Vancouver Events in August

Biggest Events in Vancouver, BC in August

The Fair at the PNE in Vancouver, BC
The Fair at the PNE in Vancouver, BC. Photo by Dana Lynch

The YVR Food Fest, the Fair at the PNE, and Pet-a-Palooza are just a few of the big events in August 2016.

Ongoing Summer Events

Free Summer Events & Activities
Vancouver Summer Farmers’ Markets
Vancouver Summer Night Markets
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7
YVR Food Fest
What: Formerly called Food Cart Fest, this new incarnation is a weekend-long celebration of food trucks and street food that includes a Street Food Showdown, live music concerts, and more foodie events.


Where: Olympic Village, Vancouver
Cost: Tickets vary depending on the event; see site for details

Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, August 21
Vancouver Queer Film Festival
What: The Vancouver Queer Film Festival brings the best in queer independent cinema from around the world to Vancouver.
Where: Various; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Ongoing through August 20
Kitsilano Showboat
What: The annual Kitsilano Showboat, which brings a variety of performers--including Flamenco and Tango dancers--to Kits Beach. Performances start at 7pm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through August 20.
Where:  2300 Cornwall Ave., Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver
Cost: Free / by donation

Ongoing through August 20
Theatre Under the Stars: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast & West Side Story
What: TUTS is a summer tradition, performing acclaimed musicals under the stars at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl.


Where: Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Cost: Tickets start at $30; free for kids under 5

Ongoing through August 25
Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden
What: Enjoy Thursday night concerts in the gorgeous, tranquil Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden in Chinatown.
Where: Dr.

Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St., Vancouver
Cost: $35 - $45

Ongoing through August 28
Sunday Afternoon Salsa in Robson Square
What: Organized by Salsa Vancouver, this annual series of free, outdoor salsa dances are open to everyone, regardless of skill level. Try the free lessons at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon.
Where: Robson Square, Vancouver
Cost: Free / by donation

Saturday, August 20 - Monday, September 5
The Fair at PNE Vancouver
What: The Fair at the PNE is fun for the whole family and a Vancouver summer tradition: over 800 performances and exhibits and more than 50 exciting rides and attractions.
Where: Pacific National Exhibition, 2901 E Hastings St., Vancouver
Cost: $16 admission; $42.75 ride pass; online discounts available—see site for details. Free admission for kids 13 and under.

Sunday, August 28
Pet-A-Palooza
What: Organized by the non-profit Just Love Animals, this annual event brings an estimated 10,000 dogs to Yaletown for loads of doggy fun, including their famous Running of the Bulls for bulldogs.
Where: 1100 block of Mainland Street, Yaletown, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through September 2
Free Ballroom Dancing in Robson Square - Fridays
What: Organized by DanceSport BC, this summer Dance Series offers ballroom dance lessons every Friday at 8pm, show dances at 9pm and 10pm, and a chance to dance the night away under the Robson Square dome, in the heart of downtown Vancouver.


Where: Robson Square, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through October 2
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses at the Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery showcases the "most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver," including major works, painting, drawing, print, and sculpture.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Cost: $24; discounts available for kids and seniors; by donation Tuesdays 5pm - 9pm