August Free Events

Don’t forget I’m always adding events as I hear/read about them so check back often.  Ongoing Events and Inexpensive Events are at the end.  Please let me know of any events not listed here.  Thanks!

Aug 2  BCAA Member Day  Show your members card to get one free ice cream sandwich at any Marble Slab Creamery all day.

Aug 4  Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, 7-9pm, Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place.  Free live symphony performance: Star Wars, Pirates, and the classics!

Aug 5 – 7  KitsFest, Kitsilano Beach, billed as Vancouver’s largest sports and healthy living beach festival:

Aug 6 Korean Festival, 10am-8pm, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby:

Aug 6, 13, 20, and 27 (Saturdays)  Free animated outdoor movies, Holland Park, Surrey.  5pm Family activities, movie at dusk.

Aug 6  Vancouver’s largest water fight, Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, 1 pm.

Aug 6 – 7  Richmond Maritime Festival, Britannia Shipyards, Richmond.  Sat: 11am-8pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Aug 12, 19, 26  Serate in Piazza, Italian Cultural Centre, 7-10pm.  Note, the music and dancing are in an outside area with tables, chairs, and refreshments for purchase.  Average age is 65?  Music and singing are very good though.  You may want to combine this with the Italian Il Mercato Market on Aug. 19.

Aug 13 YVR Chill Out, 11 am – 3 pm, Flight Path Park, Russ Baker Way, Richmond.  Live performances, food, family activities, free giveaways, chance to win $500 travel vouchers, and a draw to win 2 roundtrip tickets to anywhere YVR flies. Free parking and bus shuttle at BCIT Aerospace Campus if their small parking lot is full. This park is great for plane watching + has miniature runways, hence its name!

Aug 13 Bike to Shop Day 11am-3pm, various places in Vancouver and Park Royal, North Van

Aug 13  Jericho Beach Cleanup and SUP Challenge BBQ, 11am-1pm, 1300 Discovery St., Jericho Beach Pier.  Free, but please pre-register, bring work gloves, and wear close-toed shoes to event:

Aug 13 – 14 North Vancouver Car-Free Days:

Aug 13 – 14 Vancouver Chinatown Festival, noon-6pm:

Aug 14  Pinoy (Filipino) Fiesta, Memorial South Park, 41st Avenue & Ross St, Vancouver:

Aug 14  Pakistan Festival 12-8pm, Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver:

Aug 14 and 21  Dancing in the Street, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, Vancouver.  Free swing dance lessons from 1-2:30pm with Swing Rhythm Productions.  Swinging social dance from 2:30-4:00pm.  Live music by local artists:

Aug 14, Aug 28, Sep 11  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:

Aug 19  Il Mercato Italian Market, 4-8pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver:

Aug 20   Steveston Dragon Boat Festival, 8am – 4pm:

Aug 20  Vancouver Mural Festival 12-6pm.  Street festival on Main St from 7th to 12th Avenue plus alleys.  35+ murals will be unveiled in Mt. Pleasant area and surroundings.

Aug 20 – 21   Ratha Yatra: Feel the Bliss Festival, Second Beach, Stanley Park.  Formerly known as Chariot Fest of India.  Free yoga, Sunday parade, entertainment, free veggie lunch, cooking demos, etc.:

Aug 21  Quilt Walk & Car Show, Ladner Village  10am-4pm  2nd largest car show in BC along with over 150 quilts, live music, pin-up girls pageant, etc.

Aug 23 and 30, Tues, Free admission to PNE (Pacific National Exhibition), 11 am – 1 pm, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver.  Re-entrance hand stamps will only be given after 1 pm.  2nd largest fair in Canada with lots of free shows with admission.  Closed Aug 22 and 29.  For other ways to save during PNE period till Sep 5:

Aug 24  Free Outdoor Movie: “The Goonies”, Mundell Park, Wesbrook Village, UBC, 8:45pm.  8:00pm handing out free popcorn while they last!–2#.V7QcGj4rLwd

to Sep 10  Free Tours of the Orpheum, a designated National Heritage Site.  90-min guided tours of this historic concert hall starts at 11am.  Unfortunately, as of Aug 25, spots are only available for Sep 6 and Sep 8.  Reserve at 604-665-3047.  Note: link has error stating tours end Sep 30.

Aug 25 – 28  Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival, Granville Island.

Aug 27  India Live Festival, 700 Granville Street, 12-8  pm.  Live performances, community rangoli, yoga, bhangra workshops, sari and turban tying, roti making, cricket, etc.!

Aug 27-Sep 4  Americas Masters Game , Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place.  Celebration site with free entertainment: 12-10pm daily.  Opening ceremonies Aug 27, 6-9:30pm.  All sport events are free for spectators and take place across the Lower Mainland.

Aug 28   Pet-A-Palooza, 11am-4pm, 1100 Mainland Street, Yaletown, Vancouver.  Westcoast’s largest pet festival.

Aug 30 – Sep 5  Façade Festival 2016, Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson side), 8pm-midnight.  Burrard Arts Foundation, Microsoft, and the VAG present 5 contemporary BC artists’ 3-D projection mapping.

Ongoing Events:

Musical Instrument Lending Library (New this summer)  Not really an event, but if you have a Vancouver Public Library card, you can go to Level 2 of the central branch and take out musical instruments eg. banjos, guitars, violins, digital keyboards, bongos, djembes, xylophones, etc.

to Aug 15, Mondays: Scottish Dancing in Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by Second Beach, 7-9pm (cancelled at 5pm if wet).  Beginners welcome!  Look for bleachers and red fire engine.  To see which Scottish dancing club will be leading/teaching:

to Aug 16, Tuesdays: Vancouver International Folk Dancers, Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by Second Beach. Request dancing 7-7:30pm, teaching 7:30-9:30pm for all ages, all skill levels:

to Aug 19, Mon – Fri, CBC Musical Nooners, CBC Broadcast Centre, 700 Hamilton St between Georgia and Robson.  Free concert series from 12-1pm.

to Aug 20 Kitsilano Showboat, 7 pm,  2300 Cornwall at Kits Beach, Vancouver.  Free live performance theatre Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat:

to Aug 23, Tuesdays, Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park,

to Aug 26, Fridays, YVR Takeoff Fridays 9 am-3 pm  Entertainment, music, food specials, caricaturist, Paper Airplane Folding Zone to win prizes, etc. If driving, pick up a voucher from any Customer Information Counter to receive 5 hours of parking for $5. 11 am: in front of The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe for free one-hour art and architecture walking tour.  11- 11:30 am, Emergency Response Airside Demonstration at Public Observation Area. For rest of schedule:

to Aug 27, Saturdays, 4-7pm free concerts at Cates Park, Deep Cove

to Aug 28  Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square.  Free lessons at 3pm followed by free performances at 5pm:

to Aug 31  Wednesday Drive-In Movies at Lansdowne Mall, Sunset, Jul-Aug Schedule:

to Sep 2  Fridays, Dancing at Robson Square 7:30 – 11:30 pm, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver.  Free dancing, lessons, and performances:

to Sep  Capilano and Coquitlam Watershed Tours, Thurs to Sun:

to Sep 5 Burnaby Village Museum, free:

Free Daily Yoga, 10-11:15 am & 6-7:15 pm, until fall at Dude Chilling Park, 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver:

Free BC Campsites:

10 free campsites on northern part of Vancouver Island:

Kids Bowl Free:

Vancouver Farmers Markets:

Metro Vancouver Farmers Markets:

Night Markets:


Inexpensive Events:

to Oct  Vancouver Walking Tours.  Free, but please consider giving tip or gratuity.!free-tours/c1gaz

  • Downtown & Waterfront  Mon & Fri, 11 am, ~90min
  • Granville St & Gastown   Wed & Sat, 11 am, ~100 min
  • Chinatown   Thurs & Sun, 11 am, ~2hrs
  • Granville Island  to Sep 30,  Daily, 1pm & 3pm, ~60 min

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites

to Oct 15 Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walking Tours Fri/Sat 10 am $15  For more info or to register: 604-264-9642

Aug 21 Garlic Festival, 10am-3pm, Terra Nova Rural Park, Richmond. Live music, cooking demos, farmers and garlic market, and kids zone. Admission by donation.

Aug 28   Raptor Festival, 11am-4pm, Terra Nova Rural Park, Richmond.  Falconry displays at 11:30am, 1:30 and 3:30pm. By donation.