Don’t have any big vacation plans for the August Long Weekend? Don’t worry! There’s so much happening in and around Vancouver that you’ll be glad you stayed in town. Here’s a rundown of the Top 5 Events happening in the Lower Mainland over the long weekend (And if you’ve got more to add, please leave a comment below).
- When: Saturday, July 31, at 10 p.m.
- Where: The fireworks are launched from English Bay and visible from spots all around the downtown core.
- What: This is the last installment of Vancouver’s annual fireworks competition. The Chinese team – always strong favorites – will be presenting its display of pyrotechnic wonders.
- More info: www.celebration-of-light.com; Read InsideVancouver’s review here.
2) Pride Parade
- When: Sunday, Aug. 1, at noon.
- Where: The parade winds through Vancouver’s downtown and West End. It starts on Robson Street, heads down Denman Street and follows Beach and Pacific Avenues, ending at Sunset Beach.
- What: The parade is the culmination of Vancouver’s annual Pride Festival. More than 500,000 spectators are expected to watch the more than 150 colourful floats, marching bands and more.
- More info: www.vancouverpride.ca ; Read InsideVancouver’s review here.
- When: Friday, July 30, to Sunday, Aug. 8.
- Where: Ambleside Park and other venues throughout West Vancouver.
- What: The annual festival features free live music and other performances along West Vancouver’s waterfront. This year there will be 82 performances, as well as a wine garden.
- More info: www.harmonyarts.ca
- When: Sunday, Aug. 1.
- Where: Holland Park in Surrey (across from the King George Skytrain station).
- What: This annual celebration of Jamaican culture features live reggae, authentic Jamaican food, a cricket clinic, bobsled races and more.
- More info: www.jccabc.net/events.html
- When: Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, Aug. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Where: Oppenheimer Park (on the 400 block of Powell Street in East Vancouver)
- What: This annual festival celebrates Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage. There are dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and, of course, authentic Japanese food (including some very cheap sushi).
- More info: www.powellstreetfestival.com; Read InsideVancouver’s review here.
Any more ideas? Please leave a comment below about other things to do in Vancouver over the long weekend.