Celebrate green spaces, rock out to blues greats, dance down the middle of Main + more
1. Abbotsford International Airshow — Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11
Facebook/Abbotsford International AirshowWatch in wonder as aircraft take to the skies to surprise and delight spectators at the annual Abbotsford International Airshow. Canadian Forces Snowbirds, U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds, CF-18 Hornet Demo Team and other aircraft will be performing stunts and tricks, as well as a showcase of heritage aircraft and acrobatic airplanes.
From 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday; Tickets from $14; Details online
2. Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival — Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11
Facebook/Vancouver Outsider Arts FestivalThe Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival showcases visual and performing artists who are facing social exclusion and other barriers, providing opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning at a three-day arts festival held at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver; Free; Details online
3. AniRevo — Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11
Facebook/Anime RevolutionCelebrate Japanese culture and all things anime at the Anime Revolution convention, where participants can share their passion for art, anime, manga, cosplay, dance, games and music through various activities, contests, exhibits, panels and performances.
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver; Tickets from $12.50; Details online
4. Vancouver Waterfight — Saturday, August 10
Facebook/Vancouver WaterfightGet ready to get wet and wild at Vancouver’s annual water fight. Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the giant flashmob water-based war. Leave the water balloons at home and clean up any mess... apart from water of course!
Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park; 1 p.m. to 4.p.m; Free; Details online
5. Feast Dinner Series — Until Sunday, August 11
Facebook/FeastPart of the Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver’s Feast, The Neighbourhood Table is hosting a pop-up chef’s table dinner for 10 to 12 guests per night in the heart of the festival action. The family-style meal will be served with Okanagan wines and a menu of fresh seasonal vegetables, surf and turf, and a decadent peach tart.
Park Royal Beachside Patio; 6 p.m.; $100 ($55 for wine pairings); Details online
6. Chinatown Festival — Saturday, August 10
Chinatown FestivalCelebrate Chinatown’s unique culture and heritage with a day of traditional food, music, dancing, performances, shopping, and other activities.
Keefer Street, Vancouver; Free; 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Details online
7. Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival — Saturday, August 10
Facebook/Burnaby Blues and Roots FestivalDeer Lake Park comes to life with the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival for one day of music from the likes of Southern Avenue, Lord Huron, Dan Mangan, William Prince, The War and Treaty and Feist.
Deer Lake Park, Burnaby; 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tickets from $50; Details online
8. Mount Pleasant Street Party — Saturday, August 10
Facebook/Vancouver Mural FestivalPart of the Vancouver Mural Festival, the Mount Pleasant Street Party sees 14 blocks closed to traffic on and around Main Street as the area is transformed into a festival zone with live art, four beer gardens, two stages of music, a new family activity area, markets, street dance battles, graffiti jams, and 25 brand new works of public art.
Various locations near Main Street, Vancouver; Free; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Details online
9. The Clock: 24-hour Screening — Friday, August 16
Facebook/The Polygon GalleryChristian Marclay: The Clock is a cinematic montage synchronised with actual time on a 24-hour clock. Presented in a custom-built cinema within the Polygon Gallery, the work montages film and television footage from the last 70 years. The time represented in each clip is synchronised with actual time, allowing The Clock to function as a 24-hour timepiece, and special Friday screenings and 24-hour openings run the film in its entirety.
The Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates, North Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays (closed Mondays); Running until September 15; By donation; Details online
10. Vines Art Festival — Until August 19
Vines Art FestivalHeld in public spaces across the city, Vines Art Festival is a grassroots eco-arts festival that celebrates Vancouver’s green spaces with sustainable art pieces that build and foster community.