22 Things To Do In Metro Vancouver This BC Day Long Weekend (August 2 -5)

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There’s no complaining with an extra day off.

From pride festivities to fireworks, here are 22 Metro Vancouver events to check out this BC Day long weekend.

Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, August 2

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

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About: Organized by the same group that put together the Tulips of the Valley event, the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival features close to 20 acres of over 35 varieties of sunflowers. This year also features 54 varieties of Dahlias, displayed across 2 acres.
Date: Thursday August 1st, 2019 – Sunday September 15th, 2019
Cost: $10 – $15

Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tour

About: Vancouver Beer Bike Tour, hosted by Canadian Craft Tours, is an exciting way to travel between some of North Vancouver’s most popular breweries.
Date: Saturday March 9th, 2019 – Monday December 30th, 2019
Cost: $45
Time: Various

Shipyards Night Market

About: Visitors will find fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment every Friday night. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights. In addition, there will be live music playing until 10:00 p.m. on the Shipbuilders’ Stage, showcasing talent from all over BC.
Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2019 – Friday, September 27th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

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Photo: Richmond Night Market / Facebook

About: With endless rows of things to eat and see, the Richmond Night Market will be bustling with over 100 different food vendors to choose from, merchandise and games.
Date: Friday May 10th, 2019 – Monday October 14th, 2019
Cost: General: $4.75 / Children under 8: Free / Seniors over 60: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature

About: Created by the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, is “an interactive and immersive exhibition that highlights and explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world”.
Date: Friday February 22nd, 2019 – Tuesday September 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free – $25
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Burnaby Village Museum

About: Burnaby Village Museum has created a village for you to explore, featuring costumed townsfolk in homes, shops and businesses straight out of the 1920’s.
Date: Saturday May 4th, 2019 – Monday September 2nd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fridays On Front

About: This family friendly community experience will feature artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, your favourite food trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest!
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Friday August 23rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


playland the beast

Photo: PNE/Playland / Facebook

About: Vancouver’s amusement park, Playland, opened for the season on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Well-known rides such as The Beast, Hellevator, and the Wooden Roller Coaster will once again be ready to make you scream.
Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019 – Sunday, September 15th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Theatre Under The Stars

About: The beloved summer tradition allows guests to enjoy popular shows – all while being outside underneath the stars.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Saturday August 17th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $20

Musical Nooners

About: Running until Friday, August 16th, an assortment of musical acts will take place at The CBC Vancouver’s outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Friday August 16th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Vancouver Mural Festival

Vancouver Mural Festival

Photo: Vancouver Mural Festival / Facebook

About: Running until Saturday, August 10th, this 10-day festival features parties, dialogues, interactive displays, and art openings that lead up to the Mount Pleasant Street Party on August 10th.
Date: Thursday August 1st, 2019 – Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Various

Shark Week at the Vancouver Aquarium

About: Love them or fear them, sharks play an important part in our ocean eco-system. Shark Week is an opportunity to learn all about the many species of sharks and their role in the ocean – and how we can protect them.
Date: Sunday July 28th, 2019 – Sunday August 4th, 2019
Cost: $21 – $38
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 3

Honda Celebration of Light

Celebration of Light India

Photo: @kendidshots / Instagram

About: Croatia wraps up this year’s fantastic event. This annual event draws up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening, who come out to see the masterful fireworks performances.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 p.m.

Goat Yoga

About: Classes will be held outdoors on a grassy paddock and you are to bring your own yoga mat. Moreover, you will be outside so expect to get a little dirty.
Date: Saturday May 18th, 2019 – Sunday October 27th, 2019
Cost: $30
Time: 8:50 a.m.

Peak Yoga at Grouse Mountain

About: Individuals can stretch in the sunshine after a rewarding hike up the Grouse Grind or can simply just take the Skyride for some fresh air.
Date: Saturday July 6th, 2019 – Saturday August 31st, 2019
Cost: Free with membership or admission ticket
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Richmond Sunflower Festival

Photo: Richmond Sunflower Festival

About: Visitors will be able to walk through over 8 acres of land that’ll have over 20 different varieties of Sunflowers and Dahlias.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019 – Sunday September 15th, 2019
Cost: Free – $15
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Vancouver Street Dance Festival

About: Running from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., an assortment of unique streetdance styles will be on display at Robson Square.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Vancouver Undie Run

About: Participants of this event will dash through the city in their favourite pair of undies.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Powell Street Festival

About: Started in 1977, the festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country, and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019 – Sunday August 4th, 2019
Cost: Free

Sunday, August 4

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

Photo: Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square / Facebook

About: Kicking off on July 7th, dancer’s can head out to Robson Square every Sunday for a beginner’s lesson at 3:00 p.m., which runs for about 30 minutes with a different instructor each week.
Date: Sunday July 7th, 2019 – Sunday August 25th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Sunset Beach Festival

About: The festivities kick off at 11:00 am and the event will feature a Main Stage, Sunset Beach Oasis, Community Zone, Family Fun Zone, a beer garden, food trucks, interactive art, and more!
Date: Sunday August 4th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Monday, August 5

BC Day at Museum of Vancouver

Museum of Vancouver

Photo: Museum of Vancouver / Facebook

About: Museum of Vancouver is celebrating BC Day this year by offering $5 admission all day long.
Date: Monday August 5th, 2019
Cost: $5
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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