Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community festivals and outdoor concerts happening around the Metro Vancouver area this Friday through Sunday.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks, August 2nd (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Photo: colink | Flickr

Photo: colink | Flickr

No matter how many times we see ‘em, fireworks always delight and amaze us as if we’re seeing them for the first time… And Vancouver has the best pyrotechnic light show of them all. The Honda Celebration of Light is a signature event of Vancouver’s summer and an annual highlight of Vancouver’s Celebration Season!

It’s not only Vancouver’s biggest event, but it’s also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world and attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening.

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Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks, August 2nd (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Vancouverites Name their Best Picnic Spots

Clockwise from top: Kid Carson, Johanna Wagstaff, Taryn Wa, Lisa Giroday

Clockwise from top: DJ Kid Carson, Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe, Chef Taryn Wa, Victory Gardens Co-founder Lisa Giroday

Vancouverites are to sun are like bees to honey. The minute the sun starts shining in this town, people flock to our diverse beaches, promenades and parks.

One of my favourite things to do in the summer is to gather a cooler full of food from local shops (Cardero Bottega, Davie Street Market and JJ Bean), my croquet set and a flock of friends for a picnic. Being a WestEnder I’m a bit predictable: English Bay is my haunt because it’s a two blocks from my house. However, if I’m feeling inspired to venture further afield Deep Cove’s Panorama Park or East Vancouver’s New Brighton park come a close seoncd and third.

I recently asked four Vancouver personalities – a dj, a meteorologist, a chef and a gardener –  where their favourite picnic spots were and what was in their snack basket. Their answers underscore our city’s plentiful picnic spots and access to awesome eats.  Check out their responses below.  Continue reading:
Vancouverites Name their Best Picnic Spots

Full Celebration of Light concert lineup announced

The Sheepdogs at the Commodore Ballroom, Dec 20 2011. Jade Dempsey photo.

The Sheepdogs at the Commodore Ballroom, Dec 20 2011. Jade Dempsey photo.

This year’s Celebration of Light takes place July 26 (USA), July 30 (France) and Aug 2 (Japan).

Each evening will also feature concerts with bands performing in two locations – on the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay and the Rogue Stage at Sunset Beach Park. The full roster of talent has just been announced.

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Full Celebration of Light concert lineup announced

Catch a Free Production of Romeo and Juliet at Sunset Beach

From August 20th-31st, catch a free production of Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo and JulietMnemonic Theatre presents the story of star-crossed lovers outdoors in the fresh air on Sunset Beach. The show runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7pm and Sunday August 25th and Saturday August 31st at 2pm. Look for the flags on Sunset Beach just south of Jervis St and Beach Ave. Bring a towel to sit on and a blanket to keep warm and watch the infamous love story unfold on Vancouver’s shores.

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Catch a Free Production of Romeo and Juliet at Sunset Beach

Best Spots to Watch the Celebration of Light Fireworks

Photo credit: Klim Levene | Flickr

Vancouver’s annual fireworks event, the Celebration of Light competition, is back this weekend! Every year, different countries compete with a dazzling array of pyrotechnics over English Bay. This year, the schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 27th, 2013: United Kingdom
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013: Canada
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013: Thailand

But the Celebration of Light is more than just fireworks. In addition to being the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world, the fireworks are preceded by SHOREfest, a live music concert series, and an airshow featuring pilot Pete McLeod. So where’s the best place to take in all the action?

English Bay Beach
The best view is arguably from English Bay Beach at the end of Davie and Denman Street. Here is where you can catch headliners Serena RyderDaniel Wesley, and Mother Mother playing before the fireworks begin, and nearby vendors, restaurants, and washrooms make the location prime. However, be prepared for huge crowds. Arriving early to stake out a spot is a necessity, while driving is not an option. Use Translink to find out about bus route and stop changes during the fireworks and plan accordingly.

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Best Spots to Watch the Celebration of Light Fireworks

Vancouver Beaches: A Photo Essay

English Bay Beach

The following photo essay was contributed by local Vancouver photographer Clayton Perry, exclusively for Inside Vancouver. In this photo essay Clayton takes a look at beaches around Vancouver.

When I was asked to do a photo-essay on Vancouver’s beaches, I was a little worried…to be honest, I didn’t think that I had enough images to make it worth the while and fall had already snuck up on us so the chance of me getting any good images this year is basically gone with the wind as it were…but as I looked through my database of images, I began to realize that I have quite a few images of beaches around the Vancouver area. I know there are literally dozens of great beaches and swimming holes around the Lower Mainland and I am sure that I am going to miss some of your favourites. Although we’re not really “world famous” for our beaches, at least not as much as we are for our mountains, I think Vancouver has some incredible places to lay your towel down, and people watching on the Kits Beach boardwalk rivals an afternoon on Venice Beach any summer day.

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Vancouver Beaches: A Photo Essay