29 things to do in Vancouver this week: August 7 to 10

Jul 31 2018, 10:28 pm

Enjoy your shortened work week! Make the most of it with our list of things to do in Vancouver from Tuesday, August 7 to Friday, August 10.

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

  • What: See Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 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 7, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Admission: Free

Off The Grid

  • What: Musicians perform, improvise and react to other players and the overall sound that is produced. New musicians and listeners are welcome.
  • When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Gathering Place – 200 – 2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Super Snag Art Battle

  • What: Live art painted by VMF alumni is up for raffle and auction while two artists compete in a live mural battle. There’s art, music, drinks, food, games, and even a live human model to draw. Attendees are invited to come and connect with official VMF artists, staff, and the local alternative arts scene for a free night of festivities at the American Bar.
  • When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm to 1 am
  • Where: The American Bar – 926 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Rex Orange County

  • What: Loving is easy with Rex Orange County as he plays a special all-ages show at The Vogue Theatre with special guest Cuco.
  • When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Choosing Productive Over Busy – Self-Care Series

  • What: This workshop will teach you how to shift your mindset around busyness, identify the key outcome-generating activities/projects in your work, learn to manage small tasks and interruptions and more.
  • When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Subculture at Creative Coworkers – Unit B1 – 343 Railway Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Leaving No One Behind: Canada’s Role in Advancing Lgbtq2 Rights

Love Wins Concert


  • What: Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian International Council and the Vancouver Pride Society, will be hosting a discussion on LGBTQ2 human rights and inclusive development, featuring LGBTQ2 activists from around the world, UN representatives, and government officials.
  • When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: The Asia Pacific Hall, The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue – 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Fre

Tales from the Past

  • What: Delve deeper into Britannia Mine’s history with Tales from the Past. Hear the stories behind the archival photos and objects from our collection. Topics, photos and objects will vary from week to week.
  • When: Every Tuesday until August 19, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 12 pm, 1 to 2 pm
  • Where: Britannia Mine Museum 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
  • More Info: Online

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy Raiders of the Lost Ark 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 8, 2018
  • Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Vines Art Festival 2018

Jaquie Rolston, Vines 2017/Sheng Ho

  • What: The fourth-annual multidisciplinary eco-arts celebration, Vines Art Festival, will be taking place at various parks throughout Vancouver. More than 70 performing and visual artists are set to perform, including Kimmortal (a diasporic first generation settler-based on unsurrendered Coast Salish Territories), Katie Cassady (dancer and choreographer from TWObigsteps Collective & Donald Sales/Project 20), Rabbit Richards (a New York-born, Montreal-bred, performance poet), and musicians an̓usáyum̓ (two Indigenous artists from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation, singing their own contemporary western music and Coast Salish traditional singing).
  • When: Wednesday, August 8 to Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Kitsilano Beach, Trout Lake Park, CRAB Park, Granville Island, Roundhouse Community Centre, and Strathcona Park
  • Admission: Free

Traction Conf 2018

  • What: Traction Conf brings founders and leaders from some of the fastest growing tech companies to share their growth secrets. The theme for 2018 is Scaling Up. Business leaders will share their challenges and learnings from scaling their companies to $10M/ $50M/ $100M+ in revenue, acquisition, and IPO.
  • When: Wednesday, August 8 to Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver – 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Art in the Plaza

  • What: Have fun in the sun and make art. As skyscrapers rise up around City Centre, construct your own cardboard tower. This activity mixes together textiles, drawing, stickers, and lego-like stacking.
  • When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: Civic Plaza, City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Quidditch League

Vancouver Quidditch


  • What: Yes, you too can catch that Golden Snitch, as part of the Vancouver Quidditch League (VQL). The sessions are open to anybody ages 16+ and no previous experience needed. The league runs until August 8, and there will be drop-in sessions all summer.
  • When: Alternating Tuesdays (Central Park in Burnaby) and Wednesdays (Connaught Park in Vancouver) until August 8, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Central Park in Burnaby and Connaught Park in Vancouver
  • Admission: Online $2 per session, more info

Story-filled Walks in Lynn Canyon Park

  • What: A walk into North Vancouver’s fascinating history with the Mountain Pals. Meet outdoor enthusiasts Max and Molly and hear tales of North Shore mountaineering adventures.
  • When: Wednesdays and Thursdays until August 23, 2018
  • Time: 11 am and 1:30 pm
  • Where: Lynn Canyon Park – 1940 Lynn Ave, North Vancouver. Meet across from the Lynn Canyon Café.
  • Admission: Free

Summer Movie Nights on the Square – Notting Hill

  • What: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) hosts Summer Movie Nights on the Square. Watch Notting Hill on Fresh Air Cinema’s large, four-storey inflatable screen – just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.
  • When: Wednesday, August 8, 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 9, 2018

BC Lions vs Edmonton Eskimos

  • What: The BC Lions take on the Edmonton Eskimos in CFL action at BC Place.
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

  • 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. Swing into adventure with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Start time: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Admission: Free

Growing Global – Exporting Success

  • What: Adopt a world-wide outlook for your business with Small Business BC’s Growing Global meetup series. This series focuses on international trade topics including importing and exporting. Gain practical insights on dealing with foreign markets from professionals and other entrepreneurs that have been through the process to help you achieve your own international business goals.
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC – 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $10

After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium for Pride Season

  • What: The Aquarium wants you to dress in your finest drag and let loose with your partner and friends while you explore the Aquarium’s many galleries and meet the fiercest animals in the sea. It’s the first time ever for the Aquarium to host live music performances by local drag queen extraordinaire Carlotta Gurl. You’ll also get to learn about the outrageous reproductive strategies of marine creatures during Animal Sex Talks.
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
  • Price: $27 (members), $35 (non-members) Tickets available at vanaqua.org/after-hours

Movies at Civic Square – The Lion King

  • What: Bring a blanket, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy The Lion King on the big screen at Burnaby’s Civic Square.
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

  • 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: Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Venues across Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Dinner on the Pier

Dinner on the Pier/Facebook

  • What: Dinner on the Pier celebrates the community of North Vancouver on August 9. Enjoy a beautiful evening of music, amazing food, drinks and sunset dancing with the collaboration and support from local businesses and fundraising for Growing Chefs.
  • When: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time:5:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: The Pipe Shop Venue – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • Price: $158 – $168; buy online

Friday, August 10, 2018

CreativeMornings with Dan Mangan

  • What: This month’s CreativeMornings – a breakfast lecture series that happenings in cities around the world – is themed around community and features Dan Mangan, a Vancouverite and two-time JUNO Award winner.
  • When: Friday, August 10
  • Time: 8:30 am
  • Where: SFU Woodward’s – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Price: FREE

Friday Night Live 2018

Friday Night Live/Hastings Racecourse and Casino

  • What: Enjoy everything from craft beer, to food trucks, and have the chance to win prizes, too. General admission entry is free, which means all you have to think about is bringing spending money for food, beer, and maybe a few sneaky bets on the horses. There’s also the option to go all-out, round up a group of your lovely friends, and go in on Grandstand box seats together.
  • When: Every Friday until August 31, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • Price: FREE admission

monte booker

  • What:  Soulection producer / DJ monte booker brings his smooth blend of R&B, hip-hop, and melodic electronica to Happy Ending Fridays with support from Rico Uno and LeChance.
  • When: Friday, August 10, 2018 
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E. Pender St., Vancouver
  • Guest List: Online

Family Game Nights

  • What: A night of family fun at Eileen Dailly. Water games, bingo and more.
  • When: Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre – 240 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Family swim rates apply.

The Market at Brewer’s Row

  • What: Enjoy over 10 vendors, food trucks and community groups in the heart of Port Moody. Then sit at the gorgeous long table, surrounded by string lights and decked out with gorgeous flowers from Artisan Gifts & Flowers.
  • When: Every Friday from August 10 to August 31, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Station Museum parking lot – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Beach Soccer Blast 2018

beach soccer

Gerry Kripps / Umbro Soccer Blast

  • What: Spanish Banks will be bumping with outdoor soccer enthusiasts from August 10 to 12 for the Beach Soccer Blast, hosted by Vancity Original and Umbro.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Spanish Banks Beach East
  • Register: Online

Shambhala Music Festival 2018

  • What: The long-standing festival has been celebrating music in British Columbia for more than two decades and will be returning to the beautiful Salmo River Ranch, a gorgeous family farm. Headliners of the festival include REZZ, The Glitch Mob, Claude VonStroke, Feed Me, and Justin Martin.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Salmo River Ranch, British Columbia
  • Tickets: Online, general admission starts at $420.

Lonsdale Quay Dance Fridays

  • What: Lonsdale Quay Friday dance series at the Lonsdale Quay Market features a variety of dances and teachers. Held next to the Ship Yard night market.
  • When: Every Friday until August 31, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free
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