As August comes to a close, it’s time to take advantage of the quintessential Vancouver summer events and activities on the roster. From the final free outdoor movies to enjoy in North Van to exciting Summer Night Concerts at the PNE, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (August 21-25).

E.T. at Sunset Cinema

On Wednesday, August 23rd, you can catch an outdoor viewing of E.T., which marks Sunset Cinema’s last outdoor movie of the year – so don’t miss out!

Each screening takes place from 9 to 11 pm at The Shipyards.

When: Wednesday, August 23rd
Where: The Shipyards Commons, North Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

Deckchair Cinema

Ready for even more outdoor movies? Deckchair Cinema is in full swing on Cates Deck in North Van, and this week, you can catch a viewing of No Bears on Thursday, August 24th at 8L30 pm.

When: Thursday, August 24th
Where: Cates Deck, North Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

Science World After Dark

Also this Thursday is the next instalment of ‘Science World After Dark,’ a wildly popular adults-only take-over event of all the exhibits and galleries at Science World. Factor in a couple of drinks, and this activity can make for all kinds of silly fun.

When: Thursday, August 24th
Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $32

Yung Gravy & bbno$


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To date, “Lalala” by bbno$ has racked up over 800 million streams worldwide – which is just a snippet of the Vancouver-born artist’s total of 2 billion streams globally. The rapper and artist is joined by fellow artist and peer Yung Gravy, known for his deep, soulful voice, and chart-topping albums, including his most recent Marvelous album and top single “Betty (Get Money).”

When: Thursday, August 24th
Where: 2901 East Hastings
Cost: $48 to $52 + Fair Gate admission

PNE Fair 

Love eating and drinking your way through the PNE Fair every year? So do we, and this year’s fair just got even sweeter – and we’re not just talking about the iconic mini doughnuts. So if you’ve got some time to swing by the PNE this week (and not just for a concert), consider eating your way through this year’s fair, which now features a special $10 and under menu!

When: August 19th to September 4th
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Cost: $20 for GA in advance, $25 the day of

Date Night at The Improv Centre

At 7:30 pm every Wednesday night, The Improv Centre on Granville Island puts on its weekly ‘Date Night’ show, complete with spicy stories and NSFW jokes. So whether it’s your first date or your hundredth – this is a great way to share some laughs and unwind mid-week.

When: Wednesday, August 23rd
Where: 1502 Duranleau Street
Cost: $22-25

Go museum hopping

Like bar hopping, but more cultured – and since the air quality in BC isn’t so great at the moment, now’s a great chance to explore all the museums Metro Vancouver has to offer. For art lovers, there’s The Polygon in North Van and, of course, the Vancouver Art Gallery downtown, to name a few. And if you love stargazing, a visit to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is always entertaining as it is informative.

Where: Multiple locations

Check out the last ‘Friday on Front’

New West’s “Fridays on Front” weekly block party series is coming to an end this week, but they’re going out with a bang. This Friday’s celebration will feature the following food and drink vendors, according to the organizer’s website:

  • Munchu Picchu
  • Fijian Fusion
  • Dos Amigos
  • Indish
  • Bread and Cheese
  • Crema
  • Yummy Slice Pizza
  • Origins Chocolate Bar

The event will take place from 5 to 9 pm.

When: Friday, August 25th
Where: Front Street Mews, New Westminster

Bard on the Beach


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Bard’s 2018 blockbuster As You Like It is back onstage with plenty of Beatles hits to go around, accompanied by Shakespeare’s thrilling political drama, Julius Caesar. On the Howard Family Stage, there are two productions you can check out: Henry V, set in a mythical realm, and the interactive ‘Goblin’ comedy, Macbeth, created by an acclaimed team of Canadian theatre-makers.

When: Until the end of September
Where: 1695 Whyte Avenue

See what’s on at the Rio

Smokey weather, like rainy winters, calls for extra movie nights if you as us. While Vancouver is home to a few independent theatres, we really like the Rio for its consistently diverse lineups. And, for the adult readers, this is one of the easiest ways to see a burlesque or drag show in the city.

Where: 1660 East Broadway
Cost: $15+

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver! We hope it’s a fantastic one.