35 things to do in Vancouver this week: August 14 to 18

Aug 12 2017, 4:26 am

A brand new week means brand new events to explore around Vancouver! Find the perfect one for you with our list of 35 things to do from Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18. Metallica, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Nomadic Tempest, and more.

Monday, August 14



  • What: Metal heads everywhere know nothing compares to the hardcore intensity of seeing Metallica tear through monumental epics like “Enter Sandman”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, and “Master of Puppets” in concert.
  • When: August 14
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $55-$183

28 Hour Stand-up Comedy Marathon for Wildfire Relief

  • What: Enjoy dozen of top Vancouver comics in a 28 hour Comedy Marathon, with all proceeds going to aide BC wildfire relief.
  • When: August 14 to 15
  • Time: 7 pm (Monday) to 11 pm (Tuesday)
  • Where: Kino Cafe – 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver

CBC Musical Nooners

  • What: Free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage. Grab your lunch, your friends, your kids or your co-workers and join the party. Opening day runs until 1:45 pm, and features Fake Shark and Said The Whale.
  • When: Every weekday to August 25
  • Time: 12 to 1 pm
  • Where: CBC Vancouver – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

RC Weslowski at Vancouver Poetry Slam

  • What: RC Weslowski is a 2017 VPL Bookcamp Keynote Speaker, winner of the 2016 Sheri D Wilson Golden Beret Award and the 2012 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion. He is a two-time World Cup of Poetry Slam Finalist and seven time member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team. The co-founder and co-director of Hullabaloo: the BC Youth Spoken Word Festival features at Vancouver Poetry Slam.
  • When: August 14
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $6-$10 sliding scale

Yin Yoga in the Garden

  • What: Enjoy yoga, under the trees. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that is suitable for beginners or students seeking a slower, more meditative practice. Bring a yoga mat, any props you may like to use, and extra layers for cooler weather. In case of rain, class will take place indoors. Meet in the Visitor Centre Entrance Hall 10 minutes early.
  • When: August 14 and 21
  • Time: 10:15 AM
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: $18 member, $20 non-member

Great Gatsby Coffee and Dessert Night

Beauty Shop Dolls

Beauty Shop Dolls / City of Surrey

  • What: Relive the Jazz Age with a live performance by the Beauty Shop Dolls. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy music from the 1920s to 1940s while sipping on a cup of coffee or tea and indulging in sweet treats. Don’t forget to wear your Gatsby-themed costume for a chance to win a prize.
  • When: Monday, August 14
  • Time: 6:45 to 8:15 pm
  • Where: Guildford Recreation Centre – 15105 105 Ave, Surrey
  • Register: Call 604-501-5100 and quote registration #4530299. Members pay $13.50 non-members pay $18.50

Vancouver Queer Film Festival – Intergenerations Social

  • What: VQFF’s Intergenerations Spotlight is mainly comprised of Vancouver-made films, demonstrative our communities’ desire for intergenerational connections. The conversation continues with the cast members of “Stay Gold Man Up” and “The March Sweater” during this afternoon social prior to the screening of “Stay Gold, March Forward”. Join us for pop-up performances, music and mingling.
  • When: August 14
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: Jim Deva Plaza – 1200 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tuesday, August 15

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema/Fresh Air Cinema

  • What: The Evo Summer Cinema Series is showing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on the four-story inflatable movie screen on August 15. Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Movie goers 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: August 15
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Admission: Free

Rancid and Dropkick Murphys

  • What: American Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys have made a career out of celebrating their Irish heritage through anthemic punk songs, and they’re coming to Vancouver with fellow rockers Rancid, to get you all jumping.
  • When: August 15
  • Time: 4:30 pm
  • Where: UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre–6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $40-$60

The Heart of Robin Hood / The Commedia Tales of King Arthur

  • What: Following outstanding successes with Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and Larry Shue, Beach House Theatre is extremely excited to present a new play, The Heart Of Robin Hood, by David Farr of the Royal Shakespeare Company. For the younger audiences, BHT also presents the adventures of another great hero of English folklore, with Lane Riosley’s The Tales of King Arthur.
  • When:
    • Robin Hood on August 15 to 20
    • King Arthur on August 16 to 20
  • Time: 
    • Robin Hood at 8 pm
    • King Arthur at 11 am
  • Where: Blackie Spit Park – 3136 McBride Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online $34.50 for Robin Hood, $9.99 for King Arthur

Cirque du Soleil Vancouver Job Fairs 2017 

  • What: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘big top’ is returning to Concord Pacific Place at False Creek in downtown Vancouver for two-and-a-half months for its upcoming Kurios show. To fulfill its elaborate requirements and standards, the company is seeking to fill over 200 positions in the production’s front-end and back-end operations.
  • When: Between 10 am and 4 pm on the following days:
    • Tuesday, August 15
    • FridayAugust 18
    • TuesdayAugust 22
    • ThursdayAugust 24
    • TuesdayAugust 29
    • Thursday, August 31
  • Where: 11th floor of Two Bentall Cenre (555 Burrard Street, Vancouver)
  • More Info: For contract positions, 18 years of age or older. Bring resume, two pieces of ID, two references, and SIN card.

Vines Art Festival – Resilient Roots Project

  • What: This project will be led by spoken word poet Valeen Jules and artistic director of Vines Art Festival, Heather Lamoureux, featuring Indigenous and non-Indigenous artivists. You’ll get to hear from participants including creative writing educator and associate dramaturge at PTC, Mia Amir, activist and artist Claris Figueira, publisher and artist at Simon Fraser University’s Indigenous alternative media, Maddi Grier, plus many more.
  • When: August 15
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Nomadic Tempest Tall Ship Acrobatic Show Vancouver 2017

(Caravan Stage Company)

  • What: Nomadic Tempest is a travelling nighttime acrobatic show synchronized to music and digital video projections by BC-based Caravan Stage Company. The free, all-ages spectacle takes place onboard the Amara Zee, the world’s only tall ship that doubles as a stage and backdrop for live performances.
  • When: August 15 to September 3 (no shows on Mondays)
  • Time: 9:45 to 11 pm. Recommended arrival by 8:45 pm.
  • Where: 299 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (on the seawall in Southeast False Creek, between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village)
  • Tickets: RSVP at Eventbrite; Free

Sylvan Esso

  • What: This electro pop duo features singer Amelia Meath, who fist pumps on stage as her gorgeous voice roams free, and producer Nick Sanborn, who’s all smiles and sweet intensity as he demonstrates his wizardry behind a laptop.
  • When: August 15
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $30

Wednesday, August 16

Canada 150 Celebrations: Canadian Forces Snowbirds

  • What: The Snowbirds, Canada’s aerobatics flight demonstration team, will take to the skies above White Rock skies on August 16 for White Rock’s Canada 150 celebrations. The performance is scheduled to begin at approximately 5:45 pm. To round out the celebrations, Canadian Country Music Award Winners, The Washboard Union will take to the stage for an evening of live music, and a spectacular fireworks show will cap off the festivities.
  • When: August 16
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: White Rock Beach and Promenade
  • Admission: Free

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Rocky

  • What: Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in for a screening of the 1976 classic, Rocky. Parking is on a first-come first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), with movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  • When: August 16
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Les Dames Summerdine

  • What: Presented by Les Dames d’Escoffier, Les Dames Summerdine features over 30 restaurants, wineries, cooking schools, and culinary venues across BC offering special $79 menus for Summerdine. Proceeds will go towards the Les Dames Scholarship and outreach programs that help women achieve success and leadership in culinary organizations.
  • When: August 16
  • Where: Restaurants, wineries, cooking schools, and culinary venues across BC
  • Tickets: $79; buy online starting June 19

The Orb with special guests Hubbz

  • What: Long-running UK electronic group, originally formed by Jimmy Cauty (of The KLF) and Alex Paterson in 1988, that grew out of a love of ambient music and dub, soundscapes and science fiction.
  • When: August 16
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $19-$25

The 1st Annual East Van Cider Fest

  • What: The evening will feature cider, mead & spirits from all over BC along with tasty bites from local businesses. All proceeds from both ticket sales, silent auctions and door prizes directly support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
  • When:  August 16
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: WISE Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $24.99. Tickets are available for purchase in-store at any Liberty Wine Merchants location.

Chutney Popcorn

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Vancouver Queer Film Festival / Facebook

  • What: Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s outdoor screening is Chutney Popcorn, a South Asian queer, Canadian-made, cinematic favourite. Director Nisha Ganatra was born in Vancouver and raised in a traditional Indian household. She wrote and directed her first feature “Chutney Popcorn” at age 25.
  • When: August 16
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Plaza –  650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free


  • What: Get trippy n’ turnt with resident DJ’s Rico Uno and Geni3. Featuring Hip Hop, trap, rap and more.
  • When: Every Wednesday
  • Time: 11 pm to 3 am
  • Where: Caprice Nightclub – 967 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Guest List Online

Thursday, August 17

Toni Onley: The Eloquence Experience

  • What: Eloquence is a retrospective exhibition that will include over 30 works of art from esteemed artist Toni Onley. Taken from the private collections of four local collectors, it is a rare chance to view and purchase many previously unseen works from one of BC’s most prominent artists.
  • When: August 17 to September 9. Opening Reception on August 19 from 1 to 5 pm
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm. (Closed Sundays, public holiday and August 26)
  • Where: Visual Space Gallery – 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  • What: As pioneers of heartland rock in the late-70s, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers treating fans to their classic songs about working class issues and everyday American life with a passion and flair that belie their years.
  • When: August 17
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $40-$175

4×4 | Four Bands for Four Bucks

  • What: Do604 and the Fox Cabaret presents Pet Blessings, Revered, Stal Kingsley, Puritans in a showcase.
  • When: August 17
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $4

Eclipse: Total Alignment – Curiosity Collider

  • What: Set a few days before the solar eclipse, Total Alignment blends arts and science in a cosmic celebration of our relationship with the sky above. For one night only, the production will take place in the Planetarium before and after the Centre’s evening shows (included in ticket purchase). Various multimedia performances will be a “sensory exploration” of the momentary darkness created by the perfect alignment of sun, earth, and moon.
  • When: August 17
  • Time:  6:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite; $25-$30

Wheel Slam – Tricycle Poetics

  • What:  The first-ever Wheel Slam features impromptu poem and a potential Tricycle Wheel Haiku Death Match, with audience applause deciding who is victorious.
  • When: August 17
  • Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Miss Congeniality

outdoor movies Canada place

Free outdoor movies at Canada Place (Port Metro Vancouver)

  • What: A large inflatable screen will pop up at Canada Place, creating the perfect environment to take in Miss Congeniality under the stars with the North Shore mountains in the background. To give your night two thumbs up, do yourself a favour and bring a lawn chair (or you’ll be sitting on the hard ground) and blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friend event – smoking or alcohol is not permitted.
  • When: August 17
  • Start: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Admission: Free

Taxi Stories – Vancouver Queer Film Festival

  • What: Filmed in three different countries and featuring a cast of mostly non-actors, Taxi Stories is one of the most ambitious projects playing at the VQFF. Taxi Stories follows the fictional lives of a closeted cabbie in Beijing, a pregnant trophy wife in Hong Kong, and a poor pedi-cab driver in Jakarta. What happens when their lives intersect? Writer-director Doris Yeung will be on hand to say.
  • When: August 17 and August 19
  • Time: 9 pm (Thursday) and 4:30 pm (Saturday)
  • Where: SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
  • Tickets: Online, $8-$12

Friday, August 18

UBC Furry Frienday: Petting Zoo Summer 2017

  • What: The one-day petting zoo is part of a mini pop-up carnival-themed event to provide students studying for their summer final exams that week with a way to de-stress. The animals are all rescues from Abbotsford-based Cinemazoo Animal Agency, which takes in barn animals to give them another chance in life within a large and very clean living environment.
  • When: August 18
  • Time: 12 to 2 pm
  • Where: Intersection of Main Mall and Agronomy Road at the UBC Vancouver campus
  • Admission: Free!

Zac Brown Band

  • What: Three-time Grammy award winners and multi-platinum American Country music artists Zac Brown Band are touring their latest album, Welcome Home.
  • When: August 18
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $43.75-$95.25

Kitsfest Vancouver 2017

  • What: A sporting and healthy living festival by the Canada One Foundation with the goal of strengthening the community and giving back by making upgrades to facilities. Touch football, spinning, a 5 km run, tennis, volleyball, basketball, Zumba, and other activities will be included in the ninth annual festival. The festival will also feature a DJ line-up with Flipout, J Fresh, DJ Dave, and more on the roster to make some noise for attendees.
  • When: August 18 to 20
  • Time: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: Kitsilano Beach – 1499 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free for fans, but there is a registration fee for teams looking to compete in the tournaments

A Chorus Line – Fighting Change Productions

Image: Fighting Chance Productions

  • What: One of the longest running Broadway musicals of all time, A Chorus Line is all about the supporting cast. Featuring recent grads of Vancouver’s theatre programs, the show is a fitting tribute to the nameless dancers that make up a production. Fighting Change Productions rounds out their successful 10th season with this beloved entry about the showbiz industry.
  • When: August 18 to September 2
  • Where: Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Vendini; $25-$40

2 Chainz

  • What: 2 Chainz comes to Vancouver on his Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour. In the four years since his last solo album, 2 Chainz music and content output has been unstoppable. In 2016 alone he released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, teamed up with hip hop legend Lil Wayne for a mammoth collaboration album, and partnered with GQ Magazine for the third season of his smash web-series “Most Expensivest Sh!t.”
  • When: August 18
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 867 Granville Street,
  • Tickets: Online, $55 + sc

BC Lions versus Calgary Stampeders

Image: BC Lions

  • What: Head to BC Place to cheer on the Lions as they face off with the Stampeders.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: August 18 at 4 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $5-$140

RCMP Musical Ride

  • What: Celebrate Canada’s 150th and Burnaby’s 125th birthdays, and see one of Canada’s most recognized icons, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride. The evening will be packed with a variety of entertainment that includes performers, activities and displays – perfect for the whole family.
  • When: August 18
  • Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $10, children 5 and under free
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