Notable Now Vancouver: September 5, 2014

Opening soon: Gyoza Bar (622 West Pender Street)
The doors are set to open this weekend to Seigo Nakamura’s highly anticipated new eatery, Gyoza Bar. Diners will experience traditional cooking techniques at the 2,600 square foot space with 85 seats for lunch and dinner service. Look for plenty of beer, wine, and Aburi Restaurants Canada’s exclusive house sake on-tap – and bring your appetite. For more info, click here.

Now on: Vancouver Annual Fringe Theatre Festival (various locations)
Catch live theatre in an informal, accessible, and inexpensive way and support the Fringe Festival (now until September 14th) as it breaks down traditional boundaries between audiences and artists in an exciting and provocative way.  Check out the work of seasoned veterans and emerging artists from across Canada, join the after party, and more. For info and to view show schedule, click here.

Gear up: The Grind Challenge  (September 6th)
Tackle the gruelling trails this weekend for a cause and work up a sweat at the 24th Annual Grind Challenge. Test your stamina and set a new personal best as you celebrate the end of the summer grind season and raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital. Day-of registration will be available for $35 and they’ll host a post-race party atop the mountain. For more details, click here.

Don’t miss: Luxury & Supercar Weekend (September 6-7th, VanDusen Botanical Gardens)
Pull out the summer party gear and be sure to head to this weekend’s luxury showcase of automotive, art, food, wine and fashion. All are part of the Luxury & Supercar Weekend, one of Canada’s finest luxury events. Gain access to the sprawling display of collector and yet-to-be released vehicles, peruse vendor tents, and pop by the VIP lounge. Tickets start at $50 to $100 per day. Learn more here.

Plan ahead: The Colour Run (September 13th, PNE)
Register today for what has come to be known as the happiest 5k on the planet.  This unique paint race celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality and is one of the largest community-driven fun runs in North America. Sign up with friends and support Kidsport Vancouver while you get messy and sweaty. For details, click here.

Last chance: Vancouver Latin Film Festival (various venues)
Don’t miss the VLFF and your final chance to catch screenings courtesy of South America’s top talent.  Choose from dozens of films that push the boundaries of Latin American issues, celebrate culture and traditions, as well as explore historical and social issues through the eyes of filmmakers. For details and to purchase tickets to films, click here


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Top photo courtesy Gyoza Bar