We hope you’re ready for a scorcher of a weekend, folks – and we don’t just mean the weather. Things are really picking up ahead of the Labour Day long weekend, and there is plenty of fun to be had until then. From warehouse sales and free block parties to amazing concerts and coffee fests, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (August 19-21).

Oak + Fort Warehouse Sale

If you love a good warehouse sale, then mark your calendars. Oak + Fort is having a massive sale at Canada Place from Thursday, August 18th to Sunday, August 19th – and everything is marked 60 to 17 percent off. The warehouse sale comes on the heels of the reopening of the brand’s flagship store in Gastown, where they’ve completely redone the whopping 5,000-square-foot space.

When: Thursday, August 18th to Sunday, August 21st
Where: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre – Exhibition Hall B East

Monstercat’s free block party

The independent record label Monstercat is back with the fifth annual instalment of Monstercat Compound, a free, all-ages block party celebrating the best artists on the label. Expect a fun-filled day with electronic music, food truck eats, music tech, and games galore.

When: Saturday, August 20th
Where: 380 Railway Street, Monstercat HQ
Cost: Free!

PNE Fair 2022


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Yup, the PNE Fair is back this summer! And there’s a bunch of incredible artists slated to perform, as well as the return of local faves like SuperDogs and the pyro-musical finale.

When: Saturday, August 20th to Monday, September 5th
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Cost: $18 for GA in advance, $20 the day of

Catch the B-52’s Farewell Tour

Speaking of the PNE, The B-52s are in town this weekend for their grand Farewell Tour. Their iconic song “Love Shack” was just the start of their long, prosperous career – you definitely won’t want to miss this one!

When: Saturday, August 20th
Where: 2901 East Hastings, PNE
Cost: $20+ GA

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Beanstock Coffee Festival

Beanstock is finally back at the Roundhouse Community Centre this weekend with a two-day fest celebrating all things coffee! Visitors will get the chance to taste unlimited amounts of coffee from Canadian roasters, watch latte art demos and barista challenges, and cool off with some cold brew sips.

When: Saturday, August 20th to Sunday, August 21st
Where: 181 Roundhouse Mews
Cost: $43.92 – $76.17

Shipyards Live

The beloved summer fest is sadly on its last leg as September rapidly approaches. Don’t miss out on the live music, food truck eats, and iconic Stanley Park Brewing beer garden & patio if you haven’t checked them out already! And if you have, we think it’s definitely worth another visit.

When: Every Friday until September 2nd
Where: 125 Victory Ship Way, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Phoebe Bridgers 

Let’s be real, when Phoebe Bridgers rolls into town – tickets are a must. The folk-rock singer-songwriter made her breakthrough (quite literally, winning “Independent Breakthrough of the Year in 2018) with “Herself,” and has since continued to sing, write, produce records, and shred on the guitar – pretty much doing it all.

When: Sunday, August 21st
Where: 601 Smithe Street, Orpheum Theatre
Cost: $143+ on StubHub

Check out the Granville Promenade


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We’ve got two weekends left of this year’s Granville Promenade – and did we mention it’s free to attend?? Stop by for tasty eats, patio sips, and vibe to some live music, or walk through to check out some amazing market and art vendors. The promenade will run every weekend in August from 1 to 7 pm.

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

Enjoy a scenic picnic

If you want to mix in some quality picnicking with your beach days, we’ve got just the list for you. From the grassy hills and killer views at Queen Elizabeth Park to the shady spots at Trout Lake, here are some amazing summer picnic spots to check out in the area.

Where: Check out our picks above

Swing by your local Farmers Market

You better believe that we think a trip to the farmers market is worthwhile any time of year, but especially at this ripe point of summer. Picking up great groceries from local producers? This requires no selling on our part.

Where: Locations around Vancouver

And that’s a wrap on this weekend, Vancouver! Now, get out there and enjoy the city’s summer fun while you can.