Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The last weekend of the summer means tons of cultural festivals, concerts, and dancing!  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday


Friday August 30th

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.  Martina McBride will be performing at the Summer Night Concert tonight at 8:30PM!  Buy tickets online and save.

11th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival Opening Night Gala, 7:00PM @ Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser Univeristy (3rd Floor, 149 West Hastings Street), Vancouver
$15
Kick off VLAFF at the opening night gala with a screening of La Playa D.C.!  VLAFF is a unique opportunity to watch inspiring films and interact with guest filmmakers from across Lain American and the disapora.  The festival runs through Sept 8th; check the website for the full schedule.

YVR Take Off Fridays

Photo Credit – Signature Weddings (vimeo)

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 for the last time this summer. 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.

Delilah Dirk & The Turkish Lieutenant Book Release Party, 7:00PM @ Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main Street at 6th Ave), Vancouver
Free
Tony Cliff is a born-and-raised Vancouverite and a 12-year veteran of the local animation industry. His first major graphic novel Delilah Dirk & The Turkish Lieutenant is a critically-acclaimed historical tale of action and adventure.  Limited number of copies available for purchase onsite – Tony Cliff will be there to sign!

Salmon Row, 8:00PM @ Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (5180 Westwater Drive), Steveston Village, Richmond
$16 (other pricing in effect)
Mortal Coil Performance Society (the creative team behind the annual Ghost Train in Stanley Park) chronicles the history of the fishing industry in Steveston onsite at Britannia Shipyards.  Actors, stilt performers, dancers, masks, puppets, and music performed by a live band combine to tell the story of a place of plenty: the mouth of the Fraser River.  More info on the website.

Sibel Thrasher

Photo Credit – Sibel Thrasher

Music at the Cannery, 6:30PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (12138 Fourth Avenue), Steveston Village, Richmond
Admission by donation
Enjoy the sweeping sunsets over Steveston Village while listening to exceptional live music at the Cannery.  This week features Sibel Thrasher and her own brand of classy jazz.

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.  This is the second-to-last tour for the season.  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.

Jim Byrnes

Photo Credit – Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

20th Anniversary Enchanted Evening Concert Series: Jim Byrnes, 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.  Be swept away by Jim Byrnes and his smoky, soulful blues for the last concert of the series.

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.  The last movie of the season features Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Robson Square Dance, 7:30PM-12:00AM @ Robson Square, Vancouver
Free
Join DanceSportBC for the last Friday night of this summer, for free dancing, lessons, and performances! Learn to do the the Viennese Waltz this week, and dance along with demos from the UBC Dance Club.  Great for all ages, even if you’ve never danced before.

 


Saturday August 31st

Desi Dhamaka & Bollywood Under The Stars, 2:00PM-12:00AM @ Holland Park (13428 Old Yale Road), Surrey
Free
Enjoy a fashion show and sign up for the roti-making and kara race competitions, and eat your way around the festival.  Lots of great entertainment available, including a performance from UK star Jassi Sidhu.  Cap off the evening with a Bollywood outdoor movie screening (bring your own chairs and blankets!).

Concerts In The Park: fun. & Tegan and Sara (with special guests), 4:00PM @ Ambleside Park (1100 block Marine Drive), West Vancouver
$45.00
Don’t miss this exciting all-ages outdoor concert in beautiful Ambleside Park!  Join Grammy-nominated band fun. and cross-genre duo Tegan and Sara for a memorable night.  A portion of the ticket sales will benefit The Ally Coalition.  Check the website for more info.

TAIWANfest

Photo Credit – Gerry Kahrmann, for The Province

2013 Telus TAIWANfest, 10:00PM-10:00PM @ various locations in downtown Vancouver
Free
Celebrate Taiwanese art and culture with contemporary artistic expressions and programs that reflect today’s Taiwan today through Monday Sept 2nd.  Don’t miss Vancouver’s only Street Banquet featuring top chefs from Taiwan. Experience the magic of Chinese medicine, and check out the Bubble Tea making contest, the Cross Century Ship Exhibition, plus lots more!  A Musical Symphony conducted by Ken Hsieh starts at 8:30PM tonight!  Full festival line up on the website.

12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon: Commercial Drive Edition, 10:00AM-10:00PM @ Commercial Drive, Vancouver
$36; waitlist only
Back for another exhilarating round of creative challenges, the only requirement for this marathon is a 35mm camera.  Every hour for 12 hours, a theme will be randomly drawn and released, and participants must interpret and capture them in the correct sequence, on time, with only 1 exposure allowed for each theme.  This year’s event is sold-out, but get on the waitlist asap!  More info on the website.

Romeo and Juliet, 2:00PM @ Sunset Beach, Vancouver
Donations accepted
A gorgeous outdoor production of the most famous love story ever told, in one of the most romantic places on earth!  Bring your towel and snuggle buddy and enjoy the closing night of this interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Salmon Row, 8:00PM @ Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (5180 Westwater Drive), Steveston Village, Richmond
$16 (other pricing in effect)
Mortal Coil Performance Society (the creative team behind the annual Ghost Train in Stanley Park) chronicles the history of the fishing industry in Steveston onsite at Britannia Shipyards.  Actors, stilt performers, dancers, masks, puppets, and music performed by a live band combine to tell the story of a place of plenty: the mouth of the Fraser River.  More info on the website.

Nikkei Matsuri

Photo Credit – Nikkei Matsuri

Nikkei Matsuri: The Heart of Nikkei : Japanese Kids & Family Indoor Festival, 11:00AM-12:00AM @ Nikkei Centre, Burnaby
Free & ticketed events
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre will be transformed into an indoor Japanese festival, complete with kids zone, Japanese cultural games, performances, Japanese food and vendors, and more!  Check the website for the full performance line up.

Boca Del Lupo’s Fall Away Home, 8:00PM @ Stanley Park Service Yard Parking Lot (west of Pipeline Road, north of the Rose Garden), Vancouver
Free; ticket reservation is mandatory up to max 6 tickets
Part of Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations, Fall Away Home is a modern fairy tale about a young girl, who, in an effort to help others, falls down a hole and finds herself falling all the way through the planet.  The show includes opportunities for the audience to participate and become part of the show.  Book your tickets early!

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.  This is the last tour for the season.  No registration required.

Fort Langley Fort Farm Fest

Photo Credit – Fort Langley National Historic Site

Fort Farm Fest, 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site, Fort Langley
Regular admission fees
Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson’s Bay Company fort.  Built in 1827, Fort Langley’s workers operated a 2000-acre farm.  Watch a barrel making demonstration, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes! Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demonstrations.

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.  REO Speedwagon will be performing at the Summer Night Concert tonight at 8:30PM.  Buy tickets online and save.

Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival

Photo Credit – Georgia Straight

2nd Annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival, 1:00PM-8:00PM @ Carrall Street, Gastown, Vancouver
Free admission; $10-20 for tasting tokens
Experience fantastic local food, BBQ and chili competition, live music, DJs, wings eating competition, craft beer tastings and more at this two-day outdoor festival!  The festival is a fundraiser for Athletics 4 Kids.  A full schedule of events is on the website.

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.

River District Farmers Market

Photo Credit – River District Farmers Market

Trout Lake Farmers Market, 9:00AM-2:00PM @ John Hendry Park at Trout Lake (between Templeton Drive and Lakewood Drive), Vancouver
West End Farmers Market, 9:00AM-2:00PM @ Mole Hill (1100 block Comox Street), Vancouver
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market, 10:00AM-2:00PM @ East Boulevard (between 37th & 41st Ave), Vancouver
River District Farmers Market, 10:00AM-3:00PM @ 8683 Kerr Street (SE Marine Drive & Kerr Street), Vancouver
Free admission
Check out the fresh produce at the Trout Lake, West End, and Kerrisdale Farmers Markets every Saturday until mid-October.  See the websites for the full list of other farmers markets in Metro Vancouver.

 


Sunday September 1st

Fort Farm Fest, 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site, Fort Langley
Regular admission fees
Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson’s Bay Company fort.  Built in 1827, Fort Langley’s workers operated a 2000-acre farm.  Watch a barrel making demonstration, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes! Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demonstrations.  Don’t miss the pony rides from 11AM-3PM!

Boca Del Lupo’s Fall Away Home, 8:00PM @ Stanley Park Service Yard Parking Lot (west of Pipeline Road, north of the Rose Garden), Vancouver
Free; ticket reservation is mandatory up to max 6 tickets
Part of Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations, Fall Away Home is a modern fairy tale about a young girl, who, in an effort to help others, falls down a hole and finds herself falling all the way through the planet.  The show includes opportunities for the audience to participate and become part of the show.  Book your tickets early!

Vancouver FanClub End of Summer Party

Photo Credit – Vancouver FanClub

End of Summer Party with Brickhouse, 9:00PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville Street), Vancouver
$7-$10
Dubbed as “Vancouver’s busiest band” by on air host Stormin’ Norman of Rock 101’s Sunday Blues, the six-piece ensemble is well respected among musicians for making a difference where ‘song’ is the focus, accompanied by individual inspiration.  Get your advanced tickets and save.

2nd Annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival
, 1:00PM-8:00PM @ Carrall Street, Gastown, Vancouver
Free admission; $10-20 for tasting tokens
Experience fantastic local food, BBQ and chili competition, live music, DJs, wings eating competition, craft beer tastings and more!  The festival is a fundraiser for Athletics 4 Kids.  A full schedule of events is on the website.  Don’t miss the after party – The Blarney Stone will also be hosting the 4th Annual Luau & Pig Roast at 5:00PM.

2013 Telus TAIWANfest, 10:00PM-10:00PM @ various locations in downtown Vancouver
Free
Celebrate Taiwanese art and culture with contemporary artistic expressions and programs that reflect today’s Taiwan today through Monday Sept 2nd.  Don’t miss Vancouver’s only Street Banquet featuring top chefs from Taiwan. Experience the magic of Chinese medicine, and check out the Bubble Tea making contest, the Cross Century Ship Exhibition, plus lots more!  Rachel Liang is on the mainstage tonight at 8:30PM!  Full festival line up on the website.

Re-Up BBQ

Photo Credit – Glenn Baglo for The Province

Re-Up BBQ 3rd Annual Labour Day BBQ, 5:30PM @ River Market, New Westminster
$45
Includes endless smoked meats and other treats by Re-Up BBQ, music, roving performers from Vancouver Circus School, games, a kids area and more.  Bring all your meat-loving friends!  Proceeds from the bar and raffle goes to A Beef With Hunger.

Victory Square Block Party, 2:00PM-9:00PM @ Victory Square (150 West Hastings Street), Vancouver
Free
The ultimate way to say goodbye to the summer. Don’t miss Vancouver’s annual unofficial end of summer party!  Music, DJs, food trunks, and raffle draws.  Partial proceeds go to Megaphone Magazine.  Check the websites for the whole amazing line up of performers.

Salmon Row, 8:00PM @ Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (5180 Westwater Drive), Steveston Village, Richmond
$16 (other pricing in effect)
Mortal Coil Performance Society (the creative team behind the annual Ghost Train in Stanley Park) chronicles the history of the fishing industry in Steveston onsite at Britannia Shipyards.  Actors, stilt performers, dancers, masks, puppets, and music performed by a live band combine to tell the story of a place of plenty: the mouth of the Fraser River.  Don’t miss the closing night performance!  More info on the website.

Lights

Photo Credit – KTL Photography for Lights

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.  Lights will be performing at the Summer Night Concert tonight at 8:30PM.  Buy tickets online and save.

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.

 


Monday September 2nd (Labour Day)

Labour Day Fall Fair, 11:00AM-4:30PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Avenue), Burnaby
Free (includes carousel rides!)
Fun for the whole family!  Old-fashioned fun complete with games of chance, entertainment and market vendors.  Join one of the races, try the corn shucking or put yourself in picture at our new photostop.  Check the website for the full events schedule.

2013 Telus TAIWANfest, 11:00PM-6:00PM @ various locations in downtown Vancouver
Free
Celebrate Taiwanese art and culture with contemporary artistic expressions and programs that reflect today’s Taiwan today through Monday Sept 2nd.  Don’t miss Vancouver’s only Street Banquet featuring top chefs from Taiwan. Experience the magic of Chinese medicine, and check out the Bubble Tea making contest, the Cross Century Ship Exhibition, plus lots more!  Full festival line up on the website.

Music In the Park

Photo Credit – North Vancouver Arts Council


Music In the Park: Busker Sundays Grande Finale
, 12:00PM-6:00PM @ Capilano River Regional Park (Cleveland Dam on Capilano Road), North Vancouver
Free
Bring a picnic and be inspired by visual art displays and demos, while enjoying live jazz, folk, blues, rock, gypsy, and Celtic swing, all amonst the stunning backdrop of the North Shore Mountains and Capilano Lake.  Full artist line up on the website.

 


 

Anything else happening this long weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!

 


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