What's On: Metro Vancouver events

By Chris Campbell, 24 hours

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner in concert. This English band will be at the Squamish Valley Music Festival.
QMI Agency

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner in concert. This English band will be at the Squamish Valley Music Festival. QMI Agency


Squamish Valley Music Festival

Aug. 8-10


This annual music festival is the largest outdoor music festival in Canada, and boasts a huge lineup of more than 70 artists spread across four stages, including Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Sam Roberts Band and Bruno Mars. But there’s more to the festival than just the bands performing. Within walking distance from the festival grounds, Mornings on the Farm will host live pop-up music performances from festival artists, a coffee shop, a juice bar, and an ice cream shop, all open for business at 7 a.m. Mornings on the Farm will be open from Friday to Sunday, and can be found at 1861 Mamquam Rd. The festival also has partnership with the new Sea to Sky Gondola to provide guests with the opportunity to ride the gondola 880 metres above Squamish. For more details on the festival, visit squamishfestival.com.

Lady Gaga

Aug. 9

Rogers Arena


Dubbed artRAVE – The ARTPOP BALL, all the Little Monsters can expect lots of hits from her best-selling albums, along with plenty of costume changes specializing in her unique fashion sense. We’re figuring some enormous hats will be on display. With guests Lady Starlight.

Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival

Aug. 9

Deer Lake Park


For the 15th year, Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival returns to Deer Lake Park for another family-friendly day filled with music. This year’s lineup includes some familiar faces and first timers: Big Sugar, Matt Andersen and the MelloTones, Bettye LaVette, Imelda May, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Wide Mouth Mason, Shakey Graves, Blind Boy Paxton, Steve Kozak, Chic Gamine, Rich Hope and His Evil Doers, and Miss Quincy. Visit burnabybluesfestival.com.

Run the Jewels

Aug. 12

Biltmore Cabaret

395 Kingsway,


This American hip-hop duo features EI-P and Killer Mike promoting their latest release.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Aug. 14

Rogers Arena


Along with opening act Steve Winwood, this is a classic rock fan’s nirvana, loaded with hits from the 1960s to the present.


New West Pride Festival

Aug. 8-16

Columbia Street

New Westminster

This festival has expanded to nine days, with more than 20 events. The festival kicks off with the Stonewall Dance on Aug. 8 and will culminate with the Columbia Street Party on Aug. 16 from 3 to 8 p.m. Once the Street party ends, there will be 5 unique events starting. Other events include Uptown Live on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 6th Street and 6th Avenue, and the Drag Show on Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Grill. For the full list of events, visit newwestpride.ca.

Richmond Maritime Festival

Aug. 8-10

Britannia Shipyards

5180 Westwater Dr.


B.C.’s oldest shipyard, the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, will be transformed with festive, maritime-themed décor, spontaneous performances and exhibits. Landlubbers and nautical buffs alike will find this free family event awash with quirky and engaging performances, close encounters of the marine kind and other surprises as they wander through the site on the Steveston waterfront. This year’s festival will run three full days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opening night of the festival will feature an outdoor evening concert featuring the roots blues, zydeco, swamp pop and folk sounds of The Swamp Dogs performing from 5 to 7 p.m. Throughout the weekend, festival goers will be entertained by music, roving performers, painters, wood carvers, potters, stilt performers, puppets, storytellers, dancers, drummers and, of course, tempting offerings from a variety of food and drink vendors.

Firefighters’ RunDown @ SunDown

Aug. 8 (7-9 p.m.)

Hastings Racecourse


This Vancouver Firefighters' Charitable Society event is a four-person team relay race around the track between horse races to compete for bragging rights and a first-place trophy. The participants will be raising funds to be distributed through VFCS various community groups focused on supporting bullying prevention, senior groups, school snack programs, sports for kids and musical therapy at BC Children’s Hospital burn unit. The public is invited to cheer on the participating teams by attending the Hastings races where there is no admission charge. It is the first Friday Night Live card of the season and will include music by a DJ on site, food and beverage outlets and an awards ceremony.

All Aboard!

Aug. 9 (noon to 4 p.m.)

Steveston Interurban Tram Building

4011 Moncton St.


Come out and celebrate transportation in Richmond with guest experts, vintage music, children's crafts and more. Explore the 102-year-old 1220 Tramcar and watch a colour film of Interurban tramcars running between 1940s Vancouver and Steveston. Have your photo taken on a vintage rail speeder (a small rail car used to inspect railway lines) and beside a working traffic signal. The young, or the young at heart, can create tramcar magnets, conductor puppets and their own mini 1220 Interurban tramcar as a memento of their visit.


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