Vancouver comes alive in August with some of the summer's biggest festivals

Vancouver comes alive in August with some of the summer's biggest festivals

Chevron Summer Cinema

Now until September 2

Enjoy one of your favourite movies outdoors at the Chevron Summer Cinema series at Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Nine classic and family-friendly films will run on a four-storey-high screen every Tuesday throughout the summer. So grab a blanket, pack a snack and spend your summer nights with the stars under the stars. Check out Fresh Air Cinema for additional outdoor movie screenings.

Where: Second Beach
Cost: Free or by donation

Theatre Under the Stars - Now until August 23

Theatre Under the Stars - Now until August 23

Founded in 1940, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) has produced hundreds of plays and musicals in Stanley Park and has given amateur actors the opportunity to perform alongside seasoned professionals. This summer, TUTS returns to Malkin Bowl with two shows, Shrek the Musical and Legally Blonde: The Musical, which is back for an encore presentation after its success last summer.

Where Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park
Cost $30 to $45

Night Markets -  On now until September/October
Credit: Brian Howell

Night Markets - On now until September/October

lucky-cat_1_0.jpgEven though Chinatown’s night market has been cancelled this year, three other local markets are keeping the summer tradition alive. Hop the Canada Line to Richmond for an evening at the International Summer Night Market or the Richmond Night Market to discover live entertainment, food trucks and vendors that sell everything from Asian cuisine to the latest iPhone accessories. Or board the Seabus to North Vancouver for the Shipyards Night Market on Fridays until the end of September. With live music until 10 p.m., a beer garden, as well as organic and handmade local products, this event is like a market and festival all in one.

  • International Summer Night Market Open weekends and holidays through September
  • Richmond Night Market Open weekends and holidays until October 13
  • Shipyards Night Market Open Friday nights until September 26 and Saturdays until August 30

Honda Celebration of Light - Japan, August 2

Honda Celebration of Light - Japan, August 2

It wouldn’t be summer without Vancouver’s annual fireworks festival. Join the 400,000 spectators on the beaches of English Bay to enjoy stunning pyro displays from this year’s competing countries: the United States, France and Japan. Be sure to also check out SHOREfest, a free concert series that showcases Canadian musicians like The Matinee and Odds on a beachfront stage.

Where English Bay
Cost Free

Vancouver Pride Parade - August 3

Vancouver Pride Parade - August 3

Vancouver’s Pride Parade celebrates love in all its forms as members of the LGBTQ community unite to parade through downtown Vancouver. The colourful event encourages everyone to take part in the festivities – that means energetic dancing, extravagant costumes and plenty of partying. 

Time 12-3 p.m.
Where From Robson and Thurlow Street to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue, finishing at Sunset Beach, the festival site where the party continues until 6 p.m.
Cost Free

Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival - August 9

Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival - August 9

Heading into its 15th year, this year’s Burnaby Blues Festival lineup includes Canadian rock legends Big Sugar, Texas one-man band Shakey Graves, blues-rock trio Wide Mouth Mason (see singer/guitarist Shaun Verreault’s summer concert picks here) and more. 

Where Deer Lake Park
Cost $40 to $50

Diner en Blanc - August 21
Credit: Brian Howell

Diner en Blanc - August 21

Now in its third year, this devoid-of-colour pop-up dinner has become one of the most prestigious dining events of the year. For those not in-the- know, the dress code at Diner en Blanc is strictly white. Guests will dine al fresco and the secret location of this David Hawksworth-catered event will be revealed a few short hours before dinner begins. There will be an official after-party, where, if there’s any justice in this world, White Russians will be served.

Where It’s a secret
Cost $40

Pacific National Exhibition - August 16 to September 1

Pacific National Exhibition - August 16 to September 1

Spending a day at The Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition riding the wooden roller coaster, watching the Super Dogs and eating mini donuts (drool) is a rite of passage for every Vancouverite. But besides the usual attractions, this year’s PNE presents a fresh lineup of live performances as well as a Game of Thrones exhibition that features more than 100 show artifacts, props, costumes and the sought-after Iron Throne. Hodor! 

Where PNE Fairgrounds
Cost $16 gate admission