57 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, August 17

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 57 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, August 17.




      Canadian roots-rockers Blue Rodeo perform as part of the PNE's Summer Night Concerts series.

      Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, Saga, Sass Jordan, and Pat Travers play the second day of the three-day Rock Ambleside Park music festival.

      Afro-fusion artist Burna Boy plays the Vogue Theatre.

      Chris Cresswell from the Flatliners performs at the Fox Cabaret.

      Local prog-funk quintet Brass Camel plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Bong Chow and Goodnight Sunrise.

      Australian psych-rock band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard plays the Harbour Events Centre.



      The three-day RibFest Langley at McLeod Athletic Park features tasty ribs, live music, local craft beer, and family entertainment, with proceeds to Rotary Club community projects in Langley.




      Opening day of the 2019 PNE Fair, which features midway rides, pig races, drag shows, agriculture displays, cooking demonstrations, Superdogs, and the Summer Night Concerts series.

      Latin Cruises Vancouver presents a three-hour cruise on board the Queen of Diamonds, with three DJs and light buffet included.

      Glam Slam Wrestling XV at the WISE Hall gives the action of professional wrestling a sexy burlesque twist.




      The Chefs at 75 West Coast Grill, CAVU Kitchen Bar, and Harold's Bistro & Bar showcase their skills at the Best on the Block BBQ Rib Cook-Off at Richmond's Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel.

      The Trout Lake Farmers Market at John Hendry Park features seasonal produce, local meat, seafood, eggs & dairy, craft beer, wine & spirits, artisanal prepared food, and handmade craft.



      The Vancouver Whitecaps take on D.C. United in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.

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



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      Classic TheatreSports at the Improv Centre sees two teams of performers pitted against each other in competitive improv matches.

      Festival Del Humor at New Westminster's Massey Theatre features performances by Mexican TV comedians Ricardo Hill, Nora Velazquez, and Alex del Castillo.



      The two-day Madskillz Vancouver Juggling Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre features workshops and performances by hoopers, jugglers, flow dancers, prop manipulators, clowns, and ground-level circus artists.

      CODA: Synthetic Nature art party and performance event at Performance Works pairs electroacoustic musicians with live coders.

      Family Day at North Van's Griffin Art Projects features participatory art activities for children ages 6-12 in relation to works on exhibit.

      A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure is a Star Wars burlesque parody at the Red Gate Revue Stage.

      Karen Flamenco presents a one-hour show featuring traditional flamenco music, dance, puppetry, and magic at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.



      Beach House Theatre presents an outdoor performance of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, Romeo & Juliet, at Crescent Beach's Blackie Spit.

      Vagrant Players presents the final performance at the Nest on Granville Island of Disgraced, about a corporate lawyer whose career and personal life begin to slowly unravel.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of Shakespeare in Love, in which young Will Shakespeare's love blossoms amid schemes and backstage theatrics.

      Theatre Under the Stars presents a performance of Disney's Newsies at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

      Promethean Theatre presents a performance at Stage Door of Of Mice and Men, a collaboration between artists with disabilities and those without disabilities.

      The Rusted Cage Theatre Lab. presents Edward Albee's classic story of human disconnection and class division, The Zoo Story, at Havana Theatre.



      Kye-Yeon Son

      Metalmorphosis at Visualspace Gallery is a sculptural exhibition from metal artists Kye-Yeon Son and Brian Hoyano, curated by Barbara Cohen.

      Vicky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 130 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and lithographs from the artist’s pre- and postwar career. 

      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.

      Moving Still: Performative Photography in India at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 100 works that examine themes of gender, religion, and sexual identity.

      Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as a source of inspiration and site for the production and enactment of culture, with works by Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, Hong Chan Park, Judy Radul, Jack Shadbolt, Danny Singer, and Ian Wallace.



      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC illustrates the role puppets have played in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values.

      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.

      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.

      Shakeup: Preserving What We Value at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with Indigenous knowledge and oral history.

      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 printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.



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

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

      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

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

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

      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.

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

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

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.

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



      Screening at the Rio Theatre of director Walter Hill's 1979 cult classic about New York City gang wars, The Warriors.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Honeyland, directors Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov's 2018 drama about a lonely wild beekeeper in an abandoned village in the Balkans.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of a new restoration of Army of Shadows, director Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 meditation on wartime survival.

      Fiftieth anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of a 4K restoration of Easy Rider, starring director Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Jack Nicholson.


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