Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

It’s August long weekend and, whether the sun is shining or there’s raindrops, it’s that time to squeeze all the summer in you can because you never know when the autumn chill will start! Get your final pig races in at the PNE, watch an outdoor concert, cheer on the home team, or wander through award-winning dahlias at VanDusen Garden. It’s a new moon, so if you’re camping this weekend, be sure to look up at the stars.

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Friday August 30

20th Vancouver International Tap Festival

Where: Various Locations
What: The Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival has been bringing together international and local tap dance artists for premiere performances, workshops and intensives, and community events for 20 years. The annual event occurs during late August in numerous venues in Downtown and East Vancouver. It’s a perfect way to end your summer!
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

Richmond World Festival 2019

Where: Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza
What: Richmond World Festival is Richmond’s major multicultural festival. This festival celebrates Richmond’s significant cultural diversity and we’re inviting the world to the party! Performers include The Stumbellas, Bedouin Soundclash, Sister Says, RT Nuba and more.
Runs Until: Saturday August 31, 2019

Summer Social in the Plaza

Where: Oakridge Centre
What: Summer isn’t over yet! From now until the end of September, drop by the Oakridge Canada Line Plaza for some jazzy blues to balloon animals or steel drums to salsa. Eat your lunch and mingle on our outdoor tables and chairs. Available on a first-come first-served basis.
Runs Until: Saturday September 28, 2019

Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2019

Where: The Cinematheque, Vancity Theatre and SFU Woodward’s
What: The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This 11-day annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

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Summer Night Concerts at the PNE Fair: Hammer’s House Party MC Hammer with Special Guest Bobby Brown

Where: PNE Amphitheatre
What: Hammer’s House Party invites fans to reminisce with some of the most iconic names in pop, hip-hop and R&B performing some of the biggest hits of a generation. Audiences can expect to hear chart-topping hits like MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit,” and Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative”, “She Ain’t Worth It”, and “On Our Own” (from Ghostbusters ll). Don’t miss this nostalgia-themed night out that will bring the hits and get you dancing… It’s Hammertime.

Summerset Music & Arts Festival 2019

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
What: Summerset Music & Arts Festival takes place just outside the palisades of the Fort Langley National Historic Site on the majestic Fraser River, offering a venue with unsurpassed beauty. A former fur trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the “Birthplace of British Columbia”, guests can tour the historic site, enjoying world-class music & art, mouth-watering local & international foods and beverages.
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

Vancouver Canadians vs Tri-City Dust Devils

Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Take me out to the ballgame! Enjoy the footlong hotdogs, the peanuts, the sushi run? It is all there for you when you watch the local minor league Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium. Join the Vancouver Canadians as they take on the Tri-City Dust Devils at ‘Nooner At The Nat.

Fake Jazz

Fake JazzWeekend

Where: The Toast Collective
What: Lots of noiy, ambient and otherwise bands.
Runs until:Sunday September 1, 2019

Yuk Yuks presents Late Summer Nights

Where: Yuk Yuks
What: David Merheje, the 2019 Juno Winner for Comedy Album of the Year for Good Friend Bad Grammar is coming through Vancouver for one show only at Yuk Yuk’s on Friday, August 30th at 10:30PM.

The Midnight

Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: Synthwave band The Midnight come to the Commodore Ballroom on their Fall Tour. VIP Meet & Greet Packages available.

Summer Sounds on Jack Poole Plaza: Cassandra Maze

Where: Jack Poole Plaza
What: Join the Vancouver Convention Centre on Jack Poole Plaza for its community summer concert series featuring great music from local musicians, good vibes and one breathtaking view. This Friday, the final installment of the summer series, Cassandra Maze takes the stage with a contemporary and soulful sound that’s certain to delight. Light refreshments will be available for purchase as well as a featured beer garden for attendees 19 years of age or older.

Quantic

Where: The Rickshaw
What: Catch British born musician, producer and DJ, Quantic on his solo live tour supporting his latest release: Atlantic Oscillations.

Milk & Bone

Where: Fox Cabaret
What: MRG Concerts presents Canadian electropop duo Milk & Bone, with special guests.

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Coal Harbour Music Festival: Alfie Zappacosta

Where: PAL Studio Theatre
What: Alfie Zappacosta is one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers with chart topping hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist by “doing it his way,” an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and a discerning loyal fan base.

Rhythm City Mess Around (RCMA): Swing & Jazz Dance Festival 2019

Where: Russian Hall
What: Rhythm City Productions presents the RMCA Swing & Jazz Dance Festival. This weekend of dance features 3 days of workshops with stellar instruction and inspiration, and 3 nights of dancing featuring Jen Hodge and her All Stars, as well as local and visiting DJs with the evening themes: Swingin’ at the Savoy 1930s, 1940s, & 1950s.
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 2019

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Where: The Rio Theatre
What: “The horror … The horror…” Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s visionary Vietnam War epic at the Rio Theatre when the newly restored Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Absolute 80s Night

Where: Fox Cabaret
What: Lycra, leopard print, intense perms, and more. Whether you lived through it, were born during, or are just nostalgic for a time you never knew, join us for a night of 80’s celebration. Just playin’ hits! The Common People DJs (the guys behind 80s Night/ Guilty Pleasures/ Pop It Off) spin your favourite tunes from the most pastel decade yet.

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Music at the Cannery

Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Richmond
What: Steveston’s summertime music series returns to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on Friday evenings in July and August. Concerts will take place on the Cannery’s outdoor tank deck or inside the historic building in inclement weather. The show will go on, rain or shine!
Runs Until: Friday August 30, 2019

Aritzia Warehouse Sale 2019

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
What: It’s back! The Annual Aritzia Warehouse Sale is on at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building. Brave the crowds for some of the best deals of the season from the Vancouver-based brand that has gained worldwide attention.
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 2019


Saturday August 31

TAIWANfest 2019

Where: Various Venues
What: Dedicated to promoting Taiwanese Arts and Culture, TAIWANfest focuses on contemporary artistic expressions and present programs that reflect today’s Taiwan.
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 2019

Summer Night Concerts at the PNE Fair: Billy Idol

Where: PNE Amphitheatre
What: Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip- curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he played. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top forty singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including “Dancing With Myself, “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” and “Cradle Of Love.”

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. New York City FC

Where: BC Place
What: Take part in the roaring atmosphere at this Major League Soccer game and cheer on the Vancouver Whitecaps as they take on New York City FC

Anjunadeep Open Air: Vancouver 2019

Where: Malkin Bowl
What: London based independent record label Anjunadeep has become one of the dance music world’s most respected imprints. Presented by Blueprint Events and Live Nation BC, Anjunadeep Open Air takes over the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park with 16BL, Cri, Jody Wisternoff, and more.

VanDusen Botanical Garden Dahlia Show

Where: VanDusen Garden, Floral Hall & Cedar Room
What: Join the Vancouver Dahlia Society for their annual show. Admission to this event is by donation (garden admission not included).
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

Man Up

Where: The Clubhouse
What: Drag shows, karaoke and an outdoor patio with veggie dogs.

Richmond World Festival 2019

Where: Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza
What: Richmond World Festival is Richmond’s major multicultural festival. This festival celebrates Richmond’s significant cultural diversity and we’re inviting the world to the party! Performers include The Stumbellas, Bedouin Soundclash, Sister Says, RT Nuba and more.
Runs Until: Saturday August 31, 2019

River Rock Casino’s Summer Lights Patio Party

Where: River Rock Casino Resort
What: Bring your crew Friday and Saturday nights to The Rock. Free admission, featuring live DJs and food & drink specials.
Runs until: Saturday August 31, 2019

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Sunday September 1

Henry Huo

Where: River Rock Casino
What: Henry Huo (霍尊 / Huò zūn) is a Chinese singer-songwriter, musician, and actor who rose to fame when he won first place in the first season of the Chinese reality singing competition “Sing My Song,” in which contestants compete by singing their original compositions.

PNE Summer Concerts 2019

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Summer Night Concerts at the PNE Fair: The Beach Boys

Where: PNE Amphitheatre
What: You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that The Beach Boys’ songs have forever changed the musical landscape, profoundly influencing countless performing artists to follow.

Victory Square Block Party

Where: Victory Square
What: Help us bring Summer out with a BANG at Victory Square at the annual free all day party with performances by Kimmortal, Biawanna, Sunrise Local, Sylivia Wrath, and more! Plus some tasty tasty food vendors and a raffle with kick butt prizes from local business etc! Proceeds from the raffle and sponsorship go towards Megaphone, Vancouver’s street magazine sold by homeless and low-income vendors.

The Sunday Service

Where: Fox Cabaret
What: With over 20 Canadian Comedy Award Nominations, a CCA Best Improv Troupe Award in 2012, and international recognition, The Sunday Service present to audiences across North America a fast paced and singular take on traditional long form.

VanDusen Botanical Garden Dahlia Show

Where: VanDusen Garden, Floral Hall & Cedar Room
What: Join the Vancouver Dahlia Society for their annual show. Admission to this event is by donation (garden admission not included).
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2019

Where: The Cinematheque, Vancity Theatre and SFU Woodward’s
What: The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This 11-day annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

Summerset Music & Arts Festival 2019

Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
What: Summerset Music & Arts Festival takes place just outside the palisades of the Fort Langley National Historic Site on the majestic Fraser River, offering a venue with unsurpassed beauty. A former fur trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the “Birthplace of British Columbia”, guests can tour the historic site, enjoying world-class music & art, mouth-watering local & international foods and beverages.
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

Dog Days

Dog Days

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Dog Days is a survey of the camera’s interactions with our canine companions. Today, dogs figure prominently in visual culture through Instagram feeds, viral videos, memes and other media, yet our photographic obsession with dogs is as old as the camera itself. Dog Days features contemporary works, classic images, and vintage photographs from several local archives and collections, considering how dogs have shaped, and are shaped by, human society.
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

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Monday September 2

Labour Day Fair

Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
What: Join us for the last day of our Summer Season. It’s a day of old-fashioned fun for the whole family complete with games of chance, entertainment, demonstrations, Market Vendors and carousel rides.

Sleep

Where: Commodore Ballroom
What: All good things take time. In 2018 Sleep fans will have a reason to break out their finest and get it lit because record stores all over the world will have the new Sleep album. Don’t miss this American doom metal power trio from San Jose, California.

Summer Night Concerts at the PNE Fair: TLC

Where: PNE Amphitheatre
What: One of the greatest legacies in music history can be summed up by just three letters—TLC. Those characters merely hint at the talent of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, but they immediately evoke an unparalleled journey nonetheless.

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. Starting in May, join us on Mondays for Improv Mondays with Michelle – Fake Stories, Real Improvisers hosted by the character Michelle from the popular web comedic soap opera Michelle’s.

Sun Kil Moon

Where: The Imperial
What: Sun Kil Moon is an American folk-rock act from San Francisco, California, founded in 2002. Initially a continuation of the defunct indie rock band Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon is now the primary recording moniker of vocalist and guitarist Mark Kozelek.

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Where: The Rio Theatre
What: “The horror … The horror…” Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s visionary Vietnam War epic at the Rio Theatre when the newly restored Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Rhythm City Mess Around (RCMA): Swing & Jazz Dance Festival 2019

Where: Russian Hall
What: Rhythm City Productions presents the RMCA Swing & Jazz Dance Festival. This weekend of dance features 3 days of workshops with stellar instruction and inspiration, and 3 nights of dancing featuring Jen Hodge and her All Stars, as well as local and visiting DJs with the evening themes: Swingin’ at the Savoy 1930s, 1940s, & 1950s.
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 2019

Aritzia Warehouse Sale 2019

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
What: It’s back! The Annual Aritzia Warehouse Sale is on at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building. Brave the crowds for some of the best deals of the season from the Vancouver-based brand that has gained worldwide attention.
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 2019

TAIWANfest 2019

Where: Various Venues
What: Dedicated to promoting Taiwanese Arts and Culture, TAIWANfest focuses on contemporary artistic expressions and present programs that reflect today’s Taiwan.
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 2019

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The Fair at the PNE

Where: Pacific National Exhibition
What: It’s not every day you can explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place. Kids of all ages love BC’s legendary Fair at the PNE!
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 2019

Moving Still: Performative Photography from India

Moving Still: Performative Photography from India

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery & Annex Theatre
What: A major exhibition of works by thirteen artists based in India whose photographic practices focus on constructing and reconstructing realities. The exhibition and will showcase more than one hundred works, dating from the 1800s to the present, and examines themes of gender, religion and sexual identity using photography, an important medium in India since the mid-nineteenth century.
Runs until: Monday September 2, 2019

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Dog Days

Dog Days

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Dog Days is a survey of the camera’s interactions with our canine companions. Today, dogs figure prominently in visual culture through Instagram feeds, viral videos, memes and other media, yet our photographic obsession with dogs is as old as the camera itself. Dog Days features contemporary works, classic images, and vintage photographs from several local archives and collections, considering how dogs have shaped, and are shaped by, human society.
Runs Until: Sunday September 1, 2019

Fake Jazz

Fake JazzWeekend

Where: The Toast Collective
What: Lots of noiy, ambient and otherwise bands.
Runs until:Sunday September 1, 2019

Butterflies at the Aquarium

Butterflies at the Vancouver Aquarium

Where: The Vancouver Aquarium
What: Step out of British Columbia’s temperate rainforest and into the Amazon’s tropical rainforest when you enter the Graham Amazon Gallery. Discover a wide variety of butterflies, including blue morphos, giant owls and heliconians, as you stroll along the boardwalk. Keen eyes will spy them feeding on nectar, fruit and flowers, camouflaging on tree trunks, courting a mate and hitchhiking on lucky visitors.
Runs until: September 2019

Evanessence Photography

The Fair at the PNE

Where: Pacific National Exhibition
What: It’s not every day you can explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place. Kids of all ages love BC’s legendary Fair at the PNE!
Runs Until: Monday September 2, 2019

Moving Still: Performative Photography from India

Moving Still: Performative Photography from India

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery & Annex Theatre
What: A major exhibition of works by thirteen artists based in India whose photographic practices focus on constructing and reconstructing realities. The exhibition and will showcase more than one hundred works, dating from the 1800s to the present, and examines themes of gender, religion and sexual identity using photography, an important medium in India since the mid-nineteenth century.
Runs until: Monday September 2, 2019

Making Waves: The Story and Legacy of Greenpeace

Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: With humble beginnings in Vancouver, Greenpeace has grown into a large organization with offices in 40 countries. The NGO has protested numerous causes: whaling, deforestation, mining, genetic testing, and nuclear testing. Explore this exhibit that goes from their first voyage from Vancouver to Amchitka to protest Nuclear testing on an old fishing vessel to how cities, government, and industry today are developing new policies, technologies, and sustainable practices to ensure the preservation of our environment.
Runs until: Monday September 9, 2019

The Clock by Christian Marclay

The Clock by Christian Marclay

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Recognized as one of the most important contemporary artworks of our time, The Clock is an audiovisual tour-de-force. Presented in a custom-built cinema within the gallery, the work montages film and television footage from the last 70 years. The time represented in each clip is synchronized with actual time, allowing The Clock to function as a 24-hour timepiece. On select Fridays, the gallery will stay open overnight for 24-hour screenings. During these overnight screenings, visitors will be able to see the evening and early morning sections of the film.
Runs Until: Sunday September 15, 2019

Bill Reid Gallery | Language Matters

Language Matters

Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Water is an essential ingredient for human life—it connects us geographically, culturally, and socially while fueling our bodies and spirits. Guest curators ReMatriate Collective reveal the unique connection between womxn and water in the matriarchal societies of the Northwest Coast, with special attention to the roles of child-bearers, healers, and doulas.
Runs Until: Monday September 16, 2019

Rolande Souliere: Frequent Stopping IV and V

Rolande Souliere: Frequent Stopping IV and V

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: The multi-media practice of Australia-based Anishinaabe artist Rolande Souliere entangles the visual language of hard-edged geometric abstraction with that of contemporary traffic signage to consider how colonial infrastructures mark both spaces and the people inhabiting them. Her solo exhibition Frequent Stopping IV and V presents new large-scale, site-specific work at the Contemporary Art Gallery’s two public sites: its street level façade and the nearby Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. This exhibition draws from Souliere’s ongoing body of work that creates interventions using caution tape and street barrier patterns in immersive, muscular installations.
Runs until: Friday September 20, 2019

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach

Where: Bard on the Beach Festival Site, Vanier Park
What: Bard on the Beach, Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival, welcomes you to join them for their 30th season. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront of Vanier Park, this year’s lineup includes: The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare In Love, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus.
Runs until: Saturday September 21, 2019

CAG presents Maryam Jafri | Automatic Negative Thought

CAG presents Maryam Jafri | Automatic Negative Thought

Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Extending across both of CAG’s two gallery spaces, the exhibition will include the presentation of three recent series of sculptural works alongside a new video work co-commissioned by CAG and Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol in Innsbruck, Austria. The artist explores the ways the body is increasingly experienced as a site of anxiety-fueled narcissism and self-surveillance that is politically and economically produced.
Runs Until: Sunday September 22, 2019

The Polygon | Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age II

Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age II

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Organized by Vancouver curator Jenn Jackson, Gilded Age II is Cwynar’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast. The exhibition features recent photographs and two videos, reflecting Cwynar’s interest in the enduring legacies of design and popular imagery in contemporary consciousness. Across Cwynar’s works, found photographs, everyday artefacts, illustrations, notes, and models unfold and challenge enduring systems of value and meaning.
Runs Until: Sunday September 22, 2019

Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market

Where: The Shipyards, North Vancouver
What: Fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5pm on Friday nights where you will find 100+ vendors selling fresh food and locally made products. The Friday Night Market also includes a beer garden serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea. You must me 19+ to enter the beer garden. On the Shipbuilders’ Stage there is live music until 10pm, showcasing talent from all over BC.
Runs until: Friday September 27, 2019

Summer Social in the Plaza

Where: Oakridge Centre
What: Summer isn’t over yet! From now until the end of September, drop by the Oakridge Canada Line Plaza for some jazzy blues to balloon animals or steel drums to salsa. Eat your lunch and mingle on our outdoor tables and chairs. Available on a first-come first-served basis.
Runs Until: Saturday September 28, 2019

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: With more than 130 artworks on view, this exhibition will present the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the twentieth century’s most renowned and influential artists. Including masterful works in sculpture, painting, drawing and design, it will examine the breadth of Giacometti’s practice while highlighting his place among his contemporaries in Paris and London
Runs until: Sunday September 29, 2019

Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives

Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: This exhibition delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city. Scenic design, videos, taxidermy, crowd-sourcing technologies, and the display of natural specimens breathe life into these tales of co-habitation. The immersive nature of the exhibition, including hands-on activities, encourages visitors to examine their relationship with nature, think about momentarily disconnecting from their devices, and find equilibrium with the natural world around them.
Runs until: Monday September 30, 2019

Womxn and Waterways

Where: Bill Reid Gallery
What: Explore the unique connection between womxn and water in the matriarchal societies of the Northwest Coast, with special attention to the roles of child-bearers, healers, and doulas. Artists Richelle Bear Hat (Blackfoot/Cree), Krystle Coughlin (Selkirk), Lindsay Katsitsakataste Delaronde (Mohawk), Alison Marks (Tlingit), Dionne Paul (Nuxalk/Sechelt), Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena), Marika Echachis Swan (Nuu-chah-nulth), Carrielynn Victor (Sto:lo), Veronica Rose Waechter (Gitxsan) and Water Keeper, Audrey Siegl (Musqueam) will explore water as a crucial element of creation, its historical uses for survival, and contemporary over-consumption as a threat to sensitive coastal ecosystems.
Runs until: Wednesday October 2, 2019

Shake Up: Preserving What We Value

Shake Up: Preserving What We Value

Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: The exhibition will bring to light the convergence of earthquake science and technology with the rich Indigenous knowledge and oral history of the living cultures represented in MOA’s Northwest Coast collection. Beyond scientific discoveries, knowledge of earthquakes and natural disasters has been passed down through generations throughout many cultures, including those of the Northwest Coast First Nations. Also as part of the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to see the majestic poles of the Great Hall undergo conservation, many for the first time in 40 years.
Runs until: Fall 2019

Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market

Where: Richmond, BC
What: Stop by for authentically Asian snacks, street food and retailers selling unique accessories and knick-knacks at street-side prices. Some merchants are willing to bargain, so channel your inner negotiator and you’ll leave with a haul. There’s a diverse array of nightly live entertainment ranging from music and dance performances to carnival games and rides.
Runs until: Friday October 4, 2019

Steveston Heritage Experience

Steveston Heritage Experience

Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
What: The Steveston Heritage Experience leads you back in time on an interactive walking tour, stopping at four celebrated historic attractions — Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Along the way, you’ll hear eye-opening tales of yesteryear village life, as told by a chatty local who seems to have just stepped from the streets of 1914. Carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will be served along the way.
Runs Until: Saturday October 5, 2019

Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets

Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: This enchanting exhibition illustrates the role puppets have played around the world in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values from generation to generation. Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Visitors will have the opportunity to view more than 250 handcrafted puppets from MOA’s collection — the largest in Western Canada — plus, new acquisitions from China, Brazil, Italy, Java, the UK, and France revealed to the public for the first time. Enter into an immersive and theatrical world for visitors of all ages.
Runs until: Monday October 14, 2019

Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty

Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty, the first retrospective of the renowned Canadian artist. Alexander became known for her investigations of the appropriated image, the artificiality of nature and the seduction of space in the 1980s. Extreme Beauty showcases more than eighty works from this artist’s career whose practice includes photography, sculpture, collage and installation.
Runs Until: Sunday October 20, 2019

Lonsdale Farmers’ Market

Where: Lonsdale Quay
What: Stroll the boardwalk and take in ocean and city skyline views from North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay while you check out fresh, locally grown produce, delicious baked goods and nifty crafts created by local growers, bakers, and crafters.
Runs Until: Saturday October 26, 2019 (Saturdays)

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park

Where: Stanley Park
What: There’s more to Stanley Park than incredible scenery. It’s also recently been home to crime, riots, persecution, political intrigue, class warfare, logging, hunting, disease, military installations, remarkable public art, ecological catastrophes, secret construction mega-projects, poetry, scandal, and murder.
Runs until: Saturday November 30, 2019 (Saturdays)

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Jazz Vespers

Where: First Baptist Church
What: St. Andrew’s Wesley’s Jazz Vespers, is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Every Sunday from 4-5 PM, you’ll be tapping your toes and clapping your hands to the amazing sounds of local and international jazz giants. It’s an hour of jazz interspersed with reflections on love, faith and hope given by Rev. Dan Chambers or Very Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson.
Runs Until: Sunday December 29, 2019

Samuel Roy-Bois

Samuel Roy-Bois: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies

Where: The Polygon Gallery
What: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies is a site-responsive installation – imagined as an intervention into the architectural space of The Polygon—that invokes histories of resource extraction and the forest industry on the North Shore. Roy-Bois’ rustic, handcrafted aesthetic rubs against the steel-and-glass design of the gallery and the surrounding waterfront developments, upending distinctions between interior and exterior, private and public.
Runs Until: December 30, 2019

How Far Do You Travel

How Far Do You Travel

Where: Select B-Line TransLink busses
What: Five Canadian artists — Diyan Achjadi, Patrick Cruz, Rolande Souliere, Erdem Tasdelen and Anna Torma — are being commissioned to graphically wrap the exterior of a series of articulated buses traveling on major routes in Metro Vancouver.
Runs until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

Emily Carr | Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Emily Carr in the Rotunda

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to the finest collection of art by Emily Carr (1871–1945) in the world. Our collection is particularly rich in her forest paintings from the 1930s. This installation in the Gallery’s rotunda reflects Carr’s direct engagement with and great affection for British Columbia’s landscape—for her, a site of artistic and spiritual inquiry. This installation brings together four of Carr’s iconic paintings: Big Raven (1931); Red Cedar (1931); Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky (1935); and Above the Gravel Pit (1937).
Runs Until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

VIFF Screenings

Where: Vancouver International Film Centre
What: Year-round VIFF presents some of the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model.
Runs Until: Tuesday December 31, 2019

Teatro Intimo Del Flamenco

Teatro Intimo Del Flamenco

Where: The Improv Centre, Granville Island
What: Karen Flamenco brings the glamour and extravagance of a large flamenco dance production onto a small theatrical stage. The one-hour production welcomes audiences of all ages with live traditional flamenco music, dance, storylines, puppetry and magic. With theatre style seating and bistro-style table seats, every audience member will get a close-up and personal experience that is very typical of a traditional Spanish Tablao.
Runs until: Saturday May 1, 2020

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  1. Aww You made me confused now what i will be doing this weekend…….

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