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99 things to do in Vancouver this August 2018

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August has arrived and it has brought many fun events to Vancouver. From Pride Festivities to The Fair at the PNE, here are 99 things to check out around the city this month!

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

Happy Pride!

Alternative Pride Vancouver 2018

  • What: The 3rd annual Vancouver Alternative Pride Festival is a grass-roots artist-led music and art festival celebrating LGBTQ artists. Taking place over 5 days, the event features 20 unique and diverse events including warehouse take-overs, mystical garden performances and more, in support of Vancouver queer charities.
  • When: Wednesday, August 1 to Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Online

Pride in Chinatown

  • What: Pride in Chinatown: Gender Roles Playing On Stage features traditional Chinese opera by Hoi Seng Ieoung and Yuk Fung Cheung with contemporary Asian drag by Rose Butch and Maiden China. Hosted by Shay Dior with music by DJ Ian Widgery (Shanghai Divas).
  • When: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Time: Performances at 7:45 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Joel Kim Booster

  • What: LA’s Joel Kim Booster has been featured on Comedy Central, Conan O’Brien, Clusterfest and more, and he brings the laughs to Pride 2018 at Celebrities Nightclub.
  • When: Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15 plus fees

The Really Gay History Tour

  • What: Venture into Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ history this Pride season on the Really Gay History Tour from Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. You’ll visit the sites of bookstore bombings, police raids, Imperial Court coronations, the “Kiss-Ins” of Granville Street, and the gayest beer parlour in town.
  • When: Daily until Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Starts outside of Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station, finishes in the Davie Street Village.
  • Tickets: Online, $28-$32

Pride at Parq

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The Brat Pack

  • What: Vancouver’s 2018 Pride Festival is kicking off with a bang at “Pride at Parq,” being held at Parq Vancouver downtown. On Friday night, Drag Race star Kim Chi will emcee an evening party and mingle with guests, while Berlin-based DJ Dickey Doo keeps the music going well into the night.Saturday’s events include a ‘cocktails, canapes, and queens’ afternoon hosted by drag queen and record producer Pearl, who will also be performing a three-hour DJ set. Cocktails, canapés, and a dessert bar will be complemented with a live performance by the Brat Pack.
  • When: Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: Friday from 8 pm to 2 am, Saturday from 2 pm to 7 pm
  • Where: Parq Vancouver – 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online, tickets start at $60

Vancouver Underwear Run and Dance Party

  • What: With support from BN3TH Underwear (formerly MyPackage) and the Vancouver Pride Society, Party4Health’s Undie Run will be kicking off Pride Weekend festivities. Everyone is welcome, including members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and the larger Vancouver community.
  • When: Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Davie Street and throughout the downtown core. Exact stat location will be announced a few days prior to the event.
  • Admission: $3

Vancouver Pride with Queer As Funk

  • What: Celebrate Pride with Queer as Funk, renowned for its tight rhythm section, hot horns, and killer vocals. Queer As Funk’s resident DJ, Slade Macdoog will be spinning tunes pre-show, and bringing the funk with the rest of the band.
  • When: Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $36

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

  • What: Enjoy a buffet, by-donation pancake breakfast with all the fixings. This annual event celebrates of the life and work of Vancouver Pride Society founder, Terry Wallace.
  • When: Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: 8 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Jim Deva Plaza – 1N3, 1200 Bute St, Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: By donation

Pure Pride Vancouver

  • What: Pure Pride’s 13th-anniversary celebration presents international superstar, recording artist and contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Willam. There will also be performances by Raye Sunshine, former Cirque du Soleil aerialist, Tyler Ayres, the Bratpack, Jo Durée, Mimi Anmormi, the Pure Pride Boys and more. The night will be hosted by local drag legend Joan-e, and DJ Matt Effect from Sydney, Australia and Vancouver’s Nick Bertossi will keep the dance floor bouncing till 4 am.
  • When: Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm to 4 am
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40-$60

40th Annual Pride Parade

  • What: A protest. A party. A chance to recognize how far we have come and reflect on where we need to go from here. With over 130 different entries, attracting crowds of 600,000 annually, the annual Vancouver Pride Parade is a world-class event celebrating our diverse LGBTQAI2S+ communities.
  • When: Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: Through Vancouver and ending at Sunset Beach
  • Admission: Free

Sunset Beach Festival

  • What: Dance the day away along beautiful Sunset Beach at the end of the Pride Parade. The Sunset Beach Festival features a main stage showcasing LGBTQAI2S+ talent and wedding ceremony performed by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. With a 1,500 beer garden, outdoor sober lounge, Community Zone and Family Fun Zone with additional programming food truck circle and more, there is something for everyone.
  • When: Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Sunset Beach
  • Admission: Free

History Sunday at Pride 2018

  • What: Celebrities’ legendary 14 Hour and 10 DJ epic #Pride2018 finale. Featuring Karsten Sollors of Chicago, BOIGRL (DJ Skylar Love & Ms. Jackson of San Francisco), Stilla B2B DJ NOKU of Toronto, Johnny Jover of Glass Petals, Zak Santiago, Seb C, Mattilde and MY!GAY!HUSBAND! of Glory Days. No cover until 7 pm
  • When: Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Time: Doors 2 pm
  • Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie St, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

  • What: Starting in 1988, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival was founded by a non-profit called Out On Screen.  It’s the largest queer media event in Western Canada and it screens over 75 films each year to an audience of over 14,000.  This year it’s the event’s 30th birthday, so it’s sure to be special.
  • When: Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Venues across Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Burnaby Pride Street Party

  • What: Burnaby’s first Pride event recognizes and celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ2S+ community in Burnaby. Enjoy a full afternoon of live performances, food, activities, and community resources.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Jubilee Avenue between Nelson Avenue and Imperial Street
  • Admission: Free

Explore the great outdoors

Grassland Safari

  • What: As dusk descends, watch and learn about bats as they head out to feast on a buffet of insects. Ages 3 to 5 – Must be accompanied by an adult.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 11:30 am
  • Where:  Surrey Bend Regional Park, Surrey
  • Admission: $4.25 per child. Registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7389

Meteor Shower Watch

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  • What: What is the Perseids meteor shower? Is Pluto a planet? Find out from astronomers and space enthusiasts who will have telescopes aimed at the skies. Enjoy lantern-lit trails, games, crafts, blacklight theatres and fun activities from Science World, HR Macmillan Space Centre, Langley Environmental Partners Society, and many others. Camp overnight to extend your star-gazing experience. Presented with Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 11 pm
  • Where: Aldergrove Regional Park – Meet at Aldergrove Bowl entrance at 501 Lefeuvre Road, Abbotsford
  • Admission: $2 per person

Creatures of Twilight

  • What: The park never sleeps. Find out who ventures out at sunset on this twilight walk. Dispel myths and discover how nocturnal creatures survive the night. Ages 8+.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+ Registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7388

Wonderful Water Creatures

  • What: Take a close look at the fantastic underwater realm of invertebrates and microbes in a pond and under a microscope.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park – meet at pond, 20285 8th Ave, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Starry Night

  • What: Explore the park along lantern-lit paths. Discover fun facts about the creatures who make the park their home. Make a wish upon a star during this enchanted evening. Allow 1 hour to complete the walk. Bring a flashlight or lantern. Dress for cooler temperatures and bring bug spray. Please leave pets at home.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
  • Where:  Deas Island Regional Park, Delta
  • Admission: Free

Our Feathered Friends

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  • What: Discover the world of birds with your little one. From bejewelled hummingbirds to majestic eagles, marvel at the diversity as you explore nature and find your favourite. Ages 3 to 5, must be accompanied by an adult.
  • When: Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Burnaby
  • Admission: $4.25 per child, registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7363

Hands-On Scientist – Spotting Spotted Owls

  • What: Delve into the secret lives of park plants and wildlife as local scientists share presentations and research techniques then guide a walk to investigate the topic of choice. Uncover the mystery of this disappearing bird with a specialist from the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program. Venture out into the evening to listen for calls and look for habitat. Ages 8+
  • When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+. Registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7413

Watch an outdoor movie

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park

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Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park (Fresh Air Cinema)

  • What: One of the most popular summertime events in the city is back as free outdoor movies return to Stanley Park this summer for its 10th anniversary. The Evo Summer Cinema Series features a four-story inflatable movie screen showing film classics and modern blockbusters. Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Moviegoers 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: Every Tuesday until August 21, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Admission: Free

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre

  • What: Take a trip back to the days of poodle-skirts, greased hair, and doo-wop music – the Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. 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. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), and the movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  • When: Every Wednesday until August 30
  • Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Summer Movie Nights on the Square

  • What: Vancouver is getting a whole new free outdoor movie series as šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) is set to play host to Summer Movie Nights on the Square. Each Wednesday evening, Fresh Air Cinema’s large, four-storey inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect urban environment to take in a flick surrounded by the concrete jungle – just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.
  • When: Every Wednesday until August 29, 2018
  • Time: Activities begin at 5 pm, movie begins at sunset (check sunset times as that will be your best indication of when movies will start)
  • Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) – 850 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place

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Free outdoor movies at Canada Place (Port Metro Vancouver)

  • What: Each week at dusk, a large inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect environment to take in a flick under the stars, all 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 jackets and/or blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.
  • When: Every Thursday until August 30, 2018
  • Start time: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Admission: Free

Movies at Civic Square

  • What: Bring a blanket, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy an outdoor movie on Thursday evenings at Burnaby’s Civic Square. The lineup includes The Lion King (August 9), Mulan (August 16), Cars (August 23) and Coco (August 30).
  • When: Thursday, August 9, August 16, August 23 and August 30, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
  • Admission: Free

Movies Under the Stars

  • What: Movies Under the Stars brings free outdoor films to Holland Park. Gather your blankets and lawn chairs and cozy up in front of a big screen for Ferdinand (August 4), Coco (August 11), Paddington 2 (August 18) and Wonder (August 25). Movies start after dusk but attendees are encouraged to arrive earlier to find a good seat and to enjoy the pre-show entertainment. Starting at 5 pm, there will be fun activities before the movie begins.
  • When: Every Saturday from August 4 to August 25, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Laugh the night away

WTF – What the Fun!

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  • What: With the aid of audience suggestions, WTF takes its inspiration from the quirky stories found in the weekly news and on-line. Part of the show features ‘re-interpretations’ of fun times had by audience members by adding their own humorous and unpredictable spin to their Instagram photos or written anecdotes.
  • When: Every Friday and Saturday
  • Time: 11:15 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Erica Sigurdson

  • What: Erica Sigurdson is a multiple-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards, and is a Leo Award winning writer.  Her comedy festival credits include Montreal Just For Laughs, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton, PEI, Sudbury and Vancouver Comedy Festivals.
  • When: Thursday, August 16 to Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: the Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15 to $20

Andrew Schulz

  • What: A native New Yorker and internationally touring stand-up, Andrew Schulz is known for his hilarious and unapologetic comedy. Andrew’s debut album 5:5:1 launched in June 2018 as the #1 comedy album and #19 album across all genres on iTunes. He recently starred in the sitcom Benders (now available on Netflix), and can be seen in Amazon’s Sneaky Pete and the new season of HBO’s Crashing.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Chris Locke

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Image: Jon Sturgel

  • What: Chris Locke takes over Little Mountain Gallery for a night of comedy with guests Graham Clark, Fatima Dhowre, Ryan Williams and Jenny Toews. Hosted by Ryan Biel and Aaron Read.
  • When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10

Joe Rogan

  • What: The infamous UFC colour commentator is heading to Abbotsford this summer, not to sit ring-side, but to put on a show of his very own. The Stranger Times 2018 tour is Rogan’s North America comedy tour. This isn’t Rogan’s first jaunt into the world of comedy, as he has been working as a standup comedian for more than 20 years, and even has an hour-long comedy special, Joe Rogan: Triggered, that fans can check out on Netflix.
  • When: Friday, August 24, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Available online, starting at $50

Improv X Painting aka Canvas Comedy

  • What: The Fictionals’ latest comedy mashup show explores the world of art, creating improv from historical paintings and modern masterpieces. Featuring special guest Diana Victoria Newman, who will be painting live at Cafe Deux Soleils to inspire the scenes along with audience suggestions.
  • When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $7 or $5 for students

The Gateway Show

  • What: Stand-up comedians take to the stage and tell their best jokes, then they go to an undisclosed location to get way too high, only to come back to the stage and attempt to tell more jokes completely baked. Featuring Kyle Bottom, Mike Masilotti, Rachel Walls, Nariko Ott and host Billy Anderson.
  • When: Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings Street Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Explore the city

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2018

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  • What: English Bay in downtown Vancouver will once again be showered with fireworks for three nights this summer, as the 2018 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition returns to the city. The participating countries for the festival’s 28th year are South Africa, Sweden and South Korea. New this year, all three of the participating countries will be required to incorporate the same theme into their fireworks display and musical accompaniment. The theme, as voted by the public, will be “Love.”
  • When: Wednesday, August 1 and Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm to 10:25 pm (25-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
  • Where: English Bay, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free. Reserved seating on sale through the festival’s website.

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

  • What: With entertainment playing and vendors striking up light conversation with customers throughout the day, the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market creates a friendly, social environment for you to spend your afternoon. Whether you’re buying fresh locally grown produce, grabbing a bite to eat, enjoying the craftsmanship of some of the artisans, or simply strolling through the market enjoying the day, the market has something to offer for everyone.
  • When: Sunday, August 5 and Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

BC Day Market Monday at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Celebrate BC Day and Market Monday at Burnaby Village Museum. Featuring chainsaw carving demonstrations, Lumberjack Show presented by Laughing Logger, Vancouver Circus School, live music and more.
  • When: Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free, Carousel Rides $2.65

Art in the Plaza

  • What: Have fun in the sun and make art. As skyscrapers rise up around City Centre, construct your own cardboard tower. This activity mixes together textiles, drawing, stickers, and lego-like stacking.
  • When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: Civic Plaza, City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Beach Soccer Blast 2018

  • What: Spanish Banks will be bumping with outdoor soccer enthusiasts from August 10 to 12 for the Beach Soccer Blast, hosted by Vancity Original and Umbro.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Spanish Banks Beach East
  • Register: Online

Vancouver’s Largest Water Fight 2018

  • What: Pull out those Super Soakers and stock up on water balloons as the Vancouver Waterfight is coming back for another year. The annual event is returning for its eleventh consecutive year. Hosted by Flash Mob Vancouver, the water fight sees hundreds of Vancouverites take to the Lumberman’s Arch at Stanley Park.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Lumberman’s Arch – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Willingdon’s Annual Community Fair

  • What: Willingdon Community Centre’s annual summer celebration. Carnival games, raffles, barbecue, displays and live entertainment.
  • When: Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • When: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: Willingdon Community Centre – 1491 Carleton Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Cloverdale Market Days

  • What: Cloverdale Market Days feature unique items from local BC Artisans and treasures from the downtown merchants with more than 100 vendors. Mix it up with street entertainment and food trucks, and you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family.
  • When: Saturday, August 18 and Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: 176 Street between 56A and 58 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show

  • What: Enjoy the 4th annual Car Cruise and BBQ on Saturday night, with food, live music and more. Then on Sunday take in the car show with more than 500 vehicles on display. There is also continuous entertainment throughout the day on the main stage, a beer garden, model car building workshop, and a huge children’s entertainment area for kids of all ages.
  • When: Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Downtown Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

The Fair at the PNE

  • What: Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place.
  • When: Saturday, August 18 to Monday, September 3, 2018 (closed August 20 to 27)
  • Time: 11 am to late
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

All Aboard!

  • What: Be transported through time with All Aboard! at the Steveston Interurban Tram Building. This free event allows visitors to explore Richmond’s transportation heritage, both past and present, with guest experts, live music, children’s crafts and activities and more. Ride your bike to this event and the bike valet will be happy to look after it while you explore.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Times: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Steveston Interurban Tram Building – 4011 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Port Moody Arts Centre’s 20th Anniversary Birthday Bash

  • What: In honour of the Port Moody Arts Centre’s 20th Anniversary, the Arts Centre is hosting a Birthday Bash. The festival-style block party will feature free events for the community inside, outside, and around the historic buildings at 2425 St. Johns Street. Activities include live music, vintage cars, food trucks, and family-friendly events.
  • When: Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Summer Art Gala

  • What: An evening of art, music, and hands-on activities featuring talented youth. Singers, musicians, writers and visual artists will be showcased along with an array of stunning artwork. Take a tour through our art gallery, grab some free food and drinks, and watch the artists perform live onstage, then join the youth DJ’s for the after-party.
  • When: Sunday, August 26, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 8 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Richmond World Festival 2018

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  • What: Canadian and international music stars Magic! and Lights will headline the fourth annual Richmond World Festival, taking place next month. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the nationally award-winning festival will once again present a smorgasbord of music, arts, food and culture from around the globe.
  • When: Friday, August 31 to Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 10 pm (Friday) and 11 to 10 pm (Saturday)
  • Where: Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza – 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond
    Admission: Free

Catch a Concert

Vines Art Festival 2018

  • What: The fourth-annual multidisciplinary eco-arts celebration, Vines Art Festival, will be taking place at various parks throughout Vancouver. More than 70 performing and visual artists are set to perform, including Kimmortal (a diasporic first generation settler-based on unsurrendered Coast Salish Territories), Katie Cassady (dancer and choreographer from TWObigsteps Collective & Donald Sales/Project 20), Rabbit Richards (a New York-born, Montreal-bred, performance poet), and musicians an̓usáyum̓ (two Indigenous artists from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation, singing their own contemporary western music and Coast Salish traditional singing).
  • When: Wednesday, August 8 to Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Kitsilano Beach, Trout Lake Park, CRAB Park, Granville Island, Roundhouse Community Centre, and Strathcona Park
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Mural Festival Park Show

  • What: Organizers of Vancouver Mural Festival have partnered with Live Nation Canada to stage a major outdoor ‘Celebration Concert’ event dubbed The Park Show, on the festival’s final day. Featuring A Tribe Called Red, Charlotte Day Wilson, and guests.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6 pm
  • Where: Jonathan Rogers Park – Enter at Manitoba Street, between 7th & 8th Avenue
  • Tickets: Online, $30 plus fees / Family of 4: $100 / Kids 12 & Under Free

Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival 2018

  • What: Mixing folk and Americana to rock & roll and vintage rhythm & blues, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats headline this year’s performance. The family-friendly festival will also feature performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Nikki Lane, The Suffers, Begonia, and Amythyst Kiah.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: Gates 2 pm, show 3 to 10 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Drive, Burnaby
  • Tickets: $40 (early-bird, single-ticket) $50 (regular single ticket) $60 (day-of tickets) $180 (ticket four-pack) Free for children under 12-years-old (with purchase of adult ticket). Tickets are available online.

Jack White

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  • What: The former White Stripes frontman will be taking to the stage at Rogers Arena on August 12 as part of his Boarding House Reach world tour. Boarding House Reach is White’s third solo album.
  • When: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Starting at $49 – Available via Ticketmaster

Fair at the PNE 2018 Concerts

  • What: PNE Fairgoers will enjoy sensational performances this year including Pop, Rock, Country, and R&B as well as throwback 80s and 90s concerts. The Summer Night Concerts will run every evening that the Fair is open, starting on Saturday, August 18 in the PNE Amphitheatre.
  • When: Saturday, August 18 to Monday, September 3, 2018 (closed August 20 and 27)
  • Time: Nightly at 8:30 pm
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Each concert is free with gate admission to the fairgrounds. However, music fans looking for a more optimal viewing experience of the concerts can acquire reserved seats starting at $20.

Alice in Chains

  • What: Seattle rock legends Alice in Chains perform at Queen Elizabeth Theatre with guests.
  • When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 9 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Safe & Sound Music Fest

  • What: Safe & Sound Fest kicks off on Friday with an awesome lineup featuring artists like Vince Staples, Goldlink, Sabrina Claudio, LNDN DRGS, Manila Grey, Sophia Danai, Side, Kenny Gourmet, The Freshest DJs, Floetic, Houtz and Jay Swing. On Saturday you’ll get to hear performances by Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Alina Baraz, SonReal, Rico Nasty, Anders, Tobi Lou, Trill Sammy, So Loki, Angst, Kandy K, Goldstepz, The SJS Crew, Hedspin, Nina Mendoza, Arems & Hoppa, and Raiden.
  • When: Friday, August 25 to Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 11 pm (Friday) and 1 to 11 pm (Saturday)
  • Where: Westminster Pier Park, New Westminster
  • Tickets: $59.99 to $249.99 – Available via Safe & Sound Fest

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Whitecaps

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps continue their MLS season throughout the summer at BC Place.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

BC Lions

  • What: Catch the BC Lions in CFL action at BC Place.
  • When: August 9 and August 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canadians

  • What: The defending Northwest League champions Vancouver Canadians are bringing baseball action to Nat Bailey Stadium throughout the summer.
  • When: Various dates
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver

Vancouver Quidditch League

  • What: Yes, you too can catch that Golden Snitch, as part of the Vancouver Quidditch League (VQL). The sessions are open to anybody ages 16+ and no previous experience needed. The league runs until August 8, and there will be drop-in sessions all summer.
  • When: Alternating Tuesdays (Central Park in Burnaby) and Wednesdays (Connaught Park in Vancouver) until August 8, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Central Park in Burnaby and Connaught Park in Vancouver
  • Admission: Online $2 per session, more info

Get fresh at farmers’ markets

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Thursday from Thursday, June 7 to Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday to Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

Main-Street-Farmers-Market

Image: Vancouver Farmers Market

  • When: Every Wednesday from Wednesday, June 6 to Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: Main Street Station – 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday from Sunday, May 27 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Riley Park Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Riley Park – 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

River District Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza – 8683 Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday to Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market

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  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

  • When: Select Sundays until September 30, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Tuesday to Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

  • When: Alternate Sundays to September 16, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to October 27, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
  • Admission: Free

Poirier Street Market

  • What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland.  The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.
  • When: 
  • Time: 9 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

Surrey Urban Farmers Market

Image: Surrey Urban Farmers Market / Facebook

  • What: A vibrant, multi-cultural Farmers’ Market, promoting small-scale farmers, food producers and artisans. Meet farmers, bakers, distillers, artisan and crafters, food trucks, community groups, and more.
  • When: Every Wednesday from June 6 to October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Bon Appétit

Dinner on the Pier

  • What: Dinner on the Pier celebrates the community of North Vancouver on August 9. Enjoy a beautiful evening of music, amazing food, drinks and sunset dancing with the collaboration and support from local businesses and fundraising for Growing Chefs.
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time:5:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: The Pipe Shop Venue – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • Price: $158 – $168; buy online

Farm Fest at Garden City Lands

  • What: Richmond celebrates local food, sustainability and its agricultural past, present and future at Farm Fest. The event will feature a farmers’ market, agricultural displays from local farmers, children’s activities, local entertainment, farming demonstrations at the KPU farm, and more.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Garden City Lands – Garden City Rd and Lansdowne Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Blueberry Festival

  • What: Blueberry Festival is the place for all lovers of the delicious, local fruit. Sample the best blueberry products Coquitlam Farmers’ Market vendors have to offer and learn how to incorporate blueberries into your meals at the blueberry recipe demonstration tent with Karen Curtis.
  • When: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Coquitlam Farmers Market – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

10th Annual Richmond Garlic Fest

  • What: Chefs from a number of restaurants in Richmond and Vancouver will be volunteering their time to bring festival-goers a selection of garlic-based delights, including garlic ice cream – a must try for any garlic lover. Other event highlights include an expanded Farmers Market, a “kid’s zone” with tons of farm and nature-themed activities, growing garlic workshops, live music, farm tours, live bird of prey flying demonstrations, and more.
  • When: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Terra Nova Rural Park 2631 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

The 2nd Annual East Van Cider Fest

  • What: The evening will feature cider, mead, and spirits from all over BC along with tasty bites from local businesses.
  • When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Wise Hall & Lounge – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $29.99 plus a non-perishable food donation, proceeds will benefit the GVFBS and tickets are available at all Liberty Wine Merchants locations

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2018

Diner En Blanc Vancouver 2018 contest

Photo courtesy The Social Concierge

Battle of the Brews

  • What: The Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society and 102.7 THE PEAK host the 2nd Annual Battle of the Brews. This fun charity event will offer attendees a great afternoon of craft beer tasting and delicious food sampling. Attendees will get the chance to help choose their favourite beers and all proceeds from the event will fund Athletics 4 Kids and Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society youth initiatives.
  • When: Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 5 pm
  • Where: Civic Plaza, City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $40-$50

Explore a night market

Richmond Night Market

  • What: This market draws crowds from across the province, who travel to check out the rows on rows of vibrant cuisine along with the diverse line-up of nightly performances on the 50-foot entertainment stage.
  • When: Now to Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Time: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm to midnight; Sundays and holiday Mondays from 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • Price: $3.75 (regular admission)

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

  • What: Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors every Friday night. Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment.
  • When: Every Friday night to September 28, 2018
  • When: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Fridays on Front

Weekly food events

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  • What: Fridays on Front features artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and Food Trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest. Steel & Oak Brewing Co. is also on site so you can enjoy a cold beer while strolling around, thanks to a fully-licensed Front Street during the event.
  • When: Fridays from now to August 24, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: 600-block of Front Street, New Westminister
  • Admission: Free

Network at a business event

Tony Robbins

  • What: American businessman, author, and philanthropist Tony Robbins is coming to Vancouver for Power of Success, a talk on personal development, money, motivation, business strategies, and more. Robbins promises to transform your entire life, from your relationships to your career.
  • When: Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Where:  Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building— 1055 Canada Place
  • Tickets: $197 to $995, online

Growing Global – Exporting Success

  • What: Adopt a world-wide outlook for your business with Small Business BC’s Growing Global meetup series. This series focuses on international trade topics including importing and exporting. Gain practical insights on dealing with foreign markets from professionals and other entrepreneurs that have been through the process to help you achieve your own international business goals.
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC – 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $10

Exploring opportunities to grow BC tourism

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The Emerald Princess berthed at Vancouver’s Canada Place. (Shutterstock)

  • What: Learn about the data-driven decision-making, trends, and disruptive technologies that are transforming the tourism industry. Hear where the major players in BC’s tourism industry are finding new opportunities for growth and how they are building strong brands. Gain insights into how the tourism industry is reacting to shifting political landscapes – at home and abroad.
  • When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Club – Grand Ballroom 915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $69-$138 plus GST

Vancouver Job Fair

  • What: Meet face to face with recruiters, HR Managers and Hiring Companies from the Vancouver Area and across Ontario.
  • When: Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Registration: Online, Free

Unbounce Call To Action Conference 2018

  • What: World class marketing experts will be covering a wide array of topics, such as conversion optimization, email marketing, copywriting, landing pages, PPC, analytics, content marketing and much more.
  • When: Monday, August 27 to Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie St, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

Social Media Marketing

  • What: Looking to boost your career potential by learning social media marketing? Experience what learning Digital Marketing at BrainStation is all about. Social Media Marketing will provide you with a fundamental understanding of what digital marketing consists of, while focusing on the social media component of the practice.
  • When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: BrainStation – 455 Granville Street, Suite 400, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Discovery Series: Career Fair and Lessons in Leadership with keynote speaker Karm Sumal, CEO and Co-Founder of Daily Hive

  • What: Make new connections, hear insights from accomplished industry leaders, and maybe even find your dream job. At this special event held in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, experienced professionals will share triumphs and key learnings from their career progression. They will also discuss the benefits of having their CPA designation. Featuring keynote speaker Karm Sumal, CEO and Co-Founder of Daily Hive.
  • When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre – Pavilion Ballroom – 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

Party in the Clubs

monte booker

  • What: Soulection producer / DJ monte booker brings his smooth blend of R&B, hip-hop, and melodic electronica to Happy Ending Fridays with support from Rico Uno and LeChance.
  • When: Friday, August 10, 2018 
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E. Pender St., Vancouver
  • Guest List: Online

Absolute 80s Night

  • What: Common People DJs and DJ Trevor Risk spin your favourite tunes from the most pastel decade yet.
  • When: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 10:30 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $8

AJJ + Kimya Dawson

  • What: AJJ, is a folk-punk outfit from Phoenix, Arizona. Singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson is best known for her work with the anti-folk outfit the Moldy Peaches, but she also maintained a lo-fi solo career during the 2000s. Featuring special guest Shellshag.
  • When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $19.99

Insane Clown Posse

  • What: Insane Clown Posse returns to VENUE for the Milenko & Friends Tour with special guests 6Ninjahs.
  • When: Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $54.93

Vini Vici

  • What: Psytrance duo Vini Vici aka Aviram Saharai and Matan Kadosh bring their award-winning sound to Harbour Event Centre.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$47.85

Herobust

  • What: Feel the ground shake with Herobust (Mad Decent) as he brings his unique blend of underground hip-hop aesthetics with bass-heavy dancefloor beats to VENUE.
  • When: Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$30

SahBabii

Image: Fortune Sound Club

  • What: Atlanta-based rapper SahBabii, who gained widespread fame with his single “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick,” plays an all-ages show at Fortune Sound Club with support from Daamcp, 2hunnit and Raiden.
  • When: Friday, August 24
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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