Who’s ready for the weekend?? We know we are! And thankfully, there is plenty to do in and around the city over the next few days that should make for an interesting August sendoff. From concerts at the PNE to drag and dim sum, here are 10 of the best things to do in Vancouver (August 26-28).

Drag ‘N’ Dim Sum


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If you’re a fan of drag brunch, enter Ricecake’s monthly Drag ‘N’ Dim Sum event. AKA – the perfect combo of tasty eats & drinks by Cold Tea Restaurant and jaw-dropping performances by inclusive, local talent. Tickets are $40 a pop and include one dim sum item, one mimosa/beverage of choice, and admission to the steamiest Asian drag show in town!

When: Sunday, August 28th
Where: 1193 Granville Street
Cost: $40

Franz Ferdinand

The award-winning band Franz Ferdinand hails from Scotland and was originally formed in Glasgow back in 2001. Now, the inventive band has pretty much staked their claim on post-post-punk rock. Check ’em out at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, August 26th – and bring your party hats.

When: Friday, August 26th
Where: 601 Smithe Street, Orpheum Theatre
Cost: $79+ on StubHub

Gipsy Kings


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If you haven’t already heard of the international music powerhouse that is Gipsy Kings, you have now! Leader and co-founder of the group Nicholas Reyes followed in his father’s footsteps to create a French-flamenco fusion band that would go on to perform on international stages for 30+ years and counting.

When: Saturday, August 27th
Where: 2901 East Hastings
Cost: $20+ GA

Check out a Beaders Market

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Join the Bill Reid Gallery this Saturday for an afternoon of beautiful, innovative beadwork, bannock, and refreshments. There will be a ton of talented Indigenous artists with exhibits on display – and plenty of beadwork for purchase as well. Presented in conjunction with the Beaded Nostalgia exhibition, the Beaders Market will take place from noon until 4 pm. And if you’re looking to check out the rest of the gallery, note that they’re offering free admission from 2 to 5 pm on the first Friday of every month.

When: Saturday, August 27th
Where: 639 Hornby Street

Pet-A-Palooza 2022

The only thing better than a dog-friendly patio might be an entire festival dedicated to your pooch. The good news? Pet-A-Palooza is exactly that; a massive, treat-filled festival complete with puppy yoga, dog races, art shows, and even a dog-friendly pool party. Oh, and did we mention it’s free to attend??

When: Sunday, August 28th
Where: 1100 Mainland Street
Cost: Free!

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Nashville

The Vancouver Whitecaps are wrapping up their August MLS season with a Women & Girls in Sports match against Nashville SC on Saturday, August 27th. Folks can get a jumpstart to the weekend at the pre-game Warmup at the Terry Fox Plaza, complete with live music and food & drink specials.

When: Saturday, August 27th
Where: 777 Pacific Boulevard
Cost: $30+

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Richmond Night Market

As August comes to a close, we want to remind folks of the 500+ amazing eats at the Richmond Night Market. Not that your stomachs really need reminding, if you’ve been to the night market before! And if not, you’ll definitely want to ASAP. There are a ton of inventive amusement park games in addition to the hundreds of food & drink options.

When: On throughout August
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
Cost: $4 ($22 to skip the line)

Cool off at a spray park

Ready to cool off after the past few days of 30-degree weather? So are we…and thankfully, we’ve got options. Whether you’re heading out of the city in search of a water park, or just want a quick fix at a local spray park, here’s our roundup of spots to stay cool.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Light the Night 2022

And if you’re looking to get out on the water at night, Vancouver Water Adventures is offering a glow-in-the-dark paddle experience from Granville Island this summer.

When: Various dates throughout August
Where: 1812 Boatlift Lane
Cost: $105

Try out some new scoops

Nothing sums up summer more than a scoop of delicious ice cream, and Vancouver is absolutely filled to the brim with options. From plant-based treats to some truly zany flavours, you can have a scoop a week and still have stuff left on your list when summer ends. Although we personally doubt that our list will be all that lengthy by the time we’re through!

Where: Click the link above for our picks