55 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, August 11

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 55 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, August 11.



      The Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park features performances by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (above), the Rural Alberta Advantage, Nikki Lane, the Suffers, Begonia, and Amythyst Kiah.

      California-based black-metal band Deafheaven plays the Imperial, with guests Drab Majesty and Uniform.

      Las Vegas rock band Panic! at the Disco plays Rogers Arena, with guests Hayley Kiyoko and Arizona.

      A Tribe Called Red and Charlotte Day Wilson are featured at the first Vancouver Mural Festival concert at Jonathan Rogers Park.

      The two-day Vancouver International Guitar Festival at Creekside Community Rec Centre features live music, master classes, and the opportunity to see, hear, and play some of the world’s finest handmade stringed instruments.

      Klezmerfest at the WISE Hall features performances by Oktopus from Montreal and Debaucherauntes from Seattle.



      The Richmond Night Market features dozens of food stalls, a dinosaur park, paddle boats, a baby playground, music, martial arts, and dancing.

      Farm Fest at Richmond's Garden City Lands features a farmers market with over 40 artisan vendors, interactive farm equipment, food trucks, local musicians, and children’s entertainment. 

      Sins of the City Walking Tour at the Vancouver Police Museum takes participants on a 90-minute tour of Strathcona.


      FOOD & DRINK


      Scotland's famed Bruichladdich Distillery will be showcasing, comparing, and contrasting three expressions from their home distillery in Islay Scotland at the Devil's Elbow.



      Playland at the PNE features over 30 rides, including the Revelation, the Hellevator, the Beast, Hells Gate, the Flume, and the 60-year-old wooden rollercoaster.

      Children four to 12 years of age can saddle up for a pony ride through Richmond Nature Park's Ponies in the Park. ($10 per ride, cash only; adult must accompany each child.)



      The Odlum Brown VanOpen, Western Canada’s largest tennis event, takes place at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club.




      Vancouver TheatreSports presents Avocado Toast, a comedy show that pokes fun at Vancouver and its stereotypes, at the Improv Centre.

      Comedian John Cullen performs the second of two nights at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Australian comedian Benny Darsow performs the third of three nights at the Comedy Mix.

      The Radical: Saturday Night Improv features comedy by Gregory Milne, Amanda Jane Porter, Emily Bordignon, Taizo Ellis, Karla Monterrosa, Jeff Cooper, and Jess Garcia at North Van's Presentation House Theatre.

      Therapeutic comedy show Angry & Afraid features standup and sketch comedy about things that frighten and frustrate at Little Mountain Gallery.

      The Comic Strip features stand-up by Ryan Gunther, Mikey Dubs, and headliner Charlie Demers at Tyrant Studios.



      Ocean Wise

      Douglas Coupland’s new radical art installation at the Vancouver Aquarium, Vortex, takes an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, immersing viewers in the ocean-plastic pollution crisis.

      Opening of an exhibition at James Black Gallery will show projects of emerging local artists in a variety of formats including media, installation, and painting.

      Art! Vancouver at Mural Fest showcases live painting demonstrations and works by Vancouver-based visual artists Jake Bull, Talin Wayrynen, and Lisa Wolfin. 



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      The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents performances of Lysistrata (above)  and Macbeth in Vanier Park.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mamma Mia!, a feel-good musical featuring the music of ABBA, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Theatre Under the Stars presents a performance at Malkin Bowl of the hit Broadway musical 42nd Street.

      Final performance at Performance Works Outdoor Stage of Carousel Theatre for Young People's version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

      Final performance at the VFS Cafe of Welcome To The Moon & Other Plays, a collection of six short plays by John Patrick Shanley.



      David Milne: Modern Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery features close to 90 works in oil and watercolour, never-before-presented photographs, drawings, and memorabilia.

      Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest at the Bill Reid Gallery sees guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation trace the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment.

      Susan Hiller: Altered States at North Van's Polygon Gallery focuses on Hiller’s investigations into dream states, the inexplicable, and our collective unconscious via video installations and photographs.

      Ayumi Goto & Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a dialogue between artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin, presented via their individual and collaborative performance art practice.

      Cabin Fever at the Vancouver Art Gallery traces the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and cultural construct.

      Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman is a new exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery featuring the paintings of Carr with 48 photographs by U.S.-born photographer Gunterman.

      Andi Icaza-Largaespada's new speculative photographic panorama, (untitled) a mountain bought but not yet named, is presented across the Contemporary Art Gallery's Nelson Street façade.

      Shigeru Ban, a new exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location, features the full-scale version of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House.

      Kevin Schmidt: We Are the Robots at the Vancouver Art Gallery sees the B.C.–based artist draw on conceptual and performance art while embodying the do-it-yourself sensibilities of an amateur inventor.



      Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives at the Museum of Vancouver delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city.

      Arts of Resistance: Politics and The Past In Latin America at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC exhibition illustrates how Latin American communities use traditional or historic art forms to express contemporary political realities.

      Richmond's Lipont Place hosts Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which focuses on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories through more than 120 authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers and print makers, collected as early as the 1890s.

      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.



      The 137-metre-long Kits Pool, Vancouver's only saltwater swimming pool, is open daily until September 16.

      The Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem pole collection, CLIFFWALK, and Treetop Adventure.

      Big Splash Waterpark in Tsawwassen features various slides--including the new Boomerango--pools and hot tubs, a clubhouse, private-party cabanas, a sports bar and grill, and complimentary shuttle service from Bridgeport Skytrain Station.

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

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

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

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

      Parq Vancouver features two luxury hotels, a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, gardens, beaches, and West Coast rain forest, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8 kilometre seawall.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Gurrumul, director Paul Damien Williams's portrait of Indigenous singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. 

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Dead Reckoning and The Postman Always Rings Twice as part of the Film Noir series.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Walter Hill's 1979 cult New York City gang flick The Warriors.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of McQueenfilmmakers Ian Bonhote and Peter Ettedgui's documentary about late fashion-designer Lee Alexander McQueen.


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