10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, August 3

Jul 26 2019, 11:52 pm

The first Saturday of August is jam-packed with exciting events in Vancouver. From Powell Street Festival to Celebration of Light, here are 10 things to check out today, August 3.

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

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43rd Annual Powell Street Festival

Powell Street Festival


What: The annual Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country, which celebrates and promotes Japanese arts, culture, and heritage. It will feature live performances, martial arts demos, Japanese calligraphy, and most importantly, delicious food available for purchase.

When: August 3 and 4, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 7 pm
Where: Powell Street Area near Oppenheimer Park
Admission: Free

16th Annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival

What: Vancouver’s 16th Annual Dyke March & Festival begins in McSpadden Park at 11 am with pre-March festivities and a community art project to create the new Vancouver Dyke March banner for the year. The March will leave McSpadden Park at noon and make its way down Commercial Drive to end at Grandview Park for the Festival. The Festival will take place from 1 to 5 pm, and involve performances from various artists, feature queer-friendly vendors, and create a space to gather with friends, family, and the community.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: McSpadden Park, Commercial Drive, Grandview Park
Admission: Free

Vancouver Street Dance Festival 2019

What: The eighth Vancouver Street Dance Festival (VSDF), the largest outdoor street-dance event in Canada, is returning to downtown Vancouver this weekend at Robson Square. The line-up for this year’s event includes six battles in some of the most influential styles of street dance — hip-hop, breaking, locking, popping, waacking, and house. There will be free dance workshops for the public, vendors, showcases, live music, DJs, special guest judges, and a kids-only battle featuring students from studios across BC.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2019 – Croatia

What: The sky over Vancouver’s English Bay will once again be lit up with fireworks for three nights this summer, as the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition returns to the city. Now in its 29th year, the Honda Celebration of Light features Croatia on August 3.

Back again for all three days, the Park Stage at Second Beach is a free, family-friendly festival site featuring live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, and a site-wide liquor license. The event also welcomes back the Red Bull Air Show, a spectacular pre-show performance happening over all three festival nights. Returning this year, radio partner Z95.3 will be presenting Z-Fest on The Keg Lounge stage overlooking English Bay for three nights of music programming before the pyrotechnic displays.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 10 pm to 10:25 pm (25-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
Where: English Bay, Vancouver
Admission: Free. Reserved seating on sale through the festival’s website.

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

What: Enjoy a buffet, by-donation pancake breakfast with all the fixings. This annual event celebrates the life and work of Vancouver Pride Society founder, Terry Wallace.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 8 am to 12 pm
Where: Jim Deva Plaza – 1200 Bute St, Vancouver, BC
Admission: By donation

Vancouver Undie Run 2019

What: Co-hosted by BN3TH, the third annual Vancouver Undie Run is a mobile dance party which gives participants the opportunity to explore downtown Vancouver in a costume, or a pair of comfy underwear. The 5 km jog is for all fitness levels and travels down Davie Street, through a parkade, and then ends at the Pink Alley Way.

When: August 3, 2019
Where: English Bay Beach
Time: 8 pm Start
Cost: By donation. All participants must register here.

Walk Off the Earth

Walk off the Earth/CNE

What: Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum group, Walk Off the Earth, is coming to Vancouver during their world tour. Their five-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” exploded on YouTube, garnering more than 180 million views. Since then, the group has gone on to release their own original songs, “Red Hands” (#1 at AAA), “Fire In My Soul,” and “Rule The World.” Walk Off the Earth has already sold out venues around the world, not to mention collaborating with artists including Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, and Keith Urban.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Orpheum — 601 Smithe Street
Price: $39.75 to $69.75 (plus service charges) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Richmond Sunflower Festival 2019

What: The first-ever Richmond Sunflower Festival will feature 20 different varieties of sunflowers and dahlias on over eight acres of land for you to enjoy, with multiple #instaworthy moments. Take a train ride through the vineyard and enjoy a tractor ride to the sunflower fields. You can also enjoy a cool drink or ice cream at the vendors at the festival, including a meal on weekends at the festival’s food trucks.

When: August 3 to September 15, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Richmond Country Farms12900 Steveston Highway
Cost: $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends, plus tax

Nach`i`m: A Night of Indigenous Femme Excellence

What: Vancouver Mural Festival and Paisley Eva Nahanee (Dame) spotlight Vancouver’s contemporary Indigenous female* artists across all sectors from visual arts to music to tattooing. This event uses an inclusive definition of femme* and includes all self-identifying female, trans, and non-binary folks.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 6 pm to 1 am
Where: VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane), Vancouver
Admission: Free

Barre Belle celebrates PRIDE

What: Work out like a dancer with Barre Belle at their Kitsilano studio. Not only will you be breaking a sweat, but instructor Sean Def’s Barre Belle Fit class will also be done to anthems that will make you want to dance. Registration is by donation and will support QMUNITY, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of queer, trans, and Two-Spirited people.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 3 PM
Where: Barre Belle Kitsilano, 1847 W 4th Street, Vancouver
Admission: By donation, benefiting QMUNITY

Movies Under the Stars – Space Jam

What: Movies Under the Stars presents Space Jam on August 3 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 3, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Admission: Free