60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, August 31

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, August 31.



      British rocker Billy Idol performs as part of the PNE's Summer Night Concerts series.

      Korean rock-ballad singer Kim Jung Min performs at Maple Ridge's ACT Arts Centre.

      Texas country-folk singer-songwriter Hayes Carll plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Album listening and performance by Babylung and his R&B/soul-infused band at the PAL Studio Theatre.

      Local Americana duo Focus Your Audio plays the Railway Stage & Beer Café, with guests Ludic, Tobias the Owl, and Troy Webster.

      Singer-songwriter Nimkish performs at the WISE Hall, with guests JB the First Lady, Mamarudegyal, Biawanna, and DJ Paisley Eva.

      Maryland party/cover band Bye Felicia plays the Biltmore Cabaret, with guests Berlin, Continental Breakfast & PM, Peach Cobblah, Mina Mercury, and Boss.

      April Wine, Kim Mitchell, the Matinee, and JP Maurice perform at Fort Langley National Historic Site as part of the Summerset Music & Arts Festival.


      The 2019 PNE Fair 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.

      The two-day Kerrisdale Antiques Fair at Kerrisdale Arena features more than 250 tables of vintage, retro, and antique collectibles.

      The Women's Street Fair & Flea Market on Columbia Street between Pender & Hastings features secondhand treasures, handmade arts & crafts, and performances, all hosted and operated by women of the Downtown Eastside.



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      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 the New York City FC in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.



      SPEC's Lovin' the Earth Climate Action Fair at Riley Park Community Garden features a discussion of the most impactful actions people can take to help save the planet.



      The Comic Strip at Tyrant Studios features standup comedy by Robert Peng, Randee Neumeyer, and headliner Jane Stanton.

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

      Inside Man at Little Mountain Gallery is a comedy show that delves into current conceptions of masculinity.



      The three-day TAIWANfest 2019 features music, food, and visual arts in downtown Vancouver. Performers today include Ju Percussion Group (above) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      The two-day Digital Carnival at RIchmond's Minoru Park features a variety of cutting-edge artworks, including video projections, interactive installations, and virtual-reality projects. 

      Boylesque T.O. brings its signature show Oh Manada! to the Rio Theatre, with guests Shirley Gnome and April O'Peel.

      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.


      Canada Reads winner Carmen Aguirre signs her latest book, Something Fierce, at Indigo Langley.



      Final performance at the Dusty Flower Shop of Duncan Macmillan's off-kilter love story Lungs.

      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.

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



      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. 

      Gilded Age II at the Polygon presents both early and new works by Sara Cwynar, in which found photographs, everyday objects, illustrations, notes, and posed models form disparate associations.

      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.

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

      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.



      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.



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

      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.

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

      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 the Cinematheque of Fireflies, Perro Bomba, This is Tomas, The Awakening of the Ants (above), and Lightning Falls Behind as part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

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

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of the new documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces That I Am, an intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner.

      Screenings at SFU Woodward's Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema of Edge of the Knife, Mataindios, Birds of Passage, and Yo, impossible as part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.


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