Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend

Happy Vancouver Pride! It’s a long, rainbow-flagged weekend to celebrate LGBTQ2IA+ voices and to contemplate how far we’ve come and the work that still needs to be done to ensure equality for all. Alongside a packed Pride schedule there’s also the Mural Festival, an arts festival, a Japanese festival and a fireworks competition. It’s a pretty good weekend to be in Vancouver!

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Friday August 2

Vancouver Mural Festival

Where: Main Street & Broadway
What: Vancouver Mural Festival is Western Canada’s largest free celebration of public art. Now, in its 4th year, Vancouver Mural Festival features an expanded 10-day program of events, from galleries, parties, and public talks to artists painting new murals and daily guided tours. The festival culminates in the Vancouver Mural Festival’s main event, the highly-anticipated Mount Pleasant Street Party on Saturday, August 10 from 12-7pm.
Runs Until: Saturday August 10, 2019

Pride at the Gallery

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: In celebration of Vancouver Pride, the Gallery presents special programming recognizing the contributions, vitality and strength of LGBTQ+ folks. Featuring group mural painting and drag bingo.

Davie Village Promenade

Where: Jim Deva Plaza
What: Interactive art installations, roving performers, a Vancouver Pride info booth, button making and more await you at the Davie Village Promenade, hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society.
Runs Until: Sunday August 4, 2019

The Really Gay History Tour

Where: Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station
What: It’s time for Vancouver’s secrets to come out of the closet. The wild, untold history of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community comes alive through stories of struggle, unity, and celebration on an adventure through Downtown and the West End. You’ll meet a history of outrageous drag queens, book store bombings and the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of our city.
Runs Until: Wednesday August 7, 2019

Harmony Arts Festival

Where: Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver
What: For 29 years, the Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, has been one of the North Shore’s most popular cultural events. The free festival draws crowds from all over the Lower Mainland to celebrate a harmonious balance of visual, culinary and performing arts on the spectacular West Vancouver waterfront. The ten-day festival attracts over 140,000 attendees.
Runs Until: Sunday August 11, 2019

Chicks Ahoy! Pride Boat Cruise

Where: On the Water
What: With panoramic views, a big outdoor deck, two floors, two lounges, and gender neutral washrooms on each level, the Magic Charm’s the perfect place to kick off Pride weekend. Bring your rainbows, sailor getups, and get wild for this beloved Vancouver Pride tradition.

Late Night Snack Pride

Where: Save On Meats
What: Food specials, drink specials, and some truly mouth watering performances.

Spirit Pride

Where: Various locations
What: Celebrating our 5th year, SpiritPride is a spirituality conference for members of the LGBTQ2+ sommunity and their allies to celebrate LGBTQ2+ spirituality. This year’s theme is ‘Where we’ve been & where we’re going’, an opportunity to look at how far we’ve come, the work still to be done, and building a vision for the future.
Runs Until:Sunday August 4, 2019

Naomi Smalls
Where: Celebrities
What: A Pride party featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race star Naomi Smalls alongside DJs: DJ Carolina Campos, DJ Leanne (GirlOnWax), DjG Luve, and performances by Alma Bitches, Kendall Gender, South East, Venus, & Rogue.

Abbotsford Agrifair 2019

Where: Exhibition Park
What: The Abbotsford Agrifair is where memories are made. Family fun including a Pirate Ship Show, a Tank car-crush event, a Tractor/Truck Pull Show, Yule Kids and more!
Runs Until: Sunday August 4, 2019

Lisabel

Art Gallery Free Exhibit: Lisabel

Where: LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery
What: A prolific painter from Montreal, Lisabel registered her trademark in the pictorial trend across the globe because of her exceptional technique that combines art and technology. It is in an abstract and semi-figurative style, using unique composite materials that we recognize her works by their luminosity and rich colors, but also thanks to the dynamism and movement that emerged.Don’t miss her original collection, available now at LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery.
Runs Until: Monday August 12, 2019

EMV’s Vancouver Bach Festival 2019

Where: Christ Church Cathedral & Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
What: This year’s festival celebrates Early Music Vancouver’s (EMV) 50th anniversary with performances by many of the top West Coast artists, and gifted artists from across Europe and North America. The 14-concert festival commences with EMV’s ensemble in residence, Les Boréades, in a spectacular two-night performance of J.S. Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos.
Runs Until: Friday August 9, 2019

Rockin’ River Music Fest

Where: Merritt Festival Show Site
What: The 2019 edition of the annual music festival, taking place along Coldwater River in Merritt, BC on August 1-4, 2019, will once again feature an impressive lineup of distinguished country music alumni. Following the outstanding success of last year’s event which saw 36,000 fans in attendance, 2019 will see over 30 acts performing across multiple stages as well as an expanded Party Zone, increased riverside and XL campsites, free-flow party patios, and more onsite amenities including food options, bars, and bathrooms.
Runs Until: Sunday August 4, 2019

SILENCE! The Musical

SLIENCE! The Musical

Where: GoldCorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
What: This unauthorized parody of the Oscar-winning film Silence of The Lambs features a score that would make The Book of Mormon blush! Adult summer entertainment that’s not for the faint of heart. Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to catch the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecters clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill.
Runs Until: Saturday August 3, 2019

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The Understudy

Where: Pal Studio Theatre
What: What do you do when your past catches up to you and demands retribution? Island Productions presents The Understudy, directed by Mel Tuck and starring Sarah Boes, Michael Germant and Drew Henderson. Playwright Theresa Rebeck’s complex love triangle opens August 1st at PAL Studio Theatre in Coal Harbour.
Runs Until: Saturday August 10, 2019

¡Festival Judío! A Celebration of Latin American Jewish Culture

Where: Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture
What: ¡Festival Judío! Celebrates the Culture of Latin America fused with Jewish cultural accents to present 5 film nights, art show and book sale, 5 afternoon talks by Latin American guest speakers, a children’s story workshop and TWO live music nights with dance lesson to warm up and international Latin musicians. Opening night Milonga or tango party and closing night Klezmer fusing Samba, Freve, Afoxe, Maracatu and Baiao rhythm styles. Latin cuisine and refreshments available throughout.
Runs Until: Friday August 9, 2019

Pride at Parq

Pride at Parq 2019

Where: Parq Vancouver’s Elevated Outdoor Park
What: Everybody say love! Pride at Parq is right around the corner and we’ve invited your favourite trailblazing queens from Ru Paul’s Drag Race to take the stage. Experience performances by Kim Chi, Asia, Kameron and season 10 winner Aquaria as we transform our massive, 30,000 square-foot roof top park into Pride’s most exclusive dance floor.

Bassjackers

Where: Harbour Event Centre
What: Dynamic Dutch duo Bassjackers make their Vancouver return with special guest DAIJO this Friday at the Harbour Event Centre.

Semiahmoo Days & White Rock Sea Festival 2019

Where: Semiahmoo Park to Memorial Park
What: Join the fun at the 70thAnnual White Rock Sea Festival! Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the weekend. This annual event attracts thousands of people each year!
Runs Until: Sunday August 4, 2019


Saturday August 3

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Honda Celebration of Light – Croatia

Where: English Bay
What: Don’t miss out out on the final night of the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition! For it’s 29th year The Honda Celebration of Light has featured a thrilling line-up of pyrotechnic performances from India, Canada, and now Croatia.

Pride: From a Riot to a Revolution

Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: Join MOA to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. The celebrations include three documentary screenings, a participatory discussion about queer issues with Love Intersections (Jen Sungshine and Kimberly Wong), a voguing workshop with Ralph Escamillan (founder of Van Vogue Jam), and an outrageous and raucous vogue ball produced by Nick Benz.

Rocky Horror Picture Show Drag
Where: Celebrities
What: The cult classic that was already drag gets even more drag!

Walk Off the Earth

Where: Orpheum Theatre
What: Walk Off The Earth is a Juno Award winning, multi-platinum musical phenomenon currently taking the world by storm. Based in Burlington, Ontario (just outside of Toronto), their brilliant 5-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” exploded on Youtube, garnering over 180 million views. Since then, the band has released a string of successful original songs including, “Red Hands” (#1 at AAA), “Fire In My Soul” & “Rule The World”; sold out venues across the globe and collaborated with some of the biggest artists in the world (Keith Urban, Snoop Dogg & Steve Aoki).

Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada

Brigade Days

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
What: Explore the encampment of re-enactors showcasing the Hudson’s Bay Company era as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills. Don’t miss the “Arrival of the Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment at the river at 1 pm on the Monday.
Runs Until: Monday August 5, 2019

December Avenue Live

Where: Massey Theatre, New Westminster
What: Silent I Productions proudly presents December Avenue Live in their final show of their Canadian Tour! Don’t miss it!December Avenue is one of the most sought-after OPM bands in the Philippines and also Filipinos in North America! They are known for their light and soft rock compositions. This 5-piece band will surely set the stage and our hearts on fire.

Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival

Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival

Where: Maple Ridge Fairgrounds
What: The 19th annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival will take place August 3 and 4, 2019 at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds This year’s concert lineup promises to be another stellar event of the Lower Mainland’s music festival circuit and a festival highlight for Maple Ridge. In years prior, there has been no shortage of Reggae – Ska – Soca and Cuban Salsa performances by well known artists Boomdaddy, Rumba Calsa, Ezra Kwizera, Mostly Marley, just to name a few.
Runs Until: Sunday August 4, 2019

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Vancouver Street Dance Festival

Where: Robson Square
What: Vancouver Street Dance Festival (VSDF) is an annual event that celebrates and shares the city’s diverse street dance culture, providing an opportunity for the community to engage with the public. It is the largest street dance festival and event in the northwest, featuring 6 distinct street dance styles: breaking, HipHop, House, Locking, Popping, and Waacking.

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

Where: Jim Deva Plaza
What: Enjoy a buffet by-donation pancake breakfast in Jim Deva Plaza to commemorate one of our society’s founders, Terry Wallace. Breakfast has been provided by Your Independent Grocer. Terry Wallace, manager of the Castle Pub, raised money through the pub’s 50/50 and pull-tab machines to fund the Pride Parade through years of financial uncertainty. Terry Wallace died in 2004 and is remembered fondly.

Bowen Island Dinner & Celebration of Lights Fireworks Boat Tour

Where: Vancouver Water Adventures
What: Your date-night won’t get better than this. Departing from our Granville Island location, all the fun of the Bowen Island Dinner Tour, ending with the amazing Celebration Of Light Fireworks display with front row seats in English Bay. The Vancouver dinner cruise of all dinner cruises with fireworks to end the amazing night! This tour sells out fast, so be sure to book early!

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Light the Night Tour – Celebration of Light

Where: Vancouver Water Adventures
What: Join us on our special Celebration of Light Tours and see the fireworks at English Bay! Light your own path as the sun goes down– literally! Watch as your equipment comes to life, and streaks through the water with colourful light. Quickly becoming one of the most popular Paddleboard and Kayak experiences around the world, this guided tour is a fun way to discover Vancouver at night all while seeing the stunning fireworks show unfold before your eyes!

Bard on the Beach

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks

Where: Bard on the Beach
What: See The Taming of the ShrewShakespeare in Love or All’s Well That Ends Well, then enjoy an exquisite salmon barbecue* from Emelle’s Catering with all the fixings, delicious desserts and an entire evening of entertainment! Visit the PIXSTAR photobooth and more before enjoying a private view of the spectacular Celebration of Light fireworks.

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Capitalism & Mortality

Where: SFU Segal Graduate School of Business
What: An annual seminar held in Vancouver, Capitalism & Moralitybrings together some of the finest minds to discuss the philosophy of freedom and liberty.

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Sunday August 4

Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

Where: West End
What: In this joyous celebration of diversity, anybody with a positive and loving spirit will feel right at home. Parties, dances, cruises, a parade and a spectacular final event makes this an unforgettable celebration every summer. The parade is also a reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go to ensure everyone, not just in Vancouver, but around the world, is able to love safely and fully.

43rd Annual Powell Street Festival

Where: Powell St
What: Powell Street Festival celebrates the history of Japanese Canadians in the area through an event similar to the festivals, or matsuri, of Japan. In the spirit of the neighbourhood, PSF has something for everyone. In addition to being a platform for Japanese Canadian arts performers to showcase their talents, the festival engages the broader community through fun cultural activities, volunteer opportunities, and of course, delicious food.
Runs Until: Monday August 5, 2019

Pride Special with Public Disco

Where: 14 W 7th Ave
What: The event starts with an all ages patio party in 7 1/2 Lane then shifts inside for an evening of 19+ dancing in a neighbouring warehouse space. Free before 5pm!

 

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Brunch: The Farm Show

Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: The Farm Show is a Canadian classic, which was developed in a co-operative, actor-driven form of playwriting known as “collective creation” and scripted by Ted Johns. Now recognized as one of the biggest indigenous theatre hits in Canadian history, in the beginning, says Ted Johns, “No one anticipated the delight people would take in hearing their own language and observing their own culture.”

Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson: Twins of Evil Tour

Where: Rogers Arena
What: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson have just confirmed their notorious ‘Twins of Evil’ tour which Billboard said makes a “big rock show feel like not only the right place to be, but also the best.” Produced by Live Nation, the co-headlining ‘Hell Never Dies Tour 2019’ North American summer tour kicks off in Baltimore, MD on July 9 and makes stops at Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI and Rock Fest in Cadott, WI.

Carnival Day

Where: Kids Market, Granville Island
What: Come play with us on Carnival Day at Kids Market at Granville Island!!!There will be free face painting, balloon twisting, hula hooping, games and prizes, plus loads of fun and awesome treats.

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Monday August 5

Pop-Up Craft: Free Workshops Summer 2019

Where: CCBC Shop & Gallery, Granville Island
What: This week’s Pop-Up Craft is Crepe Paper flowers with Citrine Paper Flowers! Come play with new mediums, meet local artists and have fun! Drop in at any point during the time slots to participate – all ages and abilities welcome.
Runs Until: Monday September 30, 2019

Pixx

Pixx

Where: The Fox Cabaret
What: Pixx is the moniker of 21 year-old musician Hannah Rodgers, who is based in London. She was signed to 4AD aged just 19, and released her first collection of music, Fall In, in 2015. It went down a storm amongst critics, with The Sunday Times calling it “one of the most arresting debuts of the year.” The critical attention helped her secure crucial slots at Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, whilst she was also invited to perform with the likes of Daughter, Lush and Glass Animals amongst others.

Vancouver TheatreSports presents Improv Mondays w/ Michelle

Where: The Improv Centre
What: You’ve fallen in love with her on YouTube and now the indomitable Michelle Gidard (played by VTS ensemble member Angela Galanopoulos) is coming to the live stage at The Improv Centre.
Runs Until: Monday December 30, 2019

CruiseyT – Pride Recovery Cruise

Where: MV Britannia, docked in Coal Harbour at the foot of Denman St
What: CruiseyT’s the last party for Vancouver Pride and is one not to be missed. It’s the Recovery Cruise, where you are party with all the organizers the produced Pride and all the staff that worked it!

Zakk Sabbath

Where: The Imperial
What:Iron Man lives again! The end of Black Sabbath may have been a blow for fans of the heavy metal pioneers, but fret no more, Zakk Sabbath are heading out on their first headlining tour this year! Delivering a hard rocking homage, Zakk Wylde leads a qualified group, bringing you the best of Black Sabbath, complete with the heavy licks and classic solos you love.

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OVO Fest Tribute at Midnight Mondays

Where: Fortune Sound Club
What: Join us for a Long Weekend edition of Midnight Mondays, August 5th as we throw everything OVO in the mix all night featuring free Church’s Chicken, $4 shots with DJs Floetic, Flores and Keke

Burnaby Village Museum

BC Day

Where: Burnaby Village Museum
What: Enjoy demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment and more this BC Day at the Burnaby Village Museum. Admission is free. (Carousel rides are $2.65). Cold water refill stations will be on site – don’t forget to bring your water bottle!

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The Really Gay History Tour

Where: Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station
What: It’s time for Vancouver’s secrets to come out of the closet. The wild, untold history of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community comes alive through stories of struggle, unity, and celebration on an adventure through Downtown and the West End. You’ll meet a history of outrageous drag queens, book store bombings and the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of our city.
Runs Until: Wednesday August 7, 2019

EMV’s Vancouver Bach Festival 2019

Where: Christ Church Cathedral & Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
What: This year’s festival celebrates Early Music Vancouver’s (EMV) 50th anniversary with performances by many of the top West Coast artists, and gifted artists from across Europe and North America. The 14-concert festival commences with EMV’s ensemble in residence, Les Boréades, in a spectacular two-night performance of J.S. Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos.
Runs Until: Friday August 9, 2019

¡Festival Judío! A Celebration of Latin American Jewish Culture

Where: Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture
What: ¡Festival Judío! Celebrates the Culture of Latin America fused with Jewish cultural accents to present 5 film nights, art show and book sale, 5 afternoon talks by Latin American guest speakers, a children’s story workshop and TWO live music nights with dance lesson to warm up and international Latin musicians. Opening night Milonga or tango party and closing night Klezmer fusing Samba, Freve, Afoxe, Maracatu and Baiao rhythm styles. Latin cuisine and refreshments available throughout.
Runs Until: Friday August 9, 2019

Vancouver Mural Festival

Where: Main Street & Broadway
What: Vancouver Mural Festival is Western Canada’s largest free celebration of public art. Now, in its 4th year, Vancouver Mural Festival features an expanded 10-day program of events, from galleries, parties, and public talks to artists painting new murals and daily guided tours. The festival culminates in the Vancouver Mural Festival’s main event, the highly-anticipated Mount Pleasant Street Party on Saturday, August 10 from 12-7pm.
Runs Until: Saturday August 10, 2019

Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program presents The Winter’s Tale

Where: Performance Works Outdoor Stage
What: For 29 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. Over the years, many participants have gone on to grace some of Canada’s top stages including the Stratford Festival, Canstage, The Belfry Theatre, Bard on the Beach, and the Arts Club Theatre Company. This summer the talented teens of CTYP’s Teen Shakespeare Program take on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale – a story of love, jealousy, and atonement, where things aren’t quite as they seem… A fantastical tale, full of tricks and turns, that is sure to delight the entire family.
Runs Until: Saturday August 10, 2019

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The Understudy

Where: Pal Studio Theatre
What: What do you do when your past catches up to you and demands retribution? Island Productions presents The Understudy, directed by Mel Tuck and starring Sarah Boes, Michael Germant and Drew Henderson. Playwright Theresa Rebeck’s complex love triangle opens August 1st at PAL Studio Theatre in Coal Harbour.
Runs Until: Saturday August 10, 2019

Harmony Arts Festival

Where: Ambleside
What: For 29 years, the Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, has been one of the North Shore’s most popular cultural events. The free festival draws crowds from all over the Lower Mainland to celebrate a harmonious balance of visual, culinary and performing arts on the spectacular West Vancouver waterfront. The ten-day festival attracts over 140,000 attendees.
Runs Until: Sunday August 11, 2019

Lisabel

Art Gallery FREE EXHIBIT – LISABEL – A prolific painter from Montreal

Where: LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery
What: A prolific painter from Montreal, Lisabel registered her trademark in the pictorial trend across the globe because of her exceptional technique that combines art and technology. It is in an abstract and semi-figurative style, using unique composite materials that we recognize her works by their luminosity and rich colors, but also thanks to the dynamism and movement that emerged.Don’t miss her original collection, available now at LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery.
Runs Until: Monday August 12, 2019

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Drawer Boy

Where: Jericho Arts Centre
What: Ontario – 1972. Miles, a young theatre actor arrives in Huron County at the home of Angus and Morgan, two aging bachelor farmers. Miles stays with them in order to gather stories about rural life and make a play about it. A compelling portrait of friendship, Michael Healey’s play is also a