Learn to hoop in the West End, support local talent on stage, enjoy a drink with your pancakes + more
1. Fly Over Iceland — Until Sunday, October 20
Fly Over CanadaFly Over Canada takes a trip to Iceland with a journey across sweeping glaciers, stunning fjords and ancient mysteries on this exhilarating 20-minute ride! Hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while the film whisks you across Iceland.
999 Canada Place, Vancouver; Tickets from $30 for adults; Details online
2. Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon Gala — Saturday, August 31
Facebook/Vancouver Asian Film FestivalThe Vancouver Asian Film Festival's Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) celebrates its 14th year of supporting and showcasing emerging local filmmakers. Check out the MAMM14 finalists in the 10-minute short and 1-minute ultra-short categories. Find out which teams will win the adjudicated prizes, and help select the fan’s choice award.
Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver; Tickets $15; 7 p.m.; 19 and up; Details online
3. Victory Square Block Party — Sunday, September 1
Facebook/LuvgoonCITR, Discorder and Music Waste Festival present a free all-ages block party with a full roster of bands, plus tasty treats from local vendors and raffle prizes. Proceeds support Megaphone, Vancouver's street magazine sold by homeless and low-income vendors
Victory Square, 200 West Hastings Street, Vancouver; 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Details online
4. Native Hip Hop Fest 19 — Friday, August 30 & Saturday, August 31
Facebook/Calina Lawrence Featuring Indigenous artists from the Lower Mainland (including Vancouver Poet Laureate Christie Lee), as well as rappers from across the country and the United States, Native Hip Hop Fest 19 celebrates music and spoken word from up-and-coming and established stars.
Maplewood Taphouse and Eatery, 1970 Spicer Road, North Vancouver; $20 - 25; Details online
5. Taiwan Fest — Saturday, August 31 to Monday, September 2
Facebook/Taiwan FestCelebrating the connections between Taiwan and Vietnam, this year’s Taiwan Fest explores the link through cultural discussions, delicious food and both music and visual arts performances. Everything from rock concerts to cooking classes!
Various locations and times; Details online
6. Soundwalk Sunday Soundwalk — Sunday, September 1
Facebook/Vancouver New MusicBurrard Bridge turns into a giant musical instrument when artists from the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective and the Soundscape Show (Co-op Radio 100.5 FM) use the railings of Burrard Bridge to create multi-tonal sounds, launching vibrations that reach the walkers behind. In this "noisewalk", there will be a entire chain of bridge players, creating a mass of resonant pitches with everyday implements. Artists will provide a few light implements, such as maple stems and spoons... or bring your own!
Burrard Bridge, Vancouver; Free: 2 p.m.; Details online
7. West End Circus Festival — Monday, September 2
Facebook/Alien HoopJoin in fun and family-friendly activities, which include a wide variety of circus arts and hoop dance workshops suitable for all ages, abilities, genders and interests. Local performers will be showcasing hoop dance, flow arts and music performances.
Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute Street, Vancouver; Free; 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Details online
8. The Pancakes and Booze Arts Show — Thursday, September 5
Facebook/The Pancakes and Booze Arts ShowCombining art, live music, and (of course) booze and pancakes, the 10th annual Pancakes and Booze Arts Show returns to Vancouver for an evening of the finer things in life.
Fortune Sound Club, 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver; Tickets $10 to 13; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Details online
9. Impact Festival — Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 8
Facebook/XilentImpact is a transformational music festival that donates 100 percent of proceeds to clean water and harm reduction charities. The weekend features workshops, live painting, a giant spaceship stage, a village of vendors and a private beach.
Pemberton; Tickets $49 to $250; Details online
10. Vancouver Fringe Festival — Thursday, September 5 to Sunday, September 15
Facebook/Stephanie Mills and FriendsPart theatre, part party, Vancouver Fringe uses an “everyone is welcome” selection technique... with the mainstage shows literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists—from novice to veteran—a chance to participate.
Various locations and times; Details online