What: Vancouver’s 14th Annual Dyke March & Festival begins in McSpadden Park at 11 am with pre-March festivities and a community art project. The March will leave McSpadden Park at noon and make its way down Commercial Drive to end at Grandview Park for the Festival. The Festival will take place from 1 to 5 pm, and involve performances from various artists, feature queer-friendly vendors, and create a space to gather with friends, family, and the community.
What: The White Rock Sea Festival is a summer tradition, over the August long weekend, that has been celebrating seaside fun for more than 60 years. A favourite of locals and visitors, there are live performances, a waterfront market, fireworks, torchlight parade, kids sandcastle competition and the crowning ceremony of Miss White Rock.
When: August 5 and 6
Where: The Waterfront – 14970 Marine Drive, White Rock
What: Canada’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture held in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. Enjoy live music, Japanese food, sumo wrestling, vendors and more.
Where: Oppenheimer Park – 400 Block, Powell Street; Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova Street; Vancouver Japanese Language School – 475 Alexander St; and Vancouver Buddhist Temple – 220 Jackson Avenue
What: Grab a blanket and a friend and head down to Holland Park for Lego Batman. The family friendly event also features activities, games and entertainment from local performers. Activities begin at 5 pm, and the movie starts at dusk.
What: You might remember Rodriguez from the film Searching for Sugar Man, which discovered the US singer-songwriter had no idea he was a huge hit in South Africa, and had faded into obscurity. Well, now he’s back and it’s just as sweet as ever.
What: The Korean Cultural Heritage Festival is an annual festival celebrating multiculturalism in the Lower Mainland, which showcases Korean heritage through cultural performances, food, and entertainment.
What: Vancouver Street Dance Festival is an annual event that celebrates and shares the city’s diverse street dance culture, providing an opportunity for the community to engage with the public. Featuring showcases, battles, DJs and more.
When: August 4 to 6
Where: Robson Square
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.