10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, August 5

Aug 4 2017, 6:20 am

Start your Long Weekend with one of our 10 things to do in Vancouver this Saturday, August 5. Honda Celebration of Light, Vancouver Dyke March, and more to keep you entertained and engaged!

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14th Annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival

  • What: Vancouver’s 14th Annual Dyke March & Festival begins in McSpadden Park at 11 am with pre-March festivities and a community art project. The March will leave McSpadden Park at noon and make its way down Commercial Drive to end at Grandview Park for the Festival. The Festival will take place from 1 to 5 pm, and involve performances from various artists, feature queer-friendly vendors, and create a space to gather with friends, family, and the community.
  • When: August 5 from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Commercial Drive
  • Cost: Free

Honda Celebration of Light 2017

Team Japan lights up the night skies over English Bay in Vancouver for the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light. (Martin Passchier / submitted)

  • What:  Team Canada lights up the skies over English Bay in downtown Vancouver during the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition.
  • Where: English Bay, Vancouver
  • When: August 5
  • Time: 10 to 10:28 pm (28-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
  • Cost: Free

White Rock Sea Festival

  • What: The White Rock Sea Festival is a summer tradition, over the August long weekend, that has been celebrating seaside fun for more than 60 years. A favourite of locals and visitors, there are live performances, a waterfront market, fireworks, torchlight parade, kids sandcastle competition and the crowning ceremony of Miss White Rock.
  • When: August 5 and 6
  • Where: The Waterfront – 14970 Marine Drive, White Rock
  • Cost: Free

41st Annual Powell Street Festival

  • What: Canada’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture held in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. Enjoy live music, Japanese food, sumo wrestling, vendors and more.
  • Where: Oppenheimer Park – 400 Block, Powell Street; Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova Street; Vancouver Japanese Language School – 475 Alexander St; and Vancouver Buddhist Temple – 220 Jackson Avenue
  • When: August 5 and 6 from 11:30 am to 7 pm
  • Cost: Free

Movie Under The Stars

  • What: Grab a blanket and a friend and head down to Holland Park for Lego Batman. The family friendly event also features activities, games and entertainment from local performers. Activities begin at 5 pm, and the movie starts at dusk.
  • When: August 5 at Dusk
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Cost: Free

Tsawwassen Sun Festival

  • What: This three-day celebration of fun in the sun is jam packed with special events, games, and many other attractions. Enjoy a classic car show & shine, Delta’s Got Talent, Kids Funzone and more.
  • Where: Winskill Park – West side of 56th at 9th, Tsawwassen
  • When: Saturday, August 5 to Monday, August 7
  • Cost: Free

BC Lions versus Saskatchewan Roughriders

Image: BC Lions / Facebook

  • What: Head to BC Place to cheer on the Lions as they face off with the Roughriders.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: August 5 at 4 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $5-$140


  • What: You might remember Rodriguez from the film Searching for Sugar Man, which discovered the US singer-songwriter had no idea he was a huge hit in South Africa, and had faded into obscurity. Well, now he’s back and it’s just as sweet as ever.
  • When: August 5
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $115

16th Annual Korean Cultural Heritage Festival: Dynamics Of Modern Korea

  • What: The Korean Cultural Heritage Festival is an annual festival celebrating multiculturalism in the Lower Mainland, which showcases Korean heritage through cultural performances, food, and entertainment.
  • When: August 5 from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Where: Swanguard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

Vancouver Street Dance Festival 2017

  • What: Vancouver Street Dance Festival is an annual event that celebrates and shares the city’s diverse street dance culture, providing an opportunity for the community to engage with the public. Featuring showcases, battles, DJs and more.
  • When: August 4 to 6
  • Where: Robson Square
  • Price: Free
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