Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend Vancouver will be painted by the Mural Festival, have its heart opened by the Queer Film Festival, be strummed to by the Guitar Festival, and probably fall over laughing watching a bunch of corgis race. If you find yourself in the dark outdoors on Sunday, look up into the stars – the Perseids will be shooting across the skies in one of the brightest meteor showers of the year.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Spin the Wheel of Fortune in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Photo Credit: Flickr – Anthony Maw

For both visitors and locals, Vancouver’s Chinatown is an ideal neighbourhood to visit due to its historical significance, as well as its present offerings in terms of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

This Saturday, the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area (VCBIA) is encouraging everyone to (re)discover Chinatown in a unique gift promotion.

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Spin the Wheel of Fortune in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Florence, The Killers, and Mudhoney top two September music festivals in Vancouver

Florence + The Machine come to the Skookum Festival to promote their fourth album, High as Hope.

Two festivals in Vancouver this September should be enough to satisfy any music fans—and maybe some foodies, too.

Produced by Vancouver-based BrandLive, the inaugural Skookum Festival runs Sept. 7-9 in Stanley Park. Featured headliners include The Killers and Florence + The Machine, along with international indie-rock sensations like St. Vincent, Father John Misty, and War on Drugs. The festival has a food and visual arts component as well.

Then, from Sept. 13-16, the Westward Music Festival takes over Vancouver’s downtown and East Van live music venues. Now in its second year, and produced by Western Canadian concert promoter MRG, the lineups feature an eclectic mix of American, Canadian and local acts. Headliners include Angel Olsen, Mudhoney, and Kelela.

For more info on both festivals, see below.

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Florence, The Killers, and Mudhoney top two September music festivals in Vancouver

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Pride! It’s a big bright long weekend in Vancouver, and wherever you find yourself in the city you can count on an outpouring of pride, advocacy, protest, celebration and love. Wear your rainbows to the parade, the fireworks competition, an arts festival, two Japanese festivals, a film noir fest, classical Bach concerts or anywhere you end up.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

BC Day Long Weekend includes a FREE Japanese Culture and Food Festival

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Katari Taiko at the Powell Street Festival Photo credit: [stu-di-o] by jeanie

In a BC Day Long Weekend packed full of major events, including the Pride Festival and the Celebration of Light, the Powell Street Festival might get overlooked. However, the Powell Street Festival is actually the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running community arts festival in the Lower Mainland – since 1977.

This free, family-friendly event is held both indoors and out around the Powell Street area within Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, on the traditional unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil- Waututh First Nations. Influenced by typical Japanese summer festivals or matsuri, PSF has developed into a unique Vancouver event. Over the course of the 2-day event, nearly 17,500 people participate in the event.

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BC Day Long Weekend includes a FREE Japanese Culture and Food Festival

Honda Celebration of Light Kicks Off This Weekend – Sneak Peek!

The Honda Celebration of Light makes its anticipated return to the skies above English Bay this Saturday as Team South Africa, represented by Fireworks for Africa, kicks off the three-day festival.

Today we had a sneak peek of what’s to come, as we toured the fireworks barge in advance to the start of the festival. The barge, located in English Bay, allows for the show to be visible in the West End, Kitsilano and part of False Creek.

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Honda Celebration of Light Kicks Off This Weekend – Sneak Peek!

Guitar fest brings world-class luthiers to Vancouver

Ever dream of playing the opening of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on a $6000 guitar while the maker of that guitar looks on, aghast? Make that dream a reality at this year’s Vancouver International Guitar Festival.

The only festival of its kind in Vancouver, the VIGF brings together guitar builders, players, collectors, and aficionados to share knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm and their favourite classic-rock guitar riffs over two days of live music, master classes, workshops, and exhibitions. You’ll also have the chance to purchase some of the world’s finest handmade stringed instruments directly from world-class luthiers.

This year, the festival proper takes place Aug 11 & 12 at the Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way) in the former Olympic Village. The event includes a licensed bar. Meanwhile, the nearby Sarah McLachlan School of Music (138 E. 7h St.) hosts a couple of concerts. See below for more details.

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Guitar fest brings world-class luthiers to Vancouver