21 things to do in Vancouver this week: August 29 to September 2

Aug 26 2016, 10:36 pm

How is it almost September? We’re in just as much disbelief as you, believe me. But we’re also here to keep you entertained for one last week of summer!

So here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this week, from a roaring rampage of revenge to the ultimate fight club.

Monday, August 29

B-Roll: Kill Bill

  • What: The first edition of Vancouver’s newest monthly drag event, retelling your favourite movies and TV shows, brings you Quentin Tarantino’s roaring rampage of revenge.
  • Where: The Penthouse Night Club – 1019 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 29, from 9 pm to 2 am
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10-$15


  • What: This legendary US singer-songwriter was forgotten by the world and thought to be dead until Searching For Sugar Man filmmakers tracked him down. Now he’s playing Vancouver.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 29, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $55-$99.50

Vancouver Canadians vs Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

  • What: Vancouver’s own minor league baseball team will face off against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes from Oregon every day this week, starting Monday.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 29, at 7:05 pm
  • Tickets:  At milb.com, priced $14-$25

Salon Series: Acting Shakespeare

  • What: Some of Vancouver’s most celebrated theatre makers and industry professionals take you behind the scenes into their fascinating worlds, in a panel discussion exploring what it takes to bring Shakespeare from “the page to the stage.”
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut St, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 29, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: From Bard On The Beach, $15 adults, $10 students

The Laugh Gallery

  • What: Vancouver comedian Graham Clark hosts one of the longest-running shows in town. The best part of the show may very well be the oddball audience prizes that Clark himself finds at flea markets and garage sales around the city.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 29, at 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $5

Tuesday, August 30

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, August 30, from 11 am to 1 pm

Pub Talks for PeaceGeeks

  • What: This free BBQ aims to spread the word about PeaceGeeks, a non-profit that encourages developers to use their skills to advance human rights.
  • Where: Third Beach – Seawall, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, August 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, free, burgers are provided, just bring a drink to contribute.

Eureka! The Experimental Improv Show!

  • What: The Fictionals Comedy Co. present award-winning improv comedy with all brand new comedy creations.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, August 30, doors 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $7 for adults, $5 for students

Space Jam in Stanley Park

  • What: One of the city’s most popular summertime events is coming to a close. Rescheduled because of a rain delay, The 1996 hit Space Jam will be screened under the stars in the park.
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach), Stanley Park
  • When: Tuesday, August 30 at dusk

Skye & Ross from Morcheeba

  • What: Skye Edwards, Morcheeba’s singer/composer and Ross Godfrey, guitarist/composer/producer are working on a new album for their Morcheeba fans. It will have the signature mix of influences from trip hop, blues and downtempo soul.
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E. Pender, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, August 30, doors 8 pm, show at 9 pm
  • Tickets: From Live Nation, $30

Wednesday, August 31

Kits Space Outdoor Yoga

  • What: Join Kits Space’s yoga teachers for a free yoga class on the last day of the outdoor yoga season. The session will be followed by a community potluck picnic. Some food and drinks will be provided, but please bring your own too.
  • Where: Kitsilano Beach – Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 31, yoga from 7 to 8 pm, picnic from 8 to 10 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

The Critical Hit Show

  • What: A live, improvised, smash hit epic comedy spectacular inspired by the world’s most popular role playing game – Dungeons and Dragons.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 E. Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 31, doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: From the Rio Theatre, $10 in advance, $12 on door

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

  • What: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the final film of the Drive-In Movie Series, which fittingly finishes up on the 30th anniversary of the classic 1986 movie. So, come, see one of our favourite movies of all time – just don’t borrow your friend’s dad’s Ferrari!
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, West parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • When: Wednesday, August 31, at sunset
  • Drive-In: Parking is on a first-come first-served basis, movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio
  • Walk-In: Easiest to take the Canada Line to Lansdowne Station

Thursday, September 1

Shanghai Acrobats

  • What: One of the original Cirque-style performance troupes, the world-famous Shanghai Acrobats continue to astonish audiences around the globe with their amazing displays of artistry and athleticism.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 1, at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Through VSO, $22-$75

Clinton Park Open House

  • What: Drop by to tell the City of Vancouver’s project team about your vision for the renewed park and learn about the design process. This event takes place alongside the Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House Harvest Festival.
  • Where: Clinton Park – 2690 Grant St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 1, from 6 to 9 pm

Duo Improv

  • What: You’ll need to register in pairs for this three-week intensive, covering all of the essential duo skills. Students will learn character diversity, multi character editing, duo edits, openings suitable for duos before a final public showcase.
  • Where: Instant Studios – 529 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, $169-$199

The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park

  • What: Showing as part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, this documentary takes place in the Downtown Eastside, where director Juan Manuel Sepúlveda spent two years hanging out and getting to know the locals.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 1, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At VLAFF, $12 full price, $10 for students

Friday, September 2

Kaleidoscope Fest

  • What: Canada’s first ever 3D light and art festival kicks off on Friday, transforming Lonsdale into a magical outdoor art gallery with 3D projections and light sculptures.
  • Where: Northshore Shipyards – 138 Victory Place, North Vancouver
  • When: From Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4, from 6 to 11 pm
  • Admission: Totally free, or $79 for iLED VIP Lounge entry, on Eventbrite

Peach Pit + Dino Lite

  • What: With lyrics rooted in high school heartbreak and self deprecation, Peach Pit’s songs spin stories of backstabbing best friends and drug addicted tour guides. Meanwhile, Dino Lite reveal only that they sing about dead stars and folk gazing.
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 2, from 8 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10

Guilty Pleasures

  • What: A special Back To School edition of your favourite retro hits night, with DJs
    Fink & Sea (80s Night), The Gal Pals aka Jamie Tay and Sarah Faye (F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and Junior High & Bazz Mathe’ (Common People.)
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 2, from 10:30 pm to 2 am
  • Tickets: Free with RSVP [email protected]

Fight Club

  • What: Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You DO NOT talk about Fight Club!
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 2, doors 11 pm, movie 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: From the Rio, $10 on the door, $8 in advance