The August long weekend is upon us, and it’s probably one of the busiest/most exciting weekends we’ve had all summer. From celebrating Pride to hitting up some patios, to taking a day trip to the Island – here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this long weekend.

HappyLand Pride Festival


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In addition to the incredible lineup of events this weekend presented by the Vancouver Pride Society, the PNE is hosting the first-ever HappyLand Pride Fest, complete with headliners Orville Peck, Perfume Genius, Big Freedia – and much more.

When: Sunday, July 31st
Where: 2901 East Hastings
Cost: $65 GA

Vancouver Pride Parade & Sunset Beach Festival

We couldn’t not mention the return of the city’s largest, most vibrant parade – especially with Vancouver Pride Society going all out this year. This year’s parade will feature over 100 floats celebrating the 2SLGBTQAI+ community. And the party will continue at Sunset Beach Park, where the parade ends. Folks can expect a beer garden to lounge at, an artisan market to peruse, and a ton of performing artists. The parade is free and begins at noon on Sunday.

When: Sunday, July 31st
Where: 1204 Beach Avenue, Sunset Beach Park

Pride at the Pier

Speaking of Pride, Shipyards Live is working with North Shore Pride Alliance to present Unity Pride 2022, a special event to kick off the weekend and celebrate pride on the North Shore. Celebrate the occasion with local drag performances, food truck eats, and refreshing brews from Stanley Park Brewing.

When: Friday, July 29th
Where: Shipbuilders Square, Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Cost: Free!

Punchbowl Festival 2022

Another PNE find, the Punchbowl Festival of cocktails and BBQ entails exactly how it sounds, so get your stomachs ready for a foodie extravaganza. Known as one of Vancouver’s best tasting events of the year, Punchbowl features over 100+ vendors sampling over 250+ of the finest summer spirits, beer and cider cocktail creations, wine, and delicious food.

When: Saturday, July 30th
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Cost: $15.75 – $31.50

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Rent some paddle boards

What better way to unwind after work than to get out on the water with a couple of boards and paddles? Thankfully, we live in a very rental-friendly city – with paddle board and kayak rentals at practically every waterfront spot imaginable.

Where: Check out the list above for some rental spots

Big Splash Water Park 

Relaxing by the poolside with a drink in our hands is our absolute favourite way of going through summer. And if this poolside comes with a gigantic pool, a hot pool, some great slides and a whole lot of tanning space, even better! Big Splash Water Slide Park is officially open for the summer season – and the long weekend sounds like the perfect time to dive right in.

When: Open for the season
Where:  4775 Nulelum Way, Tsawwassen, BC
Cost: $37 for GA

Hike up Grouse Mountain

Of course, we couldn’t forget the Grouse Grind as a summer option. Not so easy that you’ll cruise through it, but not so hard that you’ll be wondering if heading there was a good idea in the first place. Plus, the need to purchase a download ticket assures some rest and relaxation once your climb is complete.

When: Open throughout August
Where: Grouse Mountain
Cost: $20 (for the download ticket)

Play a couple of rounds of mini golf

Mini-golf is a good option for just about anyone. Like bowling, the skill ceiling is weirdly high, but it’s so straightforward that a total novice will still have fun out there. Whether you’re looking for a date night option or a weekend that’s fun for the whole family, we’ve got you covered.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

The Honda Celebration of Light

This Saturday marks the final firework show in the return of Vancouver’s beloved Honda Celebration of Light 2022. Don’t miss out on the action! Grab a picnic blanket and set up shop at Kits Beach or English Bay if you’re feeling brave.

When: Saturday, July 23rd, Wednesday, July 27th and Saturday, July 30th
Where: English Bay

Richmond Night Market

Between 500+ amazing eats and amusement park-esque games, Richmond Night Market never disappoints. And since this weekend is a long weekend – we’re betting the Richmond Night Market has some extra tasty and inventive treats.

When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
Cost: $4 ($22 to skip the line)

And that’s our roundup, folks! We hope this list of things to do this long weekend helps get your creative juices flowing. Enjoy your weekend.