Welcome to the end of the weekend, folks! We hope you’ve had a nice little break these past few days, and are energized for the week ahead in Vancouver. And if you need some things to look forward to this week, well then, you’re in the right place!

Here are 10 of the best things to do this week in Vancouver.

Vancouver Mural Fest

Things are more or less back to normal for the Vancouver Mural Festival this year, with local art tours, musical performances, and a pop-up patio all planned for it. And of course, it also means dozens of new public art murals going up, too.

When: August 4th to August 22nd
Where: 2105 Main Street
Cost: Varies per event

Chilliwack Sunflower Fest

Now in its fourth year, the Chilliwack Sunflower Fest offers a whopping 15 acres of flower fields to enjoy. It’s not just sunflowers, either- there are also dozens of different kinds of dahlias each year, plus a selection of gladiolas. But of course, the real focus is on the sunflowers.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack
Cost: $15+ for GA

Try a new restaurant

July ended up being a fantastic month for new restaurants in Vancouver. From ambitious fine dining to grab-and-go options, there are more than a few new spots to check out for yourself! Need a starting point? We’ve rounded up some of our favourites for you.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Or say goodbye to an iconic one

At least, in its current format. After over 4 decades on Granville Island, Bridges Restaurant will be shutting down for a massive makeover and rebrand at the end of the summer. Want to feel like a tourist in the early 2000s, experiencing Granville Island for the first time? This is the place.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 1696 Duranleau Street

Indigifest 2021

After a one-year hiatus, this music fest is back for August. Every Thursday this month, you can tune in (for free) to hear some amazing local singers and bands do what they do best! It’s a great option for background music, or if you’re trying to uncover some new talent.

When: Kicks off Thursday, August 5th
Where: Online
Cost: Free

The Garden Beer Market

If you’re looking for live music, local brews, and a fantastic setting for any summer evening, then The Garden Beer Market at Cates Deck is your scene. With live music every night it’s open and a menu filled with BC’s best bevies, this waterfront beer garden is only here for the summer, so grab your friends and your pup and check it out while you can!

When: Thursdays and Fridays weekly
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court
Cost: Free to visit

Putt around a little bit

Mini-golf is a great way to spend an hour or two with some pals, and Vancouver’s got some great options. Whether it’s a zany blacklight experience or a true to form ‘putting course’, the mini-golf scene in Greater Vancouver is honestly better than we thought it’d be.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: Click the link above for our picks

Watch a movie

After an extended closure (due to COVID and then for renovations), the refreshed VIFF Centre reopens to the public this week! And, they’ve got a movie lineup to match, ranging from contemporary musicals to a movie about a pig that Paul Thomas Anderson calls “pure cinema”. We’re curious, we admit it.

When: Showtimes throughout the week
Where: 1181 Seymour Street
Cost: $15

Experience some queer art

We’ll go right out and say it: Art makes you smart. And there is a great opportunity to check out some amazing art from queer perspectives this week. The Vancouver Queer Arts Festival is happening all over the city until August 13th! Check out their website and find an event that piques your fancy.

When: On throughout the week
Where: Locations around Vancouver
Cost: A festival pass is $99 with individual event costs varying

Get the high culture experience at the Vancouver Bach Festival

If the other things on this list aren’t high brow enough for you, well then let us direct you to a festival dedicated entirely to classical music. You’ll be Bach for more after you check out some of these classic and moving experiences that are happening at places like the Chan Centre and the VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

When: On until Friday, August 6th
Where: Locations around Vancouver
Cost: Varies per event

That’s what we’ve got in mind this week, folks! We hope you enjoy it!