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.
What: The Chase will test both your fitness and your mind. Here’s how it works: when The GoodLife Fitness City Chase starts, your team of two will get a clue sheet. Decipher it to find hidden ChasePoints located throughout your city. Next, navigate your way through ten of those ChasePoints and get back to the start/finish line to claim victory and find your way to the after party.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street Vancouver
What: Prepare yourself for a day of taking in rich Korean culture. From K-Pop competitions, to delicious food, and a tae kwon do black belt demonstration, there’s no shortage of fun activities at the Korean Cultural Heritage Festival.
What: Capstan Alliance Church is planning to host a not-for-profit community event designed for families, friends and anyone from the community. There will be carnival entertainment, activities and food, all free of charge.
Where: Capstan Alliance Church – 3360 Sexsmith Road, Richmond
What: Casa Om presents Dance Deck Deux and Dance Deck Trois, two new programs that are both exciting and ambitious. Dance Deck Deux is “an intimate exploration of spirituality and transformation with works by four unique artists.” Casa Om is an outdoor performance space that’s intended to allow artists to share work at a grassroots level.
Where: Casa Om – 1745 Napier Street, Vancouver
When: Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7; 4 to 6 pm
What: Every trucker is always on the lookout for ways to make their rig run better. So it’s no surprise that this year’s concert series will be getting upgrades from last year with two stages for more music, and a larger event capacity so that even more fans of honest beer and real music will be able to enjoy these summer highlight events.
Where: Red Truck Brewery – 295 East 1st Street, Vancouver
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: 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: Bring out your fascinators and bowties and head to Hastings Racecourse to take in a day at the track. With a view of the North Shore mountains and Burrard Inlet, your day is sure to be a win, even if your ticket says the opposite.
Granville Island Public Market (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)
What: One of the biggest attractions in Vancouver, Granville Island is a great place to go for free. Enjoy the hustle, bustle and bounty of the Public Market and marvel at the island’s unique arts and crafts, while enjoying the spectacle of street buskers.
When: Granville Island Public Market is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 7 pm, most other retail stores are open seven days a week, from 10 am to 7 pm
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: Food Cart Fest has rebranded as 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: 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!