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What's on: Events around Metro Vancouver

By Chris Campbell, 24 hours

Pride Parade watches also get into the spirit of the event. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

Pride Parade watches also get into the spirit of the event. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)


Pride Parade

Aug. 3

Noon-3 p.m.


No local parade can match the glam and colour of the annual Pride Parade, which starts at Robson and Thurlow and heads to Denman, and then curves around and follows Pacific. Expect wild and crazy floats, lots of grooving music and a fun atmosphere. Also expect lots of road closures so it’s best to come down early and walk to find a good spot. People are also encouraged to donate their spare change to support the event. Other events include the Pride Festival and Market on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sunset Beach. Tonight ushers in the Davie Street Block Party starting at 4 p.m. A dance floor at the rainbow intersection on Bute Street will turn into a temporary dance floor for the ceremony as vendors and carnival games take place nearby. The Pride run/walk is on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in Stanley Park. The Vancouver Dyke March and festival is Saturday at McSpadden Park at noon.

Powell Street Festival

Aug. 1-3


This celebration of Japanese-Canadian arts, culture and heritage has been moved to a new venue at Alexander Street and Jackson Avenue in the wake of a tent city set up at its normal location at Oppenheimer Park. Events run all day on Saturday and Sunday, including walking tours, displays and live performances. Visit for updates.

Harmony Arts Festival

Aug. 1-10

Various venues

West Vancouver

Attracting over 400 established and emerging visual artists, 150 performing artists, 100 businesses, the 24th annual Harmony Arts Festival is a 10-day celebration of music, performance, cinema and art that showcases the best of the North Shore, regional, and national performing, visual and culinary arts. Events include two waterfront outdoor stages with live performances every day and evening. Visit for the full schedule.

Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo

Aug. 1-4

Abbotsford Exhibition Park

32470 Haida Dr.


This is four days of rodeo events, live music, kidzone activities, Millionaire Paintball, mini-golf, magic acts and a Lego contest. If that isn’t enough, professional wrestling legend Ted DiBiase will be on hand for a free show. If you’re 19 and over, pull on your party shoes and get ready to dance the evening away at the exciting new addition to the Agrifair, the BARn, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Live entertainment will be provided by Appaloosa, a country, classic rock band that will take the stage nightly.

Visit for more details.

White Rock Sea Festival

Aug. 1-3

Various locations

White Rock

This annual event includes a stand-up paddle competition, kids sandcastle contest, parade, live music and more spread throughout the long weekend. Visit for more details.


Rockin’ River Musicfest

Aug. 7-9

Mission Raceway Park

32670 Dyke Rd.


This year’s event features acts such as Rascal Flatts, Terri Clark, Gord Bamford, The Road Hammers, Hey Romeo, Julian Austin and many more. Tickets and camping reservations are now available at

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Aug. 2

Commodore Ballroom

868 Granville St.


This event, subtitled Battle of the Seasons, is based on the American reality TV show.

Echo and the Bunnymen

Aug. 5

Commodore Ballroom

868 Granville St.


Got a craving for some stellar music from the 1980s? This is a good place to start. Expect lots of moody music and brooding.

Us the Duo

Aug. 7

Rio Theatre

1660 E. Broadway


This folky-pop duo has made a name for themselves with their mesmorizing harmonies and for using Vine to spread their music.


Film Noir 2014

Aug. 1-28

The Cinematheque

1131 Howe St.


The Cinematheque’s annual Film Noir summer season celebrates one of the American cinema’s richest and most creative periods in all its stylish, seductive, and cynical glories. During the month of August, a dozen dark, delirious gems from noir’s hard-boiled heyday (the early 1940s to the late 1950s) will be shown.


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