59 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, August 18

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 59 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, August 18.



      Alabama rapper Yelawolf performs at the Commodore Ballroom.

      Boyz II Men perform at the PNE Amphitheatre on the first night of the PNE Summer Night Concerts series.

      Local indie-rockers Eleanor Rising play the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Afrobar.

      The LumiNation and Purple House collectives perform a fundraiser at Vancouver Co-op Radio.

      Funk-soul band Coco Jafro plays Frankie's Jazz.



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

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

      Opening day of the Fair at the PNE, which features exhibits, live performances, rides, games, livestock, and food.

      Big Superhero Run at Richmond's West Dyke Recreational Trail is a family-friendly superhero-themed fun run that features two lengths for adults and one length for kids.

      YVR Chill Out at Richmond's Larry Berg Flight Path Park features local bands Marine Drive, Trilojay, and Mariachi del Sol, plus yo-yoing star Harrison Lee and Wes the Magician from America’s Got Talent.

      The seventh annual Bees and Blueberries Festival at Pitt Meadows' Dr Bee Honeyland features blueberry pie-eating contest, bee-friendly planting corner, and performances by Dilly the Clown and children’s singer-songwriter Ginalina.


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      The UBC Farm Farmers' Market features produce grown steps from the market stalls, treats and crafts from vendors, music, and free farm tours.

      Second annual End of Summer Wine Swirl at Richmond's Lulu Island Winery features food, wine tastings, and kids' activities.



      At Deas Island Regional Park's Starry Night, explore the park along lantern-lit paths and discover fun facts about the creatures who make the area their home.



      The Vancouver Canadians take on the Spokane Indians in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.

      The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.

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



      Canadian comedian Erica Sigurdson performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

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

      The Comic Strip at Tyrants Studio features stand-up by Katie-Ellen Humphries, Levi McCachen, and headliner Simon King.

      Canadian comedian Adrienne Fish performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Bloodfeud: Summer Vaycay at Little Mountain Gallery features comedy by Team Standup (Cassidy Anhorn, Randee Neumeyer, Ryan Gunther, and Ryan Williams) and Team Improv (Denea Campbell, Racquel Belmonte, Rae Lynn Carson, Ronald Dario, Ryan D. Anderson, and William Dunn).



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      At Artists in Action, a curated group of BC artists will gather at McArthurGlen Vancouver to create their pieces inspired by the architecture, landscape, planes overhead, and shoppers around them.

      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.



      SummerChor presents a performance of Johannes Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, with a choir of over 150 voices, at St. Andrew's–Wesley United Church.



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      The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents performances of As You Like It (above) and Timon of Athens in Vanier Park.

      Theatre Under the Stars presents a performance at Malkin Bowl of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.

      Beach House Theatre presents Neil Simon's dinner-party farce Rumors at Surrey's Blackit Spit Park.



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

      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.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

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

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

      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 Cielo, a cinematic reverie on the crazy beauty of the night sky, as experienced in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 science-fiction art film Stalker.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of WallCanadian filmmaker Cam Christiansen's animated documentary exploring the wall between Israel and Palestine.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Crossfire and Macao as part of the Film Noir series.

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

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of the 50th anniversary remastered version of the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Nico, 1988, writer-director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s film about life on the road with the former art-rock legend.


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