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.

4. Keys to the Streets 2014 – July 1 – August 23, 2014

Musically inclined? Share your talents and tickle some ivories in public at one of the “pop up” public pianos set up throughout Vancouver by Keys to the Streets.

5. Sunday Afternoon Salsa in Robson Square – Sundays through August 24, 2014

Every summer, Salsa Vancouver offers free outdoor salsa dances and classes at Vancouver’s famous Robson Square.

6. Free Ballroom Dancing in Robson Square – Friday nights through August 29, 2014

Watch a sexy act or pretend you’re on the set of Dirty Dancing and participate at this free dance event series made possible by DanceSport BC.

7. Kitsilano Summer Farmers Market – Sundays through October

Meet your maker, check out cool cooking demos, get menu inspiration and socialize at Kitsilano farmers market.

8. Shipyards Night Market – Fridays in August

Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver, unlike the Chinatown Night Market in RIchmond, has no cover and boasts live music, local growers, and a beer garden.

Last modified: August 3, 2014

One Response to " 8 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August "

  1. Tim says:

    Thanks for the suggestions! FYI – Item 2 should read “SUNDAY, August 3”.