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
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.
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.
What: Presented in Leigh Square on the outdoor stage every Saturday afternoon in the summer, Village Vibe features emerging musicians. The series provides artists with an opportunity to gain experience in front of a live audience and celebrate their talents. This is a free event, rain or shine.
When: Saturday, August 4; Saturday, August 11; Saturday, August 25, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
What: The Philosopher Kings will be headlining Coquitlam’s free Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, which will take place on August 11, at Town Centre Park. The free event returns to Coquitlam for the third year offering a full day of activities, artisans, and entertainment. This year’s event will feature two stages including concerts by pop singer Mathew V and high-energy violinist Kytami. Food trucks will be on site cooking up some delicious bites and don’t forget to check out the craft beer scene.
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time: 2 to 10 pm
Where: Town Centre Park next to Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station
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.
What: Jawahir: Jewels by Durrah Alsaif is an exhibition at the Deer Lake Art Gallery, and is hosted and organized by the Burnaby Arts Council. Through photography, performances, and installations, Alsaif explores the cultural identity between the East and the West as well as the status of women in Saudi Arabia.
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Time: 12 pm
Where: Deer Lake Art Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
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
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. Heroes’ Opening Weekend offers free gate admission for First Responders and a guest on August 18 and 19, and YVR is sponsoring FREE Gate Admission for all Guests on August 21 and 28.
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
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.
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
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
What: Join the Surrey White Rock Ringette Association for a free day at the rink trying out ringette. All you need to participate is some warm clothes and a pair of gloves. If you have your own skates or helmet, please bring these with you. If not, helmet and skates will be available.
When: Sunday, August 19, 2018
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex Arena – 16555 Fraser Highway, Surrey
What: Live at the Gallery brings music into the gallery setting, to connect fans of visual and musical arts. The event is an exciting mix of art and sound, from the sweet sounds of classical music to chilled out beats of local folk bands. This month’s concert features artists Chris Blaber and Arthur Delahooke.
When: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
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 activities.
When: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
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.
What: Western Sky Books hosts a monthly poetry reading/slam/open mic featuring local writers and poets. Writers can register ahead by contacting the store, or simply come for the open mic. Writers are invited to bring copies of their books, chapbooks, and art to sell (cash only).
When: Tuesday, August 28 and Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Western Sky Books – 2132-2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
Lights is performing at Richmond World Festival. (Submitted)
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
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
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
What: Enjoy over 10 vendors, food trucks and community groups in the heart of Port Moody. Then sit at the gorgeous long table, surrounded by string lights and decked out with gorgeous flowers from Artisan Gifts & Flowers.
When: Every Friday from August 10 to August 31, 2018
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Port Moody Station Museum parking lot – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
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
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
What: Whether you like to dance or just need a reason to get out, step outside of your comfort zone and experience a hike to remember with Party4Life. Invite others to join you, and do not bring drugs or alcohol to the hike.
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.
What: Mat Collective is the largest outdoor yoga program in Western Canada. Aside from offering free outdoor yoga classes all summer long, Mat Collective will also be hosting several special events, including an Acro Jam in partnership with MEC, and a class at BC Place in collaboration with the BC Lions.
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.
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
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