7 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, August 1

Jul 1 2019, 7:22 pm

Dive right into August with our checklist of seven great things to do today, Thursday, August 1. After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Mural Festival, and more await you before the weekend

For more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

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After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium for Pride Season

After Hours/Vancouver Aquarium

What: The Vancouver Aquarium has partnered with the Vancouver Pride Society for this 19+ event. Grab a drink from one of the bars scattered around the venue, and learn about the sex lives of animals. Attendees are encouraged to come in drag, or colourful and proud outfits!

When: August 1, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
Price: Tickets available at vanaqua.org/after-hours

VMF 2019 Gallery

What: Vancouver Mural Festival celebrates its fourth year with an art exhibition featuring 90+ original works from VMF alumni and other powerful talents from the Lower Mainland. Each original piece of art will be 12”x12” and available for purchase.

When: August 1, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane), Vancouver
Admission: Free

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Shazam

What: During Waterfront Cinema on August 1, a large inflatable screen will pop up to show Shazam, creating the perfect environment to take in a flick under the stars, all 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 jackets and/or blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.

When: August 1, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: North Point of Canada Place
Admission: Free

Neighbourhood Nights

What: Get to know your neighbours at this free family event held at various Coquitlam park locations throughout the summer, with kids’ games, family activities, and light refreshments. Be a part of building relationships, promoting neighbourhood safety and creating a sense of community, while getting out to meet your neighbours and having fun. In the event of rain, the scheduled Neighbourhood Night will be cancelled.

When: Every Thursday until August 22, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2019

sunflower festival

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival (rempelstilskin / Instagram)

What: Stroll through more than five acres of sunflowers in bloom. On-leash pets will also be welcome, with a dedicated drinking area and complimentary pick-up bags on-site. Attractions include 20-acres filled with giant sunflowers, a one-acre show garden with 15 varieties of sunflowers, photo-ops with swing sets, lawn games, local food trucks and more.

When: Thursday, August 1 until Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: Hours of operation vary based on date
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online

Pride in Chinatown

What: Curated by Paul Wong, and part of Alternative Pride 2019, this is described as a “magical twilight event” featuring Vancouver’s only all-Asian drag family, the House of Rice, and plenty of other talent including hand fighting and sword dancing. Presented by On Main Gallery, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and Vancouver Art and Leisure as part of Alternative Pride Vancouver 2019.

When: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck

What: The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck is a comedy about the intersection between show business and life. Roxanne’s professional and personal life collide when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. Now Roxanne has to balance her feelings for both men while working with a stoned lightboard operator, an omnipresent intercom system, and producers threatening to close the show.  Starring Sarah Boes, Michael Germant, and Drew Henderson, and directed by Mel Tuck.

When: August 1 to 3, August 8 to 10, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: PAL Theatre – 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online