The kids’ summer break is halfway over, but that means there are still many weeks left to fill with activities. Check out our top picks for August events happening in & around Metro Vancouver.
Theatre Under the Stars presents the family-friendly musicals Mamma Mia and NEWSIES. The performances happen at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. Mamma Mia runs on even days, NEWSIES runs on odd days.
The 28th annual Harmony Arts Festival (August 2 – 11) takes over Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. Enjoy FREE musical entertainment plus foodie events, and loads of kids workshops for just $2 each.
The Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival (August 3 & 4) has become so big & popular it is changing venues for 2017! Immerse your family in 2 days of Caribbean music, food and vendors.
The 46th annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival returns for the BC Day long weekend (August 2 – 5). The weekend’s activities include a ball tournament, great food, fireworks, an antique fair, a skateboard competition, a parade, an international market, a petting zoo, a children’s festival, a bike show and more.
Families will enjoy building sand castles, making kites, listening to live music and watching paddleboard races at the White Rock Sea Festival (August 3 & 4). Fireworks and a lantern parade are part of the celebrations too.
For 146 years the Chilliwack Fair has been entertaining families in the Fraser Valley. Don’t miss this year’s celebration (August 9 – 11). Buy your tickets ahead of time to save money.
Bard on the Beach has two Family Days remaining: August 10 & 24 at 2pm! Call the Box Office for Family Ticket Pricing. The Family Days feature pre-show activities & entertainment as well as a kids-focused pre-show talk in the MainStage. The show available for Family Days is The Taming of the Shrew.
White Spot Pirate Pak Day returns August 14th. This is the ONE day a year where adults are allowed to order the boat, gold coin, and ice cream cup for themselves. I know what we are doing for dinner!
Looking for a cheap activity? It doesn’t get better than FREE admission at Fresh Family Fun Field at Krause Berry Farms (August 18th). The fun includes: jumping pillows, games, tether ball, peddle cart race track & more.
The 11th annual Garlic Festival happens at Richmond’s Sharing Farm on August 18th. With more than 1000 lbs of garlic on hand, there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.
Boat building, a sailing race, plus a children’s festival make the 32nd annual Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival (August 22 – 25) a must-do family event this summer.
The beloved end-of-summer Richmond World Festival returns to Minoru Park on August 30 & 31. Admission is FREE! The kids will love the Kids Zone. Everyone will enjoy the more than 60 performers on the festivals seven stages. Be sure to come hungry and indulge your taste buds at the FEASTival of Flavours with more than 50 of the region’s best food trucks.
Most cities around Metro Vancouver are hosting FREE outdoor summer concerts once a week. Check out our round up of the free concerts; let us know if we’ve missed one in your community! There are also a ton of FREE outdoor movies playing around Metro Vancouver. Most of the movies are kid-friendly as well!
Don’t forget the water spray parks around Metro Vancouver are ready to help you keep your little ones cool. Pack a picnic, slather on the sunscreen, and explore a new park as a family. The outdoor pools are also another great option to help your family survive the heat!
Another upside of the summer months? The wonderful farmers markets. Almost every farmers market is open for the city, and there are TONS of them all across the Lower Mainland. Have a wonderful August!
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.