24 things to do in Vancouver this week

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Here are some of the top events to check out in Vancouver between August 18 and 21. For a complete list of events, check out our Vancouver Events Calendar.

Evo Summer Cinema Series: Jurassic Park (1993)

  • What: Watch the original Jurassic Park outside! The site will be outfitted with a four-storey inflatable movie screen, transforming the area into a magical outdoor cinema within a matter of hours, fit for thousands of Vancouverites to visit and watch flicks throughout the summer.
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach), Stanley Park
  • When: Tuesday, August 18; dusk

Odlum Brown Vancouver Open

  • What: Watch some of the best tennis players face off for the annual Vancouver Open, including No. 8 female in the world, Francesca Schiavone and former World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic.  The best will be competing for $200,000 in cash.
  • Where: Hollyburn Country Club – 950 Crosscreek Road, West Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, August 15 to Sunday, August 23; various times

Gourmet Ice Cream Tour

  • What: Off The Eaten Track’s Gourmet Ice Cream Tour will grant attendees the opportunity to visit local ice creams shops and sample lots of delicious locally-made ice cream. From soft-serve to ice cream sandwiches, this tour highlights some of the best frozen treats in the city.
  • Where: Meeting place is at Railtown Café – 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Wednesday of August (5,12,19,26); 5 to 6 p.m.

Best of Craft BC

  • What: The evening will feature a smorgasbord of craft beers, ciders and mead from BC along with tasty samplings from Commercial Drive food purveyors. For only $24.99 plus a non-perishable donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, you can taste samples of some of the best Beer, Spirits, Ciders and Meads that BC has to offer
  • Where: Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 19; 7 p.m.

Reimagine Downtown Vancouver

  • What: How do you want downtown Vancouver to look, taste, and feel in 2040? Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver is partnering with SFU City Conversations  to help get you thinking about the possibilities for the future of our downtown over the next 25 years.
  • Where: Lot 19 Perch – North end of Hornby Street at West Hastings Street
  • When: Thursday, August 20; 12:30 p.m.

Vancouver Comedy Competition

  • What: Yuk Yuk’s weekly comedy competition sees comedians face off for the grand prize of $2500, as chosen by the audience. The preliminary round lasts until August 9 when things heat off for the semi-finals, then the final on September 3.
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club – 2387 Cambie St., Vancouver
  • When: Every Thursday until August 27; Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place: Dumb and Dumber

  • What: Watch Dumb and Dumber outside at Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place presented by Port Metro Vancouver. *Movies will be cancelled in the case of rain and rescheduled for a later date
  • Where: North point of Canada Place
  • When: Thursday, August 20; 8:15 p.m.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

  • What: For 27 years, this festival has run in hopes to illuminate the transformative moments in the lives of queer people by showcasing queer films.
  • Where: Various locations, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 23

Pub Quiz Night at Hycroft 

  • What: Invigorate your weeknight with a fun, casual evening of dinner and game at The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft.There is no pressure, no charades, and no need to act or sing unless you want to. Come test your knowledge on a variety of subjects and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
  • Where: Hycroft Mansion – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 20; 5 to 9:45 p.m.

An Intimate Evening with Colin Mochrie

  • What: Legendary improviser Colin Mochrie comes home for three nights of performances with Vancouver TheatreSports League and will be joined onstage by members of the VTSL ensemble to raise funds for the Colin Mochrie Sponsorship Fund and VTSL’s outreach programs.
  • Where: The Improv Centre at Granville Island – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 20; 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Live at Hastings Racecourse

  • What: Hastings Racecourse brings back their popular Friday night races every Friday in August. Join the fun with a live DJ, food and drink specials and racing beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse -188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Friday in August; 6 p.m.

An Evening With David Duchovny

  • What: Actor/director/writer and singer-songwriter David Duchovny is set to perform two shows at Alexander Gastown. He’s currently on tour to promote his debut album “Hell or High Water.”
  • Where: Alexander Gastown – 91 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 21 and Saturday August 22; doors open at 7 p.m.

Dinner On The Pier

  • What: The Lower Lonsdale Pier in North Vancouver will be converted into a waterside dining venue, and will be the setting for a 150-person long table dinner.
  • Where: The Pipe Shop Building and Waterfront Pier – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 20; 5:30 p.m.

 

Recurring events

International Summer Night Market

  • What: Each weekend over 20,000 visitors hit up this massive summertime night market in Richmond and experience the diverse array of booths, food and drink vendors, kids’ play area, and live entertainment.
  • Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
  • When: Friday, May 8 to September 27; Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 11 p.m. and Sundays 6 to 10 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

  • What: Drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Night Market is located within easy access of the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station. Roam the aisles to find games, food, and all sorts of wares for sale. Late nighters take note, this is the only local night market open until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays).
  • Where: 8351 River Rd. (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • When: May 15 to October 12, 2015; Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 p.m.

Shipyards Night Market

  • What: The Shipyards Night market features food trucks, live music, numerous vendors and a beer garden.
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: May 1 to September 25; Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.

Surrey Night Market

  • What: Surrey Night Market is an open air event for local residents to sell and consume a variety of local foods, services and goods.
  • Where: Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds – 17726-62 Ave., Surrey
  • When: Friday, May 29 to Sunday, September 20; Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 6 to 11 p.m.

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: This is the farmers’ market that started up in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 9 to October 24

West End Farmers’ Market

  • What: The West End’s relaxed Saturday market is a great meeting spot for locals. Grab a cup of coffee, peek at the adjacent community gardens, and take a stroll with your purchases at Nelson Park.
  • Where: Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 24; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market lines East Boulevard every Saturday, bringing out the locals in one of Vancouver’s oldest communities. Stroll, shop, and eat at this vibrant weekend gathering.
  • Where: East Boulevard (between 37th and 41st Avenues), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, June 10 to October 13; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kits market takes place Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre, and has a Bike Valet for shoppers on two wheels, and lots nearby for families to do.
  • Where: West 10th Ave (between Larch and Balsam), Vancouver
  • When: Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 10 to October 25

Mt Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.
  • Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays, June 14 to October 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Free Yoga at Dude Chilling Park

  • What: Yoga instructor Solomon Montijo, along with ten other teachers, hosts free classes daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Dude Chilling Park.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick St., Vancouver
  • When: Daily; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

 

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