23 FREE events happening in Vancouver this August

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      We love a free event. Here are a few taking place during this gorgeous month of August.

      Drive-In Movie Nights at Lansdowne Centre

      Watch your favourite movies under the stars every Wednesday night this month.

      When: Wednesdays in August, 9pm
      Where: Landsdowne Centre
      Admission: Free


      Sunset Cinema

      Catch a free movie on the šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn outside Queen Elizabeth Theatre every Wednesday evening in August. 

      When: Wednesdays in August, 9pm
      Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
      Admission: Free


      Follow The Rainbow Brick Road - Pride in Gastown

      Kick off Vancouver Pride weekend in true Gastown style: with live music, dancing, and all of the love. 

      When: August 3, 4 to 8pm
      Where: Maple Tree Square Pizza
      Admission: Free


      Pride Week - Allyship Workshop

      Engage in an allyship education presentation accompanied by interactive activities, light refreshments, and social connections through artistic expression. 

      When: August 3, 4:30 to 6pm
      Where: Cambie Community Centre
      Admission: Free (registration required)


      FakeKnot Arts Society

      Catch a dance performance by the FakeKnot Arts Society at Metropolis at Metrotown’s South Plaza.

      When: August 4, 2pm and 3pm
      Where: Metrotown’s South Plaza
      Admission: Free


      Chess Time in Chinatown

      Play chess, checkers, and other games while listening to live music. Beginners are welcome, and chess boards are available (though it’s encouraged to bring your own chess or checkers sets, chairs, and tables for guaranteed seating). 

      When: August 4, 7 to 9pm
      Where: Chinatown Memorial Plaza
      Admission: Free


      Harmony Arts Festival

      Harmony Arts Festival features 10 days of events and activities showcasing arts and culture during this celebration of summer on the North Shore.

      When: August 4 to 13, schedule here
      Where: Millennium Park
      Admission: Free


      Drag Queen Karaoke

      Celebrate the power of Pride by singing in the spotlight or taking in the tunes while enjoying light refreshments.

      When: August 5, 3 to 5pm
      Where: East Richmond Community Hall
      Admission: Free (registration required)



      For the first time, Pride is going to be a two-day affair. The stage at Concord Pacific Place will be buzzing both Saturday and Sunday, featuring performances from Fefe Dobson, Coco & Breezy, Madison Rose, and Prado Monroe.

      When: August 5 and 6, noon to 7pm
      Where: Concord Pacific Place
      Admission: Free


      Summer Event Series

      The Amazing Brentwood is hosting free performances to showcase local musical talent. Catch Desmond Day, MARZIA, Warren Dean Flandez, and Best Night Ever on Saturday, and Cassandra Maze, Uno Mas, Potato Head People, and Marie Hui on Sunday. 

      When: August 5 and 6, 2 to 8pm
      Where: The Amazing Brentwood Plaza
      Admission: Free


      Powell Street Festival

      Celebrate Japanese Canadian art and culture with live performances, a Japanese food and craft marketplace, panels and workshops, martial arts demos, children’s activities, and much more. 

      When: August 5 and 6, 11:30am to 7pm
      Where: Oppenheimer Park
      Admission: Free


      Outdoor Bollywood dance classes

      Enjoy a high-energy dance class on Tuesdays throughout August led by expert instructor Rohan D’Silva. Absolutely no prior dance experience is necessary. 

      When: Tuesdays in August, 7 to 8pm
      Where: Civic Plaza
      Admission: Free (registration required)


      Social ballroom dance workshops

      Learn how to build a foundation in social ballroom dance to sweep your future dance partner off their feet. 

      When: August 8, 15, 22, 5:30 to 6:30pm
      Where: Civic Plaza
      Admission: Free (registration required)


      the della kit concert

      Recently a featured artist in the 2023 First Up with RBCxMusic program, the della kit is planning to perform a free unplugged lounge experience at the Fairmont Pacific Rim this month, featuring songs from her debut album moonbeams & frequencies. 

      When: August 9, 6 to 10pm
      Where: Fairmont Pacific Rim
      Admission: Free


      Brews & Books: An Evening with Renée Saklikar

      Enjoy an evening of food and drinks with acclaimed author and poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar, who will delve into her latest epic fantasy, Bramah’s Quest.

      When: August 9, 6 to 7:30pm
      Where: The Modern Pantry
      Admission: Free


      Tea & Paint Dim Sum in Chinatown

      Everyone is welcome to enjoy tea and painting, with painting instructions provided by @Lucky.Munyi. This session will be watercolour dim sum.

      When: August 12, 6 to 9pm
      Where: Chinatown Memorial Plaza
      Admission: Free


      Summer Pop-Up Concerts with Music on Main 2023

      Check out a variety of top-flight musicians and soul-stirring repertoire. Take a breath and simply listen.

      When: August 14 to 16, 21 to 23, 6:30pm
      Where: Mount Pleasant Park
      Admission: Free


      Opera in Oak Park

      Catch a free concert with soprano Emma Petersen, mezzo-soprano Yenny Lee, bass-baritone Andrew Greenwood, tenor Ian McCloy, and pianist Roger Parton. 

      When: August 19, 2 to 3:30pm
      Where: Oak Park
      Admission: Free


      The Cultch 50th Anniversary Open House

      Celebrate 50 years of The Cultch with a free drop-in party that includes snacks, theatre tours, and free mimosas. Kids welcome.

      When: August 26, 11am to 2pm (drop-in)
      Where: 1895 Venables
      Admission: Free (RSVP here)


      Compound block party

      Monstercat’s annual free block party is back at Monstercat HQ later this month with a mainstage lineup that includes Cankdat, Blanke, Nostalgia, Godlands, Ace Aura, and Chyl. 

      When: August 26, 2 to 9pm
      Where: 380 Railway Street
      Admission: Free


      Flats Fest

      This free, family-friendly community event will include a beer garden, food trucks, local musicians, an artisan market, and more. The lineup includes Hayley Wallis, Cody Lawless, and KAllITECHNIS. 

      When: August 26, 2 to 6pm
      Where: 565 Great Northern Way
      Admission: Free


      It’s Not Rocket Surgery - Mike Jackson Solo ART SHOW

      Join Mike Jackson as he shares original and limited-edition works.

      When: August 27, 6pm
      Where: Monica Reyes Gallery
      Admission: Free


      Meet Me in Gastown

      Catch live music, art demonstrations, games, and a special finale performance on closed-down Water Street in celebration of Gastown’s heritage and community. 

      When: August 31, 3 to 7pm
      Where: Water Street from Abbott Street to Carrall Street
      Admission: Free

      Want more? Check out our events page to find out what else is going on around the city.