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Vancouver Events in August

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Fair at the PNE

Fair at the PNE

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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 2014.

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

Ongoing on Saturday, August 2
Celebration of Light Fireworks
What: The Vancouver summer favourite is back for its 24th 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 3
Vancouver Pride Week 2014: Top 5 Pride Events
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

Friday, August 1 - Sunday, August 3
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: See site for details
Cost: Free

Sunday, August 3
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

Thursday, August 14 – Sunday, August 24
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 16 - Monday, September 1
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.

Ongoing through August 23
Theatre Under the Stars: Legally Blonde: The Musical and Shrek: The Musical
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 24
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

Ongoing through August 29
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 August 29
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.
Where: Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St., Vancouver
Cost: $25

Ongoing through August 31
Food Cart Fest - Sundays
What: Held every Sunday from 12pm - 5pm, the summer Food Cart Fest includes 24 top Vancouver food carts, community markets, DJs, and kids' activities.
Where: 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $2

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