16 Things To Do in Metro Vancouver This Weekend (August 11 – 13)

Travel & Outdoors

A short week means you can spend your weekend relaxing on the patio even sooner.


If you rather do something else, there’s plenty to do around metro Vancouver this weekend. From tasty bites to outdoor concerts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Things To Do In Metro Vancouver This Weekend

Exploration | FraserFEST 2017


Photo: Rivershed Society of BC / Facebook

FraserFEST 2017 celebrates our watersheds with a series of river adventures and wild salmon feasts in communities along the Fraser River. The festival runs from Sunday, August 6th – Sunday, August 27th, 2017. Participants learn about the Fraser’s history, culture, the issues threatening its health, solutions for change, as well as how to take action.

Music | Vancouver Bach Festival 2017

Following the success of last summer’s inaugural festival, EMV offers a remarkable 14 concerts. Not to mention, it features guest artists from all over the world. Friday, August 11th, 2017 sees the conclusion of this year’s festival.

Adrenaline rush | Playland At The PNE

Now open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Playland is the ultimate summer activity. Thrilling rides, fun arcade games, mini donuts, and caramel apples are all back to help create the perfect summer experience.

Basketball | World Indigenous Basketball Challenge 2017

World Indigenous Basketball Challenge

Photo: 2017 World Indigenous Basketball Challenge / Facebook

The challenge will see four days of world-class basketball. 16 Indigenous men’s teams and 8 Indigenous women’s teams will compete from all over the globe compete. From Wednesday, August 9th – Saturday, August 12th, 2017, games begin at 8:00 a.m. daily.

Free yoga | Free Yoga At Kits Beach + Riley Park

The daily free yoga classes are organized by Mat Collective. Not to mention, they will feature 1-3 classes each day with a variety of different levels.

Outdoor Shopping | Night Markets

The Illumination Night Market, Richmond Night Market, and North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market are all now open. In addition, Fridays on Front, a brand new weekly night market experience in Downtown New West is now open. Fridays on Front will run every Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks on the 600-block of Front Street.

Interactive model | OH! Vancouver 2017

Science World

Photo: Tangible Interaction / Facebook

There’s a new interactive installation in Vancouver that allows you to control the colours of the city’s skyline. OH! is a small model of Science World that allows you to control the Vancouver monument. It’s open this Friday, August 11th and Saturday, August 12th, 2017. It’s available to use from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. each evening.

Comedy | Bill Nye & George Stroumboulopoulos Vancouver 2017

Canadian television icon George Stroumboulopoulos and renowned scientist Bill Nye come to the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, August 11th, 2017. The evening begins at 8:00 p.m. and goes until 10:00 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. The two will exchange dialogue on a range of topics.

Outdoor concert | Coquitlam Summer Concert Series 2017

Coquitlam Summer Concert Series

Photo: City of Coquitlam / Flickr

Coquitlam Summer Concert Series takes place on Friday, August 11th, 2017. Each concert will take place from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Guests can bring their own picnic or enjoy the on-site food trucks.

Planes | Abbotsford International Airshow 2017

The Abbotsford International Airshow is back this week for more daunting tricks from Friday, August 11th – Sunday, August 13th, 2017. The annual aviation festival provides spectators an opportunity to watch one of the finest aerobatic performances in the world. Tickets range from $13 – $42.

Outdoor concert | Truck Stop Concert Series 2017

truck stop red truck beer

Photo: Red Truck Beer

The third and final show of Truck Stop Concert Series 2017 takes place on Saturday, August 12th, 2017. Vince Vaccaro, and The Real Ponchos are set to take to the stage.

Nature | Bees and Blueberries Festival 2017

There is no event as unique to the Greater Vancouver area as Dr. Bee’s Bees and Blueberries Festival. It takes place on Saturday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th, 2017. It will be held at the Honeyland Canada farm in Pitt Meadows. This will be a unique local event that brings together a community with the shared value of bee wellness and charity.

Ships | Richmond Maritime Festival 2017

Richmond Maritime Festival

Photo: Richmond Maritime Festival / Facebook

The 14th annual Richmond Maritime Festival returns to beautiful Steveston on Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, 2017. The festival is free to the public and runs from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday. It features a wooden boat festival within the site, visual artists, puppets, storytellers, and much more.

Arts | Kaleidoscope Arts Festival 2017

B.C.’s Bif Naked headlines Coquitlam’s Kaleidoscope Arts Festival on Saturday, August 12th at Town Centre Park. Free to the public, the festival runs from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and offers a full slate of live entertainment. Not to mention, there will be plenty of activities for children, including arts, crafts, and performances that will pique the imagination. Furthermore, the venue is conveniently close to Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

Latin culture | One Love West Coast Festival 2017

VanMusic and Latin Summer Fest are hosting the first Burnaby event at Swangard Stadium. Don’t miss this high impact full flare event like no other. Make your way to Burnaby with your support get your early pass and also come to our VIP Red carpet concert at the Rickshaw.The festival takes place this weekend on Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, 2017. Admission is $20.

Music festival | Burnaby Blues + Root Festival 2017

Photo: Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival / Facebook

For the last 18 years, the annual Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival has been a highlight of the outdoor concert season. On Saturday, August 12, 2017, the event returns to picturesque Deer Lake Park. Another lineup of world-class musicians, including headliner Trombone Shorty will look to delight the Burnaby crowd. Children 12 and under are free with a purchase of an adult ticket.

Independence day | Vancouver Pakistan Festival 2017

The Vancouver Pakistan Festival takes place this weekend on Sunday, August 13th, 2017. From 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., a sea of green and white will take over Jack Poole Plaza. Furthermore, the festival celebrates the culture, fashion, music, and cuisine of Pakistan. August 14, 1947 marks the day when Pakistan was born. For many Pakistani-Canadians, celebrating this day is about unity.

Log in or create an account to save content