5 Out-of-This-World Events Happening in Vancouver This Week (August 19-25)

Space Case

August 22

We like to use artificial intelligence for finding out tomorrow’s weather or when Carly Rae Jepsen’s birthday is (November 21, obviously)—but the world of AI is getting real complex, real fast. At AI: The Changing Face of Technology, you can explore the social impact, ethics, science and uses for artificial intelligence with a drink in hand. Live your sci-fi dreams with trivia, live science demos, and a lecture delivered by Kevin Leyton-Brown, the Director of UBC’s Centre for Artificial Decision-Making and Action.

When: Thursday, August 22; 7:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
Cost: $25
More Info: spacecentre.ca


Show Ride

August 24 & 25

Motorcyclists and music lovers, gear up: the Music Therapy Ride is a trip you won’t want to miss. Participants bike from Burnaby to Pemberton, grab a spot under the stars, and enjoy a night of live tunes benefitting music therapy organizations across Canada. The event is presented by Music Heals Charitable Foundation and Bikers for Autism (and if biking isn’t your thing, you can totally snag a ticket for the festival only). Make sure to factor helmet hair into your concert getup.

When: Saturday, August 24 & Sunday, August 25
Where: Burnaby to Pemberton, festival at Rise & Shine Retreat
Cost: From $74
More Info: musicheals.ca


Fishy Dishes

August 24

Kick your fillet game up a notch at the Wild Salmon Celebration, an annual dinner celebrating our province’s swimming  superfood. The fishy frolic features eight stations serving up BC wines paired with wild salmon preparations you won’t find anywhere else. Get hooked on salmon confit, tataki, ceviche, ballotine, and more.                                       

When: Saturday, August 24 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf
Cost: $60
More Info: chefstablesociety.com


Free Fest

August 24

Even if your wallet is hurting from all those summer happy hours, you’ll be able to afford a night out at Compound block party (admission is free!). Enjoy art, food trucks, and live electronic music presented on two stages, with over a third of performers hailing from BC. Artists include Drezo, Conro, and Tails, and the event is hosted by Vancouver-based record label Monstercat Records. Support local artists – and your bank account.

When: Saturday, August 24 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Monstercat
Cost: Free
More Info: monstercat.com


Cabin Fever

August 25

You’ll need your sea legs for False Creek’s newest creative crib: the Blue Cabin Foating Artist Residency launches this Sunday. This fresh-faced cabin is actually almost 100 years old, and was slated for demolition in 2014 before being saved by a team of arts organizations and transformed into a buoyant artist residency. Be sure to get there early—only 20 people are allowed aboard at one time.

When: Sunday, August 25 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Plaza of Nations
Cost: Free
More Info: thebluecabin.ca