11 things to do in Vancouver today: Sunday, August 27

Aug 25 2017, 12:51 pm

Keep your weekend vibe rolling with 10 fun events happening in Vancouver today, Sunday August 27. Harambecouver Multicultural Parade, Pet-A-Palooza, Die Antwoord and more.

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

Go Topless Day Vancouver 2017

  • What: A shirtless march is scheduled to make its way down Robson Street for this year’s Go Topless Day, an event created in protest of female nipple censorship. Though it is legal in Vancouver for both women and men to display bare chests, women rarely exercise this right due to the social stigma surrounding uncovered breasts. Men are invited to participate in the march, though are encouraged to don pasties or tape on their own chests as a mark of solidarity.
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 12 pm
  • Where: Meet in front of the Safeway on Robson Street, east of Denman. Walk on Robson St. from Denman to Hornby

Harambecouver Multicultural Parade 2017

Multicultural parade/Harambecouver

  • What: Harambecouver is set to celebrate the diversity of different cultures prominent in Vancouver. Enjoy a wide range of attractions from fashion, dance, music, food, public art installations, live painting pieces, and much more. You can check out the full schedule of events online before you hit up the festival.
  • When: Now to August 27
  • Where: Thornton Park, Main Street, Science World Station – 1399 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Die Antwoord

  • What: South-African rap-rave group Die Antwoord (Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek ) are hitting up Vancouver this summer as part of their ‘Love Drug’ world tour. Expect madness.
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $32.50-$49.50

SIXFEST and Incredible Pie Competition

  • What: The Incredible Pie Competition is operating alongside the 5th annual SIXFEST, a family friendly street party and mini-festival to celebrate the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant. Taste and vote for the best creations in categories including sweet, savoury, sculptural, vegan, and best in show.
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 2:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: 6th Avenue between Ontario and Manitoba, Vancouver
  • Price: $5-$10 donation

Farm to Table Dinner Series

  • What: The event will be a five-course menu farm to table. All ingredients used for this feast is from Southlands Heritage Farms, which will be the location of the event as well. The menu will be paired with wine, all sourced through Poplar Grove Winery.
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Southland Heritage Farm – 6767 Balaclava Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: $90; Contact Food At Third Street on Facebook, or e-mail [email protected] for more info

6th Annual Scootfest 

  • What: Artists in attendance, free admission, and refreshments served. Presented by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture.
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 11 am. Registration at 9 am.
  • Where: Rotary POMO SK8 Park at Rocky Point Park
  • Registration: $10 on site. Free to watch


Dogs (Image: Uvarov Stainslav / Shutterstock)

  • What: Lower Mainland’s largest pet festival. The day’s activities include the always-popular Running Of The Bulls (French and English bulldog races), Wiener dog races, and a puppy stampede. Pet-A-Palooza is a fundraiser for the Just Love Animals Society.
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 1100 Mainland Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Game of Thrones 19+ viewing party at The Rio

  • What: The East Vancouver venue will screen the last two episodes of this season, and GOT fans are invited to come check it out. The best part? The first-come, first served event is free. Those keen to secure a spot can retrieve an advance GOT pass (maximum of two per person) at the box office during regular box-office hours. Episode 6 will be screened at 9:30 pm, a brief intermission will follow, and then episode 7 will begin. Of course, costumes are highly encouraged.
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 9:30 pm (doors open at 8:30 pm)
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

BC Art Fest: Poetry Forum and Dance Night

  • What: Showcasing the beauty and diversity of languages and sharing cultures through art, this event is dedicated to poetry, prose, and dance – so if you’re creative then this one’s worth your time.  If you’re a young poet or writer then you’ll want to apply so you can participate and present your piece to a live audience. This will then be followed by a lively Disco Night with DJ Kookum. But what’s really cool about this event is that anyone can participate and present their poems or prose in native language, which will be translated into English or French on a screen. You can also present a famous piece, but in a creative and artistic way.
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 4 to 9 pm
  • Where: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Mary, 10765 135A Street, Surrey
  • Register: Online for free, Free to attend, Free Ukrainian-style dinner provided


  • What: Crafting a sound all his own, Jidenna’s music effortlessly collides genres and eras, uniting bright EDM and highlife on one song, and bouncing trap beats under smooth Nat King Cole vocals on another. His debut record, The Chief, was released in February of 2017
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Venue – 881 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $27.50

Social Sundays at VanDusen – Day Trippers

  • What: Pack a blanket and bring your friends to VanDusen Botanical Garden for Social Sundays this August. Day Trippers, signature cocktails, and lawn games will get you grooving on Sunday afternoon. All ages event, but ID is required for liquor purchase. 
  • When: August 27
  • Time: 3 to 5:30 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
  • Price: Free with regular garden admission
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