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7 things to do in Vancouver today: Friday, August 11

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Daniel Chai Aug 10, 2017 12:02 pm 3,308

Friday is here, and we’re ready to have some fun! Get the party started with lululemon Seawheeze, Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, and more.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Burq Off – Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts

Image: Leslie Van Stelten

  • 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
  • When: August 11 to 12
  • Tickets: At The Cultch; $20-$30

Crankworx Whistler 2017

  • What: ​The world’s largest mountain bike festival comes home to Whistler. Whip offs, scavenger hunts, time trials and parties every night. Free for the public to enjoy.
  • When: August 11 to 20
  • Where: Whistler
  • Admission: Free, though you can buy VIP tickets for a number of events here.

Travis James with Portraits of Us and Emily Baran

  • 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
  • Tickets: $5-$10

Improv Voltron: One Year Anniversary Special

  • 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
  • When: August 11 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $10

Bollywood Under the Stars Vancouver 2017

  • 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
  • Admission:

lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon and Sunset Festival 2017

  • 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

African Soccer & Cultural Festival

  • What: An annual soccer tournament, showcasing a variety of talented players from many ethnic backgrounds and ages from Canada and around the world. Plus, enjoy a cultural festival between matches.
  • When: August 11 to 13
  • Time: 9 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Sports Complex East – 3677 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

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

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