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.

Catch the highly entertaining performances at Theatre Under the Stars (until August 26). Something Rotten is a laugh-out-loud, make-fun-of-musicals show that is pure entertainment. The language is a bit edgy for the younger crowd but it’s such a fun show! We Will Rock You is the ultimate sing-along show. Good luck not humming along with all of Queen’s most popular songs in this feel-good, underdog story.

The 28th annual Harmony Arts Festival (July 29 – August 7) takes over Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. Enjoy FREE musical entertainment plus foodie events, and loads of kids workshops for just $2 each.

The annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival returns for the BC Day long weekend (July 30 – August 1). All of the pre-covid events are back: pancake breakfast, parade, sports tournaments, and more!

For 150 years the Chilliwack Fair has been entertaining families in the Fraser Valley. Don’t miss this year’s celebration (August 5 – 7). Buy your tickets ahead of time to save money.

Music on the Wharf has been running in Maple Ridge since 1997. There are 2 free concerts to enjoy in August (August 8 & 22). Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

Enjoy live, FREE musical performances in Surrey Parks through August. Surrey’s Sounds of Summer run every Wednesday (August 3, 10, 17, 24) and one Friday (August 8).

The Richmond Maritime Festival returns to the Britannia Shipyards August 20 & 21. The FREE family-friendly festival includes live music, roving performers, visual artists, stilt walkers, puppets, storytellers and dancers plus wooden boat displays.

Gateway Theatre’s wildly popular Songs of Summer is back on August 27. Families will thoroughly love the afternoon performance (2-5pm) which features children’s entertainers as well as arts activities and theatre games. Book your tickets now to ensure you can enjoy this great event. Kids aged 4 years and under are FREE!

There are also a bunch of FREE outdoor movies playing around Metro Vancouver. Many of the showings have limits on the number of attendees so be sure to reserve your spot early.

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!