What: Picture this: a waterslide like you had growing up, but stretching 1,000 feet down Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. Add in live music, entertainment, and local vendors, and you have all the ingredients for an awesome summertime party.
Where: Lonsdale Avenue at Keith Road, North Vancouver
When: Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, from noon to 8 pm
What: Get your telescopes out, the International Space Station will be visible from Vancouver until about August 11. But be quick – durations for sightings range from less than a minute to up to six minutes.
Where: Somewhere in Vancouver with clear skies and little light pollution
What: Pride may be mostly over in Vancouver for another year, but in New Westminsterthe pinnacle of Pride Season is yet to come. This free event will be packed with beer gardens and patio party areas, plus drag shows, choir recitals and more.
Where: Columbia Street, between Begbie and 4th streets, New Westminster
What: You may think The Fair is overpriced and far too small for a metro region of 2.5 million, but it’s hard to say no when admission is free. Expect long lineups if the weather cooperates. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: Tuesday, 23 August and Tuesday, 30 August, from 11 am to 1 pm
What: This summer, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and Vancouver Civic Theatres are offering free guided tours of the Orpheum Theatre, built in 1927 and now a National Heritage Site and home to the beloved Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, plus some Saturdays, from 11 am to 12:30 pm
What: Drinks and a lively discussion about the fashion of local drag performers – the Bovines – an ensemble that performed throughout the Lower Mainland during the 1980s. Followed by drag shows from the lovely Peach Cobblah and Isolde N. Barron.
Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
When: Thursday, August 18 at 6 pm
Tickets: At the MOV, $15 full price or $11 for students
Go to the movies
August is a bumper month for film fans, with plenty of indoor and outdoor screenings, including two entire film festivals and a masterclass!
What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns for a second year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema, to screen classic, family-friendly, and even some of the latest hits on an outdoor screen at Lansdowne Centre, with areas for outdoor seating and drive-in.
Where: Lansdowne Centre, West parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
When: Every Wednesday through August, at sunset
Drive-In: Parking is on a first-come first-served basis, movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio
Walk-In: Easiest to take the Canada Line to Lansdowne Station
What: Free animated outdoor movies in Holland Park, courtesy of Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association. The August schedule includes Minions, Inside Out, Big Hero6 and Zootopia. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
When: Every Saturday in August, family activities start at 5 pm, movie starts at dusk
What: This family-friendly event will start with a picnic, with BBQ supplied by Pete’s Meat, live entertainment, rides and games, followed by a pre-show with the chance to win prizes from local stores, then at sunset, a free screening of Pixar’s Inside Out.
Where: Connaught Park – Larch St at 12th Ave, Vancouver
When: Sunday, August 14, picnic from 11 am to 4 pm, pre-show starts at 6 pm, movie starts at 8 pm
Admission: Picnic is $5, pre-show and movie are free
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in the Twilight movies (Summit Entertainment)
What: Designed to educate and inspire everyone from established to emerging movie directors, this masterclass with Catherine Hardwicke, the award-winning director of the Twilight movies, is sure to be an fascinating night.
Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
What: A showcase of the best LGBTQ+ films from Cannes, Sundance and local BC artists, along with directors, performing artists, and free workshops, plus parties and talk backs. Opening movie is the lush and poetic Summertime.
Where: Various movie theatres across Vancouver; Summertime screens at Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
When: Thursday, August 11 to Sunday, August 21; Summertime screens on Thursday, August 11 at 7 pm
Tickets: At queerfilmfestival.ca, individual movies $12 or $8 for students, six-pack $66 or $42 for students, super pass $165 or $135 for student.
What: Salsa dancing returns to Robson Square for the Summer 2016 season, offering free lessons, performances and social dancing. Swing by and check it out – it’s fun just to watch if you’re too scared to hit the dance floor!
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
When: Every Sunday through August; lessons at 3 pm, performances at 5 pm, social dancing all afternoon
What: Instagrammer Adam Hoens is renowned for his colourful, eye-catching portraits of hip-hop superstars like Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, and Mos Def – and now he’s presenting his very first solo exhibition, in Vancouver.
What: Iraqi-born, Vancouver-based artist Jasem Qaisi aims to use Impressionist techniques to show both the relationship and the feminine likeness between horse and woman in terms of movement and agility in his latest exhibition.
Where: Katami Designs Studio & Gallery – 138 East Broadway, Vancouver
When: Through September 8, Tuesday to Friday, from 11 am to 6pm, weekends, noon to 5 pm, closed Monday
What: It’s back! Dance the night away for free as DanceSport BC brings back the Robson Square Summer Dance Series. Free lessons, shows, and social dancing. No partner or experience required – just show up and have some fun.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
When: Every Friday through September 2, between 7:30 and 11:30 pm
What: This hilarious Broadway musical from the creators of South Park returns to Vancouver for another run this summer, telling the tale of two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to share their scriptures with residents of a remote Ugandan village.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
When: August 23 to September 4, evening shows 8 pm, weekend matinees at 2 pm
What: Original bands and artists will be performing free, outdoor concerts in Cates Park again this summer, so bring a picnic and spend your Saturday afternoons enjoying the immense local talent that Vancouver has to offer.
Where: Cates Park – Deep Cove, North Vancouver
When: Every Saturday through August 27, from 4 to 7 pm
What: A series of free, live concerts at the CBC Plaza, every weekday at lunchtime. The lineup this year includes The Tourist Company, Jordan Klassen, Big Little Lions and for the kids, Will Stroet, co-creator and star of the musical TV series Will’s Jams.
Where: CBC Plaza – 740 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
When: Monday to Friday, through August 19, noon to 1 pm
What: A series of free concerts takes place at the Shipbuilder’s Square every Saturday night throughout August. A lineup of exciting local bands are set to appear, and there’s a beer garden for people aged 19 and over. What better way to while away the summer nights than by listening to live music by the ocean?
Where: Shipbuilder’s Square, North Vancouver
When: Every Saturday through August, from 7 to 10 pm
What: Formerly a member of rap group Three Loco, Riff Raff has claimed his spot in the music industry since joining Diplo’s Mad Decent label. Gone are his early mix tape days, as Riff’s second studio album Peach Panther was released last summer.
What: This series of open air concerts in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden continues, offering you live performances from Lalun, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Silk Road Music and Jim Byrnes along with a deluxe picnic and drinks.
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
When: Every Thursday night until August 25, from 7 to 10 pm
What: A mainstay of American indie rock, Ban of Horses are bringing their top rate songwriting and musicianship to Vancouver this August, touring their highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Why Are You OK.
What: Seawheeze is one of Vancouver’s biggest parties. Whether or not you compete in the half-marathon portion of the program, there’s always the giant Sunset Festival afterwards, with headlining bands Chromeo, Dear Rouge, and Young Blood.
Where: Brockton Field, Stanley Park, Vancouver
When: Friday, August 12, 7 am to 8 pm, and Saturday, August 13, from 5:45 am to 11 pm
Entry: At Seawheeze, $128 for race including Sunset Festival; $38 just for Sunset Festival
What: More free yoga! Every week a different instructor will be leading the hour-long sessions that are designed for people of all skill levels – no previous experience is required. Just show up with your mat and yoga clothes.
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
When: Every Wednesday until the end of August, from noon to 1 pm
What: The Ultimate Fighting Championship is back in Vancouver! So far the biggest fight on the card is Anthony Pettis, who makes his debut in the featherweight division, taking on Charles Oliveira. Definitely an intriguing matchup for avid MMA fans.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: HUB will be hosting celebration stations near shopping spots in Vancouver with free snacks, drinks, bike mechanics, and tips on how to carry items by bike. There will also be themed rides, discounts and a trip for two to the Okanagan to be won.
What: Food Cart Fest has rebranded to YVR Food Fest and will feature long table dinners, food talks, private dinners, and cocktail parties. Its flagship event will be the Street Food Showdown – over two days, 80 food carts, restaurants, wineries, and breweries will gather, offering an unlimited tasting menu for a feeding frenzy.
What: This terrific new fundraising event will showcase Vancouver’s top bartenders and the growing cocktail culture. The evening will feature an exciting pop up beach lounge, a cocktail competition, catered food, and great music.
Where: Ambleside Pier (foot of 14th Street in West Vancouver)
When: Thursday, August 4, from 8 to 10 pm
Price: Available online,$105 per person; the goal is to sell 250 tickets and raise $15,000 for local art programs
The popular ticketed annual event that brings together hundreds of strangers for an elegant outdoor all-white dinner party at a top-secret location will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2016. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Diner en Blanc Vancouver.
Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Vancouver’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few – for full details check our guide to Vancouver farmers’ markets.
In addition to a variety of farmers’ markets, the city and surrounding areas boast a collection of night markets that showcase the city’s best food trucks, bakers, and artisans. These night markets bring together communities for entertainment, shopping, and wonderful food:
What: Vancouver’s only Italian market, Il Mercato is about bringing together the tastes of Italy with the produce grown in local farms. Come and enjoy a vibrant assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, and handmade products from local artisans.
It’s summer in gorgeous Vancouver – time to hit the patio for some beers, some wine, some cocktails…! Conveniently, the City has released a map showing all the patios in the city, and we’ve put together a complete list of all the patios open as late as 1 am. Cheers!
What: Vancouver’s first-ever mural festival is expected to attract close to 100,000 attendees, celebrating over 35 murals around the Main Street area. There will also be a tailgate party at the Red Truck Brewery and evening music shows around town.
Where: Various locations – murals will be around Mount Pleasant and Main Street area; evening music shows will be at various locations.
What: This festival marks the anniversary of Pakistan’s 1947 independence from the UK, and will showcase the cultural heritage, diversity, geography, music, dress, cuisine, customs and traditions of all corners of Pakistan.
What: A celebration of the area’s heritage and culture, with tea ceremonies, calligraphy demonstrations and a Hong Kong-style outdoor bazaar. Vendors sell traditional handicrafts, while hawkers serve up a range of culinary delights.
Where: Chinatown – Columbia and Keefer streets, Vancouver
When: August 13 to 14, from noon to 6 pm
DH Vancouver Staff
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