From Shakespeare by the sea to food-filled festivals, the summer lineup of fun things to do and see in Vancouver offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a bird enthusiast, avid gamer or love comedy, this BC metropolis is the perfect destination for a quick getaway or extended vacation.
Vancouver Art Gallery: Cabin Fever — Now through September 30
While often overlooked, the humble cabin played an essential role in the development of Canada and the United States. Providing shelter as settlements spread, the cabin marked the beginning of a development and became a gathering place for weary travelers. The Vancouver Art Gallery’s Cabin Fever explores the impact of these small dwellings and how they survive in various forms today.
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival — Now through Sept 30
This annual outdoor music festival is held at Vancouver’s Vanier Park – offering stunning waterfront views and high-quality theatrics. Plays range from classic reproductions to modernized renditions – delivering a delightful mix of choices.
Toto — July 30
The internationally renowned TOTO band released their newest album in July, 40 Trips Around The Sun. Their July 30th performance will showcase a selection of songs from the album, letting you get to hear these fabulous performers live.
Steve Martin & Martin Short — August 1 & 2
Get ready to flex your stomach muscles as you laugh the night away with longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short.
Vancouver Chinatown Festival — August 11 & 12
The annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival is the biggest multicultural summer celebration in Vancouver. It features live music, artist displays, dancing, food stands, kids activities, and more!
Mama Mia! — Now through Aug. 12
This smash-hit musical is based on the lively songs of Abba. Set in an island paradise, this heartwarming tale of a daughter’s quest to find her biological father before her wedding will have you singing along the whole time.
Dan & Phil 2018 World Tour “Interactive Introverts” — August 12
As the world’s biggest YouTube stars, Daniel Howell and Phil Lester are stepping away from the screen and onto the stage. Their August 12th performance will showcase live their award-winning comedy.
Boyz II Men — August 18
The most iconic R&B group in music history, Boyz II Men’s soulful octaves helped shape the music community. Hear them live at this exclusive performance August 18.
Goo Goo Dolls — August 22
The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls are one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music. Their August 22nd performance will likely feature songs from their recently released five-song EP,
The International DOTA 2 Championships — August 20-25
The battle for the Aegis of Champions will be waged on Canadian soil for the first time in history. The faceoff will take place at Rogers Arena throughout this weeklong event.
Vancouver International Bird Festival — August 23-25
Calling all bird enthusiasts. The 2018 Vancouver International Bird Festival is the largest showcase of birds and nature in Canada. The event will feature lectures, bird-inspired artwork, yoga and more.
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival — August 23-September 2
This lively film festival will showcase a collection of films produced by those in the community and from around the world.
Cheese & Meat Festival – September 1
Vancouver’s annual Cheese & Meat Festival has been a favorite since it was founded in 2016. In its third year, the savory event promises to be tastier than ever — showcasing an impressive selection of cheese, meats, wines, beers, and ciders sure to delight one and all!
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