45 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, August 18

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 45 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, August 18.



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      American guitar-rockers Cheap Trick perform as part of the PNE's Summer Night Concerts series.

      Blue Oyster Cult, Quiet Riot, David Wilcox, and the Romantics play the last day of the three-day Rock Ambleside Park music festival.

      American dance-funk duo Tuxedo, featuring Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One, plays Fortune Sound Club.

      Local post-folk roots music acts Ilya Krivo and Nightingvle play LanaLou's Restaurant.



      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.




      Join Heritage Vancouver and Mount Pleasant-based historical researcher, writer, and photographer Christine Hagemoen on a walking tour through Mount Pleasant.

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



      This Richmond Garlic Festival at the Sharing Farm features fresh garlicky delights, a farmers market, birds of prey demonstrations, a kids zone with nature activities, live music, farm tours, and garlic ice cream.



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



      See the comedy improv stars of tomorrow at Vancouver TheatreSports's Rookie Night at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.



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      Learn about the history of the Polygon Gallery and the summer exhibitions at a guided tour in Spanish.




      Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Art Collective showcases artists collaborating and exploring storytelling inspired by indigenous knowledge at Performance Works on Granville Island.



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      Brandon Wint leads a spoken-word workshop at Vancouver Poetry House that is aimed at poets and spoken-word artists of all experience levels.



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      Theatre Under the Stars presents a performance of Mamma Mia! at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

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

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by the 2007 spaghetti-western version of Shakespeare's work.



      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.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.



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

      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.

      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 Cinematheque of Hat Trick, writer-director Ramtin Lavafipour’s psychological thriller about two quarrelling Iranian couples who strike something with their car while driving home from a party.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of the documentary Honeyland, in which the last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of the documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name, in which the '60s survivor candidly reflects on his long, heady, and often turbulent career.


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