209 things to do in Vancouver in August


Still so much summer left to enjoy, so let’s make the most of it! From Pride Week to Vancouver Mural Festival, outdoor movies to yoga on the beach, here are 209 fun things to do in Vancouver this month.

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

Explore the great outdoors

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

Bowen island Sea Kayaking

What: Bowen Island Sea Kayaking offers rentals and guided tours from two 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. Have kids that are interested in kayaking? Check out their Kids Camp and Junior Skills summer programs.

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.

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2019

What: Stroll through more than five acres of sunflowers in bloom. On-leash pets will also be welcome, with a dedicated drinking area and complimentary pick-up bags on-site. Attractions include 20-acres filled with giant sunflowers, a one-acre show garden with 15 varieties of sunflowers, photo-ops with swing sets, lawn games, local food trucks and more.

When: Thursday, August 1 until Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: Hours of operation vary based on date
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online

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

Vancouver Undie Run 2019

Undie Run,

Undie Run, Vancouver (VYVE)

What: Co-hosted by BN3TH, the 3rd annual Vancouver Undie Run is a mobile dance party which gives participants the opportunity to explore downtown Vancouver in a costume, or a pair of comfy underwear. The 5 km jog is for all fitness levels and travels down Davie Street, through a parkade, and then ends at the Pink Alley Way.

When: August 3, 2019
Where: English Bay Beach
Time: 8 pm Start
Cost: By donation. All participants must register here.

Richmond Sunflower Festival 2019

What: The first-ever Richmond Sunflower Festival will feature 20 different varieties of sunflowers and dahlias on over eight acres of land for you to enjoy, with multiple #instaworthy moments. Take a train ride through the vineyard and enjoy a tractor ride to the sunflower fields. You can also enjoy a cool drink or ice cream at the vendors at the festival, including a meal on weekends at the festival’s food trucks.

When: August 3 to September 15, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Richmond Country Farms, 12900 Steveston Highway
Cost: $10 on Weekdays and $15 on Weekends, plus tax

Beach Soccer Blast 2019

What: Spanish Banks will be bumping with outdoor soccer enthusiasts from August 10 to 12 for the Beach Soccer Blast, hosted by Vancity Original. There is a youth division and senior division.

When: August 9 to 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Spanish Banks Beach East
Register: Online

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: Free, available online

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

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

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

Vancouver Quidditch League – Summer Quidditch

What: Your chance to catch the golden snitch with Vancouver Quidditch League. All skills levels are welcome, beginner to veteran. Participation by donation.

When: Every Thursday until August 22, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: John Hendry Park (North West Corner), Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Peak Yoga at Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

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What: Grouse Mountain and YYOGA present Peak Yoga every Saturday in the Plaza at the top of Grouse Mountain, outside the Chalet. Stretch it out after hiking up the grind, or take the Skyride up for the class.

When: Every Saturday until August 31, 2019
Time: 10 to 11 am
Where: Plaza at the top of Grouse Mountain
Admission: Complimentary with a Grouse Mountain membership or admission ticket.

Vallea Lumina

What: Vallea Lumina the interactive experience is presented by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” Through the use of emotive lights, video, soundscape, and scenography, guests are “transported” to another world with opportunities to touch, play, and explore their new environment.

When: Now until October 13, 2019
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
Tickets: Online, Adults: $39.99, Kids $34.99

Explore the city

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2019

Celebration of Light / 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 features India on July 27, Canada on July 31, and Croatia 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.

Aritzia Warehouse Sale – Hiring Fair 2019

What: Artizia is hiring team members for their upcoming 2019 Warehouse Sale, which will take place from August 28 to September 2. Artizia is hiring for all positions for the warehouse sale, which promises to be bigger than ever. Bring a copy of your resume, along with other people who may want to work for the event.

When: Friday, August 2, 2019
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: 611 Alexander Street #118, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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

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

What: Run through the streets of Mount Pleasant and see some amazing public art at the MEC x VMF Run the Murals event. This run, in collaboration with the Fraser Street Run Club, will include a 2 km and 5 km route where you’ll be able to bask in the colourful creations of local artists. Once you’ve caught your breath, head over to the VMF Gallery for some post-run snacks and drinks. Space is limited so register quickly.

When: August 2, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: VMF Gallery, 14 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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

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 onstage, 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

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, childrens 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

THRIVE Talks

What: THRIVE Talks is a speaker series inviting female—including those who are cis, trans, gender non-binary, gender-fluid and femme-identified—artists to share their journeys, their work, and why they do what they do. In this VMF edition of THRIVE Talks, hear from some of the contemporary female artists who are involved in the Vancouver Mural Festival. All genders and people are welcome to attend the event.

Date: August 5, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane), Vancouver
Admission: $5

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

Traction Conference

Traction Conference

Traction Conference 2018 (Traction Conf / Facebook )

What: Traction Conference is back in Vancouver at JW Marriott Parq on August 7 and 8. The conference is perfect for entrepreneurs and content creators who are looking to grow their revenue and business, and features a slew of tech giants and business heavyweights from some of the fastest growing companies in the world like Google, Twentieth Century Fox, Reddit, LinkedIn, Slack, Bumble — just to name a few. Attendees have the opportunity to network with, and get on a first-name basis with Fortune 500 leaders, high-growth startup founders, and leading investors.

When: August 7 and 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: JW Marriott Parq – 39 Smithe St, Vancouver, plus other locations
Register: Online

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

AIBC Summer Architectural Walking Tours

What: Through its summer Walking Tour Program, the Architectural Institute of B.C. offers stunning architectural perspectives of six Vancouver neighbourhoods. Sites include Chinatown, Gastown, Yaletown, Downtown, West End and Strathcona, the first neighbourhood in Vancouver. For locals and tourist alike, the tours are a fun and engaging way to learn more about the architecture and history of Vancouver. A distance of 3 km is covered over a period of two hours – comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Tours are held rain or shine.

When: Thursdays to Mondays until September 2, 2019
Time: 10 am and 1 pm. Arrive 15 minutes before departure time
Where:  Meet in the lobby of the Architecture Centre – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Book: Online

Waste to Wonder Exhibit 2019

Orca (Waste to Wonder)

Orca (Waste to Wonder)

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

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

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

Paint in the Park with Opus

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

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

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

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

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

VMF Flash Tattoo

What: Commemorate Vancouver Mural Festival 2019 by getting a tattoo. VMF Flash Tattoo features 27 artists over two days.

When: August 9 and 10, 2019
Time: 12 pm – 8 pm
Where: 65 East 6th Avenue
Cost: Price varies by artist

VMF Open Air Movie Theatre

What: 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: Jonathan Rogers Park – 110 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
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, axe throwing, 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

Family FUSE Weekend at Vancouver Art Gallery

What: Vancouver Art Gallery is offering a variety of inspiring activities during Family FUSE Weekend. Try your hand at collage and sculpture, then break out your best moves during hip-hop dance and sound exploration. Participants will begin thinking like an artist while exploring the artworks of the Gallery’s current exhibitions.

When: August 10 and August 11, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street
Admission: Free for members and kids 12 and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets available via Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Pagan Pride Day 2019

What: Join Vancouver Pagan Pride in celebrating the 21st annual Vancouver Pagan Pride Day at John Hendry Park. Learn about Paganism, enjoy live entertainment, children activities, and more.

When: August 10, 2019
Time: 10 to 5 pm
Where: Trout Lake at John Hendry Park
Admission: By donation of non-perishable item or monetary donation to the food bank and/or animal shelter

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

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 4,000 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 14, 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

Science World After Dark

What: Science World After Dark features all of your favourite activities just for adults. Watch a film on the world’s largest dome OMNIMAX screen, explore six permanent galleries, discover what’s new in the Feature Gallery, and wet your whistle with a cold beer or glass of wine. Then grab your favourite childhood dinner in Triple O’s and experience exciting live science shows at Centre Stage.

When: August 15, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

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: Saturday, August 17 to Monday, 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

Fair at the PNE 2019 Concerts

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: Saturday, August 17 to Monday, 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.

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

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

Twilight Tuesdays at Science World

What: Twilight Tuesdays are back at Science World for the summer. Enjoy extended hours and reduced rates from 5 to 9 pm every Tuesday. Explore the exhibits, catch a live science show, view a larger-than-life OMNIMAX film, or check the feature exhibition, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature.

When: Every Tuesday until August 27, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Telus World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Eastside Flea

What: Eastside Flea is a modern-day outdoor flea market that takes place monthly in Vancouver in the summer, as well as indoor events year-round Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade independent maker wares to vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, artisan eats and more. You’ll also find food trucks, outdoor bar, live entertainment, and more.

When: August 9 and 10, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm (Friday), 11 am to 5 pm (Saturday)
Location: Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Admission: $3, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Steveston Heritage Experience 

What: ​The Steveston Heritage Experience leads you back in time on an interactive walking tour led by a guide, 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. Food and beverage tastings will also be served, offering a taste of life back in 1914.

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

Friendship Festival

What: Multicultural Russian Speaking Association of BC hosts its fourth annual Friendship Festival, with live entertainment, national food, arts, traditional costumes, children activities and more.

When: August 25, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Perez Center – 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

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

Playland

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What: If you’re ready to reacquaint yourself with the rolls, drops, spins, and thrills that only Playland can offer, then you’re in luck! The always-popular amusement park located in East Vancouver is open for another fun year. In total, there are 35 rides and attractions to enjoy, 14 of which offer an extreme experience for those who dare to ride them.

When: Open daily
Time: 11 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday), 10 am to 3 pm (Monday to Friday)
Where: Playland at the PNE – Hastings Street just off Highway #1 West – Exit #26
Tickets: Available online

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

Happy Pride

Alternative Pride Vancouver 2019

What: Alternative Pride Vancouver 2019 is a grass-roots non-corporate music and art festival celebrating LGBTQ+ artists. Now in it’s fourth year, it takes place over five days, and presents 18 unique and diverse events including warehouse take-overs, unforgettable garden performances, breath-taking city vistas, chic gallery exhibitions, a night of musical theatre, drag brunches in specially curated restaurants, decadent boat cruises, and wild, kinky after-hours, with out-of-this-world main events — all while raising money for some important Vancouver queer causes.

When: Wednesday, July 31 to Monday, August 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium for Pride Season

What: The Vancouver Aquarium has partnered with the Vancouver Pride Society for this 19+ event. Grab a drink from one of the bars scattered around the venue, and learn about the sex lives of animals. Attendees are encouraged to come in drag, or colourful and proud outfits!

When: August 1, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
Price: Tickets available at vanaqua.org/after-hours

Pride in Chinatown

What: Curated by Paul Wong, and part of Alternative Pride 2019, this is described as a “magical twilight event” featuring Vancouver’s only all-Asian drag family, the House of Rice, and plenty of other talent including hand fighting and sword dancing. Presented by On Main Gallery, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and Vancouver Art and Leisure as part of Alternative Pride Vancouver 2019.

When: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Pride at Parq 2019

Pride at Parq

What: On August 2, Parq Vancouver will be playing host to Pride at Parq 2019, hosted by Kim Chi, Asia, Kameron, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10’s prestigious winner, Aquaria. On the night, the four Queens will deliver fierce performances and keep the adrenaline pumping while guests sip signature Pride cocktails and vibe to the beat of live entertainment.

In a first of its kind, VIP experience will be offered at the event, providing special guests private access to exclusive offers including the opportunity to mingle with the stars themselves. And of course, there will be a variety of pride-themed food and drink options throughout the night including the famous pride rainbow cake

When: August 2, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Parq Vancouver — 39 Smithe Street
Price: Starting at $80 — Tickets available online

Pride at the Gallery

What: Attendees can explore four levels of the Art Gallery, and take in what the organizers are calling a “queer living library.” The event includes stories and pop-up conversations from queer artists and advocates, Paint & Drink in the Annex Workshop, bingo, as well as many other activities.

When: August 2, 2019
Time: 5 to pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Admission: $24 general, $18 student and senior, free for Members

Man Up Pride: By Your Side

What: Man Up is an all genders, all bodies drag variety show and queer dance party, at a queer women-run DIY warehouse space in East Van. The events are hosted monthly, and Pride is always their biggest of the year.

When: August 2, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Warehouse – 550 Malkin Avenue
Tickets: $20

Barre Belle celebrates PRIDE

What: Work out like a dancer with Barre Belle at their Kitsilano studio. Not only will you be breaking a sweat, instructor Sean Def’s Barre Belle Fit class will be done to anthems that will make you want to dance. Registration is by donation and will support QMUNITY, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of queer, trans, Two-Spirited people.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: 3 pm
Where: Barre Belle Kitsilano, 1847 W 4th Street, Vancouver
Admission: By donation, benefiting QMUNITY

16th Annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival

What: Vancouver’s 16th Annual Dyke March & 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

The Really Gay History Tour

What: Venture into Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ history this Pride season on the Really Gay History Tour from Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. You’ll visit the sites of bookstore bombings, police raids, Imperial Court coronations, the “Kiss-Ins” of Granville Street, and the gayest beer parlour in town.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 2 pm
Where: Starts outside of Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station, finishes in the Davie Street Village.
Tickets: Online

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

What: Enjoy a buffet, by-donation pancake breakfast with all the fixings. This annual event celebrates the life and work of Vancouver Pride Society founder, Terry Wallace.

When: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 8 am to 12 pm
Where: Jim Deva Plaza – 1200 Bute St, Vancouver, BC
Admission: By donation

2019 Vancouver Pride Parade

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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

Celebrities Pride Summer of Love

What: Celebrities is hosting a variety of events throughout Pride season, including a Drag Carnival starring Amanda Lepore, a late night party featuring Naomi Smalls, Rocky Horror, Grease, and a Motown party, just to name a few.

When: Now until August 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Celebrities Nightclub
Tickets: Online

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

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

What: Starting in 1988, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is Western Canada’s largest queer arts event. The festival contextualizes and celebrates queer lives and experiences, and prioritizes diverse identities including narratives from trans people, queer people of colour, and Indigenous people. Enjoy films from British Columbian filmmakers as well as Canadian and international directors and storytellers.

When: Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Venues across Vancouver
More Info: 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: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Laugh the night away

QUEER as JOKES

What: Yuk Yuk’s presents the pride themed QUEER as JOKES Showcase, hosted by Steve Sidi. Enjoy stand-up, drag, The Tilt Comedy, dancing, and more.

When: August 2, 2019
Time: 10:30 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15

Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Known for their high-quality hilarity, Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) will have locals and tourists alike laughing until their sides ache. Not only are they affordable (tickets start as low as $10 online!), but VTS is a registered charity too, so you’re laughing for a good cause.

There is a show every night – check out their schedule below and then go get your tickets at VTSL.com.

When: Every day throughout the summer
Time: Various times
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

BC’s Funniest New Female Competition

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

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

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

The Wrong Show: Comedy BROADville

What: A night of sketch, musical, physical and stand-up comedy with weed diva/comedian Watermelon, superstar celebrity impersonator Bonnie Kilroe, celebrated cabaret queen Burgundy Brixx and east-Van icon Sandra Sanders, along with Shaboobie Boobarella and Velvet Steele.

When: August 11, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
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

“Weird Al” Yankovic

What: “Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, and he’s coming to Vancouver and Abbotsford as part of his just-announced Strings Attached Tour. Best known for his hilariously irreverent parodies of hit songs, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy,” and “Tacky,” Weird Al will be performing a “high-energy, rock and comedy show featuring costumes, props, a video wall, and – for the first time – a full orchestra.”

When: August 19 (Vancouver) and August 22 (Abbotsford Centre), 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver; Abbotsford Centre 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford
Tickets: Available through LiveNation

Vancouver Improv Fight Club: Tag Team Turmoil

What: Three epic improv duos will face off at Vancouver Improv Fight Club at Cafe Deux Soleils. Through comedy games, referee challenges, and a VIFC jam, the Hardcore Hilarity champion will be crowned. The winner of the first half will also get to choose the stipulation in the second half of the show.

When: August 27, 2019
Time: Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $7 or $5 for students

Jak Knight and Zack Fox

What: Jak Knight is an LA-based comedian, writer, and actor whose stand-up special can currently be streamed on Netflix. Jak has performed on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @Midnight, and Adam Devine’s House Party. Zack Fox has written for The Eric Andre Show, and co-wrote and acted in Flying Lotus’ horror-comedy “Kuso,” which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Fox hosted the long- running Red Bull Radio show “‘Bruh’ with Awful Records,” with guests ranging from SahBabii to Rico Nasty to Thundercat, and was a host for VICELAND’s nightly cable show, VICE LIVE.

When: August 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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-story 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 Hollywood hits on a 26-foot-tall enormous screen at Sun Valley and Gates Parks. Films include Ralph Breaks The Internet (August 2) Avengers: Endgame (August 16) and Mary Poppins Returns (August 30). 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 Park (August 2 and August 30) 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. Hosted by Panatch Group.

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

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Whitecaps

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

What: Vancouver Whitecaps continue their MLS season during the summer 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 and August 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

BC Lions

What: The BC Lions continue their CFL season throughout the summer at BC Place

When: August 24, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canadians

nat bailey stadium

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What: Take me out to the ballgame! Vancouver Canadians continue their MIIB season this summer at Nat Bailey Stadium. Theme nights, giveaways, and more are happening throughout the month.
When: August 8 to 10, August 17 to 19, August 23 to 26, August 28 to 30, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Fraser Valley Bandits

What: The Fraser Valley Bandits continue their Canadian Elite Basketball League season at Abbotsford Centre.

When: August 8 and August 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

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: August 9 to 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in Whistler
Admission: Free, though you can buy VIP tickets for a number of events here.

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: August 12 to August 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Road, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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 7 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 until 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 the 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.

When: 
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 until 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

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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.

When: 
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: August 24 and 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 the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This market now accepts cash, credit, and debit.

When: Every Saturday until 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 until 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 until 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 until 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 until 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. The market features live music, many vendors, and more to see, do and eat.

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 until 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 Farmer’s Market. A handful of food trucks will also be in attendance.

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

Food and Shopping at Night Markets

Fridays on Front

Weekly food events Fridays on Front

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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

Richmond Night Market

Weekly Vancouver food events

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What: This wildly popular event is gearing up for another season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.

When: Now until October 14, 2019. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and stat holidays
Time: 7 pm to 12 am (open to 11 am on Sundays after September 2 and stat holidays)
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near Bridgeport Station)
Admission: General $4.75, Children (under 8 years) Free, Senior (60+ years) Free

Bon Appetit

Afternoon Tea in The Window

What: For a limited time starting August 1, guests can reserve appointments to enjoy afternoon tea in the hotel’s street-level window display on West Georgia Street. The experience will begin with the guest’s choice of Fairmont’s LOT 35 Tea, followed by an array of eats like house-baked English scones and golden sultana scones with clotted cream, strawberry preserves, and orange marmalade, tea sandwiches, and sweets from the hotel’s pastry shop. There is only one reservation per day available at noon, and this experience is $59 per person.

When: Monday to Friday from August 1 until September 2. 2019
Time: 12 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver –
Price: $59 per person; reserve online or call 604-662-1900

Tacofino Pride Bingo Party at Taco Bar

What: On August 2 Tacofino’s Gastown location will be hosting four rounds of interactive Drag Bingo during Vancouver’s annual Pride Festival. Join local drag queens Mina Mercury and Carlotta Gurl at this event and enjoy an extended happy hour by sipping on the Pride-themed ’Te Amo’ cocktail.

All proceeds from the Drag Bingo card donations and $2 from each cocktail sold throughout the weekend will be donated to Vancouver Friends for Life Society and Foundation of Hope. Reservations for the Drag Bingo Pride Party are available by emailing [email protected] The suggested cash donation is $10.

When: August 2, 2019
Time: 5 pm
Where: Tacofino Gastown – 15 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Admission: Suggested donation of $10

43rd Annual Powell Street Festival

Powell Street Festival

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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 Seafood Boil Series at Boulevard

What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will officially be hosting its popular series of summer seafood boils for 2019. This epic feast is enjoyed outside at a communal table, and features fresh-caught lobster, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, and Dungeness crab.

When: Sundays from now until August 25, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $68; buy online

Vin Van Brunch

What: Vin Van is throwing its first bubbly brunch pop-up on August 4. Enjoy a three-course spread of brunch delights created by Chef Dayna Rogers each paired with a glass of fizz. There will also be a breakfast margarita bar with additional beverages available for purchase.

When: August 4, 2019
Time: 11:30 am
Where: Fiore – 1485 W 12 Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $60; buy online

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

Dinner on the Pier 2019

What: On the pier, you’ll get to enjoy a four-course dinner by Chef Joel Green of the Pinnacle Hotelat the Pier, choosing from meat, fish, or vegan options. The meal is coupled with a decadent dessert, as well as wine and beer selections.

When: August 7, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Pipe Shop at The Shipyards — 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Price: $158 general admission; $165 VIP; buy online

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2019

Dîner en Blanc

Parisian Lady (Dîner en Blanc)

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

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

Vegan Harvest Dinner at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will be hosting a Vegan Harvest Dinners on August 8. Boulevard’s Executive Chef, Alex Chen will showcase the creativity of his kitchen team as he redefines the levels of sophistication and flavour of vegan cuisine. Tickets to each edition of the Vegan Harvest Dinners are available for $85 per person.

When: August 8 and October 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $85; buy online

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

Ubuntu Canteen Hosts Sunday Supper Series at Zaklan Heritage Farm

The Ubuntu Canteen team will head out on the road August 11 as Chef/Owner David Gunawan joins forces with fellow locavore-minded Chef Kaylie Barfield (formerly of Vancouver’s Nuba Restaurant Group, currently of Portland, OR’s Tusk restaurant) to co-host an on-the-road edition of its popular Sunday Supper Series at Zaklan Heritage Farm in Surrey.

When: August 11, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Ubuntu Canteen – 4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $125; buy online

The Morning AFTER Hip-Hop Brunch: The 3 Year Anniversary

What: Each $30 ticket includes three mimosas and from brunch item (from 12:30 to 2 pm) along with entry into the afternoon Hip-Hop Brunch mix down till 6:30 pm.

When: August 11, 2019
Time: 12 to 6:30 pm
Where: The Charles Bar – 136 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Price: $10-$30; buy online

YES SHEF! Elevating Women in Food and Wine Dinner

WhatL On August 12, the Worth Association for the Women of Recreation, Tourism & Hospitality and award-winning Chambar Restaurant will co-host the YES SHEF! Elevating Women in Food and Wine fundraiser.

When: August 12, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Chambar – 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Price: $180; buy online

Summerdine 2019 – Les Dames Do Dinner

What: This event sees 22 separate dinner parties all at the same time on one night from Vancouver to the Okanagan, the Fraser Valley to Vancouver Island. This is Les Dames d’Escoffier – BC Chapter’s annual dining celebration called Summerdine. This year it will take place on August 14 (with one event on August 15 in Victoria). Check out the participating restaurants and dinner online.

When: August 14, 2019
Where: Participating venues in BC
More Info: 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

Burdock and Co. in the Country

What: Chef Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co and Harvest Community Foods) is partnering up with Glorious Organics to host an alfresco plant-based multi-course dinner in support of Fraser Common Farm in Langley, BC.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: 1322 256 Street, Langley
Price: $125; buy online

Railtown’s Tailgate BBQ

What: Attendees can expect 35-hour Texas-style beef brisket, applewood-smoked pork shoulder, beer-brined Maple Hill Farms chicken, D’Original Sausage Haus brats, corn on the cob, and jalapeño cornbread. Guest will also get a choice of two of these sides: Carolina coleslaw, creamy potato salad, classic Caesar salad, and farmers’ market field greens.

When: August 18, 2019
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Railtown Cafe – 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
Price: $27 per person ($17 vegetarian); buy online or in-person

The 3rd Annual East Van Cider Fest

What: Liberty Merchant Company presents the 3rd Annual East Van Cider Fest in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. All proceeds from both ticket sales, silent auctions and door prizes directly support the GVFBS. The evening will feature cider, mead and spirits from all over British Columbia.

When: August 21, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: The Wise Hall & Lounge – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
Price: $29.99 plus a non-perishable food donation, proceeds will benefit the GVFBS and tickets are available at all Liberty Wine Merchants locations

Battle of the Brews

What: The Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society and 102.7 THE PEAK host the 3rd Annual Battle of the Brews. This fun charity event will offer attendees a great afternoon of craft beer tasting and delicious food sampling. Attendees will get the chance to help choose their favourite beers and all proceeds from the event will fund Athletics 4 Kids and Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society youth initiatives.

When: August 24, 2019
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: Civic Plaza, City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Wild Salmon Celebration 2019

What: The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is back with the Wild Salmon Celebration for 2019. Enjoy six food stations and BC wines at this event.

When: August 24, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf – 1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $60; buy online

Steveston Beer Fest 2019

The seventh annual Steveston Beer Fest will take place in the historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston on August 25. Partial proceeds from this event will support the Richmond Christmas Fund and other local non-profit groups.

When: August 24, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Price: $55; buy online

CASKAPALOOZA 2019 at CRAFT

What: Head to this summer craft beer sampling event and try 30 unique casks from your favourite local craft breweries. Event tickets are $25 and include 12 sample beer tokens. Partial proceeds will be donated to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.

When: August 27, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $25; buy online

Treat yourself to Arts and Culture

Plantasia

What: Plantasia is a brand new cabaret show that explores our personal relationships with gender through the evocative natural matter of flora and fungi. Featuring drag, burlesque, song, dance, circus arts, and spoken word, the group of trans and GNC artists will create a night of botanic beauty. Plantasia will be donating all profits made over the night to the Trans Alliance Society, a registered non-profit which supports the BC transgender community through support, education, outreach and advocacy.

When: August 1, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck

What: The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck is a comedy about the intersection between show business and life. Roxanne’s professional and personal life collide when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. Now Roxanne has to balance her feelings for both men while working with a stoned lightboard operator, an omnipresent intercom system, and producers threatening to close the show.  Starring Sarah Boes, Michael Germant, and Drew Henderson, and directed by Mel Tuck.

When: August 1 to 3, August 8 to 10, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: PAL Theatre – 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

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 onstage, 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

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

What: The first production of Vagrant Players Theatre Society’s 2019/2020 season. Disgraced tells the story of corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor, who is living a happy wife with loving family and about to get the biggest promotion of his career. But things take a turn when he helps his nephew with a case defending a man of Muslim faith. Featuring Hesham Hammoud, Jordana Largy, Albert Nicholas, Bethany Brown, and Ardy Ramezani, and directed by Jessica Charbonneau.

When: August 8 to 11, August 13 to 17, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Nest on Granville Island – 1398 Cartwright St 3rd Floor, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

What: Pulitzer prize-winning drama Our Town by Thornton Wilder tells the tale of Grover’s Corners, a fictional small town set between 1901 and 1913, and the everyday lives of the townspeople. This is Peninsula Productions’s inaugural show in our beautiful new black box theatre.

When: August 8 to 11, August 15 to 18, August 21 to 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm and 2 pm matinees on select dates
Where: Peninsula Productions Black Box Theatre – 14600 North Bluff Road, White Rock
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Bach Festival 2019

What: The Vancouver Bach Festival is one of the largest festivals of its type in North America and runs until August 9, 2019. The series of concerts featuring guest artists from all over the world will be held at Christ Church Cathedral in Downtown Vancouver and at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on the UBC campus.

When: Now to August 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Christ Church Cathedral and Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Tickets: Online

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

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.

Deep into Darkness

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Deep into Darkness (Taylor Kare & Eastowest Productions)

What: Third Wheel Production’s Deep into Darkness invites you into the mind of Edgar Allan Poe as “he desperately searches for his lost love in this tragic dream within a dream,” experiencing poems like ‘Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Raven.’ Explore over 20 rooms and three floors as you touch objects, rifle through drawers, and read through papers, unravelling “the mystery of [Edgar Allan Poe’s] chaotic descent into madness” at The Cultch. Attendees should dress comfortably and be prepared to walk/stand for the entirety of the show. The show is 18+ due to adult themes involving nudity and violence.

When: August 13 to 18, August 20 to 25, 2019
Time: Doors 7:15 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Cultch — 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
Tickets: Early bird price $65, regular price $75, and at-door price $85

Romeo & Juliet and Love You Forever…. and More Munsch

What: Beach House Theatre’s 2019 season features Romeo & Juliet and Love You Forever…. and More Munsch. Enjoy outdoor performances right on Crescent Beach.

When: August 13 to 18, 2019 (Romeo & Juliet), August 14 to 17 (Love You Forever…. and More Munsch)
Time: 8 pm  (Romeo & Juliet), 11 am (Love You Forever…. and More Munsch)
Where: Blackie Spit Park – 3136 McBride Ave, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Ensemble Theatre Company’s 7th Annual Repertory Festival

What: ETC’s 7th Annual Repertory Festival features three productions at Jericho Arts Centre: The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts, and Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin. A mix of comedy and drama for all theatre goers.

When: Alternating nights until August 16, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 2 pm matinee of The Drawer Boy on August 4)
Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Metalmorphosis

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

Theatre Under the Stars: Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies

What: Audiences will be transported to the warmth of a Greek island and witness a fight for what’s right this summer, when Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) presents Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies this summer season at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. Enjoy a carefree evening of theatre surrounded by the scenic beauty of Stanley Park as young talent from across the Lower Mainland share the stage with some of Vancouver’s finest professional theatre artists. 

When: Now until August 17, 2019 (Performances alternate evenings)
Time: Various times
Where: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
Tickets: At Theatre Under the Stars

Unibrow Arts Festival 2019

What: Vancouver’s first comedy and zine fest, Unibrow Arts Festival is a showcase of the city’s comedy and DIY art publishing scenes. Enjoy comedy shows, screenings, artist talks, and more from August 22 to 25 in various venues around Mount Pleasant.

When: August 22 until August 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

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

Music at the Cannery

What: The Cannery’s annual summertime evening concert series returns. Each week will feature a different musical act, catering to a wide range of musical tastes, from blues, jazz, folk and more.

When: Every Friday until August 30, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Tickets: At the door, $7, $5 for children ages 7 to 17

Star Wars: A Nude Hope Burlesque

What: The Geekenders invite you to travel to a galaxy far, far away for a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy, dance, showgirls, vaudeville, nostalgia, glitter, droids, body positivity, and more fun than a jawa can shake a stick at… and space.

When: Every Friday and Saturday until August 31, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $25 Regular or $40 for “splash zone”

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

Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival 2019

What: Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this month with seven days of top tap talent. The festival features local and international tap dance artists in premiere performances, workshops and intensives, and community events. There will also be a 20th Anniversary Gala at The Orpheum Annex on August 31. Presented by Vancouver Tap Dance Society.

When: August 26 to September 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues in Downtown and East Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Reframed: Painting and Collage by Tiko Kerr

What: Reframed features new work by Tiko Kerr. Throughout his more than 30-year-long career, Kerr has explored the concept of perception through painting. His most recent works continue along this line of inquiry while drawing on images from art history and popular culture to explore the contemporary moment of widespread unrest and trauma.

When: Wednesdays to Saturdays until August 30, 2019 (closed Saturdays of holiday weekends)
Times: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Gordon Smith Gallery – 2121 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation, suggested $5

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

Language Matters: Exploring Indigenous Language Through Art

What: This exhibition at Bill Reid Gallery brings together urban Indigenous community members to visually express their relationships to their respective Indigenous languages.

When: Now until September 16, 2019
Times: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art – 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach/ Facebook

What: Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Presented in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the festival offers Shakespeare’s plays, related dramas, and several special events on the BMO Mainstage and the Howard Family Stage through September. The lineup this year includes The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus.

When: Now until September 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time

What: This unique exhibition is focused on the art of Alberto Giacometti, renowned in the twentieth century for his sculpture, painting, drawing and design. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to examine the breadth of his practice and to see Giacometti’s place among his contemporaries in Paris and London in the post-war period.

In addition to Giacometti, featured artists include Francis Bacon, César, Lynn Chadwick, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Elisabeth Frink, Henri Michaux, Eduardo Paolozzi, Isabel Rawsthorne, Man Ray, Germaine Richier, Jean-Paul Riopelle and William Turnbull, among others.

When: Now until September 29, 2019
Time: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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Walk Off the Earth

Walk off the Earth/CNE

What: Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum group, Walk Off the Earth, is coming to Vancouver during their world tour. Their five-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” exploded on YouTube, garnering more than 180 million views. Since then, the group has gone on to release their own original songs, “Red Hands” (#1 at AAA), “Fire In My Soul,” and “Rule The World.” Walk Off the Earth has already sold out venues around the world, not to mention collaborating with artists including Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, and Keith Urban.

When: August 3, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Orpheum — 601 Smithe Street
Price: $39.75 to $69.75 (plus service charges) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Twins of Evil: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson Hell Never Dies Vancouver Concert 2019

What: Twins of Evil Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are coming to Vancouver this summer. The musicians are joining forces for their Hell Never Dies 2019 North American tour, stopping in Vancouver on August 4, to perform at Rogers Arena.

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm | Show 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena
Price: Starting at $39.50— Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Mumford and Sons

What: British band Mumford and Sons are coming to Vancouver in August. The band is set to take the stage at BC Place on August 7, and the show will feature special guests, Portugal.The Man.

Marking 10 years since Mumford & Sons made their debut, the new music follows 2015’s Wilder Mind, which debuted at No. 1 in the US, UK, Australia Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway and, most recently, 2016’s collaborative Johannesburg mini album. Previous LPs include 2012’s Babel, which was awarded the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year, and their 2009 debut, Sigh No More.

When: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7 pm
Where: BC Place
Tickets: 59.50 / $79.50 / $99.50 / $125 – available through Live Nation

Shambhala Music Festival 2019

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. Participants in the festival will enjoy hundreds of artists across six unique landscapes, all in BC’s breathtaking backyard.

When: Friday, August 9 to Monday, August 12, 2019
Where: Salmo River Ranch, British Columbia
Tickets: Online, general admission starts at $450.

Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival 2019

What: Officially celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival features performances by Feist, Lord Huron, Dan Mangan, The War and Treaty, William Prince, and Southern Avenue.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: Gates 12 pm, show begins at 1 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Drive, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

The Park Show

What: Celebrate the finale of Vancouver Mural Festival with The Park Show at Jonathan Rogers Park. Headlining the show is acclaimed NYC singer-songwriter LP. Accompanying her are instrumental Toronto group badbadnotgood, talented Canada Indigenous artist iskwē and local Vancouver DJ MY!GAY!HUSBAND!

When: August 10, 2019
Time: Gates open at 4 pm
Where: Jonathan Rogers Park –  110 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $40 plus fees, free for kids 12 and under

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

Rock Ambleside Park 

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: August 15 to 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Lights

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

Moist

What: Vancouver alt-rockers Moist are reuniting and going on tour to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their breakthrough album, Silver.

When: August 22, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Monstercat Compound 2019

Monstercat

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

The National

What: Grammy-Award winning The National is best known for their fourth and fifth albums, Boxer and High Violet. In 2017, the band also released the album Sleep Well Beast, which won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. They’ll be performing at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, with Alvvays as special guests.

When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Time: Doors at 5:30 pm; Show at 6:30 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – Burnaby, BC
Tickets: Online

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

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What: BC’s own Carly Rae Jepsen has announced a new Canadian tour for this summer, which she will kick off by playing two back-to-back shows in Vancouver. Jepsen’s latest tour announcement comes on the heels of the release of Jepsen’s fourth album Dedicated, which includes the singles “Party For One,” “Now That I Found You,” “Julien,” and “Too Much.” Jepsen is best known for her hit “Call Me Maybe,” which climbed to #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, has sold over 20 million singles worldwide and is certified Diamond in the United States.

When: August 28 and August 29, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom
Tickets: Online

Summerset Music Festival

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What: The inaugural Summerset Music Festival at Fort Langley National Historic Site features Paul Brandt, Rival Sons, April Wine, Kim Mitchell, The Washboard Union and more. The festival also has art installations, local food trucks, breweries and more.

When: August 30 to September 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site – 23433 Mavis Ave, Fort Langley
Tickets: Online



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