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
What: If you’re unfamiliar with what Slide The City is, 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.
When: Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14; all day.
Where: Lonsdale Avenue at Keith Road, North Vancouver
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 set to perform.
What: Taking place August 12 to 14, the 54th Abbotsford International Airshow will feature legendary key performers including the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the US Navy Super Hornets. That’s not to mention the full blown festival, featuring food trucks, a licensed flight club 19+ venue, an autograph tent, and much more.
When: August 12 to 14
Where: YXX Abbotsford International Airport
Price: Adult day passes $30, kids under six free. Carloads $120 (includes parking and admission up to 6 people in one vehicle). Ticket options available for purchase online or at any Lower Mainland Save On Foods location.
What: Hosted by BC SPCA, the event is designed to help educate people about the work that goes on at the Surrey Education and Adoption Centre, as well as helping to find some cutesy kitties a new fur-ever home.
Where: BC Spca Surrey Education and Adoption Centre, 16748 50th Avenue, Surrey
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: 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: 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: 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
What: The 18th Summer Splash event will be hitting Splashdown Park in Tsawwassen in August, before the beloved waterpark closes forever. On August 14, Splashdown fans will be able to enjoy face painting, watermelon eating contests, egg toss, a 3-on-3 basketball competition and volleyball games.
Where: Splashdown Park – 4775 Nu Lelum Way, Tsawwassen
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
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: 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: Whereas other successful improv troupes in Vancouver are comprised of dozens of performers, these guys opt to keep it simple – the Sunday Service is five top-notch performers that have been nationally recognized so many times they’ve lost count (just kidding, it’s 21). They perform every Sunday at the Fox Cabaret in Mount Pleasant and never fail to bring down the house, making it a popular spot for comedians and regular folk alike to take in a night of guaranteed laughs.
What: Playland has officially opened for the season, so connect with your inner child and hop aboard the famous wooden roller coaster for a little throwback fun. This is the last weekend before the PNE starts, so if you don’t like crowds, get in now!
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. Here’s a shortlist of a few – for full details check ourguide to night markets in Vancouver.