Now that we’re well into August, it’s time to dive head first into some beer garden patios, live music, and fun outdoor activities – because there are plenty of the above to go around. So, without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around in Vancouver this week (August 8-12).


This is probably not news to true K-Pop fans, but the iconic 13-member band Seventeen is rolling up to Rogers Arena on Wednesday, August 10th. And they’ve got all the show-stopping moves to make this performance a memorable one.

When: Wednesday, August 10th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way, Rogers Arena
Cost: $103+

The Marias


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Named after lead singer Maria Zardoya, The Marias has taken the world by storm since their debut album in 2016. And the Spanglish Indie pop group is slated to perform at the Commodore this Friday, August 12th – so get ready for vibes on vibes.

When: Friday, August 12th
Where: 868 Granville Street, Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $42+

Pilates in The Plaza

Free pilates at the plaza?? Sign us up! This outdoor pop-up class is open to folks of all levels of experience and abilities and will have participants working on core strength, muscular endurance, and more. Registration is required, and it’s BYOMAWB (bring your own mat and water bottle). Check it out from 6 to 7 pm at Jack Poole Plaza on Thursday, August 11th.

When: Thursday, August 11th
Where: 1055 Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza

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Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

Yup, the beloved Chilliwack Sunflower Festival is finally back in full swing this week! And it’s looking like a gorgeous season already, with nearly 50 varieties of sunflowers to check out, plus a ton of dahlias,

When: Wednesday, August 10th to September 5th
Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack
Cost: $10-$15 GA

Hike up Grouse Mountain

Why not stretch the old legs and catch some rays up on Grouse Mountain?? The hike is just difficult enough to feel like a workout, but not so much that you’ll forget to relax at the top. And the views are pretty spectacular in the summer!

When: Open throughout August
Where: Grouse Mountain
Cost: $20 (for the download ticket)

Bike around Stanley Park

It might not be a novel new idea, but it’s the perfect time of year for a leisure bike-ride through Stanley Park, or around the seawall. Just keep an eye out for pedestrians and folks on those e-scooters – they can really sneak up on you!

Where: Stanley Park

Take a dip in the Kits Pool


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We know there are other public pools in the area worth visiting too, but the outdoor pool at Kits Beach just reopened and we’re ready to make up for last time.

When: Open throughout August
Where: Click the link above for more info

Rose & Thorn: Where Fashion Meets Fun

Guess what, folks? A free fashion show is slated to transform Robson Square into a runway on Friday, August 12th. So, get ready to strut your stuff and check out the work of local designers and retailers walking the catwalk!

When: Friday, August 12th
Where: Robson Square

Check out some diner eats

While Vancouver is certainly no stranger to the diner scene, it does take a little research and trial and error to find the city’s most treasured mom & pop spots. Luckily, we’ve already rounded them up for you – and there are plenty of options (with varying prices) to choose from.

Where: See our picks above

Go berry picking

Since it’s prime berry-picking season, we thought we’d remind folks of all the great U-Pick options around Vancouver. From fresh strawberries at Maan Farms to plump blueberries at Surrey Farms, here are some of our fave picks.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on this week, folks! Get out there and enjoy another week of beautiful weather and sunshine.