65 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, August 19

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 65 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, August 19.



      The B.C. Wildfire Benefit Concert features music by Dustin Bentall, Devil in the Wood Shack, Dope Folk, Great White Buffalo, and Kownterpoint, with proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross B.C. wildfire-relief fund. Held at the Rickshaw Theatre.

      A performance by Canadian indie-rock band Mother Mother helps kick off the PNE Summer Night Concerts series. Held at the PNE Amphitheatre.

      British-born musician, producer, and DJ Quantic performs a live show with guests Flamingosis and Hubbz at the Imperial.

      Jazz trumpeter and composer Tony Glausi performs tunes from new record Bad Boy (Live at the Jazz Station) at Gold Saucer Studio.

      Vancouver band Tanglers, with guests Ian Campbell Band and Phono Pony, plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café.

      As part of Rock Ambleside Park, you can catch tunes by Helix, Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd, Honeymoon Suite, and Randy Bachman. Held at Ambleside Park.



      Celebrate the spirit of the local community by cycling through an all-ages urban route and taking in a festival as part of Our Cityride. Held at David Lam Park.

      Local historians take you on a walk to explore the early vices of Vancouver's citizens, from saloons to brothels. Held at the Vancouver Police Museum.

      At All Aboard! 2017, you can explore Richmond's transportation history with guest experts, live music, rail exhibits, and children's crafts. Held at the Steveston Interurban Tram.

      On a walking tour, you can learn about Vancouver's dark dens and hidden alleys where pimps and madams ruled the city with sex, prostitution, and corruption. Held at the Vancouver Police Museum.



      Vancouver Kingsway MP Don Davies hosts a community event that includes hot dogs, refreshments, entertainment, and kids' games. Held at Slocan Park.



      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.

      The Fair at the PNE kicks off the festivities with the Summer Night Concerts series, the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, the Toytopia exhibit, a craft-beer festival, magic shows, rides, the SuperDogs, agricultural displays, games, and food.

      Teens can learn about programming, what Python is used for, how to write and run a Python program, and how to read and analyze data in a file. Held at Amazon.

      At ArtStarts, kids can mix, stroke, mash, colour, and blend their way through a family workshop that explores paint and painting.

      Highlights of Newton Days include the Zaklan Heritage Farm, the DIVERSEcity Community Kitchen, and Studio Seventy Three. Held at the Newton Grove.

      A hands-on workshop at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch introduces you to different software options available for self-publishing.



      At Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio, you can practice postures, breathing techniques, and meditation as part of a teacher-training sampler class.

      The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.



      Vancouver comedian Erica Sigurdson headlines at the Comedy MIX.

      At Bloodfeud: Summer Lovin', standup comedians and improvisers battle it out for comedy glory. Held at the Little Mountain Gallery.

      Los Angeles-based comedian and writer Adam Christie performs a solo show at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      At Actors Nightmare: Half Scripted, Half Improv, six actors and six improvisers perform six scenes from five different plays. Held at the Havana Theatre.

      The Vancouver TheatreSports League presents improv-comedy shows like Oh, Canada: The True North Strong and Funny and Ok Tinder at the Improv Centre.



      Celebrate Vancouver's arts and culture community with a market, artisan workshops, live paintings, live music, food trucks, and craft breweries. Held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

      At Vietfest 2017, the Vietnamese-Canadian community uses cultural arts and live performances to re-establish and re-affirm the community's cultural identity. Held at Fraser and Broadway.



      At the New Westminster Public Library's Blowout Book Sale, you can fill up a bag for $5 or a box for $10.

      Andrew Warner celebrates the launch of new book Not for Everyone, But for Someone at the VFS Cafe.



      Amateur choir SummerChor, local soloists  Sinéad White, Benila Ninan, Fabiana Katz, Ian Bannerma, and Steven Bélanger, and an instrumental ensemble composed of Darryl Nixon, Eric Hominick, Larisa Lebeda, and Katherine Evans perform Bach's Mass in B Minor. Held at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.



      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, which follows a group of actors and filmmakers as they celebrate the wrap of their latest movie. Held at Bard on the Beach.

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

      Alchemy Theatre and Vagabond Players present William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost at the Bernie Legge Theatre.

      Beach House Theatre presents The Commedia Tales of King Arthur, a kid-friendly play about the adventures of King Arthur and his knights, at Blackie Spit Park.

      Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare's drama The Merchant of Venice, which exposes the consequences of how we treat outsiders in our midst.

      Theatre Under the Stars presents director Gillian Barber's staging of The Drowsy Chaperone, the musical that sees characters spring to life in a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation. Held at Malkin Bowl.



      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.



      The Vancity Theatre screens Nocturama, in which a group of tense adolescents prowl the streets and subways of Paris.

      The Rio Theatre presents a Double Creature Feature, in which you can take in screenings of classic killer-alien flicks Alien and Aliens.

      As part of its Film Noir series, the Cinematheque presents screenings of Phantom Lady and Kiss Me Deadly.

      The Rio Theatre hosts a screening of Brigsby Bear, in which a man sets out to complete the TV show he loved as a child.

      The Vancity Theatre screens Dave Made a Maze, in which a man is trapped inside a maze he constructed out of cardboard in his living room.

      The 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival celebrates the best in independent queer cinema. Held at various Vancouver venues.

      Grant Gee's documentary Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy follows rock band Radiohead on its OK Computer tour. Screened at the Vancity Theatre.

      The Cinematheque kicks off its Noir Sidebar: Hard-Boiled 1950s Science Fiction series with a screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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