35 things to do in Vancouver this week: August 13 to 17

Jul 31 2018, 9:21 pm

Brand new week full of great events in Vancouver and beyond. Fill your schedule with these 35 things to do in Vancouver from Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17. Odlum Brown VanOpen, RCMP Musical Ride, and more.

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

Monday, August 13, 2018

RILS Comedy Fundraiser

  • What: A stand-up comedy fundraiser for Residences for Independent Living Society, an organization that has provided accommodations to adults living with disabilities in Vancouver for nearly 50 years. Featuring Claire Pollock, Julia Stretch, Megan Milton, Andrew Vallance, Byron Bertram and Hayley Beamish with Jo Dworschak as MC and Katie Ellen Humphries as the headliner
  • When: Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

2018 Odlum Brown VanOpen

Odlum Brown VanOpen

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  • What: The 2018 Odlum Brown VanOpen, a Tennis Canada Event, is the largest and most celebrated Men’s and Women’s professional tennis tournament in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The tournament will showcase approximately 140 professional tennis stars from all over the world. This event has a combined purse of $200,000 USD, with $100,000 awarded to the men (ATP Challenger Tour) and $100,000 awarded to the women (ITF Pro Circuit).
  • When: Now to Wednesday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Road, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: Be part of a musical adventure celebrating nature, family, friends and more! Gina is a Juno-nominated children’s singer-songwriter who writes rollicking, roaring, and ridiculously catchy songs for the whole family to sing together.
  • When: Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 11:45 am
  • Where: Fraser Valley Regional Library – Ladner Pioneer Library 4683 – 51 Street, Delta
  • Admission: Free

Kits in the Park

  • What: A free play-based program in Connaught Park (just behind Kits CC) running on Monday and Friday mornings throughout the summer. Playground, crafts, songs and stories, perfect for families with young children. No registration necessary, this program is co-operatively presented by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, West Side Family Place, and Kitsilano Community Centre.
  • When: Every Monday and Friday until August 24, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 11:30 am
  • Where: Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Lunch & Lyrics

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  • What: Surrey Civic Plaza’s new Lunch & Lyrics acoustic concert series features a new acoustic musical act every Monday in the summer. Each week will also feature a different food truck.
  • When: Every Monday until August 27, 2018 (No show August 6)
  • Time: 12 to 2 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free


  • What: Make an array of desserts for this summer season. A fundraiser for Neighbourhood Youth Initiative.
  • When: Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 7 pm
  • Where: South Vancouver Neighbourhood House – 6470 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • Cost: $5 per person

Live Music Monday featuring Mark Coghlan

  • What:  The Co-operators present a concert by singer-songwriter Mark Coghlan. Tips go to ‘Take a Hike Foundation’ that helps youth at risk.
  • When: Monday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 6 pm
  • Where: The Co-operators Lonsdale Agency – 1232 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park – Grease

  • What: Watch Grease at Stanley Park, part of Evo Summer Cinema Series’ 10th Anniversary. Enjoy the film on a four-story inflatable movie screen. Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Moviegoers are encouraged to walk, take transit, or bike to Stanley Park for the shows  – there will be a bike valet service offered on site each night too.
  • When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Admission: Free

AJJ + Kimya Dawson

  • What: AJJ, is a folk-punk outfit from Phoenix, Arizona. Singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson is best known for her work with the anti-folk outfit the Moldy Peaches, but she also maintained a lo-fi solo career during the 2000s. Featuring special guest Shellshag.
  • When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $19.99

RCMP Musical Ride – Richmond

  • What: A unique display of Canadian showmanship. Watch a full troop of 32 riders and their horses take part in intricate drills and choreography, once assembling in the famous “Dome” formation which has been featured on the back of the Canadian fifty-dollar bill. Pre-show begins at 6:30 pm and Musical Ride begins at 7:45 pm.
  • When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 
  • Time: 5:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Twin Oaks Farm – 13671 No 3 Rd, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $10, children 5 and under are free

Guys & Dolls

  • What: He’s a gambler, she’s a missionary worker. Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown are an unlikely match made in musical comedy heaven. Toss in a hypochondriac in Miss Adelaide, a chronic gambler in Nathan Detroit and a host of quirky characters and it all adds up to one of the best musicals of the last century. Directed by Jennifer Suratos, with music director Marquis Byrd and co-choreographers Rachael Carlson and Amanda Lau.
  • When: Various dates from Friday, August 3 to Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Business Leaders Golf Tournament

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  • What: The 2018 ACG-BIV Business Leaders Golf Tournament is a full-day event that kicks off with registration and networking, continuing on to a shotgun golf format with on-course contests, then finishing in the evening with a networking reception, dinner and an awards ceremony.
  • When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Time: 1:15 to 9 pm
  • Where: University Golf Club – 5185 University Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

Smoothie Workshop With Sisley Killam and Meghan De Jong

  • What: An evening of recipe demos, nutrition chats and Q&A. Learn how to make a smoothie that will actually fill you up, flavour and pair ingredients together to make the perfect smoothie, and sneak veggies in your smoothies. Price includes smoothie samples, recipes, nutrition info, and a personal shopping list.
  • When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Be Fresh Local Market – 1900 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Rumors – A Comedic Farce by Neil Simon

  • What: Rumors features ridiculous, witty wordplay and slamming doors. The play is set at the home of Charlie and Myra Brock at a dinner party to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. When the party first guests arrive, they find Charlie passed out upstairs with a bullet hole in his earlobe, and Myra is nowhere to be seen. Hilarity ensues.
  • When: Tuesday, August 14 to Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Crescent Beach, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

  • What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on an outdoor screen. Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), and the movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  • When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Vintage Vacations Tea & Talk

  • What: Pack up your suitcase and take a trip down memory lane as you explore popular vacation spots and activities from the early 20th century. Explore artifacts, newspaper clippings, photographs and music from the Museum of Surrey. Tea, coffee and a light lunch is also included.
  • When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 2 pm
  • Where: Guildford Recreation Centre – 15105 105 Ave, Surrey
  • Register: Online, $10-$15

RCMP Musical Ride – Burnaby

RCMP Musical Ride

RCMP Musical Ride (Instagram /@sweetismyboy)

  • What: A unique piece of Canadian showmanship with an evening packed with a variety of entertainment, activities and displays. The RCMP Musical Ride features intricate drills and choreography, including the famous “Dome” formation, which was once featured on the back of the Canadian fifty-dollar bill, to the exciting “Charge” movement, where lances are lowered and the riders’ mounts launch into a gallop. Proceeds from ticket sales will help support Cops for Cancer and KidSport Burnaby.
  • When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $10, children 5 and under are free

1st Hump Day Paella Party at Cabrito

  • What: The event will see the christening of the eatery’s brand new and gigantic paella pan, which was shipped all the way from the port city in Spain. Attendees can dine in or take it to go if they wish, but either way if you show you’ll be faced with a whole lot of seafood.
  • When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 10 pm
  • Where: Cabrito – 2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

SummerFest – Pier Sweat Wednesdays with Lululemon

  • What: lululemon leads free workout sessions to help you re-energize and rejuvenate after the busy workday. Each week the instructors will teach and guide you through a yoga session on the pier.
  • When: Every Wednesday until August 29, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 7 pm
  • Where: Burrard Dry Docks – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
  • Registration: Online, Free

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

(Vancouver Queer Film Festival/Facebook)

  • What: Starting in 1988, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival was founded by a non-profit called Out On Screen.  It’s the largest queer media event in Western Canada and it screens over 75 films each year to an audience of over 14,000.  This year it’s the event’s 30th birthday, so it’s sure to be special.
  • When: Now to Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Venues across Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Summer Movie Nights on the Square – Mrs. Doubtfire

  • What: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) hosts Summer Movie Nights on the Square. Watch Mrs. Doubtfire on Fresh Air Cinema’s large, four-storey inflatable screen – just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.
  • When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Time: Activities begin at 5 pm, movie begins at sunset (check sunset times as that will be your best indication of when movies will start)
  • Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) – 850 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Wonder Woman

  • What: Each week at dusk, a large inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect environment to take in a flick under the stars, all with the North Shore mountains in the background. This week’s film is Wonder Woman, and keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.
  • When: Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Start time: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Admission: Free

Insane Clown Posse

  • What: Insane Clown Posse returns to VENUE for the Milenko & Friends Tour with special guests 6Ninjahs.
  • When: Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $54.93

Crowville Cabaret

  • What: A monthly variety show featuring music, stand-up, improv, storytelling and more. Hosted by Sarah Stupar.
  • When: Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Time: 9 to 11 pm
  • Where: LanaLou’s – 362 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Movies at Civic Square – Mulan

  • What: Bring a blanket, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy Mulan on the big screen at Burnaby’s Civic Square.
  • When: Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
  • Admission: Free

Erica Sigurdson

Erica Sigurdson

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  • What: Erica Sigurdson is a multiple-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards, and is a Leo Award winning writer.  Her comedy festival credits include Montreal Just For Laughs, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton, P.E.I., Sudbury and Vancouver Comedy Festivals.
  • When: Thursday, August 16 to Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: the Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15 to $20

Willingdon’s Annual Community Fair

  • What: Willingdon Community Centre’s annual summer celebration. Carnival games, raffles, barbecue, displays and live entertainment.
  • When: Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • When: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: Willingdon Community Centre – 1491 Carleton Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Tremors 2018

  • What: A festival of emerging talent. Rumble Theatre selected three scripts – Selfie by Christine Quintana, Tiny Replicas by Dave Deveau, and Theory by Norman Yeung – and assembled a company of 38 emerging artists to direct, design, stage manage, tech, produce, and perform in each show. From  these three plays and our Tremors lounge will be installed in different rooms of the Italian Cultural Centre.
  • When: Thursday, August 16 to Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Italian Cultural Centre – 307 Slocan St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Pay-What-You-Decide

Friday, August 17, 2018

WTF – What the Fun!

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  • What: With the aid of audience suggestions, WTF  takes its inspiration from the quirky stories found in the weekly news and on-line. Part of the show features ‘re-interpretations’ of fun times had by audience members by adding our own humorous and unpredictable spin to their Instagram photos or written anecdotes.
  • When: Every Friday and Saturday
  • Time: 11:15 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Creatures of Twilight

  • What: The park never sleeps. Find out who ventures out at sunset on this twilight walk. Dispel myths and discover how nocturnal creatures survive the night. Ages 8+.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+ Registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7388

Andrew Schulz

  • What: A native New Yorker and internationally touring stand-up, Andrew Schulz is known for his hilarious and unapologetic comedy. Andrew’s debut album 5:5:1 launched in June 2018 as the #1 comedy album and #19 album across all genres on iTunes. He recently starred in the sitcom Benders (now available on Netflix), and can be seen in Amazon’s Sneaky Pete and the new season of HBO’s Crashing.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Hike Rave Vancouver

  • What: Whether you like to dance or just need a reason to get out, step outside of your comfort zone and experience a hike to remember with Party4Life. Invite others to join you, and do not bring drugs or alcohol to the hike.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: TBA
  • Admission: Free

Applebarn Opening Day

  • What: Go on a hayride, ride a pony, pick your own apples, zip the track on a pedal kart through the corn maze, pet barn animals at Farmville, and more. Don’t forget to grab an infamous apple slushie and explore The Sunflower Patch!
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Where: Applebarn – 333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online

A Wrinkle In Time

  • What:The classic children’s adventure fantasy novel comes vividly to life as the City of North Vancouver presents the Disney live-action hit A Wrinkle In Time at the annual Family Movie Nights in the Plaza in Civic Plaza. Before the movie begins there’s lots of family-friendly activities, piano sing-alongs, face painting, entertainment and a bike rodeo.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: Events begin at 7pm, movie starts at dusk
  • Where: City of North Vancouver Civic Plaza – 120 W 14th St, North Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free

Cultus Lake Summer Nightslide Concerts 2018

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Cultus Lake Waterpark
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  • What: You can now slip and slide later and later into the night this summer, with nighttime sliding at BC’s biggest waterpark. Separate from their daytime operation, the summer nightslide runs from 8 pm until midnight and includes several live bands playing through the course of the evening. Artists on Friday, August 17 include the North Country Gentleman and Terrance Richmond. Admission to Cultus Waterpark’s Summer Nightslide costs $22 per person (plus tax) and is considered to be separate from regular admission purchase. Visitors must enter the waterslide before 9:30 pm as late entry will not be permitted.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm to midnight
  • Where: Cultus Lake Waterpark – 4150 Columbia Valley Hwy, Cultus Lake
  • Admission: $22 per person (plus tax)
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