Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Another gorgeous forecast ahead!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Friday August 8th

 

11th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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11th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (5180 Westwater Dr), Steveston, Richmond
Free
Celebrate all things waterfront this weekend through August 10!  From wooden boats to model boats, water safety to sea creatures, local lore to fishing history, explore a spectacular heritage site and enjoy music, games, interactive exhibits, roving performers, food and much more!  Full event schedule on the website.

KitsFest; 9:00AM @ Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver
Free
A sports and healthy living community festival that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness for all ages and walks of life.  Full schedule of sports and events on the website.  See you at Kitsilano Beach from August 8-10!

Abbotsford International Air Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Abbotsford International Air Show; 3:00PM-10:30PM @ Abbotsford Airport (1595 Townline St), Abbotsford
Single Day Pass $30, Weekend Pass $50; other pricing in effect
This family friendly event features spectacular aerobatics, intricate routines, jaw-dropping formations, and stunning parachute and pyrotechnic work.  Check out the inside of jets and carriers on display, visit the Autograph Booth to meet your favourite performer, and stop at the exhibit booths to learn about joining the aviation community.  On through August 10.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

Robson Square Summer Dance Series: Ballroom Dancing; 7:30PM-11:30PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free
Since 1991, DanceSport BC has put on a social ballroom dance event every Friday during the summer months. With more than 500 attendees a night, people of all ages gather for a fun-fill night of dancing. Whether you are a dance professional or have two left feet; on your 100th date or your first; with a group of old friends or getting to know a new city, these dances are for you.

New West Pride Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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5th Anniversary New West Pride Kick Off Party; 9:00PM @ The Metro Hall (759 Carnavon St), New Westminster
$10; 19+ only
Kick off the New West Pride Festival with the Stonewall Dance!  The festival runs through August 16; check the website for the full list of events.

Queer Arts Festival; July 23-August 9 @ Roundhouse Exhibition Hall (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
An annual artist-run showcase of queer arts, culture, and history, celebrating the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities. This year’s QAF features a curated visual arts show, a community art show, and 3 dynamic weeks of cutting-edge performances and workshops from all artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theatre, literary and media arts! Check out the full event listings at the link.

Indiana Jones Marathon | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Sean Connery and Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade – Photo Credit – hdwallsource.com

Indiana Jones Marathon; 7:00PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), Vancouver
$6 advance, $8 at the door; all ages
Relax at the Rio Theatre for the ultimate big screen movie adventure marathon: Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ monumentally awesome Indiana Jones series. T hink Harrison Ford, snakes, monkey brains, and more… all night long (fourth installment? What fourth installment?).

Summer Concerts in Edgemont Village; 7:00PM-9:00PM @ Edgemont Village (Edgemont Blvd between Ridgewood Dr and W Queens Rd), North Vancouver
Live In Lynn Valley Village; 7:00PM-9:00PM @ Lynn Valley Village (1277 Lynn Valley Rd), North Vancouver
Free admission
North Vancouver’s outdoor family friendly summer concert series is back! Bands are selected to bring vibrant, diverse and fun music to each Friday evening, through August 22. There’s always something for every musical taste; see the websites for the full schedule.

Theatre Under The Stars | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Theatre Under The Stars; 8:00PM @ Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$20-45
Adapted from the beloved film, this infectious & fun-filled comedy follows our unlikely ogre hero and his loyal sidekick Donkey on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona. Runs from July 12-August 23 with Legally Blonde: The Musical on alternate evenings. Limited tickets available (in person) from Tickets Tonight.

Harmony Arts Festival; times vary @ West Vancouver’s Waterfront (between 14th St and 17th St on Argyle Ave), West Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
The 10 day festival features the work of more than 400 visual artists and 150 performing artists showcased in 55 performances on two stages. Check out the wine garden, food trucks, children’s arts events, special performances for seniors, fine art exhibitions, and the Art Market! On through August 10.

CBC Musical Nooners - BJ Block and Darn Pemberton | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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CBC Musical Nooners: BJ Block & Dawn Pemberton; 12:00PM-1:00PM @ CBC Plaza (700 Hamilton St), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
Free
The sounds of summer are back for the fifth year! Don’t miss these free, live music concerts every weekday at noon. Grab your lunch, your friends, and your co-workers! Today’s feature: BJ Block & Dawn Pemberton; funky soul with a modern voice. Yes, Vancouver,  it can get funky!

Shipyards Night Market; 5:00PM-10:00PM @ Shipyards Plaza (15 Wallace Mews), North Vancouver
Free admission
The North Vancouver Night Market is in a class of its own with over 15 food trucks, live music, around 100 vendors, and a beer garden with locally brewed beer on tap. On every Friday Night through September 26, featuring local products, showcasing BC’s artisans, bakers and farmers.

Evolution of Gaming | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Evolution of Gaming; 9:00AM-8:00PM @ Centre for Digital Media (685 Great Northern Way), Vancouver
Free admission; pre-registration required
A retrospective, interactive exhibit that celebrates the early history of video games. A walk down memory lane and a look at how games have shaped our culture, defined a generation, and set the foundation for games to come. Featuring consoles, games and plenty of hands-on interactive exhibits to enjoy. On through August 10. Check out the website for more info!

Kitsilano Showboat: The Jarrod Tyler Band; 7:00PM @ Kitsilano Beach (2300 Cornwall Ave), Vancouver
Free
Kitsilano Showboat’s 79th season of music and dance continues every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday until August 16. Join in on the historic stage next to Kits Pool at 7:00PM. There’s something different every evening, but always the most beautiful view in the world.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery  | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Music at the Cannery: Irish Wakers; 6:30PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
By donation
The Cannery’s summer music series continues every Friday night until August 29, rain or shine. Shows start at 6:30PM; arrive early to ensure a seat. Tonight’s feature: The Irish Wakers play energetic jigs, reels and hornpipes meshed with traditional songs, shanties and waltzes.  Michael Burnyeat will join the group on fiddle.

Surrey Night Market; 6:00PM-11:00PM @ Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds (17726 62 Ave), Surrey
Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Rd (next to River Rock Casino Resort), Richmond
International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Open air summer markets with vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs! See the websites for more details.

Take Off Fridays | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Take Off Fridays at YVR; 9:00AM-3:00PM @ Vancouver International Airport (3211 Grant McConachie Way), Richmond
Free admission
Featuring live entertainment by local musicians, caricaturists, ballonists, face painting, and photo ops with the much loved YVR mascots. Take the Canada Line directly to the terminals, or enjoy special parking rates of $5 (for four hours).

25th Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; times vary @ Vanier Park, Vancouver
$33-47, other pricing in effect; multi-show passes available
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June 11 through September 20. This year features A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Cymbeline, and Bill Cain’s Equivocation!

Annual Grays Park Day | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Annual Grays Park Day; 12:00PM-3:00PM @ Grays Park (4850 St Catherines St at E 33rd Ave), Kensington, Vancouver
Free
Join in a fun afternoon with family-friendly activities, wading pool, and refreshments!  Event will go ahead rain or shine.  Contact the Kensington Community Centre at 604.718.6228 f0r more info.

West Hastings Walking Tour; 12:15PM-12:45PM @ Lot 19 (W Hastings at north end of Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
Free; limited space
Join Samuel Mickelson for guided tours of downtown West Hastings during the lunch hour.  Samuel will give insight to the evolving history of one of Vancouver’s earliest streets, from business district to fashion centre, from temple banks, to early skyscrapers.

 

 

 


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Saturday August 9th

 

 

TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival; 12:00PM-10:00PM @ Keefer & Columbia St, Chinatown, downtown Vancouver
Free
Get out to historic Chinatown to experience the biggest multicultural summer celebration in town.  Festival activities include the day market, a historical and food tasting walking tour, a kids corner, multicultural stage performances, cultural corner, the TD Youth Talent Showdown, Young Star Challenge, streetfest, and more!  On through August 10.

Rain City Chronicles: The Great Outdoors; 6:00PM-10:00PM @ UBC Botanical Garden (6804 SW Marine Dr), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$18, 19+ only; includes admission to the UBC Botanical Garden
An evening of stories and song in a lush garden setting.  This unique Rain City Chronicles will tell the story of the Garden, along with true stories, music, seasonal treats, and even a few surprises.  Bring a blanket and pack a picnic dinner!

Vancouver Aquarium - Wildlife Eco-Tour with Dr. Andrew Trites | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Aquarium: Wildlife Eco-Tour with Dr. Andrew Trites; 9:30AM-12:30PM, meet @ Deep Cove Government Dock, Deep Cove
$125; other pricing in effect
Take a wildlife eco-tour of Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm onboard OceanWatch II with Dr. Andrew Trites, Research Associate at the Vancouver Aquarium.  Explore wildlife in the inlet and make a stop at his research site to meet the Steller sea lions that participate in the open water research program!

KitsFest; 9:00AM @ Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver
Free
A sports and healthy living community festival that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness for all ages and walks of life.  Full schedule of sports and events on the website.  See you at Kitsilano Beach from August 8-10!

Abbotsford International Air Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Abbotsford International Air Show; 9:00AM-6:00PM @ Abbotsford Airport (1595 Townline St), Abbotsford
Single Day Pass $30, Weekend Pass $50; other pricing in effect
This family friendly event features spectacular aerobatics, intricate routines, jaw-dropping formations, and stunning parachute and pyrotechnic work.  Check out the inside of jets and carriers on display, visit the Autograph Booth to meet your favourite performer, and stop at the exhibit booths to learn about joining the aviation community.  On through August 10.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

11th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (5180 Westwater Dr), Steveston, Richmond
Free
Celebrate all things waterfront this weekend through August 10!  From wooden boats to model boats, water safety to sea creatures, local lore to fishing history, explore a spectacular heritage site and enjoy music, games, interactive exhibits, roving performers, food and much more!  Full event schedule on the website.

8th Annual Vancouver Water Fight | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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8th Annual Vancouver Water Fight; 1:00PM @ Lumberman’s Arch (3301 Stanley Park Dr), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Free
It’s going to be another hot weekend, and what better way to cool down than with a water fight!  Bring your own water guns and dress for the occasion – prepare to be soaked!  Read the Code of Conduct before going!

Queer Arts Festival; July 23-August 9 @ Roundhouse Exhibition Hall (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
An annual artist-run showcase of queer arts, culture, and history, celebrating the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities. This year’s QAF features a curated visual arts show, a community art show, and 3 dynamic weeks of cutting-edge performances and workshops from all artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theatre, literary and media arts! Check out the full event listings at the link.

15th Annual Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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15th Annual Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival; gates open 12:00PM @ Deer Lake Park (6450 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
$50 advance, $65 at the door; other pricing in effect
The Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival returns to Deer Lake Park for another family-friendly day filled with amazing music.  This year’s lineup includes some familiar faces and first timers.  There’s no parking onsite – we recommend taking public transit or shuttle in from BCIT.  See the website for more info and the full lineup!

25th Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; times vary @ Vanier Park, Vancouver
$33-47, other pricing in effect; multi-show passes available
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June 11 through September 20. This year features A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Cymbeline, and Bill Cain’s Equivocation!  * Don’t miss Bard Explored Discovering Shakespeare Talks today at 11:30AM!

Kitsilano Showboat | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Kitsilano Showboat: Los Gitanos (A Tribute to Nelson Mandella); 7:00PM @ Kitsilano Beach (2300 Cornwall Ave), Vancouver
Free
Kitsilano Showboat’s 79th season of music and dance continues every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday until August 16. Join in on the historic stage next to Kits Pool at 7:00PM.  There’s something different every evening, but always the most beautiful view in the world.

Harmony Arts Festival; times vary @ West Vancouver’s Waterfront (between 14th St and 17th St on Argyle Ave), West Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
The 10 day festival features the work of more than 400 visual artists and 150 performing artists showcased in 55 performances on two stages. Check out the wine garden, food trucks, children’s arts events, special performances for seniors, fine art exhibitions, and the Art Market! On through August 10.

Evolution of Gaming | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Dan Fleming – Evolution of Gaming (tumblr)

Evolution of Gaming; 9:00AM-8:00PM @ Centre for Digital Media (685 Great Northern Way), Vancouver
Free admission; pre-registration required
A retrospective, interactive exhibit that celebrates the early history of video games. A walk down memory lane and a look at how games have shaped our culture, defined a generation, and set the foundation for games to come. Featuring consoles, games and plenty of hands-on interactive exhibits to enjoy. On through August 10. Check out the website for more info!

Stanley Park Young Naturalists: Beach Exploration; 10:00AM-12:00PM @ Lumberman’s Arch (3301 Stanley Park Dr), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$25 family membership
Where do beach crabs come from? How does seaweed hold on without roots?  Head down to Lumberman’s Arch beach to uncover the incredible world of intertidal plants and animals.  For accompanied children ages 5-14.  To preregister, email ync@stanleyparkecology.ca.

Theatre Under The Stars - Legally Blonde | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Theatre Under The Stars; 8:00PM @ Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$20-45
When pretty-in-pink princess Elle Woods is dumped by her boyfriend Warner, she follows him to Harvard Law School to win back his heart. Full of irresistible song and breathtaking dance, this blonde-tastic musical was the hit of 2013! Runs from July 12-August 23 with Shrek: The Musical on alternate evenings. Limited tickets available (in person) from Tickets Tonight.

Surrey Night Market; 6:00PM-11:00PM @ Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds (17726 62 Ave), Surrey
Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Rd (next to River Rock Casino Resort), Richmond
International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Open air summer markets with vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs! See the websites for more details.

Vancouver Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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UBC Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-1:00PM @ UBC Farm (3461 Ross Drive), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market
; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ East Blvd (between W 37th & 41st Ave), Vancouver
West End Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-2:00PM @ 1100 block Comox St, across from Nelson Park, West End, downtown Vancouver
Burnaby Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-2:00PM @ North Parking Lot at Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Parkway), Burnaby
River District Farmers’ Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ 8683 Kerr St, Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay (123 Carrie Cates Court), North Vancouver
Trout Lake Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-2:00PM @ John Hendry Park (13th Ave between Lakewood & Templeton), Vancouver
Haney Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-1:00PM @ Memorial Peace Park (11900 224 St), Maple Ridge
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s fresh summer produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets every Saturday through October for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

National Bank Easter Seals Charity RegattaNational Bank Easter Seals Charity Regatta | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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National Bank Easter Seals Charity Regatta & After Party; 12:00PM @ Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (3811 Point Grey Rd), Jericho Beach, Vancouver
Festival In The Park After Party; 3:00PM @ Hastings Mills Park (1575 Alma St), Vancouver
$15; other pricing in effect
Enjoy the regatta race at 12 noon, and the parade through False Creek at 2PM… then check out the post race festivities at 3PM!  Enjoy the BBQ, beverage garden, live music, score some fabulous deals inside the silent auction tent, have your kids enjoy our kids zone presented by the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and then wrap it up all with the announcement of the winners of the Easter Seals Charity Regatta.

 

 

 


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Sunday August 10th

Music In the Park - Pacific Spirit Regional Park | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Music In The Park; 3:00PM-6:00PM @ Cleveland Trail (W 16th entrance), Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver
Free
Featuring a variety of performers including classical, acoustic, folk, roots, blues and soul artists.  Musicians will be located along various points of a 2km loop trail, serenading visitors as they stroll through the forest with remnants of old growth douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar trees.  Breathe in the fresh air and take in the harmonic tunes for an enjoyable and relaxing evening.  Call 604.432.6359 for more info.

Golden Dumpling Cook Off | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Golden Dumpling Cook Off; 12:00PM-5:00PM @ 100 block Keefer St, Chinatown, downtown Vancouver
$30; limited tickets available onsite
Serving the savoury morsels street-side, traditional Chinese restaurants will cook up the classics while the city’s hippest hotspots will plate fresh takes on the filling-and-wrapper format.  An expert panel of judges will taste their way through 20 restaurant offerings and the victorious challenger wins full bragging rights and claims the legendary Golden Dumpling trophy!  Don’t miss the Dumpling Derby, when prizes are awarded to hungry competitors who duke it out for dumpling domination in a deliciously vicious eating contest.  More info at the site.

Karaoke World Championships Canada; 5:00PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
The world’s biggest karaoke event, bringing together singers from all over the world, regardless of race, nation or religion. KWC is the opportunity for aspiring singers to become stars. The Men’s and Ladies BC provincial champion win airfare to Red Deer, Alberta to compete at the National Final October 25 & 26.

Uptown Live | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Uptown Live!; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ 6th Ave & 6th St, New Westminster
Free
Featuring three performance stages showcasing the best of BC’s indie music scene.  Stay for the music, yummy food selections, and a host of other interactive activities!  See the website for the full line up.

TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival; 12:00PM-10:00PM @ Keefer & Columbia St, Chinatown, downtown Vancouver
Free
Get out to historic Chinatown to experience the biggest multicultural summer celebration in town.  Festival activities include the day market, a historical and food tasting walking tour, a kids corner, multicultural stage performances, cultural corner, the TD Youth Talent Showdown, Young Star Challenge, streetfest, and more!

11th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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11th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (5180 Westwater Dr), Steveston, Richmond
Free
Celebrate all things waterfront this weekend through August 10!  From wooden boats to model boats, water safety to sea creatures, local lore to fishing history, explore a spectacular heritage site and enjoy music, games, interactive exhibits, roving performers, food and much more!  Full event schedule on the website.

Harmony Arts Festival; times vary @ West Vancouver’s Waterfront (between 14th St and 17th St on Argyle Ave), West Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
The 10 day festival features the work of more than 400 visual artists and 150 performing artists showcased in 55 performances on two stages. Check out the wine garden, food trucks, children’s arts events, special performances for seniors, fine art exhibitions, and the Art Market! On through August 10.

Abbotsford International Air Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Abbotsford International Air Show; 9:00AM-6:00PM @ Abbotsford Airport (1595 Townline St), Abbotsford
Single Day Pass $30, Weekend Pass $50; other pricing in effect
This family friendly event features spectacular aerobatics, intricate routines, jaw-dropping formations, and stunning parachute and pyrotechnic work.  Check out the inside of jets and carriers on display, visit the Autograph Booth to meet your favourite performer, and stop at the exhibit booths to learn about joining the aviation community.  On through August 10.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

25th Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; times vary @ Vanier Park, Vancouver
$33-47, other pricing in effect; multi-show passes available
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June 11 through September 20. This year features A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Cymbeline, and Bill Cain’s Equivocation!

Evolution of Gaming | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Dan Fleming – Evolution of Gaming (tumblr)

Evolution of Gaming; 9:00AM-8:00PM @ Centre for Digital Media (685 Great Northern Way), Vancouver
Free admission; pre-registration required
A retrospective, interactive exhibit that celebrates the early history of video games.  A walk down memory lane and a look at how games have shaped our culture, defined a generation, and set the foundation for games to come. Featuring consoles, games and plenty of hands-on interactive exhibits to enjoy.  Last day today! Check out the website for more info!

Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ 8351 River Rd (next to River Rock Casino Resort), Richmond
International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Open air summer markets with vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs! See the websites for more details.

Vancouver Fire Fighters | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Meet Your Local Firefighters! 1:00PM-3:00PM @
Fire Hall No. 19 (4396 W 15th Ave), Vancouver
Fire Hall No. 15 (3003 E 32nd Ave), Vancouver
Free
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is hosting open houses at fire halls across Vancouver throughout the summer. Meet your local firefighters, learn what they do, discuss any fire and life safety concerns that you may have, and enjoy refreshments and demonstrations.

KitsFest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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KitsFest; 9:00AM @ Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver
Free
A sports and healthy living community festival that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness for all ages and walks of life.  Full schedule of sports and events on the website.  See you at Kitsilano Beach from August 8-10!

Theatre Under The Stars; 8:00PM @ Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$20-45
Adapted from the beloved film, this infectious & fun-filled comedy follows our unlikely ogre hero and his loyal sidekick Donkey on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona. Runs from July 12-August 23 with Legally Blonde: The Musical on alternate evenings. Limited tickets available (in person) from Tickets Tonight.

Lonsdale Quay | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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SummerFest 2014; 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay (123 Carrie Cates Ct), North Vancouver
Free admission
SummerFest is back! Bring the whole family for zumba, face painting, balloon designs, mehndi and henna tattoos, dance demos, interactive dance lessons, and live concerts. On through August 31.

Food Cart Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Food Cart Fest; 12:00PM-5:00PM @ 215 W 1st Ave (between Cambie St Bridge & Olympic Village), False Creek, Vancouver
Free admission with a non-perishable food donation to Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
A gathering of over 20 of the city’s most delicious food carts! Food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, ping pong, urban gardening, and more. Check the link for details.

Ambleside Farmers Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Ambleside (1500 block Bellevue), West Vancouver
Kitsilano Farmers Market; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ 2690 Larch St at W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Guelph St (between 7th & 8th Ave), Vancouver
Coquitlam Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-1:00PM @ Dogwood Pavilion (624 Poirier St at Winslow Ave), Coquitlam
White Rock Farmer’s Market; 9:00AM-1:00PM @ Miramar Plaza (15154 Russel Ave), White Rock
Ladner Village Market; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ 5028 48 Ave (at Elliot St), Delta
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s fresh summer produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets on Sundays through October for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Sunday Afternoon Salsa | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Sunday Afternoon Salsa; 3:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free
The 2014 Sunday Afternoon Salsa season runs for nine Sundays throughout the summer, from June 29 until August 24. Try the free lessons at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is! Open to everyone, even if you’ve never danced a day in your life.

 


More events on our events calendar here and here. Where will you be this weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!


 

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  1. Kerry

    Great round-up, really appreciate this service! I’m a bit confused: For the Music in the Park event you say it takes place at Cleveland Trail (W 16th entrance), Pacific Spirit Regional Park. But when I click on the link it says the event takes place at Capilano River Regional Park. Was this a mix-up or are there events at both locations?

    • Hi Kerry, thanks for the comment.

      If you click the link for the Music In The Park event it will take you to the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks facebook page – scroll down to August 6th and you will see the blurb about Music In The Park, happening in Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
      You can also call 604-432-6359 for more info.

      Hope that helps!
      Vikki

      • Kerry

        Ah, there it is! Thanks!

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