Can you believe it, folks – the weekend is already upon us, which is definitely the plus side of having long weekend just before. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways for Vancouverites to enjoy the beautiful summer weather (thank you rain for the quick heatwave break…) and things to do around town. Without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in & around Vancouver this weekend (August 5-7).

Vancouver Mural Fest

Vancouver’s beloved Mural Fest is finally back – with 11 days of block parties starting this weekend. From local art tours, live performances, mural walks and a pop-up patio, to the all-ages street party on August 14th – there’s a ton to do at this year’s festival.

When: August 4th to August 14th
Where: 2105 Main Street
Cost: Varies per event



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The singer-songwriter who took the world by storm with her debut album “Goddess” in 2014 is making her way to Vancouver on Friday, August 5th. Get ready for electropop energy meets moody, contemporary R&B soul.

When: Friday, August 5th
Where: 630 Hamilton Street, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Cost: $45.05+

Car Free Day New West

New West is getting its first-ever car-free day and street fest, and the lineup of food vendors, live talent, and activity booths looks amazing. On Saturday, August 6th from noon to 8 pm, the event will turn Columbia Street between 4th and 8th into a car-free pedestrian paradise, complete with extended patios & peak summer vibes.

Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
When: August 6th, 2022, 12 pm – 8 pm
Cost: Free admission

Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

Why not liven up your Sunday afternoon with a bit of salsa or bachata?? Dancey Events and Baza Dance Studios present free beginner salsa classes at Robson Square that are a great way to get on your feet and groovin’, as well as mix and mingle with new friends.

When: Sunday, August 7th
Where: Robson Square
Cost: Free!

Check out the Granville Promenade

It’s Prom season on Granville, and the beloved outdoor street fest is back after a three-year hiatus! Stop by for tasty eats, patio sips, live music, art, and market vendors to peruse. And if you’re looking for some specific events/live shows to put on your radar, we’ve got you covered here.

When: Every weekend in August
Where: Granville Street and Smithe to Helmcken Street

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Patio drinks at the Bentall Centre


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Yes, you read that right. Not only is the pop-up Neighbourhood Patio at the Bentall Centre open every weekend, but North Point Brewing just opened a new brewery & cafe in the spot known as the “The Den at Dunsmuir Patio.” Check it out with some friends over some slices of pizza and wash it all down with some cold craft brews.

Where: 1025 Dunsmuir Street

Tones And I

Toni Watson (AKA- Tones And I) exploded on the charts with her breakout single “Dance Monkey,” so you know her tour is bound to be just as exciting and upbeat. She’ll be performing at the Commodore Ballroom on Sunday, August 7th, so get ready to dance!

When: Sunday, August 7th
Where: 868 Granville Street, Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $98.35+

Vancouver Canadians

It’s the season of cracker jacks and summer BBQ, folks – and for just 20 bucks a pop, you can score tickets to one of Vancouver Canadians’ home games. This month, they’ll be facing off against the Tricity and Hillsboro.

When: Games throughout August
Where: 4601 Ontario Street, The Nat
Cost: $20+

Try a new restaurant


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There are a ton of great new spots in and around the city to check out if you haven’t already. From fine dining experiences to grab-and-go options to sun-filled patios, here’s what’s new in Vancouver this summer.

Where: Check out our picks above

Take a hike

Literally. We’re sending off this list with some breathtaking hikes you can take near Vancouver with water access – because cooling down after a couple of hours of rigorous outdoor activity is essential. Especially when that water is crystal blue…

Where: Check out our picks above

And that’s a wrap on this weekend, folks! We hope you explore the many arts and food & drink events going on in the city, enjoy the outdoors, and as always – wear plenty of sunblock.