115 FREE things to do in Vancouver this August

Aug 1 2019, 5:29 pm

Looking for a way to save this summer? We’re here to help with our list of 115 FREE events happening in Vancouver this August, including the Vancouver Mural Festival, outdoor concerts and movies, and more.

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

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Squamish Days

What: Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival features five days of fun for the whole family. Head up the Sea to Sky Highway and enjoy children’s sports, pancake breakfast, parade, loggers sports show, BBQ, live music, and more.

When: August 1 to August 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in Squamish
Tickets: Online, many free events

MEC x VMF Run The Murals and Afterparty

What: Art + Running + Party? MEC and VMF team up for a creatively-inspiring, sweat-inducing Friday night. Grab your running buddies, kids, and friends, and sign up for the inaugural MEC x VMF Run the Murals night! The curated runs feature 2 km and 5 km routes highlighting some of Mount Pleasant’s best public art, followed by an After Party with food and drinks at the VMF Gallery.

This first run of the series is in collaboration with Fraser Street Run Club. Get set for what may be your most colourful (art-filled) run ever! Everyone is welcome. Space is limited. Registration is online.

Date: August 2, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Location: VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane), Vancouver
Cost: Free

Campbell Valley Nature Walks Damsels and Dragons: Inhabitants of the Pond

What: ​Veteran naturalist Al Grass leads a casual walk to learn about wildlife and wildflowers. All ages welcome.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley
Admission: Free, registration required. Barcode 7716

6th Annual Butterfly Release at Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery

What: The 6th Annual Butterfly Release & Fundraiser is happening at the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery in Langley. The annual fundraiser brings in hundreds of guests every year who join the celebration at the beautiful gardens onsite. On the day of the event, Painted Lady Butterflies will take flight for the very first time, in an eclectic display of colour. There will also be live entertainment, crafts and activities, face painting, a wine tasting room, waffle bar, café and marketplace, and more.

When: August 10, 2019
Time: 12:30 to 3 pm
Where: Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery – 6179 – 248th St., Langley
Admission: Free, butterflies can be purchased online

Third Annual Hike Rave

Hike Rave

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What: Whether you like to dance or just need a reason to get out, step outside of your comfort zone and experience a hike to remember with VYVE. Invite others to join you, and do not bring drugs or alcohol to the hike.

When: August 16, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: TBA
Tickets: Online, Free

Delta Community Animal Expo

What: Bring the family to Memorial Park for Delta Community Animal Expo. Learn about exotic and family animals, animals for adoption, pet health and safety, and more. Plus there will be games to play and chance to win prizes.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Memorial Park – 5010 47th Avenue, Ladner
Admission: Free

Wings over Iona

What: Celebrate the fall migration of shorebirds, songbirds and other avians at Iona Beach Regional Park. Activities include a bird walk, watching bird banders, and trying to navigate a migratory obstacle course.

When: August 24, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1:30 am
Where: Iona Beach, Richmond
Admission: Free

Mat Collective Free Yoga

What: Mat Collective’s 2019 outdoor summer yoga series features free classes at Kits Beach, on Main Street and in East Van throughout the week. In addition, there will be special events held throughout the summer.

When: Mondays to Fridays at Kits Beach, Tuesday to Saturday on Main Street, and Wednesdays in East Van. Until the end of August
Time: Various times, check schedule for details
Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street), Main Street (95 E 32nd Ave.) and East Van (520 East 1st Ave.)
Admission: Free

lululemon Nooner Yoga Series at Jack Poole Plaza

summer yoga

lululemon Yoga

What: lululemon’s popular Summer Yoga Series is returning to Vancouver for another summer. Participants of any age or skill level will be able to take part in their classes every Wednesday at noon at Jack Poole Plaza.

When: Wednesdays until August 28, 2019 (no class August 14)
Time: 12 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
Admission: Free

lululemon Summer Yoga Series at False Creek 2019

What: lululemon’s popular Summer Yoga Series is returning to Vancouver for another summer. Participants of any age or skill level will be able to take part in their classes at the recently-opened Concord Community Park in False Creek. Each session, which takes place every Monday at 6 pm through the end of August, will be held on the scenic seawall at the Northeast False Creek area. In addition to the free yoga classes, the community park space also features beach volleyball, half-court basketball, ping-pong, and pickup floor hockey games designated for youth in the community.

When: Mondays until August 26, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Concord Community Park – 50 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Admission: Free

lululemon Pier Yoga Series at Burrard Dry Docks

What: lululemon’s popular Summer Yoga Series is returning to Vancouver for another summer. Participants of any age or skill level will be able to take part in their classes every Thursday at 6:30 at Burrard Dry Docks in North Vancouver.

When: Thursdays until August 29, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Burrard Dry Docks, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Free Outdoor Zumba at Canada Place

What: Take part in a free outdoor Zumba class every Monday at the North Point of Canada Place with ZumbaVancouver.ca instructors. No dance experience or partner is needed for this fun fitness class.

When: Every Monday until August 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Canada Place North Point – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Explore the city

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2019

Celebration of Lights / Shutterstock

What: The sky over Vancouver’s English Bay will once again be lit up with fireworks for three nights this summer, as the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition returns to the city. Now in its 29th year, the Honda Celebration of Light featured India on July 27 and Canada on July 31. Croatia will perform on August 3.

Back again for all three days, the Park Stage at Second Beach is a free, family-friendly festival site featuring live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, and a site-wide liquor license. The event also welcomes back the Red Bull Air Show, a spectacular pre-show performance happening over all three festival nights. Returning this year, radio partner Z95.3 will be presenting Z-Fest on The Keg Lounge stage overlooking English Bay for three nights of music programming before the pyrotechnic displays.

When: Saturday, July 27, Wednesday, July 31 and Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 10 pm to 10:25 pm (25-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
Where: English Bay, Vancouver
Admission: Free. Reserved seating on sale through the festival’s website.

Vancouver Mural Festival

What: The city’s largest annual free public art celebration. Vancouver Mural Festival includes walking tours, evening events, and a massive street party. More than 140,000 people are expected to attend this year.

When: August 1 to 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

Friday Night Live 2019

Friday Night Live/Hastings Racecourse and Casino

What: Hastings Racecourse will be hosting its exhilarating Friday Night Live series from now to September 6, starting at 7 pm every Friday. This year, every Friday Night Live event will feature a cool playlist with their resident DJs spinning your favourite tracks all night long with a great mix of Hip Hop, R&B, Old School, Reggaeton, Top 40, EDM Music, and more.

As well as the amazing music and electric atmosphere, you can catch races happening under the stars. There’s also going to be outdoor beer tents with a great selection of highballs, your favourite beers on tap, as well as food trucks on site. Don’t forget the legendary Silks Buffet which offers the most incredible views of the racecourse and the mountains in the backdrop.

When: Now until September 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where:  Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Price: FREE admission

Summer Sounds on Jack Poole Plaza

What: Starting on Friday, August 2, the convention centre is launching Summer Sounds on Jack Poole Plaza, a music experience which takes place across four weeks in August. Each event will run on Friday from 3 pm until 6 pm, and feature a local musician taking the stage to perform amidst a stunning Coal Harbour backdrop. The all-ages event will also feature light refreshments available for purchase as well as a featured beer garden for attendees 19 years of age or older.

When: August 2, August 9, August 23 and August 30, 2019 (no show on August 16)
Time: 3 to 6 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
Admission: Free

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″ x 12″ 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

Semiahmoo Days and White Rock Sea Festival

What: Enjoy a wide variety of events for the whole family at Semiahmoo Days and the 70th Annual White Rock Sea Festival. Festivities include a movie in the park, traditional salmon BBQ, car show, parades, and more.

When: August 2 to August 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Semiahmoo Park to Memorial Park
Admission: Free

A.W.E.V.A.N.A.I.R above the Vancouver Art Gallery

What: A 65-foot hot air balloon is scheduled to take flight above the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) for the 2019 Honda Celebration of Light. The massive balloon, belonging to Hendrick’s Gin, is called the A.W.E.V.A.N.A.I.R, which stands for Amazing, Whimsical, Enchanting, Voyaging, Astounding, Nocturnal, Ascending, Interstellar, Roamer.

Lucky passengers will have a chance to ride the hot air balloon in groups of four, although they’ll have to win a “golden ticket” in order to ride. In order to win a golden ticket, contestants must have their name pulled in a ballot. Draws will be held at a number of participating bars around Vancouver, as well as onsite at the Hendrick’s Gin Air Departure Lounge from August 2 to 3. Eager riders can also enter via an online ballot.

Entrants must be residents of British Columbia and of legal drinking age to win and ride. No purchase is necessary.

When: August 2 to August 3, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm (weather dependent)
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free of charge with a golden ticket

Tsawwassen Sun Festival

What: The Tsawwasen Sun Festival is a three-day celebration of fun in the sun, with special events, games, friendly competitions and many other attractions. There’s antique hunting and skateboarding at the South Delta Recreation Centre and BINGO at KinVillage, while the bulk of the events take place at Winskill Park. As always, the pride of the Sun Festival is the annual Rotary Parade which heads down 56th Street from 16th Avenue to Winskill Park. Sponsored by dozens of companies and featuring hundreds of local individuals, clubs and businesses, the Rotary Parade brings together the Tsawwassen Sun Festival.

When: August 2 to 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Winskill Park – West side of 56th at 9th, Tsawwassen
Admission: Free

Nach`i`m: A Night of Indigenous Femme Excellence

What: Vancouver Mural Festival and Paisley Eva Nahanee (Dame) spotlight Vancouver’s contemporary Indigenous female* artists across all sectors from visual arts to music to tattooing. This event uses an inclusive definition of femme* and includes all self-identifying female, trans, and non-binary folks.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 6 pm to 1 am
Where: VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane), Vancouver
Admission: Free

16th Annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival

What: Vancouver’s 16th Annual Dyke March and Festival begins in McSpadden Park at 11 am with pre-March festivities and a community art project to create the new Vancouver Dyke March banner for the year. The March will leave McSpadden Park at noon and make its way down Commercial Drive to end at Grandview Park for the Festival. The Festival will take place from 1 to 5 pm, and involve performances from various artists, feature queer-friendly vendors, and create a space to gather with friends, family, and the community.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: McSpadden Park, Commercial Drive, Grandview Park
Admission: Free

Art2Heart Summer Art Gala

What: An evening of art, music, and hands-on activities featuring talented youth. Singers, musicians, writers and visual artists will be showcased along with an array of stunning artwork. Take a tour through our art gallery, grab some free food and drinks, and watch the artists perform live on stage, then join the youth DJ’s for the after-party.

When: August 4, 2019
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

2019 Vancouver Pride Parade

Vancouver Pride Parade 2018

Vancouver Pride Parade 2018 / Shutterstock

What: A celebration. A protest. A party. A chance to recognize how far we have come and reflect on where we need to go from here. With over 130 different entries, attracting crowds of 600,000 annually, the annual Vancouver Pride Parade is a world-class event celebrating our diverse LGBTQAI2S+ communities.

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Through Vancouver and the West End and ending at Sunset Beach
Admission: Free

Sunset Beach Festival

What: A festival along beautiful Sunset Beach with a Main Stage, Community Zone, Family Fun Zone, beer garden, food trucks, interactive art, and more. Head by after the Pride Parade or go early and dance all day beside the water.

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Sunset Beach, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Untoxicated 2019

What: Vancouver Pride Society, TELUS, Last Door Recovery Society, and the Government of British Columbia present Untoxicated 2019, Vancouver Pride’s all-inclusive substance-free event. Featuring Alaska Thunderfuck, Bob The Drag Queen, and Violet Chachki with MC Crystal Clearly and Alma Bitches. Special performances by Raye Sunshine and Jaylene Tyme Plus performances by Sienna Blaze, Kendall Gender, Cinnamon Winters, Anya Marx, Nana Mandibles, Continental Breakfast, PM, Madam Lola with music by DJ’s Dave Ally and Lejos.

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Thurlow and Davie, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver Mural Festival Pride Special

What: Enjoy a 12-hour indoor/outdoor Pride party in Mount Pleasant hosted by Public Disco, Bye Felicia and Club NA in partnership with Vancouver Mural Festival. Kick things off with an all-ages patio party in 7-1/2 Lane, including Bye Felicia performing afternoon drag by. Then head inside for an evening of 19+ dancing in a neighbouring warehouse space by Club NA.

When: August 4, 2019
Time: 2 pm to 2 am
Where: 7-½ Lane
Admission: Free before 5 pm, $10 from 5 to 8pm, $20 after 8 pm

BC Day Market Monday at Burnaby Village Museum

What: Celebrate BC Day and Market Monday at Burnaby Village Museum. Featuring Vancouver Circus School, Across the Pacific with The Stride Studios, children’s activities and games, live music, and more.

When: August 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free, Carousel Rides $2.65

Super Snag x VMF 

What: The fourth annual Snag x VMF event features a live mural battle, plus 10 artists painting live. Attendees will have an opportunity to affordably own or win original art.

When: August 6, 2019
Time: 8 pm to 12 am
Where: The American, 926 Main St
Admission: Free

Vines Art Festival 2019

What: The fifth-annual multidisciplinary eco-arts celebration, Vines Art Festival features over 80 performing and visual and performing artists at parks throughout Vancouver: Jericho Beach, Trout Lake Park, Kitsilano Beach, Pandora Park, Crab Park, Renfrew Ravine, David Lam Park, Creekside Park and Harmony Gardens. Enjoy eco-art, music, artworks, dance, drag, plant walks, poetry, theatrical performances, creative workshops, fashion, and more.

When: August 7 to 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

Burnaby Neighbourhood House Summer Street Party

What: An afternoon of family-friendly activities at Burnaby Neighbourhood House. The Summer Street Party will include face painting, bouncy castle, street performers, activities and games, and more.

When: August 7, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: BNH South House – 100-4460 Beresford St., Burnaby
Admission: Free

SFU Public Square | Time Travellers’ Culture Jam 

What: Discuss, debate and creatively imagine the future of arts and culture in Vancouver at SFU Public Square x VMF event.

When: August 7, 2019
Time: 5:45 to 8 pm
Where: SFU Public Square – 248 E 11th Ave (Parking Lot, Main St. & 11th Ave)
Admission: Free

OBEY Pop Up Launch Party + Shepard Fairey DJ Set

What: American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY Clothing. Shepard Fairey celebrates the 30th anniversary of OBEY with the launch of exclusive merchandise at El Kartel. Following the pop-up, Shepard Fairey will play a DJ set at Fortune Sound Club along with SO LOKI, DJ Marvel and Raiden Louie. Part of Vancouver Mural Festival.

When: August 7, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm (Pop Up Launch Party), 10:30 pm (Shepard Fairey DJ Set)
Where: El Kartel – 104 E. Pender Street  (Pop Up Launch Party); Fortune Sound Club – 147 E. Pender Street  (Shepard Fairey DJ Set)
Admission: Free

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

The Bomb Shelter Open Mic

What: Stand-up comics and other comedic artists are invited to test their material at The Bomb Shelter Open Mic every Thursday. Featuring a variety of hosts and produced by Rawsome Comedy at the new Caveman Cafe.

When: Every Thursday
Time: Sign-up at 6:30 pm, show from 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: Keto Caveman Cafe – 605 West Pender Street, 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

VMF Open Air Movie Theatre

Enjoy the Academy-nominated film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, by notorious British street artist, Banksy, under the stars at the VMF Open Air Movie Theatre. All ages are welcome, and it is a licensed event.

When: August 9, 2019
Time: Sunset
Where: TBC
Admission: Free

Savour Summer Festival

What: River District’s FREE Savour Summer Festival is back for its second year with live music, giveaways, a beer garden, wine tasting, mini-golf, a dunk tank for charity, food trucks and more! On the Everything Wine stage are local indie favourites The Boom Booms, funky East Van ensemble Kutapira, and soulful Cory Owens on the guitar.

When: August 10, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: Town Centre at River District Town Centre – Sawmill Crescent and River District Crossing, Vancouver
Admission: Free

India Live

What: India Live by South Asian Family Association is a Granville Street Block Party that uses song, music, visual arts and dance to celebrate Vancouver’s intercultural community. There will also be a vendor marketplace with cultural wares, clothing, gifts, snacks and more.

When: August 10, 2019
Time: 12 to 8 pm
Where: 700 Granville Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver’s Largest Water Fight 2019

water fight

Vancouver Water Fight/Facebook

What: The biggest, wettest water fight to ever hit Vancouver is making its highly-anticipated return to Stanley Park on Saturday, August 10, 2019. The annual event is returning for its twelfth consecutive year. Hosted by Flash Mob Vancouver, the water fight sees hundreds of Vancouverites take to the Lumberman’s Arch at Stanley Park.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Lumberman’s Arch – Stanley Park, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Burnaby Pride Street Party

What: Burnaby’s second annual Pride event recognizes and celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, Two-Spirited, Others) community in Burnaby. Enjoy a full afternoon of live performances, food, activities, and community resources.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Jubilee Avenue between Nelson Avenue and Imperial Street
Admission: Free

Farm Fest at Garden City Lands

What: Richmond celebrates local food, sustainability and its agricultural past, present and future at Farm Fest. Garden City Lands is a 136.5 acre parkcurrently being developed as one of Richmond’s signature parks and will be home to active farming and agricultural programs.

When: August 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Garden City Lands – Garden City Rd and Lansdowne Rd, Richmond
Admission: Free

New West Cultural Crawl

What: Now in its 16th year, the New West Cultural Crawl brings together members of the community to participate in a free two-day arts and cultural festival showcasing New West’s creative talent. The Crawl showcased over 150 artists, with 4000 visitors, at 32 venues across New Westminster in 2018.

When: August 10 and 11, 2019
Time11 am to 5 pm
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

Vancouver Mural Festival Mount Pleasant Street Party 

What: For one day, free and family-friendly activities will line 14 blocks of the neighbourhood spanning the length of Main and Broadway. Enjoy live music, live and interactive art, Skate Jam, dance battles and workshops, the Holden Courage Memorial Graffiti Jam, a family art zone, community painting, markets, food trucks, four (family-friendly) beer gardens, over 25 breweries, and a public disco dance party.

Playing music all afternoon long are two concert stages presented by AIR MILES Stage Pass. DJ NDN will be headlining, along with local artists like Blonde Diamond, Haley Blais, Missy D & Friends, Tonye Aganaba, DJ Paisley Eva, Quarterback, Francis Arevalo, Sleepy Gonzalez, and Sam the Astronaut.

When: August 10, 2019
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: 14+ blocks surrounding Main & Broadway
Admission: Free

Summer Dance Series with DanZa

What: These free classes with Danza Productions are designed to introduce a variety of Urban and Afro-Caribbean inspired dance styles and rhythms. These beginner-friendly classes cater to multiple fitness levels and abilities. Presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres in partnership with DanZa Productions.

When: August 12 and August 19, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) – 695 Cambie St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Willingdon’s Annual Community Fair

What: Willingdon Community Centre’s annual summer celebration, with carnival games, raffles, barbecue, community displays and live entertainment. Wrap up the evening with a screening of A Bug’s Life in the park.

When: August 14, 2019
When: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Willingdon Community Centre – 1491 Carleton Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Blood & Iron Martial Arts: Open House and Longsword Tournament

What: Blood & Iron Martial Arts’s Open House features free sword fighting lessons for adult and youth. Learn how to hold and use real swords, then stick around to watch the Longsword Tournament.

When: August 17, 2019
When: Open House from 12 to 1:30 pm, Longsword Tournament from 2 to 8 pm
Where: Blood & Iron Martial Arts – 7846 Edmonds St, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Public Disco Laneway Series 2019

public disco

Crowd outdoors/Public Disco

What: Vancouver’s Public Disco pop-up events will make its return this summer, transforming outdoor spaces into daytime dance parties. The 2019 Laneway Series is an all-ages summer concert series in partnership with Creative BC, Downtown Vancouver, FACTOR, and Granville Island Brewing. The Disco will be most similar to past events held by the group, showcasing feel-good music from up-and-coming artists and curated dance performances. The Laneway Cabaret will feature live music acts ranging from folk to hip hop, with DJs throughout the day.

When: August 10, August 31, and September 29, 2019
Time: Hours vary based on the date
Where: Mt. Pleasant (August 10), Alley Oop (August 31), and the Flats (September 29)
Admission: Free

Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show

What: Enjoy the annual Car Cruise and BBQ on Saturday night, with food, live music and more. Then on Sunday take in the car show with more than 500 vehicles on display. There is also continuous entertainment throughout the day on the main stage, a beer garden, model car building workshop, and a huge children’s entertainment area for kids of all ages.

When: August 17 and 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Downtown Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

New West Pride Street Party 2019

What: Pride 2019 will be New West Pride’s biggest event yet. Not only is it the ten-year anniversary of the formation of New West Pride, but it represents the 50 anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

From August 10 to 17, 2019, New West will come alive with rainbows and activities for everyone to enjoy. Pride Week will wrap up with the Pride Street Party, where Columbia street will be closed to traffic, and instead will play home for entertainers, community organizations, and food trucks.

When: August 17, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Port Moody Car-Free Day

What: Port Moody’s Car-Free Day is a street party filled with local businesses, musicians, green transportation displays, delicious food, and a family-friendly Brewers Row beer garden. There will be over 130 booths to explore, plus a bicycle skills zone, a mini train, and a ninja obstacle course.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: St John’s Street (between Douglas and Moody) – Port Moody
Admission: Free

Robson Square Salsa 2019

What: Whether you’re a beginner or Salsa pro, these afternoons will definitely spice up your summer. Enjoy a free dance lesson taught by some of Vancouver’s best salsa instructors. Following the lessons, there is a dance show that features some of Vancouver’s most talented dancers. Plus there is social dancing throughout the afternoon.

When: Every Sunday until August 25, 2019
Time: Lesson starts at 3 pm. Dance show starts at 5 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, donations accepted

Downtown Eastside Women’s Summer Fair & Flea Market

What: The fourth annual summer fair and flea market is put on by the women of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) as a celebration of culture, inclusion, and community. Each week will feature music performances, food, and plenty of creative and unique goods.

When: Every Saturday until August 31
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Columbia Street between Pender and Hastings
Admission: Free

Gastown Thursday Nights

What: The new Gastown Thursday Nights (GTN) series is bringing a revolving cast of art installations, in-store-events, shopping, and dining discounts to Vancouver’s most historic neighbourhood. Starting at 5 pm on the last Thursday night of each summer month, participating Gastown stores will be filled with a ton of fantastic and free surprises including a live art creation, pop-up tattoo artist, belly dancer, Thai dance class, kissing booth, boot toss, Dj’s, musicians, beverages, food, and more. The fun and hot deals will run until around 9 pm, but make sure to come early.

When: August 29, 2019
Time: Starting at 5 pm (extended hours for participating retail stores)
Where: Gastown, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Richmond World Festival 2019

The Strumbellas/Facebook

What: The fifth annual Richmond World Festival features a smorgasbord of music, arts, food and culture from around the globe. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the nationally award-winning festival showcases over 90 artists on nine stages, Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, over 50 food trucks in the FEASTival of Flavours, artisan marketplace, and more. The Strumbellas and Bedouin Soundclash are headlining the festival.

When: August 30 to 31, 2019
Time: 4 to 10 pm (Friday) and 11 to 10 pm (Saturday)
Where: Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza – 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free

Well Travelled Walking Tour: Gastown by Herschel Supply Company

What: In partnership with the Vancouver Tour Guys, Herschel Supply is hosting a free walking tour made for explorers, design-lovers, visitors and locals alike. Head to Herschel Supply Gastown store every Saturday at 2 pm this summer to discover the art, architecture and stories that define the historic Gastown neighbourhood.

When: Every Saturday to September 7, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Herschel Supply Gastown – 347 Water St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Westbank Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series 2019

What: There are more than a dozen vendors this year at Westbank’s second annual Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series and the roster includes notable brands in food, health, and fashion. The container will showcase one vendor at a time and hours will vary by retailer, so be sure to check their social channels and get all the details.

When: Daily until September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (may vary by vendor)
Where: Shaw Tower – West Plaza, 1067 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Outdoor Movies

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park

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Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park (Fresh Air Cinema)

What: One of the most popular summertime events in the city is back as free outdoor movies return to Stanley Park this summer. The Evo Summer Cinema Series features a four-storey inflatable movie screen showing film classics and modern blockbusters. Be there before dusk and take part in the many fun pre-show activities, including games, prizes, and giveaways, as well as the weekly offering of food truck fare and classic movie treats.

Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Moviegoers are encouraged to walk, take transit, or bike to Stanley Park for the shows  – there will be a bike valet service offered on-site each night too.

When: Every Tuesday until August 20, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
Admission: Free

Summer Movie Nights on the Square

What: Vancouver’s free outdoor movie series in downtown at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) is returning this summer. Fresh Air Cinema’s large four-storey inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect urban environment to take in a flick surrounded by the concrete jungle — just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Hosted by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, each night will have special activations for the public to enjoy, including photo booths, light displays, food trucks, and more.

When: Every Wednesday until August 21, 2019
Time: Movie begins at dusk
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) – 850 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lansdowne Centre Drive-In Movie Series

What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its fourth year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy classic, family-friendly, and even some of the latest hits on an outdoor screen. Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), and the movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.

When: Every Wednesday until August 28, 2019
Time: Gates open at 6 pm
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
Admission: Free

Cinema Under the Stars

What: Enjoy recent movies on a 26-foot-tall enormous silver screen at Sun Valley and Gates Parks. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and round up some friends. In the event of rain, the movie will be moved to the next available Friday.

When: August 2, August 16 and August 30, 2019
Time: 8:45 pm
Where: Gates Parks (August 2) and Sun Valley Park (August 16), Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Movies Under the Stars

What: Movies Under the Stars brings free outdoor films to Holland Park. Gather your blankets and lawn chairs and cozy up in front of a big screen. Movies start after dusk but attendees are encouraged to arrive earlier to find a good seat and to enjoy the pre-show entertainment. Starting at 5 pm, there will be fun activities before the movie begins.

When: August 3, August 10, August 17 and August 24, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Admission: Free

Sunset Cinema

What: Vancouver Civic Theatres invites all movie lovers to Sunset Cinema, a free outdoor movie series on šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Bring your blankets, chairs, and pillows, and enjoy a hit movie on the huge inflatable screen under the stars. Movies begin at dusk, weather permitting, but arrive early to save your spot. Four-legged friends are welcome.

When: Every Wednesday until August 21, 2019
Time: Movies begin at dusk
Where: šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) – 695 Cambie St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place

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Free outdoor movies at Canada Place (Port Metro Vancouver)

What: During Waterfront Cinema, a large inflatable screen will pop up, 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: Every Thursday until August 29, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: North Point of Canada Place
Admission: Free

Reel to Real Outdoor Summer Film Series

What: Reel to Real’s Outdoor Summer Film Series features free evenings of animation workshops at Performance Works and films at Ron Basford Park’s amphitheatre. Films include Song of the Sea on August 16, Short Films from Coast to Coast to Coast on August 23, and Heidi on August 30.

When: August 16, August 23 and August 30, 2019
Time: Animation workshops at 6 pm, films at 9 pm
Where: Ron Basford Park on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
Admission: Free

Prospera Cinema Under The Stars

What: Bring the family and take in a free flick on a three-storey high big screen. The movie starts at dusk. The movie is on Prospera, but since this night is about families, they will be taking donations on behalf of a local charity. Arrive between 5 pm and dusk to participate in a variety of family activities before the movie starts rolling.

When: August 8, August 15, August 22, August 23, August 24, and August 29, 2019
Time: Activities start at 5 pm, movies start at dusk
Where: Various locations in Abbotsford, Langley, Mission and Chilliwack
Admission: Free

Movies at Civic Square

What: Bring a blanket, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy an outdoor movie on Thursday evenings at Burnaby’s Civic Square. The lineup includes Mary Poppins Returns (August 8), Hotel Transylvania 3 (August 15), Madagascar 3 (August 22) and The Wizard of Oz (August 29).

When: Thursday, August 8, August 15, August 22 and August 29, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
Admission: Free

Summer Cinema Series – Captain Marvel

What: Enjoy Captain Marvel on the outdoor big screen at Rocky Point Park. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and round up some friends. Enjoy food trucks, meet local businesses, and shop vendors as well.

When: August 31, 2019
Time: Sunset, estimated to be 7:57 pm
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 Murray St, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Food and Shopping at Night Markets

Fridays on Front

Weekly food events Fridays on Front


What: Boasting artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, a slew of Food Trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, this is one weekly event you don’t want to miss.

When: Every Friday until August 23, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: 600-block of Front Street, New Westminister
Admission: Free

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

What: Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly until 10 pm. Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors. Attendees can expect to chow down on grub from 40+ food trucks in “hot food alley” and enjoy live entertainment all summer long. The Friday Night Market will also feature a 19+ beer garden, serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.

When: Now until September 27, 2019,
Time: Starts at 5 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Open year-round on Saturday (except December 28)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market on May 10, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

Granville Island Public Market (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

What: Open year-round and boasting stalls of fresh, colourful produce, homemade products, and some tasty must-try eats. From the ocean, oven, or field — Granville Market has got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market, you’re going to leave happy and full.

When: Open year-round, seven days a week
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free

Richmond Country Farms

What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce and prepared goods.

When: Open Thursdays to Sundays until December 2019
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Richmond

What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products.

When: Every Tuesday to October 8, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: Free

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

What: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is an authentic BC Farmers’ Market and features local farmers and Certified Safe Prepared food vendors bringing in fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits & flowers, fresh baking, fruit pies, cupcakes & cookies, local craft beer, varietal wines, tasty prepared foods from our Fraser Valley, the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Andrews Historic Church – 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

What: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday from May through October.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

What: This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on-site and a variety of vendors selling all things food.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market

The exterior of Lonsdale Quay Market. (Quay Property Management)

What: Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

What: This friendly get-together, also known as the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.

When: Every Sunday until October 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

White Rock Farmers’ Market

What: Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.

When: Every Monday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
Admission: Free

Poirier Street Market

What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest-running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland. The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.

Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market now takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday from May through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.

When: Every Sunday to October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market / Facebook

What: Returning for its eleventh year, the Steveston Farmers’ and Artisans Market will be operating in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, the market will feature a mix of stalls, including food vendors, artists, and craftspeople.

When: August 4 and August 18; September 15 and September 29, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

What: The Clayton Community Farmers’ Market will showcase local farmers, crafters and artisans. The market will also have a Family Fun Zone, live music and food trucks.

When: Every second Sunday until October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
Admission: Free

Haney Farmers’ Market

What: A vibrant outdoor Saturday market in downtown Maple Ridge, Haney Farmers’ Market sells fresh farm produce, locally-grown fruit and veg, preserves, baked goods, artisan crafts, fine art, and more.

When: Every Saturday until Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Memorial Peace Park – 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

What: Explore the dozens of local makers, bakers, and growers at two weekly locations of Langley Community Farmers’ Market.

When: Every Wednesday until October 9, 2019, and Every Saturday until October 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 4:30 pm (Wednesdays), 10 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley (Wednesday), Timms Community Centre – 20339 Douglas Crescent, Langley (Saturdays)
Admission: Free

New West Farmers’ Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Tipperary Park – 315 Queens Ave, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Cloverdale Market Days

What: One of the largest open-air markets in the Fraser Valley showcasing unique items from local BC Artisans and treasures from downtown Cloverdale merchants. With Cloverdale Market Days featuring more than 120 vendors as well as live entertainment and food trucks, you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family.

When: Aug 24, September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 176 Street between 56A and 58 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

What: The West End’s charming, community-minded farmers’ market is open Saturdays. Grab a coffee, peek at the adjacent community garden, and stock up on a vast array of locally grown foods.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 100 Comox Street, Vancouver between Bute and Thurlow
Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

What: You’ll find fresh groceries, locally-sourced produce, as well as artisanal food offerings at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block.

When: Every Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

UBC Farm Markets

What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff with the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This market now accepts cash, credit, and debit.

When: Every Saturday to November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus) – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

What: See, taste, and indulge at this bustling weekday market. With vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, the Main Street Station Farmers’ Market is within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users.

When: Every Wednesday to October 2, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

What: The Granville Island Farmers’ Market is the oldest of its kind in Vancouver offering customers fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This market also has local craft beer and wine vendors too.

When: Every Thursday to September 26, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Chain & Forge (under the Granville Street Bridge, across from The Keg), Granville Island
Admission: Free

Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market

What: Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society, the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural, and heritage programming.

When: Every Thursday to October 10, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Downtown Farmers’ Market

What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly Hamilton Street welcomes vendors and farmers Thursday mornings and afternoons for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

When: Every Thursday to October 3, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Time

Ladner Village Market

What: The Ladner Village Market takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.

When: August 11 and August 25; September 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
Admission: Free

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

What: Located just steps away from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market is a vibrant gathering place that aims to promote small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.

When: Every Saturday to October 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
Admission: Free

Tsawwassen Farmers’ Market

What: Stock up on fresh local produce, along with artisanal foods, at Tsawwassen Farmers’ Market. A handful of food trucks will also be in attendance.

When: Every Saturday to September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 5360 12th Avenue (at 53A Street), Tsawwassen
Admission: Free

Bon Appetit

43rd Annual Powell Street Festival

Powell Street Festival


What: The annual Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country, which celebrates and promotes Japanese arts, culture, and heritage. It will feature live performances, martial arts demos, Japanese calligraphy, and most importantly, delicious food available for purchase.

When: August 3 and 4, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 7 pm
Where: Powell Street Area near Oppenheimer Park
Admission: Free

Sunday Night Movie Series at Bells and Whistles

What: Enjoy movies every Sunday night at Bells and Whistles. August screenings include The Goonies (August 4), Tommy Boy (August 11), Wayne’s World (August 18) and Dazed and Confused (August 25).

When: August 4, August 11, August 18, and August 25
Time: 9 pm
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Windfall Cider Summer Bash 2019

What: Enjoy a special cider pop-up at The Garden Strathcona (868 East Hastings Street) from 6 to 11 pm. Try cider flights, cider slushies, tapas and get a chance to try seasonal cider batches available only at this free event.

When: August 10, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: The Garden Strathcona – 868 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Treat yourself to Arts and Culture

Art2Heart Summer Art Gala

What: An evening of art, music, and hands-on activities featuring talented youth. Singers, musicians, writers and visual artists will be showcased along with an array of stunning artwork. Take a tour through our art gallery, grab some free food and drinks, and watch the artists perform live on stage, then join the youth DJ’s for the after-party.

When: August 4, 2019
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Music on the Plaza

What: Enjoy free live music at Surrey Civic Plaza in the evenings throughout August. Bring your folding chairs or blankets and join the fun with Travis Ree (August 6), Beauty Shop Dolls (August 13), and Bruce Coughlan (August 20).

When: August 6, August 13 and August 20, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Civic Plaza, Surrey City Hall
Admission: Free

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

What: Indie artists Current Swell, Royal Canoe and Terra Lightfoot will perform at Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, a music and arts event at Town Centre Park presented by Kia West. Try your hand at the arts, browse handcrafted wares in the artisan market, and watch performing artists Blink Acro, Disco Funeral, Hip Hop Hoop, and visual artists Richard Tetrault and Sandeep Johal. ​Then enjoy delicious food truck fare and sip craft beer and spirits while DJ Emilita sets the festival vibe.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 2 to 9 pm
Where: Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way Coquitlam
Admission: Free

The Winter’s Tale: A Teen Shakespeare Production

What: King Leontes and King Polixenes are childhood friends but a tragic misunderstanding drives them apart and thrusts those they love into an incredible adventure. A story of sorrow and joy, regret and forgiveness, and the timeless power of love – a perfect tale to share on a magical starry night outdoors. Come see the stars of tomorrow on Carousel Theatre for Young People’s stage today. All ages welcome.

When: Now until August 10, 2019 (no shows on Sundays)
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Outdoor Stage in Ron Basford Park – 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free, optional premium seating can be reserved online in advance ($6) for those wanting to guarantee seats in the bleachers.


What: Metalmorphosis is a sculpture exhibition at VisualSpace Gallery from award-winning metal artists Kye-Yeon Son and Brian Hoyano. Curated by Barbara Cohen.

When: Mondays to Saturday from August 16 until September 7, 2019 (closed Labour Day)
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: VisualSpace Gallery – 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Monstercat Compound 2019


Monstercat Compound/Brandon Artis

What: On Saturday, August 24, the third annual Monstercat Compound, presented by Sapporo, will bring a massive free party to Railtown with live performances and interactive experiences. In addition to the live performances, Compound will also feature workshops, video games, art, merch, carnival games, and food trucks. Several companies and organizations will also be on site to interact and meet with guests.

When: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 2 to 9 pm
Where: 380 Railway St, Vancouver
Admission: Free with RSVP; Compound Premium Passes are available for purchase HERE

City Centre’s Concerts in the Park Series

What: Enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and more in this weekly event at Garden City Community Park. All ages are welcome.

When: Every Wednesday until August 28, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Garden City Community Park – 6620 Garden City Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

CBC Musical Nooners

What: Free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage. Grab your lunch, your friends, your kids or your co-workers and join the 10th season of CBC Musical Nooners. Performers include Petunia and the Vipers (August 7), and Sister Speak on August 16.

When: Every weekday until August 16, 2019 (no show on BC Day)
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: CBC Vancouver – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Summer Sundays: Free Blues, Soul, Funk, R&B and Reggae Concerts

What: Enjoy free concerts every Sunday at Rocky Point Park. Performers include MOJO Stars and Tom Lavin & The Legendary Powder Blues.

When: August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25, and September 1, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free, donations accepted

Summer Concert Series

What: Voted “Outdoor Concert of the Year” by Tri-Cities residents, Coquitlam’s Summer Concert Series is back again for 2019. Drop by the TD Community Plaza in Town Centre Park to enjoy free concerts under the evening sky this summer. Choose to either sit on the grassed seating levels or bring your own chair or blanket while enjoying a homemade picnic or meal purchased from an on-site food truck.

When: August 2 (Pop Night), and September 6 (RnB Night), 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Showboat

What: Kitsilano Showboat’s 84th season features music, dance, and entertainment on the historic stage next to Kitsilano Pool every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer.

When: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until August 17, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kitsilano Showboat – 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Music in the Park

What: Enjoy the summer with an afternoon performance in Lions Park every Saturday. Music in the Park features the finest professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver playing a variety of genres including jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, world fusion, and contemporary.

When: Every Saturday until August 31, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Lions Park – 2300 Lions Way, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Definitely Dali Exhibition

What: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery’s annual Definitely Dali exhibition is back for the summer. Enjoy original artwork by the great Spanish Surrealist master, every single day until the end of September. Plus visit the monumental Salvador Dali sculptures they have positioned in the two public, outdoor spaces: Dalinian Dancer at the corner of Alberni and Thurlow St., and Space Venus at LOT 19, at the foot of Hornby St. 2 W. Hastings.

When: Daily until the end of September 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), 12 to 5 pm (Sunday), or by appointment: [email protected] or 604 733 3594
Where: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery – 549 Howe Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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