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 24 and 28. For a complete list of events, check out our Vancouver Events Calendar.

SLIPKNOT

  • What: SLIPKNOT, the famed heavy metal band, will be performing in Vancouver this summer for their Summer’s Last Stand Tour.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 24; 6 p.m.

The Fair at the PNE

  • What: The annual fair returns this August with all the classic attractions and food, plus new events including Peter Pan: The Broadway Musical, The Beatles Memorabilia Exhibit, Superhero Discovery Centre, Dinosaurs Alive! A Jurassic Experience, Mermaid Tales and the 5K Donut Dash.
  • Where: Pacific National Exhibition – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, August 22 to Monday September 7 (closed August 24 & 31); 11 a.m. till late.

PNE Summer Concerts

  • What: This year’s Summer Night Concerts feature an exciting array of artists that are sure to please fans of all genres. Pop stars, Country favorites, R&B icons, and Rock ‘N’ Roll legends, will all be showcased at the 2015 PNE Concert series.
  • Where: PNE Amphitheater inside the PNE Fair grounds, Vancouver
  • When: Nightly between August 23 and September 7

Kings Head Comedy

  • What: For only $5 you can catch comedians you’ve seen on HBO, Just For Laughs, on tour at comedy clubs across the country. The show features visiting acts from LA, New York, Toronto, and more, as well as the absolute best of the Vancouver scene.
  • Where: Kings Head Pub – 1618 Yew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, August 25; 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Diner en Blanc Vancouver

  • What: On Tuesday, August 25, lucky ticket holders will gather at an as-yet undisclosed Vancouver location to set up tables and chairs along with their picnic goodies for a chic and unforgettable evening of social community.
  • Where: Location TBA
  • When: Tuesday, August 25

Evo Summer Cinema Series: Tomorrowland

  • What: Watch Tomorrowland 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 25; dusk

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact

  • What: The Whitecaps FC take on the Montreal Impact in the last home game during August. Get out your scarves and cheers for a spirited time.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 26; 7 p.m.

Small Plates on the Lake

  • What: Small Plates on the Lake is Burnaby’s newest signature dining event.Guests will experience an array of small plates created by the chefs of top restaurants in Burnaby, all while dining on the plaza overlooking beautiful Deer Lake at twilight with a live jazz band playing in the background.
    Tickets are $55 each and are available for purchase through Eventbrite.
  • Where: 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: Thursday, August 27; 6 to 9 p.m.

Front & Company Presents Summer Nights 2015

  • What: Front & Company’s Summer Nights event is an annual 3-day shopping event that brings together local vendors with a night of mingling and shopping for the community, occurring on the last Thursday of June, July, and August.
  • Where: Front & Company – 3772 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 27; 7 to 9 p.m.

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place: The Hunger Games – Catching Fire 

  • What: Watch Catching Fire 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 27; 8 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.

Science World Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

  • What: Ultimate Dinosaurs introduces you to new and unique dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar. The exhibition combines rarely seen specimens with augmented reality technology that transforms full-scale dinosaurs into flesh-covered animated beasts right before your eyes.
  • Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, May 30 to September 7, 2015; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Sins of the City – Vice, Dice & Opium Pipes

  • What: Experience the world of a cop in the 1920s when Vancouver was a seething hub of sex, drugs, booze and organized crime. Your 90-minute walking tour takes you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This is a must-see tour for anyone looking for the edgier side of this great city!
  • Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 28; 3 to 5 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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