10 Events Not to Miss in September

September is rolling in with a whirlwind of activity at UBC: from music concerts to fall festivals to Japanese tea ceremonies, there’s something for everyone. Don’t know where to start? Kick off your year with these top 10 Arts events.

UBC Language Day

SEP 5 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Koerner Library


Explore over 25 different languages taught at UBC! You’ll have an opportunity to try different cultural activities (we heard Danish and Swedish Studies might bring Vikings?!) and meet teachers and students from different language programs.

The event is co-organized by Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, and Asian Studies.


Sound House: Cypher + Sounds

SEP 5 | 7 PM | Museum of Anthropology

Tickets: $15 (including admission)

MOA’s popular Sound House series returns for its second season. The season launches with a powerful and playful night of poetry, guest curated and MC’d by Chelsea D.E Johnson, East Van’s high priestess of soulful sound. Gather outside by the heat of the bonfire, then gather in MOA’s Haida House for words to set the world on fire.


UBC Pride

SEP 6 | 5-9 PM | Fairview Commons (outside the Earth Sciences Building)


Get ready for a fabulous evening to appreciate the beauty of all sexual and gender identities. The event features the best of UBC drag, slam poetry, a queer library & resources, student clubs and more!


KickstART: AUS Firstweek

SEP 9–12 | Arts Undergraduate Society


Enjoy six events over four days planned by your Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) including trivia and dance nights, arts and crafts, and an ecology workshop. Meet your future Arts classmates and upper-year students, and get a sneak peek of what the next four years have in store.


UBC Connects Talk with Helen Fisher: “Swipe, Right? The Future of Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age”

SEP 10 | 6.30–9 PM | Vancouver Playhouse

Limited free seating for UBC students; General Admission $19.95

Is technology changing who and how we love? Is there still a place for Cupid in our cloud-based culture? In this lively talk, acclaimed anthropologist and neuroscientist Dr. Helen Fisher reveals the three brain systems that evolved for mating and reproduction—the sex drive, romantic love, and attachment—and maintains that while online dating won’t alter these basic mating instincts, it is definitely changing how we court and who we choose.


Mysterious Barricades Concert

SEP 14 | 7-8 PM | Roy Barnett Recital Hall


Mysterious Barricades Concert Society is organizing an annual series of cross-Canada concerts for suicide awareness, prevention, and hope. Come check out the Vancouver concert – featuring the finest musicians from the UBC School of Music faculty, and President Santa Ono as speaker and cellist.


BECKETT 19: or some such semblance

SEP 25–28 | 7.30 PM | Frederic Wood Theatre

Tickets: Student: $11.50, Adult: $24.50, Senior: $16.50

Gerald Vanderwoude directs BECKETT 19: or some such semblance with Beverly Bardal, Deb Pickman, Joe Procyk, Cam Cronin, Chris Humphreys, and Norman Young.

BECKETT 19 showcases five pieces from Beckett’s oeuvre that challenge, delight, and inspire. Come for the theatre and stay afterwards for the cake, the bubbly, and the always spirited discussion!


Harvest Feastival

SEP 26 | 5-10 PM | University Commons (outside the AMS Nest) and Arts & Culture District

Admission: $10–50

September 26 will mark the 6th annual Harvest Feastival: a long table dinner featuring fresh, local food from the UBC Farm, followed by an evening of arts and culture programming.

Spend a cozy fall evening surrounded by students, faculty, staff, friends, and soon-to-be-friends. Don’t forget to keep your after-dinner schedule clear so you can take in the amazing shows and exhibits planned just for you at UBC’s world-class Arts & Culture District.


Artivism: A Festival of Creative Resistance

SEP 27 – OCT 5 | Various locations


The second annual ARTIVISM is a student-run festival focused on social justice. It gives student artists a chance to create, exhibit, and perform their work throughout UBC’s venues including the Museum of Anthropology, the Belkin Art Gallery, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Barnett Hall, Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre, Hatch Gallery, MAS and AHVA art gallery.

Check out the full line-up of student-led dialogues, exhibits, art sales and performances.

The Japanese Way of Tea

Sep 28 | 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM | Nitobe Memorial Garden

Cost: $10 (not including garden admission fee)

The Urasenke Foundation of Vancouver is hosting tea ceremonies at Nitobe Memorial Garden on Saturday Sep 28. Visitors attending the ceremony can witness the formal preparation of tea and participate as guests.

Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited to ten people for each ceremony.