15 fantastic things to do in Vancouver this weekend: August 12-14

Whatever your fancy, there’s an event for you this weekend!

From New West Pride to BC Dumpling Fest, Chelsea Handler and more, here are 15 things to do in and around Metro Vancouver August 12-14.

And for more fun things happening around town, be sure to check out our Listed section.

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2022

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival/Facebook

What: The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is run by the same organizers who host the Chilliwack Tulip Festival.

Visitors will be able to stroll along three kilometers of paths and discover 50 varieties of sunflowers planted in three exhibition gardens. There will also be plenty of opportunities to take an Instagram-worthy photo. Photo props are spread around the site, including a working windmill, three vintage bicycles and a 1950s Morris convertible.

When: Now until September 5, 2022
Time: Several time slots per day
Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack
Tickets: Varied prices, buy online

Fraser Valley Fruit Beer Festival

What: Fruit Beer Fest, taking place Saturday August 13 at Swangard Stadium, features live entertainment, a market area with vendors, food trucks and delicious drinks.

Over 30 breweries have already been announced for Fruit Beer Fest, including local favorites like 33 Acres Brewing, Field House Brewing, House of Funk Brewing, Moody Ales, as well as Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewery, San Francisco’s Mikkeller, Seattle’s Fair Isle Brewing , and New York’s Equilibrium Brewery. Others are added in anticipation of the big day.

The festival is organized by West Craft Beer Supply, the organizers of the popular Hopwired festival.

When: August 13, 2022
Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: $69.99 plus GST and green fee, available online

mountain movies

What: Enjoy a one-of-a-kind outdoor movie theater experience at Grouse Mountain this summer! Watch screenings of The princess to be married and Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone with stunning views of the Cascade Mountain Range on select Friday nights in August.

When: Select Fridays until August 26, 2022
Time: Films will start at sunset, times may vary (approximately 9:00 p.m.)
Where: Grouse Mountain (Altitudes Bistro) – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Tickets/Admissions: Sunset rate of $25 after 7 p.m. (online offer only); $69 for full-day mountain admission tickets; $59 for full-day local mountain admission tickets. Online purchase

New West Pride Street Festival

New west pride

New West Pride/Facebook

What: From August 5-14, New West will come alive with rainbows and activities for all to enjoy. Pride week will end with the Pride Street Party, where Columbia Street will be closed to traffic, and will instead host three stages full of live entertainment, a children’s area, vendors and food trucks, and several gardens beer

New West Pride will also be joined by the Last Door Recovery Society’s non-toxic event this year.

When: August 13, 2022
Time: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Ambleside Music Festival

What: The inaugural Ambleside Music Festival, presented by The GSL Group, takes place August 12-14 at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver and features two stages packed with international stars and local favourites.

Headliners for the seaside music celebration include punk rock legends The Offspring, beloved BC indie rockers Mother Mother, award-winning pop-rock band Marianas Trench JUNO Award winners, and JUNO Award-winning indie-pop band Walk Off The Earth.

When: August 12 to 14
Where: Ambleside Park — West Vancouver
Tickets: Available online

2022 Odlum Brown VanOpen

What: The 2022 Odlum Brown VanOpen, a Tennis Canada event, is the largest and most celebrated men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. This year’s competitors include 2013 VanOpen men’s singles champion Odlum Brown and 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion Vasek Pospisil of Canada.

When: August 13 to 21, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Hollywood Country Club – 950 Cross Creek Road, West Vancouver
Tickets: Miscellaneous, buy online

Ghosts of the Machine at the Polygon Gallery

The ghosts of the machine

Skawennati, Birth of an Avatar (Tribute to Mariko Mori), 2017/Submitted | Ho Tzu Nyen, No Man II, 2017, Courtesy of Artist, Michael Janssen Gallery, Edouard Malingue Gallery/Submitted

What: The ghosts of the machinean immersive multimedia exhibition at the Polygon Gallery, explores the relationships between humans, technology and ecology.

Visitors to the Lower Lonsdale Gallery will discover a new commission from Cease Wyss (Skwxwú7mesh) and works by Ho Tzu Nyen, Juliana Huxtable, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Lu Yang, Skawennati and Santiago Tamayo Soler.

When: From Wednesday to Sunday until August 14, 2022
Time:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays)
Where: The Polygon Gallery – 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: Sorry

British Columbia Meatball Festival

What: This summer, BC’s first annual dumpling festival will be held at Coquitlam’s downtown park.

Presented by the Asian Impact Society, the event will take place on August 13 and will feature live entertainment, activities, a beer garden and a wide range of local food and drink vendors. There will also be a dumpling contest.

When: August 13, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Coquitlam Downtown Park, 1299 Pinetree RoadCoquitlam
Admission: Free

Pop-up Playa Patrón Vancouver

What: Playa Patrón brings the heat, sounds and flavors of Mexico to Vancouver’s Plaza of Nations, with a daytime brunch experience as well as an evening party, with a DJ playing deep tropical house and Patron craft cocktails .

The vibe is beach magic in Tulum – the beautiful and trendy Mexican beach town known for its amazing food and historic Mayan ruins – and the menu will feature creative versions of the classic Paloma cocktail and summery Patron drinks.

When: August 11 to 14, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Nations Square, 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: From $25; Available online now

Comedy shot! Bang! Live!

Comedy shot!  Bang!

Comedy shot! Bang!/Facebook

What: The long-running weekly comedy podcast created and hosted by Scott Aukerman is coming to the Vogue Theater for a live show with special guests. With Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins and the CBB All-Stars. There will also be a pre-show VIP Q&A with ‘unrestricted’ small group conversation.

When: August 12, 2022
Time: VIP Q&A at 5 p.m., Doors at 6 p.m., Show at 7 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theater – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: From $39.50, buy online

Vancouver Mural Festival Street Party at Granville Promenade

What: The Vancouver Mural Fest is hosting a street party for all ages in partnership with the Downtown Vancouver BIA on the Granville Promenade. Enjoy a day of live music and DJs, drag performances and family activities. There will also be live painting, a Tongue Market pop-up, and more.

When: August 14, 2022
Time: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Granville Entertainment District – Granville Street between Smithe Street and Helmcken Street
Cost: Free

Forbidden Vancouver: Last Gang in Town Special Event

What: Acclaimed writer and historian Aaron Chapman and former Clark Park gang members Bradley Bennett and Danny “Mouse” Williamson lead a walking tour exploring East Vancouver’s gang history in the 1970s. ne of the VPD’s top undercover units took on one of the city’s most infamous street gangs.

When: August 13 and 14, 2022
Time:
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Where:
Meet at the park entrance at the corner of Commercial Drive and East 14th Ave.
Cost: $32 plus GST, online purchase

Vancouver Gay Film Festival

Vancouver Gay Film Festival

Besties (VQFF/Submissive) | The Empress of Vancouver (VQFF/Submitted)

What: The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is Western Canada’s largest queer arts event and returns for its 34th edition in August with a creative theme of “Make It Yours”.

This year’s festival will showcase 97 films from 20 countries through in-person and on-demand screenings. There will also be post-screening Q&As with filmmakers, industry and community workshops, and more.

When: August 11 to 21, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Venues across Vancouver and online screenings
Tickets and passes: In-person sessions and video-on-demand are available online

Hidden wonders

What: Hidden wonders is the next edition of Shawn Farquhar’s Cabaret of Wonders, and the acclaimed magic show will be held at a secret location in downtown New Westminster. Shawn is a world champion magician, performed on Ellen, fooled Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller twice on Fool Us, and showcased his magic on shows like Fringe, Shut Eye, and X-Files .

When: Various dates in August and September 2022
Time: Various schedules
Where: Secret location in New Westminster. Guests will receive an address and password
Tickets: From $50, purchase online

Chelsea Handler – “Vaccinated and Excited” Tour

What: Comedian, TV personality, podcast host and best-selling author Chelsea Handler performs two shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Handler is being hailed for her seven years as the host of E! Lately, his documentary series Chelsea does, and his Netflix talk show, chelsea. She wrote six bestsellers, five of which topped the charts New York Times List of bestsellers.

When: August 12, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theater – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Cost: Miscellaneous, buy online

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