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Free Vancouver Events in August 2020

Free August Events in Vancouver

In August there are usually numerous free events in Metro Vancouver including festivals, outdoor movies, markets, parades, fireworks and concerts.

There are also free attractions like Burnaby Village Museum, the Polygon Gallery and Stanley Park, as well as beaches and nature to explore.

A lot of things that don’t cost a lot happen most years in August. 2020, however, is not a typical year. Because of the coronavirus, numerous events have been cancelled. There are still free things to do in the Lower Mainland this year – just not as much as usual.

Best FREE Activities in August

The following is a list of the top free festivals and events in Vancouver and the surrounding area in August, both in 2020 and in years when there isn’t a pandemic. Most activities are completely free, although a few are by donation or for a nominal fee.

(Note: Schedules and details are subject to change.)

For a list of attractions and events that you can still enjoy, see our article about Vancouver, COVID-19 and Open Places.

For lists of other inexpensive things to do, see our articles about Vancouver on a Budget and Lower Mainland Parks and Nature.

Saturday, August 15th (2020)

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Sunday, August 16th (2020)

  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum at Deer Lake is open to the public and offers free admission.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Summer Sundays – free outdoor concerts at Rocky Point Park in the afternoon. (CANCELLED)

Monday, August 17th (2020)

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Tuesday, August 18th (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the gallery is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. (CANCELLED)

Wednesday, August 19th (2020)

  • Main Street Farmers Market – a small to medium-sized market with about 3 dozen vendors outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum at Deer Lake is open to the public and offers free admission.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Thursday, August 20th (2020)

  • Farmers Markets
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum at Deer Lake is open to the public and offers free admission.
  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 8:30 pm. (CANCELLED)

Friday, August 21st (2020)

  • Squamish Wind Festival – today the event features live music and a drive-in movie.
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum at Deer Lake is open to the public and offers free admission.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Saturday, August 22nd (2020)

Sunday, August 23rd (2020)

  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum at Deer Lake is open to the public and offers free admission.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Summer Sundays – free outdoor concerts at Rocky Point Park in the afternoon. (CANCELLED)

Monday, August 24th (2020)

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Tuesday, August 25th (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the gallery is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Wednesday, August 26th (2020)

  • Main Street Farmers Market – a small to medium-sized market with about 3 dozen vendors outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum at Deer Lake is open to the public and offers free admission.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Thursday, August 27th (2020)

  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum at Deer Lake is open to the public and offers free admission.
  • Farmers Markets
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Friday, August 28th (2020)

  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum at Deer Lake is open to the public and offers free admission.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Labour Day Weekend Activities

Saturday, August 29th (2020)

Sunday, August 30th (2020)

  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum at Deer Lake is open to the public and offers free admission.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Summer Sundays – free outdoor concerts at Rocky Point Park in the afternoon. (CANCELLED)

Monday, August 31st (2020)

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are also great places to visit. Just be sure though to maintain appropriate physical distancing from other people!

Other Information

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

For other ideas on things to do this month, including things that aren’t free, check out our August Events Calendar.

For other free activities, see Vancouver’s Best Beaches and the Lower Mainland’s best Parks and Places in Nature.

For other affordable things to do, see Vancouver on a Budget.

To see what’s happening next month, check out the September Calendar of Events.

 

 

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