28 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: August 16 to 18

Aug 15 2019, 5:00 am

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Enjoy your weekend with these 27 events happening in Vancouver on Friday, August 16, Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18. SeaWheeze, The Fair at the PNE, and more!

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

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Friday, August 16

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

SeaWheeze Half Marathon and Sunset Festival

What: Over 10,000 runners descend on Vancouver to sweat it out over a weekend of yoga, running, and an awesome party. Take part in yoga and meditation on Friday, and the Half Marathon and Sunset Festival on Saturday. This year, multi-Grammy award-nominated DJ Kaskade will be the headliner. He’ll be joined by dance and electronic artist Big Wild. In addition to live music, festival-goers will have the chance to participate in an all-level sunset yoga practice, visit the local artisan market, and enjoy food and drinks from local purveyors.

When: August 16 and 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, Jack Poole Plaza, and Stanley Park
Tickets: Register Online for the half marathon. Tickets are $48 for the Sunset Festival, available at SeaWheeze.com


What: Lights has sold over 200,000 albums in the US, gained over 100 million in U.S. streams, and won two JUNO Awards. The British Columbian singer song-writer is touring in support of her latest album, Skin&Earth Acoustic.

When: August 16, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Crave the Heights

Taste the Heights

Sopra Sotta is a participating restaurant this year (@jackymchui/Instagram)

What: Crave the Heights, presented by the Heights Merchants Association, is bringing tantalizing food and live entertainment back to Burnaby for another year. The neighbourhood dining showcase features restaurants on the Heights offering affordable set menus, new and unique menu items, happy hour bites, and plenty of drink deals and discounts.

When: August 16 to August 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various restaurants across Burnaby Heights
Cost: Prices vary by restaurant

Maan Farms Abbotsford Sunflower Festival

What: The event will feature plenty of opportunities to capture Instagram-worthy shots, with a classic truck and vintage furniture on-site to use as props. There will also be a premium U-Pick sunflower field, a wine garden with goats, and select days when dogs are welcome.

If you’re feeling hungry, Mama Maan’s Kitchen will be cooking up delicious Indian dishes and treats, including butter chicken, pakoras, samosas, and tornado potatoes. And if you’re feeling thirsty for some adult beverages, wine can be sampled at Maan Farms Estate Winery on Saturdays and Sundays.

When: August 16 to September 1, 2019 (Dog Days on August 17 and 18)
Time: Hours of operation vary
Where: Maan Farms — 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Available online and general tickets can be purchased on site. Cash, credit and debit accepted

Reel to Real Outdoor Summer Film Series – Song of the Sea

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. Enjoy a screening of Song of the Sea on August 16.

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


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

Saturday, August 17

The Fair at the PNE

What: Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. This year features concerts by Billy Idol, TLC and UB40. Entertainment and attractions include Reveen, a video game exhibit, Knights of Valour Superdogs, PNE Prize Home, and more.

When: August 17 to September 2, 2019 (closed August 19 and 26)
Time: 11 am to late
Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Reigning Champ Robson Street – Radical Retreat

What: Reigning Champ is celebrating their recent collaboration with District Vision by hosting two Radical Retreats this weekend at their Robson Street location. Max Vallot, co-founder of District Vision, and Mike Spino, former director of Esalen Sports Center and author of “Beyond Jogging”, will lead two workshops focusing on meditation, restorative movement and breath-awareness to naturally improve athletic performance. Attendees are asked to wear comfortable clothing that will allow for movement. Space is limited so

When: August 17 and August 18, 2019
Time: 11 am to 12 pm (Saturday), 10 to 11 am (Sunday)
Where: Reigning Champ – 1148 Robson Street,⁣⁣⁣⁣ Vancouver
RSVP: Send your name and preferred date to [email protected]⁣⁣⁣⁣

Steveston Heritage Experience

What: ​The Steveston Heritage Experience leads you back in time on an interactive walking tour, stopping at four celebrated historic attractions—Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Along the way, you’ll hear eye-opening tales of yesteryear village life, as told by a chatty local who seems to have just stepped from the streets of 1914. Carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will also be served, offering a taste of life back in 1914—culminating with a popular dish of that day (and today), delicious seafood chowder from local favourite Pajo’s, along with a craft brew from Steveston’s Britannia Brewing.

When: August 17, September 14, and October 5, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm. Meet at the Britannia Shipyards NHS Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes before tour start time.
Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site 5180 Westwater Drive Richmond
Tickets: Online

Tom Segura

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What: Well known for his Netflix specials Completely Normal and Mostly Stories, Tom Segura has appeared on Conan, Workaholics, Happy Endings, The Late Late Show, How To Be A Grown Up, and Comedy Central. Segura has performed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Comedy Festival – Las Vegas, The South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Hong Kong Comedy Festival. He also co-hosts the podcast, Your Mom’s House, with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky.

When: August 17, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Vancouver Whitecaps vs DC United

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on DC United in MLS action at BC Place. Plus enjoy hours of fun with your family and friends at The Warmup, the new pregame party held at the Plaza of Nations.

When: August 17, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

New West Pride Street Party 2019

What: Pride 2019 celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the formation of New West Pride. 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

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

Bowen island Sea Kayaking

What: Bowen Island Sea Kayaking offers rentals and guided tours from 2 hours to multi day, allowing you to explore beautiful Bowen Island and Howe Sound on the water. They also offer kayaking and paddle board lessons as well as Paddle Canada certifications. You can also join their popular sunset and full moon tours.

When: April to October
Time: Hours vary. Check website or call.
Where: Bowen Island is a natural wonderland, and is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay.
More Info: Book online here.

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

Movies Under the Stars – The Lego Movie 2

What: Movies Under the Stars presents The Lego Movie 2 on August 17 at 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 17, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Admission: Free

Sunday, August 18

Fair at the PNE 2019 Concerts

PNE concert series

PNE Concert Series/PNE

What: PNE Fairgoers will enjoy sensational performances this year including Pop, Rock, Country, and R&B as well as throwback 80s and 90s concerts. The Summer Night Concerts will run every evening that the Fair is open, starting on Saturday, August 17 in the PNE Amphitheatre.

When: August 17 to September 2, 2019 (closed August 19 and 26)
Time: Nightly at 8:30 pm
Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Each concert is free with gate admission to the fairgrounds. However, music fans looking for a more optimal viewing experience of the concerts can acquire reserved seats starting at $20.

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

Port Moody Car-Free Day

What: Port Moody’s Car-Free Day is 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 explor, 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

11th Annual Richmond Garlic Fest

What: The 11th Annual Richmond Garlic Fest features fresh farm grown garlic, garlicky delights made by chefs of local restaurants, Farmers’ Market, live birds of prey flying demos, kids zone, farm tours, and more. This event is by donation, with all proceeds from the festival going to supporting The Sharing Farm in their mission to grow fresh healthy produce for families in need.

When: Sunday, August 18, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Terra Nove Rural Park (The Sharing Farm) – 2771 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: By donation

2019 Odlum Brown VanOpen

What: The 2019 Odlum Brown VanOpen, a Tennis Canada Event, is the largest and most celebrated Men’s and Women’s professional tennis tournament in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. This year’s competitors include Canadians Genie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil, Rebecca Marino, and Brayden Schnur.

When: Now to August 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Road, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Rock Ambleside Park 

Image: Tom Cochrane / Facebook

What: Rock Ambleside Park 2019 features Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Honeymoon Suite, Quiet Riot, Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers, The Romantics, The Headpins, Streetheart, SAGA, Sass Jordan and David Wilcox. The artists have a combined 24 platinum records, 15 gold records and 12 Juno Awards.

When: Now to August 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Legends of Heroes Concert

What: Vancouver Pops Orchestra and Choir presents Legends of Heroes Concert, with music from Avengers and Disney films. There will also be chances to win prizes from Disney Store, Cineplex, and more. Family friendly.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: 3 to 9 pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Vancouver Titans Meet-and-Greet at Best Buy

What: The Vancouver Titans, the city’s professional Overwatch Esports team will be at Best Buy on Cambie Street this weekend. They’ll be ready to meet local fans and talk about their jumpstart success in their inaugural season. Esports fans will also be able to test out equipment and accessories.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: 1 to 3 pm (lineup starts at 12:30 pm)
Where: Best Buy — 2220 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free of charge

Pemberton Slow Food Cycle

What: Take a pedal powered ride up the Pemberton Meadows to connect with the local farming community. Meet farmers and producers, purchase farm fresh produce, tasty treats and more at the 10 to 15 local farm participants and over 40 vendors.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: TBA
Where: Village of Pemberton. The event registration booth is located at the Old Community Centre grounds (located before the Pemberton Meadows).
Admission:$5 per person, $20 per family

Crankworx Whistler 2019

What: ​The world’s largest mountain bike festival comes home to Whistler. Red Bull Joyride, Whip-Off World Championships, Kidsworx activities, and parties every night. Free for the public to enjoy.

When: Now to August 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in Whistler
Admission: Free, though you can buy VIP tickets for a number of events here.