27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: August 17 to 19

Jul 31 2018, 3:54 pm

Summer weekends are just the best. Enjoy yourself with our rundown of 27 events in Vancouver on Friday, August 17, Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19. The Fair at PNE, Vines Art Festival, and more to check out.

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

Friday, August 17, 2018

WTF – What the Fun!

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  • What: With the aid of audience suggestions, WTF  takes its inspiration from the quirky stories found in the weekly news and on-line. Part of the show features ‘re-interpretations’ of fun times had by audience members with performers adding their own humorous and unpredictable spin to their Instagram photos or written anecdotes.
  • When: Every Friday and Saturday
  • Time: 11:15 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Creatures of Twilight

  • What: The park never sleeps. Find out who ventures out at sunset on this twilight walk. Dispel myths and discover how nocturnal creatures survive the night. Ages 8+.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+ Registration required: 604-432-6359. Barcode 7388

Andrew Schulz

  • What: A native New Yorker and internationally touring stand-up, Andrew Schulz is known for his hilarious and unapologetic comedy. Andrew’s debut album 5:5:1 launched in June 2018 as the #1 comedy album and #19 album across all genres on iTunes. He recently starred in the sitcom Benders (now available on Netflix), can be seen in Amazon’s Sneaky Pete and the new season of HBO’s Crashing.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Hike Rave Vancouver

  • 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 Party4Life. Invite others to join you, and do not bring drugs or alcohol to the hike.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: TBA
  • Admission: Free

Applebarn Opening Day

  • What: Go on a hayride, ride a pony, pick your own apples, zip the track on a pedal kart through the corn maze, pet barn animals at Farmville, and more. Don’t forget to grab an infamous apple slushie and explore The Sunflower Patch.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Where: Applebarn – 333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online

A Wrinkle In Time

  • What: The classic children’s adventure fantasy novel comes vividly to life at Civic Plaza as the City of North Vancouver presents the Disney live-action hit A Wrinkle In Time at the annual Family Movie Nights in the Plaza. Before the movie begins there’s lots of family-friendly activities, piano sing-alongs, face painting, entertainment and a bike rodeo.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: Events begin at 7 pm, movie starts at dusk
  • Where: City of North Vancouver Civic Plaza – 120 W 14th St, North Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free

Cultus Lake Summer Nightslide Concerts 2018

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Cultus Lake Waterpark (amusement.force / Instagram)

  • What: You can now slip and slide later and later into the night this summer, with nighttime sliding at BC’s biggest waterpark. Separate from their daytime operation, the summer nightslide runs from 8 pm until midnight and includes several live bands playing through the course of the evening. Artists on Friday, August 17 include the North Country Gentleman and Terrance Richmond. Admission to Cultus Waterpark’s Summer Nightslide costs $22 per person (plus tax) and is considered to be separate from regular admission purchase. Visitors must enter the waterslide before 9:30 pm as late entry will not be permitted.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm to midnight
  • Where: Cultus Lake Waterpark – 4150 Columbia Valley Hwy, Cultus Lake
  • Admission: $22 per person (plus tax)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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. Explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place.
  • When: Saturday, August 18 to Monday, September 3, 2018 (closed August 20 to 27)
  • Time: 11 am to late
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Vini Vici

  • What: Psytrance duo Vini Vici aka Aviram Saharai and Matan Kadosh bring their award-winning sound to Harbour Event Centre.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$47.85

Erica Sigurdson

Erica Sigurdson

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  • What: Erica Sigurdson is a multiple-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards, and is a Leo Award-winning writer. Her comedy festival credits include Montreal Just For Laughs, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton, PEI, Sudbury and Vancouver Comedy Festivals.
  • When: Now to Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: the Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15 to $20

Riffraff Riffs n’ Laffs: A Comedy and Music Night

  • What: A night of music and comedy with Mycole Brown, Anna Cran, Shroomer, and Malagrupa.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Where: The Avant-Garden – 729 Gore Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10 / PWYC

Vancouver Whitecaps vs New York Red Bulls

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Image: Bob Frid / Vancouver Whitecaps FC

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on the New York Red Bulls at BC Place.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Cloverdale Market Days

  • What: Cloverdale Market Days feature unique items from local BC Artisans and treasures from the downtown merchants with more than 100 vendors. Mix it up with street entertainment and food trucks, and you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family.
  • When: Saturday, August 18 and Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: 176 Street between 56A and 58 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Starry Night

  • What: Explore the park along lantern-lit paths. Discover fun facts about the creatures who make the park their home. Make a wish upon a star during this enchanted evening. Allow 1 hour to complete the walk. Bring a flashlight or lantern. Dress for cooler temperatures and bring bug spray. Please leave pets at home.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
  • Where:  Deas Island Regional Park, Delta
  • Admission: Free

The Fish Eyes Trilogy

  • What: Anita Majumdar’s one-person The Fish Eyes Trilogy — presented in two parts — is a window into the lives of Canadian South Asian teens. Through this lens, Anita focuses on universal themes of identity, cultural heritage, and finding one’s place in the world.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 4 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • More Info: Online

All Aboard!

  • What: Be transported through time with All Aboard! at the Steveston Interurban Tram Building. This free event allows visitors to explore Richmond’s transportation heritage, both past and present, with guest experts, live music, children’s crafts and activities and more. Ride your bike to this event and the bike valet will be happy to look after it while you explore.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Times: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Steveston Interurban Tram Building – 4011 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Exhibition Opening – Jawahir: Jewels

  • What: Jawahir: Jewels by Durrah Alsaif is an exhibition at the Deer Lake Art Gallery, and is hosted and organized by the Burnaby Arts Council. Through photography, performances, and installations, Alsaif explores the cultural identity between the East and the West as well as the status of women in Saudi Arabia.
  • When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 12 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Art Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Sunday, August 19, 2018

10th Annual Richmond Garlic Fest


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  • What: Chefs from a number of restaurants in Richmond and Vancouver will be volunteering their time to bring festival-goers a selection of garlic-based delights, including garlic ice cream – a must try for any garlic lover. Other event highlights include an expanded Farmers’ Market, a “kids’ zone” with tons of farm and nature-themed activities, growing garlic workshops, live music, farm tours, live bird of prey flying demonstrations, and more.
  • When: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Terra Nova Rural Park 2631 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

Come Try Ringette

  • What: Join the Surrey White Rock Ringette Association for a free day at the rink trying out ringette. All you need to participate is some warm clothes and a pair of gloves. If you have your own skates or helmet, please bring these with you. If not, helmet and skates will be available.
  • When: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex Arena – 16555 Fraser Highway, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Araxi Longtable Dinner Series

  • What: On August 19, at the base of Mount Currie on breathtaking North Arm Farm, award-winning Executive Chefs James Walt and Quang Dang craft an exclusive four-course menu showcasing superlative farm-to-table dishes with renowned Restaurant Director Neil Henderson orchestrating all aspects of service for the event.
  • When: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 3 pm cocktail reception, 4:15 pm dinner
  • Where: North Arm Farm, Pemberton
  • Price: $250; buy online

Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show

  • What: 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: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Downtown Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Port Moody Car-Free Day

Car-Free Day

Car-free day ( Laura Bartlett / Shutterstock)

  • What: The festival is filled with local businesses and artisans, delicious food, live music, and activities for all ages.
  • When: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 7 pm
  • Where: St John’s Street (between Douglas and Moody) – Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers & Artisans’ Market

  • What: With entertainment playing and vendors striking up light conversation with customers throughout the day, the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market creates a friendly, social environment for you to spend your afternoon. Whether you’re buying fresh locally grown produce, grabbing a bite to eat, enjoying the craftsmanship of some of the artisans, or simply strolling through the market enjoying the day, the market has something to offer for everyone.
  • When: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • 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

Vines Art Festival 2018

  • What: The fourth-annual multidisciplinary eco-arts celebration, Vines Art Festival, will be taking place at various parks throughout Vancouver. More than 70 performing and visual artists are set to perform, including Kimmortal (a diasporic first generation settler-based on unsurrendered Coast Salish Territories), Katie Cassady (dancer and choreographer from TWObigsteps Collective and Donald Sales/Project 20), Rabbit Richards (a New York-born, Montreal-bred, performance poet), and musicians an̓usáyum̓ (two Indigenous artists from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation, singing their own contemporary western music and Coast Salish traditional singing).
  • When: Now to Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Kitsilano Beach, Trout Lake Park, CRAB Park, Granville Island, Roundhouse Community Centre, and Strathcona Park
  • Admission: Free

Southern BBQ with Merchants Workshop and DL Chicken Shack

  • What: This Southern BBQ with Merchants Workshop and DL Chicken Shack is presented by Fraser Common Farm Co-op.
  • When: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 8 pm
  • Where: Fraser Common Farm – 1322 256 Street, Langley
  • Price: $110; buy online

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

  • What: Enjoy free concerts every Sunday at Rocky Point Park. Highlights include David Gogo, Brickhouse and Big City Soul.
  • When: Every Sunday to September 2, 2018
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Rumors – A Comedic Farce by Neil Simon

  • What: Rumors features ridiculous, witty wordplay and slamming doors. The play is set at the home of Charlie and Myra Brock at a dinner party to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. When the party first guests arrive, they find Charlie passed out upstairs with a bullet hole in his earlobe, and Myra is nowhere to be seen. Hilarity ensues.
  • When: Now to Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Crescent Beach, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online
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