Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for August 2011
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
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August 1, 2011
Brigade Days. Join HBC workers, Aboriginal traders, and trappers as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills such as carding and spinning wool, making bullets, and open fire cooking. The weekend features a large period encampment, Beaver Tales Theatre performances on Sunday, and the “Arrival of the Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment at 1 pm Monday.

August 1, 2011
BC Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  Celebrate BC Day at the Vancouver Maritime Museum! Fun family crafts and activities all day. Explore the Museums newest exhibit I Am Vancouver, climb aboard the famous RCMP ship St Roch and take part in family craft activities. Activities include: balloon artist Ester Wong from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and pirate hat making and model boat building from 10:00 to 4:30 pm.

August 1 - 7, 2011
Canadian National Whitewater Championships. This exciting whitewater event is to select the 2011 Canadian Champions in single canoe, single kayak, and double canoe. There will be competitors from across Canada and the US in all age categories. Bring your sunscreen, a chair and a picnic and watch this exciting whitewater event! Notes: Find and follow the CCE (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence) on Facebook.  604-858-0877.

August 1 - 7, 2011
The West Vancouver 21st Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited will run from July 29 to August 7, 2011. The annual festival turns the scenic waterfront community into open-air celebration for everyone. A unique experience for all to enjoy live music, art market, art demonstrations and exhibitions, local food and entertainment. Plan your festival visit and preview many more exciting programs on the festival website at

August 1 - 31, 2011
End your busy work day in a tranquil West-Coast Canadian style: Outdoor Yoga at Canada Place. Connect the harmony of your inner self with the natural beauty of our city’s stunning setting including views of Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains and the Burrard Inlet. Classes begin on Thursday, July 28 and will run every Monday and Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on the Observation Deck at Canada Place. Please note classes are weather dependent and class updates will be made on our website.

August 1 – September 2, 2011
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents our Summer Camps for Kids!  Join us all summer long where students explore a different theme each week through fun art projects taught by professional art instructors.  Show your child the magic of creativity this summer! Camps take place at: Maplewood House, 399 Seymour River Pl. North Vancouver (next to Maplewood Farm). Classes are limited to 10 children per class. For a full description of each day camp, instructor bios, and registration, please visit us at or call 604.988.6844.

August 1 to October 31, 2011
Maan Berry Farms Abbotsford.  Our local family farm offers a variety of fun events and activities throughout the summer and fall that make it perfect for day trips from the city.  For the kids, we have the friendly animals from our petting zoo, as well as the attractions of our Kidz Corral play area.  For the whole family, there are our scenic hay wagon ride tours, as well as Papa Jo’s Corn Maze and Sunflower Labyrinth in the fall.  In addition to our local strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries (available both through U-Pick and in our country market) we offer fresh garden veggies, homestyle jams, fresh baked pies, and gourmet ice cream.  We also run a day camp throughout the summer and host birthday parties.  Open Mon-Sun, 9 am to 6 pm at 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford.  604-308-2205 or for more info.

August 2, 2011
Kilby Pirate's Day. Shiver me timbers Kilby Historic Site would like to invite you to our annual Pirate Party. Whether you are a Buccaneer or Privateer we will be having a contest for the best pirate costume. Enjoy a full day of crafts and activities, including games and a Treasure Hunt.

August 2 - 12, 2011
Kid Summer Bike Camp.  In Our Community Bike Club your kids will learn to ride their bikes safely and confidently while having fun exploring the neighborhood. We guarantee Fun! plus Bike Safety, Bike Rides, & Basic Repairs. Program Basics: 1 week camps for kids AGES 8 to 13. TIMES: 9:00am 2:30pm, daily. Cost: $265 per session. $245 Early-bird rate before July 1. Many subsidies available please inquire. Dates: August 2 to 5* or August 8 to 12. Grandview Elementary, 2055 Woodland Dr. Vancouver;

August 3, 6, 2011
2011 Celebration of Light.  Vancouver's famous annual International Fireworks Festival entitled 'Celebration of Light' will be coming back in 2011 with an exciting new 3 night format on the following dates: Saturday, July 30, 2011; Wednesday, August 3, 2011; and Saturday, August 6, 2011! Sign up for Facebook to connect with Celebration of Light at, or visit for more details!

August 3, 9, 12, 17, 2011
Red Cross “Babysitter’s in A Day”, an interactive and fun course for youth 11-15 years. Learn how to take care of babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children and how to provide first aid and handle emergencies. For more info or to register contact Kathleen at or 604-985-0408

August 4, 2011
Concert in the Park with Hailey Morgan. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy live music in the wildlife garden at the Richmond Nature Park with singer/piano player Hailey Morgan. Please register on-line at or call (604) 276-4300

August 4 - 5, 2011
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. Join Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers & readers, featuring established literary stars & exciting, new voices with opportunities for writers & readers to mingle amidst Rockwood's heritage gardens.

August 5 - 7, 2011
Camp Ignite - Girls Fire fighter Camp.  A 3 day residential mentorship program aimed at girls aged 16 - 18 to give them an introduction to working life as a professional female fire fighter. VF&RS Training Centre 1330 Chess Street;

August 5 - 7, 2011
Chilliwack Fair. Join us at the Fair this year and "Get Agri-Cultured". Bring the kids to see the animals and the petting zoo, milk a goat and watch sheep shearing. Build a craft and ride the rides. You can also see a black smith shop, a saw mill and a threshing bee. Watch the logging show and the rodeo and enjoy the evening entertainment! 89.5 The Hawk Stage Noon to 5 each day the stage will feature local family entertainment.

August 5 - 7, 2011
Richmond Maritime Festival. Ahoy! Landlubbers and old salts. Celebrate Richmond's traditional connections with the sea at the Annual Richmond Maritime Festival. This free family event will give you the opportunity to see a variety of maritime exhibits, enjoy live entertainment, view boats & participate in hands-on demonstrations. On the water there will be a floating exhibition of boats for your viewing pleasure. Many boats will be at the docks of the shipyard, including historic fishing boats and classic power and sail boats.

August 5 - 14, 2011
MusicFest Vancouver (formerly Festival Vancouver). This annual international festival of classical, jazz, and world music returns with a 10th anniversary lineup of favourite musicians from past festivals plus new artists from around the world & here in Vancouver. Dozens of concerts in 8 top city venues.

August 6, 2011
'The Sto:lo Warrior' - A Sto:lo Archaeology Day. Archaeology presentations, Ultimate Atlatl throwing challenge, Flint Knapping - learn how to make a true Sto:lo arrowhead, salmon & bannock feast, and native art & craft market. Time: 11am-3pm. Free Admission. 604-819-7040

August 6, 2011
CLOVERDALE BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL. 8th Annual Event which is spread throughout the Cloverdale Town Centre. The event includes the Surrey Show N Shine, Amusement Rides, Farmers Market, Blueberry Pie Eating Contests, Blueberry Antique Tractor Pull, Blueberry Arts Festival, Trolley Rides and a variety of exhibitors

August 6, 2011
Seed Savings. Learn how to save seeds from a variety of vegetables including heirloom and heritage varieties. Seed saving is an easy, money-saving technique that requires little equipment or time and offers gardeners enjoyment year after year. Richmond Nature Park. Register on-line at or call 604-276-4300

August 6, 2011
This is our 3rd Annual Sustainable Food Festival.  Come out and enjoy some great local food for the whole family! There will be a variety of food items to sample and purchase, local wines, honey, flowers, music, local artisan products and of course berries! The goal of the festival is to promote local farmers, processors and vendors that are working hard to produce food in a sustainable way and to encourage citizens of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley to shop in our region. Driediger Farms Market,

August 6, 2011
West End Cultural Festival.  Gordon Neighbourhood House proudly presents the West End Cultural Festival on Saturday August 6th, 2011 from 11 am - 3 pm on the 1000 block of Broughton Street. This is a free event with live street entertainment, a multicultural craft fair, community info tables, a childrens carnival with games and prizes, face painting and tattoo booths, 25 cent hot dogs, seniors tea and tarts, and a youth corner! Come join the fun! Everyone is welcome! For more info, contact Agata at 604-683-2554.

August 6, 2011
the Baker's Community summer market. To inspire people to purchase local, handmade food and engage the community in learning about quality baked goods, the Baker's Community is operating a summer market in central Coquitlam. Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.

August 6, 7, 2011
Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company Presents: The Taming of the Shrew. Queen's Park Bandshell, New Westminster. Seating is first come first served. There are benches or you can bring your own chair or picnic blanket and sit closer to the stage. The closer you sit, the better you'll hear! FREE!!!  No tickets required. For more information call 604-515-0704 or visit

August 6 - 14, 2011
2011 Little League National Championships. Top teams from across Canada compete for National Champions title and the opportunity to represent Canada at the Little League World Series.  Chris Zuehlke Memorial Field, Mahon Park, North Vancouver;

August 6, 20, September 3, 2011
Familiar Five Series, Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Join a park interpreter for a short walk to get to know five familiar plants or animals. Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 am. June 4 Songbirds, June 18 Aquatic Insects, July 2 Berries, August 6 Animal Signs, August 20 Shrubs, September 3 Ferns. Meet at the Nature House at 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.

August 6  to October 8, 2011
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market - Saturdays, August 6 – October 8 – East Boulevard between 37th and 41st across from Point Grey High School. Interactive Market Map:

August 7, 16, 2011
Terra Nova Nature Walk. A 3km nature walks through Terra Nova natural area and Terra Nova Rural Park. Meet at the Community Gardens at the west end of Westminster Highway. *Children must be accompanied by an adult. Richmond Nature Park. Register on-line at or call 604-276-4300

August 7, 2011
2011 Family Day. Enjoy free family fun at the annual Northshore Auto Mall Family Day, Sunday August 7th from noon to 4 p.m. Take in the amusement rides, a magician, face painting and crafts. Let loose with your family while gaining valuable safety and health tips from more than twenty local exhibitors. The best part about Family Day is that it is free enjoyment for everyone, and is in support of Family Services of the North Shore. Visit for details.

August 7, 2011
2011 Classic & Exotic Car Show. You're invited to the 2011 Classic & Exotic Car Show, Sunday, August 7. This is also a special event celebrating the Galaxie Car Club of Canada's 10 Year Anniversary. The car show is open to all special interest and exotic vehicles. Come join us at a new location at the Starlight Casino in New Westminster for a "Bigger & Better" Car Show Event.

August 7, 2011
Blueberry Sale and Tea. The blueberries are ripe and ready to enjoy! Savour the best blueberry pie in town or purchase fresh scrumptious berries with proceeds supporting the Richmond Nature Park Society. All Ages. Please register on-line at or call (604) 276-4300

August 7, 2011
Fire Hall Open House.  Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services will be hosting a Fire Hall Open House. This is a great opportunity to meet your local fire fighters, learn what they do, and discuss and fire and life safety concerns you might have. Come for refreshments and demonstrations. Fire Hall #12, 2460 Balaclava St.

August 7, 2011
Picnic in the Park.  Fun for the entire family! Community Booths; Arts & Crafts; Carnival Games; Rides; Face Painting; Popcorn; Entertainment!  Connaught Park, Kitsilano; 604-257-6976

August 7, 2011
Ponies in the Park. For one day only giddy up on over to the Nature Park for a pony ride through the woods. Suitable for children 4-12 yrs. Tickets can be purchased starting August 7 at the Nature Park on a first serve basis. Rides are approximately 15-20 minutes long. A parent or guardian must stay with children throughout the event. Please register on-line at or call (604) 276-4300

August 7, 2011
Vancouver Scenic City Tour (Rona MS Bike Tour).  Enjoy a scenic ride around beautiful Vancouver and the best BBQ in the city courtesy of the Terminal City Club. Raise money by collecting pledges and be eligible for fantastic fundraising rewards. Riders must raise a minimum of $200 to take part in the event. Money raised supports MS research and vital services for people living with MS.

August 8 - 12, 2011
***Girls Only*** Kayotics Skimboarding Camp.  Catering to all ages and skill levels, Kayotics Skimboarding Camp is there to teach you everything from the very basics, like proper board toss, to technical skills on innovative rails. If you don’t already have one, you’ll be able to try out a Kayotics Skimboard. This is the foundation on which your ultimate skim experience begins! We are now happy to announce our newest camp which caters strictly to girls. With 2 female lead instructors, we ensure a positive and enthusiastic learning environment. Skimboarding is great exercise and ideal way to take advantage of the summer weather. Camps run three hours a day for one week: 10am- 1pm.  Vancouver based Skimboarding company, Kayotics, has been a leading manufacturer of skimboards for over 10 years. Kayotics skimboarding camps have been running for 6 years in 4 locations at local beaches in B.C. 604-257-8140

August 8 - 12, 2011
CircusWest Summer Camp now in Surrey! CircusWest Summer Camp now in Surrey! Ages 10 & up, Price: $300.00. Cirkids brings its popular circus summer camp to Surrey. Learn juggling, unicycling, acrobatics, aerials, pyramids and more in this week long day camp. Students will be challenged to learn new circus and theatrical skills and will showcase their talents in a performance on the Friday afternoon of the camp. Runaway with us this summer in Surrey with CircusWest. 604.252.3679

August 8, 22, 2011
Port Haney Music on the Wharf. Join us for a summer music series held on Monday evenings that celebrate historic Port Haney. Concerts are held bi-weekly on the Port Haney Wharf. 604-463-5311

August 10 - 12, 2011
Dances for a Small Stage 24. Dances for a Small Stage presents a wildly energized, cabaret-themed evening of cutting- edge choreography at The Legion on The Drive, August 10 to 12, 2011, at 8pm. In the 24th installment of this thought-provoking performance series, a tremendously diverse array of dance artists showcase alluring and original taboo works performed on the signature 10-by-13-foot stage. 604.831.6856

August 11, 2011
Beekeeping for Beginners - Level II.  Beekeeping can be a rewarding but challenging activity. Learn tips and tricks from an expert to help bees survive and thrive!  Registration is required. Please register on-line at or call (604) 276-4300

August 11, 12, 13, 2011
Beach Heroes Guided Walks.  Learn about the small –scale world that is right under your feet on the beach. Watch hermit and shore crabs scurry as their rock roof is carefully moved. Whole colonies of periwinkles, snails, and maybe a sea star, hide under there when the tide is out.  604-536-3552,

August 12 - 13, 2011
Abbotsford Airshow. Celebrating the 48th Anniversary with a great 2011 line-up with numerous static displays on the runway.

August 12 - 14, 2011
KitsFest. KitsFest is Vancouver's hottest summer festival! This free 3-day event celebrates sports and healthy living through a variety of competitive sports tournaments including; basketball, tennis and volleyball. Also includes great music, good local eats and family entertainment. Kitsilano Beach,

August 12 - 14, 2011
Abbotsford International Airshow- August 12-14 at the Abbotsford International Airport. Our largest annual summer event! Wander through the static displays and watch the dazzling military performances, warbird flights, heritage/legacy flights, and civilian aerobatics. You can find more information and enter the contest at

August 13, 2011
12th Annual Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival.  The annual Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival takes place in Burnaby's picturesque Deer Lake Park once again. As Metro Vancouver's premier blues and roots music event, the annual Blues & Roots festival features renowned musicians from across North America and around the world. Some of the headlining artists at this year's festival include k.d. Lang, John Mayall, Imelda May and Matt Anderson. The Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival is also a family-friendly event with a variety of children's activities.

August 13, 2011
Honey Bees in the Bog. Summer's a-buzz at the Richmond Nature Park where you will see live bees up close and learn about the amazing world of the honey bee. Fresh honey samples from the Richmond Beekeepers are provided. Please register on-line at or call (604) 276-4300

August 13, 2011
The Great Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Funded by a Neighbourhood Small Grant, The Photo Scavenger Hunt is a fun community event for all ages! Come stretch your creative muscles, meet your neighbors and show us what you love about your neighborhood! An exhibition will be held at the Slocan Park Carnival the following week along with prizes! Renfrew Park Community Centre,

August 14, 2011
Fire Hall Open House.  Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services will be hosting a Fire Hall Open House. This is a great opportunity to meet your local fire fighters, learn what they do, and discuss and fire and life safety concerns you might have. Come for refreshments and demonstrations. Fire Hall #7, 1090 Haro St.

August 14, 2011
Join us for free afternoon of fun, featuring one of Canada’s Favourite Family Ventriloquist- Neale Bacon; followed by crafts, games, prizes, food and a garage sale. Venue- 4304 Parker Street, Burnaby. Time: 1:30-3:30 pm. For more information- 778 552 4326/ Sponsored by Dessert Streams Life Church.

August 14, 21, 28, 2011
New Works on Granville Island presents…ALL OVER THE MAP.  Outdoor dance and music series at Ron Basford Park , Granville Island. Free, 604.893.8875,

August 15 - 19, 2011
Genome BC Geneskool Summer Camp.  This week-long day camp offers students entering grades 10 through 12 an opportunity to experience the exciting world of forensics while having fun! Hosted at a university campus, students will work in state-of-the-art lab facilities where they investigate and solve a crime. Learn about the world of forensics and genetics and current molecular techniques. Explore diverse applications of genetic technologies and consider the science from social and ethical perspectives. Space is limited; registration ends August 5th. More information can be found at

August 16 - 20, 21, 2011
A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World's No.1 Show!  QE Theatre, 1-855-985-5000.

August 17, 2011
Growing Veggies Year-Round. This workshop explores the philosophy and techniques of growing and harvesting vegetables throughout all four seasons. Topics covered include planting schedules, appropriate seed selection, crop management and succession and harvesting practices. Richmond Nature Park. Register on-line at or call 604-276-4300

August 17, 2011
Herbal Medicine Basics Workshop. These workshops, held in the Healing Garden, cover a new topic each month including teas, salves, and tinctures; growing and propagating herbal first aid plants; and drying and storing herbs. Participants receive herbs samples to try at home. Richmond Nature Park. Register on-line at or call 604-276-4300

August 20, 2011
18th Annual Arts Alive Festival.  If visual and performing arts are your pleasure, Downtown Langley is the place to be! The streets of Downtown Langley come alive with over 100 participants including the fine arts, artisans and crafters, a multicultural venue and an exciting children's activity area. See artists demonstrate their techniques and talented musicians being featured on three entertainment stages. This free, fun for the whole family event is a great way to spend your day.

August 20, 2011
Edible Vancouver Garlic Festival at Limbert Mountain Farm. Lots of freshly harvested garlic for eating or planting, garlicious food and a variety of local food vendors. Cooking demonstrations, recipes & growing instructions.

August 20, 2011
Saturn 5 Saturdays at the Space Centre. Saturn 5 Saturday returns to the Space Centre for the final launch of the summer. Bring a 2-Litre plastic pop bottle and get ready to BLAST OFF! Event included in price of daytime admission. Great family fun! H.R. MacMillan Space Centre;

August 20, 2011
Steveston Dragon Boat Festival. Steveston Village and the waters of the Fraser River will come alive with the 2nd Annual Steveston Dragon Boat Festival on August 20, 2011. More than 40 teams are expected to compete in fun and exciting races. There will also be trained instructors and steers people on site all day long to teach on-the-spot dragon boat paddling, a fun activity for all ages.

August 20 - 21, 2011
2nd Annual Squamish Music Festival.  Rock out in the outdoors! LIVE at Squamish is back and bigger than ever. With a line-up boasting some of the best names in music, LIVE at Squamish is slated to be this summer's most unforgettable music experience. Artists include: Weezer, METRIC, John Butler Trio, Kyprios, Bend Sinister, The Zolas, Girl Talk, Major Lazer (Diplo + Switch), Shad, Dubtribe Sound System and much more. For more info about LIVE at Squamish, accommodation, camping and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

August 20 - 21, 2011
Synchronicity Festival.  A 2-day carnival-like event featuring a circus nestled in the forest, live music, an artisan and farmers market, children's tent, art installations, food and wine, and more. This magical event will dazzle the senses of all who attend.  Gibsons, BC.

August 20 - 21, 2011
The 2nd Annual LIVE at Squamish music festival. Rock out in the outdoors!  LIVE at Squamish is back and bigger than ever.  With a line-up boasting some of the best names in music, LIVE at Squamish is slated to be this summer’s most unforgettable music experience. Hendrickson Fields & Logger Sports Ground. More information:

August 20 to September 5, 2011
Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).  No single location in Vancouver captures the spirit and history of this city, its people and its many achievements as the Pacific National Exhibition. For the past 100 years, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Today, the PNE is the largest employer of youth in British Columbia, the longest running and best attended annual ticketed event in BC and the site of hundreds of famous events - from a live performance from the Beatles to the historic Miracle Mile. For the past nine decades the Pacific National Exhibition has showcased the best of Vancouver to the rest of Canada and the world.

August 21, 2011
VOKRA's 2nd Annual Festival & Walk for the Kitties! Join us on Sunday, August 21st 2011 for VOKRAS biggest fundraising event YET! Enjoy the family friendly festivities and live music performances and Walk with us at our annual Walk-a-Thon! The day will start with a 10kms walk at 10am at the Jericho Sailing Club. Afterwards, hang around for VOKRAs 11th year of rescue CELEBRATION including LIVE music, food, contests, face painting a raffle and much more! Last year we raised close to $30,000 for much needed vet bills and food for the cats. This year, our goal is $50,000! We can do it! But only with your help and kind support!

August 21, 2011
BMW Concours & Heritage Celebration. The BMW Concours & Heritage Celebration is an annual event to celebrate the cars of our members & the BMW marque. Participants are encouraged to bring their cars for others to view. For those that have a competitive nature, we have the Judged categories, based on the age & type of car. This is also a great event to meet fellow BMW owners and socialize, it is a event suitable for the entire family. We'll have a unique hot dog vendor on-site at a reasonable price, or you can bring your own picnic lunch, or head over to Lonsdale Quay for something exotic.

August 21, 2011
Fire Hall Open House.  Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services will be hosting a Fire Hall Open House. This is a great opportunity to meet your local fire fighters, learn what they do, and discuss and fire and life safety concerns you might have. Come for refreshments and demonstrations. Fire Hall #6, 1001 Nicola St.

August 21, 2011
Richmond Raptor Festival. Get up close to some of the fabulous birds of prey that make Richmond their home through interactive exhibits and activities. Experience breathtaking falconry displays at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Follow signs from Westminster Hwy. & No. 1 Rd. Richmond Nature Park. Register on-line at or call 604-276-4300

August 21, 2011
Yaletown’s 4th annual Outdoor Movie Night in David Lam Park.  Once the sun sets (around 9PM), the film will be projected onto a huge 40 foot by 20 foot screen in the park. Last year’s event feature drew thousands of friends into the park. David Lam Park is located on the corner of Pacific Blvd and Drake Street in downtown Vancouver. Make your way over to the Park by 7:00PM to stake out a prime viewing spot. The movie will conclude just before midnight.

August 26, 2011
Artisan Market at the YARROW ECOVILLAGE from 4PM-9PM.

August 26, 2011
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (

August 27 - 28, 2011
Craft Fair at Lynn Valley Library Square. Join at the Lynn Valley Library Square for local shopping and live music by Rene Hugo Sanchez. Come admire the talents of local crafters who display their unique, handmade items for sale. There are between 15 - 30 artisans at the craft fair, so there are lots of great things to choose from. 604-988-6844

August 27, 2011
African Market. From noon to 6 p.m. FREE ADMISSION and fun for the whole family! The event is held in the covered courtyard outside the CNIS office @ Broadway and Maple. Enjoy African music and dance performances, food, fashion, art and craft, learn about the diversity, beauty and issues of Africa and meet some of the Canadian NGOs who work there. The Courtyard, 1985 West Broadway@ Maple, 604-39-4708,

August 27, 2011
The 2011 Mitsubishi City Chase powered by GoodLife Fitness. City Chase is BACK in Vancouver with NEW, adrenaline pumping ChasePoint challenges! Participants will learn about the city, their teammate and themselves as they navigate through the streets of Vancouver with only their feet, a transit pass and a clue sheet! At each ChasePoint, teams will complete various challenges that will make them think hard, play hard and laugh hard! The first team to complete the required number of ChasePoints and cross the finish line will advance to the Canadian Championships! Register today, then get off of the computer, get into the sun and have the most fun you can have in Vancouver without getting arrested! For more information about The Canadian City Chase Series and to register go to

August 27, 2011
The North Shore Overlord Race.  The North Shore Overlord GPS Mountain Bike race is like no other. Mt Fromme is the birthplace of North Shore free-riding & boasts steep chutes, rugged natural terrain & wacky man-made obstacles. Using flaikTM tracking technology, racers' progress will be monitored over a period of time & riders are free to choose their own adventure. Racers' location & progress will broadcast in real time via the world wide web as they race together in teams of 4. The Overlord stands in stark contrast to traditional races in that there is no finish line. 604-994-5339,

August 27, 2011
Tibet Festival Vancouver.  Suggested donation $5.00. A Tibetan cultural event with Tibetan music, dance, food, arts, handicrafts and more. A fundraiser for the Tibetan Resettlement project, a humanitarian initiative to resettle one thousand Tibetan refugees in Canada. Part of the proceeds will also be donated for the Japanese Tsunami relief efforts. Hosted by Tsengdok Monastery Association and Tibetan Cultural Society of B.C (Tax receipts available) VanDusen Botanical Garden Floral Hall. Information: or

August 27, September 16, 2011
Powell Street walking tours.  Walking tour fee is $10 and reservations can be made by calling 604.777.7000.  National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000,,

August 28, 2011
Kayak for a Cure.  Kayak for a Cure is a fun and exciting way to raise money for the fight against cancer. Join 60+ paddlers at Jericho Beach and paddle across English Bay and back, returning to a full bbq feast with friends and family! Paddlers of all levels are welcome!

August 28, 2011
Kilby Kid's Festival.  Load up the kids and get out of the house for one last hurrah this summer. The Kilby Kid's Fest is a full day of entertainment for the kids including music, dance and audience participation with children's performer Rosie Ribbon Star. Face painting, several fun craft stations, sports day activities and a few other surprises are bound to get them all tuckered out for a quiet car ride home. Bring your blanket and picnic in the Orchard, or enjoy traditional children's features in the restaurant.

August 28, 2011
The 2011 'Give the Gift of Life' Vancouver Kidney Walk, now running for its 3rd year in a row, will take place this year at Athletes' Village Plaza (1 Athletes Way, adjacent to Creekside Community Centre) on False Creek on the afternoon of Sunday August 28th.  It aims to raise $40,000 for the Kidney Foundation of Canada's programs to fight kidney disease and raise awareness about organ donation.  This event will include a 2.5km walk and a 5km fun run from Athletes' Village Plaza towards Granville Island, be inclusive to handi-capable participants, and include at least two dragonboat teams racing alongside in False Creek.  There will also be live music, food, entertainment, bagpipers, a silent auction, and opportunities for participants to sign up and paddle the Walk.  We will even have dragonboats generously donated by Dragon Zone BC and chaperoned by experienced paddlers from Team O2P for individuals to try out dragonboats.  Registration for this event is 100% Free!  Join the Walk and have your family and friends sponsor you!

September 8, 2011
Terrain of Memory, A Japanese Canadian Memorial Project. Dr. McAllister will present her book Terrain of Memory which tells the story of the Japanese Canadian elders who built a memorial in New Denver, British Columbia, to transform a site of political violence into a space for remembrance. It shows how their memorial transformed the valley where once over 7,000 women, men, and children were interned into a pilgrimage site for Japanese Canadians where they can mourn and pay their respects to the wartime generation. Japanese Canadian National Museum,

September 9, 2011
On Friday, September 9, 2011 the North Vancouver Fire Fighters Local 1183 Charitable Society will be working in partnership with the Capilano Suspension Bridge organization to raise funds for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. The ‘Boots Across the Bridge’ charity event will feature wine tastings paired with delicious food, a fresh oyster bar, exciting wine sabering and a silent auction, which will all take place in a scenic outdoor setting on the grounds of the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

September 9 - 10, 2011
An intimate evening with Canadian Music Legend Roy Forbes in Celebration of his 40th Anniversary in the biz! Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver; Tickets Available at: 604.929.9456 or online at

September 10, 2011
Place des Arts Family Open House. Discover the world of art at Place des Arts’ annual Family Open House. Enjoy fun arts activities, take a tour of the centre, participate in hands-on teacher demos, win fabulous door prizes and get a discount on class registration during the event. Programmers will be available to answer questions. Place des Arts |

September 26 to October 2, 2011
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. Various Venues,

Ongoing until August 25, 2011
CBC Musical Nooners: 40 Free Outdoor Concerts in 40 Days.  CBC Vancouver's Musical Nooners are back!  From July 4th to August 26th, every week day this summer, you can expect an amazing FREE concert on our outdoor stage from noon to 1 pm. Our musical performance department has been hard at work booking some of the West Coast's favourite local and even international artists. From blues legends Jim Byrnes & Colin Linden to Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Greg Sczebel to the New Pornographers' Kathyrn Calder...yes, you'll be treated to a free one-hour show from these brilliant artists. 700 Hamilton Street,

Ongoing to August 27, 2011
Cates Park Concert Series.  Original bands will be performing free concerts on Saturdays throughout July and August in Cates Park. Looking for a way to spend a great day outside in the summer? Come to Cates and spend the day with us enjoying the immense local talent that Vancouver has to offer! Bands should submit their demos to DCM by May 31, 2011. For inquiries and information please call.

Ongoing to August 28, 2011
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square.Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of FREE, outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. The dances are open to everyone and you are welcome even if you've never danced a day in your life. Try the free lessons at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is! Event is on every Sunday afternoon in July and August!

Ongoing until September 4, 2011
Artful Sundays.  An outdoor, visual arts market featuring the work of local artists in East Vancouver. Each Sunday (for 5 Sundays) features a new group of artists;artist demonstrations, workshops and special events; live music and more! Napier St @ Commercial Drive,

Ongoing until September 4, 2011
Klahowya Village and Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park.  Stanley Park’s miniature railway plaza has been reborn as Klahowya Village and the Spirit Catcher Train. All summer long enjoy authentic Aboriginal cultural performers, carvers, artisans, storytelling, traditional cuisine and a themed miniature railroad that celebrates Aboriginal cultures from across British Columbia. Visit for more information

Ongoing until September 5, 2011
Burnaby Village Museum.  Forty & free, the museum's celebrating its 40th anniversary. Joins us, gate admission is FREE.

Ongoing to September 11, 2011
Chinatown Night Market. A shopping extravaganza featuring traditional Asian crafts, fashionable gifts & ethnic foods. The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic crafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD's, VCD's, DVD's, delicious snacks & ethnic food.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6:30pm to 11:00pm @ Keefer Street/Main Street.

Ongoing until September 18, 2011
Steveston Farmers' & Artisans' Market. The Steveston Farmers' and Artisans' Market will open Sunday, May 22nd and operate bi-weekly until September 18, 2011. The Market will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Parking Lot, Gulf Of Georgia Cannery; 604-729-7326,

Ongoing until September 18, 2011
The Summer Night Market. The Summer Night Market is a fun place for the whole family. It will be opening from May 13th, 2011 to September 18th, 2011. Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday. Summer Night Market features more than 200 vendors. The venue includes unique merchandise from around the world and delicious foods and drinks. Plus entertainment, street performers, exhibitions, eating contest, dog show, baby crawling contest, Play Zone for kids and multicultural performances. Each night, more then 20,000 people visit The Summer Night Market. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy your summer at The Summer Night Market. 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond;

Ongoing to September 18, 2011
Robson Square Artisan Market. Join us for Art, Crafts, Jewelry, Gifts and more starting June 4th, 2011 and running Saturdays & Sundays from 10am - 3pm through September 18th, 2011.

Ongoing until September 24, 2011
Bard On The Beach 2011 - 21st Anniversary Season.  Every June through September, Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s great plays. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core. Staged in two open-ended performance tents, the productions are set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline. Vanier Park, Kitsilano;

Ongoing to September 25, 2011
Playland at the PNE.  Playland offers rides to match the most extreme thrillseeker to the slightly queasy stomach fairgoer. If it's games you seek, Playland's midway games section will keep your brain and hand/eye coordination busy. Interested in an adrenaline rush? Check out the Climbing Wall, Pacific Adventure Golf, Glass Maze or the Haunted Mansion. Need a break from all the excitement? Grab a tasty treat from any of the different food venues at Playland. There's something for everyone. Sit back and let the good times roll!

Ongoing until September 25, 2011
The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art. The Colour of My Dreams will mark the largest presentation of Surrealist art ever shown in Canada.  Tapping directly into dreams and the unconscious mind to explore the human psyche, the Surrealists created works in a staggeringly diverse range of media and had a profound effect on the way we imagine the world. Vancouver Art Gallery,

Ongoing until September 30, 2011
Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. Take a drive in the beautiful countryside, experience something new and connect with our friendly people and their agricultural roots on the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. The Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour has something that will appeal to everyone...young and old. Maybe you will enjoy sampling some of the best ice cream you will ever taste, or how about learning the inner secrets of growing award winning perrenials. For the more action oriented you can pick the best halloween jack-o-lantern out of a real pumpkin patch and best of all you can end your tour with some fine cold climate wines and dinner made from products grown on local farms.

Ongoing until September 30, 2011
Dundarave Farmers' Market. As we try to reduce our carbon footprint, we offer fresh, locally grown or homemade products as they become available during the season. We offer fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers perennials, herbs, baked goods, pickled items and much more. Our farmers market also takes pride in supporting local crafters with their homemade items: jewellery, ceramics, wooden toys, silk handbags and more. Market runs from April to September.  Dundarave Village, West Vancouver;

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Agassiz – Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour. This is where it all began! Agassiz – Harrison Mills started the Mighty Fraser Country Circle Farm Tour in 2003. This tour is packed with history, fabulous gourmet food products, and lots of interesting venues for the kids to explore.

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour. From an award winning storybook farm to pro rodeo, there a lot of “buzz” about this tour! Learn all about bees, shop for many different honey products, fill up on artisan bread and fresh cheese, pick your own apples, visit a potter’s studio, and see spectacular show gardens! In late summer, early fall, the corn is a-maze-ing!

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Langley Circle Farm Tour. Come visit some of what Langley’s farm community has to offer you … Take an interactive tour on a dairy farm; sample award-winning wines; eat at a bistro; taste home-grown exotic herbs and tomatoes; see rare alcapas; choose from the largest selection of plant specimens and rare trees in the area; visit the largest equestrian centre on the West Coast; sample luscious berries; buy your free-range turkey for that special occasion.

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Circle Farm Tour. This is an adventure packed tour that includes sky diving, horseback riding and canoeing. You can also learn all about bees and how they make honey, wind your way through a corn maze, and of course, find some wonderful fresh eats!

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Mission Circle Farm Tour.  Celebrate the legacy of our fore fathers on the Mission tour as you explore a 100 year old working heritage farm, nose around Canada’s largest dahlia nursery founded in 1920, and catch a Rainbow at the oldest and largest trout farm in BC. Pick up some of grandma’s favourite elixir, Apple Cider Vinegar, and sample succulent Heirloom apples. Enjoy the drive through a majestic forest of West Coast Cedar to find exotic cattle, llamas, and alpacas. Get free landscaping ideas from a tree and shrub expert, and shop for fresh produce, preserves, baked goodies, crafts and local art at the farmers’ market.

Ongoing to October 1, 2011
The Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to present Monogatari Tales of Powell Street (1920-1941).  We invite you to discover the many monogatari (tales) of Powell Street - the vibrant pre-war commercial and residential district of the Japanese community in Vancouver. By 1921, most of Vancouver’s 4000 Japanese residents lived in or within walking distance of the area. The street bustled with vegetable and fish markets, businesses, traditional Japanese bath houses and food stores. It was a unique mingling of traditional Japanese culture with contemporary Canadian convenience. Labourers found inexpensive accommodations in boarding houses. Baseball fans packed Powell Grounds to watch the Asahi Baseball Team play. Families lived and worked in the area. Children walked in groups to Strathcona School and then on to the Japanese Language School in the afternoon. In 1942, due to racism, political and economic opportunism, almost 22,000 people of Japanese ancestry were uprooted from their homes in BC – almost half of those people came from the Powell Street area. Only a few Japanese Canadians ever returned to the area. National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000,,

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation Tours.  Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation offer tours of his Japanese garden in Point Grey, Vancouver, every Thursday at 5 pm through October. Cost is $15 and reservations are required by phone or email.

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Haney Farmers' Market.  This popular summer event is held every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning May and ending October in Memorial Peace Park. The market features locally made, baked or grown products. Visit our website for more details.

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market. Every Saturday from May through October, Artisan Farmer's Market is in a wonderful location right by the water, shaded by trees on the East Plaza at North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. We have a great selection of organic & conventional produce, fruits & berries. Our prepared food vendors sell baking, jams, honey, preserves, salsas, sauces, pickles & pastas to name a few. Our crafters have jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, soaps, botanical prints, herbal skincare & much more. The Farmers' Market also features a book swap, kids play area & featured entertainment.

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Sins of the City Walking Tour.  Come experience the world of a cop in the 1920's. Walk the beat in Gastown and Chinatown, while on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This two hour walk takes you through the oldest parts of the city, exploring the rich history of vice in early Vancouver. This unique tour is a must-see for anyone wanting to learn about the edgier side of this great city. Price includes admission to the museum on tour day. Tour runs on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays through until October. Some additional tours may be offered; call for our current schedule.

Ongoing October 5, 2011
Main Street Station Farmers' Market.  Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, this market will replaces the previous market located at Riley Park Community Centre. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish.  Every Wednesday.

Ongoing until October 22, 2011
Trout Lake Farmers Market.  Visit the Trout Lake Farmers Market located in the parking lot of Trout Lake Community Centre on Saturdays, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Ongoing until October 22, 2011
West End Farmers Market.  Located in the heart of Vancouver's busy West End, the West End Farmers Market looks onto beautiful newly renovated Nelson Park and community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee on-site as well. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy a market in your urban backyard!  1100 Block of Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow across from Nelson Park in Vancouver's West End. 604-879-FARM

Ongoing until October 23, 2011
Kitsilano Farmers' Market.  Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week. 604-879-FARM,

Arena Tours. For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Join their tours on Wednesdays and Fridays with tours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon or 1:30 p.m.

ArtStarts presents:Drumming with Fana Soro.  Don't miss your chance to learn the infectious rhythms of West Africa at this hands-on workshop with master drummer and balafon player, Fana Soro. Drums will be provided. Cost: Free. No registration necessary. 808 Richards St (at Robson),

MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.

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