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AUGUST Events in Vancouver 2020

August in Vancouver

Vancouver’s 2020 August calendar features dates and events including summer festivals, concerts, outdoor movies, night markets and BC Day holiday events.


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Vancouver August Calendar of Events

  • August 3, 2020 – BC Day (Stat Holiday).
  • August 22, 2020 – first day of the PNE.

August Events in Vancouver

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in August 2020. First though, see the following note about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the Lower Mainland and upcoming events.


IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING COVID-19


Many Vancouver-area events and attractions have been adversely affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus. As you’ll see, some events in the following calendar have been marked as “to be confirmed” or “to be determined” or “TBD.” Unless we know that an event has been cancelled or postponed, we have marked it as “to be determined” to reflect the fact that its ultimate status is unknown or may change. For exact details, see official individual event websites.

For more information about COVID-19’s impact on tourism, arts, culture and other activities in the Lower Mainland, click Coronavirus Closures & Cancellations. For a list of attractions that are operating, click What’s Open in Vancouver.

 


Week of August 14th to 16th

August 14-16 | August 17-23 | August 24-31


 

Friday, August 14, 2020

  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Lost Souls of Gastown at 7 pm.
  • Squamish Wind Festival – a community event featuring art, music and performing arts in Squamish. Originally scheduled for mid-July, the festival now features a drive-in movie tonight, plus online activities at other times.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.
  • Rock Ambleside – a classic rock festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park. (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Playland in 2020


Playland is currently open on Saturdays and Sundays with 20+ rides operating. Ticket supplies are limited!


Sunday, August 16, 2020

  • Wings & Wheels at TRADEX – a drive thru-style classic car show featuring muscle cars and vintage vehicles happens in Abbotsford. The cost is $20 per carload and funds raised benefit the Crystal Gala Foundation which supports women with breast cancer. Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival vendors are also on site.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Really Gay History Tour at 10 am in Vancouver’s West End.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Playland – Vancouver’s amusement park at the PNE is open today from 11 am until 5 pm with over 20 rides.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Mt. Pleasant, Whistler and White Rock.
  • Flea Markets
  • Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond. (CANCELLED)
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.
  • Pakistan Festival – a free cultural event at Holland Park in Surrey. (CANCELLED)
  • Rock Ambleside – a classic rock festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park. (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)

 


Week of August 17th to 23rd

August 14-16 | August 17-23 | August 24-31


 

Monday, August 17, 2020

  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided evening tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Lost Souls of Gastown at 7 pm.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but this marks the first day of the event which features new murals, talks and more over the next three weeks.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 8 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided walking tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park at 6 pm.
  • Main Street Farmers Market – the weekly market happens outside Central Pacific Station between 2 and 6 pm.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Thursday, August 20, 2020

  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided walking tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Lost Souls of Gastown at 7 pm.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • New West Farmers Market – at Tipperary Park in New Westminster from 3 until 7 pm.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.

Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Squamish Wind Festival – a community event featuring art, music and performing arts in Squamish. Originally scheduled for mid-July, the festival now features a drive-in movie tonight, plus online activities at other times.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Forbidden Vancouver Tour and the Lost Souls of Gastown at 7 pm.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Nikkei Matsuri – a Japanese festival at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.
  • Kwantlen Community Dinner – a community event and dinner at Langley’s Glen Valley Regional Park. Cost is $15 and participants are asked to bring their own dishes and eating utensils. (To be confirmed.)
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Vancouver TheatreSports


ARTS GROUPS ARE HURTING

Forced to close their doors temporarily, and thus unable to earn revenue as they usually do, arts and cultural organizations are struggling in this world of COVID-19. We all are too. If you have the resources though, and want to support the arts, consider donating to your favourite theatre, cultural or other non-profit group.

Vancouver TheatreSports, for example, has a “Donation Show” campaign. Instead of asking fans of live improv theatre to buy a regular ticket to see a show, they are encouraging people to donate the value of tickets to help them stay afloat and cover their expenses. Every little bit counts, and every contribution is so gratefully appreciated. Thanks for supporting the arts if you can! Together we can beat this pandemic!


Sunday, August 23, 2020

  • Playland – Vancouver’s amusement park at the PNE is open today from 11 am until 5 pm with over 20 rides.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Really Gay History Tour at 10 am in Vancouver’s West End.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Spaced Out at the Arts Club – an in-person reading of the romantic comedy Spaced Out at the BMO Theatre Centre. The fundraising event is also available online. Tickets cost either $150 or $20 depending on the format.
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual summer fair normally features amusement rides, shows, vendor markets and evening concerts. This year, however, because of COVID-19, it’s taking place in a scaled-down drive-thru-style format. It’s still happening though and will still be fun!
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Mt. Pleasant, Whistler and White Rock.
  • Ladner Village Market – from 10 am to 4 pm along 48th Avenue between Delta Street and Elliott Street in Ladner. (This market is happening. Because of COVID-19, however, only food vendors are participating.)
  • Flea Markets
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.
  • Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond. (CANCELLED)
  • Pet-a-Palooza – a free pet-friendly festival in the 1100 block of Mainland Street in Yaletown. (POSTPONED)
  • Port Moody Car Free Day – a free community festival along Port Moody’s St. John’s Street between 12 and 7 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Free Jazz Vespers – at 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)

 


Week of August 24th to 31st

August 14-16 | August 17-23 | August 24-31


 

Monday, August 24, 2020

  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided evening tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Lost Souls of Gastown at 7 pm.
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual summer fair normally features amusement rides, shows, vendor markets and evening concerts. This year, however, because of COVID-19, it’s taking place in a scaled-down drive-thru-style format. It’s still happening though and will still be lots of fun!
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 8 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.

FlyOver Iceland at FlyOver Canada

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided walking tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park at 6 pm.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Main Street Farmers Market – the weekly market happens outside Central Pacific Station between 2 and 6 pm.
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual summer fair normally features amusement rides, shows, vendor markets and evening concerts. This year, however, because of COVID-19, it’s taking place in a scaled-down drive-thru-style format. It’s still happening though and will still be fun!
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

  • New West Farmers Market – at Tipperary Park in New Westminster from 3 until 7 pm.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided walking tours in downtown Vancouver. Today features the Lost Souls of Gastown at 7 pm.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual summer fair normally features amusement rides, shows, vendor markets and evening concerts. This year, however, because of COVID-19, it’s taking place in a scaled-down drive-thru-style format. It’s still happening though and will still be fun!
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • KiteClash – the Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships in Squamish. (CANCELLED)

Friday, August 28, 2020

  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Lost Souls of Gastown at 7 pm.
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • KiteClash – the Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships in Squamish. (CANCELLED)
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual summer fair normally features amusement rides, shows, vendor markets and evening concerts. This year, however, because of COVID-19, it’s taking place in a scaled-down drive-thru-style format. It’s still happening though and will still be fun!
  • Summerset Music & Arts Festival – now taking place as a benefit concert with both live and online activities. Location is to be determined.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Roedde House – admission to the historic museum in Vancouver’s West End is by donation today (because it’s the last Friday of the month). (TBD)
  • Night Markets
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.

Labour Day Weekend Activities

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Sunday, August 30, 2020

  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual summer fair normally features amusement rides, shows, vendor markets and evening concerts. This year, however, because of COVID-19, it’s taking place in a scaled-down drive-thru-style format. It’s still happening though and will still be fun!
  • Playland – Vancouver’s amusement park at the PNE is open today from 11 am until 5 pm with over 20 rides.
  • FlyOver Iceland – a special feature Icelandic-themed film shows at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place in addition to the regular FlyOver Canada show.
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – today features the Really Gay History Tour at 10 am in Vancouver’s West End.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Mt. Pleasant, Whistler and White Rock.
  • Flea Markets
  • Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond. (CANCELLED)
  • Summerset Music & Arts Festival – now taking place as a benefit concert with both live and online activities. Location is to be determined.
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.
  • KiteClash – the Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships in Squamish. (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Free Jazz Vespers – at 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)

Monday, August 31, 2020

  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – acres of beautiful sunflowers to admire at 41310 Yale Road in Chilliwack.
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – the Street Party is not taking place in 2020, but the festival is set to feature new murals, talks and more until September 7th.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools – most outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland have reopened, although with special new safety procedures in place.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most provincial parks, city parks and regional parks are open to the public.
  • Lower Mainland Beaches – beaches at Ambleside, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Belcarra Park and elsewhere are especially popular this time of year.

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To see what’s happening next month, click September Calendar of Events.


Events in August 2020

The following events may or may not also take place in August 2020 (with details to be confirmed):

FESTIVALS & MAJOR EVENTS

  • Chilliwack Flight Fest – a community event at the Chilliwack Airport. (TBD)
  • Deep Cove Daze a 1-day community festival with music, food and market stalls at Panorama Park in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove. (To be confirmed for 2020, but likely cancelled.)
  • Dîner en Blanc – the 9th annual special outdoor dinner at a secret location somewhere in Vancouver. Over 4000 registered participants are expected to turn out in white with their own chairs, table, food, cutlery and dishware. (2020 date, location and other details to be confirmed.)
  • Korean Cultural Heritage Festival – a free festival celebrating Korean food, music and culture at Swangard Stadium. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Ribfest Langley – a community event hosted by Langley Rotary Clubs and featuring BBQ ribs and entertainment. Takes place at McLeod Athletic Park. (CANCELLED)
  • Richmond Garlic Festival – a community event at Terra Nova Rural Park in Richmond. Admission is by donation. (To be confirmed.)
  • Richmond Sunflower Festival – sunflowers and other family-friendly things to see and do at Richmond Country Farms in Richmond.
  • Serbian Days – a free cultural event with Serbian music, dancing and family-friendly activities at Vancouver’s Saint Sava Church at 505 East 63rd Avenue. (TBD)
  • Whistler Wanderlust – a celebration of mindful living that includes yoga and mountain biking up at Whistler. (TBD)

SPORTING EVENTS

MUSIC & THEATRE

  • Bard on the Beach Shakespearean theatre at Vanier Park. (CANCELLED for 2020)
  • Cates Park Summer Concerts – free live music between 4 and 7 pm at North Vancouver’s Cates Park. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – drumming takes place at Stanley Park’s Third Beach from early evening until sunset (assuming sunny weather). Free! (It does appear to be happening in 2020, but without a lot of physical distancing. If you go, watch and listen from a distance. Also, wear a mask!)
  • CBC Musical Nooners – a free concert at 12 pm outside the CBC Building at 700 Hamilton Street. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Music at the Cannery – live music on Friday evenings at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. (To be confirmed.)
  • Music on the Wharf – an outdoor concert on the Port Haney Wharf at 22360 River Road in Maple Ridge. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Safe & Sound Music Fest – an R&B and Hip-Hop music festival in New Westminster. (To be confirmed.)
  • Savour Summer Festival – a free community event featuring family-friendly activities and live entertainment on a Saturday at the River District in South Vancouver. (To be confirmed.)
  • Shipyards Summer Sessions Concerts – free live music at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square. (To be confirmed.)
  • Kitsilano Showboat – live entertainment from 7 until 9 pm on the outdoor stage at Kitsilano Beach. Free admission. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Live & Local Concerts & Culture Series – free live music in North Vancouver. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Robson Square Salsa – salsa lessons and dancing in Robson Square from 3 to 7 pm (by donation). (CANCELLED)
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series a free outdoor concert at a different Surrey park on Wednesday evenings. (To be confirmed.)
  • Summer Jazz on the Porch – a “Pay What You Can” concert in Vancouver’s Barclay Heritage Square at the Roedde House Museum at 1415 Barclay Street. (TBD)
  • Summer Sundays – free live music at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. (CANCELLED)
  • Symphony in the Park – family-friendly activities followed by a concert at Mill Lake Park. (To be confirmed.)
  • TD Concerts for the Pier – summer evening concerts at Five Corners in White Rock. (CANCELLED)
  • Theatre Under the Stars – outdoor musical theatre in Stanley Park. (CANCELLED for 2020)
  • Trout Lake Summer Concert Series – a free concert at the Trout Lake Community Centre on various evenings. (To be confirmed.)
  • Vancouver Bach Festival – a series of classical concerts at Christ Church Cathedral and/or UBC’s Chan Centre. (CANCELLED)
  • Zumba at Canada Place – free Zumba classes at the north end of Canada Place from 5:30 until 6:30 pm. (CANCELLED)

OUTDOOR MOVIES & OTHER FILMS

  • Burnaby Outdoor Movie Series – a free film shows outdoors in the plaza outside the Bob Prittie Library at the corner of Kingsborough and MacKay. (CANCELLED)
  • Downtown Movie Nights – a film plays in the north plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Family Movie Nights in the Plaza – a movie shows in the Civic Plaza in the City of North Vancouver. (To be confirmed.)
  • Movie & Music in the Park – free family-friendly activities and live entertainment at Conaught Park in Kitsilano. (To be confirmed.)
  • Squamish Street Market – a once-a-month summer event on Cleveland Avenue in downtown Squamish from 10 am until 6 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free outdoor movie at Second Beach in Stanley Park. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Starlight Theatre Drive-in Movies – a film shows outdoors for free at Lansdowne Centre in Richmond. (To be confirmed.)
  • Summer Cinema at the Richmond Oval – a free indoor movie, drinks and popcorn at the ROX Theatre. Admission is free but on a first-come, first-saved basis. (TBD)
  • Sunset Cinema – a film shows for free in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Waterfront Cinema – a free movie at the northern end of the Canada Place promenade beginning at dusk. (CANCELLED)

OTHER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Beaty Nocturnal – the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC is open by donation one Tuesday evening from 5 to 8:30 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • Brigade Days at Fort Langley – three days of celebrations featuring folk in period costume on the BC Day Long Weekend. (CANCELLED)
  • Cloverdale Market Days – a large artisan market featuring over 100 vendors in downtown Cloverdale on 176th Street (between 56A Avenue and 58 Avenue) from 10 am until 3 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • Dinner on the Pier – a fancy dinner on the pier at North Vancouver’s Shipyards. (TBD, but likely cancelled.)
  • Eastside Flea – an outdoor market featuring vendors selling vintage, collectibles, handmade and other items at 238 1st Avenue in East Vancouver. (TBD)
  • ElectraFest – an electric vehicle showcase event at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. Free admission. (TBD)
  • Family Favourites Movies – $2.99 movies at select Cineplex theatres in the Lower Mainland. (Postponed until September.)
  • Fort Langley Makers Market – a monthly craft fair and celebration in scenic Fort Langley. (To be confirmed.)
  • Lucky Cat Affair – a championship and pet cat show at the George Preston Arena in Langley. The event runs from 9 am to 5 pm on the Saturday and from 10 am to 4 pm on the Sunday. (August 15 and 16, 2020.) (TBD)
  • Picnic at the Pier – a fundraising event for the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation where participants enjoy live entertainment and dinner at a special venue in White Rock. (POSTPONED until 2021)
  • Pioneer Days at Kilby Farm – family-friendly activities at Kilby Historic Site in Harrison Mills. (TBD)
  • Port Coquitlam Car Show – a car show featuring hundreds of cars in downtown Port Coquitlam. (To be confirmed.)
  • Steveston Village Farmers Market – in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre at 4111 Moncton Street. (Cancelled for 2020.)
  • Summer Nightslide Concerts – a special event featuring night sliding and live music at Cultus Lake Waterpark from 8 pm until midnight. (To be confirmed.)

Top 7 Things to Do in August

  1. Take in a performance at the Bard on the Beach Festival.
  2. Enjoy the BC Day celebrations at any one of a number of locations during the August Long Weekend.
  3. Spend time at any of Metro Vancouver’s best beaches.
  4. Visit one of the Lower Mainland’s most interesting small towns and villages including Horseshoe Bay (and visit Whytecliff or Lighthouse Park along the way), Deep Cove (and stay for the Friday evening music in the park), White Rock (and take your swimsuit) or Steveston Village (and take your bike to cycle along the water).
  5. Get out of the city to someplace dark at night in mid-August to see the peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower.
  6. Take in any of the live music performances occurring in North Vancouver on Friday evenings at Deep Cove or Lynn Valley with the North Vancouver Summer Concert Series, or at various parks in Surrey during that city’s Sounds of Summer Music Series.
  7. Check out one of the region’s many farmers markets for fresh produce, to support local farmers and to enjoy the experience.

For more, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Summer Activities.

Typical August Weather

Summers in Vancouver are typically very dry, with August being one of the warmest and driest months of the year.

The city can sometimes practically go without any rain from the beginning of July until late August, with the first real summer rains coming just in time for the PNE fair in the last week or so of the month.

The days in August are warm (for Vancouver), but the evenings are starting to get cool again towards the end of the month.

Average high temperatures in August are a nice 22 degrees Celsius (or 72 F), and the lows are typically around 13 (or 55 F), or cooler as September approaches. Vancouver gets an average of less than 40 mm of rain in the month (or a bit more than 1.5 inches).

Recommended Activities

Being the summer, August is one of the busiest times of the year for events and special outdoor activities. There seems to be an event of some kind every weekend in fact.

There are live music performances at noon on weekdays outside the CBC building (by Georgia and Hamilton across from the library in downtown Vancouver), and live outdoor music on Friday evenings on the North Shore at various locations, including at Deep Cove and Cates Park.

And what’s the number one best thing to do in Vancouver in August? For many it’s a day with the family or friends at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). For others it’s the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks.


To return to the top of the page, click August Calendar.

To see what’s happening next month, click September Calendar of Events.

 

 

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