48 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, August 25

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 48 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, August 18.



      American '70s rockers Styx perform as part of the PNE's Summer Night Concerts series.

      Local rock/indie/jazz act the Noodle Boys play the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Impuritees, My Friends are Electric, and Sick Logic.



      Final day of the four-day Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival, which celebrates the city’s rich marine heritage on Granville Island.

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

      The Vancouver Market at the WISE Hall features garage sale-style items, vintage clothing, home decor, original artwork, and handmade crafts.

      Join Michael Schwartz, director of community engagement at the Jewish Museum and Archives of B.C., for a tour of the Jewish section of Mountain View Cemetery.



      The Coal Harbour Music Festival Family Fun Day at PAL Theatre features performances by the Greenhorn Community Band and the Rugcutters Swing Band, with storytelling and facepainting by the Dixie Stars.



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      The Vancouver Canadians take on the Salem-Kaizer Volcanoes in Minor Baseball League action at Nat Bailey Stadium.

      The 2019 Americas Softball Olympic Qualifier at Surrey's Softball City sees 12 teams competing for two berths at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 



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




      Grunt Gallery, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, and Creative Cultural Collaborations present the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency, an initiative comprised of a restored squatter’s cabin and an energy-efficient deckhouse examining local histories and resurgent Indigenous traditions at the Plaza of Nations.

      Guided tour of the Polygon in French looks at the current exhibitions Dog Days, Christian Marclay: The Clock, Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age II, and Samuel Roy-Bois: Reward Friends, Punish Enemies.



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      Montréal's Danza Descalza presents AKO, a performance inspired by contemporary dance and Afro-Colombian dance traditions, at Performance Works.



      Experience a soundwork by Tahltan-Tlinglit composer-musician Edzi'u (above) and chamber music by composer Morton Feldman at the Polygon.



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

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of Coriolanus, Shakespeare's examination of what it means to be loyal to a parent, to a leader, and to a country. SOLD OUT.

      Suddenly, Theatre! is an original one-act play written by the night's audience at Havana Theatre.



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

      The Clock by Christian Marclay is a 24-hour video at the Polygon that montages film and television footage from the last 70 years.

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

      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.

      Dog Days at the Polygon is a photography exhibition featuring contemporary works, classic images, and vintage photographs of man's best friend.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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).

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.



      Screenings at Vancity Theatre of AquarelaVictor Kossakovsky's documentary about the transformative beauty and raw power of water. 

      Encore screening at the Rio Theatre of Walter Hill's 1979 action-thriller about New York City gang wars, The Warriors.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Figuras, Roads in February, Socrates, Loveling, and My Masterpiece as part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.