Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for August 2002


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July 28 - August 4, 2002
The Last Stand: A free, outdoor, all ages theatre spectacle occurring daily along Stanley Park's Meadow Trail. Follow a boy as he searches a surreal forest for his brother, lured away by the magic of death defying acrobatics and song. Produced by Boca Del Lupo, Vancouver's premier physical theatre company, in association with The Vancouver Playhouse and the Only Fanconi.  Prospect Point Picnic Area, Stanley Park; 604-516-9187.

July 31 & August 3, 7, 10, 2002
2002 HSBC Powersmart Celebration of Light:  Three competing counties put on a spectacular display of fireworks at English Bay. 10pm. July 31 - Italy, August 3 - Canada, August 7 - Spain, August 10 - Finale; 604-641-1193.

August 1 - 5, 2002
45th Annual Squamish Days Logger Sports at Al McIntosh Logger Sports Grounds, Squamish; 604-892-9244.

August 1 - 11, 2002
Festival Vancouver: Festival Vancouver will present a diverse collection of extraordinary music, including orchestral, choral, chamber and world music plus opera and jazz events.  Various locations throughout Vancouver; 604-221-0080.

August 2 - 4, 2002
The White Rock Spirit of the Sea Festival: A fun filled weekend on White Rock's beautiful beach front featuring live music, aerial display, beach party and parade.

August 2 - 4, 2002
Chinatown Festival: Sample Chinese food, take in the arts fair at the Chinese Cultural Centre, enjoy music and dance performances and shop at sidewalk sales throughout Chinatown; 604-682-8998.

August 2 - 5 & 9 - 11, 2002
Harmony Arts Festival at Ambleside Landing, West Vancouver: 604-925-7263.

August 2 - 11, 2002
Harmony Arts Festival: the 12th anniversary of this premiere summer North Shore arts festval; Various seaside venues, West Vancouver; 604-925-7268.

August 3 - 4, 2002
Powell Street Festival 2002: This year celebrating its 26th anniversary, the Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese-Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver; 604-739-9388 .

August 3 - 4, 2002
Annual Spirit of the Sea Festival & Torch Light Parade,  White Rock Beach; 604-531-6365.

August 3 - 5, 2002
Tsawwassen Sun Festival: Parade, beer gardens, displays, activities, and soft ball tournament at Winskill Park. Antique show at South Delta Recreation Center; 604-943-0502.

August 3 - 5, 2002
Point Roberts Arts and Music Festival at Lighthouse Park.

August 4, 2002
Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues Festival: Sixth annual festival features performances by Taylor James, Greg Esposito, Harry Manx, Victor Polyik and others, with kids activities; 604-467-7325.

August 4, 2002
Demolition Derby Fun at the Agrifair Grounds Arena; (604) 589-4337.

August 4 - 6, 2002
BC Day Weekend Multicultural Festival at Burnaby Village Museum, 11:00am-4:30pm. Regular admission rates apply; 604-293-6500.

August 8 - 12, 2002
Richmond Tall Ships 2002: More than 20 of the world's most magnificent Tall Ships will gather along the Steveston waterfront for the Richmond Tall Ships 2002 festival, the largest gathering of Tall Ships and sail training vessels along the B.C. coastline in more than 100 years.  Steveston Area of Richmond; 1-866-264-7447 (SHIP).

August 9 - 11, 2002
Abbotsford International Airshow; 604-852-8511.

August 10, 2002
Yaletown Summerfest: This event will feature classic and new car show, live performing stage with music, fashion and martial arts, arts, sidewalk sales, farmer's market, petting zoo and much more. Yaletown, Vancouver; 604-683-7473.

August 10, 2002
The Joy Of Sax: Alan Matheson leads the Festival Jazz Orchestra and a star-studded group of jazz soloists including saxophonists Phil Woods, Campbell Ryga and Canada's jazz vocalist of the year, Carol Welsman in a tribute to the smooth, sultry queen of jazz - the saxophone. Orpheum Theatre; 604-688-1152.

August 10, 2002
CFV Fiddlers Annual Contest at the Abbotsford Senior's Hall; 604 852-3582.

August 10, 2002
Wild Bird Trust of BC Walk: Life on the Wing -Swallows and Swifts at Maplewood Flats, North Vancouver; 10am - 12pm, 604-924-2581.

August 10 & 11, 2002
Port Hammond Days: An annual community event that features live music, children's activities, crafts, community displays, the Maple Ridge Lions Club pancake breakfast starting at 8:00a.m. on Sunday the 11th, a Heritage Walk at 11:00a.m. on Saturday the 10th, a Heritage Tea and evening dances in the Hammond Community Center. Contact: Eric Phillips 604-465-6795 for more information.

August 11, 2002
Llama Picnic & Blueberry Sales at Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

August 11, 2002
Chalk Art Festival: The downtown sidewalks of Bellingham, Washington become the canvases for adult and child chalk artists who compete for prizes with their absolutely amazing chalk drawing creations; 360-676-8548.

August 11, 2002
Afro Rhythms Multicultural Dance and Music Festival  A free all-ages multicultural dance and music festival at Grandview Park, Vancouver; 604-253-3039.

August 11, 2002
Under The Volcano: 13th Annual festival of art and social change, at Cates Park, North Vancouver; 604-682-3269.

August 11, 2002
Annual Lower Mainland Vega Car Show at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver; 10am - 4pm, 604-990-3841.

August 11 & 18, 2002
Ladner Village Market: Family fun for children and adults, live entertainment, 100 plus vendors,10 am to 4 pm 48th Ave. Ladner.

August 12 - 17, 2002
The Northwest Washington Fair:  The Northwest Washington Fair is Lynden?s biggest entertainment attraction, drawing more than 200,000 visitors to the area the third week of August each year. The emphasis of the fair is mainly agricultural, with entertainment and exhibits filling the 35-acre fairgrounds on Front Street, Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995.

August 14, 28, 2002
Jade Peony: Chinatown Walking Tour Author and historian John Atkins' tour is based on Wayson Choy's book, Jade Peony; 604-662-3207.

August 15 - 18, 2002
Pacific Pinto Horse Club Show at the Agriplex, Surrey; 604-882-0900.

August 15, 22, 29, 2002
Dundarave concerts: Live, acoustic performances in the outdoor annex next to Delany's Coffee; Dundarave Village, West Vancouver; 604-925-7263.

August 16, 2002
Lake Evening Paddle on Burnaby Lake. Canoeing: Paddle quiet waterways and watch swallows swooping overhead devouring insects. Listen to the distinctive call of Red-winged Blackbirds, inhale fragrant evening air, and watch for beavers starting their nocturnal "day." 6 ? 8 pm, $12/person;  604-432-6359.

August 16 - 18, 2002
Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival: Annual festival features woodworking, quilting, spinning, weaving, basketry, needle arts, and more.  Gibsons Landing is just a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver; 604-740-1229.

August 17, 2002
The Abbotsford Garlic Festival at the MSA Museum, Abbotsford; 604-853-0313.

August 17, 2002
Teddy Bear Day at BurnabyVillage Museum,  11:00am-4:30pm. Regular admissions rates apply; 604-293-6500.

August 17, 2002
CANADIAN XK Jaguar Register/MG Club, 9am - 3pm Heritage Car Show at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver; 604-990-3841.

August 17 - 18, 2002
Exotic Reptile Show at Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

August 17 - September 2, 2002
Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver; 604-253-2311.

August 18,2002
Mountain Express Run for Leukemia:  The 12th Annual Mountain Express Run for Leukemia is set to take place on Sunday, August 18, 2002 at Mount Seymour. The Mountain Express Run is a 5km course and participants have the option of running or walking 5km or 10km; 604-733-2873.

August 18, 25, 2002
Concerts by the Sea at Ambleside Landing, West Vancouver; 604-925-7263.

August 19, 2002
Bug Seekers at Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey. Children 6 - 8. Roam forest and field searching for beetles, stink bugs, caterpillars and other weird invertebrates. Have fun playing nature games, catching insects, and learning other outdoor skills. 9:30 am ? noon, $9/child;  604-432-6359.

August 20, 2002
Barnacle Buddies at Belcarra Park, Port Moody. Join a fun, seaside adventure to search for barnacles, tiny shore crabs and sea stars. See ocean wonders with your preschooler and walk the beach at low tide. 10 ? 11:30 am, $10/child, adult pair;  604-432-6359.

August 20, 2002
Kids' World Day at Burnaby Village Museum,  11:00am-4:30pm. Regular admission rates apply; 604-293-6500.

August 21, 2002
Lake Evening Paddle at Burnaby Lake. Canoeing: Paddle quiet waterways and watch swallows swooping overhead devouring insects. Listen to the distinctive call of Red-winged Blackbirds, inhale fragrant evening air, and watch for beavers starting their nocturnal "day." 6 ? 8 pm, $12/person;  604-432-6359.

August 22, 2002
Full Moon Bat Watch at Matsqui Trail, Abbotsford. Follow the flight of this fascinating mammal by the light of the full moon. Listen for the sonar of hunting bats by using a bat detector. Explore the mysteries of their nocturnal life and learn interesting facts about local bats. 8 ? 10 pm,  $10/person; 604-853-4221

August 22 - 25, 2002
Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival at Granville Island Afloat and ashore, there'll be displays and hands-on boatbuilding demonstrations, including knot tyers and wood carvers. Family fun will include the ever-popular kids' boat building and the 3rd annual family boatbuilding project; 604-688-9622.

August 23, 2002
Bat Watch at Minnekhada Park, Coquitlam. Family 6+. Watch for bats darting and zigzagging above water or farm clearings as they leave their day roosts to feed on night-flying insects. Learn about bat food, roosts and enemies. Take home handouts, bat house plans and vivid memories of walking in the dark. 7:30 ? 9:30 pm, $6.50/person;  604-432-6359.

August 23, 2002
Wild Lights Festival: The NV Community Arts Council presents the Wild Lights Festival. Features Lantern Making workshops and a lantern procession with performance by the Public Dreams Society, 7 - 10 p.m. Edgemont Village, North Vancouver;

August 23 - 24, 2002
Molson Canadian Snow Jam at False Creek, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

August 24, 2002
Marsh Meander, Canoeing: Marshes are alive with wildlife and wild plants. Catch a duck's-eye view of this ecosystem as you paddle quietly along its watery edge. Hear warbling Yellowthroats, spot periscoping Pied-billed Grebes and smell fresh, sun-warmed air. Burnaby Lake, 10 am ? noon, 12/person;  604-432-6359.

August 24, 2002
Morning Chorus Canoeing at Burnaby Lake, Canoeing: Glide along the calm Brunette River headwaters. Watch as Great Blue Herons silently stalk fish for breakfast and listen for a songbird's morning chorus drift across forest and marsh as you canoe toward the rising sun. 6:30 ? 8:30 am, $12/person;  604-432-6359.

August 24, 2002
Scotiabank Easter Seals Regatta at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Jericho Beach. The Regatta is a fun-filled day that includes sailing, power boating, a BBQ and so much more; 604-873-1865.

August 24, 2002
Deep Cove Daze at Panorama Park, North Vancouver;

August 24, 2002
Children's Festival at Minoru Park Plaza, Richmond; 604-233-8910.

August 24, 2002
BMW Car Club of BC at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver; 9am - 4pm  604-990-3841.
August 24, 2002
BMW Car Club of BC at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver; 9am - 4pm  604-990-3841.

August 25, 2002
Latin Summer Festival 2002: a full day of Latin American food, Artisan Market and Latin Entertainment, at Trout Lake Park, Vancouver; 604-327-7941.

August 28, 2002
SSSnakes!! at Burnaby Lake. New, Family 5+. Find out about the amazing adaptations and behaviours of our common snakes. Touch a snakeskin, go on a snake search and learn about a snake's remarkable eating habits! 1 ? 3 pm, $6.50/person;  604-432-6359.

August 29, 2002
Bat Watch at Colony Farm, Coquilam. Family 6+. Watch for bats darting and zigzagging above water or farm clearings as they leave their day roosts to feed on night-flying insects. Learn about bat food, roosts and enemies. Take home handouts, bat house plans and vivid memories of walking in the dark. 7:15 ? 9:15 pm, $6.50/person;  604-432-6359.

August 30 - September 2, 2002
Vancouver Triathlon in Stanley Park 

August 31, 2002
Pyper Loop: Wild Side Walks, Join a leisurely walk around Pyper Loop to see what nature has done to the old mill site. Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House on Piper Avenue south off Winston Street. 10:30 ? 11:30 am, Sponsored by the GVRD, free, registration not required.  604-432-6359.

August 31, 2002
8th Annual Brackendale Fall Fair at the Farmers Market Institute behind the Brackendale Art Gallery; 604-898-3407.

August 31 - September 2, 2002
Civil War Reenactment & Living History Fair at Hovander Park, 5299 Nielsen Road, Ferndale; 360-384-3042.

Ongoing until August 4, 2002
Vancouver Chamber Music Festival at Crofton House School, Vanier Park. This festival brings together some of the most talented young musicians from Canada and around the world; 604-602-0363.

Ongoing until August 5, 2002
Vancouver International Comedy Festival at Granville Island and various other locations in Vancouver; 604-683-0883.

Ongoing until August 16, 2002
Vancouver Early Music Festival at the UBC Recital Hall;604-732-1610.

Ongoing until August 16, 2002
Kitsilano Showboat 2002: on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 7:30 p.m, Highlights of this summer's schedule include Klondike Kate (Gillian Campbell) on June 28 performing for the Queen's Jubilee Celebration, and on Aug. 7, a CBC production with music and singers that will be recorded for broadcast.; 604-734-7332.

Ongoing until August 18, 2002
Theatre Under the Stars at Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park. Professional live theatre under the stars; 604-687-0174.

Ongoing until August 30, 2002
Journey Into Amazing Caves. Audiences will wringle through tiny, twisting passages, drop into gleaming blue labyrinths of ice, swim through flooded underground vaults, and enter a world so extreme the microscopic creatures who live there are called extremophiles.  CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX.

Ongoing until August 30, 2002
Ballroom Dancing: Swing, latin and ballroom dancing including free dance lessons and dance performances. Admission by donation, from 8pm to 11:30pm. Robson Square, Vancouver; 604-738-6068.

Ongoing until August 30, 2002
Enchanted Evenings at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Chinatown.  Every Friday evening musical performances featuring traditional and contemporary Asian music; 604-662-3207.

Ongoing until August 31, 2002
Bowen Island Sunday Market: Outdoor summer fair of arts, crafts & gourmet foods. Every Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm; 604-947-0640.

Ongoing until August 31, 2002
The Rocky Horror Show at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island; 604-687-1644.

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