8 things to Vancouver this week: August 31 to September 6

Aug 31 2020, 7:00 am

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. 

Another week is upon, us Vancouver!

And of course, with another week comes a fresh vartiety of things to do to help you make the most of it. Of course, with these – and any other activities you may have planned this week –  be sure to don your mask, maintain your distance, and stick to your bubbles.

Here are eight things for you to do this week that are sure to keep you busy:

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

Free Live Facebook Paint Party

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What: Join White Rock-based painting instructor Gail as she leads a Facebook Livestream Paint Party. Those of all ages are welcome to join and will need a canvas or paper, paintbrushes, paint, water, a blow dryer, and three q-tips.

Date: September 2
Time: 6:55 pm
Location: Online

Rambunctious River Otters


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What: Splash into this webinar to learn about everyone’s favourite whimsical water weasel, the North American river otter. Find out some of the answers to common questions about these engaging mammals, like how are they different from beavers, how long can they hold their breath, and do they design their own dens? You will also hear about the river otters that frequent the waters in and around Stanley Park.

When: August 31
Time: 5 to 6:30 pm
Where: online
Cost: $15+; tickets are available online

18th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival


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What: Join the Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association to celebrate the full moon, the harvest abundance, and diverse cultural traditions. This year’s themes include Constellations and Transformation. The festival includes origami demonstrations, performers, lantern walks, lantern workshops, and more.

When: September 1 to 27
Time: Times vary — a calendar of events can be found online
Where: Locations vary
Cost: Free

Gastown Unplugged


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What: The Gastown Unplugged series will see live music take place in four different locations, entertaining patio guests and the general public from now until October.  The initiative, led by the Gastown Business Improvement Association (BIA), follows the success of Patiotown as a way to support local artists that are no longer booking indoor gigs. While there is no set schedule for Gastown Unplugged, the Gastown BIA will be announcing the pop-up entertainment weekly on Instagram and on their website.

When: now until October
Time: Times vary
Where: Locations vary
Cost: Free

Host a fancy date night


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What: When’s the last time you wore a nice suit? When’s the last time you put on a red lipstick? If your answer is anytime longer than three weeks ago, it may be time for a date night. The nice thing about an in-house date night is that you don’t even have to worry about bringing a coat or getting your outfit wet. If you want some fancy foods without the hassle of cooking, you can even support a local business and order in.

Date: Any day
Time: Any time
Location: Anywhere (indoors or distanced)

NOSH Foodie Fest

What: NOSH Foodie Fest has gone virtual! From September 1 to 30, Capilano Mall is hosting its NOSH Foodie Fest online. Taste, sip, and participate in yummy activities all from the comfort of your own kitchen. Don’t miss out on virtual dinner parties, cooking demos, edible art tutorials, and more delish moments — all month long!

Time: September 1 to September 30
Where: Capilano Mall website, Instagram, and Facebook page

Go on a road trip

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The Fort Langley National Historic Site. (Tourism Langley/Instagram)

What: If you’ve considered going on a day trip with your bubble, Parks Canada has a number of stunning National Parks and Historic Sites that are just a drive away from the city. We’ve gathered a list of four Parks Canada locations to road trip to from Vancouver.

When: Any day
Time: Any time
Where: Various locations

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