9 things to do in Vancouver this week

Aug 24 2020, 4:54 pm

Explore Metro Vancouver with Lyft this summer. Don’t forget your mask! Lyft has implemented a Health Safety Program, which requires every rider and driver to self-certify they will wear face coverings throughout the ride and are symptom-free, among other requirements.

Please note: As recommended by BC’s provincial health officials, if you choose to participate in events or leisure activities outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home. 

Believe it or not, we’re already in the last full week of August, and if you’re looking for some ideas on how to spend it, don’t worry, we’ve got you.

Besides an abundance of new restaurants to check out this week, there are many physically-distanced and online activities taking place.

Here are nine activities for you to enjoy in Vancouver this week, August 24 to 30.

Enjoy the Vancouver Mural Festival


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What: This year, mural lovers can expect artwork in more neighbourhoods than ever. From August 18 to September 7, artists will paint and unveil over 60 murals in nine different neighbourhoods. In addition to stunning artwork, VMF, alongside Granville Island Brewing, has announced the Pop-Up Patio series — three weeks of live, nightly performances at an outdoor, cabaret-style venue. Learn more about the mural festival here.

When: August 18 to September 7
Time: Various times
Where: Mural locations vary; performances take place at 123 E 6th Avenue in Mount Pleasant
Cost: $24.90; Tickets for performances can be found on Eventbrite

SRC Let’s Talk Science Demos


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What: We hear about solids, liquids, and gases — but what about those squishy fluids that are a bit-in between? In this online session held over Zoom, you’ll explore the states of matter, chemical and physical reactions, and some weird fluids that don’t always follow the rules. You’ll also learn some fun hands-on chemistry experiments that you can do at home. This program is offered in partnership with SFU Let’s Talk Science.

When: August 25
Time: 11 to 11:45 am
Where: Online
Cost: Free; Registration is available online

Taste of the PNE


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What: Gather your social circle for a fun ride through Hastings Park, experiencing your Fair favourites from the comfort of your vehicle. The event includes the President’s Choice SuperDogs Tail-Gate Party, farm animals like pigs, cows, and goats, and a reverse parade where you’re part of the show.

When: August 22 to 30
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: PNE — Hastings Park
Cost: $25; tickets are available online

Solve a Mystery at the Lookout


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What: Bring your bubble along and solve a murder 168m above Vancouver. You’ll be solving escape-room style puzzles in real-life while enjoying a private table and contactless delivery of games and beverages.

When: August 27
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: The Vancouver lookout
Cost: $50/player

Art At Home LIVE


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What: Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family Programs Coordinator Christina Jones will tell us the story of the incredible life of contemporary artist Kenojuak Ashevak, the first internationally known artist of Inuit descent.

When: August 26
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Volunteer at Trout Lake

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Wildcoast Ecological Society‎

What: Help the birds and other wildlife by removing invasive plants. With your assistance, the area near Trout Lake swimming beach can be prepared for the planting of native vegetation this fall. This is not child-friendly as you will be mostly removing blackberry canes.

When: August 29
Time: 10 am to 12 pm and 12:30 to 2 pm
Where: Trout Lake Swimming Beach — E 19 Ave, Vancouver
Cost: Free — register online

Boat for Beirut

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What: Join Islamic Relief Canada on a 1.5-hour kayaking expedition at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby BC. Ticket price includes a 1.5-hour boat rental, a life jacket, face mask (mandatory), and donation to our Lebanon Emergency Appeal.

When: August 24
Time: 4 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park, Burnaby
Cost: $20 — registration is available online



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What: The BIKEnnale/WALKennale is a fun, safe, and unique way to stay active and rediscover Metro Vancouver’s best public art, architecture, and points of cultural interest, on bike or foot. The guided tours are available for all ages and athletic abilities. Routes stretch across 24 neighbourhoods (throughout Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, and New Westminster).

When: Registration ends August 30
Time: Times Vary
Where: All across the lower mainland
Cost: $5 to $15

Visit the Museum of Vancouver


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What: Head out to the Museum of Vancouver and learn about our great city and history. The museum is currently featuring eight exhibitions: Acts of Resistance, Haida Now, c̓əsnaʔəm, Neon Vancouver, 1900s – 1920s: Gateway to the Pacific, 1930s – 1940s: Boom, Bust, and War, 1950s: The ‘50s Gallery, 1960s – 1970s: You Say You Want A Revolution.

When: Thursday to Sunday
Time: Museum admission is now on a timed-entry basis.
Where: Museum of Vancouver
Cost: $20.50 — tickets are available online

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