this time, drink specials, appies and a variety of hot dogs will be available.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival September 14, 2019

3 Sep

17thAnnualRenfrewRavineMoonFestivalThe 17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens Saturday, September 14, 2019.  This family friendly event celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. The festival highlights the arts, community and the environment. It is always held on the Saturday closest to the 8th full moon of the year, the harvest moon.  The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival started in 2003 under artistic director, Carmen Rosen and now continues every year as a co-production between the Still Moon Arts Society and Renfrew Park Community Association. If you have not attended this event previously, it is an amazing display of creativity, colour, light and music.  We encourage you to check it out.

The festivities begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 7:00 pm at Slocan Park. This event is a pre-cursor to the parade that happens at dusk.  During the Harvest Fair, there will be games, crafts, musicians, last minute lantern making, community competitions and more. As the moon rises and the sun sets, the Giant Moon Lantern along with dancers and musicians make their way to guide a twilight lantern parade through the Renfrew Ravine to Renfrew Park.  Once you arrive at Renfrew Park at about 7:30 pm, you descend into a transformed world of the stream, Still Creek. The entire area around the creek is lined with lights, floating lantern art and ethereal music. It is quite something to see.  Time slows seems to slow down as you walk through the paths and absorb the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns and the shimmering stream. Once you pass through the walkway, you come upon Renfrew Park Field which is where you will find musicians playing on the main stage and a Tea Garden with food service. The evening finale features youth performers showcasing dance, stilting and fire spinning to live music. Then the big finale is a display of fireworks around 9:00 pm.

If you are looking to make a lantern, there is an interesting Arduino Lantern Workshop happening over 4 days using LED lighting.  There are some prerequisities for participating. To learn more, visit Still Moon Arts Society. 


Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival September 17th & Lantern Workshops

22 Aug


The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival returns Saturday, September 17, 2016. If you are unfamiliar with this event, the 1st annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival took place in 2003 and was created by artist Carmen Rosen in collaboration with the community. This event celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance while honouring diverse cultural traditions. The moon festival will highlight art, music and environmental stewardship. The event gets under way with the Harvest Fair at 4:00 pm which will feature a number of booths from local organizations, artisans, and non-profit groups. There will also be live music, a selection of hot food and their infamous Harvest Fair competition.

At 7:00 pm, the Twilight Lantern Walk begins with a parade of lanterns from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park which is led by a giant moon lantern. You are invited to bring your own lantern and walk the trails along the ravine accompanied by live music as night falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, the procession will be invited to a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade then passes by other lantern installations and surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park at nightfall, for more live music, food and of course, the moon.

Leading up to the big event on September 17th, there will be a number of events including workshops for making lanterns. There are three types of lanterns being made, including globe lanterns, salmon lanterns and glass jar lanterns. There is a small cost for making GlassJarLanternsBenRosen-Purcelleach lantern which varies between $10 and $25 depending on which lantern you choose to make. All workshops will be held at the Slocan Park Field House at 2750 E. 29th Avenue which is located next to the 29th Avenue Skytrain Station. We have set out the dates of the workshops below:


September 6th: Globe Lanterns
September 7th: Globe lanterns
September 8th: Salmon Lanterns
September 9th: Salmon Lanterns
September 12th: Globe Lanterns
September 13th: Globe Lanterns
September 14th: Glass Jar Lanterns
September 15th: Glass Jar Lanterns

 For more details, visit  Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival or their Facebook page. This is a great community event that is fun for all ages along with great photo opportunities.

Photo Credit:Glass Jar Lanterns by Ben Rosen-Purcell

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