75 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, August 12

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 75 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, August 12.



      The Truck Stop Concert Series at Red Truck Brewery features performances by Lee Fields and the Expressions, Vince Vaccaro, and Real Ponchos.

      The SeaWheeze Sunset Festival at Stanley Park features music by Young the Giant and Cold War Kids.

      The Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park features performances by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Matt Andersen, Sue Foley, Leeroy Stagger, Jesse Roper, Murray Porter, Little Miss Higgins, Jesse Waldman, and Kaya Kurz.

      Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band the Cold Shot Band coheadlines the Fairview Pub with local Texas-blues artist Georgie Bones.



      The 14th annual Richmond Maritime Festival at Britannia Heritage Shipyard celebrates Richmond’s historical connection with the sea through music, painters, potters, stilt performers, puppets, storytellers, wooden boats, games, interactive exhibits, food, and roving performers.

      The three-day Abbotsford International Air Show features a full aerial festival, a kids' zone, static displays, food vendors, and a fireworks celebration at Abbotsford Airport.

      The three-day Eastside Flea Summer Market at the Ellis Building features over 50 local vendors, five artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, and pinball.

      One-night-only presentation of laser shows choreographed to the music of Pink Floyd and Radiohead at BCIT Planetarium.

      The Wesbrook Village Outdoor Art and Bike Tour takes riders from More Bikes in Wesbrook Village along Main Mall and through the UBC campus, ending at the Belkin Art Gallery.

      The Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network hosts an annual clothing swap at Burnaby Central Secondary School.

      Buy handmade goods from Strathcona artisans and eat locally-made food at the Strathcona Artisan Market on Princess Avenue.

      Hopcott Meats celebrates its 11th anniversary in Pitt Meadows with a barbecue, giveaways, specials, free samples, and face-painting.

      Local historians take you on a Sins of the City Walking Tour from the Vancouver Police Museum to explore the early vices of Vancouver's citizens.


      FOOD & DRINK

      Help raise money for Canuck Place Children's Hospice with a meal of mimosas and other brunch favourites at the Pipeshop in North Vancouver.



      Physicist and author Tom Campbell discusses his Theory of Everything at SFU Harbour Centre.

      Angela Cooper collaborates with members of the public and the health community to explore the role of emotional factors in mind-body health at the Brain Research Centre.

      Learn about basic techniques and concepts that are translatable to other programming languages and how to create a multipage website at Mobify's Ladies Learning Code.

      Speakers from a variety of fields and backgrounds give 10 talks at at PechaKucha New West at the Queen's Park Bandshell.



      Ride a 1,000-foot-long waterslide down Lower Lonsdale Avenue at North Van's Slide the City, which also features food trucks, artisans, a family zone, and live music by the Boom Booms, the Tourist Company, Peach Pit, the Spillionaires, Adam Woodall, Kristle Dos Santos, Dirty Mike and the Boys, and Alex Maher.

      Highlights of Playland include midway games, fair food, an arcade, a shooting gallery, a climbing wall, a haunted mansion, family rides like Teacups and Merry-Go-Round, and extreme rides like Corkscrew, the Beast, Hell's Gate, Revelation, and Wooden Roller Coaster.

      Newton Days at the Newton Grove in Surrey features performances by the Surrey Re-enactors, a kids' zone, Newton Black Belt Academy, and Zaklan Heritage Farm.

      Explore all things gross as you take part in a family-friendly, hands-on series of arts activities at Artstarts Gallery.

      Blackout: Night Sky Festival at the the Museum of Anthropology at UBC brings together storytellers, astronomers, musicians, artists and Indigenous youth, who will share their relationships to the skies.



      The Vancouver Canadians take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.

      The Odlum Brown VanOpen tennis competition at Hollyburn Country Club provides players the opportunity to gain valuable world-ranking points on both the ATP and WTA Tours.



      Comedian DJ Demers performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Comedian Lori Ferguson-Ford performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      The Radical and Friends at Seven Dining Lounge features improv comedy by Duane Evans, Marina Konokeno, Meredith Fraser, Kenneth Cheung, Thomas Tanikawa, Montana Rosalle, Gregory Milne, Emily Bordignon, Taizo Ellis, Dan Willows, Brent Hirose, Tyler Soon, Roxy Beiklik, Aida Viziru, Sinead Grewcock, and Erica Bigland.



      The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival at Coquitlam's Town Centre Park features musical acts--including headliner Bif Naked--pop-up theatre, storytellers, dancers, artists, kids' activities, food trucks, and local craft brews.

      Final day of the Vancouver Mural Festival, an urban-art celebration featuring 60 new murals in Mount Pleasant and Strathcona.

      The Monsoon Festival of the Performing Arts, which features a spotlight on South Asian theatre, including presentations, workshops, and productions of Burq Off! and Malavika, continues to August 13 at venues in Vancouver and Surrey. 

      The Harmony Arts Festival--an all-ages celebration of art that includes visual-art exhibits, an art market, outdoor concerts on two stages, food vendors, and drop-in activities for kids and adults--continues to August 13 on the West Vancouver waterfront.

      The West Coast Tagore Festival at Richmond's Gateway Theatre is a multicultural celebration featuring poets and performing artists from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

      The two-day Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre features more than 100 visual and performing artists, exhibitions, sales, performances, and workshops.

      The two-day New West Cultural Crawl invites the public to explore New Westminster and check out art by professional and emerging artists who reside in the city.



      The Social Concierge, in collaboration with Ballet BC, presents Babylon, recent and new ballet works at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby and plaza.



      Bring a lunch and blanket to this recreation of the Box Hill Picnic from Jane Austen's Emma at the Vancouver Public Library's Alice MacKay Room.



      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's drama The Winter's Tale in which the love of two young people becomes the catalyst for a family's healing.

      Theatre Under the Stars presents Mary Poppins, director Shel Piercy's musical about a magical nanny who teaches lessons in love and imagination.

      Performance at Jericho Arts Centre of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany as part of the Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Festival.

      Final performance at Performance Works Outdoor Stage of Carousel Theatre for Young People’s version of Romeo and Juliet.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, in which two best friends are in love with the same woman

      Final performance at Havana Theatre of SUP: A Series of Sassy Un-produced Projects, featuring new scripts, casts, and stories.

      Peninsula Productions presents Sea of Stories, a musical about life in small-town Canada, at White Rock's Coast Capital Playhouse.

      Final performance at Red Gate Revue Stage of the family-friendly 13 The Musical, which features an all-teenaged cast and band in a story about a boy who's desperate to fit in.

      Alchemy Theatre and Vagabond Players present a performance of William Shakespeare's comedy Love's Labour's Lost at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre.



      Bill Reid Creative Journeys at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art celebrates the three phases of the artist's creative journey, Pre-Haida (1948-1951), Haida (1951-1968) and Beyond Haida (1968-1998).

      Claude Monet's Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery showcases 38 paintings that span the career of the French artist who is regarded as a master of the Impressionist movement.

      Pictures From Here at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photographs and video works by Vancouver-based artists Roy Arden, Karin Bubaš, Christos Dikeakos, Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Rodney Graham, Mike Grill, Arni Haraldsson, Fred Herzog, Barrie Jones, Evan Lee, N.E. Thing Co., Marian Penner Bancroft, Henri Robideau, Sandra Semchuk and James Nicholas, Althea Thauberger, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Paul Wong, Cornelia Wyngaarden, and Andrea Fatona.

      Xi xanya dzam at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art features traditional masks, carvings, baskets and moosehide, contemporary prints, sculptures and jewellery by Primrose Adams, Dempsey Bob, Rena Point Bolton, Mandy Brown, Joe David, Robert Davidson, Alvin Mack, Mary Michell, Earl Muldon, Susan Point, and Norman Tait.

      The first major Canadian exhibition of photographs, collages, drawings, sculptures, and films by Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry is at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Twenty-five works by contemporary American photographer Stephen Shore complement the exhibition Claude Monet’s Secret Garden at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Persistence at the Vancouver Art Gallery draws together three recent contemporary installations by Canadian artists Julia Feyrer, Tamara Henderson, Shelagh Keeley, and Germaine Koh.



      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands

      Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities.

      Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC examines the physical traces of words, both spoken and recorded, that are unique to humans. 

      The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.



      Take a ride in an exterior glass elevator and get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains at Vancouver Lookout.

      Edgewater Casino offers 24-hour gaming, over 60 table games, a poker room, a high-limit section, 500 slot machines, restaurants and lounges, and live entertainment, including concerts and televised UFC events.

      Big Splash Waterpark in Tsawwassen, formerly Splashdown, features newly renovated pools and hot tubs, new slides such as Kamikaze and Solar Splash, a sports bar and grill, and complimentary shuttle service to and from downtown Vancouver.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      The Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor.

      Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver's only saltwater swimming pool, is 137 metres long and features a heated outdoor pool, a saltwater pool, a water park, two slides, cafes, and lockers.

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world, a restaurant, a garden shop, and a horticulture library.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      Soar from coast-to-coast across the Canadian landscape with a 25-minute ride featuring effects such as wind and scents at FlyOver Canada.

      Lighthouse Park features 10 kilometres of hiking trails, picnic areas, guided walks provided by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, and the historical 1912 Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.



      At Vancity Theatre, director John Badham will introduce a 40th-anniversary screening of his 1977 flick Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta as a young man from Brooklyn who feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor.

      Screening at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, which explores the islands off of B.C.'s northwest coast. Event includes Q&A with director Charles Wilkinson and producer Tina Schliessler.

      Stanley Kubrick double bill at the Rio Theatre features screenings of A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, a documentary by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana that explores the influence of Native American music and musicians on rock and pop.

      The Vancouver Queer Film Festival--which celebrates the best in independent queer cinema and facilitates a unique community space through a variety of performances, panels, and workshops--continues at various Vancouver venues.

      Afternoon screening at the Rio Theatre of Grave of the Fireflies, Isao Takahata's animated film, set in the waning days of World War II, about a teenager who is tasked with the care of his younger sister after an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Joseph H. Lewis's Gun Crazy and Orson Welles's The Lady from Shanghai as part of the annual Film Noir series.


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