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BC Day at the BC Sports Hall of Fame


Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 — 11:36am PDT
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The BC Sports Hall of Fame has a special deal for those who play Pokemon Go this BC Day. They’ll be open on during the holiday, 10:00am to 5:00pm with lures, tours, and much more for players and non-players alike.

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BC Day at the BC Sports Hall of Fame

Enter the BC Sports Hall of Fame through Gate A at BC Place on Monday, August 1st. If you play Pokemon Go, show your Pokedex for 50% off (regular price $15) admission. Lures will be activated throughout the day and guests will also have the chance to win iTunes gift cards to buy Pokecoins.

Check out the BC Sports Hall of Fame’s museum and exhibits, and everyone is invited on a tour of BC Place at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. If you are a Pokemon Go player, take a special tour that includes PokeStops at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm on BC Day.

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Follow the BC Sports Hall of Fame on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about this special BC Day promotion, their exhibitions, tours, and events.

Watch the Perseids Meteor Shower


Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 — 9:10am PDT
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Watch the Perseids meteor shower, the annual show of shooting stars that is one of the most popular celestial events in the world, with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on August 13th in Aldergrove. You can bring the family to this viewing event, enjoy activities and refreshments, and even camp out for the night!

Watch the Perseids Meteor Shower

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Where: Aldergrove Regional Park
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission: All ages. Drop-in, $2 per person.

​Join astronomers with telescopes as they search the night sky for the Perseids meteor shower. Enjoy lantern-lit trails, blacklight skits, games, crafts, storytelling and other entertainment. Camp overnight to extend your star gazing experience. Aldergrove Elks Lodge #66 concession available for hot drinks, food and Sunday morning breakfast, CASH ONLY. Meet at Aldergrove Bowl entrance at 501 Lefeuvre Rd, Abbotsford.

Camping setup is from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Full camping details are available online.

“The Perseids meteor shower happens every August. The Earth plows into debris left behind from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which last passed close to Earth in 1992… While the comet poses no threat to the planet for the foreseeable future, it is a very large object. Its nucleus of 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) in diameter is about the same size as the one that crashed into Earth about 66 million years ago and killed the dinosaurs.” [Space]

A few other areas for recommended viewing are McDonald Park in Abbotsford, Porteau Cove up the Sea to Sky, Barnet Marine Park, Belcarra, and Iona — although the closer to the city lights you get the less you’re likely to see in the night’s sky.

Win Vancouver Queer Film Festival Tickets


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 — 1:33pm PDT
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The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (“VQFF”) has released its complete festival lineup for the 11-day festival, curated by Artistic Director Shana Myara. More than 68 films will be showcased at the VQFF, along with 25 directors in attendance, 30 performing artists, and 3 free workshops, in addition to parties and talk back sessions.

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Vancouver Queer Film Festival

When: August 11-21, 2016
Tickets: For sale online
Where: Vancouver Playhouse, International Village, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, The Rio Theatre, VIFF Vancity Theatre, and more.

The festival will kick off with an outdoor sunset party at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza on Thursday, August 11th at 10:00pm, following the opening film Summertime. This lush, poetic film that confronts the question: is love really all you need?

The fest will then roll on to include groundbreaking, genre-bending films such as North Mountain, by Canadian Métis director Bretten Hannam, and Waiting for B, which follows hardcore Brazilian Beyoncé fans who camp for two months prior to the pop star’s 2013 São Paulo concert.

“The biggest event in the queer calendar, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, has now been set,” says Executive Director, Stephanie Goodwin. “Through the power of film, Out On Screen expands what we can imagine to be possible for queer, trans* and two-spirit lives, histories, and futures. And it’s a ton of fun packed into eleven days.”

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Real Boy

The Youth Gala features Real Boy, a coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager in California on a journey to find his voice as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.

The festival’s Closing Gala showcases Kiki, a wonderland tour of the underground vogue/ballroom Kiki scene. Kiki offers a portrait of hope, strength, resilience and the myriad possibilities that come with queer and trans* youth owning their futures.

VQFF is thrilled to be hosting nationally acclaimed artist Richard Fung (Re:Orientations), who received the 2015 Kessler Award for significant contributions to LGBTQ studies; internationally acclaimed artists Kerem Sanga (First Girl I Loved), whose previous work premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and won an Audience Award; Ingrid Jungermann, whose debut feature Women Who Kill, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Screenplay, and who is known for her work creating the beloved web series The Slope and F to 7th.

Festival guides are now available at festival venues as well as Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium and Black Dog Video. The complete festival lineup can also be viewed online. Follow the Vancouver Queer Film Festival on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

The VQFF is presented by Out On Screen, a charitable organization that illuminates, celebrates and advances queer lives through film, education and dialogue.

Win Tickets

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The tickets are good for any film (including gala films), but are subject to availability. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

August Events in Metro Vancouver


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 — 12:15pm PDT
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August is here, bringing with it hot summer days, simmering nights by the water, and many activities and events around Metro Vancouver. This month, Miss604 is proud to sponsor Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival, the Richmond Maritime Festival, and Movies Under the Stars in Surrey.

August Events in Metro Vancouver

Throughout the month check out Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park, Vancouver Police Museum Tours, Bard on the Beach, and these 5 FREE Vancouver Summer Date Night Ideas. Have anything to add? Send it in for a free listing!

August Events in Metro Vancouver

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Multi-Day Events

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

Monday, August 1, 2016 BC Day Holiday
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
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
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park
Vancouver Tech Cocktail Mixer
Surreal Theatre: Interactive, Roaming Theatre in Gastown
Kwantlen Street Farmers Market
Vancouver Bach Festival
Harmony Arts Festival
All Access Tours of BC Place

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Main Street Farmers Market
Surrey Urban Farmers Market
Poetry in the Park, Queen’s Park
The Fakespeare Festival
Harmony Arts Festival
Vancouver Bach Festival
All Access Tours of BC Place

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Free Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Show at Jack Poole Plaza
Summer Tours of the Historic Orpheum
Enchanted Evenings Concert Series – Night 6 – Lalun
Downtown Farmers Market
All Access Tours of BC Place
Harmony Arts Festival
Vancouver Bach Festival
The Fakespeare Festival

Friday, August 5, 2016
Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport
Opening Reception: Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down
Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord
Eric McCormack’s “The Concert I Never Gave…”
Free Heritage Walking Tours
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
International Summer Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Surreal Theatre: Interactive, Roaming Theatre in Gastown
KitsFest
All Access Tours of BC Place
Harmony Arts Festival
Vancouver Bach Festival
The Fakespeare Festival

Saturday, August 6, 2016
Sponsored by Miss604: Richmond Maritime Festival
Sponsored by Miss604: Movies Under the Stars in Surrey
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival
Red Truck Beer Summer Concert Series
ConfiDance 2016, Surrey
Eric McCormack’s “The Concert I Never Gave…”
Pacific Polo Cup
Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord
River District Farmers Market
Burnaby Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
International Summer Night Market
Richmond Night Market
All Access Tours of BC Place
KitsFest
Harmony Arts Festival
Vancouver Bach Festival
The Fakespeare Festival

Sunday, August 7, 2016
Sponsored by Miss604: Richmond Maritime Festival
Free Outdoor Movie at the Sunset Series, Richmond
Creative Cafe, Minnekhada Regional Park
Experience Delta Farm And Culinary Tour
Artful Sundays, Britannia Community Centre
Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
International Summer Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Lonsdale Quay Summer Concert Series
All Access Tours of BC Place
KitsFest
Harmony Arts Festival
Vancouver Bach Festival

5 Free Vancouver Summer Date Night Ideas


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 — 9:45am PDT
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It doesn’t take a lot of money, or even effort, to enjoy some great summer activities in Vancouver on date night. When John and I first courted, mind you we were traveling between Vancouver and Iowa every few weeks, the best things about each of our cities that we loved showing off to each other were usually the free things. Walks by the river and sunset strolls on the Sea Wall were our favourite but if you’re looking for a bit more to do with your sweetie, here are 5 Free Vancouver Summer Date Night Ideas:

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Sunday Afternoon Salsa

Enjoy free dancing, dance lessons, and dance shows right under bustling Robson Street at Sunday Afternoon Salsa. Robson Square vibes with great music as you are invited to take a free beginner salsa dance lesson with some of Vancouver’s best instructors. This is followed by a dance show and social dance. After the lessons and performances, hundreds of salsa dancers, young and old, join in the fun. Sunday Afternoon Salsa is open to everyone.

Kitsilano Showboat

Now in it 81st season, Kitsilano Showboat is a Vancouver tradition! Free performances on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays round out your day at the beach with beautiful sunset and city backdrops. It runs from June to August, with live entertainment that is diverse and vibrant. Tango, country dance, performing arts, orchestra, chorus, violin, brass, and much more. All programs start at 7:00pm and the Kitsilano Showboat is free to enjoy but donations are very welcome.

Stanley Park Trails

Go for a Hike

You can start small by exploring some of the 25km of trails within Stanley Park (and popping into the Stanley Park Nature House for a free info session) or amp up your date day experience. Hike Quarry Rock near Deep Cove for some great views and follow it up with a dip in the water or the free Cates Park Concert Series). Get some Instagram-worthy shots with a waterfall hike, or go bigger with a St Mark’s Summit hike.

Free Outdoor Movies in the Park

Fresh Air Cinema hosts dozens of free outdoor movies nights across the province each summer, usually from July to September. In Vancouver, there are movie nights at Second Beach in Stanley Park, the perfect way to cap off a picnic in the park, or date day on the beach.

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Free Summer Festivals

Earlier in the summer there’s the free Khatsahlano Street Party, Car Free Day, Italian Day on the Drive, and Canada Day festivities, and Latin American Week in Vancouver.

There’s also the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival, with free SHOREfest concerts, and coming up in August, the Vancouver Mural Festival will have a free concert (with Hey Ocean! Willa and The Katherines). Pride Week will also include several free events including the Vancouver Pride Parade and Sunset Beach Festival.

Bonus

If you like history: Do one of the free Summer Tours of the Historic Orpheum, or do a free Heritage Walking Tour on Fridays & Saturdays.

If you like music: The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra is doing a free outdoor performance at Jack Poole Plaza on August 4th, and there’s free music at the Lonsdale Quay Summer Concert Series on Sundays.

You can also win your way into some great events by following Miss604 contests and subscribing to my weekend events newsletter.




Vancouver Pride Parade 2016


Monday, July 25th, 2016 — 11:32am PDT
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The 38th Vancouver Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, as the West End welcomes one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. Every year this celebration attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators, young and old, and is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ2+ events on the globe.

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Vancouver Pride Parade 2016

Where: Downtown Vancouver along Robson, Denman, Beach Ave
When: Sunday, July 31st from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Road Closures: Robson closures starting at 7:00am, Denman closes at 10:30am, Beach Ave closes at 11:00am

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Spectator Tips

  • It’s always HOT! Be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, a hat, etc.
  • Do not throw items or spray water at parade participants
  • Parking along the Parade route is extremely limited so leave your car at home and take transit to the Parade
  • Stay off road, let marchers come to you to get free swag and take photos from the side

Keep the fun going at the Pride Festival at Sunset Beach, where the parade ends up, starting at 11:00am. Enjoy even more Vancouver Pride events throughout the week by checking out the calendar, and other festivities like the Davie Street Block Party on Friday, July 29th.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2010

Follow the Vancouver Pride Society on Twitter and Facebook for more information, and tag your social posts with #VanPride16.