Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend
Ready for an amazing BC Day long weekend of fireworks, music, Pride, and festivals?  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday!


Friday August 2nd

Davie Street Party, 4:00PM & 7:00PM @ Davie Street, Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
Start off your Pride weekend at the Davie Street Party!  Free admission to the all ages area with live music performances, sports activities and more.  If you’re 19+, check out the Licensed Zone ($20) from Bute St to Burrard St with amazing DJs and some spectacular surprises.  Tickets and more info available on the website.

2nd Annual Yellow Crane Festival of Art & Design, 11:00AM-4:00PM @ east end of Granville Island, under the yellow crane, between Emily Carr and the Granville Island Hotel
Free
Celebrating Emily Carr’s talented and passionate student and alumni community, this year’s interactive, student-run festival showcases the diversity of students working in performance, ceramics, book arts, illustration, mixed media sculpture, and more.  Come watch the creative process in action, through August 4th!  Check the website for some amazing teasers of what you can expect to see.

Live in Lynn Valley Village Concerts, 7:00PM-9:00PM @ Lynn Valley Village (1277 Lynn Valley Road), North Vancouver
Free
Enjoy a free outdoor concert in picturesque Lynn Valley Village every Friday evening through August 23rd.  This week features jazz funk band Clive’s Timing.

Rumba Calzada

Photo Credit – Rumba Calzada

20th Anniversary Enchanted Evening Concert Series: Rumba Calzada, 7:00PM-9:00PM @ Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver
$25; members $20
Celebrate the Enchanted Evening’s 20th anniversary season performed in an exquisite Chinese garden in the heart of our very urban city.  Move your feet and dance to the salsa beat this week with award winning Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban band Rumba Calzada.  Buy your tickets early.

Annual Sizzling Summer Sculpture Show, 10:00AM-8:30PM @ VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak Street),Vancouver
Included with regular admission fee
View the work of British Columbia’s top contemporary sculptors while strolling through one of Vancouver’s most beautiful botanical gardens.  Meet the sculptors and see live demos throughout the day.  On through August 5th.

78th Kitsilano Showboat Festival, 7:00PM @ 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Free
A Vancouver tradition since 1935, Kitsilano Showboat is a live performing arts theatre on the shores of Kitsilano Beach.  You’ll see dance, music, and theatrical shows, all with the beautiful backdrop of our North Shore Mountains.  Check the website for the full line up.

Lonsdale Quay Summer Fest, 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
Free
Re-energize at lunch (12PM) on Fridays with Live Fit Studio in a variety of fitness classes, including Zumba, Body Strength & Core.  All levels welcome and participation is free.

Summer Movie Series, ~8:30PM @ Queen’s Park Stadium (1st Street at 3rd Avenue), New Westminster
Free
Bring your friends and family and check out a free outdoor movie every Friday evening during the summer.  This week’s feature is Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

MARKET - Pressé (WDP)

Photo Credit – Wendy D Photography for MARKET by Jean-Georges

Pressé Summer Series, 4:00PM-8:00PM @ Outdoor Terrace at MARKET by Jean-Georges, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver (1115 Alberni Street), Vancouver
Take advantage this summer at the outdoor terrace at MARKET every Friday.  The pressé is traditionally crafted tableside at sidewalk cafes in France.  A simple, balanced blend of vodka, fresh pressed fruit, and soda, it’s the perfect way to celebrate summer.  DJ Charles Blair will be spinning hot summer beats and complimentary appetizers will be served until 6:00PM.

#PopUpPatio, 5:00PM-9:00PM @ The Westin Grand Vancouver (433 Robson Street), Vancouver
Unwind for the start of your weekend with a poolside drink or light snacks at the rooftop patio of a centrally located hotel.  Patio open every Thursday and Friday this summer (weather permitting) with live DJs, music, lush green gardens, soft seating, and a BBQ action station.

Shipyard Walking Tours, 1:30PM & 3:00PM, meet at foot of Lonsdale and Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Free
Stories, songs, and poetry will take you back in time, as Shipyard Sal and Sam describe first-hand what it was like to build Victory Ships for the war.  Every Wednesday through Saturday.  No registration required.

The Shipyards Night Market, 5:00PM-10:00PM @ Shipyards Plaza (138 Victory Way), North Vancouver
Free
Over 50 tents filled with local products showcasing British Columbia’s bakers, artisans, and farmers.  A great evening for all ages, with food, fun, and festivities all night long.  Takes place every Thursday and Friday this summer.

Castles In The Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli, times vary @ the Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street), Vancouver
$11; other pricing in effect
Studio Ghibli is renowned for its original animated feature films combining epic storytelling with vivid characterizations, and has introduced beloved animated films  such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and Castle in the Sky to international audiences.  Showtimes are on the website.  Don’t miss this special screening of these poignantly beautiful films through August 5th!

CBC Musical Nooners, 12:00pm-1:00PM @ CBC Vancouver Plaza (700 Hamilton Street), Vancouver
Free
Back for the 4th year, the popular free outdoor concerts are a hit with the lunch crowd. Bring your family and friends (and your lunch) every Monday-Friday for an hour of beautiful music.  This Friday features Los Dorados, an all-star collection of musical talent playing the finest of Mexican traditional music with a twist.  The full line up is on the website.

Harmony Arts Festival

Photo Credit – Harmony Arts Festival (Flickr)

23rd Annual Harmony Arts Festival, time varies @ Ambleside, West Vancouver
Free & ticketed
An amazing all-ages celebration of music, performance, cinema, visual and culinary arts.  Check the website for the full list of events happening throughout the festival, through to August 11th.  The Art Market is open today from 2PM-9PM.

Capture in Transit Photography Competition, on your own time @ King Edward Canada Line Station (W 29th Ave at Cambie Street), Vancouver
$25 registration fee
Vancouver’s first upcoming citywide photography festival kicks off with a competition, where the winner will see their artwork produced and displayed large scale at King Edward Station.  Competition runs until August 4th so get snapping! Rules and regulations on the website.

YVR Take-Off Fridays, 9:00AM-3:00PM @ Vancouver International Airport, Richmond
Free
Enjoy delicious treats, live DJs and music, facepainting, lunch specials, and entertainment throughout the airport.  Join the YVR Explorer Tour at 10:00AM for a free 1 hour before-security walking tour to learn more about the airport’s art and architecture.

Robson Square Dance, 7:30PM-12:00AM @ Robson Square, Vancouver
Free
Join DanceSportBC every Friday night this summer for free dancing, lessons, and performances!  Learn to do the Argentine Tango with Steven and Joanna, and dance along with the demos by Not So Strictly Ballroom.  Great for all ages, even if you’ve never danced before.


Saturday August 3rd

23rd Annual Honda Celebration of Light, 10:00PM @ English Bay, Vancouver
Free
The world’s largest offshore fireworks competition and Vancouver’s biggest fireworks event is back!  This year’s last competitor is Thailand.  Check out the amazing live music just before the fireworks at SHOREfest- two music stages at Sunset Beach and English Bay to keep you dancing until the sun goes down.  The complete line up is on the website.  Also, don’t miss the Red Bull Airshow with Pete McLeod at 8:10PM!  Skip the hassle of looking for seating – purchase bleacher seats at the YVR Observation Decks here!

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks

Photo Credit – Bard on the Beach

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks, 6:00PM-10:30PM @ Bard on the Beach (1695 Whyte Avenue), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$99 (includes play ticket and dinner)
Enjoy an informal barbeque during an extended intermission of a beautiful Shakespeare play (Measure for Measure, or Twelfth Night).  After the performance, move to a private seating area to view the Celebration of Light fireworks, along with dessert, coffee, and tea.  Get your tickets early!  This event is a joint fundraiser for Bard on the Beach and the HR MacMillan Space Centre.

2nd Annual Yellow Crane Festival of Art & Design, 11:00AM-4:00PM @ east end of Granville Island, under the yellow crane, between Emily Carr and the Granville Island Hotel
Free
Celebrating Emily Carr’s talented and passionate student and alumni community, this year’s interactive, student-run festival showcases the diversity of students working in performance, ceramics, book arts, illustration, mixed media sculpture, and more.  Come watch the creative process in action, through August 4th!  Check the website for some amazing teasers of what you can expect to see.

Washing the Past, 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Steveston Museum (3811 Moncton Street), Steveston Village, Richmond
Free
The park around Steveston Museum will be filled with music, vintage washing demonstrations, and crafts for the whole family.  Try your hand at washing with tubs, scrub boards, and wringers.  Part of the museum’s Picnic in the Past series.

78th Kitsilano Showboat Festival, 7:00PM @ 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Free
A Vancouver tradition since 1935, Kitsilano Showboat is a live performing arts theatre on the shores of Kitsilano Beach.  You’ll see dance, music, and theatrical shows, all with the beautiful backdrop of our North Shore Mountains.  Check the website for the full line up.

Tours at the Orpheum Theatre, 11:00AM-12:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (Seymour Street at Smithe Street), Vancouver
$10 by donation, ages 12+
Tour the “Grand Old Lady of Granville Street” this Saturday!  The 90 minute tour of the opulent theatre includes secrets of its history and even some ghost stories.  Go backstage, explore hidden spaces, and even check out the dome of the theatre.  As tours are first come first served, we suggest arriving by 10:45AM at the Smithe Street entrance.

Lonsdale Quay Summer Fest, 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
Free
Enjoy face painting and Mehndi and Henna tattoos for all ages.  Join the merengue, bachata, salsa demonstrations, and interactive lessons on Saturdays from 2PM-4PM.

Jamcouver 2013

Photo Credit – Jamcouver 2013

JAMCOUVER 2013, 10:00AM-7:00PM @ Sunset Beach, Vancouver
Free
The Pacific Northwest’s quintessential skateboard contest returns with 60 top skates from all over North America to test their creativity and skills.  Stay for the live music, vendor fair, and interact with your favourite skateboard pro.  The contest is followed by the Celebration of Light.  More info on the website.

23rd Annual Harmony Arts Festival, time varies @ Ambleside, West Vancouver
Free & ticketed
An amazing all-ages celebration of music, performance, cinema, visual and culinary arts.  Check the website for the full list of events happening throughout the festival, through to August 11th.  The Art Market is open today from 11:00AM-9PM.

Portobello West Fashion & Art Market – Viva Vancouver, 11:00AM-6:00PM @ 800 block Granville Street (between Robson & Smithe Streets), Vancouver
Free
Featuring a curated selection of 30 local artisans and designers with handmade products, including accessories, jewellery, fashion, and art.  Part of the Viva Vancouver activation.

Vancouver Street Dance Festival, 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Robson Square, Vancouver
Free
Live music and dance battles all day long!  This free, all ages event features dance, musical performances, free workshops, and an open dance floor.  Don’t miss the semi-finals and finals of the dance battles in different styles like bboying, hip hop, and more.

Spirit of the Sea Festival, times vary @ East Beach, White Rock
Suggested donation $20
Enjoy live music performances, bbq and food, and sports activities by the beach.  Join the Torchlight Parade procession at 8:30PM and try your hand at paddleboarding.  Don’t forget to check out the Market and the pirate station!  Full event listings on the website.

Powell Street Festival

Photo Credit – Powell Street Festival

37th Annual Powell Street Festival, times vary @ Oppenheimer Park (400 Powell Street) & surrounding venues, Vancouver
Free & ticketed
An annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture, heritage that features something for everyone.  A fantastic line up of art, music, performance, dance, martial arts demos, craft vendors, visual arts, kids activities, food, and games await!  Check the website for the full events listings.

Cates Park Summer Concert, 4:00PM-7:00PM @ Cates Park, North Vancouver
Free
Showcasing local bands, featuring talented young artists performing every Saturday through August 24th.  Each concert features 3 bands, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the music.  This week’s performances by Old mare, Melissa Endean, and Oh Village.

Shipyard Walking Tours, 1:30PM & 3:00PM, meet at foot of Lonsdale and Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Free
Stories, songs, and poetry will take you back in time, as Shipyard Sal and Sam describe first-hand what it was like to build Victory Ships for the war.  Every Wednesday through Saturday this summer.  No registration required.

Capture in Transit Photography Competition, on your own time @ King Edward Canada Line Station (W 29th Ave at Cambie Street), Vancouver
$25 registration fee
Vancouver’s first upcoming citywide photography festival kicks off with a competition, where the winner will see their artwork produced and displayed large scale at King Edward Station.  Competition runs until August 4th so get snapping! Rules and regulations on the website.

Brigade Days Festival

Photo Credit – Fort Langley National Historic Site

Annual Brigade Days Festival, 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
$7.80; other pricing in effect
Period re-enactors from all over British Columbia and Washington will convene at Fort Langley for three days of 1800s living, live music, and the exciting Arrival of the Fur Brigades on the Fraser River, on Monday August 5th.  Watch demonstrations of trapping, cooking, historic weapons, and take part in the Fur Trade Game Show at 12:30PM!  Full event calendar on the website.

Annual Sizzling Summer Sculpture Show, 10:00AM-8:30PM @ VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak Street),Vancouver
Included with regular admission fee
View the work of British Columbia’s top contemporary sculptors while strolling through one of Vancouver’s most beautiful botanical gardens.  Meet the sculptors and see live demos throughout the day.  On through August 5th.

Castles In The Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli, times vary @ the Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street), Vancouver
$11; other pricing in effect
Studio Ghibli is renowned for its original animated feature films combining epic storytelling with vivid characterizations, and has introduced beloved animated films  such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and Castle in the Sky to international audiences.  Showtimes are on the website.  Don’t miss this special screening of these poignantly beautiful films through August 5th!


Sunday August 4th

Blueberry Tea & Pony Rides, 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Hwy), Richmond
Free admission; $8 per pony ride
Explore 200 acres of raised peat bog habitat and then savour the best blueberry pie in town!  Proceeds from the sale of blueberries and pies support education programs at the Richmond Nature Park.  Pony rides for children ages 4-12.  Leave your pets at home.

23rd Annual Harmony Arts Festival, time varies @ Ambleside, West Vancouver
Free & ticketed
An amazing all-ages celebration of music, performance, cinema, visual and culinary arts.  Check the website for the full list of events happening throughout the festival, through to August 11th.  The Art Market is open today from 11:00AM-9PM.

Capture in Transit Photography Competition, on your own time @ King Edward Canada Line Station (W 29th Ave at Cambie Street), Vancouver
$25 registration fee
Vancouver’s first upcoming citywide photography festival kicks off with a competition, where the winner will see their artwork produced and displayed large scale at King Edward Station.  Today is the last day to enter the competition!  Rules and regulations on the website.

Pride Parade 2013

Photo Credit – Vancouver Pride Society

35th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival, 12:00PM @ Robson St & Thurlow St, downtown Vancouver
Free
The 5th largest Pride Parade in the world is back and guaranteed to be loads of fun.  The city’s largest and most colourful parade celebrating the LGBT community is also one of the busiest – get there early for a good viewing spot and use public transportation.  Stop by the Pride Festival at Sunset Beach (at the end of the parade route) for an outdoor party with live music and local market vendors.  Route info, road closures, and more details on the website.

2nd Annual Yellow Crane Festival of Art & Design, 11:00AM-4:00PM @ east end of Granville Island, under the yellow crane, between Emily Carr and the Granville Island Hotel
Free
Celebrating Emily Carr’s talented and passionate student and alumni community, this year’s interactive, student-run festival showcases the diversity of students working in performance, ceramics, book arts, illustration, mixed media sculpture, and more.  Come watch the creative process in action!  Check the website for some amazing teasers of what you can expect to see.

Annual Brigade Days Festival, 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site, Fort Langley
$7.80; other pricing in effect
Period re-enactors from all over British Columbia and Washington will convene at Fort Langley for three days of 1800s living, live music, and the exciting Arrival of the Fur Brigades on the Fraser River, on Monday August 5th.  Watch demonstrations of trapping, cooking, historic weapons, and check out the encampment cook off at 4PM!  Full event calendar on the website.

Annual Sizzling Summer Sculpture Show, 10:00AM-8:30PM @ VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak Street),Vancouver
Included with regular admission fee
View the work of British Columbia’s top contemporary sculptors while strolling through one of Vancouver’s most beautiful botanical gardens.  Meet the sculptors and see live demos throughout the day.  On through August 5th.

Cinematheque Return of Studio Ghibli

Photo Credit – The Cinematheque

Castles In The Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli, times vary @ the Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street), Vancouver
$11; other pricing in effect
Studio Ghibli is renowned for its original animated feature films combining epic storytelling with vivid characterizations, and has introduced beloved animated films  such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and Castle in the Sky to international audiences.  Showtimes are on the website.  Don’t miss this special screening of these poignantly beautiful films through August 5th!

Lonsdale Quay Summer Fest, 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
Free
Check out the Kids Zone 11AM-1PM in the Kids Alley.  A variety of kids activities, by donation including LEGO motorized model building and interactive kids crafts.  Enjoy face painting and Mehndi and Henna tattoos for all ages.  Today’s live concert features indie pop band Oh Wells from 1PM-3PM.

2nd Annual Food Cart Fest, 12:00PM-5:00PM @ 215 West 1st Avenue (between Cambie Street Bridge & Olympic Village), Vancouver
$2; other pricing in effect
Make it an afternoon of eating at the Food Card Fest, back again this year in a brand new location.  20+ food carts, live music and DJs, community markets, kids activities, and more.

Sunday Afternoon Salsa, 3:00PM-7:00PM @ Robson Square, Vancouver
Free
Outdoor salsa dancing at Robson Square!  Beginner lessons start at 3PM, followed by salsa performances at 5PM and open social dancing.  Open to everyone, even if you think you have two left feet.

Annual Sizzling Summer Sculpture Show, 10:00AM-8:30PM @ VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak Street),Vancouver
Included with regular admission fee
View the work of British Columbia’s top contemporary sculptors while strolling through one of Vancouver’s most beautiful botanical gardens.  Meet the sculptors and see live demos throughout the day.  On through August 5th.


Monday August 5th (BC Day)

BC Day & Market Monday, 11:00AM-4:30PM @ Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby
Free admission; $2.21 carousel rides
Celebrate BC Day with some old fashioned fun and tasty market treats!  Try your hand at “Crack the Code” in the Morse Decoder Scavenger Hunt and enjoy music by Yo Yo Man and Creole Jazz.  Full list of events at the website.

BC Cultural Crawl (self-guided), times vary @ communities all over British Columbia
Free & ticketed
Every community has its own special cultural footprint.  Starting today for the rest of August, explore communities all over the province with heritage walks, outdoor theatre, live music, art walks, studio tours, and culinary experiences.  More information on the website.

78th Kitsilano Showboat Festival, 7:00PM @ 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Free
A Vancouver tradition since 1935, Kitsilano Showboat is a live performing arts theatre on the shores of Kitsilano Beach.  You’ll see dance, music, and theatrical shows, all with the beautiful backdrop of our North Shore Mountains.  Check the website for the full line up.

BC Lions vs Edmonton Eskimos July 20 2013

Photo Credit – BC Lions (Fanzone Gallery)

BC Lions Family Day – BC Lions vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 4:00PM @ BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
$42.75-$126.75
Take the whole family out for an afternoon of Canadian Football and cheer on the BC Lions!  Get your tickets in advance through Ticketmaster at Tickets Tonight.

23rd Annual Harmony Arts Festival, time varies @ Ambleside, West Vancouver
Free & ticketed
An amazing all-ages celebration of music, performance, cinema, visual and culinary arts.  Check the website for the full list of events happening throughout the festival, through to August 11th.  The Art Market is open today from 11:00AM-9PM.

Annual Brigade Days Festival, 10:00AM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site, Fort Langley
$7.80; other pricing in effect
Period re-enactors from all over British Columbia and Washington will convene at Fort Langley for three days of 1800s living, live music, and the exciting Arrival of the Fur Brigades on the Fraser River today.  Watch demonstrations of trapping, cooking, historic weapons, and don’t miss the fur trade wedding at 12:00PM!  The bagpipe procession to Marina Park starts at 12:30PM, and the Picnic in the Fort is at 6:30PM.  Full event calendar on the website.

Castles In The Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli, times vary @ the Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street), Vancouver
$11; other pricing in effect
Studio Ghibli is renowned for its original animated feature films combining epic storytelling with vivid characterizations, and has introduced beloved animated films  such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and Castle in the Sky to international audiences.  Showtimes are on the website.  Don’t miss this special screening of these poignantly beautiful films through August 5th!

Lonsdale Quay Summer Fest, 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
Free
Enjoy face painting and Mehndi and Henna tattoos for all ages.  This holiday Monday’s live concerts feature singer/songwriter Ben Sigston from 1PM-3PM, and dynamic country rock group Steel Toe Boots from 3:30PM-5:30PM.


What are your plans for the long weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!

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4 Responses to Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

  1. Sally Wolf

    Awesome! But what’s happening this coming weekend in Vancouver, please.

    • Thanks Sally. We generally post the weekend events listings on Thursday afternoons or Friday mornings.

  2. You know….sometimes it’s not good to have so many options. In my case, I just don’t know what to decide and I end up running between too many places and ending up doing nothing special.

  3. Who can rezist movie night with indiana jones? I’m definetly going to that. I know, it’s cheesy, but it’s so much fun.

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