August rolls on with a brand new week of fun experiences! Check out our rundown of 29 things to do in Vancouver from August 7 to 11, including Vancouver Mural Festival, lululemon Seawheeze, Vines Art Festival and more.
What: The Evo Summer Cinema Series is screening Jaws on the four-story inflatable movie screen on August 8. 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.
When: August 8
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
What:#BreakTheStigma will include a free art exhibition from a series of photo campaigns that tackle stigma surrounding LGBTQ, HIV, racism, and mental health. The intention is to raise awareness that stigma is hurtful to others, even in jokes. Rainer Oktovianus is the photographer for this humanity campaign and started the project back in 2015. After the exhibition, there will be a film screening This Is Gay Propaganda by Marusya Bociurkiw, a Ukrainian-Canadian filmmaker who will be present to talk about her documentary. There will also be two guest speakers, Paola Quiros and Krusheska Quirós, with a music performance by AutoHeart.
When: August 8
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
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: August 8
Time: 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
What: If you want to watch comedy born on the spot this is where you’ll want to be. Twelve of Vancouver’s hottest improv comedians present back-to-back short sketch ideas that have never been rehearsed or pre-formed for an audience before.
What: Vines Art Festival is a community-driven event that features earth-inspired visual and performing artists, eco-conscious community leaders, herbalists, urban farmers, and woodcarvers. It’s a massive celebration of our stunning Coast Salish landscape taking place at a number of East Vancouver parks, plus Second Beach in Stanley Park and also Hadden Park in Kitsilano.
When: August 9 to 19
Where: Maclean Park, Norquay Park, Pandora Park, Second Beach in Stanley Park and Hadden Park
What: 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 for 10 Things I Hate About You. 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.
When: August 9
Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
What: Temples is a four-piece mid-Sixties psych rock group from Kettering, England. They were formed as a home studio project in 2012 by singer/guitarist James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Walmsley, but the four self-produced tunes they uploaded to YouTube caught the attention of Heavenly Recordings founder Jeff Barrett. The group is on tour to support their latest release “Volcano”.
When: August 9
Time: 8 pm
Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main St., Vancouver
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
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Small Business BC – Suite 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: A group of young performers, aged between 13-25, is bringing to life the Broadway hit 13. The pop-rock musical is about one small-town boy’s journey into stardom, and also explores adolescent bullying and disabilities. Eternal Theatre Collective is a fresh, youth-led theatre company, committed to developing the next generation of professional theatre stars.
When: August 9 to 12
Where: Red Gate Revue Stage, Granville Island – 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver
What: Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) is partnering with six local film organizations to present the inaugural Sunset Cinema seriesat Queen Elizabeth Plaza. Pre-show activities will begin at 7 pm with the movies starting rolling at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy games and contests. Anyone attending should also bring a chair or blanket to sit on for the main event. Snacks and drinks will be available from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre bar.
When: Wednesday nights in August
Time: Pre-show activities at 7 pm, film starts at dusk
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: Byron Bertram performs his brand new one man show “The Man with the Broken Brain” which delves into his personal and hilarious journey of mental health awareness, tackling taboo subjects such as: OCD, addiction, sexual insecurities, body image, racism and more.
Where: The Comedy Basement at Goldies – 605 West Pender Street, Vancouver
What: Over 50 films will be screening at the always-popular VQFF this year, which will bring in timely issues for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. Spotlights include OITNB star Laverne Cox’s interview with activist CeCe McDonald, as well as other filmmakers of colour. Age-old questions are explored in the Intergenerations series, and the Indigenous Cinema Spotlight continues to pay homage to Two-Spirit role models for the queer community.
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
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Brainstation Vancouver – 455 Granville Street, 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
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 Trolls under 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: Burq Off is a coming-of-age comedy out of New York, about a British Pakistani girl finding herself in two madly opposing worlds. It’s all of the weird and wonderful contrasts that make up modern life, and will sure to be a hit in multicultural Vancouver. The autobiographical one-woman show by Nadia P. Manzoor is about “love, lies, a burqa and a bikini” and so much more.
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What: Travis James is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia. He recently released his sophomore EP “Timeless As The Moon”, and is going on his first Canadian tour this summer. He begins in Vancouver and will end up in Ottawa, playing in 30 different cities along the way.
When: August 11
Time: 9 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, 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: The tenth annual Bollywood Under the Stars free outdoor movie returns to Metro Vancouver on August 11 with a screening of the 2013 hit romcom Chennai Express. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film stars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, following the duo’s love story after meeting on a train. There will be English subtitles.
When: August 11
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Newton Athletic Park – 7395 128th Street, Surrey
What: The weekend of yoga, running, beers, and live music will take place in and around Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park. A yoga lesson will be led by lululemon ambassador Goldie Graham, and runners of the half marathon will wind their way through a 21 km stretch featuring Gastown, Kitsilano, and the Stanley Park seawall before reaching the finish line in Coal Harbour.
When: August 11 and 12
Time: Half marathon begins at 7 am, Sunset Festival gates open at 4:30 pm, with yoga at 6 and concerts beginning at 7:30. A full schedule for both days can be found here.
Where: Friday’s activities taking place at Jack Poole Plaza and the Vancouver Convention Centre. Saturday’s half marathon will span all around Downtown Vancouver, and the Sunset Festival will be at Brockton Fields in Stanley Park – 1151 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: $45 for the Sunset Festival, available at Eventbrite