It’s officially the first full week of August, and Vancouver has tons going on to show for it. From the return of an iconic, free street party to outdoor movies by the water, to some exciting concerts, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (August 8-11).

Mount Pleasant Street Party


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Fans of the beloved Vancouver Mural Festival are in for a treat this week. Not only can visitors check out the open-air gallery of new murals across the city, but they’ll also get to enjoy a 10-day festival that goes beyond the iconic City Centre Artist Lodge.

From guided walking tours to food trucks to block parties – there will be a little something for everyone. At the top of the list is the free Mount Pleasant Street Party, which lasts from August 10th to 13th!

When: Thursday, August 10th to August 13th
Where: Mount Pleasant
Cost: Free

Sunset Cinema

Sunset Cinema is officially back with weekly family-friendly screenings of nostalgic classics like E.T. and newer faves like Encanto. So no matter what you’re into, there’s something on the list for your inner child to enjoy. And this week, you can catch Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again from 9 to 11 pm at The Shipyards.

When: Wednesday, August 2nd
Where: The Shipyards Commons
Cost: Free

Sponsored: Visit Naramata During Vineyard Season

Did you know that fall is one of the best times to visit a vineyard? Sandy Beach Lodge is a picturesque getaway right beside Okanagan Lake and smack in the heart of wine country. The resort is steps away from fantastic restaurants, artisan distilleries, craft breweries, and – of course – wineries. Leave room in the trunk, you’ll need it for the boxes of vintage you’ll be bringing home.

Chilliwack Corn Maze

Canada’s first corn maze is celebrating 25 years in BC with a brand new design, and it’s officially opening its doors for the season on Thursday, August 10th. So get ready to roam the maze, get lost, and make some core summer memories in the process!

When: Opening Thursday, August 10th
Where: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
Cost: $16 online, $18 at the door

Deckchair Cinema


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Ready for another outdoor movie pick? Deckchair Cinema is back on Cates Deck in North Van, and there are several August dates if you haven’t gotten the chance to check out this year’s series. on Thursday, August, 10th, Lover’s Rock will be playing at 8:30 pm.

When: Thursday, August 10th
Where: Cates Deck, North Vancouver
Cost: Free

Young the Giant with Milky Chance 


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Known for their high-energy shows and alt-rock hits like “Cough Syrup” and “My Body,” Young the Giant has achieved global fame. And they’ll be accompanied by Milky Chance – a German folk-pop duo who met during high school, and have since garnered tons of international attention themselves, as early as their hit debut single “Stolen Dance.”

When: Thursday, August 10th
Where: 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard
Cost: $52.45+

Free Latin dance classes

From 6:30 to 9:30 pm on Friday, August 11th, Vancouver Civic Theatres is hosting a free Latin dance class at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza). Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a salsa beginner, this is a great way to get groovin’ and meet new people.

When: Friday, August 11th
Where: 630 Hamilton Street

Summer Like An Italian

Few summertime experiences can compare to an Italian summer, which is why Kitchen Table Restaurants is bringing back its popular passport program, allowing diners at 10 local restaurants to experience la dolce vita right here in Vancouver.

The Summer Like An Italian Passport invites locals to indulge in regionally curated menus at Ask for Luigi, Bacaro, Carlino, Di Beppe, Farina a Legna, Giovane Caffè (West Cordova or West Georgia Street locations), Mercato di Luigi, Motoretta, Super Veloce and Pizzeria Farina – and passports can be obtained at any of the participating restaurants.

When: July 3rd to September 21st
Where: Kitchen Table restaurants around Vancouver
Cost: Free to reserve a passport

Fridays on Front


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Now we come to Fridays on Front in New West, which is back with its next community-wide block party this week. Best of all? Each festival will have its own theme, from ‘Bollywood Bash’ to celebrating Pride! Each date will feature a different lineup of food and drink vendors, as well as libations from the fully-licensed Steel & Oak beer + Pacific Breeze Wine.

Each night market will take place from 5 to 9 pm.

When: Friday, August 11th, 18th, and 25th
Where: Front Street Mews, New Westminster

Richmond Night Market

Get your forks ready, because the Richmond Night Market has seriously stepped up its game this year – if that’s even possible! Filled with hundreds of incredible vendors (and now including cuisine from Turkey and Mexico), it’s considered one of the world’s leading food markets for good reason.

When: Friday, April 28th to October 9th

So there you have it, Vancouver! That wraps up another exciting week of summer in the city. We hope it’s a great one!