7 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, August 31

Aug 28 2017, 5:54 am

Welcome to the last day of August! Say so long to a great month with a great event happening today, August 31: After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium, Five for Fighting, and more.

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

After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Plan to end your summer on a high note at Vancouver Aquarium’s long-awaited After Hours soirée. The Aquarium is gearing up to host its biggest bash of the summer and it’s strictly adults-only, all night. This means you can take a stroll through the Aquarium’s galleries, come nose to snout with majestic sea lions at the new Steller’s Bay exhibit, or see a puppet show for adults, all with a drink in your hand. You can indulge in summer barbecue fare in the outdoor courtyard and pair your food with a cool beer, wine, or the special cocktail of the night – ‘Sea Lion-aid’.
  • When: August 31
  • Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
    Where: 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
    Price: $23 for members and $31 for non-members – Tickets available online

Wacky Olympics and Youth BBQ

  • What: Get your little ones going for gold at these fun-filled and energetic event stations. This event is for preschoolers (ages 5 and under), and parent participation is required. Afterwards, youth (ages 13 to 18) are invited to celebrate the end of summer at a free BBQ.
  • When: August 31
  • Time: 3:30 to 7 pm
  • Where: Thompson Community Centre – 5151 Granville Ave, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Tuesdays with Morrie – Gateway Theatre

Image: Chung Ying Theatre Company

  • What: Tuesdays with Morrie is one half of two plays from Hong Kong that are part of Gateway Theatre’s Pacific Festival. This production is the Cantonese translation of the Off Broadway play, specifically tailored to resonate with Chinese audiences. The relationship between a career-driven journalist and his declining former college professor is at the forefront of the show. The play will be performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles.
  • When: August 31 to September 2
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: At Gateway Theatre; $62

Five For Fighting with String Quartet

  • What: Five for Fighting burst on the scene some 15 years ago with his Grammy Award-nominated hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” and has been a mainstay on mainstream radio ever since. In his career, Ondrasik has sold over 2.5 million albums including 2004’s Battle for Everything, which spawned the 2X platinum 100 Years. He has also written tunes for everyone from Josh Groban to The Backstreet Boys.
  • When: August 31
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $40

Almost a Stepmom and Fifty Shades of Dave

Almost a Stepmom and Fifty Shades of Dave

Almost a Stepmom and Fifty Shades of Dave / Facebook

  • What: A double-bill preview of Vancouver Fringe shows Almost a Stepmom and Fifty Shades of Dave. The former is a darkly comic tale about the ups and downs of becoming a stepmother. The latter is a tastefully risqué parody of The Vinyl Cafe with three original stories that thrust Stuart McLean’s classic Canadian couple, Dave and Morley, into situations you’ve never heard on the CBC.
  • When: August 31
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Havana Restaurant – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Tickets just $10 at the door, free for Fringe Volunteers.

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – The Sound of Music

  • What: A large inflatable screen will pop up at Canada Place, creating the perfect environment to take in The Sound of Music under the stars with the North Shore mountains in the background. To give your night two thumbs up, do yourself a favour and bring a lawn chair (or you’ll be sitting on the hard ground) and blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friend event – smoking or alcohol is not permitted.
  • When: August 31
  • Start: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Admission: Free

AIBC Architectural Walking Tours

  • What: Enjoy stunning architectural perspectives of three Victoria and six Vancouver neighbourhoods at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). Experience Vancouver sites including a vibrant Chinatown, historical Gastown, trendy Yaletown, contemporary Downtown, lively West End and diverse Strathcona.
  • When: Until August 31
  • Time: Thursday to Monday, 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Inside the AIBC – 100-440 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline, $10
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