10 things to do in Vancouver today: Sunday, August 20

Aug 18 2017, 1:23 am

Make the most of your weekend sunshine with our list of 10 things to do in Vancouver this Sunday, August 20. Vancouver Canadians, Ratha-Yatra Vancouver Parade and Festival, and more to check out – enjoy!

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

Canada 150 at The Fair at the PNE: $1.50 admission


  • 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. First Responders and a guest get free gate admission on Heroes’ Opening Weekend. You can also wear red and/or a Maple Leaf to show your Canadian pride for $1.50 admission into The Fair at the PNE between 11 am and 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • When: August 19 to 20 only
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $1.50 by wearing red and/or a Maple Leaf

Ratha-Yatra Vancouver Parade and Festival 2017

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  • What: Taking place for its 45th year, the parade is set to be bigger and better than before with cultural groups, marching bands, classic cars, floats, kiddies trains, dancing lions, mariachis, and much more. And as soon as the parade ends, the ‘Festival in the Park’ begins in Stanley Park beside the pool at Second Beach. You’ll get to hear musicians performing on the two main stages including top Kirtan performers, plus catch live theatre performances, and cultural dance groups.
  • When: August 20
  • Time: 11:30 am to Dusk
  • Where: Parade along Beach Avenue from under Granville Bridge to Second Beach in Stanley Park. Festival is beside Second Beach.
  • Price: Free

Odlum Brown VanOpen

  • What: The Odlum Brown VanOpen kicks off August 12 at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver. Part of the ATP Challenger Tour (for the men’s tournament) and ITF Pro Circuit (women’s tournament), the VanOpen features approximately 140 men and women from all over the world set to compete for $200,00o (USD) in prize money.
  • When: Now to August 20
  • Where: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Rd, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online. Admission to men’s and women’s singles qualifying during the opening weekend on August 12 and 13 are free. Ticket prices range from $25 to $58 for the remainder of the tournament, with free admission offered to kids under 12 on Wednesday, August 16.

9th Annual Metro Van Garlic Festival

  • What: Metro Vancouver’s only garlic festival, The 9th Annual Garlic Festival, is a celebration of the Stinking Rose. Enjoy culinary fare, fresh local garlic, farmers market, and family fun.
  • When: August 20
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: The Sharing Farm Society, 2771 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: Buy food and drink tickets on site

Port Moody Car-Free Day

  • What: Head to St. Johns Street for a community celebration, filled with local businesses and artisans, delicious food, live music, and activities for all ages.
  • When: August 20 from 12 to 7 pm
  • Where: St. Johns Street, between Douglas Street and Moody Street Port Moody, British Columbia
  • Cost: Free

Exhibition: Beyond The Horizon

  • What: Beyond the Horizon is a unique exhibition showcasing selected landscapes from the Richmond Art Gallery’s Collection and a series of new works developed in response by students from the Richmond Art Gallery’s Youth Mentorship Program.
  • When: Now to August 20
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – #180 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: By Donation

Vancouver Canadians versus Everett Aquasox

  • What: Catch the Vancouver Canadians in action against the Everett Aquasox in a 3-game home stand.
  • When: August 20 to 22
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • Tickets: Online, $14-$25

Handsome Devil – Vancouver Queer Film Festival

  • What: The Vancouver Queer Film Festival comes to a closewith a screening of Irish gem Handsome Devil. Described as “Dead Poets Society meets Glee“, the coming-of-age comedy stars Fionn O’Shea as Ned, a ginger-haired misfit who develops a crush on his college roommate. After the screening, attendees are invited to join a queer procession marching from The Playhouse to The Junction Pub for the festival’s Closing Gala Party.
  • When: August 20
  • Time: 9 pm (Thursday) and 4:30 pm (Saturday)
  • Where: The Playhouse
  • Tickets: Online, $8-$12

Watch & Learn – A Vancouver Maker Festival

  • What: Watch & Learn is a weekend-long summer festival showcasing Vancouver’s arts & culture community. The event will include an Etsy Vancouver Market, weekend-long artisan workshops, live paintings, live music, food trucks, craft breweries & more.
  • When: Now to August 20
  • Time: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza – 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $7 day pass, $10 all weekend pass, children 12 and under free

Social Sundays at VanDusen – Company B Jazz Band

  • What: Pack a blanket and bring your friends to VanDusen Botanical Garden for Social Sundays this August. Company B Jazz Band, signature cocktails, and lawn games will get you grooving on Sunday afternoon. All ages event, but ID is required for liquor purchase. 
  • When: August 20
  • Time: 3 to 5:30 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free with regular garden admission
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