7 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, August 8

Aug 8 2019, 5:00 am

The weekend is just around the corner! Pack your Thursday with these seven fun events in Vancouver today, August 8, including Waste to Wonder, Paint in the Park, and more!

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

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Waste to Wonder Exhibit 2019

Orca (Waste to Wonder)

Orca (Waste to Wonder)

What: The Waste to Wonder exhibit consists of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife — the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou — each of them made from upcycled flip flops. More than 6,500 flip flops in total were used to make the sculptures, requiring more than 2,500 hours of work by more than two dozen artists. In addition to the exhibit, there will be a selfie station with an iconic Canadian beaver sculpture, artist demo / meet & greet, upcycle bracelet workshops, upcycle Kiehl’s workshop, plastics recycling drives, contest giveaways, and more.

During the exhibit, each sculpture will be available for purchase through an online auction, starting at a minimum bid of $5,000. All proceeds will be donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity.

When: August 8 to September 8, 2019
Time: Open during regular mall hours
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown Grand Court – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Tickets: Free

Paint in the Park with Opus

What: A fun-for-all-ages outdoor painting challenge hosted by Vancouver Mural Festival and Opus. VMF will provide canvas panels from Opus, so all you have to do is bring your own art supplies. Acrylics or oils, watercolour or pencil, collage or assemblage – all are welcome. All participants who exhibit their finished piece at this event will be entered to win a prize.

When: August 8, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Jonathan Rogers Park – 110 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

BAF Exhibition Opening: Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent

What: The opening reception for Shepard Fairey’s OBEY 30th anniversary Vancouver exhibition at the Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery.

When: August 8, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: BAF Gallery – 258 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Beauty and the Beast (2016)

What: During Waterfront Cinema on August 8, a large inflatable screen will pop up to screen Beauty and the Beast (2016), 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 8, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: North Point of Canada Place
Admission: Free

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2019

What: Vancouver’s legendary all-white-everything pop-up dinner party is returning for its eighth annual run this summer. As per tradition, the location will not be revealed until the day of the event (which happens rain or shine). The elegant affair sees white-clad diners enjoying eats and drinks al fresco in some of the city’s most scenic locations. The event was created 31 years ago in Paris, and still carries on a set of traditions and rules that must be followed: you have to wear white and you must bring a table, chairs, and a tablecloth (all white of course).

When: August 8, 2019
Where: TBA
Price: $43 (must be bought in pairs); register online

BC’s Funniest New Female Competition

Jan Bannister / Laughter Zone 101

What: BC’s funniest new female comics will be bringing their best comedy chops to the stage as they compete to move on to the finals. Judges and audience combined votes will be tabulated to determine the winners. Audience votes alone will choose the Fan Favourite and they will move to the finals too. Hosted by Janice Bannister and Laughter Zone 101.

When: August 8, 2019 (Preliminary), August 10, 2019 (Finals)
Time: 6:30 and 8:30 pm (Thursday), 8 pm (Saturday)
Where: Lafflines Comedy Club – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Online

Fraser Valley Bandits vs Niagara River Lions

What: The Fraser Valley Bandits take on the Niagara River Lions in Canadian Elite Basketball League action at Abbotsford Centre.

When: August 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

Plus get ready for the weekend by making plans for Growers Cider Pop-Up Garden tomorrow afternoon at The Westin Grand.

Growers Cider Pop-Up Garden

What: Live music, lawn games, free treats, photo booths, and rosé cider — need we say more? Growers Cider is hosting a pop-up garden, transforming the third-floor patio of The Westin Grand into an Instagrammers dream with a flower wall and pop-up flower boutique.

When: August 9, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: The Westin Grand (Third Floor Patio) – 433 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6L9
Admission: Free