10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August


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Summer fun in Vancouver continues through August with loads of great, free events and activities for the whole family!

10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

1. Watch the Fireworks! The Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition continues with two more nights of amazing fireworks displays on Wednesday, August 3, and Saturday, August 6, 2011.

2. Party before the fireworks at SHOREfest, the free concert series that runs from 7pm – 10pm on August 3 and August 6 at three of the best fireworks-watching spots: Vanier Park, Kitsilano Beach, and English Bay Beach.

3. Go multicultural at the annual, free Vancouver Chinatown Festival, August 6 – 7, 2011.

4. Take the whole family to a free, outdoor movie: complete list here.

5. Salsa dance for free every Sunday in Robson Square through August 28, 2011.

6. Discover the art and artists of Granville Island with the self-guided Granville Island Art Walk, part of August’s BC Cultural Crawl.

7. Enjoy free, outdoor theatre with Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company’s performance of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at Queen’s Park Bandshell in New Westminster, on August 6 – 7, 2011.

8. Get a team together for tennis, beach hockey, basketball, or volleyball at KitsFest on August 12 – 14, 2011, a “sports and healthy living festival” on Kitsialno Beach that includes DJs, kids’ activities, food, and more.

9. Explore Vancouver’s summer markets: The Asian-style Summer Night Market in Richmond and Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, and the neighbourhood Vancouver Farmers’ Markets.

10. Get the kids wet at a free Vancouver water park: Granville Island Water Park and Variety Kids Water Park at Stanely Park.

Have more ideas for free fun in August? Please share in the comments!

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11 Responses to 10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

  1. Rick Bee

    Filipino Fest on the 6th at Athlete’s Village
    Burnaby Blues Fest 13th at Deer Lake
    Motorcycle Show 14th in Gastown

  2. We are not quite Vancouver, but we’re close! Gate admission to Burnaby Village Museum is FREE. Open Tu-Su + Labour Day, 11:00am-4:30pm ’til Sep 5

  3. Tracey

    Ballroom dancing Friday nights at Robson Square – free beginners lesson at 8pm, performances at 9pm and 10pm, and social dancing in between! Aug 5, 12, 19 & 26.


    • Dana Lynch

      Thanks guys! These are all fantastic additions to the list!

  4. DMu

    Free concerts every Sunday at Rocky Point Park in scenic Port Moody. Not much parking so take the train/bus or WCE if coming from downtown.
    Free concerts too at Lynn Valley village on the North Shore on Friday evenings. Not nearly as many acts as the one in PoMo but still an almost free (bus fare!) relaxing way to spend a night!

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  6. Kavita

    My husband and I want to visit Vancouver, BC for a weekend in August. We have never been! This is a great article. Do you have any recommendations on places to stay and things to do for one weekend only? We are also foodies, so would love to visit an open market. Any suggestions would help!

    Thank you :)

    • Dana Lynch


      Tourism Vancouver is a great source for finding hotels and things to do in Vancouver. You can also search this blog for things to do: just do a keyword search for shopping, dining, museums, attractions, etc.

      Hope that helps! Have fun!

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  9. August 6th is BC Day and we hope all kids will be inspired to be future Hall of Famer with a FREE visit to the BC Sports Hall of Fame.