What: Dress up in all of your favourite pride gear for North Vancouver’s new all ages dance party. Not only will there be DJs who will have you dancing, but there will be food, games, drag performances, and a community zone for people to meet some amazing organizations ready with resources.
Where: The Shipyards – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
What: A panel discussion highlighting local and national non-profit organizations (Rainbow Refugee, Rainbow Railroad) that support LGBTQ2+ refugees in both Vancouver and Canada. It will also highlight the personal stories of LGBTQ2+ refugees that have made Vancouver their home and their harrowing stories of courage, strength and survival.
Where: SFU’s Segal Building – 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
When: August 3 from 5 to 7 pm
Tickets:Online, $20 with proceeds being given to Rainbow Refugee
What: Gordon Neighbourhood House’s annual neighbourhood house party. Co-hosted by Black Lives Matter Vancouver, the event will have drinks, food, and presentations by black queer and trans folks including this year’s Mr/Mrs. Cobalt Karmella Barr, Ivan Leonce, and more. DJ Rhonda Hunte will provide bangin’ tunes throughout the night.
When: August 3 from 8 to 11 pm
Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House – 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver
What: Honey Soundsystem is a collective of DJs, musicians, performers and designers. Co-founders Ken Woodard and Jacob Sperber were inspired by pivotal gay underground parties, who offered a take on dance music in direct opposition to what was blaring on mainstream club speakers. Gradually they brought in other DJs with similar tastes before the group finalized its current roster: Jacob Sperber, Jason Kendig, Robert Yang and Josh Cheon.
What: Yuk Yuk’s presents the pride themed QUEER as JOKES Showcase, featuring Emma Cooper, The Sleepy Girls, Steev Letts, Anita Johnson, Kelby De Laet, Katie Nordgren, Mallory Gallant, DJ Floha, and host Steve Sidi
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
What: Join Vancouver Pride Society for the biggest event in the West End – the Davie Street Party! Presented by Fido, there will be multiple stages, lots of food from the many businesses along Davie Street, and great new art installations that are sure to wow your socks off.
What: Fox Cabaret is honouring Prides of past and present by going through all the queer anthems from the 60s until now. The first hour is music from the 60s and 70s; the second being the 80s and 90s; and the final hour being all contemporary. Come be a part of a historical tour in the most ridiculous way possible.
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 streets of downtown will be packed on August 6 as the annual Vancouver Pride Parade will make its way through the city for a three hour long route. With approximately 150 entries expected to take part in the highly anticipated celebration, spectators will see a wide array of costumes and colours making their way along downtown streets.
Where: Begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, proceeds onto Denman Street, and ends at Sunset Beach
What: One of Vancouver’s favourite beaches will become the home of Pride’s big finale, as over 100,000 are expected to turn out for the annual Sunset Beach Festival, the go-to party at the end of the Pride Parade. The parade itself finishes at Sunset Beach, drawing all the performers, floats, costumes, and spectators towards the area. The festival will include beer gardens, and attendees can purchase a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) keychain that loads up with cash to make purchasing a drink quicker, as well as Express Passes that will get you into the beer garden ahead of the line.
Where: Sunset Beach – 1204 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
When: August 6 from 11 am to 6 pm
Admission: Free! But an Express Pass for the beer garden is $20 – get online
What: A one-of-a-kind Pride garden party taking place at the Sheraton Wall Centre on August 6. Dance on one of two dance floors and hear five DJs spinning tracks throughout the event. This includes Rose Garcia (Real L Word), well-known NYC and LA DJ Whitney Day, Nathalie Morel, Agent 99, Armistice, and Miss M.
What: The big, beautiful, spicy, pumping, and powerful Hershe Bar will be throwing the grand finale party of Pride. This party’s an indoor festival with two spacious clubs, six of North America’s finest DJs, jets of confetti, lasers, and sizzling hot dancers. If you get a ticket then you’ll also gain access to both neighbouring venues, so you can stick with one style or wander between. Everyone who’s 19+ is welcome to attend.
What: A blaze of fireworks will shower over English Bay in downtown Vancouver this summer over a trio of nights for the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition. The remaining countries for the festival’s 27th year are United Kingdom (Wednesday, August 2), and Canada (Saturday, August 5).
Where: English Bay, Vancouver
When: United Kingdom, represented by Jubilee Fireworks; Saturday, August 5:Canada, represented by Royal Pyrotechnie
Time: 10 to 10:28 pm (28-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
What: One of the most popular summertime events in the city is back as free outdoor movies return to Stanley Park this summer! The Evo Summer Cinema Series features a four-story inflatable movie screen showing favourites such as The LEGO Batman Movie, Toy Story, The Goonies and Jaws. Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Movie goers are encouraged to walk, take transit, or bike to Stanley Park for the shows – there will be a bike valet service offered on site each night too.
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
What: Featuring Caribbean rhythms to Celtic melodies, Surrey is celebrating Canada 150 with a series of free outdoor performances. Bring your folding chairs or blankets and join the fun every Tuesday night in August.
What: Take a trip back to the days of poodle-skirts, greased hair, and doo wop music – the Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy classic, family-friendly, and even some of the latest hits on an outdoor screen. Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in. Parking is on a first-come first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), with movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
What: Take part in games, family activities and light refreshments. Be a part of building relationships, promoting neighbourhood safety and creating a sense of community, while getting out to meet your neighbours and having fun.
Where: Mundy Park – 641 Hillcrest Street, Coquitlam
Free outdoor movies at Canada Place (Port Metro Vancouver)
What: A large inflatable screen will pop up at Canada Place, creating the perfect environment to take in moviesunder the stars with the North Shore mountains in the background. To give your night two thumbs up, do yourself a favour and bring a lawn chair (or you’ll be sitting on the hard ground) and blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friend event – smoking or alcohol is not permitted.
What: Canada’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts & 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: This nine-hour event showcases an eclectic variety of world-class music on three stages in the picturesque venue of Deer Lake Park. Featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Sue Foley, Little Miss Higgins and more.
What: Slide the City returns to Metro Vancouver for the third year. What started in 2015 as a one-day event that attracted 6,000 participants has grown into a two-day fest with the 1,000-ft-long slip-and-slide down Lonsdale in North Vancouver.
Where: Lonsdale Avenue at Keith Road, North Vancouver
What: Whether you’re a beginner or Salsa pro, these afternoons will definitely spice up your summer. Enjoy a free dance lesson taught by some of Vancouver’s best salsa instructors. Following the lessons, there is a dance show that features some of Vancouver’s most talented dancers.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
When: Every Sunday to August 13; lessons run from 3 to 3:30 pm. Dance show starts at 5 pm. After party begins at 7 pm.
What: This free two day event showcases the best of New West’s artistic talent presented all throughout the city. Make a day—or weekend—of it by walking from gallery to gallery at some of the city’s most historical venues.
Where: Various neighbourhoods of New Westminster, including Sapperton, Downtown, Uptown, West End, and Queensborough.
What: High-tech artwork along the entire undersurface of the Cambie Street Bridge meant to represent the “life blood” of the West Coast will be officially unveiled to the public on June 28. Uninterrupted by director Nettie Wild, producers Betsy Carson and Rae Hull and editor Michael Brockington it is meant to tell the the story of Wild Pacific Salmon’s life journey.
Where: Viewed from North Side of Cambie Street Bridge at Coopers Park
When: 25 minute shows nightly from Tuesdays to Saturdays; Now to August 14 at 10 pm (Note: no shows on Celebration of Light fireworks nights); August 15 to September 24 at 9 pm
What:Nomadic Tempest is a travelling nighttime acrobatic show synchronized to music and digital video projections by BC-based Caravan Stage Company. The free, all-ages spectacle takes place onboard the Amara Zee, the world’s only tall ship that doubles as a stage and backdrop for live performances.
Where: 299 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (on the seawall in Southeast False Creek, between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village)
When: August 15 to September 3 (no shows on Mondays); 9:45 to 11 pm. Recommended arrival by 8:45 pm.
Cost: Free Eventbrite tickets available in mid-July
What: Enjoy the summer with an afternoon performance in Leigh Square every Sunday! Music in the Square features the finest professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver playing a variety of genres including jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, world fusion, and contemporary.
What: Take me out to the ballgame! Catch the Vancouver Canadians in action. The play-off bound Canadians host a smattering of homestands this month including an 8-game stint from August 8 to 15, a 3-game stretch from August 20 to 22, and finally a five game stand from August 26 to 30.
What: The Salish Sea Slam is the inaugural MRDA North American Qualifier Tournament, co-hosted by the Vancouver Murder, Mainland Misfits, and the MRDA. Seven teams from Canada and the USA will be competing for the last two spots at the 2017 MRDA World Championships in Cardiff, Wales.
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
What: One of the most entertaining, high-octane live shows in rock music. Royal Blood is a duo, but the massive wall of sound they create in concert is the stuff of arena glory, all bluesy wail, blaring guitars and crashing cymbals.
When: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
What: Metal heads everywhere know nothing compares to the hardcore intensity of seeing Metallica tear through monumental epics like “Enter Sandman”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, and “Master of Puppets” in concert.
What: As pioneers of heartland rock in the late-70s, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers treating fans to their classic songs about working class issues and everyday American life with a passion and flair that belie their years.
When: Thursday, August 17
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: Five for Fighting burst on the scene some 15 years ago with his Grammy Award-nominated hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” and has been a mainstay on mainstream radio ever since. In his career, Ondrasik has sold over 2.5 million albums including 2004’s Battle for Everything, which spawned the 2X platinum 100 Years. He has also written tunes for everyone from Josh Groban to The Backstreet Boys.
When: Thursday, August 31
Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: The Gentlemen Hecklers celebrate their Five Year Anniversary by movie riffing Krull. Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart make so-bad-they’re-good movies even better by talking you through them.
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Knockout Punchlines turns the hit party favourite Quiplash into a live gameshow at Seven Dining Lounge. Join The Fictionals and some of Vancouver’s funniest improvisers as they battle it out for the Quiplash Crown. Your votes via smartphone or tablet decides which punchline inspires the comedy, and who leaves 7DL this month’s champion.
Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
What: For The Radical’s One Year Anniversary, they have invited back two of their favourite Improv Voltron guests for their first-ever triple bill. Joining them at the Heritage Grill is Union Jacked and Carmelahhh Comedy.
Where: The Heritage Grill – 447 Columbia Street, Vancouver
What: Lori Ferguson-Ford has performed stand-up for over 20 years, and has been voted BC’s Funniest New Comic and BC’s Funniest Woman. She has toured all over North America, with stops at The Improv, The Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store. Lori’s has also appeared on CTV, CBC, The Comedy Network, and CBC radio’s Madly Off In All Directions.
When: August 18 and 19 at 8 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Abbotsford – 2509 Pauline St, Abbotsford
What: Garrett has performed at three of the prestigious Just For Laughs Festivals (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver) and has opened for Todd Barry and Iliza Shlesinger. He was also selected among the “Best of Fest” at Big Pine Comedy Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona and recently headlined shows all across Scotland.
Where: Lafflines Comedy Club – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
What: Hear from experienced food entrepreneurs and learn what it takes to build and grow a successful food business. Get practical insights on what it takes to thrive in the food industry. Whether you are growing a restaurant, food truck, food manufacturing business or simply just interested in learning from industry experts, join Small Business BC’s next meetup event and get inspired.
When: August 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Small Business BC – Suite 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: Planning to interview for a technical role? Whether you’re a Computer Science student or grad, training to become a Developer or Software Engineer, or a Hiring Manager looking for technical roles, join Brainstation Vancouver for an in-depth discussion on preparing for and excelling in technical interviews.
When: August 10 from 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Brainstation Vancouver – 455 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Learn ways to inject your business plan with the energy and passion you have for your actual business, and participate in interactive activities that relate specifically to your own business and business plan. You will receive tools to help you improve the six areas of your business plan that lenders look at most closely, and hear stories from a Vancity lender about actual business plans that have gotten their attention – for better or worse.
What: An evening of networking and goal setting with Coach V, who holds a graduate diploma in business, and is pursuing a masters degree in organizational psychology. She also volunteer with Simon Fraser University in the Mentors in Business program – mentoring students who are about to embark in their career.
What: YWiB Vancouver is hosting an open house event on Tuesday, August 29th at Mobify. You’ll have a chance to meet our team, members, mentors, and speakers, and discover how you can become involved in the YWiB community.
When: August 29 from 6 to 9 pm
Where: Mobify – #420-725 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: 2 Chainz comes to Vancouver on his Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour. In the four years since his last solo album, 2 Chainz music and content output has been unstoppable. In 2016 alone he released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, teamed up with hip hop legend Lil Wayne for a mammoth collaboration album, and partnered with GQMagazine for the third season of his smash web-series “Most Expensivest Sh!t.”
When: August 18
Time: 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom– 867 Granville Street,
What: Explore the wonderful world of damselflies, dragonflies, and other fascinating inhabitants of the Nature House Pond. Have you seen a dasher, a dauber, or water scorpion? What is a water flea? Join veteran naturalist Al Grass, formerly with BC Parks, for an exciting time.
What: Chat with a friendly park interpreter, pick up a park map, report wildlife sightings and learn about the park’s flora and fauna. Stroll through the butterfly garden to discover which plants attract these colourful insects.
When: Weekends and statutory holidays
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – 4519 Piper Ave, Burnaby
What: This local food destination is situated on the corner of Georgia & Hamilton at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Shop fresh weekly to enjoy quality fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and craft, fresh fish, and local craft beer, wine and spirits.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
When: Every Thursday to October 5 from 11 am to 3 pm
What: The market where it all began. Come meet your friends and neighbours, pick up supplies for a picnic by the lake, or just rub shoulders with farmers who care about the future of the land as much as the food they put on your plate.
What: Located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts.
Where: West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver
When: Every Saturday to October 21 from 9 am to 2 pm
What: Located just steps from the Skytrain, this convenient Wednesday farmers’ market is ideal for local food fans seeking an easy shop on their commute. Over 85% of the vendors at Main Street Station are primary producers offering an excellent mix of fresh and organic produce, meat, eggs, handmade cheeses, and more.
Where: Main Street Station – 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
What: You’ll find familiar faces like Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Blue Comet Seafoods and Goldwing as well as new ones like Honest Food Farms, Rai Produce and Urban Digs Farm. You won’t have to elbow your way through lines to get at the cauliflower and there’s plenty of adjacent street parking. It’s also only a couple blocks from the 99 B-line.
Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
When: Every Sunday to October 8 from 10 am to 2 pm
What: This one-of-a-kind market is the only riverfront market in Vancouver. Come shop for fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and handmade products produced by farmers and artisans. Stay for live music, a delicious meal and enjoy the waterfront, playground and pier.
Where: Kerr Street Plaza – 8683 Street, Vancouver
When: Every Saturday to October 14 from 10 am to 3 pm
What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market has a wide selection of organic and conventional produce. Prepared food vendors include baking, jams, honey, syrups, salsas and much more. The Ambleside Market has a games table, kids play area, and live music.
Where: Ambleside Farmers Market – 1500 block of Bellevue Street, West Vancouver
When: Every Sunday to October 30 from 10 am to 4 pm
What: The Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market has a great selection of conventional and organic produce. You also will find local artisans with jewellery, pottery, photography, kids clothing, soaps & much more. The market also has a book exchange, newspaper reading area, and live music.
Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
When: Every Saturday to October 29 from 10 am to 3 pm
What: The Richmond Night Market is returning on May 12, people. This market draws crowds from across the province who travel to taste to rows on rows of vibrant cuisine offered and check out the diverse line-up of nightly performances on to 50-foot entertainment stage.
Day/Time: Fridays and Saturdays 7 pm to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 pm
Dates: Now to October 9, 2017
Location: 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station)
Admission: $3.75 (regular admission). Kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.
What: First there was the International Summer Night Market, then, there was the Panda Market, now, there’s the brand new Illumination Summer Night Market. This event features over 300 different booths including over 200 retailers and 60 food ones. Illumination will feature special weekends dedicated to themes such as Music Festival Weekend, Culture Festival Weekend, and Music, Dance, and Singing Competitions.
Days/Time: Friday and Saturday from 7 pm to midnight, Sunday from 7 to 11 pm, and long weekends from 7 to midnight.
Dates: Now to September 10, 2017
Location: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way)
What: Back at it again, the North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market is returning for summer 2017. Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly. Shipyard Plaza in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market every Friday night starting May 5.
Day/Time: Fridays 5 to 10 pm
Dates: Now to September 29, 2017
Location: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.