August is a month full of festivals, fairs, outdoor concerts, movie nights, and lots of great outdoor family-friendly fun. Enjoy a free concert and festival in Coquitlam, fun fairs in Chilliwack and Abbotsford, and two more nights of the Honda Celebration of Light. There’s the always fun Abbotsford Air Show, outdoor movies all over Metro Vancouver, and a brand new Sunflower Festival. Take a look at our round up and start planning some memorable family fun. If you like learning about great family-friendly activities happening in Metro Vancouver, make sure you sign up to receive our weekly emails.
Free Outdoor Concerts
Kitsilano Showboat – Vancouver
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, June – August, 2300 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Trout Lake Community Centre – Vancouver
Wednesdays until August 29th, Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
CBC Musical Nooners – Vancouver
Mondays – Fridays, 12 pm – 1 pm, until August 17th, CBC Vancouver Outdoor Stage, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Summer Fun at Civic Square – Burnaby
Thursdays until August 2nd, 7 pm – 9 pm, Civic Square, 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby
Summer Concert Series – Coquitlam
August 3rd, September 7th, TD Community Plaza, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Music on the Warf – Maple Ridge
August 13th & 27th, Port Haney Warf, River Road, Maple Ridge
Summer Concert Series – North Vancouver
Fridays, until August 3rd, 7 pm – 9 pm, Panorama Park Concert Stage, North Vancouver
Fridays, August 3rd – 24th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Edgemont Village Concert Stage, North Vancouver
Fridays, until August 25th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Lynn Valley Concert Stage, North Vancouver
Cates Park Concerts – North Vancouver
Saturdays in August, Cates Park, North Vancouver
Summer Sundays – Port Moody
Sundays until September 2nd, 2 pm, Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
Sounds of Summer Music Series – Surrey
Wednesdays until August 22nd, various locations in Surrey
Music at the Cannery – Richmond
Fridays until August 31st, 6:30 pm, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
City Centre’s Concerts in the Park Series – Richmond
Wednesdays until August 29th, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Garden City Community Park, 6620 Garden City Road, Richmond
TD Concerts at the Pier – White Rock
August 11th & 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm, East Beach, White Rock
Free Outdoor Movies
Pack a picnic and a blanket and cozy up for an outdoor movie. All movies are free! Shows tend to start at dusk, check the event website for exact start times.
Stanley Park Summer Cinema – Vancouver
Tuesdays until August 21st, Second Beach, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Richmond
Wednesdays until August 29th, Lansdowne Centre, 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond, Cost: Free
Summer Movie Nights on the Square – Vancouver
Wednesdays until August 29th, Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver Cost: Free
Family Movie Nights in the Plaza – North Vancouver
August 3rd, & August 17th, Civic Plaza, 14th Street, North Vancouver, Cost: Free
Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Vancouver
Thursdays until August 30th, North Point Canada Place, 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Sunset Cinema – Vancouver
August 1st, & August 8th, šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza), Cambie Street, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Other Outdoor Fun
Honda Celebration of Light
August 1st, & August 4th, English Bay Beach, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Honda Celebration of Light isn’t just about the fireworks! There are live music concerts starting early in the afternoon on each of the fireworks nights. So pack your blanket and a picnic, and come early to enjoy the sun, music and fun, and finally the fireworks when the sun goes down. English Bay Beach does get crowded – other great viewing spots are the Stanley Park seawall closer to English Bay, Vanier Park, or Kitsilano Beach.
Abbotsford International Airshow
Friday, August 10th – Sunday, August 12th, Abbotsford International Airport, 1595 Townline Road, Abbotsford, Cost: Varies, see website for details
Come and see the stunning aerial acrobatics, check out the ground displays, and be awed by what you see! This event is always a kid-pleaser!
The Fair at the PNE
Saturday, August 18th – Monday, September 3rd, closed August 20 & 27, 11 am – 11 pm, PNE Grounds, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Summer just wouldn’t be the same without The Fair. From Superdogs to spinning rides, The Fair is full of fun for the whole family. Check the website and make a plan – it’s just about impossible to see everything in a day. But whenever you go, don’t forget to sample some of those mini donuts!
Festivals & Fairs
For more fun, take a look at our awesome round-up of family-friendly summer festivals in Metro Vancouver.
Friday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 5th, Abbotsford Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
Spend the long weekend at the fair! Check out the rodeo, church wagon races, lumberjack shows, demolition derby, pig races, and many other great shows and entertainment. Then have fun with midway rides and games, enjoy fair food, and have fun with the whole family!
Saturday, August 4th – Monday, August 6th, 10 am – 5 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Ave, 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.
Friday, August 10th – Sunday, August 12th, Chilliwack Heritage Park, 7590 Lickman Road, Chilliwack
It’s time again for the Chilliwack Fair – the second oldest fair in BC. Come on down and join the community for a fun weekend of pie contests, 4H animal displays, great concerts, agricultural demos, magic shows, tractor pull, and a lot more fun!
Kaleidoscope Arts Festival
Saturday, August 11th, 2 pm – 10 pm, Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Coquitlam is excited to have the Juno award-winning band, The Philosopher Kings, take to the TD Community Plaza stage as the headlining act for this year’s full-day arts festival. This free, full-day event will feature dynamic live performances across two stages, including concerts by pop singer Mathew V and high-energy violinist Kytami, plus other unique and engaging artists. Detailed performance schedules are below. The day includes dancers, multicultural acts, and interactive community art, as well as craft beer and food available for purchase.
Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
Opens August 22nd, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 9 am – 7 pm, 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Chilliwack Sunflower Festival is brought to you by the creators of Tulips of the Valley. They welcome you to explore over 5 acres of sunflowers in 17 different varieties. Get lost among the 3 acres of giant Mammoth sunflowers reaching up to 12 feet tall. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along one of the many paths through 1.5 acres of Suntastic Orange. Snap that perfect selfie in the 1-acre show garden displaying 15 different varieties of this gorgeous flower.
RCMP Musical Ride
Friday, August 31st, 5 pm, Thunderbird Show Park, 24550 72 Avenue, Langley
Langley City is proud to present the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride. A Canadian tradition since 1876, a troop of 32 scarlet-coated “Mounties” on majestic black horses present a 30-minute show of intricate figures and cavalry drills choreographed to music. Take advantage of this truly Canadian experience and see one our national treasures perform live.
Theatre, Plays & Shows
Bard on the Beach
June 6th – September 22nd, 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vanier Park, Vancouver
The BMO Mainstage will host a joyous new production of As You Like It, set in Vancouver and filled with Beatles music; it will alternate with a powerhouse classic production of Shakespeare’s epic drama Macbeth. On the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre there are two innovative new productions: Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, redefined with a female-dominated cast, and a Bard-commissioned new adaptation of the Greek classic Lysistrata, transposing its ancient, bawdy story to our time.
Theatre Under the Stars
July 4th – August 18th, Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Each year TUTS produces two different musical shows that alternate performance nights throughout the summer. This years’ summer line-up includes Cinderella and 42nd Street. TUTS is the perfect way to get your kiddos hooked on theatre. We guarantee you’ll leave the show with a few new tunes to hum in your head and a kiddo who has newly found musical theatre aspirations.
Circo Osorio Circus
August 2nd – 5th, Cottonwood Mall, 45585 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack
The Circus is coming! Time for a great time under the magical castle big top. This touring show hails from Las Vegas and features an all-new gravity-defying thrill performance!
Science World: The Science Of Pixar
May 19th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Take a peek into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of your most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar, presented locally by White Spot restaurants. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. With more than 40 interactive elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an insider’s look at the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams and come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL·E!
Vancouver Aquarium: Douglas Copeland’s Vortex
On now for a limited time, Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Experience acclaimed west coast artist Douglas Coupland’s Vortex – a new radical art installation. Step into Vortex, take an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and immerse yourself in the ocean plastic pollution crisis. Coupland’s exhibit will make you think about plastic – a seductive yet sinister material – in a relevant, contemplative, and transformative way. Vortex is a must-see exhibit on for a limited time only.
We hope this big giant list has inspired you and your family to get out and enjoy everything Metro Vancouver has to offer in August! Don’t forget to check out outdoor pools, water spray parks, and some of our favourite beach spots for families! For more great family fun make sure to join our mailing list to receive weekly Metro Vancouver events right in your inbox.
By: Michelle Hughes