Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Ready for the weekend?  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

 


Friday August 23rd

Beach National Championships, 9:00AM-5:00PM @ Spanish Banks Beach, Vancouver
Free for spectators
Watch athletes in all age groups from all over the country compete for the title of Champion at the largest beach volleyball tournament in Vancouver.  The tournament is on all weekend until Sunday August 25th.

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

Boca Del Lupo’s Fall Away Home Preview, 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!

007 Reloaded

Photo Credit – VIFF.org

007 Reloaded Film & Party: Bond vs Bond, 7:15PM-10:00PM @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street), Vancouver
$50
Join the Vancouver International Film Festival Society in celebrating 50 years of James Bond at the exclusive Opening Night Gala.  Your ticket includes the screening of the very first Bond movie, Dr No, and entry into the Gala Party.  Limited tickets available.  Visit the website for the 20 Bond film retrospective schedule (August 23-Sept 5).

RAW:natural born artists Showcase Launch, 8:00PM-3:00AM @ Gossip at Plaza of Nations (750 Pacific Blvd), Vancouver
$15-$20; 19+ only
A “one night, creative explosion”, RAW showcases independent artists in fashion, music, visual arts, film, performance arts, and photography all over cities in Australia and USA, and now in Canada.  The launch kicks off with a short film screening, live music, performing arts, and catwalk fashion shows.  More info on the website.

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 every Friday night while listening to exceptional live music at the Cannery.  This week features the acoustic blues tunes of Harpdog Brown and Brandon Isaak.

26th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Granville Island
Free
Bring the whole family down to Granville Island this weekend to get a taste of our rich maritime heritage. Build your own toy boat, try your hand at knot tying, and sing along to the loud and lusty songs of sailors throughout the island.  Check the website for the full event schedule.

Deanna Knight & Hot Club Mars

Photo Credit – Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

20th Anniversary Enchanted Evening Concert Series: Deanna Knight & Hot Club Mars, 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 Deanna Knight’s lush, seductive vocals alongside the swinging rhythms and infectious hot solos of The Hot Club Mars this Friday.

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)  for an hour of beautiful music. The final summer performance of the season features some of Canada’s top blues musicians The Twisters with Harpdog Brown.

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 classic pop/rock group The Bobcats.

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.  Sing along with this week’s feature Grease.

Robson Square Dance

Photo Credit – Asher Isbrucker (Flickr)

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 Cha Cha this week, and dance along with demos from Bollywood Remixed and Nester’s Salsa Team. Great for all ages, even if you’ve never danced before.

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.

 


Saturday August 24th

Art of Living Foundations’ Yogathon, 9:30AM @ Jonathan Rogers Park (between Columbia and Manitoba Streets at West 7th Ave), Vancouver
$25
Rise, shine, and salute the sun!  Join yoga enthusiasts across the country today for a great cause and challenge to complete a 108 sun salutation.  Open to everyone, from beginners to masters.  All event proceeds support Care for Children; registration required.  Bring your yoga mat and water.

4th Annual Steveston Dragon Boat Festival, 9:00AM @ Britannia Heritage Shipyard (Westwater Drive at Railway Avenue), Steveston Village, Richmond
A perfect summer day in Steveston is when the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the birds are singing… and the dragon boats are ripping up the river.  Check out this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, with live entertainment, kids arts and crafts, great vendors and food, and of course exciting dragon boat races!  Donations of non-perishable food items accepted for Richmond Food Bank.

26th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Granville Island
Free
Bring the whole family down to Granville Island this weekend to get a taste of our rich maritime heritage. Build your own toy boat, try your hand at knot tying, and sing along to the loud and lusty songs of sailors throughout the island.  Don’t miss the rowing races at 12PM today!  Check the website for the full event schedule.

Totem Poles @ Stanley Park

Photo Credit – Tourism Vancouver / Al Harvey

Celebrate Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary, 10:00AM-10:00PM @ locations throughout Stanley Park, Vancouver
Free and ticketed events
It’s not every day a park turns 125!  Visit all five festival zones today and tomorrow (Aug 25) throughout the park and enjoy concerts, live performances, kids activities, historical guided tours, sports and games, ecotalks… and more!  Visit the website for the full schedule to help plan your day.

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!

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
Free admission
Check out the fresh produce at the Trout Lake, West End, and Kerrisdale Farmers Markets every Saturday until mid-October.  See the website for the full list of other farmers markets in Metro Vancouver.

Beach National Championships, 9:00AM-5:00PM @ Spanish Banks Beach, Vancouver
Free for spectators
Watch athletes in all age groups from all over the country compete for the title of Champion at the largest beach volleyball tournament in Vancouver.  The tournament is on all weekend until Sunday August 25th.

Scion City Chase Vancouver 2013

Photo Credit – Scion City Chase

Scion City Chase Race, times vary @ all over Vancouver
$40-$150; 18+ only
Canada’s largest and first urban adventure series, designed to test limits with a variety of physical, intellectual, adventurous, and humorous challenges.  This year’s challenges are split into the 2 hour rush or the 6 hour classic.  Grab some friends (or go yourself) and register online before Saturday!

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

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.

Radiant Run Vancouver

Photo Credit – 604now.com

Radiant Run Vancouver, 6:00PM @ Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (2555 Wesbrook Mall) at University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$20-$60; pre-registration required
Vancouver’s first Radiant Run features various artistic light and music creations along the 5km route.  Runners are encouraged to wear their most crazy, most neon coloured outfits to make a moving light parade.  Registration includes access to the Afterglow party with the sounds of The Freshest, one of Vancouver’s hottest DJ collectives.  More info on the website.

 


Sunday August 25th

Celebrate Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary, 10:00AM-10:00PM @ locations throughout Stanley Park, Vancouver
Free and ticketed events
It’s not every day a park turns 125!  Visit all five festival zones throughout the park and enjoy concerts, live performances, kids activities, historical guided tours, sports and games, ecotalks… and more!  Visit the website for the full schedule to help plan your day.

Pink Salmon Festival, 12:00PM-5:00PM @ Hadden Park & Vanier Park (1905 Ogden Avenue), Vancouver
Free admission
Celebrate the abundant return of the pink salmon to the Fraser River!  Enjoy pink salmon samplings (by donation), get your face painted at the children’s activities booths, dance along to the live music, and learn more about this sustainable tasty fish at the exhibitors tables.

B’all In For Our Community, 1:00PM-4:00PM @ David Lam Park in Yaletown, Vancouver
Free; for children aged 5+
Check out the first celebrity soccer and sports day for kids, with 100% proceeds going to Steve Nash Foundation.  Kids of all ages are encouraged to join in activities like tennis clinic, drop in basketball, ball hockey, and bosu obstacle courses.  The Vancouver Whitecaps FC will also be on hand to host the celebrity soccer clinic (7-12 year olds; pre-registration required).  More info on the website.

Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival

Photo Credit – Vancouver Wooden Boat Society

26th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Granville Island
Free
Bring the whole family down to Granville Island this weekend to get a taste of our rich maritime heritage. Build your own toy boat, try your hand at knot tying, and sing along to the loud and lusty songs of sailors throughout the island.  Don’t miss the Spruce Cup sailboat races at 1:30PM today!  Check the website for the full event schedule.

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!

Beach National Championships, 9:00AM-5:00PM @ Spanish Banks Beach, Vancouver
Free for spectators
Watch athletes in all age groups from all over the country compete for the title of Champion at the largest beach volleyball tournament in Vancouver.  Today’s the last day so don’t miss the finals!

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.  Corb Lund & The Hurtin’ Albertans will be performing at the Summer Night Concert tonight at 8:30PM.  Buy tickets online and save.

Romeo & Juliet

Photo Credit – Mnemonic Theatre

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 this interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  Check the website for alternative dates and times.

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.

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!

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.

The Sharing Farm's Garlic Festival

Photo Credit – The Sharing Farm (Flickr)

5th Annual Garlic Festival, 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Terra Nova Rural Park (2631 Westminster Hwy), Richmond
Free admission
The Sharing Farm’s annual Garlic Festival is the place to be for garlic lovers.  The festival includes artisan garlic sales, garlic ice cream, cooking demos, live entertainment, food vendors and exhibitors, and fun activities for the kids.  Check the website for more info.

Famiglia Supper Series, 6:00PM @ La Pentola (350 Davie Street), Vancouver
$55 (10+ courses)
Dine at a communal table alla famiglia style and feast on the best in Italian artisanal delights, hosted by chef Lucais Syme.  This month’s dinner highlights award-winning Domenica Fiore organic olive oil and the season’s best tomatoes.  Reserve early for this highly anticipated event; seats go fast!

International Table Tennis Federation North America Championships, time varies @ Capilano University (2055 Purcell Way), North Vancouver
$5-30 (single, full package, and final day passes available)
Vancouver is the host city for the ITTF North America Championships from Aug 25 -27 (qualification tournament for the 2013 World Junior Championships), and also the  2013 Canadian Junior and Cadet Open  from Aug 29 – Sept 1 (one of the qualification tournaments to the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games).  With players from all over Canada, USA, and Bermuda in Senior, Junior, and Cadet singles and team events all vying to represent North America, this promises to be a fun and fast-paced tournament.  Tickets for spectators are available at the door.  Keep checking the website or TTCan for more info.

 



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