10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, August 17

Aug 16 2019, 5:00 am

Summer fun to fill your Saturday! Get your weekend started with The Fair at the PNE, New West Pride Street Party, and these 10 great events happening today, August 17.

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

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The Fair at the PNE

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: August 17 to September 2, 2019 (closed August 19 and 26)
Time: 11 am to late
Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Reigning Champ Robson Street – Radical Retreat

What: Reigning Champ is celebrating their recent collaboration with District Vision by hosting two Radical Retreats this weekend at their Robson Street location. Max Vallot, co-founder of District Vision, and Mike Spino, former director of Esalen Sports Center and author of “Beyond Jogging,” will lead two workshops focusing on meditation, restorative movement and breath-awareness to naturally improve athletic performance. Attendees are asked to wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement.

When: August 17 and August 18, 2019
Time: 11 am to 12 pm (Saturday), 10 to 11 am (Sunday)
Where: Reigning Champ – 1148 Robson Street,⁣⁣⁣⁣ Vancouver
RSVP: Send your name and preferred date to [email protected]⁣⁣⁣⁣

Steveston Heritage Experience

What: ​The Steveston Heritage Experience leads you back in time on an interactive walking tour, stopping at four celebrated historic attractions—Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Along the way, you’ll hear eye-opening tales of yesteryear village life, as told by a chatty local who seems to have just stepped from the streets of 1914. Carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will also be served, offering a taste of life back in 1914—culminating with a popular dish of that day (and today), delicious seafood chowder from local favourite Pajo’s, along with a craft brew from Steveston’s Britannia Brewing.

When: August 17, September 14, and October 5, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm. Meet at the Britannia Shipyards NHS Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes before tour start time.
Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site 5180 Westwater Drive Richmond
Tickets: Online

Tom Segura

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What: Well known for his Netflix specials Completely Normal and Mostly Stories, Tom Segura has appeared on Conan, Workaholics, Happy Endings, The Late Late Show, How To Be A Grown Up, and Comedy Central. Segura has performed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Comedy Festival – Las Vegas, The South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Hong Kong Comedy Festival. He also co-hosts the podcast, Your Mom’s House, with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky.

When: August 17, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show

What: Enjoy the annual Car Cruise and BBQ on Saturday night, with food, live music and more. Then on Sunday take in the car show with more than 500 vehicles on display. There is also continuous entertainment throughout the day on the main stage, a beer garden, model car building workshop, and a huge children’s entertainment area for kids of all ages.

When: August 17 and 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Downtown Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Vancouver Whitecaps vs DC United

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on DC United in MLS action at BC Place. Plus enjoy hours of fun with your family and friends at The Warmup, the new pregame party held at the Plaza of Nations.

When: August 17, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

New West Pride Street Party 2019

What: Pride 2019 celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the formation of New West Pride. From August 10 to 17, 2019, New West will come alive with rainbows and activities for everyone to enjoy. Pride Week will wrap up with the Pride Street Party, where Columbia street will be closed to traffic, and instead will play home for entertainers, community organizations, and food trucks.

When: August 17, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

Bowen island Sea Kayaking

What: Bowen Island Sea Kayaking offers rentals and guided tours from two hours to multi day, allowing you to explore beautiful Bowen Island and Howe Sound on the water. They also offer kayaking and paddleboard lessons as well as Paddle Canada certifications. You can also join their popular sunset and full moon tours.

When: April to October
Time: Hours vary. Check website or call
Where: Bowen Island is a natural wonderland, and is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay
More Info: Book online here

Blood & Iron Martial Arts: Open House and Longsword Tournament

What: Blood & Iron Martial Arts’s Open House features free sword fighting lessons for adult and youth. Learn how to hold and use real swords, then stick around to watch the Longsword Tournament.

When: August 17, 2019
When: Open House from 12 to 1:30 pm, Longsword Tournament from 2 to 8 pm
Where: Blood & Iron Martial Arts – 7846 Edmonds St, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Movies Under the Stars – The Lego Movie 2

What: Movies Under the Stars presents The Lego Movie 2 on August 17 at Holland Park. Gather your blankets and lawn chairs and cozy up in front of a big screen. Movies start after dusk but attendees are encouraged to arrive earlier to find a good seat and to enjoy the pre-show entertainment. Starting at 5 pm, there will be fun activities before the movie begins.

When: August 17, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Admission: Free