Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

weekend-events4TGI(almost)F!  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


Friday August 16th


Music Fest 2013, 12:00PM-9:00PM @ Slocan Park (by 29th Avenue Skytrain Station), Vancouver
Free
Check out the family-friendly community festival put on by the youth volunteers at Renfrew Park and Thunderbird Community Centres.  There will be tons of activities, music, a community BBQ, dance, and an outdoor movie in the evening.  Check the Facebook page for more details.

Science World After Dark, 7:00PM-10:00PM @ TELUS World of Science, Vancouver
$18; 19+ only
Ever wanted to see Science World without the usual daytime crowd?  Mix, mingle, and explore the gallery spaces in an adult-only atmosphere!  There will be a cash bar onsite.  Get your tickets early.

Silk Road Music

Photo Credit – Silk Road Music


20th Anniversary Enchanted Evening Concert Series: Silk Road Music
, 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. Enjoy a night out with Silk Road Music’s fusion explosion.

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 the sweet sounds of swing with the Sweetpea Swing Band.

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.  It’s the second last day of the festival, so make sure to check the website for the full line up!

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 Madagascar.

Anime Revolution 2013

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Anime Revolution 2013
, 9:00AM-midnight @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place, 999 Canada Place Way), Vancouver
$55-75; other pricing in effect
The largest and fastest growing anime convention in Vancouver, with a wide range of activities, exhibits, panels, and performances.  There will be contests, art, concerts, animation, costuming, a maid cafe, and more!  Check the website for the full event schedule.

4th Annual Dead on Film Short Horror Film Contest Screening Night, 8:00PM-11:00PM @ Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
$12
The top 15 five minute films have already been picked but you help decide the winner.  There’s only one criteria for the films… someone’s gotta die!  This promises to be a screaming good time.  Tickets available online for advance purchase.

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.

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.

 

Orkestar Slivovica

Photo Credit – Orkestar Slivovica (Facebook)


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 the Balkin bass band Orkestar Slivovica. The full line up is on the website.

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 East Coast Swing this week, and dance along with the Hip Hop demos. Great for all ages, even if you’ve never danced before.


Saturday August 17th

The Fair at PNE Opening Day, 11:00AM-late @ Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Hastings and Renfrew Streets, Vancouver
$14; other pricing in effect
Performances, exhibits, shows, food vendors, and more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, The Fair at PNE is definitely a summer must-do.  Don’t miss the legendary Superdogs, and the new Genghis Khan exhibit, all through til September 2nd.  Melissa Etheridge will be performing at the Summer Night Concert tonight at 8:30PM.  Buy tickets online and save.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Guided Bike Tour of Stanley Park, 9:30AM-11:30AM @ Devonian Park (Northwest corner of Denman & Georgia Streets), Vancouver
$20
Take a ride through Vancouver’s urban forest at a leisurely pace while digging into the history and controversies that have formed this majestic park.  More details available on the site.

Anhui Music to Serenade Canada, 8:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (601 Hamilton Street), Vancouver
The Anhui Province Chinese Orchestra is an ethnic musical troupe, whose popular folk music have been popular since the 1950s.  Don’t miss their first performance in Canada.

Vancouver Dodgeball League Extravaganza, 12:30PM-3:30PM @ Kensington Community Centre (5175 Dumfries Street), Vancouver
Free
Try your hand at dodgeball with the Vancouver Dodgeball League!  Join this year’s Hawaiian themed extravaganza.  Come dressed up in your Hawaiian-themed best.  Fun for all ages!

Zombiewalk

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Zombiewalk
, 4:00PM-6:00PM (assembly at 3:00PM @ Vancouver Art Gallery), downtown Vancouver
Free
Beware the infection and search for brains this Saturday with the return of Zombiewalk! Come dressed in your finest (or goriest) zombie attire and makeup.  Read the rules before going!

Asahi Tribute Baseball Game, 11:00AM-2:00PM @ Oppenheimer Park (400 block Powell Street), Vancouver
Free
Celebrate the legacy of the Vancouver Asahi baseball team with a fun ball game.  Fun for the whole family!

Port Moody Centennial Community Picnic & Fireworks, 12:00PM-10:00PM @ Rocky Point Park (2800 Block Murray Street), Port Moody
Free
Celebrate Port Moody’s birthday at the community picnic, and stay for the fireworks after dusk.  There will be dragon boat rides, games, races, puppet shows, performances, and a bike parade.  Check the website for more details.

Anime Revolution 2013, 9:00AM-1:00AM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place, 999 Canada Place Way), Vancouver
$55-75; other pricing in effect
The largest and fastest growing anime convention in Vancouver, with a wide range of activities, exhibits, panels, and performances.  There will be contests, art, concerts, animation, costuming, a maid cafe, and more!   Check the website for the full event schedule.

14th Annual Ocean Park Day, 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Ocean Park (128th Street and 16th Avenue), White Rock
Check out the annual day-long festival of family fun, live entertainment, and vendor marketplace.  Don’t miss the special visit by Snow White for storytime.  Visit the website for the full entertainment 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.


Sunday August 18th

Anime Revolution 2013, 9:00AM-7:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place, 999 Canada Place Way), Vancouver
$55-75; other pricing in effect
The largest and fastest growing anime convention in Vancouver, with a wide range of activities, exhibits, panels, and performances.  There will be contests, art, concerts, animation, costuming, a maid cafe, and more!   Check the website for the full event schedule.

The Fair @ PNE

Photo Credit – The Fair at PNE (Facebook)


The Fair at PNE
, 11:00AM-late @ Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Hastings and Renfrew Streets, Vancouver
$14; other pricing in effect
Performances, exhibits, shows, food vendors, and more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, The Fair at PNE is definitely a summer must-do.  Don’t miss the legendary Superdogs, and the new Genghis Khan exhibit, all through til September 2nd.  The Jacksons: Unity Tour will be performing at the Summer Night Concert tonight at 8:30PM.  Buy tickets online and save.

Chinese Qixi Festival, 4:30PM-10:00PM @ Chinese Cultural Centre Museum (555 Columbia Street), Vancouver
$15-35
Qixi is the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than “looking for love” with the help of ancient customs?  The festival aims to portray events that are as close to historical traditions as possible.  Register in advance to participate.

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.

Kitsilano Farmers Market, 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Kitsilano Community Centre (2690 Larch Street),  Vancouver
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Guelph Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Vancouver
Free admission
Check out the fresh produce at the Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant Farmers Markets every Sunday until mid-October.  See the website for the full list of other farmers markets in Metro Vancouver.

Dancing in the Street

Photo Credit – Chogreshi (Flickr)


Dancing in the Street
, 1:00PM-4:00PM @ Granville Street (between West Georgia and Robson Streets), Vancouver
Free
Sunday afternoon outdoor swing dance lessons, live music, social dancing and more!

CPR Centennial Train Ride, 9:30AM-4:30PM @ Port Moody Station, behind the Recreation Centre (300 Ioco Road), Port Moody
$30
Don’t miss this all ages, fun filled, heritage excursion aboard a CPR 1950s diesel train.  There will be an excursion in the morning and another one in the afternoon.  Get your tickets in advance.


Any other exciting events this 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. i was out of this city and missed these shows, I am really feeling sorrow on missing the “Dancing in the street”.

    • Dancing in the Street is today (Sunday), so if you’re still in town make sure to check it out!

  2. Lat

    When is the brazilfest?

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