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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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

Fort Langley’s Brigade Days: A BC Day Must-See Destination

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A Weekend of the Sights & Sounds of 1850s Life in British Columbia!

Since 1979, people have flocked to Fort Langley on BC Day weekend to bring to life a tradition that goes back to the early 1800s: the arrival of the fur brigades. Every modern outdoorsman or adventure fan or Vancouverite who wants to get in touch with BC’s roots must come out this weekend to see this: dozens of men, women and children dressed in 19th century clothing will be “roughing it” in their canvas tents, cooking over the fire, and sharing their old-fashioned skills with visitors.

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Fort Langley’s Brigade Days: A BC Day Must-See Destination

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend
Ready for an amazing BC Day long weekend of fireworks, music, Pride, and festivals?  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Top 5 August Long Weekend Events in Vancouver for 2013

Photo credit: refreshment_66 | Flickr

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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