9 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, August 26

Aug 25 2017, 12:51 pm

The last Saturday of August has arrived and it’s full of fun events to explore in Vancouver. Steveston Dragon Boat Festival, Vancouver Canadians, Monstercat Compound 2017, and more.

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

Steveston Dragon Boat Festival 2017

Steveston Dragon Boat Festival 2016. (Dragon Boat BC/Facebook)

  • What: The 8th annual Dragon Boat Festival is taking place in the town of Steveston on Saturday, August 26. And this year the event is set to be bigger and better than ever before with an estimated 15,000 spectators anticipated on the shores of the Fraser River, where they’ll watch more than 1,100 local and international athletes compete against each other in a series of races.
  • When: August 26
  • Where: Steveston – Richmond, British Columbia
  • Price: Free

MUJI Grand Opening

  • What: The 7,770-sq-ft store is scheduled for an opening on Saturday, August 26. It will be Canada’s largest MUJI store, occupying a ground-level mall space across from the Disney Store and Sephora near Hudson’s Bay.
  • When: August 26
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Metropolis at Metrotown

Vancouver Canadians vs Boise Hawks

  • What: Catch the Vancouver Canadians in action against the Boise Hawks in a five-game homestand.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: August 26 to 30
  • Tickets: Online, $14-$25

Gastown Laneway ‘Backyard BBQ’ 2017

  • What: This Saturday, the diagonal laneway between Cordova Street and Cambie Street, behind The Greedy Pig restaurant, will be transformed into a pedestrian-oriented party space. According to the organizers with Vancouver Public Space Network, there will be a BBQ, lawn games, live music, and upcycled furniture and other flea market finds to turn the urban space into a “suburban dream”.
  • When: August 26
  • Time: 12 to 9 pm
  • Where: Laneway between Cordova Street and Cambie Street – 401 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Monstercat Compound 2017 



  • What: The first ever Monstercat Compound event is taking place at the firm’s headquarters in Railtown on Saturday. It will feature everything from Monstercat music, to gaming, art, digital media and design, demonstrations, and displays, plus tons of activities that highlight the city’s bustling creative scene.
  • When: August 26
  • Time: 2 to 9 pm
  • Where: Monstercat HQ – 380 Railway Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free – RSVP online now

Wild Salmon Celebration

  • What: Join the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia and the BC Salmon Marketing Council for a celebration of an iconic BC product. This feast will feature dishes showcasing BC wild salmon prepared through the collaboration of well-known Canadian chefs.
  • When: August 26
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf – 1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $49; buy via Eventbrite

Movie Under The Stars – Beauty and the Beast

  • What: Grab a blanket and a friend and head down to Holland Park for Movies Under the Stars – Beauty and the Beast. The family friendly event also features activities, games and entertainment from local performers. Activities begin at 5 pm, and the movie starts at dusk.
  • When: August 26
  • Time:  5 pm to Dusk
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Cost: Free

Public Disco Volume 3

  • What: Public Disco pop-up events turn outdoor spaces into a buzzing dance parties. Volume 3 artists include MA/AM, Miniski, Queensyze, Andy Soloman and a sparkle station by Jena jac. Wear your brightest apparel, this is a safe space to express yourself and set your body free!
  • When: August 26,
  • Time: 1 to 7 pm
  • Where: McSpadden and Commercial Streets, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Free Outdoor Cello Concert Series

  • What: Clara Shandler, Vancouver’s Sidewalk Cellist, draws mysterious directions on sidewalks and plays her cello in public parks. She provides listeners with a cello-based musical smorgasboard, from Bach to Nirvana, jazz to metal, and everything in between.
  • When: August 26
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Where: Heather Park – 702 West 18th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

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