15 things to do in Vancouver today: Sunday, August 13

Aug 11 2017, 3:48 am

Let’s keep the fun in the sun (or rain, we’ll gladly take rain) going with of our rundown of things to do in Vancouver this Sunday, August 13.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

2017 Abbotsford International Airshow



  • What: The 55th annual Abbotsford International Airshow features dozens of aerobatic and static aircraft, interactive displays, kids zone, camping, a Brew North Strong Beer Festival, and non-stop fun.
  • When: Until August 13
  • Where: Abbotsford International Airport
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

  • What: A celebration of the area’s heritage and culture, with tea ceremonies, calligraphy demonstrations and a Hong Kong-style outdoor bazaar. Festival activities include a day market, multicultural stage performances, TD Canadian Talent Showdown, and Streetfest.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: Noon to 6 pm
  • Where: Chinatown – Columbia and Keefer Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Hit up a farmers’ market

Support local farmers and head to a farmers’ market!

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Vancouver

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Kitsilano Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • When: Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver

Ladner Village Market

  • When: Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 5028 48th Avenue, Ladner

North Delta Farmers’ Market

  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: 11415 84th Avenue, Delta

White Rock Farmers’ Market

  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: 15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock

Poirier Street Farmers’ Market

  • When: Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Dogwood Pavilion – Poirier and Winslow, Coquitlam

African Soccer & Cultural Festival

  • What: An annual soccer tournament, showcasing a variety of talented players from many ethnic backgrounds and ages from Canada and around the world. Plus, enjoy a cultural festival between matches.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: 9 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Sports Complex East – 3677 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver’s Largest Water Fight

  • What: Prepare your water balloons and super soakers, Vancouver’s Largest Water Fight returns to Stanley Park.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park

Vancouver Stand Up Comedy Wildfire Relief Show

  • What: Some of BC’s finest comedians join forces for a night of amazing comedy in aid of the people and animals who have been effected by the terrible wildfires. Featuring Simon King, Ivan Decker, Kathleen McGee, Tim Nutt, Dino Archie, Kevin Foxx, Justin Nichol and more.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

New West Cultural Crawl

  • What: This free event showcases the best of New West’s artistic talent presented all throughout the city. Make a day—or weekend—of it by walking from gallery to gallery at some of the city’s most historical venues.
  • When: August 13
  • Where: Various neighbourhoods of New Westminster, including Sapperton, Downtown, Uptown, West End, and Queensborough.
  • Cost: Free

The Pop-Up – 604 Weekend 2017

  • What: Day two of the 604WEEKEND kicks off with a luxury streetwear pop-up by LA designer Daniel Patrick at the Waterfall Building near Granville Island. This will be the first ever Daniel Patrick Canadian in-store experience where you’ll get to shop limited stocks of both mens and womenswear apparel.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: The Waterfall Building – 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

One Love Westcoast Festival

  • What: Featuring Afro/Latin and Reggae culture, music and communities, this all-ages family event will showcase live fusion bands and international talent, alongside a tasty food fair and marketplace.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: 11 am to 8 pm
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$50, children 12 and under free

Slide the City

  • What: The 1000-foot-long slip-and-slide returns to North Vancouver for day two of the third annual event.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: Starts at 10 am
  • Where: Lonsdale Avenue at Keith Road, North Vancouver

The Dining Room by AR Gurney

  • What: The Rogues annual Performance Intensive presents The Dining Room, a brilliantly conceived and richly humorous play. The all-female cast portrays a wide array of diverse characters in a a theatrical experience of compassionate humor and abundant humanity.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: 2 pm and 8 pm
  • Where: Rogues West Actors Studio – #400-1026 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $15

Pakistan Festival

  • What: The 8th annual festival returns to downtown to celebrate the sounds, smells and tastes, and colours of Pakistan.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: noon to 8 pm
  • Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1075 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Ladner Village Market

  • What: 2017 marks the 21st season for the Ladner Village Market, which takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
  • Admission: Free

Social Sundays at VanDusen – Coldwater Road

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  • What: Pack a blanket and bring your friends to VanDusen Botanical Garden for Social Sundays this August. Coldwater Road, signature cocktails, and lawn games will get you grooving on Sunday afternoon. All ages event, but ID is required for liquor purchase. 
  • When: August 13
  • Time: 3 to 5:30 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free with regular garden admission

Salsa dancing at Robson Square

  • What: The last afternoon of free salsa dancing at Robson Square takes place this weekend.
  • When: August 13
  • Time: Free lessons at 3 pm, dance show at 5 pm, after party at 7 pm
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
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