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7 things to do in Vancouver today: Wednesday, August 23

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Daniel Chai Aug 22, 2017 1:15 pm 1,601

One day closer to your weekend! Celebrate with our seven things to do around Vancouver today, from Stanley Park Show Jumping, Starlight Theatre’s screening of Moana, and more.

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

Canada 150: Stanley Park Show Jumping 2017

Ben Asselin will be at Stanley Park on August 23 to give key points on the sport of show jumping (via Thunderbird Show Park)

Ben Asselin will be at Stanley Park on August 23 to give key points on the sport of show jumping (via Thunderbird Show Park)

  • What: Show jumping will be seen in Stanley Park on August 23 as a part of the Canada 150 celebrations, and in the lead up to the August 27 Longines World Cup Qualifier at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. A horse experienced in show jumping will be reaching some impressive heights alongside 23-year-old top Canadian rider, Ben Asselin, and top American rider, Karl Cook. This will be the first time that Stanley Park has ever hosted show jumping, and mounted police will also be on site to answer questions about the training of their own horses.
  • When: August 23
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Stanley Park – On the Green by the Totem Poles
  • Admission: Free!

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Moana

  • What: Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in for a screening of the 1976 classic, Moana. 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 23
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

86th Annual Toastmasters International Convention

  • What: Leading motivational and professional speakers, leadership experts, renowned authors and more share their secrets. This year’s events also includes an opening ceremonies, education sessions, the 2017 World Championship of Public Speaking, the first-ever Smedley 5K Fun Run/Walk, the Scenic Vancouver City Bus Tour and much more!
  • When: August 23 to 26
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Tickets: Online, $650 USD

Small Business Series: Create Your Business Plan

  • 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.
  • When: August 23 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Richmond Public Library – Brighouse – 7700 Minoru Gate #100, Richmond
  • Register: Online, Free

No Gold Star by Alison Lynne Ward

No Gold Star by Alison Lynn Ward

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  • What: It’s never too late to come out… right? New West Pride continues at Way Off-Broadway Wednesday with No Gold Star featuring Alison Lynne Ward (and co-created with Fringe matriarch Tara Travis). A frank and candid one-woman comedy about becoming a late-blooming lesbian.
  • When: August 23
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Heritage Grill – 447 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Pay-What-You-Want

The Road Forward

  • What: Simultaneously a piece of BC First Nations history, The Road Forward, Marie Clements’ musical documentary, is a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism. With bold blues and rock musical breakdowns led by a cast of Indigenous musicians and performers, the film charts a path of resurgence, honouring the work of ancestors, and passing on the burden of struggle, creating a way towards genuine self-determined reconciliation.
  • When: August 23
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Plaza –  650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

MusicFest at Slocan Park

  • What: Come and cheer on the talent at Slocan Park for an afternoon of fun and music! There will be live performances from youth and local talent, games, arts and crafts and of course carnival food. Wading pool and sprayer will be open as well.
  • When: August 23
  • Time: Noon to 3 pm
  • Where: Slocan Park – 2750 East 29th Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

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

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