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The Celebration of Light Fireworks competition, Vancouver Pride Parade, the Celebrate! Stanley Park fest, and the start of the Fair at the PNE are just a few of the big events in August 2013.

Ongoing Summer Events
Free Summer Events & Activities
Vancouver Summer Farmers’ Markets
Vancouver Summer Night Markets: Chinatown Night Market & Richmond Night Markets
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Ongoing on Saturday, August 3
Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition
What: The Vancouver summer favourite is back for its 23rd year! For three nights the skies over English Bay light up in a musical pyrotechnic extravaganza.
Where: Best Places to Watch the Celebration of Light Fireworks
Cost: Free

Ongoing through August 18
Theatre Under the Stars: Legally Blonde: The Musical and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
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 $29; free for kids under 5

Ongoing through August 25
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, across from the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through August 30
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, across from the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through August 30
Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden
What: Enjoy Friday night concerts in the gorgeous, tranquil Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden in Chinatown. This summer’s repertoire includes Peking Opera, upcoming Jazz sensations, soulful Blues, and Afro Cuban rhythms.
Where: Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St., Vancouver
Cost: $25

Ongoing through September 22
Food Cart Fest - Sundays
What: Last summer's Yelp Food Cart Fest has new organizers--Arrival Agency--and a new location for summer 2013. Now called simply Food Cart Fest, this event, held every Sunday, includes 24 top Vancouver food carts, community markets, DJs, and kids' activities.
Where: 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $2

Ongoing through August 3
Vancouver Pride Week 2013
What: The week leading up to the Vancouver Pride Parade is packed with Pride events, including the Davie Street Party and the Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, August 31
BC Cultural Crawl
What: This arts and cultural festival includes special events at 70 B.C. communities spanning the province. In Vancouver, the festival includes art walks downtown and on Granville Island.
Where: Various sites throughout B.C.; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4
37th Annual Powell Street Festival
What: The Powell Street Festival is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that features dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, an amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and tons of Japanese food.
Where: Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street), Vancouver
Cost: Free

Sunday, August 4
Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival
What: Vancouver's world-class Pride Parade features over 150 float and parade entries, a party for 80,000 people at Sunset Beach (the Pride Festival, immediately following the Parade), and over 700,000 attendees.
Where: Downtown Vancouver: Pride Parade route begins at Robson St. and Bute in downtown Vancouver, proceeds west on Robson to Denman, then south to Beach Ave, ending at Sunset Beach
Cost: Free

Saturday, August 10 – Sunday, August 11
14th Annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival
What: Chinatown celebrates multiculturalism with this two-day festival that includes multicultural stage performers, an open-air market and children's activities.
Where: Keefer St. and Columbia, Chinatown, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Thursday, August 15 – Sunday, August 25
25th Annual 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

Saturday, August 17 - Monday, September 2
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.

Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25
Celebrate! Stanley Park: Stanley Park's 125th Anniversary Celebration
What: Vancouver's most iconic park celebrates its 125th anniversary with parties at five entertainment "zones," including live outdoor concerts on Second Beach, kids' games at Lumberman Arch, nature displays at the Lost Lagoon, and more!
Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Ongoing through September 15
Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life at the Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The first major exhibition of its kind, Grand Hotel spans two floors at VAG, charting "the evolution of the hotel from an isolate and utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently around the world." Features art installations, interior design and architecture.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: $20; discounts available for students, seniors, and kids

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