For all of our students at Arts Umbrella, September means back to school. It’s time to put on those thinking caps and open our minds to new experiences. At our locations in Vancouver and Surrey, fall sessions are starting up and we’re feeling inspired! After a record-breaking summer of sunny days, heat waves, and unfortunate forest fires, we’re ready for the fall weather to make an entrance. Before the rainy season starts, however, these September arts events will keep you out and about a little longer.


Bard on the Beach: Much Ado About Nothing

Multiple dates through September 23
Bard on the Beach, Vanier Park, 1695 Whyte Avenue, VancouverBard on the Beach, Much Ado About Nothing

Arts Umbrella instructor Kaitlin Williams made her Bard on the Beach debut this season, playing Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing and Perdita in The Winter’s Tale. If you haven’t had a chance to take in a Bard show this year, the summer weather seems to be holding on and is perfect for evening theatre-going at Vanier Park


The Beautiful Brain

September 5-December 3
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, UBC Vancouver
The Beautiful Brain, UBC Belkin Art Gallery

The Beautiful Brain is the first North American museum exhibition to present the extraordinary drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), a Spanish pathologist, histologist and neuroscientist renowned for his discovery of neuron cells and their structure, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1906. The exhibition considers the emerging field of art and neuroscience and engages with interdisciplinary research of scholars from the sciences and humanities alike


Vancouver Fringe Festival

September 7-17
Various locations across Vancouver2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is back! Featuring over 100 shows in 700 performances at venues across Vancouver, there’s something for everyone. Arts Umbrella’s Studio 101 is a Bring Your Own Venue location, hosting six productions (sometimes all in the same day!). And there are so many AU staff and alumni taking part in shows this year. You can read all about it in our Arts Umbrella x Vancouver Fringe Festival series. But to find tickets and learn more about the shows, visit the Fringe Festival website —Learn More


International Literacy Day

September 8, 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library. Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, VancouverInternational Literacy Day at Vancouver Public Library

In celebration of International Literacy Day, Vancouver Public Library will be hosting information sessions and fun activities, including a free puppet show at the central branch location


10th Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show

September 8-October 22
Opening reception September 8, 6:00–10:00 p.m. 

Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell StreetOppenheimer Park Community Art Show

Oppenheimer Park and Gallery Gachet present Reflections, an exhibition showcasing artwork from the Oppenheimer Park community. To mark the 10th anniversary, artists are taking this moment to reflect on the legacy of the annual exhibition. More than 35 participating artists will share their personal reflections of how the Oppenheimer Park show has nourished relationships and built community through art. The opening reception will also feature The Carnival Band —Learn More


Wesbrook Village Festival

September 9, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wesbrook Village, 3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBCWesbrook Village Festival

There will be fun for the whole family at the Wesbrook Village Festival, including a free barbeque, live music, and a kid’s zone. While you’re there pick out something from a local artisan and enjoy the community spirit —Learn More


Wind Songs

September 9-23
Bau-Xi Gallery, 3045 Granville StreetWind Songs, Sheri Bakes, Bau-Xi Gallery

Sheri Bakes’ upcoming exhibit is absolutely mesmerizing. With your hectic fall schedule underway, take a breath and let it all out at Bau-Xi Gallery —Learn More



September 15-29
Pal Theatre, 581 Cardero StreetPosh, Fighting Chance Productions

Fighting Chance Productions presents the Canadian premiere of Posh by playwright Laura Wade. The production examines power, privilege, and persuasion while audiences are taken behind the scenes of a meeting of The Riot Club, an elite and secret dinner society comprised of ten of the “brightest, boldest, and best” students at Oxford in present-day-England


UBC Farm Fall Fair

September 16, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
UBC Farm, 3461 Ross DriveUBC Fall Farm Fair

Despite the weather, fall is just around the corner and with it, the fall harvest. The fun-filled day at UBC Farm features live music, a farm-themed photo booth, a pie-tasting competition, a weirdest veggie contest, and plenty of hands-on activities for kids and families. Oh, and did we mention food? There will be vendors selling produce, pies, baked good, and more —Learn More


Word Vancouver

September 19-24
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street, VancouverWord Vancouver 2017


Gather round for a story, find your fall reading list, and get inspired by local authors at Word Vancouver. This year’s festival features activities for all ages at the main venue at the Vancouver Public Library as well as events in your community —Learn More


On the Surface

Through to September 24
Gallery of BC Ceramics, 1359 Cartwright Street
On the Surface, PGBC Members Show

Roxanne Gagnon, Arts Umbrella’s artistic director of visual, applied, and media arts, will be showing her work at the Potters Guild of BC Members Show this fall. Just like the fields of study available at Arts Umbrella, she practices a supernatural number of artistic disciplines. How she has time for it all, we’ll never know, but come take a look at her ceramics and pottery at the Gallery of BC Ceramics across the street from our Granville Island location —Learn more





October 14
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Experience the power of creativity at Splash, Arts Umbrella’s annual art auction and gala. Share in the magic of Arts Umbrella and enjoy a spectacular evening featuring works from prominent BC artists, inspiring student performances, and most importantly, you! —More Info

Vancouver Writers Festival

October 16-22
Various locations
Readers and writers rejoice! The Vancouver Writers Festival is just around the corner, featuring a stellar lineup of author readings and panels. Does your child have a way with words? Check out the Children’s Events to bring that spark to life —More Info