20 things to do in Vancouver this week: August 8 to 12

Aug 5 2016, 9:46 pm

Summer is going by way too fast! How are we almost halfway through August? Never fear, there’s still plenty to do in beautiful Vancouver.

So here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this coming week, from chug-a-lug comedy to asymmetric skateboard art.

Monday, August 8

Chug-A-Lug Comedy

  • What: From the folks that brought you Mermaid Club Comedy at the Railway Club, comes a new comedy show at another bar. This is the first ever Chug-A-Lug Comedy show, hosted by Vancouver favourites Stefan MacNeil, Brad Dorion and Jenny Toews.
  • When: Monday, August 8, doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
  • Where: Yagger’s Downtown Restaurant and Sports Bar – 433 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5 on the door

 The Nighttime with Attic Empire

  • What: While The Nighttime hails from Ontario and offers alternative, ambient rock,  Attic Empire offers ska, indie rock, soul, funk and jazz all the way from LA.
  • When: Monday, August 8, at 8 pm
  • Where: The Roxy Cabaret – 932 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On TicketZone, $5

Perseid Meteor Shower

  • What: This year the annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to be more spectacular than usual. They’re best viewed in complete and total darkness, so find a quiet spot to watch the skies. One group has set up a viewing party for the top of Mount Seymour.
  • Where: Anywhere high up and pitch black – or Parking lot 2, Mount Seymour
  • When: Meteors will be visible at night between Sunday, August 7 and Friday, August 12. Mount Seymour viewing party is on August 12, from 11 pm.

The Foals

  • What: Popular indie rockers Foals have four studio albums, including their 2015 release What Went Down. Known for their epic performances at Coachella, Glastonbury and other global music fests – these are bound to sell out.
  • When: Monday, August 8 at 7 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $39.50. 19+

Tuesday, August 9


  • What: The Evo Summer Cinema Series of free outdoor movies in Stanley Park brings you Labyrinth and an evening dedicated to the late, great David Bowie. As well as the movie, there will also be a pre-show screening of career-spanning Bowie music videos.
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach), Stanley Park
  • When: Tuesday, August 9, movie starts at dusk

DIY Mushroom Cultivation

  • What: In this workshop you will learn about Radical Mycology, a grassroots movement and social philosophy. You’ll find out basic techniques for propagation, cultivation, allyship, the role of fungi in the ecosystem and more.
  • Where: Copley Community Orchard – Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, August 9, from 9:30 am to noon
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $5


  • What: Caskapalooza returns, with more than 20 casks to be sampled, to raise funds towards The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and help sponsor a family in need for Christmas this year. Plus, win a chance to brew your own beer at Parkside Brewery!
  • Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, August 9, from 4 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $25

Intro to Clown

  • What: The start of a four-week course on finding genuine impulse, honesty, physical connection and creation through the mask of clown, this class will allow you to unleash your inner fool and experience full body physical performance.
  • Where: Instant Studios – 529 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, August 9, from 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $249 for full four-week course

Wednesday, August 10

Drop In Rock Choir

  • What: It’s time to sing your heart out – no experience necessary. This week the drop-in choir is singing “Ship To Wreck” by Florence + The Machine and “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen!
  • Where: St James Community Square – 3214 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 10, doors at 7 pm, singing from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Admission: On the door, $10

Knee Deep in Organic Veggies

  • What: This course will take place entirely outside in VanDusen’s vegetable garden, giving participants a living window of knowledge into a food garden. Claire Smith will use garden examples to discuss organic gardening, harvest techniques and more.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5151 Oak St, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 10, from 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $50 for non-members, $42 for members

 World Indigenous Basketball Challenge

  • What: The world’s first international indigenous basketball tournament begins on Wednesday, featuring aboriginal teams from across Canada and the US, as well as a host of others, including the Maori National Team of New Zealand.
  • Where: Simon Fraser University – 8888 University Dr, Burnaby
  • When: From Wednesday, August 10, to Friday, August 12
  • Info: On Facebook

Canadians vs AquaSox

  • What: Vancouver’s own minor league baseball team takes on the Everett AquaSox, in one of many Vancouver Canadians games this month. There’s no excuse not to get to the ball game.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 10, at 7.05 pm
  • Tickets:  At milb.com, priced $14-$25

Thursday, August 11


Prints are in. For sale at the #MADE event 08/11/16 7pm-11pm 397 Alexander St. Vancouver

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  • What: Instagrammer Adam Hoens is renowned for his colourful, eye-catching portraits of hip-hop superstars like Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, and Mos Def – and now he’s presenting his very first solo exhibition, in Vancouver.
  • Where: 397 Alexander Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 11, at 8 pm

Queer Film Festival

  • What:  This showcase of the best LGBTQ+ films from Cannes, Sundance and local BC artists, along with directors, performing artists, and free workshops, plus parties and talk backs, begins on Thursday with the lush and poetic Summertime.
  • Where: Various movie theatres across Vancouver; Summertime screens at Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 11 to Sunday, August 21; Summertime screens on Thursday, August 11, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: At queerfilmfestival.ca, individual movies $12 or $8 for students, six-pack $66 or $42 for students, super pass $165 or $135 for student.

Chocolate & Whisky Pairing

  • What: Not everything is about high cocoa percentage and single malt. Enjoy a great evening tasting the best of whisky and chocolate – both made from minimal ingredients and using a complex and artisanal process to boost aromas and flavours.
  • Where: Xoxolat Chocolaterie – 1271 Homer St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 11, from 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $55

The Tanglers

  • What: Vancouver-based band The Tanglers is back in another fundraiser for The Lukas Project, a foster based hospice program for terminally ill dogs and cats. Adam Heard x Quarter Pounder will also be DJing.
  • Where: Playhouse Nightclub Vancouver – 1240 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 11, DJs at 10 pm, show at 11 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $15

Friday, August 12

The Goonies

  • What: “Goonies never say die!” This beloved 80s childhood classic follows a group of kids, who embark on a treasure-hunting journey after finding a mysterious map pointing them to the long lost, legendary pirate booty of a certain One-Eyed Willy.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 12, doors at 11:30 pm, movie at 11:59 pm
  • Tickets: From the Rio, $10 on the door, $8 in advance

Miike Snow

  • What: This Swedish indie electro-pop trio teams singer Andrew Wyatt with producing team Bloodshy & Avant, best known for working with Britney Spears, Madonna and Kylie Minogue. Now out on their own, this is sure to be a great show.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 12, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $25-$39.50

Noche Latina @ Whitecaps

  • What: The Whitecaps, together with Latincouver, are holding a Latin pre-match performance by Las Estrellas de Vancouver ahead of their game against the San Jose Earthquakes. You can get tickets using promo code FIESTA.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 12, kick-off at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, tickets usually $27-$142, promo seats $40

Asymmetry Project Skateart Show

  • What: The aSymmetry Project provides blank skateboards to artists who are free to use any method or style to convert the decks into original works of art. Each artist is then paired with a skateboarder who brings their own style and aesthetic to the table.
  • Where: Unit/Pitt Projects – 236 East Pender St, Vancouver
  • When: From Friday, August 12, at 8 pm, to Saturday, August 13, at 5 pm
  • More info: On Facebook, entry free 
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