27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: August 10 to 12

Jul 31 2018, 9:18 pm

So many fun events, so little time! Get your weekend started with these 27 events in Vancouver on Friday, August 10, Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12. Vancouver Mural Festival, Abbotsford International Airshow, and more to check out.

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

Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Night Live 2018

Friday Night Live/Hastings Racecourse and Casino

  • What: Enjoy everything from craft beer, to food trucks, and have the chance to win prizes, too. General admission entry is free, which means all you have to think about is bringing spending money for food, beer, and maybe a few sneaky bets on the horses. There’s also the option to go all-out, round up a group of your lovely friends, and go in on Grandstand box seats together.
  • When: Every Friday until August 31, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • Price: FREE admission

Monte Booker

  • What:  Soulection producer / DJ Monte Booker brings his smooth blend of R&B, hip-hop, and melodic electronica to Happy Ending Fridays with support from Rico Uno and LeChance.
  • When: Friday, August 10, 2018 
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E. Pender St., Vancouver
  • Guest List: Online

Family Game Nights

  • What: A night of family fun at Eileen Dailly. Water games, bingo and more.
  • When: Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre – 240 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Family swim rates apply.

The Market at Brewer’s Row

  • What: Enjoy over 10 vendors, food trucks and community groups in the heart of Port Moody. Then sit at the gorgeous long table, surrounded by string lights and decked out with gorgeous flowers from Artisan Gifts & Flowers.
  • When: Every Friday from August 10 to August 31, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Station Museum parking lot – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Beach Soccer Blast 2018

beach soccer

Gerry Kripps / Umbro Soccer Blast

  • What: Spanish Banks will be bumping with outdoor soccer enthusiasts from August 10 to 12 for the Beach Soccer Blast, hosted by Vancity Original and Umbro.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Spanish Banks Beach East
  • Register: Online

Shambhala Music Festival 2018

  • What: The long-standing festival has been celebrating music in British Columbia for more than two decades and will be returning to the beautiful Salmo River Ranch, a gorgeous family farm. Headliners of the festival include REZZ, The Glitch Mob, Claude VonStroke, Feed Me, and Justin Martin.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Salmo River Ranch, British Columbia
  • Tickets: Online, general admission starts at $420.

Lonsdale Quay Dance Fridays

  • What: Lonsdale Quay Friday dance series at the Lonsdale Quay Market features a variety of dances and teachers. Held next to the Ship Yard night market.
  • When: Every Friday until August 31, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Vancouver Mural Festival

  • What: Beautiful pieces of art, displays, and countless events for Vancouverites will be taking over city streets on Saturday, August 11, including a street party on Mount Pleasant, The Art of Brewing Craft Beer Garden, tours, graffiti jam, and more.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • More Info: Online

Meteor Shower Watch


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  • What: What is the Perseids meteor shower? Is Pluto a planet? Find out from astronomers and space enthusiasts who will have telescopes aimed at the skies. Enjoy lantern-lit trails, games, crafts, blacklight theatres and fun activities from Science World, HR Macmillan Space Centre, Langley Environmental Partners Society, and many others. Camp overnight to extend your star-gazing experience. Presented with Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 11 pm
  • Where: Aldergrove Regional Park – Meet at Aldergrove Bowl entrance at 501 Lefeuvre Road, Abbotsford
  • Admission: $2 per person

Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival 2018

  • What: Mixing folk and Americana to rock & roll and vintage rhythm & blues, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats headline this year’s performance. The family-friendly festival will also feature performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Nikki Lane, The Suffers, Begonia, and Amythyst Kiah.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: Gates 2 pm, show 3 to 10 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Drive, Burnaby
  • Tickets: $40 (early-bird, single-ticket) $50 (regular single ticket) $60 (day-of tickets) $180 (ticket four-pack) Free for children under 12-years-old (with purchase of adult ticket). Tickets are available online.

Vancouver’s Largest Water Fight 2018

  • What: Pull out those Super Soakers and stock up on water balloons as the Vancouver Waterfight is coming back for another year. The annual event is returning for its eleventh 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 11, 2018
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Lumberman’s Arch – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Mural Festival Park Show

  • What: Organizers of Vancouver Mural Festival have partnered with Live Nation Canada to stage a major outdoor ‘Celebration Concert’ event dubbed The Park Show, on the festival’s final day. Featuring A Tribe Called Red, Charlotte Day Wilson, and guests.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6 pm
  • Where: Jonathan Rogers Park – Enter at Manitoba Street, between 7th & 8th Avenue
  • Tickets: Online, $30 plus fees / Family of 4: $100 / Kids 12 & Under Free

Movies Under the Stars – Coco

  • 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 for Coco. 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: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Farm Fest at Garden City Lands

  • What: Richmond celebrates local food, sustainability and its agricultural past, present and future at Farm Fest. The event will feature a farmers’ market, agricultural displays from local farmers, children’s activities, local entertainment, farming demonstrations at the KPU farm, and more.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Garden City Lands – Garden City Rd and Lansdowne Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Clover Valley Beer Festival

  • What: A celebration of food, music, and beer by the team behind the Whistler Village Beer Festival and the Great Okanagan Beer Festival. Featuring 80 craft beers and ciders from 40 different breweries to sample. Attendees can also expect food trucks, live music (DJs and bands), games, and exhibitor booths. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Twins Cancer Fundraising.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: $35-$50 per person; buy online

Burnaby Pride Street Party

  • What: Burnaby’s first Pride event recognizes and celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ2S+ community in Burnaby. Enjoy a full afternoon of live performances, food, activities, and community resources.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Jubilee Avenue between Nelson Avenue and Imperial Street
  • Admission: Free

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

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  • What: The Philosopher Kings will be headlining Coquitlam’s free Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, which will take place on August 11, at Town Centre Park. The free event returns to Coquitlam for the third year offering a full day of activities, artisans, and entertainment. This year’s event will feature two stages including concerts by pop singer Mathew V and high-energy violinist Kytami. Food trucks will be on site cooking up some delicious bites and don’t forget to check out the craft beer scene.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 10 pm
  • Where: Town Centre Park next to Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station
  • Admission: Free

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Jack White

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  • What: The former White Stripes frontman will be taking to the stage at Rogers Arena on August 12 as part of his Boarding House Reach world tour. Boarding House Reach is White’s third solo album.
  • When: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Starting at $49 – available via Ticketmaster

Blueberry Festival

  • What: Blueberry Festival is the place for all lovers of the delicious, local fruit. Sample the best blueberry products Coquitlam Farmers Market vendors have to offer and learn how to incorporate blueberries into your meals at the blueberry recipe demonstration tent with Karen Curtis.
  • When: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Coquitlam Farmers Market – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Beach House

  • What: Baltimore dream pop band Beach House are coming to Vancouver this summer. The ‘Levitation’ duo (Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand) will be performing live at the Orpheum with special guests, as part of their massive 2018 world tour.
  • When: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Vancouver – 601 Smithe Street
  • Tickets: $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 – tickets available via Ticketmaster

Abbotsford International Airshow 2018

  • What: Designated Canada’s National Airshow, Abbotsford is Canada’s premier aviation festival. Since 1962, millions of spectators have watched the finest civilian and military aerobatic performances in the world. People gather from around the globe to look to the skies in awe.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Abbotsford International Airport YXX
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver Trolleybus Tour 2018

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CCF-Brill trolley bus in downtown Vancouver. (TransLink)

  • What: A 1954-built, CCF-Brill trolleybus returns for “fan trips” to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus system. Fares for the special anniversary trips on the vintage bus are $25 for an adult and $15 for a child, with proceeds going towards TSMV’s initiatives of maintaining and restoring heritage vehicles of the region’s transit system. However, it is important to note that the upcoming trips are not part of the regular transit service operated by TransLink.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, Sunday, August 12, Sunday, August 19, Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: All trips depart from the Marpole Loop in South Vancouver
  • Cost: Available online. $25 for adult; $15 for child; free for child under two not occupying a seat

Vancouver International Guitar Festival 2018

  • What: The two-day event celebrates and showcases the art and craft of the world’s finest acoustic and electric guitar makers. Master luthiers (makers of stringed instruments) from across Canada, the United States, and Europe will have an array of electrics, acoustics, ukeleles, and basses on display, as well as the ability to do custom commisions. Master classes will also take place throughout the weekend.
  • When: Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm, approximately
  • Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre – 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online, starting at $25


  • What: A sports and healthy living beach festival. Featuring lululemon sunset yoga, zumba, tennis, volleyball, and more.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, 2018.
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Kitsilano Beach – Cornwall Ave at the north end of Yew Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Music in the Square

  • What: Music in the Square features the finest professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver, playing a variety of genres including jazz, pop, rock, blues, folk, world fusion, and contemporary. This is a rain or shine event.
  • When: Every Sunday to August 26, 2018 (No performance on August 19)
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Gathering Place – 200 – 2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2018

  • What: The three-day free festival includes individual artists as well as organizational partners, workshops for artists and the public, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside music, spoken word, live art, clown, and other performances in the Exhibition Hall.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, 2018.
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Dueck on Marine Custom & Classic Car Show

  • What: Dueck’s largest Custom & Classic Car show is a fun day of great looking cars, prizes, awards, BBQ, and fun pictures to take home for registered vehicles. Everything is done by donation with all proceeds go to Special Olympics BC.
  • When: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Dueck on Marine – 400 SE Marine Dr, Vancouver
  • Cost: By donation
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