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28 Metro Vancouver Events To Check Out This Weekend (August 17-19)

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The end of summer is in sight and you don’t want to miss out on the last bit of fun!

From food festivals to pride parades, here are 28 Metro Vancouver events to check out this weekend.

Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, August 17

OH! Vancouver

OH! Vancouver
Photo: Tangible Interaction / Facebook

About: OH! is a small model of Science World that allows you to control the Vancouver monument. The installation was a huge success last year and gave people a chance to connect closer with our beautiful skyline.
Cost: Free
Time: 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

World’s Best Food Truck Tour

About: The World’s Best Food Truck Tour, hosted by Vancouver Foodie Tours, takes you to the city’s best street fare spots. This tour showcases the multicultural flavours that is made with BC’s top-notch ingredients.
Cost: $49.99 – $59.99
Time: 11:00 am.

Pop-Up Food Trucks

Pop-Up Food Trucks
Photo: Vij’s Railway Express / Facebook

About: From July 23rd to October 31st, rotating food trucks will be on-site daily on the SkyTrain Walkway at Lougheed!
Cost: Various prices
Time: 11:30 a.m.

Salsa Fridays

About: Every Friday night this year during SummerFest, Roger from Salsa Studio will be hosting a fun, easy and social dance experience.
Cost: By donation
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Deep Cove Friday Night Lights

outdoor date / deep cove friday night lights
Photo: Stewart Butterfield/Flickr

About: Deep Cove Friday Night Lights is a kayaking experience led by a guided tour, starting at dusk and lasting 2.5 hours.
Cost: $75 (+GST)
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Free Outdoor Yoga At Kits Beach + Riley Park

About: 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.
Cost: Free
Time: Various times

Shigeru Ban

About: Offsite: Shigeru Ban is a new exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location (1100 West Georgia Street) featuring the full-scale version of renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House
Cost: $6.50 – $24.00
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Body Language

About: Guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation traces the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment.
Cost: Free – $26
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

About: The event explores the Titanic’s human stories, which are told through more 120 authentic artifacts and and extensive room re-creations. Additionally, the exhibition commemorates the centennial of the maiden voyage and of life’s fragility.
Cost: $13.95 – $17.95
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Mattie Gunterman

About: Presenting the paintings of Emily Carr with forty-eight photographs by US-born photographer Mattie Gunterman, this exhibition draws on the Gallery’s deep holdings of Carr’s work to reflect her engagement and affection for BC’s landscape.
Cost: Free – $24
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Definitely Dali Exhibition

About: 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. Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m.


Fridays On Front

fridays on front
Photo: 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!
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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 is live music until 10:00 p.m. on the Shipbuilders’ Stage, showcasing talent from all over BC.
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Haida Now

About: Guest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, this exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art boasting more than 450 works created as early as 1890.
Cost: $9-$19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

Richmond / Date Night / Justin Trudeau
Photo: PiscesDreamer / 604 Now Flickr Pool

About: There are over 100 food stalls, and 200 retail vendors. Sink your tastebuds into the classic tornado potatoes, and try your hand at mango desserts, squid, bubble waffles, dragon’s beard candy, and so many more!
Cost: Free – $4.25
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Culture at the Centre

About: Co-curated by Jill Baird and Pam Brown, the collective effort offers insight into the important work Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums in BC are doing to support their language, culture, and history.
Cost: Free with museum admission
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vines Art Festival

About: Vines Art Festival, Vancouver’s unique multidisciplinary eco-arts festival, features over 70 performing and visual artists at parks throughout the city!
Cost: Free
Time: All day

Tremors Festival

Tremors Festival

About: Come witness the talents of an amazing group of emerging artists who will direct, design, stage manage, produce, and perform in three fresh plays by three exciting Canadian playwrights: Selfie by Christine Quintana, Tiny Replicas by Dave Deveau, and Theory by Norman Yeung.
Cost: Pay what you want
Time: 7:00 p.m.

UBC Farm Long Table Dinners

About: You’ll get to enjoy warm weather, live music and twinkling lights at long tables between rows of trees in the Poplar Grove, while you’re treated to a full-service menu celebrating the seasonal bounty of British Columbia food producers.
Cost: $100
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Inspiring Creativity

About: The Port Moody Arts Centre presents their biennial exhibition celebrating the diverse artistic talents of their visual arts instructors.
Cost: Free
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


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Photo: Ribfest Langley

About: This event, taking place at McLeod Park, pits world-renowned “ribbers” from Boss Hogs, Prairie Smoke and Gator BBQ against the North Vancouver favourites, Smoke and Bones Barbecue and Fraser Valley’s Guerilla Q.                                                                                                                            Cost: Free                                                                                                                                          Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Saturday, August 18

Summer in the Square

Wesbrook Village Festival 2013About: The Summer in the Square series features local artists who will regale and entertain you in Norman MacKenzie Square through the warm summer months.
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Chilliwack Mud Drags

About: Mud will be flying, trucks will be jumping and the crowd will be going absolutely wild! This is B.C mud racing at it’s finest along with their latest addition, The Hill n Hole competition and Junior racers (13 and under).
Cost: Free – $35
Time: 2:00 p.m.

New West Pride Street Party

New West Pride Street Party
Photo: New West Pride / Facebook

About: Taking place on Saturday, August 18th, celebrate pride and the LGBTQ+ community in New Westminster with an entire week of events and a full-scale Street Party on the weekend.
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cineplex Family Favourites Summer

About: Movies will be screened every Wednesday and Saturday in July, August, and September at 11AM.
Cost: $2.99
Time: 11:00 a.m.


Photo: digboston/Flickr

About: Since making his label debut with Eminem’s Shady Records (Interscope) in 2011, Yelawolf has released new music constantly. What’s more, he travels around the world performing sold out shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Cost: $45 (+GST)
Time: 9:30 p.m.


Sunday, August 19

Richmond Garlic Fest

Richmond Garlic Fest

About: Chefs from a number of restaurants in Richmond and Vancouver will be volunteering their time to bring festival-goers a selection of garlic-based delights.
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Port Moody Car Free Day

About: Last year, more than 20,000 people enjoyed Port Moody’s first-ever Car-Free Day, a community celebration that included over 100 booths presented by local businesses, artisans, and non-profit groups.
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Upcoming Events

August 22 | Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

The Sunflower Festival will open on Wednesday, August 22nd and feature 17 different varieties of flowers for viewers to soak in.

Visitors will wander through over five acres of sunflowers and be able to view some plants that reach twelve feet in height.

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.


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