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10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, August 4

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Daniel Chai Aug 03, 2018 5:00 am 3,681
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Honda Celebration of Light, Vancouver Street Art Festival, and more. Start your long weekend with these 10 things to do around Vancouver today, Saturday, August 4.

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

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2018 – South Korea

Honda Celebration of Light/Jonathan Evans

  • 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: 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.

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, Davie Street and Bute Street
  • Price: 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

Storm Crow Drag Brunch

  • What: Get your geek and drag on! Featuring Rose Butch, Anne Xiety, Karmella Barr, and Ruby Slickeur as Clark Kunt. Seating is limited so arrive early to secure your spot.
  • When: Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 11 am and the show starts at noon
  • Where: Storm Crow Alehouse – 1619 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free, but you’re recommended to purchase brunch.

Curious by Nature: Seashore Mysteries

  • What: Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by these pop-up stations to chat with a park interpreter. Learn about a featured plant or animal or bring your own questions.
  • When: Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta – Meet at the open area near the concession building at Centennial Beach
  • Admission: Free

Movies Under the Stars – Ferdinand

  • 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. 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: Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Ex-Forest Service Vessel Squadron Rendezvous

  • What: Celebrate over 100 years of BC’s coastal heritage by boarding the BC Ex-Forest Service Vessel Squadron and meeting their owners at Britannia Shipyards dock. Then visit the Steveston Maritime Modellers inside the Seine Net Loft and see how they bring history to life through their handcrafted model ships.
  • When: Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Britannia Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Powell Street Festival

  • What: The annual Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country, which celebrates and promotes Japanese arts, culture, and heritage. It will feature live performances, martial arts demos, Japanese calligraphy, and most importantly, delicious food.
  • When: Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street, Vancouver) and the surrounding streets
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Street Dance Festival 2018

Vancouver Street Dance Festival

via VSDF

  • What: Vancouver Street Dance Festival (VSDF) is the largest outdoor street-dance event in Canada. This year’s event features six battles in some of the most influential styles of street dance – hip-hop, breaking, locking, popping, waacking, and house. There will be free dance workshops for the public, vendors, showcases, live music, DJs, special guest judges and a kids-only battle featuring students from studios across BC.
  • When: Saturday, August 4, 2018 
  • Time: Festival begins at 11 am
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Strathcona Artisan Market

  • What: The outdoor street market puts the spotlight on low-income residents of the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona and allows them to sell their hand-made creations in a festival-like atmosphere. Arts, crafts, textiles, baked goods, and freshly cooked food will occupy the market. Neighbourhood artisans use the market as a launching pad for bigger ventures.
  • When: Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 400 Princess Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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