Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Gear up for an epic BC Day long weekend with Pride, festivals, and lots of dancing!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Vancouver Pride Week | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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36th Pride Week; July 28-August 4 @ various locations in Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
The festival reflects the spirit of the LGBT community and reminds us that Pride is for everyone.  Pride’s diverse events are united by the critical message that individual uniqueness should be celebrated.  Vancouver’s Pride Week has plenty of events for those seeking to join the festivities.  The days leading up to the parade and festival are packed with spectacular events that are officially part of fabulous Pride fun.  Don’t miss the official Pride Parade & Festival on August 3!

 


 

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Friday August 1st

 

 

White Rock Sea Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

White Rock Beach – Photo Credit – In White Rock (facebook)

65th Anniversary White Rock Sea Festival; 5:00PM @ White Rock Beach (14790 Marine Dr), White Rock
Free
An amazing celebration of our land, sea, and a wonderful community that surrounds it.  Enjoy 2 days of fun in the sun by the sea with live entertainment, sandcastle sculptures, kids activities, outdoor movies, food and market vendors, fireworks, and a parade!  On through August 3.  Click the link for more info.

38th Annual Powell Street Festival Opening Night Launch Concert; 8:00PM @ Electric Owl (926 Main St), Vancouver
$10; 19+ only
Featuring GRMLN (USA), the noise pop project of Kyoto-born Yoodoo Park, who incorporates the sunny feel of his Southern Californian upbringing with nostalgia for Japan.  The official block party runs from August 2-3.

Science World After Dark | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Fabulous After Dark; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Science World (Quebec St), Vancouver
$25.50; 19+ only
Celebrate Vancouver Pride under the sparkling geodesic dome!  At this exclusive Pride-inspired adult evening, check out live science shows, drag performances, and dancing.  Join MC for the evening, The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron and live DJ music by Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party.

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.

Fort Langley Brigade Days | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Brigade Days; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
Regular admission rates
Visit with a large encampment of historic re-enactors as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills such as musket firing and open fire cooking.  On through August 4, the weekend features the Arrival of the Fur Brigades canoe re-enactment on Monday.  See the website for the full schedule.

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: Legally Blonde The Musical; 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 - Mad Pudding | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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CBC Musical Nooners: Mad Pudding; 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: Mad Pudding, an energetic blend of traditional Scottish, Irish and North American tunes blended with a funky rhythm section and innovative arrangements.

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!

Vancouver Pride Week: Davie Street Block Party; 4:00PM-12:00AM @ Davie St (between Thurlow and Jervis), West End, downtown Vancouver
Free admission; $10 beer garden (10+ only)
Start your pride weekend off on the right foot nd play games or dance with Pride to the hottest DJs of the summer!  Participate in carnival games, listen to live music, and check out the the beer garden!

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

Gulf of Georgia Cannery – Photo Credit – Vikki Leung

Music at the Cannery: Gabriel Mark Hasselbach; 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:  Gabriel is a JUNO award winning multi-instrumentalist, showcaseing his unique stylings through contemporary and mainstream jazz.

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 Metropolitan Symphony at Jack Poole Plaza | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Metropolitan Symphony Live; 7:00PM-9:30PM @ Jack Poole Plaza (1055 Canada Place Way), Coal Harbour, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Join the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra for a summer evening performance in a world-class setting overlooking Coal Harbour.  Seating is first-come, first-serve and spectators are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Kitsilano Showboat: Vancouver Dorfmusik; 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.

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!

Robson Square Summer Dance Series Ballroom Dancing | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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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.

2014 Odlum Brown VanOpen; gates open 10AM @ Hollyburn Country Club (950 Cross Creek Rd), West Vancouver
$50; weekend passes available
2014 marks the 13th year of the dual sanctioned USTA Pro Circuit and Tennis Canada event.  An equal balance of prize money is available for both men and women and provides players with the opportunity to gain valuable world-ranking points on the ATP and WTA Tours.  On through August 3.  Check out the site for the full schedule.

 

 

 


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Saturday August 2nd

 

 

Celebration of Light | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Celebration of Light: Japan; 5:00PM @ English Bay Beach, downtown Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
The Honda Celebration of Light is 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. 2014 marks the 24th consecutive year of the event, and brings 3 new countries to Vancouver, guaranteed to put on world class Pyro-Musical performances each night!  See the website for ticket and live performances info.

Kitsilano Showboat: Pentons Alley, Celebration of Light Fireworks; 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. Tonight: Showboat will be simulcasting the music for the fireworks! Part of tonight’s donations will go to Parkinson Research.

White Rock Sea Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – In White Rock (facebook)

65th Anniversary White Rock Sea Festival; 10:00AM @ White Rock Beach (14790 Marine Dr), White Rock
Free
An amazing celebration of our land, sea, and a wonderful community that surrounds it.  Enjoy 2 days of fun in the sun by the sea with live entertainment, sandcastle sculptures, kids activities, outdoor movies, food and market vendors, fireworks, and a parade!  On through August 3.  Click the link for more info.

Brigade Days; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
Regular admission rates
Visit with a large encampment of historic re-enactors as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills such as musket firing and open fire cooking.  On through August 4, the weekend features the Arrival of the Fur Brigades canoe re-enactment on Monday.  See the website for the full schedule.

Harmony Arts Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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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; 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!

Powell Street Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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38th Annual Powell Street Festival;11:30AM-7:00PM @ Alexander St and Jackson Ave, Vancouver
Free admission
Celebrate Japanese arts, culture and heritage!  The largest festival of its kind in Canada and the longest running community arts festival in the Lower Mainland, the Powell Street Festival provides a place for emerging and established, professional and amateur, and traditional and contemporary artists in the Japanese Canadian and Asian Canadian communities.  On Aug 2-3; check out the schedule for everything happening at the two day event.

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.

Tsawwassen Sun Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Tsawwassen Sun Festival; 9:00AM-10:30PM @ Winskill Park (1720 56th St), Delta
Free
Fun for the whole family including a parade, music, children’s midway, antique fair, marketplace, slow pitch tournament, BMX air show, bingo, main stage entertainment, fireworks, food vendors, and much more!  On through August 4.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

Theatre Under The Stars: Shrek The Musical 7:00PM @ 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.

KickOff Canada | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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KickOff Canada: Toonie For Footy; 5:00PM-8:00PM @ Central Park (by Patterson Skytrain Station), Burnaby
Minimum $2 donation
KickOff Canada’s first ever drop-in soccer event! Play seven-a-side with the KickOff Canada team and all the other awesome players that will be there.  Proceeds go towards KickOff Canada continuing to help out others in need.  See the link for more details.

25th Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival: Bard-B-Q & Fireworks; 4:30PM @ Vanier Park, Vancouver
$99 (includes play ticket, dinner, and post-show entertainment)
Take stirring Shakespeare, add a delicious dinner, and top off with swordplay, comedy and fireworks for a one-of-a-kind, spectacular Festival experience! Enjoy one of this season’s four plays, followed by a delicious salmon barbecue and scrumptious desserts, complimentary tea and coffee; then enjoy a private view of the Celebration of Light fireworks. The pre-fireworks Village activities will also include a swashbuckling sword fighting demonstration by Academie Duello and improv antics from the cast of Will Shakespeare’s ImprovMusical!

Vancouver Street Dance Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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2014 Vancouver Street Dance Festival; 11:00AM-8:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free
Showcasing hip hop, breaking, popping, locking, waacking, and house.  There will be free workshops throughout the day, as well as dance battles featuring the best dancers in Vancouver!

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.

River District Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

River District Farmers Market – Photo Credit – Vikki Leung (twitter)

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!

Keith McKellar - Sunrise Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Keith McKellar – Sunrise Market – Photo Credit – Keith McKellar

Neon Marquee Opening Reception + Meet The Artist; 2:00PM-4:00PM @ Hall of One Hundred Rivers, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall St), Chinatown, downtown Vancouver
Free
Artist Keith McKellar’s obsessive romance as a Vancouver nighttime cabbie in the 1970s informed his eccentric and colourful view of people and inspired him to record the old neon signages of vintage Vancouver theatres, cafes, clubs and hotels.  This exhibition features McKellar’s rendition of legendary businesses and their landmark roles in the steetscape, including Orpheum Theatre, Railway Club, Save-On Meats, Sun Tower, Ovaltine Café, Smilin’ Buddha, Astoria Hotel, Helen’s Neon Girl and more.

2014 Odlum Brown VanOpen; gates open 10AM @ Hollyburn Country Club (950 Cross Creek Rd), West Vancouver
2014 marks the 13th year of the dual sanctioned USTA Pro Circuit and Tennis Canada event.  An equal balance of prize money is available for both men and women and provides players with the opportunity to gain valuable world-ranking points on the ATP and WTA Tours.  On through August 3.  Check out the site for the full schedule.

 

 

 


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Sunday August 3rd

 

 

65th Anniversary White Rock Sea Festival; 10:00AM @ White Rock Beach (14790 Marine Dr), White Rock
An amazing celebration of our land, sea, and a wonderful community that surrounds it.  Enjoy 2 days of fun in the sun by the sea with live entertainment, sandcastle sculptures, kids activities, outdoor movies, food and market vendors, fireworks, and a parade!  On through August 3.  Click the link for more info.

Tsawwassen Sun Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Delta Optimist

Tsawwassen Sun Festival; 9:00AM-10:30PM @ Winskill Park (1720 56th St), Delta
Free
Fun for the whole family including a parade, music, children’s midway, antique fair, marketplace, slow pitch tournament, BMX air show, bingo, main stage entertainment, fireworks, food vendors, and much more!  On through August 4.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

38th Annual Powell Street Festival;11:30AM-7:00PM @ Alexander St and Jackson Ave, Vancouver
Free admission
Celebrate Japanese arts, culture and heritage!  The largest festival of its kind in Canada and the longest running community arts festival in the Lower Mainland, the Powell Street Festival provides a place for emerging and established, professional and amateur, and traditional and contemporary artists in the Japanese Canadian and Asian Canadian communities.  On Aug 2-3; check out the schedule for everything happening at the two day event.

Ponies In The Park | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Ponies In The Park; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Richmond Nature Park, Richmond
Cash $10 per ride; suitable for 4-12 year olds
Giddy up on over to the Nature Park for a pony ride through the woods!  Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis on event day only.

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.

Vancouver Pride Week - Parade | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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36th Annual Pride Parade; 12:00PM-3:00PM, starting @ Robson St at Thurlow St, downtown Vancouver
Free
Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world.  Some of the best spots for viewing include the three MC locations: The Unstoppable Conni Smudge at Safeway on Robson; Caryl Dolinko at Denman Place Mall; and Joan E! at the Boathouse.  The parade finishes at the Pride Festival & Market.

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!

Vancouver Pride Week - Festival and Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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36th Annual Pride Festival & Market; 11:00AM-6:00PM @ Sunset Beach, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Browse through 100+ exhibitors and bring the kids to the new Family Fun zone.  Catch live performances on the main stage, sample great food at the food zone, and dance to DJ’s in the 19+ beer garden area.  Click the link for more info.

Brigade Days; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
Regular admission rates
Visit with a large encampment of historic re-enactors as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills such as musket firing and open fire cooking.  On through August 4, the weekend features the Arrival of the Fur Brigades canoe re-enactment on Monday.  See the website for the full schedule.

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. 7 (1090 Haro St), West End, downtown Vancouver
Fire Hall No. 14 (2804 Venables St), Vancouver
Fire Hall No. 18 (1375 West 38th 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.

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.

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

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Theatre Under The Stars: Legally Blonde The Musical; 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.

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.

Karaoke World Championships Canada | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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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.

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.

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.

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!

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market – Photo Credit – Brys Stephens

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
Firehall Farmers Market; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ 11489 84th Ave, Delta
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.

Odlum Brown VanOpen | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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2014 Odlum Brown VanOpen; gates open 11AM @ Hollyburn Country Club (950 Cross Creek Rd), West Vancouver
$50; weekend passes available
2014 marks the 13th year of the dual sanctioned USTA Pro Circuit and Tennis Canada event.  An equal balance of prize money is available for both men and women and provides players with the opportunity to gain valuable world-ranking points on the ATP and WTA Tours.  On through August 3.  Check out the site for the full schedule.

 


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Monday August 4th

 

Harmony Arts Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Harmony Arts Festival

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; 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!

Fort Langley Brigade Days | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Fort Langley National Historic Site (facebook)

Brigade Days + Caribbean Festival & Concert; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
Regular admission rates
Visit with a large encampment of historic re-enactors as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills such as musket firing and open fire cooking.  The weekend features the Arrival of the Fur Brigades canoe re-enactment today!  Also, don’t miss the Caribbean Festival & Concert today from 5:30PM-8:30PM.  See the website for the full schedule.

International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
If you like late night snacks, this night market is for you. Featuring a great selection of awesomeness to choose from, including takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls), dragon’s beard candy, deep fried Mars bars, and more. This year, the market has also added some new feature attractions, including a water walker and Richmond’s only mini-golf course. Open every Friday-Sunday through September 14.

Tsawwassen Sun Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Delta Optimist

Tsawwassen Sun Festival; 9:00AM-10:30PM @ Winskill Park (1720 56th St), Delta
Free
Fun for the whole family including a parade, music, children’s midway, antique fair, marketplace, slow pitch tournament, BMX air show, bingo, main stage entertainment, fireworks, food vendors, and much more!  On through August 4.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ 8351 River Rd, next to River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Featuring over 125 vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs. On through every Friday-Sunday and holiday Monday nights through October 13.  We recommend taking public transportation (Canada Line to Bridgeport Station) instead of driving!

Kitsilano Showboat - Hello (Again) | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Hello (Again) – Photo Credit – Hello (Again) (facebook)

Kitsilano Showboat: Hello (Again), Penk O’Donnell Irish Dancers; 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.

Theatre Under The Stars: Shrek The Musical 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.

Burnaby Village Museum Carousel | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Bruce Irschick for Tourism Surrey

BC Day Market Monday; 11:00AM-4:30PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Way), Burnaby
Free admission; $2.50 carousel rides
Don’t miss the Village mid-summer celebration, with vendors, Squamish weavers, entertainers, heritage games, and walking tours.  Check the website for the special activities schedule.

Old Money: A West of Denman Historical Walking Tour; 1:00PM-2:30PM, meet @ Buchan Hotel (1906 Haro St at Gilford St), West End, downtown Vancouver
$10 cash; drop in only
Before Vancouver’s upper class elite moved to Shaughnessy Heights, “West of Denman” by Stanley Park was where many of the “Who’s Who” lived until the First World War.  iscover who they were, where and how they lived and what lured them out.  This tour also explores the lives of the domestic workers, sellers and nursemaids like Janet Smith. Stroll the streets of the West End to hear fascinating stories about this early Vancouver neighbourhood.

Bubble The City | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Burbuliatorius Vancouver

Burbuliatorius: Bubble The City 4; 6:30PM @ Creekside Park (1455 Quebec St), Vancouver
Free
Burbuliatorius (Bubble the city) takes place in different world cities at the same day, every second Monday, at 18.30 (local time) in summer and September.  The aim of the event is to revitalize deactivated public spaces and to encourage citizens to explore the potential of public spaces by developing non-commercial scenarios of their use and sharing the local experience with other cities.  All you need is to bring soap bubbles and to bubble it. Don’t forget an extra-bottle and a smile for a passer-by, just in case!

 


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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