8 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

Image: Asher Isbrucker

Image: Asher Isbrucker

Maybe you already spent your vacation budget, maybe you’re about to splurge on a holiday in August. Either way, when are free events not appealing? Summer in Vancouver has more free events and festivals than any other time of year, and there’s only one month left to take advantage.

From pop-up piano concerts to fireworks and parades, here are 8 free things to do in Vancouver in August.

8 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

1. Celebration of Light Fireworks – Saturday, August 2, 2014

Every summer, Vancouver enjoy some spectacular pyrotechnics over English Bay. Lucky for Kits residents, we can head down to our beach to enjoy them.

2. Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival – Sunday, August 3, 2014

650,000+ spectators and participants turn out for thr annual Pride Parade which winds its way though downtown Vancouver and the West End.  After the spectacle, the party continues at the Pride Fest (also free) at Sunset Beach.

3. Powell Street Festival – August 1 – 3, 2014

In honour of our Japanese Canadian Community, this free annual festival has awesome eats, music, arts, crafts, and kids’ activities. Read more…

4 Budget-Friendly Eats in Kitsilano

Wraps at Al Basha Restaurant in Kitsilano

Wraps at Al Basha Restaurant in Kitsilano

Have house prices in Kitsilano made you re-consider your monthly budget plan? Is your landlord about to give you the yearly rent increase notice? Already taken that splurge-worthy vacay?

Perhaps it’s time to start saving some cash. Try one of these 4 budget-friendly restaurants in Kitsilano for your next bite, without having to sacrifice for quality and taste.

4 Budget-Friendly Eats in Kitsilano

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Kitsilano Showboat

Show_boat_kitsilanoA little cheesy, a little magical, Kitsilano Showboat still has what it takes to draw a crowd after 78 years of entertaining guests.

You’re probably aware of the fact that Kits Showboat performances are free and take place four times a week (7pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) weather permitting, from June 23 to August 16. Here are 5 fun facts you probably didn’t know about the old gal’s storied past. Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend


What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano.

The properties include a perfect starter home, a spacious townhome and a sleek one-bedroom condo. Read more…

Kitsilano Community Gardens Fight to Survive CP Rail Evictions

Maple Community Garden

Maple Community Garden

Many community gardens in the city, including our own award-winning Maple Community Garden and Cypress Community Garden, are facing imminent crisis as Canadian Pacific has issued a notice that much of the gardens be dismantled by July 31 in order to make way for track maintenance.

On Saturday July 26, from 11am-5pm, a the gardens are throwing a garden party to draw awareness to the issue and celebrate the long life of these community gardens. The event takes place between Maple and Fir along the 6th Avenue railway tracks. This could very likely be a final hurrah for the community of passionate gardeners that have called this spot home for years. A BBQ will be provided for anyone to use, there will be plant seed giveaways, music, veggies, and a mini market. Harvest and Garden Tours will take place at 1pm and 3pm, and there will be a Seed Saving Workshop at 2pm. This event is open to the public of all ages, including pets, and is free. Be sure to stop by to show your support for a lovely Kitsilano landmark. Read more…

Get Ready for Fireworks! Celebration of Light Kicks off Saturday, July 26

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The annual Honda Celebration of Light Vancouver fireworks festival kicks off this Saturday, July 26, with a performance by the United States. Beginning at 10pm, rain or shine, the shebang lasts 25 minutes and is launched from the barges in English Bay.

While ideal spots to watch are downtown from Sunset Beach or English Bay, Kitsilano Beach is always packed and offers a respectable view. Big crowds, some extra foods carts, and nearby bars for after show drinks help make our neighbourhood an sweet spot from which to view the show. The music simulcast can be heard on SHORE 104.3 and on the festival’s mobile app, or you can settle in at the Kitsilano Showboat, which will also be playing the music and offering seating from a great vantage point. Read more…

4 Things You Didn’t Know about Granville Island


Sea Village

Floating homes at Sea Village on Granville Island

Granville Island’s evolution from a First Nations winter fishing village on a sandbar, to industrial island, to derelict wasteland, to thriving tourist destination and artistry hotspot that it is today, can be difficult to imagine.

Some remnants of its past are still visible. Railway tracks can be seen amongst the cobblestone streets and corrugated buildings. A drill-bit manufacturer and concrete factory still remain – subtle tributes to its days of cranking out manufactured goods.

As a successful model for brownfield redevelopment, Granville Island now sees over 10 million visitors every year.

While urban planners, architects, and developers speculate about its shrouded future, spend an afternoon checking out these 4 things you didn’t know about Granville Island.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Granville Island

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Where to Get a Milkshake in Kitsilano


Cold, sweet and creamy, milkshakes evoke childhood. There’s something about summer that makes us it okay for grown-ups to indulge too. Here’s where to get a milkshake in Kits, while you can still get away with it.

Where to Get a Milkshake in Kitsilano

1. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe

We love it all year round for diner fare and the fact that there’s real art (find the Fred Herzog!) mixed in with the kitsch covering the walls. When it comes to the art of the milkshake, you can bet they know their stuff. Expect oversized portions, the overflow served on the side in a chrome mixing cup, with real ice cream in flavours such as coconut, almond and espresso. They also have the classic triumvirate: choc, strawberry and vanilla. Add booze for just $3 more. Read more…

Free Outdoor Movies Vancouver 2014: Stanley Park & Canada Place


Free outdoor movies, one of the quintessential elements of summer in Vancouver, are back.  This year, there are two downtown options.

Option 1: The Chevron Summer Cinema Series at Stanley Park — free outdoor movies which take place every Tuesday at dusk until September 2.

Option 2: Scotiabank SCENE presents Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place, taking place weekly on Thursdays throughout July and August.

Details on showtimes, what to bring, snacks and weather related cancellations after the jump. Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend


What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano.

The properties include a heritage home, a townhouse with stunning views and a one-bedroom condo. Read more…