28 things to do in Vancouver this week: August 26 to 29

Aug 26 2019, 5:00 am

The last week of August is already here.

Start your week with these 28 things to do from Monday, August 26 to Thursday, August 29.  We’ve got Carly Rae Jepsen, Gastown Thursday Nights, and more.

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

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Monday, August 26

Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival 2019

What: Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with seven days of top tap talent. The festival features local and international tap dance artists in premiere performances, workshops and intensives, and community events. There will also be a 20th Anniversary Gala at The Orpheum Annex on August 31. Presented by Vancouver Tap Dance Society.

When: August 26 to September 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues in Downtown and East Vancouver
Tickets: Online

lululemon Summer Yoga Series at False Creek 2019

What: lululemon’s popular Summer Yoga Series is returning to Vancouver for another summer. Participants of any age or skill level will be able to take part in their classes at the recently-opened Concord Community Park in False Creek. Each session, which takes place every Monday at 6 pm through the end of August, will be held on the scenic seawall at the Northeast False Creek area. In addition to the free yoga classes, the community park space also features beach volleyball, half-court basketball, ping-pong, and pickup floor hockey games designated for youth in the community.

When: Mondays until August 26, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Concord Community Park – 50 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver Canadians vs Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

What: Vancouver Canadians hit the field vs Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at MIIB at Nat Bailey Stadium. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative 2019 Vancouver Canadians team photo, presented by Van Houtte Coffee.

When: August 26, 2019
Time: 7:05 pm
Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Free Outdoor Zumba at Canada Place

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What: Take part in a free outdoor Zumba class every Monday at the North Point of Canada Place with ZumbaVancouver.ca instructors. No dance experience or partner is needed for this fun fitness class.

When: Every Monday until August 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Canada Place North Point – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vallea Lumina

What: Vallea Lumina the interactive experience is presented by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” Through the use of emotive lights, video, soundscape, and scenography, guests are “transported” to another world with opportunities to touch, play, and explore their new environment.

When: Now until October 13, 2019
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
Tickets: Online, Adults: $39.99, Kids $34.99

AIBC Summer Architectural Walking Tours

What: Through its summer Walking Tour Program, the Architectural Institute of BC offers stunning architectural perspectives of six Vancouver neighbourhoods. Sites include Chinatown, Gastown, Yaletown, Downtown, West End, and Strathcona, the first neighbourhood in Vancouver. For locals and tourist alike, the tours are a fun and engaging way to learn more about the architecture and history of Vancouver. A distance of 3 km is covered over a period of two hours – comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Tours are held rain or shine.

When: Thursdays to Mondays until September 2, 2019
Time: 10 am and 1 pm. Arrive 15 minutes before departure time
Where:  Meet in the lobby of the Architecture Centre – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Book: Online

White Rock Farmers’ Market

farmers’ markets

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What: Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.

When: Every Monday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
Admission: Free

Tuesday, August 27

The Fair at the PNE

PNE food 2019

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What: Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. This year features concerts by Billy Idol, TLC and UB40. Entertainment and attractions include Reveen, a video game exhibit, Knights of Valour Superdogs, PNE Prize Home, and more.

When: Now to September 2, 2019
Time: 11 am to late
Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Twilight Tuesdays at Science World

What: Twilight Tuesdays are back at Science World for the summer! Enjoy extended hours and reduced rates from 5 to 9 pm every Tuesday. Explore the exhibits, catch a live science show, view a larger-than-life OMNIMAX film, or check the feature exhibition, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature.

When: Every Tuesday until August 27, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Telus World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Improv Fight Club: Tag Team Turmoil

What: Three epic improv duos will face off at Vancouver Improv Fight Club at Cafe Deux Soleils. Through comedy games, referee challenges, and a VIFC jam, the Hardcore Hilarity champion will be crowned. The winner of the first half will also get to choose the stipulation in the second half of the show.

When: August 27, 2019
Time: Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $7 or $5 for students

CASKAPALOOZA 2019 at CRAFT

What: Head to this summer craft beer sampling event and try 30 unique casks from your favourite local craft breweries. Event tickets are $25 and include 12 sample beer tokens. Partial proceeds will be donated to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.

When: August 27, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $25; buy online

Chilliwack Corn Maze

What: This year, the creators of the Chilliwack Corn Maze are paying special tribute to the Canucks 50th anniversary season, with a Canuck-themed maze. In addition to the maze, the farm also features other attractions such as a pumpkin patch, pedal carts, a “giant jumping pillow,” tractor rides, and an indoor hay-bale maze.

From now until September 2, the maze is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm. From September 3 to September 30, the maze is open Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm. From October 1 to October 31, the attraction is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm.
Where: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
Cost: Tickets for the attraction are $9.75  for children (ages 3 to 14), and $11.75 for adults, (ages 15+)

VCC Chef’s Table Pop-Up Restaurant

What: Vancouver Community College’s Culinary Arts program presents the next edition of their pop-up restaurant The Chef’s Table. Enjoy a five-course, fixed menu with optional wine pairings served in an intimate setting with only 20 seats available per night.

When: Tuesdays to Thursday until September 8, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Community College – Downtown Campus JJ’s Restaurant – 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $22-$55

Metalmorphosis

What: Metalmorphosis is a sculpture exhibition at VisualSpace Gallery from award-winning metal artists Kye-Yeon Son and Brian Hoyano. Curated by Barbara Cohen.

When: Mondays to Saturday until September 7, 2019 (closed Labour Day)
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: VisualSpace Gallery – 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Wednesday, August 28

Aritzia Warehouse Sale 2019

Aritzia warehouse sale

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What: The 2019 Aritzia Warehouse Sale takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from Wednesday, August 28 to Monday, September 2. Expect a constant rotation of new stock coming in daily, with price cuts of 50% to 90% off the original retail cost. Shoppers will be able to find brands such as Wilfred, TNA, Babaton, and Talula, to name a few, with clothing from both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.

When: August 28 to September 2, 2019
Time: 7 am to 9 pm (Wednesday to Saturday), 9 am to 7 pm (Sunday and Monday)
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building — 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lansdowne Centre Drive-In Movie Series – Inception

What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its fourth year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy Inception on August 28 on the 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: August 28, 2019
Time: Gates open at 6 pm
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
Admission: Free

Lululemon Nooner Yoga Series at Jack Poole Plaza

What: Lululemon’s popular Summer Yoga Series is returning to Vancouver for another summer. Participants of any age or skill level will be able to take part in their classes every Wednesday at noon at Jack Poole Plaza.

When: Wednesdays until August 28, 2019
Time: 12 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Jak Knight and Zack Fox

What: Jak Knight is an LA-based comedian, writer, and actor whose stand-up special can currently be streamed on Netflix. Jak has performed on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @Midnight, and Adam Devine’s House Party. Zack Fox has written for The Eric Andre Show, and co-wrote and acted in Flying Lotus’ horror-comedy “Kuso,” which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Fox hosted the long- running Red Bull Radio show “‘Bruh’ with Awful Records,” with guests ranging from SahBabii to Rico Nasty to Thundercat, and was a host for VICELAND’s nightly cable show, VICE LIVE.

When: August 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The National

What: Cincinnati rockers The National perform on the Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park with special guests Alvvays. All ages.

When: August 28, 2019
Time: Doors 5:30 pm, show 6:30 pm
Where: Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

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What: BC’s own Carly Rae Jepsen has announced a new Canadian tour for this summer, which she will kick off by playing two back-to-back shows in Vancouver. Jepsen’s latest tour announcement comes on the heels of the release of Jepsen’s fourth album Dedicated, which includes the singles “Party For One,” “Now That I Found You,” “Julien,” and “Too Much.” Jepsen is best known for her hit “Call Me Maybe,” which climbed to #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, has sold over 20 million singles worldwide and is certified Diamond in the United States.

When: August 28 and August 29, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom
Tickets: Online

Shamilton

What: Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! Production presents Shamilton, a musical theatre celebration featuring 65 young performers from across British Columbia. The new show from camp director and creator Perry Ehrlich features over thirty songs from Broadway and movie musicals , including “Waitress”, “Hamilton”, “Mary Poppins Returns” and many more. Part of Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! Production’s 25th year.

When: August 28 and August 29, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Wednesday and Thursday), 1 pm (Thursday)
Where: Norman & Annette Rothstein Theater – 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, August 29

Gastown Thursday Nights

Gastown Thursday Nights/Gastown BIA

What: The new Gastown Thursday Nights (GTN) series is bringing a revolving cast of art installations, in-store-events, shopping, and dining discounts to Vancouver’s most historic neighbourhood. Starting at 5 pm on the last Thursday night of each summer month, participating Gastown stores will be filled with a ton of fantastic and free surprises including a live art creation, pop-up tattoo artist, belly dancer, Thai dance class, kissing booth, boot toss, Dj’s, musicians, beverages, food, and more. The fun and hot deals will run until around 9 pm, but make sure to come early.

When: August 29, 2019
Time: Starting at 5 pm (extended hours for participating retail stores)
Where: Gastown, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lululemon Pier Yoga Series at Burrard Dry Docks

What: Lululemon’s popular Summer Yoga Series is returning to Vancouver for another summer. Participants of any age or skill level will be able to take part in their classes every Thursday at 6:30 at Burrard Dry Docks in North Vancouver.

When: Thursdays until August 29, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Burrard Dry Docks, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Bike the Dyke

What: What better way to end summer than by enjoying the breathtaking waterfront trails along the Fraser River? Bike the Dyke—a signature BC experience on Richmond’s Dyke Trails—provides the perfect opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts of any skill level to uncover a truly authentic, pacific experience. Along the way, bikers will discover several of Richmond’s most celebrated attractions (including Richmond Olympic Oval, Garry Point Park and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site), plus dozens of food and beverage options to taste in the picturesque Steveston Village.

When: Anytime from now until the end of September
Time: Biking one direction with no breaks takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. However, making stops along the way to make it a full day experience is recommended
WhereBike the Dyke starts about 150 meters west of the Aberdeen Canada Line Station. You can park nearby, bring your own bike along the Canada Line, or rent from one of many U-bicycle stations.
Admission: Free

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

What: During Waterfront Cinema on August 29, a large inflatable screen will pop up to screen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, creating the perfect environment to take in a flick under the stars, all 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 jackets and/or blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.

When: August 29, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: North Point of Canada Place
Admission: Free

Fair at the PNE 2019 Concerts

What: PNE Fairgoers will enjoy sensational performances this year including Pop, Rock, Country, and R&B as well as throwback 80s and 90s concerts. The Summer Night Concerts will run every evening that the Fair is open.

When: August 17 to September 2, 2019
Time: Nightly at 8:30 pm
Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Each concert is free with gate admission to the fairgrounds. However, music fans looking for a more optimal viewing experience of the concerts can acquire reserved seats starting at $20.

Reframed: Painting and Collage by Tiko Kerr

What: Reframed features new work by Tiko Kerr. Throughout his more than 30-year-long career, Kerr has explored the concept of perception through painting. His most recent works continue along this line of inquiry while drawing on images from art history and popular culture to explore the contemporary moment of widespread unrest and trauma.

When: Wednesdays to Saturdays until August 30, 2019 (closed Saturdays of holiday weekends)
Times: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Gordon Smith Gallery – 2121 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation, suggested $5

WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020

What: Fresh off winning a Silver Medal at the Pan Am Games, the Canadian Women’s National Softball Team is looking to clinch one of two available berths for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Eleven teams from North, Central, and South America will participate in the tournament, with the top three National Teams in each group advancing to a Super Round. The top two National Teams in the tournament final standings will gain a spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

When: Now until September 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Softball City – 2201 148 St, Surrey
Tickets: Online