21 things to do in Vancouver this week: August 22 to 26

Aug 19 2016, 10:43 pm

Another sweltering start to the week and glorious sunshine all round! Who are we kidding, it’s all about the beach right now. But just in case you need a break…

Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this week, from a meditating date to a little Ginger & Moonshine.

Monday, August 22

Dinner Date and Meditate

  • What: This is an intimate evening, pairing a 60-minute meditation and mindfulness workshop with a three-course meal created and curated by local chef Elizabeth Bryan.
  • Where: Dock Lunch – 152 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $88, includes food, wine available to buy separately

Inspiration of Bees

  • What: Honey bees are amazing creatures. They are clever, social insects. This night of interactive bee-themed activities and talks will look into the lives of honey bees, and discuss how we have taken inspiration from their mastery in how we design.
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 22, from 7 to 8 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

  • What: Looking for love and blood in the desolate streets of Iranian ghost town Bad City, an alluring vampire must also navigate this macabre, monochromatic outpost where horror tropes are joined by Spaghetti Western influences and an unseen jukebox plays Iranian rock, British post-punk and dreamy electro pop.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 22, at 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: At VIFF, $12 full price, $10 for students

Made With Love

  • What: Discover what your city’s craft-cocktail scene has to offer, as 16 of Vancouver’s most talented BarChefs present unique and original cocktail and food-pairing creations in hopes of being crowned Vancouver’s BEST BarChef for 2016.
  • Where: Pacific Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 22, from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $55 online, $65 on the door, includes complete tasting of all showcased cocktails, their food-pairing, a welcome cocktail and a can of Red Bull.

Tuesday, August 23

Cricket Spice Mix

  • What: Referred to as “the gateway bug” – due to their mild flavour and versatility – crickets certainly have the ick factor. In this presentation, Australian foodie Carmen Ostrander will give you a taste and bring you a step closer to a radical new food group.
  • Where: Homestead Junction – 649 E Hastings St, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, August 23, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City

  • What: It’s been a tough couple of a weeks for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but they’re not giving up hope. Head down to BC Place on Tuesday to see them take on (and hopefully take down) Sporting Kansas City for the second time in a week.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, August 23, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $27-$142

Free PNE Admission Day

  • What: You may think The Fair is overpriced and far too small for a metro region of 2.5 million, but it’s hard to say no when admission is free. Expect long lineups if the weather cooperates. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, 23 August and Tuesday, 30 August, from 11 am to 1 pm

The Book of Mormon

  • What: This hilarious Broadway musical from the creators of South Park returns to Vancouver for another run this summer, telling the tale of two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to share their scriptures with residents of a remote Ugandan village.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: August 23 to September 4, evening shows 8 pm, weekend matinees at 2 pm
  • Tickets: At Ticketmaster, $55-$130

Wednesday, August 24

Blood Alley Square redesign open house

  • What: Have your say on the future of our city and the redesign of Blood Alley Square and Trounce Alley in Gastown. Come by to review the two draft redesign concepts and tell the city what you think.
  • Where: Blood Alley Square, Vancouver (nearby Salt Tasting Room and Tacofino Taco Bar)
  • When: Wednesday, August 24, from 4 to 7 pm, drop by anytime during the event

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas

  • What: Multi-platinum selling music artists, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are bringing their unique brand of pop and rock to town with their Future Now tour, supported by opening act Mike Posner.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 24, from 7 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $29.95-$99.95

Tasting Plates

  • What: Tantalize your tastebuds at several West End restaurants, each serving up Tasting Plates and Cups for guests to enjoy. Including Marquis Wine Cellars, Grotto Italian, Styo Dessert, Tartine Bread and Pies, Verifood Pasta Cafe, and Milano Coffee.  
  • Where: Marquis Wine Cellars – 1034 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 24, from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $29-$55

Ok Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy

  • What: Poking fun at the city’s notorious dating scene, Vancouver TheatreSports League matches up their improvisors for an hour of laughter.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
  • When: Wednesday, August 24 at 9:15 pm
  • Tickets: Through VTSL

The Seven Year Itch

  • What: Director Billy Wilder was at the top of his game with this sophisticated yet utterly farcical romantic comedy fantasy that explores a heretofore faithfully married man’s feelings about his gorgeous neighbour (Marilyn Monroe, in one of the most iconic bombshell performances ever put to celluloid).  
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 24, doors 6:30 pm, movie at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Available from the Rio, $10 in advance or $12 at the door

Thursday, August 25

Gwen Stefani

  • What: Don’t speak! Three-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani is in town on her This Is What the Truth Feels Like tour, supported by fellow Grammy award-winner and hip hop star Eve.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 25, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $25-$149.95

Groundswell Summer Market

  • What: Shop healthy, sustainable food, fair trade coffee, kombucha, heartwarming porridge, cold-pressed juices, homemade lemonade, unique crafts, upcycled products, get involved in social venture opportunities, volunteer for worthy causes, or just party!
  • Where: Groundswell Cafe & Learning Space – 566 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 25, from 5 to 10 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Bat Box Workshop

  • What: Celebrate International Bat Night by learning about the furry flying mammals of Stanley Park, building a bat box for them, and venturing into the forest to see if youe can spot or hear these nocturnal animals as they wake up for the night. 
  • Where: Stanley Park Pavilion – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 25, from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $17-$20

Sonic Sea

  • What: Sea Shepherd is pleased to present Sonic Sea, a 60-min documentary movie about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life, beginning with an unexplained stranding in the Bahamas.
  • Where: Eternal Abundance ~ Organic Vegan Grocery and Cafe – 1025 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 25, from 8 to 9:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Friday, August 26

Midnight Son

  • What: A behind-the-scenes evening with Tetsuro Shigematsu, creator and star of Empire of the Son, and director Richard Wolfe. Midnight Son looks at the 20th century through the eyes of Mas Yamamoto, from World War II, to the Cold War.
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 26, from 5 to 6:30 pm
  • Register: Online, totally free

From the Void

  • What: An art and music exhibition that aims to bring awareness to the therapeutic benefits of creativity. Partial proceeds benefit Music Heals Canada in support of music therapy programs across the country.
  • Where: The Beaumont Studios – 316 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 26, from 6 to 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $12

The World Famous Motown Party

  • What: Shimmy to old favourites and rare grooves from Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and much more. The Motown Party showcases the best and brightest music from the Motown, Northern Soul, Stax and Tamla labels.
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 26, from 10:30 pm to 2 am
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $8

Ginger & Moonshine

  • What: Local band Ginger & Moonshine brings their folk, reggae, roots and old time jazz to the Biltmore to celebrate their first CD release. Opening for them are NoRey,a world poetry rock band from Seattle, and local family rock band Tanglers.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret -2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 26, doors at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $12