20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Aug 5 2016, 5:09 pm

From stuffing your face at the YVR Food Fest to listening to music in Cates Park, there’s no excuse to stay at home this weekend.

To help you avoid FOMO – here are 20 fun things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7.

Saturday, August 6

Cates Park Concert Series

  • What: Original bands and artists will be performing free, outdoor concerts in Cates Park again this summer, so bring a picnic and spend your Saturday afternoons enjoying the immense local talent that Vancouver has to offer.
  • Where: Cates Park – Deep Cove, North Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday from July 16 to August 27

Get soaked at Vancouver’s largest water fight

© Alexey Kuzma / Stocksy

© Alexey Kuzma / Stocksy

  • What: Vancouver’s largest water fight returns for another year on August 6. Bring your water guns, and if you use water balloons, remember to pick up after yourself.
  • Where: Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, August 6; 1 pm

City Chase Vancouver

  • What: The Chase will test both your fitness and your mind. Here’s how it works: when The GoodLife Fitness City Chase starts, your team of two will get a clue sheet. Decipher it to find hidden ChasePoints located throughout your city. Next, navigate your way through ten of those ChasePoints and get back to the start/finish line to claim victory and find your way to the after party.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, August 6; 8 am

MEC North Vancouver 5/10k Trail Race

  • What: Choose from a 5 km or 10 km route and have a blast running through our great North Shore trails.
  • Where: Inter River Park – 1301 Premier Street, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, August 6; 9 am

15th Annual Korean Cultural Heritage Festival

  • What: Prepare yourself for a day of taking in rich Korean culture. From K-Pop competitions, to delicious food, and a tae kwon do black belt demonstration, there’s no shortage of fun activities at the Korean Cultural Heritage Festival.
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • When: Saturday, August 6; 10 am to 8 pm

Summer Community Day

  • What: Capstan Alliance Church is planning to host a not-for-profit community event designed for families, friends and anyone from the community. There will be carnival entertainment, activities and food, all free of charge.
  • Where: Capstan Alliance Church – 3360 Sexsmith Road, Richmond
  • When: Saturday, August 6; noon to 5 pm

Dance Deck Deux

  • What: Casa Om presents Dance Deck Deux and Dance Deck Trois, two new programs that are both exciting and ambitious. Dance Deck Deux is “an intimate exploration of spirituality and transformation with works by four unique artists.” Casa Om is an outdoor performance space that’s intended to allow artists to share work at a grassroots level.
  • Where: Casa Om – 1745 Napier Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7; 4 to 6 pm

Truck Stop Concert Series

  • What: Every trucker is always on the lookout for ways to make their rig run better. So it’s no surprise that this year’s concert series will be getting upgrades from last year with two stages for more music, and a larger event capacity so that even more fans of honest beer and real music will be able to enjoy these summer highlight events.
  • Where: Red Truck Brewery – 295 East 1st Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, August 6; 4 to 10 pm

Do the Grouse Grind

Grouse Grind

Grouse Grind / Facebook

Get your hiking legs ready, it’s time to tackle Mother Nature’s Stairmaster for another year. The Grouse Grind trail at Grouse Mountain is now open for hiking from 6:15 am to 7 pm.

Movies Under the Stars

  • What: Free animated outdoor movies in Holland Park, courtesy of Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association. The August schedule includes Minions, Inside Out, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • When: Every Saturday in August, family activities start at 5 pm, movie starts at dusk

Masterclass with Catherine Hardwicke

  • What: Designed to educate and inspire everyone from established to emerging movie directors, this masterclass with Catherine Hardwicke, the award-winning director of the Twilight movies, is sure to be an fascinating night.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, August 6, at 3 pm
  • Tickets: At VIFF, $35

Sunday, August 7

Go salsa dancing at Robson Square

  • What: Salsa dancing is back at Robson Square for the summer, offering free lessons, performances, and social dancing.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800  Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday in July and August; lessons at 3 pm, performances at 5 pm, social dancing all afternoon

View some strange collections at the Museum of Vancouver

  • What: Corsets, vintage prosthetic limbs, pinball machines – these are just a few of the wacky collections curated by Vancouverites on display at the Museum of Vancouver.
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: On display from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017

Go to Playland

  • What: Playland has officially opened for the season, so connect with your inner child and hop aboard the famous wooden roller coaster for a little throwback fun.
  • Where: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Spend a day at the races

  • What: Bring out your fascinators and bowties and head to Hastings Racecourse to take in a day at the track. With a view of the North  Shore mountains and Burrard Inlet, your day is sure to be a win, even if your ticket says the opposite.
  • Where: 88 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver

Granville Island

Granville Island Public Market (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Granville Island Public Market (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

  • What: One of the biggest attractions in Vancouver, Granville Island is a great place to go for free. Enjoy the hustle, bustle and bounty of the Public Market and marvel at the island’s unique arts and crafts, while enjoying the spectacle of street buskers.
  • When: Granville Island Public Market is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 7 pm, most other retail stores are open seven days a week, from 10 am to 7 pm


  • What: Iraqi-born, Vancouver-based artist Jasem Qaisi aims to use Impressionist techniques to show both the relationship and the feminine likeness between horse and woman in terms of movement and agility in his latest exhibition.
  • Where: Katami Designs Studio & Gallery – 138 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Through September 8, Tuesday to Friday, from 11 am to 6pm, weekends, noon to 5 pm, closed Monday

Free yoga at Dude Chilling Park

  • What: Get out your yoga mats and put away your wallets, free yoga is back for another year! Two sessions, twice a day, seven days a week. All abilities welcome.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now until fall; from 10 to 11:15 am and 6 to 7:15 pm

YVR Food Fest

  • What: Food Cart Fest has rebranded as YVR Food Fest and will feature long table dinners, food talks, private dinners, and cocktail parties. Its flagship event will be the Street Food Showdown – over two days, 80 food carts, restaurants, wineries, and breweries will gather, offering an unlimited tasting menu for a feeding frenzy.
  • Where: Various locations cross Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7
  • Info/tickets: Available online; tickets $10-59

Chill out on a patio

Toronto Patios

The Cannonball/Facebook

  • What: It’s summer in gorgeous Vancouver – time to hit the patio for some beers, some wine, some cocktails…! Conveniently, the City has released a map showing all the patios in the city, and we’ve put together a complete list of all the patios open as late as 1 am. Cheers!
  • Where: Check out our full list of patios in Vancouver open until 1 am
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