35 things to do in Vancouver this week: August 27 to 31

Aug 20 2018, 3:58 pm

The last week of August is upon us. Make the most of it with these 35 fun events happening in Vancouver from Monday, August 27 to Friday, August 31. Vancouver Canadians, Outdoor Movies, and more.

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

Unbounce Call To Action Conference 2018

CTAConf/ Unbounce

  • What: World class marketing experts will be covering a wide array of topics, such as conversion optimization, email marketing, copywriting, landing pages, PPC, analytics, content marketing and much more.
  • When: Monday, August 27 to Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie St, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

The Great British Tea Party

  • What: The newest theme is a classic but cheeky one, The Great British Tea Party is available now through September 3, with seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm daily. Selections at this tea include Fairmont’s LOT 35 Tea, the Eton Mess with berries, meringue, whipped double cream, and raisin and butter scones served with Devonshire cream and strawberry jam to name a few.
  • When: Now through September 3, 2018
  • Time: 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm
  • Where: Notch8 – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $65 per person; book online

Lunch & Lyrics

  • 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
  • Time: 12 to 2 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Unibrow Arts Festival

  • What: Vancouver’s first comedy and zine fest. Local talent will shake things up across an array of venues up and down Main Street, with comedy, zine markets, exhibitions, interactive caricature drawing, brunch, dance parties, a limited-edition festival zine, and more.
  • When: Now to Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • More Info: Online


  • What: This one act 90-minute musical pits six contestants – all played by male-identifying actors – in pursuit of the tiara and title, chosen by celebrity judges selected from the audience. The show’s cross-gender casting amplifies and satirizes the American notion of beauty pageants.
  • When: Now to Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Blake Snyder Theatre at Go Studios – 112 E. 3rd Ave. Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$30

Vancouver Canadians vs Boise Hawks

Vancouver Canadians/Facebook

  • What: The defending Northwest League champions Vancouver Canadians are bringing baseball action to Nat Bailey Stadium throughout the summer.
  • When: Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Time: 7:05 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Forum: Gender and Shakespeare in 2018

  • What: Four centuries ago, Shakespeare challenged traditional assumptions and expectations around gender. In 2018, we apply new and different lenses when we consider his characters. An on-stage discusses this topic, followed by an audience Q&A.
  • When: Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where:  The Howard Family StageHoward Family StageVanier Park
  • Tickets: Online, $13

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Fair at the PNE – Free Gate Admission



  • 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. Explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place. YVR is sponsoring FREE Gate Admission for all Guests on August 28 from 11 am to 1 pm.
  • When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 1 pm, The Fair is open until late
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Tri-Cities Poetry Slam and Open Mic

  • What: Western Sky Books hosts a monthly poetry reading/slam/open mic featuring local writers and poets. Writers can register ahead by contacting the store, or simply come for the open mic. Writers are invited to bring copies of their books, chapbooks, and art to sell (cash only).
  • When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Western Sky Books – 2132-2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Improv X Painting aka Canvas Comedy

  • What: The Fictionals’ latest comedy mashup show explores the world of art, creating improv from historical paintings and modern masterpieces. Featuring special guest Diana Victoria Newman, who will be painting live at Cafe Deux Soleils to inspire the scenes along with audience suggestions.
  • When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $7 or $5 for students

Social Media Marketing

  • What: Looking to boost your career potential by learning social media marketing? Experience what learning Digital Marketing at BrainStation is all about. Social Media Marketing will provide you with a fundamental understanding of what digital marketing consists of, while focusing on the social media component of the practice.
  • When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: BrainStation – 455 Granville Street, Suite 400, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Twilight Tuesdays at Science World

Science World/Shutterstock

  • What: While school may be out for the summer, there are still ample learning opportunities to be had, thanks to the return of Twilight Tuesdays at Science World. Until August 28, patrons can enjoy extended hours every Tuesday, from 5 pm to 9 pm, while exploring the exhibits, catching a live science show, or viewing a larger-than-life OMNIMAX film.
  • When: Every Tuesday until August 28, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: Telus World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

The Revolution 3 Tour with The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots and Bush

  • What: Three rock legends team up for one epic concert at Abbotsford Centre. All ages.
  • When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Time: Doors 5 pm, show 6 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online

Solo: A Star Wars story

  • What: Wesbrook Village, in partnership with the University Neighbourhoods Association’s Wesbrook Community Centre, present a free outdoor movie screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Bring a chair, blanket, family, and friend to enjoy this outdoor movie experience.
  • When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Wesbrook Village – 3378 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Black Panther

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Marvels’ Black Panther/Netflix Canada

  • What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy Black Panther 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 29, 2018
  • Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Hands-On Scientist – Spotting Spotted Owls

  • What: Delve into the secret lives of park plants and wildlife as local scientists share presentations and research techniques then guide a walk to investigate the topic of choice. Uncover the mystery of this disappearing bird with a specialist from the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program. Venture out into the evening to listen for calls and look for habitat. Ages 8+
  • When: Wednesday, August 29, 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 7413

Discovery Series: Career Fair and Lessons in Leadership with keynote speaker Karm Sumal, CEO and Co-Founder of Daily Hive

  • What: Make new connections, hear insights from accomplished industry leaders, and maybe even find your dream job. At this special event held in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, experienced professionals will share triumphs and key learnings from their career progression. They will also discuss the benefits of having their CPA designation. Featuring keynote speaker Karm Sumal, CEO and Co-Founder of Daily Hive.
  • When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre – Pavilion Ballroom – 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

Trapped in Space

  • What: Trapped in Space is a live improvised sci-fi following the crew of the SS Radikala. Five years into their adventures, the crew is trying to return from their mission to the Alchimia System. However, they find themselves out of fuel and stuck in distant orbit around a black hole. Then things started to get weird.
  • When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Centennial Lodge – 103 Third Avenue, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Maritime Movie in the Seine – Hook

  • What: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is celebrating the Summer of Wooden Boats with a free, family-friendly maritime movie in the historic Seine Net Loft building. Bring a blanket and enjoy a screening of Steven Spielberg’s classic film, Hook.
  • When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, movie at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site – 5180 Westwater Dr, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Ghostly Gastown Tour

  • What: Learn about Vancouver’s early days and the many spectres that haunt the city’s oldest neighbourhood.
  • When: Various dates until Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Angel Statue in front of Waterfront Station – 599 W Cordova St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Summer Movie Nights on the Square – Avengers: Infinity War

  • What: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) hosts Summer Movie Nights on the Square. Watch Avengers: Infinity War on Fresh Air Cinema’s large, four-storey inflatable screen – just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.
  • When: Wednesday, August 29, 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 30, 2018

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Jurassic World

  • 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. Enjoy the screening of Jurassic World, and keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.
  • When: Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Start time: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Admission: Free

Fetty Wap

  • What: Fetty Wap performs in Vancouver for the first time ever at Harbour Event Centre with special guest Peter Jackson.
  • When: Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40-$55

Summer Fun in the Park: End of Summer Luau

  • What: Blueberry season is here. Purchase fresh local blueberries and the best blueberry pie in town with proceeds supporting the Richmond Nature Park Society’s environmental education programs.
  • When: Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Where: Thompson Community Centre – 5151 Granville Ave, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

SOFI TUKKER presents Animal Talk DJ Sets

  • What: New York-based and Grammy nominated duo SOFI TUKKER bring their throbbing 90s house-inspired jungle pop to Celebrities Nightclub for a special DJ set. With support from LP Giobbi.
  • When: Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Tacofino Beer Dinner Series: Strathcona Beer Company

  • What: Strathcona Beer Company and Tacofino team up for a 5-course dinner at the Hastings Sunrise location.
  • When: Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 11 pm
  • Where: Tacofino Hastings – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $50; buy online

Out at the Fair


Playland at night / Facebook

  • What: The Fair at the PNE will be celebrating with the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) this year, and you’re invited to join the party. Out at the Fair will take place on Thursday, August 30. The event will feature drag performers, interactive activities, entertainment and more. The best part of it all is admission is free if you show up wearing a special pair of rainbow socks. If you didn’t get your socks during Vancouver’s Pride Week they will also be available for purchase outside the PNE gate on August 30 for $18. Proceeds from sock sales will go towards creating world-class Pride Parade Festivals and supporting non-profit organizations that provide services to LGBTQAI2S+ communities.
  • When: Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Where: 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Where to get your socks for free admission: Outside the PNE fair gates on August 30. Socks will be sold for $18.

Movies at Civic Square – Coco

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