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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 31 to August 4

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Daniel Chai Jul 31, 2017 3:42 am 3,726

The first week of August is here!

Welcome the new month with our picks for 35 things to do this week. Vancouver Pride Week, outdoor films, and more.

Monday, July 31

Vancouver Pride Week

Downtown Vancouver’s rainbow crosswalk in the Davie Village celebrating the LGBTQ community. (Shutterstock)

  • What: Vancouver Pride Week begins on Monday, July 31 and features panel discussions, the Davie Street Party, boat cruises, club nights and more. Festivities climax with the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday, August 6.
  • When: July 31 to August 6
  • Where: Davie Street, West End and venues around Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Old Crow Comedy Sho. v3

  • What: Megan Milton and friends perform at New West’s newest comedy show. Featuring headliner Yumi Nagashima, Madison Cassady, Anjie Mittelholtz, Shawn Lawrence, Matty Vu, Oli Maughan, Leah and Her Basson, and music from Paul Fenz.
  • When: July 31 at 8 pm
  • Where: Old Crow Coffee Co. – 655 Front Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: $5 at the door.

Blues and BBQ at Rusty Rail BBQ and Grill at Grouse Mountain

  • What: Every Monday night in July and August, head to Grouse Mountain at the Rusty Rail mountaintop patio to take in the smoky BBQ and the groove of blues all while enjoying the spectacular sunset views and a chill vibe brought to you by live music courtesy of artists like Wes Mackey, Brandon Issak, and Harris & Debray.
  • When: July 31 from 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: Rusty Rail BBQ and Grill at Grouse Mountain, 
  • Cost: Contact for details

Healthy Soil for a Great Garden

  • What: In this Village Vancouver workshop with Rhiannon Johnson, you’ll learn how to build your soil for a healthy, vibrant veggie garden. Bring a 1L clear container with a lid at least half full of your garden soil for some simple tests to learn specifically about your garden’s soil. You will also learn about composting tailored to your space, and how it can supplement your garden’s health.
  • When: July 31 at 3 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library Kitsilano Branch – 2425 Macdonald Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

In-Store Clinic with FRESH KILS & DJ Vekked

  • What: As part of their barnstorming summer tour, finger-drummer extraordinaire Fresh Kils and 2015 World DMC Champion Vekked will be hosting an in-store production and DJ clinic at Long & McQuade. Fresh Kils will be demonstrating his creative approach to chopping samples, building beats, and taking his tracks to the stage using the new MPC Live. For the DJs, Vekked will show you how to get your mix and scratch game right using the RaneSixty-Two mixer and Denon DJ VL12 Prime turntables. 
  • When: July 31 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Long & McQuade – 368 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free, RSVP to [email protected]

Harry Potter’s Burlesque Birthday Party

  • What: Join other wizarding folks to celebrate the Chosen One’s birthday in a burlesque style at the Rio Theatre. The organizers have promised a silly, sexy evening filled with all your favourite Harry Potter characters.
  • When: July 31 at 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20, on the door $25, 18+

Summer Tap Show at Kitsilano Showboat

  • What: West Coast Tap Dance Collective perform at Kitsilano Showboat. Their 45 minute set features local tap talent, and everyone is invited to Shim Sham at the end of their set.
  • When: July 31 at 7:15 pm
  • Where: Kitsilano Showboat – 2300 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Tuesday, August 1

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park – Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long

Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema/Fresh Air Cinema

  • What: The Evo Summer Cinema Series is screening Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long on the four-story inflatable movie screen on August 1. 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 1 at Dusk
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Cost: Free

Music on the Plaza

  • 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.
  • When: Every Tuesday in August from 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Civic Plaza, Surrey City Hall
  • Cost: Free

Business Ethics in Hong Kong: A Confucian Perspective and the Long-term Trend

  • What: The presentation comprises of three studies relating to the current state and the future of business ethics in Hong Kong. Presented by Dr. Felix Tang, an SFU BBA and MBA Alumni.
  • When: August 1 at noon
  • Where: Segal Graduate School of Business, Room 2300 (2nd floor) – 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

Lady Gaga

  • What: Grammy and Golden Globe winner, and Academy Award nominated Lady Gaga is kicking off her Joanne World Tour in Vancouver.
  • When: August 1 at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $45-$250

SUP – A series of sassy, un-produced projects

  • What: ‘SUP brings together Vancouver’s unique, sought after, and unpredictable talent to present their original works, never before seen by a live theatre audience. Works include full length plays, one-acts, comedy, drama, and more.
  • When: August 1 to 5 and August 8 to 12 at 8 pm, and August 6 show at 2 pm. No show on August 7
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Wish150 A Long Way Home Exhibit

  • What: TakingITGlobal presents the Wish150 A Long Way Home exhibit featuring the Vancouver Mosaic. The project brings together wood pieces painted by 9 different artists from British Columbia, to form a diverse mosaic. Opening reception on August 1 features Cease Wyss, artist talks, poetry with Mitchell Touchie and Justin Bige, a dance performance with Vidya Kotamraju, a musical performance with Familiar Wild, and a DJ set with Erica Dee
  • When: August 1 to 4
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Celebs Tuesday Lady Gaga After Party

  • What: Keep the Lady Gaga party going at Celebrities. Transferring DJs Johnny Jover, JP Valde$ & Kempeh + B-Roll Gaga Drag Show ft. Coco Klein, Dee Blew & The Snap Boys.
  • When: August 1; Doors at 9 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

2017 Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu Tour

  • What: Shaolin Tagou Kungfu Training School was founded in 1978 by Liu Baoshan, a national famous martial arts master. The martial arts performance troupe was formed in 2000, and has been invited by the USA, Japan, Sweden, and other 80 countries to perform and teach.
  • When: August 1 at 7:30 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $48

Wednesday, August 2

Honda Celebration of Light 2017

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  • What:  A blaze of fireworks by Jubilee Fireworks from the United Kingdom will shower over English Bay in downtown Vancouver. Get there early to snag the best viewing spot. Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
  • When: August 2 from 10 to 10:28 pm (28-minute duration each night).
  • Where: English Bay, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – La La Land

  • 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 La La Land. 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 2 at Dusk
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Cost: Free

Parq Vancouver resort job fair

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Image courtesy of Parq Vancouver

  • What: Opportunities within the property range from “entry-level to executive”. Parq Vancouver is looking for applicants across the resort for jobs, including restaurant managers, servers,  bartenders, chefs, concierges, doormen, security and surveillance, room attendants and hosts.
  • When: August 2 from 1 to 6 pm
  • Where: Gate H inside BC Place
  • Cost: Free

Kendrick Lamar

  • What: Ever since the release of DAMN., Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album, hip-hop fans have been going nuts for Kung Fu Kenny, AKA K-Dot. DAMN. has solidified the Compton rapper as the king of hip-hop today, and he’s coming to Vancouver.
  • When: Wednesday, August 2
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $70-$215

Prance on the Pier

  • 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.
  • When: August 2 from 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: The Shipyards – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Summer Movies in Port Moody

  • What: Enjoy family movies together at the Inlet Theatre. Films include The BFG (August 2) and Minions (August 9). Presented by Port Moody Public Library.
  • When: Wednesdays until August 9
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Cost: Free to watch

Live & Local: David Marasigan

  • What: Learn to Waltz and Cha Cha the night away with David Marasigan at North Vancouver Recreation & Culture’s summer social dance show!
  • When: August 2 from 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Lynn Valley Village – 1233-1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Thursday, August 3

Echo and the Bunnymen and Violent Femmes

Echo and the Bunnymen perform in concert at FIB Festival on July 16, 2016 in Benicassim, Spain (Christian Bertrand/Shutterstock)

Echo and the Bunnymen perform in concert at FIB Festival on July 16, 2016 in Benicassim, Spain (Christian Bertrand/Shutterstock)

  • What: If you’re itching for more 80s in your life, then this is the concert for you. Echo and The Bunnymen and Violent Femmes are touring North America and they’re stopping in at Vancouver to bring you that Blister In The Sun.
  • When: Thursday, August 3
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
  • Where: PNE Ampitheatre – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketleader, $55

Welcome to Vancouver: A Discussion on Lgbtq2+ Refugees

  • 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.
  • When: August 3 from 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: SFU’s Segal Building – 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20 with proceeds being given to Rainbow Refugee

Movies at Civic Square

  • What: Bring your own blanket, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy an evening movie at Civic Square. Films this season include Moana (August 3), Stars (August 10), Beauty and the Beast (August 17), The Secret Life of Pets (August 21) and Toy Story (August 31).
  • When: Every Thursday until August 31
  • Time: 8:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
  • Cost: Free

Neighbourhood Night at Mundy Park

  • 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.
  • When: August 3 from 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Mundy Park – 641 Hillcrest Street, Coquitlam
  • Cost: Free

Efthimios Nasiopoulos

  • What: Efthimios Nasiopoulos has performed at JFL Northwest, the Hubcap Comedy Festival, CBC’s The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and CBC’s LOL. You can hear him on Sirius XM where he’s released his first album ‘Efthimios’, which is also available on iTunes.
  • Where: the Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: August 3 at 8:30 pm August 4 and 5 at 8 and 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom 

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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 Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom 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.
  • When: Every Thursday from July 27 to August 31
  • Start: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Cost: Free

Absolutely Fabulous 2017

  • 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
  • Tickets: Online, $5

Friday, August 4

OH! Launch Event

Changing lights at Science World using OH! (Tangible Interactive)

  • What: OH! is an interactive installation that lets you affect Vancouver’s night skyline with your very own hands. As you move around the small model of Science World, you can alter the lights on the iconic building in real time.
  • When: August 4 t0 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 9 to 11 pm
  • Where: 1 Athlete’s Way, Olympic Village
  • Cost: Free

Honey Soundsystem

  • 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.
  • When: August 4
  • Time: 8 pm to 4 am
  • Where: Celebrities– 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Tinder Tales

  • What: Professional and amateur daters, storytellers, comedians, and everyday people confess their most outrageous Tinder Tales and other online dating disasters live onstage.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: August 4 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$20

AniRevo2017: Summer

  • What: Anime Revolution‘s sixth annual event at the Vancouver Convention Centre features three days of amazing guests, surprises, and boatloads of memories. Celebrate anime, manga and Japanese culture.
  • When: August 4 to 6
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

GAME of Thrones LIVE : Hodor Rises!

  • What: A wild night of fire and blood, massive sword fights, jaw dropping burlesque, outlandish comedy and live medieval music. Hosted by Jamie DeWolf (HBO, NPR’s ‘Performer of the Year’) with performers from the award-winning Tourettes Without Regrets crew in fiendish collaboration with Vancouver legends.
  • When: August 4 and 5 at 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Davie Street Party

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Vancouver Pride Society/Facebook

  • 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.
  • When: August 4 from 6 pm to late
  • Where: Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Relax: Pride Party at the Fox

  • 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.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Stret, Vancouver
  • When: August 4 from 10:30 pm to 2 am

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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