It’s a great weekend for festival-hopping! Head to West Vancouver for the start of the Harmony Arts Festival, full of awesome musical performances and art exhibitions. Head to Tsawwassen for the Sun Festival, a great place for family fun, and then swing by White Rock for the annual Sea Festival to catch live performances and fireworks. Don’t miss out on Caribbean Days Festival in Maple Ridge, or the 108th Agrifair in Abbotsford! There is a fun outdoor storytime, a few outdoor movies, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in art with kids in tow. We’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do.
108th Abbotsford Agrifair
Friday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 5th, AGRIFAIR Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
You are invited to celebrate Family and Community at the 108th Agrifair in Abbotsford. The Agrifair is partnering with so many amazing attractions such as the Dock Dog Show, the Demolition Derby in the motorsports arena including the FMX Bike Riders and a brand new competition, the Logger Sports Show in conjunction with the Laughing Logger entertainment show. They have expanded their agricultural program and added to the Country Horse Classic show with a new Dog & Pony addition. Don’t miss edu-entertainment areas throughout the fairgrounds. Fun for the whole family!
Harmony Arts Festival
Friday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 12th, Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver
It’s time for world-class musical performances, inspiring art exhibitions and demonstrations, and mouth-watering culinary events. With over 150 free events set on a stunning backdrop of the iconic Stanley Park, there is something for everyone at the Harmony Arts Festival. The Harmony Arts Festival takes place in West Vancouver along the waterfront on Argyle Avenue, from 14th to 16th Street. Festival sites include John Lawson Park, Millennium Park, Ambleside Landing, the Music Box, the Silk Purse and the Ferry Building Gallery.
Tsawwassen Sun Festival
Friday, August 3 – Monday, August 6th, Winskill Park, 5575 9 Avenue, Delta
The Tsawwassen Sun Festival is a three-day celebration of fun in the sun, jam-packed with special events, games, friendly competitions and many other attractions. There’s antique hunting and skateboarding at the South Delta Recreation Centre and BINGO at KinVillage, while the bulk of the events take place at Winskill Park.
Friday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 5th, White Rock
The White Rock Sea Festival is a summer tradition that has been celebrating seaside fun for more than 60 years. Held over the August long weekend, the event is a favourite of locals and visitors. A variety of events span more than 2 kilometers along the waterfront including live performances at Memorial Park, a waterfront market, fireworks, torchlight parade (Sunday evening), kids activities and a pirate parade.
Tree House Storytime
Friday, August 3rd, 10:45 am – 1:30 pm, Redwood Park, 17900 20 Avenue, Surrey
Cool down this summer with a free storytime up in Redwood Park’s tree house followed by some outdoor fun. The tree house in Redwood Park is located inside the forest off the main walkway, past the playground. Parent participation is required. Ages 2 – 5, 10 am – 10:45 am & 11 am – 11:45 am; age 5 – 9, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
Culture Babes – Kerry James Marshall Exhibition
Friday, August 3rd, 11 am – 12 pm, Rennie Museum, 51 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Culture Babes is back! The next event is a tour of the Kerry James Marshall Exhibition at the Rennie Collection, Chinatown on Friday, August 3rd at 11:00 am. Tickets cost $10 per adult (kids are free!). Please note that because the Rennie Collection is free to visit, all proceeds will be given to ArtStarts in Schools. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Saturday, August 4th – Monday, August 6th, Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley
Explore the encampment of Hudson’s Bay Company workers, Indigenous traders, Royal Engineers, Metis trappers and more as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills. The weekend features many re-enactors dressed in period costume. Don’t miss the “Arrival of the Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment by the river at 1 pm on the Monday, BC Day.
Curious by Nature: Seashore Mysteries
Saturday, August 4th, 9:30 am – 12 pm, Centennial Beach, Delta
Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by these pop-up stations to chat with a park interpreter. Learn about a featured plant or animal or bring your own questions. Meet at the open area near the concession building at Centennial Beach.
Wooden Boat Rendezvous
Saturday, August 4th – Sunday, August 5th, Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site, 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is hosting the Ex-Forest Service Vessel Squadron Rendezvous on August 4th and 5th (Saturday and Sunday) from 12:00- 4:00 pm. Visitors can walk Britannia’s docks and learn about the historic vessels’ contributions to BC’s coastal communities and the environment.
18th Annual Caribbean Festival
Saturday, August 4th, 1 pm – 10 pm & Sunday, August 5th, 12 pm – 8 pm, Albion Fairgrounds, 23448 Jim Robson Way, Maple Ridge
The 18th annual Caribbean Festival features live Caribbean bands, colourful costumes, dancing, arts and crafts and delicious food!
Movies Under The Stars – Ferdinand
Saturday, August 4th, 5 pm – 11 pm, Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Experience cinema under a starlit sky while surrounded by family and friends. Movies Under the Stars will bring outdoor films to the community. Gather your blankets and lawn chairs and cozy up in front of a big screen at beautiful Holland Park. From humorous flicks to heartwarming tales, the selection of movies will delight viewers of every age.
Albatross Are Way Cool Because:
Sunday, August 5th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Albatross, the great ocean wanderer, can have a wingspan of over three meters, but others in this diverse family of birds are the size of your hand. Spending most of their lives in the air, their flying abilities are efficient and specialized, allowing them to roam the worlds’ oceans for years at a time. They’ve adapted unique mating and feeding behaviours to accommodate their roaming lifestyles. These seabirds spend their teen years practicing dancing together and can have extraordinary long lives. Learn about all the albatross cousins and why they are collectively nicknamed “tubenoses”.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes