It’s time for another fabulous summer weekend in Metro Vancouver! There are a ton of great family-friendly events happening around town. Look to the sky for awesome airplane acrobatics at the Abbotsford International Airshow, celebrate farming in Richmond, or take part in an awesome water fight in Coquitlam. There’s a blueberry festival, a mural festival, and an arts festival too. And on Saturday night, make sure you catch the annual Perseids meteor shower. Looking for more family-friendly fun? Check out our round-up of August events.
Savour Summer Festival at River District
August 11th, August 25th, & September 8th, River District Town Centre, River District Crossing & Sawmill Crescent, Vancouver
Savour the summer this year at free family-friendly festivals happening at River District Town Centre. The Savour Summer Festival features music, entertainment, kids events, with a grand finale block party hosted by Westminster Savings on September 8th. Catch shows by Paw Patrol, Bobs & Lolo, The Boom Booms, Her Brothers, Dr. Strangelove, and many more! Get full event schedules here. Join in on the fun, August 11th & August 25th from 4 pm – 8 pm, and September 8th from 2 pm – 8 pm. Visit riverdistrict.ca/savoursummer for more details.
Abbotsford International Airshow
Friday, August 10th – Sunday, August 12th, Abbotsford International Airport, 1595 Townline Road, Abbotsford
Designated Canada’s National Airshow, Abbotsford is Canada’s premier aviation festival. Since 1962, millions of spectators have watched the finest civilian and military aerobatic performances in the world. People gather from around the globe to look to the skies in awe. Named one of the World’s Top Ten Airshows in 2013 – the Abbotsford International Airshow continues to distinguish itself through its commitment to aviation excellence, aerospace advancement, and community participation.
7th Annual North Delta Show & Shine
Saturday, August 11th, 10 am – 2 pm, Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112 Street, Delta
Into its 7th year, the North Delta Show & Shine gets bigger and better each time! Check out dozens of classic and vintage cars, have a bite to eat at the food truck, and enjoy music by a live DJ.
Farm Fest at Garden City Lands
Saturday, August 11th, 10 am – 3 pm, Garden City Lands, 5040 Garden City Road, Richmond
Richmond is celebrating Farm Fest at Garden City Lands on Saturday, August 11 with a free family-friendly event that includes a farmers market with over 40 artisan vendors, farm demonstrations, interactive farm equipment, food trucks, local musicians, and children’s entertainment. The free public celebration will highlight the history and importance of farming in Richmond as well as the continued development of Garden City Lands.
Geocaching Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 11th 10 am – 2 pm, Clayton Park, 18513 70 Avenue, Surrey
Search for hidden caches by navigating to specific GPS coordinates throughout the park. Solve the puzzle for a prize! Instruction and GPS units provided. No experience necessary. Please pre-register for your start time 604-501-5100. Allow about 1 hour to find all caches.
Vancouver Mural Festival Street Party
Saturday, August 11th, 12 pm – 6 pm, various locations in Vancouver
Transformed alleyways, live art, multiple stages, markets, street dance battles, graffiti jams, and of course: 30+ brand new works of public art! Find all sorts of fun between 12th Ave and 7th Ave Main Street | Laneway Between 7th and 8th leading to Johnathan Rogers Park. Check the website for full event listing details – there’s a ton going on!
Water Wars at Spani Pool
Saturday, August 11th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Spani Pool, 655 Hillcrest Street, Coquitlam, Cost: $2/person
Nothing says Summer like a water fight. Bring your water guns and buckets for the biggest water fight of the season. 1-3pm
Kaleidoscope Arts Festival
Saturday, August 11th, 2 pm – 10 pm, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam, Cost: Free
Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is a free full-day festival that includes musical acts on the main Plaza Stage, storytellers, dancers and artists. Enjoy the best of music and dance, and check out the handiworks at the artisan fair. And what would a festival be without food? Savour the flavours of the local food trucks that will deliver tastes from around the world. There will be plenty of activity for children, too, including arts and crafts and performances that will pique their imagination.
Meteor Shower Watch
Saturday, August 11th, 8 pm – 11 pm, Aldergrove Regional Park, 501 Lefeuvre Road, Abbotsford
What is the Perseids meteor shower? Is Pluto a planet? Find out from astronomers and space enthusiasts who will have telescopes aimed at the skies. Enjoy lantern-lit trails, games, crafts, blacklight theatres and fun activities from Science World, H.R. Macmillan Space Centre, Langley Environmental Partners Society, and many others. Camp overnight to extend your star-gazing experience. Presented with Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. $2 per person. ALL AGES. Drop by anytime. Meet at Aldergrove Bowl entrance.
Blueberry Festival Coquitlam
Sunday, August 12th, 9 am – 1 pm, Coquitlam Farmers Market, 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Join us as we celebrate Beautiful BC Blueberries!! Our Blueberry Festival is the place for all lovers of this delicious, local fruit! Sample the best blueberry products our vendors have to offer and learn how to incorporate blueberries into your meals at our blueberry recipe demonstration tent with Karen Curtis!
Beach Heroes at Blackie Spit
Sunday, August 12th, 11 am – 3 pm, Blackie Spit, 3136 McBride Avenue, Surrey
Beach Hero Marine Interpreters will be set up at Blackie Spit Park, near the pier from 11 am to 3 pm. Come by and check out the crab tank and marine artifacts while learning about local marine life and how to do your part to be a beach hero. Join them for a beach walk and guided exploration at 1 pm! Look for their orange shirts and blue tent set up!
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