Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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It’s Pride weekend! Possibly the most party-party weekend of the summer is upon us, so rest up while you can, make sure you get plenty of water, and be ready to have a blast pretty much anywhere inside or out. Fly your colours if you choose – now is the time to strut your fab self however you’d like, whether you are feeling glitter and a wig with sky-high heels, or if a pair of Chucks and jeans is more your thing; it’s a weekend of acceptance and fun where positivity and love rule the streets.

 

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday July 31

 

Davie Street Block Party

Davie Street Block Party

Davie Street Block Party
Where: Davie Street, 6:00pm
What: Take back the streets for Pride weekend in the heart of the Davie Street Village! Pound the pavement to some of the city’s hottest talent and witness the annual Wimple-In ceremony of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Celebrate with community groups and artists from around Vancouver, as well as Davie Street businesses.

Sculptors’ Society of BC Summer Exhibition

Sculptors’ Society of BC Summer Exhibition

Sculptors’ Society of BC Summer Exhibition
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
What: A rare opportunity to see work by internationally renowned artists, in their home province in a lovely outdoor garden. Participating artists include Louise Solecki Weir, David Dumbrell, James Fletcher, Jean-Guy Dallaire and Colleen McLaughlin Barlow.
Runs until: Monday August 3, 2015

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Trans, Two-Spirit, and Genderqueer March

Trans, Two-Spirit, and Genderqueer Liberation and Celebration March
Where: Clark Park, 5:30pm
What: Calling trans, genderqueer, two-spirit people, and allies: time to take to the streets! Join together for a march and a celebration of gender diversity. Wear what you want, and feel free to be FABULOUS. Bring noisemakers! Allies are enthusiastically invited and welcome.

 

dance prelimsVancouver Street Dance Festival Preliminaries
Where: Boogaloo Academy (101 – 8410 Ontario), 5:00pm
What: Can you pop, lock, waack, or dance hip hop, house, or bboy? This is your shot to work it out and become a semi-finalist to throw down tomorrow in Robson Square.

 

Man Up: One Wild Pride

Man Up: One Wild Pride

Man Up: One Wild Pride
Where: The Cobalt, 9:00pm
What: Seven years in the making, this won’t just be a party, but a space odyssey escapade that will transport you to another realm of queerocity. Climb aboard their bass ship and prepare to launch into a whole new dimension of ecstatic fun and community love.

 

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary
Where: Vancity Theatre
What: Flaubert’s famous (anti-)heroine finds her perfect interpreter in Mia Wasikowska, whose brittle intelligence layers Emma’s naivete and impulsive nature, and whose sparks of passion stand in stark contrast to the suffocatingly sterile and mannered provincial society into which she has been bred and wed.
Runs until: Thursday August 6, 2016

 

Tangerine

Tangerine

Tangerine
Where: Vancity Theatre
What: It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee  is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl sets out to get to the bottom of the rumour, dragging her best friend Alexandra along with her. Meanwhile in a parallel story, an Armenian taxi driver with a penchant for transgendered prostitutes comes unstuck when his mother-in-law refuses to believe he can be working the night before Christmas.
Runs until: Thursday August 6, 2016

 


 

Saturday August 1

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Celebration of Light Photo: Colin Knowles

Celebration of Light
Photo: Colin Knowles

Honda Celebration of Light: Canada
Where: English Bay
What: It’s the Canadian team and last night of the fireworks competition! Three companies representing their country each perform a 25 minute fireworks display set to accompanying music (synchronized to the radio station LG104.3 FM.)

Shorefest: Chilliwack

Shorefest: Chilliwack

Shorefest: Chilliwack and Kuba Oms
Where: English Bay and Sunset Beach Park, 7:30pm
What: As part of the Sunset Beach Festival, SHOREFEST showcases some of Canada’s top musical acts on the shores of English Bay. Head down early to the Sunset Beach stage for live music all afternoon, then move on over to English Bay to catch the feature performers – Chilliwack and Kuba Oms.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: Who can resist this pop darling? Anyone who sends random presents to fans, Instagrams photos of their super adorable cat, and also makes super catchy songs you can dance to when your alone in your apartment and no one is watching/listening is fabulous in my books.

Keg de Souza: Preservation

Keg de Souza: Preservation

Keg de Souza: Preservation
Where: Burrard Marina Field House (1655 Whyte)
What: Join CAG, Burrard Marina Field House artist-in-residence Keg de Souza for an urban foraging expedition culminating in jam making, experimental mapping and a discussion exploring local foods, cultural preservation and the continuing effects of colonization in contemporary Vancouver.
Runs until: Sunday August 2, 2015 (two-day event)

Brig days adBrigade Days
Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site
What: 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 weaving. There will be a ladies tea with women’s fashion from the 1800s, trapping techiniques, and a show about the gold rush.
Runs until: Monday August 3, 2015

 

laughoutLaugh Out!
Where: The Vogue, 8:00pm
What: An evening of side-splitting laughter starring Elvira Kurt, host of The Comedy Network’s Popcultured. Vancouver Pride’s official comedy show features special guests comedian Darcy Michael, Vancouver’s First Lady of Glam: Symone Says, Vancouver’s Queer Prov, and host Drex from Drex Live on CKNW.

PowellFestivalPowell Street Festival
Where: Various locations, 11:30am – 7:00pm
What: Vancouver’s free annual celebration of Japanese-Canadian arts, culture & heritage! There will be live music, Japanese food, sumo wrestling, arts, vendors, Taiko drumming, stuff for kids and more.
Runs until: Sunday August 2, 2015

Street DanceVancouver Street Dance Festival
Where: Robson Square
What: Can’t everything just be settled with a dance-off? If we can’t solve the world’s problems through dance battles, we can at least still have them because they are FUN. Here you go: a free outdoor dance battle complete with local vendors, music, and DJs.

VMM-fireworksLast Night of Fireworks at the Vancouver Maritime Museum
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden in Vanier Park)
What: Beat the crowds with an evening of live music, good food and the best seats in the house for the Canada night of the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks. With gorgeous views across English Bay, there is pretty much nowhere better to watch the last night of the fireworks and partake in a delicious summer BBQ on the Museum’s terrace.

 

QueenoftheNightQueen of the Night
Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Hieeee! RuPaul’s Drag Race stars are heeeere! Get ready for JuJubee, Raja, Trixie Mattel, Milk Queen, LaQuifa Wadley, and Shangela! There are also gorgeous out-of towners, and fabulous locals performing, so glam up and get out to this huge drag eleganza extravaganza.

Eden

Eden

Eden
Where: Vancity Theatre
What: Imagine being at the cutting edge of the electronic music scene in Paris at the beginning of the 90s, rubbing shoulders with Daft Punk, dedicating your life to shaping the sound. That’s where Paul (de Givry) finds himself, a DJ on the up, riding a wave that takes him… right back to where he started, in fact.
Runs until: Wednesday August 5, 2015


 

Sunday August 2

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Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival
Where: Downtown Vancouver and Sunset Beach
What: What started as a courageous and peaceful protest in 1978 has become one of the world’s most spirited and well attended celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride. Drawing more than 650,000 spectators annually, the pride parade travels through the West End to the Sunset Beach festival site. Showcasing colourful floats, rainbow-coloured balloons, fist-pumping music, vibrant dancers and a heck of a party, it’s no wonder the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival is one of Vancouver’s can’t-miss summer events.

ALASKA

Untoxicated
Where: Davie Street Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot
What: Are you wearing nails? Is that your hair? From Rupaul’s Drag Race, Alaska Thunderf#ck 5000 headlines a gathering of people who live clean, sober and proud!  Along with local talent: Crystal Clearly, Celestial Seasons, Cadence Winter Matthews, Alma Bitches, Adam Zapple, Scizzor Fairy, Saulo Davis, Peter Konrad, Cinnamon Winters, DJ Clean Freq and DA Productions.

youthdancePride Youth Dance
Where: Coal Harbour Community Centre (480 Broughton)
What: A safe, sober space for dancing and connecting with friends. If you’re a youth between the ages of 14-25, come and join a rainbow-filled Pride celebration specifically for queer, trans* and allied youth! Dance the night away to fabulous tunes, enjoying mocktails and hanging out with friends. Entry for this event is by donation. (The proceeds of this event will go directly to the GAB Youth program at QMUNITY.)

 

diningdivasDining with Divas
Where: Boathouse (1795 Beach)
What: A premium evening party featuring dancing, a light canapes service, and stellar performances from a cavalcade of Vancouver’s legendary drag divas, including Hope Diamond, Conni Smudge, Valynne Vile, Sienna Blaze, Cinnamon Winters, and Celestial Seasons. DJ Ian and DJ Sollors will be throwing down saucy beats.Partial proceeds support the Foundation of Hope.

swirlSwirl
Where: AllStar Winds and Ribs
What: A premium grrl party featuring top female artist, DJ Citizen Jane and more juicy acts including Skylar Love, Venever Vice, Sarah Wheeler and DJ T.

 

pink_0Pink: The Official Pride After-Party
Where:
Lips (1143 Davie)
What:
Looking to squeeze the last drops of juice out of your Pride Sunday? Cap off the events of the day with Pink, the Official PRIDE 19+ After-party. It’s one last hurrah at the end of the rainbow with dancing, DJs and great food. 

 


 

Ongoing

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godspellGodspell (ends this weekend)
Where: Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island
What: Stephen Schwartz’s exuberant pop musical about Jesus and his apostles is one of the most enduring shows of all time, and for good reason. The Tony Award–nominated score is filled with hits such as “Day by Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” and “Turn Back, O Man.”
Runs until: Saturday August 1, 2015

Powell Street Festival (this weekend only)
Where: Various locations, 11:30am – 7:00pm
What: Vancouver’s free annual celebration of Japanese-Canadian arts, culture & heritage! There will be live music, Japanese food, sumo wrestling, arts, vendors, Taiko drumming, stuff for kids and more.
Runs until: Sunday August 2, 2015

Sculptors’ Society of BC Summer Exhibition (this weekend only)
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
What: A rare opportunity to see work by internationally renowned artists, in their home province. Participating artists include Louise Solecki Weir, David Dumbrell, James Fletcher, Jean-Guy Dallaire and Colleen McLaughlin Barlow.
Runs until: Monday August 3, 2015

Brigade Days (this weekend only)
Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site
What: 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 weaving. There will be a ladies tea with women’s fashion from the 1800s, trapping techiniques, and a show about the gold rush.
Runs until: Monday August 3, 2015

Eden (this week only)
Where: Vancity Theatre
What: Imagine being at the cutting edge of the electronic music scene in Paris at the beginning of the 90s, rubbing shoulders with Daft Punk, dedicating your life to shaping the sound. That’s where Paul (de Givry) finds himself, a DJ on the up, riding a wave that takes him… right back to where he started, in fact.
Runs until: Wednesday August 5, 2015

Madame Bovary (this week only)
Where: Vancity Theatre
What: Flaubert’s famous (anti-)heroine finds her perfect interpreter in Mia Wasikowska, whose brittle intelligence layers Emma’s naivete and impulsive nature, and whose sparks of passion stand in stark contrast to the suffocatingly sterile and mannered provincial society into which she has been bred and wed.
Runs until: Thursday August 6, 2016

Tangerine (this week only)
Where: Vancity Theatre
What: It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee  is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl sets out to get to the bottom of the rumour, dragging her best friend Alexandra along with her. Meanwhile in a parallel story, an Armenian taxi driver with a penchant for transgendered prostitutes comes unstuck when his mother-in-law refuses to believe he can be working the night before Christmas.
Runs until: Thursday August 6, 2016

Queer Arts Festival | photo: Kiss & Tell

Queer Arts Festival | photo: Kiss & Tell

Queer Arts Festival
Where: Various locations
What: Featuring a curated visual arts show, a community art show, performances and workshops from all artistic disciplines, music, dance, theatre, literary, and media arts. QAF produces, presents and exhibits work with a curatorial vision favouring innovative, challenging, thought-provoking art that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue.
Runs until: Friday August 7th, 2015

Ensemble Theatre Company’s Summer Theatre Festival
Where: Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery)
What: Enjoy six weeks of summer theatre with the theme of “truth, lies, and consequences.” This year will be productions of “Frost/Nixon,” a portrayal of a talk show host’s groundbreaking interviews with disgraced former US president, Richard Nixon; “Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” a controversial and unnerving story of moral corruption within a mafia family; and “The Children’s Hour,” a story around a scandal at a girls’ boarding school.
Runs until: Saturday August 8, 2015

Henry V: Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program

Henry V: Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program

Henry V: Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program
Where: Performance Works Outdoor Stage (Granville Island)
What: For 25 summers, Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program has been providing pre-professional theatre training to teens 13-18 in an intensive six-week program. During the program, teen actors are treated as professional artists and receive training in voice, movement, and text analysis toward a fully-staged public performance.
Runs until: Saturday August 8, 2015

playgroundPlayground
Where: Ayden Gallery opening reception: 7:00pm
What: A kid-friendly interactive art show with works by Carley Stadelmann, J Nasty, Theme, Patrick Bravo, Flavia Chan, Simon LaPlante, Ron Williams, Saicker and Ben Knight.
Runs until: Sunday August 9, 2015

Summer Mix Photo: Kevin Boyle

Summer Mix
Photo: Kevin Boyle

Summer Mix
Where: Kimoto Gallery (1525 West 6th)
What: Fresh new artworks from a selection of 24 of Vancouver’s finest and most talented artists. The contemporary artworks on display provide a plethora of styles and range in mediums, including: paintings on canvas, panel and paper, trans-mounted photographic pieces and both sculptural and mixed media works.
Runs until: Saturday August 15, 2015

kits showboatKitsilano Showboat
Where: 2300 Cornwall
What: Founded in 1935 as a community project and was a place where entertainers could display their talents, the show grew annually, attracting more and more talented entertainers each year and bringing joy to the audience. Read more by Inside Vancouver blogger, Carolyn here: 5 Reasons to Love Kitsilano Showboat…
Runs until: Saturday August 15, 2015

Goonj! Being Brown in Chinatown

Goonj! Being Brown in Chinatown

Goonj! Being Brown in Chinatown
Where: Centre A (229 East Georgia) opening reception: 5:00pm
What: The South Asian community has a rich oral history and vibrant print culture that points to a century long presence in Vancouver’s Chinatown that is not reflected in the official archives. A trio of young Asian artists seek to re-imagine the existence of South Asian history in the space of an early, emerging Chinatown.
Runs until: Saturday August 15, 2015

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars
Where: Stanley Park
What: Now in its 69th season, Theatre Under the Stars presents musical theatre performed on an outdoor stage in Stanley Park by emerging and armature performers. This year’s shows are Oliver!, A British musical based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, and Hairspray, a romantic musical comedy by cult movie master, John Waters. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Saturday August 22, 2015

YVR Take-Off Fridays
Where: YVR Airport, 9:00am – 3:00pm
What: Local DJs, live musicians, caricaturists, balloon artists, mascots, face painters and other entertainers bring YVR to life over the summer. Attendees can try delicious food samples and take advantage of great deals from airport shops and restaurants. Aviation buffs can stop by the Public Observation Area for interactive displays, quizzes and behind the scenes videos or take a tour to learn about YVR’s history, art and operations.
Runs until: Friday August 28, 2015

sunday salsaSunday Afternoon Salsa
Where: Robson Square, 3:00pm
What: You can dance if you want to. Try the free lessons at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets

Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson) opening & performance, 7:00pm
What: A survey of the LA-based artist’s work produced during the past five years, including key works in film, sound, sculpture, performance complemented by an extensive monographic publication.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015

Eastside Block Party
Where: The Waldorf, 2:00pm
What: Bands, performers, food trucks, vendors, and general summertime day drinking is every Sunday until after the dog days of summer.
Runs Until: Sunday August 30, 2015 (Sundays)

fcfestFood Cart Fest
Where: 215 West 1st ave, 12:00pm
What: Now with more food carts than ever, there is also ping pong, DJs, kids activities, giant open air markets and a new licensed live music patio.
Runs until: September 6, 2015 (Sundays)

Tea Zen
Where:
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
What:
Tea Zen exhibition gives a glimpse of how the tea captures the human spirit and relates to Zen. The exhibit showcases Lam Wong’s documentary in which he interviews tea farmers, tea lovers, artists, tea masters and a Zen monk, and the exquisite calligraphy scrolls written by master calligrapher, Don Wong.
Runs until: Sunday August 30, 2015

Photo: Official Richmond Night Market

Photo: Official Richmond Night Market

Vancouver Night Markets
Where: Various locations in Vancouver and Richmond
What: Whether you’re thing is stir-fried tentacles, spicy tofu, custard buns, flashy iPhone cases, obscure DVDs or just poking through multitudes of trinkets under Vancouver’s refreshing summer night sky, night markets are now open! Inside Vancouver blogger, Carrie Leslie, profiles a bunch of them here: Vancouver Night Markets Open
Runs until: Autumn 2015

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces-stairwells, hallways, and restrooms-in order to ask: what makes us happy?
Runs until: Monday September 7, 2015

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach
Where: Vanier Park (1695 Whyte Ave)
What: One of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals – presented in giant tents on the waterfront. This year, enjoy productions of The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespere’s Rebel, and special events all summer.
Runs until: Friday September 25, 2015

The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural: works by Beau Dick
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
What: A collection of sacred masks and regalia revealing beings from the forest, sea, and supernatural realm. Created for Kwakwaka’wakw potlatches by artist and traditional Chief Beau Dick and other master carvers.
Runs until: Sunday September 27, 2015

Of Heaven and Earth

Of Heaven and Earth

Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: With works by some of the greatest names in European art, Of Heaven and Earth examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art–from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the 19th century. The remarkable breadth of the exhibition showcases the outstanding quality of works by figures such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi and Titian alongside other lesser-known masters.
Runs Until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Material Future, The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
What: An exhibition featuring the work of renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the design architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building.
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art
Where: Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr)
What: This exhibit showcases the work of a passing generation of great artists – craftspeople, illustrators, and painters, as well as that of young urban graffiti artists working today. The exhibition presents Portuguese popular art as multi-leveled, theatrical, politically astute, and individualistic providing a theatre of the nation, where art and culture are mediated through the eruption of personal, profound, and deeply felt sentiments.
Runs until: Monday October 12, 2015

Salt Mist Seasons

Salt Mist Seasons

Salt Mist Seasons
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This display of watercolour prints and original paintings by Rosemary Hanna is inspired by the fishing boat Salt Mist. The show follows the ship through different seasons and traces the marinescapes from Vancouver and the southern Gulf Islands up the coast of British Columbia.
Runs until: October 2015

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: Autumn 2015

Cesna?em, the City Before the City
Where: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
What: A transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver’s nose.
Runs until: December 30, 2015

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me and the rest of Vancouver in the comments below or tweet me directly at @lextacular

 


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