101 Things To Do And See In Vancouver This Summer

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What more can we say about summer?

It’s the best time of year in Vancouver that graces us will breathtaking sunsets, unbelievable street festivals, and of course, lively beaches.

Below is our definitive list of must do and see attractions this summer.

Things To Do In Vancouver This Summer

All Summer | Night Markets

Richmond Night Market

Photo: PiscesDreamer / 604 Now Flickr Pool

You can’t say summer without mentioning the night market’s in Metro Vancouver. The Richmond Night Market and Shipyards Night Market are now both open for the year.

All summer | Hikes

Here on the west coast, we are blessed with an abundance of beautiful hiking trails. Grab a few friends and enjoy a beautiful day out in the mountains.

All summer | Farmers Markets

May is the beginning of farmers market season—find fresh fruits and veggies at neighbourhoods sprinkled across Metro Vancouver.

All summer | Deep Cove Friday Night Lights

deep cove friday night lights

Photo: Stewart Butterfield/Flickr

Close your eyes for a second, and imagine the rippling surface of water paired with the illuminated sky. There’s arguably nothing more tranquil or picturesque.

And you can experience this firsthand! Deep Cove Friday Night Lights offers visitors the real thing. It’s a kayaking experience led by a guided tour, starting at dusk and lasting 2.5 hours.

All summer | Free Outdoor Yoga At Kits Beach + Riley Park

Free outdoor yoga returned to Kitsilano Beach on Friday, June 1st, 2018 and runs until the end of August.

The classes will be held on the North side of the beach, at the corner of Maple Street and Ogden Ave. The location is different than past years, and offers a better view of the ocean and downtown Vancouver.

All summer | Biking the Seawall

Cyclists get a unique view of Vancouver by biking around the city’s famed Stanley Park Seawall. Grab a few friends and enjoy a bike ride by the waterfront.

All summer | Cultus Lake Waterpark summer 2018

Cultus Lake Waterpark / waterparks

Photo: @keatonharaga / Instagram

The 2018 summer season kicked off June 2nd. Considered British Columbia’s biggest waterpark, Cultus Lake Waterpark has over 18 waterslides. There are also five large hot tubs throughout the park, a lazy river, and four children areas.

In addition, there’s five food outlets, 150 covered picnic tables, locker and barbecue rentals, and an abundance of grassy space to spread out on.

All summer | Whitecaps FC

The Vancouver Whitecap’s season is well underway now with plenty of the season left. Nothing beats grabbing a cold one while enjoying a nice summer afternoon soccer game.

Now – August 16 | Playland

playland corkscrew vancouver pne

Photo: Pamela Saunders / 604 Now Flickr Pool

Playland opened for the 2017 summer season on Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m. Founded in 1910, the PNE operates from an 114-acre site at Hastings Park, a multi-facility venue in Vancouver. Thrilling rides, fun arcade games, coupled with mini donuts and caramel apples are all coming back to help create the perfect summer experience.

All Summer | Kitsilano Pool

Kitsilano Pool opened up during the May long weekend and is open until Monday, September 4th. The heated pool is wheelchair accessible, offers three slides, and measured to be 137 metres in length. This makes it over double the size of an Olympic pool.

All summer | Culture at the Centre

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents a groundbreaking collaboration between six First Nations Communities with the illuminating new exhibition Culture at the Centre, on display now until Monday, October 8th, 2018.


June 21 | Cineplex Family Favourites

VIP Theatre Park Royal West Vancouver

Photo: Cineplex

Movies will be screened every Wednesday and Saturday in July, August, and September at 11AM. The best part? Films will be the mere price of $2.99, and a portion of the proceeds go towards supporting WE Charity.

June 21 | Queer Arts Festival

Queer Arts Festival (QAF) marks its landmark tenth anniversary with the multi-disciplinary summer celebration DECADEnce, running June 16th to 28th, 2018 at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

The annual festival, which also commemorates Pride in Art’s 20th year as an artist-led organization, features a boundary-pushing, dialogue-igniting array of creators that amplify artistic risk-taking and incite creative collaboration and experimentation.

June 21 | Definitely Dali Art Exhibition

dali exhibition

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Opened in 2005, Chali Rosso Art Gallery focuses mainly on works from Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Degas, and more. The Gallery is holding a free Salvador Dali exhibition starting this May up until September.

As part of the Definitely Dali Project, two iconic Dali sculptures will be arriving at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery this summer: Woman Aflame and Surrealist Piano.

June 21 | Luxury Home & Design Show

Vancouver’s Luxury Home & Design Show is back this June with its largest four-day presentation yet for guests with a deep appreciation of craftsmanship, quality, innovation and design. The 2018 Luxury Home & Design Show will turn BC Place into an “Italian piazza” from June 21-24. Guests will experience luxury and elegance through artwork, home décor and other bespoke items from around the world.

June 21 | National Indigenous Peoples Day Fundraiser & Art Show

The National Indigenous Peoples Day Fundraiser & Art Show highlights local art and will help raise funds for the RAVEN Trust, an organization which raises legal defence funds for indigenous groups fighting for environmental protection.

June 21 | Culture

Jamaican roots-reggae group Culture performs at Venue. Tickets are $30.

June 22 | Team Canada Basketball

Team Canada

Photo: Canada Basketball / Facebook

Team Canada will be facing off against China in the Pacific Rim Basketball Classic!

Canada’s roster will feature some of the country’s biggest and brightest stars, including players playing professionally in the NBA, NBA G League and several of the top professional leagues overseas.

June 22 | TD International Jazz Festival

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival returns this June with another exciting lineup of performances! You’ll see Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters, Macy Gray, Kamasi Washington, Dirty Projectors, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and many more!

June 22 | Playland Adult-Only Nights


Photo: Jimmy Yargeau/Flickr

This summer, Playland is bringing back their popular adults-only nights.

Every Friday from June 22nd to July 27th, Playland is going to be hosting six evenings that will be 19+ amusement, complete with food, drinks, midway games, and of course, the thrilling rides. More than 30 rides will be open, including The Beast and the Hellevator.

June 23 | UBC Farm Farmers’ Market

Discover the UBC Farm through your tastebuds! Get your local, certified organic, farm-fresh seasonal veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs straight from the UBC Farm.

June 23 | Strawberry Festival

The 28th annual Strawberry Festival celebrates everything summer and will have local musicians, entertainment, a bouncy castle, horse driven carriages, local vendors and, of course, their delicious strawberry shortcakes!

June 23 | Catching Stars Gallery Grand Opening

Catching Stars Gallery will host a grand opening party and welcome the public to it’s new gallery.

June 23 | Summer Solstice at Mountain View Cemetery

Little Chamber Music’s 4th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration takes place on June 23, featuring choreography for community dancers by Daelik (of MachineNoisy Dance) and music commissioned from electronic composer Michael Red. Michael created a 4 song EP for us called “Four Birds” which will create an amazing soundscape across the cemetery.

June 24 | The Take Care Club Workshop

Modern life can be stressful and we all need reminders and techniques to foster deeper connections with ourselves and our world – to expand our resilience and live our most vibrant lives.

The Take Care Club is formed from a deep desire to take care of ourselves and each other; to hold space for our souls’ callings and develop nurturing practices of self-love.

June 24 | Greek Day On Broadway

greek day

Photo: Greek Days On Broadway/Facebook

Presented by the Hellenic Canadian Congress of British Columbia, the main goal of the Greek Heritage festival aims to share Greek culture. The culture spans out over an era of 2500 years of history, including over 100 years of social and cultural contributions to the City of Vancouver.

A five block stretch on Broadway from McDonald to Blenheim will be closed off to traffic to make room for Greek Day.

There will be mouthwatering food and drink, market vendors, live entertainment, and live music offering a relaxed, enjoyable Greek ambience.

June 24 | Scotiabank Charity Challenge

On June 24, 2018 the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC invites you to take part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. It’s their fifth year in the challenge and they need your help to make it their most successful yet! Help us raise $25,000 so they can continue assisting people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

June 24 | Italian Cooking Class: Roman Pizza

You may not have an Italian Mamma, but now you can learn to make Roman Pizza like one! In this hands on class, professional cook, artisan pasta maker and sometimes actor Peter Ciuffa of Pasta Boy Peter Inc. provides all the ingredients and knowledge so that you learn to make pizza at home.

June 24 | Chris Isaak

American rock and roots musician Chris Isaak performs at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $79.50.

June 25 | Let’s Hear It For Yaletown

Yaletown BIA is hosting five days of free outdoor jazz and dancing in Yaletown. Let’s Hear It For Yaletown, curated by Vancity Hot Jazz Society, brings you the sounds of some of the best live Canadian hot jazz bands to delight your ears and heat up your dancing feet! Free dance lessons will be provided between sets so you too can join the party and dance to live hot jazz! Visit Yaletown and join the community at Bill Curtis Square (Canada Line Station at Mainland and Davie) for free performances from Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29.

June 26 | Deep Cove Full Moon Evening Tour

full moon evening tour

Photo: Patrick Hendry/Unsplash

Indulge in the night sky and experience the Deep Cove Full Moon Evening Tour this summer. It’s a kayaking tour filled with silvery light reflecting off of the full moon and the calm, rippling water.

The Deep Cove Full Moon Evening Tour holds up to 18 paddlers a tour, and runs on the two or three evenings closest to each full moon.

June 26 | The Truth About Everyday Plastics

Stephen Chastain, an Ocean Wise scientist, will look at four everyday household items. He will examine why and how our use and disposal of these items is damaging the environment and how this relates to large-scale global issues. Admission is free.

June 27 | Gomez

Indie-rock band Gomez performs at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $39.50 and the concert is 19+.

June 28 | Chinatown Cocktail Crawl

Chinatown Cocktail CrawlVancouver’s cocktail scene has reached a new level, driven by the city’s flourishing high-end food culture, as well as the rising stars behind the bars.

We proudly present the Chinatown Cocktail Crawl, a cocktail adventure to discover the latest cocktails and food trends in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in the city.

June 29 | Bill Clinton

Former American president and husband to Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton will be making an appearance in Vancouver.

He’ll be here June 29th, as part of his The President Is Missing book tour. The event, A Conversation With President Clinton, goes in depth about the research and insight that went into the writing process, as well as the issues it raises about society today.

June 30 | Sailor Moon Day

Sailor Moon Day

Photo: taymtaym / Flickr

If you grew up in the 90s, be prepared to feel a rush of nostalgia when Vancouver hosts International Sailor Moon Day on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

The event will be moving from its recent location at the Vancouver Convention Centre to the Holiday Inn & Suites in downtown.

Over the course of four hours, Sailor Moon fans will have the opportunity to unite and celebrate the show’s legacy. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character, someone magical, or casual if they prefer.

June 30 | World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride

Photo: @bodypaintme / Instagram

The World Naked Bike Ride returns to Vancouver this June and aims to be a “positive” protest against car culture, oil spills, and pipelines.

The ride meets at Sunset Beach (near the corner of Beach Avenue and Bute Street) at 12:00 p.m., with the ride itself starting at 2:00 p.m. Furthermore, the ride and all ride activities are free and will take place rain or shine!

June 30 | Coco Jafro

Coco Jafro, a 2016 Western Canada Music Award Nominee for Urban Artist of the Year and 2018 CBC Searchlight Top Ten Finalist, brings together schools of funk, soul, jazz and Afrobeat, creating a unique mashup that transports you to a place that (the band promises) “liberates your soul, evokes your primal spirit and ignites an electricity that lingers within your body.”

Admission is free.

June 30 | SummerFest 2018: Kids Yoga Saturdays

Saturdays are all about the kids this summer! Every Saturday throughout SummerFest the Market offers yoga for your young ones on the South Waterfront Plaza. Take your kids down to the Market and enjoy some playful and gentle variations of these techniques that will get them excited to be outside!


July 1 | Canada Day at Canada Place

Canada Place

Photo: Canada Place

Canada’s 151st birthday party will feature a full day of great food, festivities, family fun as well as fireworks that will celebrate our nation’s values, accomplishments and diversity.

Getting things under way at 10:00 a.m. is the traditional Citizenship Ceremony that will welcome 60 new Canadians to our multicultural family. At 11:00 a.m., all zones and exhibits, including the Main Stage, will open with great entertainment and activities for guests of all ages.

July 1 | Canada Day #onRobson

Robson Street is celebrating Canada Day with music, entertainment, kids’ activities, delicious fare, business promotions and giveaways.

July 1 | Canada Day Drumming Celebration

Canada Day Drumming Celebration

Photo: Canada 150 Drumming / Facebook

Following the success of the Canada 150 Atlantic to Pacific Celebration, the Legacy 150 Celebrations Society is excited to showcase the 2nd annual Canada Day Drumming Celebration!

This FREE, Family-friendly event welcomes both local residents and world visitors to celebrate Canada’s birthday and the cultural diversity in this country we call home!

July 1 | North Shore Canada Day Celebrations

As always, the festivities will take place at Waterfront Park from noon to 4:00 p.m. and will include an array of local performers, displays from our North Shore community members, multicultural food, and free cupcakes kindly distributed by our beloved North Shore dignitaries! With on-site entertainment ranging from balloon artists and a fire juggler to bouncy castles and a 24’ high climbing wall, this event is sure to be fun for the whole family!

July 1 | Canada Day Parade at Granville Island

Latincouver proudly celebrates Canada’s birthday with hundred of people from the Latino communities in BC. We will come together to participate in the Canada Day Parade with Latin music, dances and traditional costumes.

July 1 | Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Photo: Salman Khan / Facebook

Indian film actor, producer, singer and television personality Salman Khan announced on his Instagram page that he’s coming to the PNE Coliseum on Sunday, July 1st, 2018.

The live concert will be a part of his DA-BANGG Reloaded tour. He’ll be joined on stage by Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Prabhudeva, Jacqueline Fernandez, Manish Paul, and Daisy Shah.

July 3 | Young Shakespeareans Workshops

Calling all Young Theatre Lovers! Bard on the Beach announces the return of its annual Young Shakespeareans Summer Theatre Camps and Teen Workshops, with sessions beginning July 3rd and running through to August 31st, 2018.

Children and teens from ages 8 to 18 will receive coaching by professional actors from Bard on the Beach, and perform some of Shakespeare’s most beloved works.

July 3 | Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park

Fresh Air Cinema / fresh air outdoor movie series

Photo: Fresh Air Cinema

The free Fresh Air outdoor movie series is returning to Stanley Park this July. The lineup has just been released, boasting a mix of classic family favourites as well as warm hearted classics.

July 3 | Latin American Film Night with VIFF

Latincouver, in partnership with the Vancouver International Film Festival, Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver and Consulate General of Brazil in Vancouver, is proud to present Latin American Film Night, a celebration of the Latin American film industry. Join us to see two films that represent our diverse culture and heritage.

Tickets are $13.

July 4 | Theatre Under The Stars

Theatre Under the Stars invites audiences to have a ball this summer with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street, July 4th – August 18th, 2018 (performances alternate evenings) at Stanley Park’s picturesque Malkin Bowl.

A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS’ 2018 season offers two song-and-dance filled fables – one of Fairy Godmothers and glass slippers, the other of Golden Era glitz and show-biz glam.

July 5 | Indian Summer Festival

Indian Summer Festival

Photo: Indian Summer Festival / Facebook

The Indian Summer Festival returns for its 8th year, bringing global arts and culture to venues across the city from July 5th to 15th.

This ‘festival for a curious mind’ presents a continent-spanning range of artists, from the inheritors of ancient oral storytelling traditions to genre-defying musicians, award-winning novelists, and provocative visual, performance and culinary artists.

July 5 | Greek Summerfest

greek summerfest

Photo: George Ruiz/Flickr

Back for its 32nd consecutive year, Vancouver’s Greek Summerfest runs from Thursday July 5th to Sunday July 15th. It’s an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun.

There will be dozens of of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage, as well as DJ services by Alpha Music and bouzouki music with Yannis Sahamis.

July 6 | Family Movie Nights

A classic summer tradition, Family Movie Nights in North Vancouver is back!

An outdoor summer experience, Movies in the Plaza is a great way to enjoy some free family fun. The movies are shown on a big outdoor screen, and the Library Advisory Council runs a concession with snacks and drinks.

July 6 | Harry Styles

Harry Styles

Photo: Harry Styles / Facebook

Due to popular demand, Harry Styles has added has added 56 new show dates in 2018 to his sold-out world tour.

Styles will be coming to Rogers Arena on Friday, July 6th, 2018.

July 6 | The Accountant of Auschwitz

The idea of holding the Nazis to account for their crimes in the Holocaust is such a staple of popular culture, you might well be shocked by the statistics in Matthew Shoychet’s film revealing just how few were brought to trial after World War II, let alone convicted

July 7 | Khatsahlano Street Party

khatsahlano street party

Photo: Khatsahlano Arts + Music Festival/Facebook

The annual West Khatsahlano Street Party is back!

Created in 2011, it’s Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival. The Street Party features multiple stages, showcasing over 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers.

July 7 | Carnaval del Sol

Celebrating Latin American Culture, Carnaval del Sol is having its 10th anniversary. It’s two days of live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry. It’s meant to recreate the ambiance of a vibrant city plaza in Latin America.

July 7 | UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival

The inaugural UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival takes place this July with a program that includes works by Mozart, Vaughan-Williams, Rossini, Sibelius, and more.

July 8 | Pakistan Festival

Pakistan Festival

Photo: Pakistan Festival

The Pakistan Festival will showcase the cultural heritage, diversity, landscapes, music, poetry, dress, cuisine and beauty of every corner of Pakistan.

Stalls, booths and tents showcasing Pakistani products/handicrafts and cuisine will be on hand.

July 8 | KickOff Canada World Cup

At 11:00 a.m. on July 8th at BC Place, you can be one of the 20 teams playing for their country in a 7-a-side charity soccer tournament.

Each team is guaranteed entry to the group and knock-out stages of the tournament. Make a team, represent your country and battle it out for the World Cup trophy.

July 8 | 21st Century Flea Market

Photo: Eastside Flea / Facebook

With 175 different vendors offering everything from shabby chic to 50’s kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, this popular European-style collectors market is a must-see!

July 10 | Les Miserables

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon,Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!”

Tickets start as low as $30.

July 10 | Hycroft en Blanc

Save the date for the third annual Hycroft en Blanc! This elegant evening is The University Women’s Club of Vancouver’s take on the popular “Dîner en Blanc” experience without the hassle of having to pack a picnic and bring your own chairs. Guests are invited to enjoy a game of bocce or croquet in the rose garden, dance on the terrace, indulge in a sweet and savoury selection of “en Blanc” themed food stations, and capture the moment in our fun and fancy photo booth.

July 11 | Star Wars Concert

Star Wars

Photo: Thomas_Jung / Flickr

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is holding an at the Movies concert series this summer, which plays favourites from classic and popular films. The orchestra is also hosting their 100th year anniversary this year.

Not only will concert-goers have the chance to soak in some top-notch tunes, but they’ll also view an amazing film. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope will be playing throughout the performance.

July 12 | Waterfront Cinema

Held every year at North Point, blockbusters and family favourites will be screened under the stars. The screenings will be held every Thursday from July 12th to August 23rd at dusk, between 8PM to 9PM.

July 13 | Folk Music Festival

From July 13th – 15th come out to Jericho Beach Park for another incredible weekend of music from close to home and around the globe.

We’ve got icons and upstarts and more than a few surprises, stunning newcomers and long-time favourites, and amazing new sounds to discover. From Neko Case and Ry Cooder to Rodney Crowell and James McMurtry; from The Dead South, Carole Pope and Archie Roach to Ranky Tanky, Wazimbo & Banda Kakana and Dakhabrakha, it’s a gathering of sound, sight and experience you simply won’t see anywhere else.

July 14 | Truck Stop Concert Series

Dragon Boat Festival

Photo: Red Truck Beer

On June 16th, July 14th, and August 11th, music fans can enjoy the music festival experience without having to travel far from Downtown Vancouver. On July 14th, the soul/r&b takes center stage and it’s being headlined by Allen Stone.

July 14 | Eastside Flea

Find bargains and make your way through more than 50 local vendors, artisan showrooms, rotating food trucks, bar, outdoor courtyard, pinball & more!

July 14 | Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival

The Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival is a community festival that serves the Vancouver – Lower Mainland area.

The activities on July 14 and 15 is open to public and will be held at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza and focus on Taiwan Performing Arts to demonstrate the most energetic and distinctive culture of Taiwan, such as Art Exhibition, Taiwanese Snacks, Taiwanese paper- crafting art, and more. Meanwhile, the program will also include Canadian ethnic cultural elements.

July 15 | Logic


Photo: Logic / Facebook

American rapper Logic performs at the PNE Amphitheatre. Tickets are $69.50.

July 18 | Sunset Cinema Outdoor Movies

There’s no better way to enjoy summer than outdoor movie nights right in the heart of Vancouver.

Vancouver Civic Theatres is hosting ‘Sunset Cinema’, a free outdoor movie series on the plaza at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Movies begin at dusk. All you have to do is bring your chairs, pillows, and a sense of excitement!

July 21 | Deighton Cup

The 10th annual Deighton Cup returns to Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, July 21st, 2018.

The day long event goes from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and sees ladies and gents don their best attire – from funky bow ties, flashy blazers, wild mesh hats, feather hair pieces and dainty dresses. Over 5,000 derby revelers are expected to be out at the course for this unforgettable experience.

July 21 | Slide The City

Photo: Slide the City / Facebook

Fun City festival is bringing its legendary 1,000 foot long water side back to North Vancouver this summer. And, as organizers boast, “the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt” is fully cushioned and plenty of fun.

The slide is part of a weekend long community celebration that turns Lower Lonsdale into a pedestrian and slider zone filled with vendors, food trucks, live music, DJs & entertainment.

July 28 | Honda Celebration of Light

The annual event is one of Vancouver’s most popular and also BC’s largest public event.

In addition, it is the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, attracting up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening.

South Africa, Sweden and South Korea to light up the sky at the 2018 Honda Celebration of Light

July 28 | Vacationer

American electronic-pop band Vacationer performs at The Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets are $18.

July 29 | Brewery & The Beast

Brewery & The Beast

Photo: Brewery & The Beast / Facebook

Brewery & The Beast is coming back to Vancouver this summer to once again serve up some of the best meat you’ve ever had at Concord Pacific Place on Sunday, July 29th, 2018.

This one day event takes attendees on a culinary journey of different ways to prepare meats through the vision of recognized chefs.

July 29 | Milk Chocolate & Music Pairing

Discover fine chocolate and see what goes behind making it with L’Atelier Vancouver Coworking. Tickets are $55.

July 31 | Now, Now

American indie-rock band Now, Now performs at The Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets are $15 and this is a 19+ concert.


August 2 | Make-A-Wish 5th annual Rope For Hope


Photo: Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon / Facebook

Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope is a unique challenge event that calls on participants to fundraise in support of local wish-granting efforts, in exchange for an exhilarating experience to rappel down a city skyscraper.

August 4 | Strathcona Artisan Market

The Strathcona Artisan Market has local artisan creations, live music, a diverse variety of food and snacks, and free art activities for kids. Admission is free.

August 4 | Fire & Light Night 2018

Come out for an exquisite evening of food, wine, fireworks plus fabulous entertainment all from the best location in Kitsilano! Tickets are $175.

August 11 | SHIPPED Waterfront Festival

SHIPPED Waterfront Festival

Photo: Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism / Facebook

The SHIPPED Waterfront Festival comes to the North Vancouver Shipyards on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.

It’ll showcase a mix of recording artists and emerging local talent that’ll having you moving into the night.

August 11 | Waterfight

The Vancouver Waterfight event is coming back to Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.

Hosted by Flash Mob Vancouver, it’s the largest water fight in the city and it’s totally free! The popular event sees hundreds of people taking part each year.

August 11 | Truck Stop Concert Series

Dragon Boat Festival

Photo: Red Truck Beer

On June 16th, July 15th, and August 11th, music fans can enjoy the music festival experience without having to travel far from Downtown Vancouver. attendees will be treated to the country & roots showcase on August 11th.

August 11 | Panic! at the Disco

American rock band Panic! at the Disco performs at Rogers Arena. Tickets start as low as $46.

August 11 | Deafheaven

California band Deafheaven comes to Vancouver to perform at The Imperial. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $22.50.

August 11 | International Guitar Festival


Join guitar builders, players, collectors and aficionados for two days of live music, master classes, special events, and the opportunity to see, hear and play some of the world’s finest handmade stringed instruments.

August 12 | Glotman Simpson Cypress Challenge

The 11th annual Glotman Simpson Cypress Challenge, benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation and pancreatic cancer research at BC Cancer, takes place Sunday, August 12th, 2018.

Challenge yourself to cycle up Cypress Mountain in support of leading-edge pancreatic cancer research at BC Cancer and Pancreas Centre BC.

August 16 | Neal Brennan

American writer, director, producer, and comedian Neal Brennan performs a standup comedy show at the Rio Theatre. Tickets are $29.75.

August 18 | Yelawolf


Photo: digboston/Flickr

Yelawolf with guests will be coming to Vancouver this August. He’ll be hitting the stage at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday August 18th.

The artist grew up moving around America with his single mother. His appreciation for lyricism throughout his childhood impacted the artist that he would become.

August 18 | PNE Summer Night Concerts

This year’s lineup features performances by Boyz II Men (Aug 18), Air Supply (Aug 19), Dean Brody (August 20), Goo Goo Dolls (Aug 22), I Love the ’90s Tour (Aug 23), Wilson Phillips (Aug 24), Marianas Trench (Aug 25), Lost ’80s Live (Aug 26), 112 (Aug 28), Kool & the Gang (Aug 29), Jann Arden (Aug 30), Burton Cummings (Aug 31), Chicago (Sep 1), Village People (Sep 2), and Cyndi Lauper (Sep 3).

August 19 | International Coffee and Tea Awards Festival

2018 marks the inaugural year for the Vancouver International Coffee and Tea Awards Festival. Their mandate is to bring world-class coffee and tea brands together in order to compete for the top spot and to let the public sample some of their new products. There will be a blind taste to determine the best brew in each category, as well as a ‘People’s Choice’ award voted on by the public.

Admission is free.

August 23 | Le Diner en Blanc

Diner en Blanc Vancouver

Photo: Conrad Olson / 604 Now Flickr Pool

While the location has yet to be announced, organizers claim it will be one of the most stunning to date. There will be live music and art installations, as well as plenty of posh cheer.

For 6 years, the event has transformed the city for one magical evening of splendour and wonder. Last year, organizers held the summer affair at two locations: Devonian Harbour Park (1929 West Georgia Street) and Harbour Green Park (1199 West Cordova Street).

August 26 | Pinoy Fiesta

Pinoy Fiesta is the biggest and most anticipated Filipino cultural event in B.C, and it’s happening this August in Vancouver. The event includes a parade as well as a trade and food fair.

The parade will be showcasing world famous Philippine festivals. These festivals include the Ati-atihan festival, the Dinagyang festival, the MassKara festival, the Panagbenga festival, the Morlones festival, the Sinulog festival, Santacruzan, and Igorot Culture.


September 1 | Cheese and Meat Festival

Vancouver Cheese and Meat FestivalExplore the smells, tastes, and textures of cheese, charcuterie, and accompaniments, while pairing them with wine, cider, beer, as well as mixed drinks.

So what do you get for the price of a ticket?

Upon entry, you will be given a charcuterie board (that you can keep) and a tasting glass. Morever, You will be able to walk around at your leisure tasting cheese’s, meats, accompaniments, and beverages. Each session will last two and a half hours.

September 3 | Phoenix

French indie-pop band Phoenix comes to Vancouver to perform at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets start at $39.50.

September 5 | Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

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Photo: HBO / Facebook

Following the success of its hit HBO TV series, Game Of Thrones has embarked on bringing a live concert experience to arenas across Europe and North America.

The critically acclaimed Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience featuring Ramin Djawadi comes to Vancouver on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018. The first leg of the tour kicks off in Europe in May of 2018.

September 7 | Skookum Festival

The anticipated Skookum Festival, Stanley Park’s first music festival, has announced its lineup.

It’ll be held in Brockton Field in Stanley Park, from Friday, September 7th to Sunday, September 9th, 2018. The 17 acre venue will have a capacity of upto 20,000 attendees a day, as well as multiple stages in order to enjoy the music all around.

September 8 | Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath

The annual Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath is an exhilarating 2 day, 200km ride along the rural roads of the Fraser Valley.

Lung warriors from all walks of life join together in the fight against lung disease.

September 10 | Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Photo: Sam Smith / Facebook

This tour will see Sam Smith perform at Rogers Arena on Monday, September 10th, 2018. The Thrill Of It All finds Smith once again working alongside close friend and long-time collaborator Jimmy Napes plus Timbaland, Malay, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and Stargate.

September 13 | Westward Music Festival

The Westward Music Festival returns to town from September 13th-16th and has performances taking place at various venues. Artists coming this year include Bad Gyal, Poppy, Honne, Jo Passed, Rhye, Metz, as well as A$AP Twelvyy, and many more!

September 16 | The Race for Courage

Experience the best of the west coast featuring a 15 km mountain bike and 6 km trail run, as well as a fun obstacle course. You can take on the race as an individual participant or form a team (group or relay).

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