Vancouver Weekender: Labour Day Weekend 2011, Part I

Send-off summer in style this long weekend, and pack in the action with Part 1 of our notable suggestions guaranteed to make a perfect addition to your young professional agenda.

Kick-start the Labour Day weekend with the 9th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. VLAFF is set to launch starting September 1st and heads through 11th, and celebrates the filmmaking of 50 different directorial talents. This festival is guaranteed to spice up the silver screen with three competitive sections allotted for short, documentary, and feature-length films, and will keep you entertained and shouting “Olé!”

Also happening this weekend, the TELUS Taiwan Festival 2011 (from September 3rd to 5th) is set to take place throughout downtown. Be sure to stop by and check out the many live performances and cultural attractions that bring the Far East a lot closer to home. This multi-day festival is free and will offer a variety of different attractions, including a tea ceremony, traditional dance demonstrations, authentic Taiwanese street-food sampling and plenty more.

While you’re downtown, take advantage of the final weekend to check out the much-buzzed about Picnurbia installation situated at the 800-block of Robson Street next to the Vancouver Art Gallery. This colourful pop-up park offers passersby the opportunity to chillax amidst the chaos.

In preparation for the end of another sweet sun-filled season (well, perhaps not ‘sun-filled’ here in Vancouver…) join in the party at the Waldorf Hotel’s Terrace, September 4th from 4-10:30pm for Pit Masters & Pour Masters. Take in live tunes, expertly spun by local DJs, indulge in the fine street-eats brought to you by Re-Up BBQ, and wash it all down with Okanagan wine, courtesy of Tantalus Vineyards.

En route to the Waldorf, consider hitting up the Victory Square Block Party (starts at 2pm on Sunday, September 4th) and celebrate Vancouver’s independent music scene. Get ready to bust out those well-worn Wayfarers, don your Toms, and head down to the corner of Hastings and Cambie to enjoy the sounds of acts such as My Friend Wallis, Bleating Hearts and B-Lines (to name a few). The best part: it’s free…

Check back tomorrow for Part II of the Vancouver Weekender…

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