Get ready, Vancouver, because this week is a big one for concerts, outdoor events, and summer attractions. It’s peak sunflower season, and we’ve got everyone from Drake to Jason Derulo taking the stage. So with that in mind, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (August 28-September 1).



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That’s right, Drake’s first tour in five years is coming to Vancouver this week – so get ready for a show-stopping performance starting at 8 pm.

When: Monday, August 28th and Tuesday, August 29th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Cost: $357

Bullitt at Deckchair Cinema 

At 8:30 pm, Deckchair Cinema will screen its last free outdoor film of the summer: Bullitt. So grab your picnic blankets and snacks, and get ready to lay on Cates Deck one last time this summer.

When: Thursday, August 31st
Where: Cates Deck, North Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

West Side Story at Sunset Cinema

Likewise, Sunset Cinema’s last film screening will take place on Wednesday, August 30th at 8 pm. Showing West Side Story, the screening will take place at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza) outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

When: Wednesday, August 30th
Where: 650 Hamilton Street
Cost: Free admission

Back to the ’80s at VIFF

If you’re a fan of Back to the Future and other classic ’80s films, you’ll want to head over to VIFF before the end of the week for the fest’s journey back to ’80s cinema, where “resurgent capitalism, strong men, and material girls” ruled the box office. Film screenings include Bull Durham, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Princess Bride, Hairspray, and much more.

When: Until August 31st
Where: 1181 Seymour Street

Vancouver Canadians

It’s not too late to catch a game at The Nat, and this week, the Vancouver Canadians are up against the Hillsboro Hops from Tuesday, August 29th to Friday, September 1st.

When: Tuesday, August 29th to Friday, September 1st
Where: 4601 Ontario Street
Cost: $10+

Summer Night Concerts


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The PNE is absolutely buzzing with live music options this year. When the sun goes down at the PNE Fair, the lights come on at the Chevrolet Stage, and this week? You can catch Pink Martini, Doug and the Slugs with the VSO, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, and Jason Derulo.

When: August 19th to September 4th
Where: 2601 East Hastings Street
Cost: Tickets vary per concert

Check out a Sunflower Fest 

With the warm summer air by your side, picturesque garden displays, and plenty of u-pick opportunities, it’s no wonder that sunflower season in BC comes highly anticipated. And if you’re ready to stroll through a sea of golden yellow, you won’t have long to wait to attend the region’s largest sunflower festivals.

When: Mid-August to early September
Where: See locations above

Bard on the Beach

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
Cost: Varies by production

Play Disc Golf at Queen Elizabeth Park

If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity to try out before summer’s end, why not try out disc golf? The course at Queen Elizabeth is free to check out, so grab a frisbee and your friends and try it out.

Where: 33rd Avenue and Cambie Street

Go on a dog-friendly hike

With so many beautiful spring hikes in BC to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down your top choices. Luckily, there are plenty near Vancouver that offer unparalleled views, for both you and your dog to enjoy!

Where: See our picks above

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