23 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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Here are some of the top events to check out in Vancouver between August 14 and 16. For a complete list of events, check out our Vancouver Events Calendar.

Anime Revolution

  • What: This annual convention celebrates everything Anime. With cosplay contests, a panel with your favourite artists and vendors selling Anime memorabilia, this is the place for any Anime fan.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
  • When: Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16

Ballroom dancing lessons at Robson Square

  • What: DanceSportBC’s Robson Square sub-committee will be hosting 10 nights of free dancing, lessons and performances beginning in June.
  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Friday of the summer, beginning June 26; 7:30 to 11:30 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.

Cates Park Concert Series

  • What: Visit Cates Park in North Vancouver and spend a beautiful summer day enjoying some of the finest entertainers North Van has to offer. Featuring performances from local bands and headliners, the free concert series will run Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. untilAugust 29.
  • Where: Cates Park – 4141 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays in August; 2 to 5 p.m.

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

lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon

  • What: lululemon’s annual half marathon takes over the streets of Vancouver for running and much more.  Sunset yoga, brunch and a sunset festival are all part of the massive event.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, August 15

Seawheeze Sunset Festival

  • What: The Seawheeze Half Marathon after-party brings a giant yoga class, food and drinks and live bands to Stanley Park.
  • Where: Brockton Oval, Stanley Park
  • When: Saturday, August 15; 4:30 to 11 p.m.

Bare Buns Run

  • What: The 19th annual 5K Bare Buns Run gives you the unique opportunity to bask in the glory of your natural form, and get some exercise while you do it.
  • Where: Wreck Beach – Marine Drive at University Boulevard
  • When: Sunday, August 16; registration at 9 a.m., race begins at noon

Latin Summer Fest

  • What: Check out Vancouver’s Latin Summer Fest at Trout Lake Park, featuring live music shows, dance floors, food court, market and much more. Bring your mats and the whole familia.
  • Where: Trout Lake Park – 3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, August 16; All day

Free salsa dancing at Robson Square

  • What: Free lessons begin earlier on in the day taught by professional salsa dancers, which are followed by a dance show at 5 p.m. filled with some of Vancouver’s best performers.
  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink – 800 Robson St., Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday from July 5 to August 30, 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Food Cart Fest

  • What: Over 20 of Vancouver’s most popular food carts will gather in one spot every Sunday this summer for the return of the Food Cart Fest in Olympic Village.
  • Where: 215 West 1st Avenue, Olympic Village, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays, starting June 28, 2015 from noon to 5 p.m.

Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint Tour

  • What: Singer and rapper Nicki Minaj brings the Pink Print Tour to Rogers Arena this summer to play hits from her latest album.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, August 16; 7 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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