Bubble Bash, Under the Volcano, Rediscover Granville Street, MusicFest Vancouver

Dancing on Granville Street at Rediscover Granville Street 2.010.  Photo credit jools_78.

This weekend, beat the summer heat by checking out some cool events in Vancouver.  From lovers of bubbles and swing dancing, to classical Chinese music, outdoor festivals and waterfront fresh-air movies.  Read on for the top event picks of the weekend. 



WHAT: 20th Annual Festival of Art and Social change

WHY: 30+ artists, 4 stages, workshops, artisans marketing and more. Great main stage line-up including Delhi2Dublin with their popular bhangra-Celtic-electronica mash-up.

WHEN: August 8, 12 Noon to 9:30 PM

WHERECates Park, North Vancouver

MORE INFO:  General Admission by donation $10 - $20, Low Income admission $5 (main entrance only).


WHAT: Granville street is turned into a car-free, public space each weekend with a mix of fun activities like a skateboarding competition and swing dancing in the street.

WHY: Have fun taking back the street from cars.  It’s a pilot project for the city, so get out there and use the space, so it may continue year after year.

WHEN:  Every Friday-Saturday-Sunday until September 6, Skateboarding Aug 7 noon – 5PM, Swing Dancing Aug 8 1 - 6PM (beginner swing lesson starts at 1PM),

WHERE: Granville Street, 5 blocks between Smythe & Hastings




WHAT: Bubble-lovers unite to create an awe-inspiring bubble experience.

WHY: Join the magic of thousands of bubbles blowing through downtown!

WHEN: August 8, 3 – 4PM

WHEREVancouver Art Gallery, on Howe St between Robson & Georgia

MORE INFO: Free.  Bring your own bubble supplies. Official website



WHAT: Delight in the sounds of world music performed in an exquisite garden. Each Friday until September 3, a different band, a different sound.  This Friday is: Silk Road Music: A favorite since the series’ inception, this group is now melding classic Chinese music with flamenco.

WHY: Key part of a romantic date night in Chinatown.

WHEN: August 6, 7PM door

WHERE: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St

MORE INFO: Admission $20.


WHAT: The free movie, Back To The Future, will start at dusk, but get there as early as possible to ensure a good spot in front of the giant inflatable screen. And be sure to make it dinner and a movie! Check out the 2010 Outdoor Movie Night postcard with a complete listing of all of Yaletown's great restaurants and cafes.

WHY: Flashback to 1985 with McFly and Doc in the DeLorean time machine

WHEN:  August 8, starts at dusk

WHERE: David Lam Park, Yaletown




WHAT: MusicFest Vancouver bring over 40 classical, world and jazz concerts and events - everything from large ensembles to stellar solo performances – for the 10th anniversary.

WHY: A feast of classical, jazz and world music presentations

WHEN: August 6 - 15

WHERE: nine Vancouver venues, check festival website for info

MORE INFO: Ticket prices and concert info visit

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