5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (August 22-28)

Your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to dwright@canadawide.com.

Read on for this week’s lineup.

Meet me in Gastown

1. Meet Me In Gastown

August 25

Spend an evening in Gastown listening to live music, playing giant jenga and enjoying dinner from local restaurants. As the light goes down, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra is set to perform and will be followed up by an immersive light show experience.  

When: August 25
Where: Gastown
Cost: Free
More Info: gastown.org

VIWIF Summer Fest

2. Vancouver International Women in Film Summer Fest

August 26-27

This two-day celebration highlights the winners and faves from the 2022 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. The fest includes screenings of the winners, receptions and a special closing gala so you can mingle with the filmmakers.  

When: August 26-27
Where: VIFF Centre
Cost: On a sliding scale; from $5
More Info: viwff.ca

Sunflower Festival

3. Richmond Sunflower Festival

August 13-September 5

Head out to Richmond to see a stunning display of over 90 varieties of sunflowers, dahlias and other flowers, spread over 20 acres of farmland. There are tons of photo-op moments including a flower wagon. Plus there will be a lemonade stand, mini doughnuts and local food trucks.

When: August 13-September 5
Where: Richmond Country Farms
Cost: $10 weekdays; $12 weekends and holidays
More Info: richmondsunflowerfest.com

Songs of Summer

4. Songs of Summer

August 27

This open-air concert starts the day as a family-friendly event with a performance by DJ Miss Sparklez featuring Rickie Wang followed by theatre games, puppet story time and art activities perfect for kids. The evening event is adult-focused with a performance by local soul, jazz and R&B singer Krystle Dos Santos and her three-piece band. There will be wine and beer available at the concert as well as snacks and frozen treats.

When: August 27
Where: Gateway Theatre
Cost: Afternoon concert $15; Evening concert $30
More Info: gatewaytheatre.com

Punjabi Market Live

5. Punjabi Market Live!

August 28

In collaboration with Monsoon Arts Fest, the Punjabi Market is set to be a day of dance, music, cuisine, and family activities. There will be a range of dance performances, including Karima Essa and traditional Salish song and dance by Tstasu Stalqyu. Music is a huge part of the evenet with multiple singing performances from artists like Robyn Sandhu and Jugpreet Bajwa. There will also be live poetry presentations and fun activities for kids and families. Expect food trucks on site serving an array of tasty treats, including free jalebis from Himalaya Restaurant.

When: August 28
Where: Corner of Main and 49th
Cost: Free
More Info: monsoonartsfest.ca