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.

The 28th annual Harmony Arts Festival (July 30 – August 8) takes over Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. Enjoy FREE musical entertainment plus foodie events, and loads of kids workshops for just $2 each.

FREE Comic Book Day (August 14) – FREE comic book day used to occur on the 1st Saturday of May but for 2021, this fun event is happening on August 14. Comic stores across Metro Vancouver distribute FREE comic books to patrons.

The annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival returns for the BC Day long weekend (July 29 – August 2). Some changes have been made to accommodate COVID but for 2021 you can take part in a virtual cooking class, sign up for a drive in movie, and enjoy a classic car cruise.

For 146 years the Chilliwack Fair has been entertaining families in the Fraser Valley. Don’t miss this year’s celebration (August 6 – 8). 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 9 & 23). Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

Enjoy live, FREE musical performances in Surrey Parks through August (and early September). Tickets are available starting July 31. There are only 100 tickets available per Sounds of Summer Concerts (August 12, 19 & 26).

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!