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Things to do in Vancouver This BC Day Long Weekend

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 — 12:05pm PDT
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This weekend Miss604 is proud to sponsor the Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival. Squamish Days is a long weekend full of fun, excitement, action, and entertainment for the whole family! There are music & art events, children’s activities, a parade, wacky bed races, an 8K run, pancake breakfast and two world class Loggers Sports Shows with competitors from all around the world.

Things to do in Vancouver This BC Day Long Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday July 29, 2016
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport
SuperChefs for Kids at Central City
Summer Movie Series in Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Outdoor Movie at Katzie Elementary, Surrey
Family Friday Drop-In, New Westminster
Chicks Ahoy! Boat Cruise Party
Pride Wild Fruit-LGBTQ Dance Party
Music at the Cannery
Seniors in the Park at Historic Stewart Farm
Vancouver Pride: Davie Street Party
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
International Summer Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Stanley Park Forager Tours
Divorce: A Waste Audit – The Art Show

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
SuperChefs for Kids at Central City
40th Annual Powell Street Festival
13th Annual Vancouver Dyke March & Festival
SHOREfest & Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks
Coquitlam Kinsmen Craft Beer Fest
Watch the Fireworks from the Museum of Vancouver
Brigade Days
EatRich Food Truck Festival, Richmond
Cates Park Concert Series
TOMBOY PRIDE East Van Pride Party + Queer Burlesque Showcase
Vancouver Canadians Fireworks Extravaganza
River District Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
International Summer Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Stanley Park Forager Tours
River District Drive-In Movies
Divorce: A Waste Audit – The Art Show

Sunday, July 31, 2016
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Vancouver Pride Parade
Jamaica Day, Surrey
Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market
Brigade Days
Pride Hershe Bar-Where The Girls Are
Concert Series Sundays – Greg Neufeld, Lonsdale Quay
The Sunset Series at the Olympic Riverside Plaza
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
International Summer Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Stanley Park Forager Tours

Monday, August 1, 2016 BC Day Holiday
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
BC Day at the BC Sports Hall of Fame + Pokemon Go Tours
BC Day Celebrations, Burnaby
Harmony Arts Festival
Free Fitness for Families on the Pier, New Westminster
Holi Colour Festival
All Access Tours of BC Place

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Tour Arthur Erickson’s Garden

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 — 9:10am PDT
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Talk about a hidden gem! This summer, tours will be given of Arthur Erickson’s garden, a secret oasis designed by the late, great architect.

Erickson designed everything from Robson Square and the SFU quad to condos, temples, libraries, office buildings, and hotels — and they’re all some of the most recognizable structures in Vancouver, and across Canada.

Erickson's Waterfall Building

Tour Arthur Erickson’s Garden

Behind a simple cedar gate in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood is Erickson’s most delicate design accomplishment, a tranquil realm where he resided for over 50 years. The Arthur Erickson Foundation is inviting Vancouver residents and visitors to view this quiet, shady oasis.

Where: 4195 W 14th Ave, Point Grey
When: 4:00pm on the first and third Thursday of every month
Register: Book a spot on a tour by emailing tours[at]aefoundation.ca

Photo by Simon Scott

The minimal dwelling that also served as his private work space is set amongst a contemplative garden landscaped with Himalayan rhododendrons, Fraser River grasses, bamboo and dogwood trees and a marble moon-viewing platform extending over a pond. A refuge for Erickson’s creative spirit, the garden was as an inspirational oasis for his designs as well as a laboratory for experimentation.

The artful use of horizontal planes and the subtle composition of plants speak to design traits and themes that underlie many of his projects. Erickson hosted legendary soirées in the garden for his friends and illustrious guests, including Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, among others, who were treated to special events like a reading by famed anthropologist Margaret Mead and a performance by Rudolf Nureyev.

The garden was a stop on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Mid Century Modern House Tour last year. A new tour, with new stops, is coming up on September 24, 2016.

The Arthur Erickson Foundation (AEF) is a registered charitable organization. Its mission is to honour the legacy and sustain the work of Arthur Erickson.

YVR Community Chill Out

Friday, July 29th, 2016 — 10:33am PDT
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YVR Community Chill OutVancouver International Airport (“YVR”) is hosting its first-ever YVR Community Chill Out on August 13th at Flight Path Park in Richmond.

This free family event will feature fun activities for all to enjoy, including the YVR Passport Challenge, where you can visit YVR’s community partners’ booths to get your Chill Out Passport stamped to win some cool prize packs and a chance to win $500 travel vouchers.

YVR Community Chill Out

Where: Larry Berg Flight Path Park (Russ Baker Way, Richmond)
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 11:00am to 3:00pm
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Entertainment and activities include face painting, giant Jenga, photo booths, mini golf, food carts, and live performances.

Free parking will be available at the BCIT Aerospace Campus. Free shuttle service will run regularly from BCIT and Templeton Canada Line Station to Flight Path Park. For cyclists, The Bicycle Valet will be onsite for convenient and secure bicycle parking.

Flight Path Park

You can do the YVR Passport Challenge to win prizes and also put your packing skills to the test to win sweet YVR swag and enter into a draw for two round trip flights to anywhere YVR flies. Follow YVR Airport on Facebook and Twitter for more information leading up to the event.

Oasis Beach Club: Get Your Tickets and Support Canuck Place

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 — 10:00am PDT
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For the first time, Vancouver’s most stunning beach vista, Second Beach in Stanley Park, is being transformed into a music & art event produced by The Social Concierge. Oasis Beach Club on September 9th will benefit Canuck Place children and the families who love them.

Oasis Beach Club


Experience and define what it means to live in the moment at this inaugural event featuring world-class DJs accompanied by live drums and saxophone, signature cocktails and canapés, and interactive art installations.

Where: Second Beach Pool
When: September 9, 2016 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Tickets: Available online now! Tickets start at $75. As an Oasis Beach Club guest, enjoy one complimentary drink, gourmet canapés, and access to the entire event environment.

For a VIP experience at this stylish fundraiser, you can also book a private cabana tent for 10 guests, for $5,000. This exclusive upgrade will feature luxurious seating for 10, gourmet catering and a personal concierge to offer bottle service for your group. This VIP package is complimented with the best sunset views available, and is eligible for a $2500.00 tax receipt.

Canuck Place is a sanctuary for families where they can build precious memories together and live each moment to the fullest. They’re now bringing that same philosophy to one of Vancouver’s most stunning beach vistas. Follow Oasis Beach Club and Canuck Place on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @CanuckPlace.

Book your tickets today and enjoy this stylish, sizzling, sunset summer event while supporting an amazing cause.

Note: guests will not have access to the pool. Oasis Beach Club is 19+. Please enjoy responsibly.

Miss604 is the proud social media sponsor of the Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Vancouver Fireworks Photo of the Day

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 — 8:39am PDT
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Last night, Howard’s Fireworks, representing Australia, lit up the skies of English Bay in Vancouver during the 26th Honda Celebration of Light. The Vancouver Police Department estimated that 300,000 people took to the shores for the spectacle.

Vancouver Fireworks Photo of the Day

Photo by Claude Martin on Flickr:

Celebration of lights

There’s just one more night of fireworks on Saturday, July 30th as Walt Disney Entertainment, represents theUnited States in the world’s longest-running offshore fireworks competition, right here in Vancouver. Head to the beaches early to enjoy free SHOREFEST concerts and follow the Honda Celebration of Light on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

Free Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Performance

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 — 6:00pm PDT
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Having recently posted about some of the top summer date night activities — that won’t cost you a thing — I came across a wonderful outdoor event that is bound to entertain. For the third year, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra is hosting a free, family-friendly summer evening of live music inspired by the classics and iconic pop culture.


Free Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Performance

Where: Jack Poole Plaza at Burrard Landing (1055 Canada Place)
When: Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Presented by PCI and Ledcor, this free summer evening event will be performed by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, led by Maestro Kenneth Hsieh. The performance takes place at Jack Poole Plaza at Burrard Landing in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Stanley Park, the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains while listening to an enchanting programme of live symphony music.


Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture
Horner/Arr Moss – Titanic Medley
Saint-Saens – Danse Bacchanale
Bladt – Pirates of the Caribbean Medley
Enesco – Romanian Rhapsody
Sibelius – Finlandia
Williams – Selections from the Star Wars Suite
Massenet – Meditation from Thais
Violin Soloist Allison Kim – Laureate 2016
Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture

This free outdoor concert and seating is first come, first serve. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfort.