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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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend

Brigade Days Coming to Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Aug. 1-3

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The annual Brigade Days festival at Fort Langley National Historic Site, on Aug 1-3, 2015 brings period re-enactors from all over British Columbia and Washington state for three days of 1800s living and live music.

Throughout the long weekend, re-enactors pack the site with their tents and gear bringing history to life inside the palisade walls. Visit with re-enactors and watch demonstrations of sewing, trapping, cooking and historic weapons.

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Brigade Days Coming to Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Aug. 1-3

Top 5 August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver for 2013

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Photo credit: refreshment_66 | Flickr

Ready to celebrate the 2013 August Long Weekend in Vancouver?  Here are five activities for making the most of the weekend and B.C. Day holiday, Aug. 3-Aug. 5.

Celebration of Light Fireworks, Saturday, Aug. 3The final instalment of this year’s Celebration of Light sees Thailand lighting up the night sky above English Bay for an estimated 400,000 spectators.  The party starts around 5 p.m. with Shorefest, free concerts at two stages at English Bay and Sunset Beach.  Crowds are treated to a special Red Bull Airshow at 8:10 p.m., followed by the fireworks at 10 p.m.  There are also plenty of Vancouver’s award-winning food trucks on site, as well as Jamcouver, a pro skateboarding expo.  Fireworks start at 10 p.m. on Aug. 3 at English Bay.  Details.

Powell Street Festival, Saturday, Aug. 3-Sunday, Aug. 4This annual celebration of Japanese-Canadian culture is held in the heart of edgy East Vancouver, at Oppenheimer Park.  Get ready for taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, tea ceremonies and, of course, a fantastic spread of authentic Japanese food.  There are also historical walking tours of the neighbourhood, which has long been a stronghold of Vancouver’s Japanese community.  The Festival runs 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 3-Aug. 4, at Oppenheimer Park (400 Powell St.).  Details. Continue reading:
Top 5 August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver for 2013

Top 5 Free August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver

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It’s hot and sunny. The city is in party mode and beaches are packed with bronzed bodies.  August Long Weekend is finally here.

This is one of the liveliest weekends of the year in Vancouver, with dozens of festivals and events (Our blogger Taraneh picks out the best of the bunch here).  But what if you’re looking to celebrate on a budget?

Look no further.  Here are my picks for the top 5 free August Long Weekend events (Got more suggestions?  Please share ’em below). 

  • Free Wooden Roller Coaster at the PNE, Friday, Aug. 3:  Do you love roller coasters and also love to get up really early?  You’re in luck.  In honour of B.C. Day, Playland at the PNE is giving away free Wooden Roller Coaster rides this Friday from 6 a.m.-9 a.m.  If you’ve never been on their classic coaster, get ready for thrills: the rickety old monster might just be one of the scariest rides in the country.

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Top 5 Free August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver

Top 5 August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver

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Don’t have any big vacation plans for the August Long Weekend?  Don’t worry! There’s so much happening in and around Vancouver that you’ll be glad you stayed in town.  Here’s a rundown of the Top 5 Events happening in the Lower Mainland over the long weekend (And if you’ve got more to add, please leave a comment below).

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