August Guide: Major Events & Festivals in Metro Vancouver

Published Jul 25, 2018

Everything you need to know for August 2018 in Metro Vancouver. From the Celebration of Light, to free outdoor movies, to cool & unique festivals, these are the things to do that the entire family will enjoy.

August is one of the best months of the year here in Vancouver.

The city truly comes alive in these summer months, bustling with free events, festivals, and heaps of kid-friendly activities. Here's the inside scoop of everything we have to look forward to.

1. Honda Celebration of Light & Music

This is not only Vancouver's biggest event, but it's also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world and attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening. A celebration of fireworks, food, and music! The Park Stage at Second Beach offers the perfect spot to soak in free music, food, and family-friendly fun before the Fireworks light up Vancouver’s skyline. 

When - Wednesday Aug 1st & Saturday August 4th, fireworks at 10pm but entertainment starts at 2pm
Where - Second Beach, Stanley Park (or many viewing areas throughout downtown)
Price - Free (there are ticketed events too)
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2. Harmony Arts Festival

Whether it’s world-class musical performances, inspiring visual art, mouth watering gastronomic events or simply the natural beauty of the setting that gets your heart beating a little faster, there is something for everyone at the Harmony Arts Festival. This festival is a celebration of music, performance, cinema and art that celebrates the best of the North Shore, regional and national performing, visual and culinary arts. Festival sites include John Lawson Park, Millennium Park, the Music Box, and the Ferry Building Gallery.

When - August 3rd-12th, festivities starting from 11am
Where - Argyle Ave (between 14th St & 17th St), West Van
Price - Free
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3. Tsawwassen Sun Festival

A three-day celebration of fun in the sun, jam packed with special events, games, friendly competitions and many other attractions. As always, the pride of the Sun Festival is the annual Rotary Parade which heads down 56th Street from 16th Avenue to Winskill Park. There's also bbq's, children's midway, outdoor movies, and live music lined up throughout the festival.

When - August 4-6th, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am- 10pm, Mon 8am-5:30pm
Where - Winskill Park, Tsawwassen
Price - $7 | $4 for kids 12 and under
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4. Vancouver Pride Parade

The most colourful event of the year! Vancouver Pride Parade draws tens of thousands each and every year to celebrate love. The parade will start on Robson at Burrard, turn down Denman to Beach Ave where it will finish at the merge with Pacific.

When - Sunday Aug 5th from 12pm - 3pm
Where - Downtown Vancouver
Price - Free
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5. Sunset Beach Festival

After the parade, head to Sunset Beach and dance all day beside the water! There will be a main stage with great live performances, family fun zone, interactive art, food trucks, and beer garden.

When - Sunday Aug 5th from 11am- 6pm
Where - Sunset Beach off of Burrard St & Beach Ave
Price - Free
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6. Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival

This nine-hour event showcases an eclectic variety of world-class music on three stages in the City’s most picturesque venue of Deer Lake Park. The Blues & Roots Festivals strives to appeal to a wide spectrum of audiences and are committed to enriching the cultural and economic fabric of the region.

When - Saturday Aug 11th at 2pm
Where - Deer Lake Park, Burnaby
Price - Ticketed, children 12 & under free
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7. The Fair at the PNE

It’s not every day you can explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place. Kids of all ages love BC’s legendary Fair at the PNE!

When - Everyday starting August 18th, till September 3rd (except Aug 20th & 27th)
Where - Pacific National Exhibition, E Hastings
Price - Admission $18 | Free for 13 & under (plus pay for rides)
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8. Richmond World Festival

Richmond's major multicultural festival was expanded to 2 days this year. This festival celebrates Richmond’s significant cultural diversity and we’re inviting the world to the party! With headliners like Lights, 

When - Aug 31st - Sept 1st, Saturday 4pm -10pm & Saturday 11am -10pm
Where - Minoru Park, Richmond
Price - Free
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9. Free Outdoor Movies

While July brought quite the line up, there's still plenty more to look forward to. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your blankets, and watch a film under the stars.

At Canada Place presented by Waterfront Cinema:

Thu August 2             Mamma Mia: Sing Along
Thu August 9             Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Thu August 23           Black Panther
Thu August 30           Jurassic World

At Civic Square, presented by Burnaby:

Thu August 9             Lion King
Thu August 16           Mulan
Thu August 23           Cars
Thu August 30           Coco

At Stanley Park, presented by Evo Summer Cinema:

Tue August 14           Grease
Tue August 21           Titanic

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