Fair at the PNE, Brazilfest, Kitsfest and Slow Food Cycle Tour
There are plenty of amazing reasons to plan a Staycation in Vancouver. Relax and take in local events and attractions. Summer tradition at the 100th anniversary of the PNE Fair, slow food cycle tours, live music and dancing at BrazilFest, sports action at KitsFest and outdoor concerts. Read on for this weekends top event picks.
WHAT: The PNE Parade celebrates the grand opening of the 100th Anniversary PNE Fair. The procession features giant balloons similar to those seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and 2,000 performers paying tribute to all the special memories and highlights of the Fair’s 100 year history.
WHY: Giant helium parade balloons!
WHEN: August 20, 7 – 9 PM
WHERE: Route starts at Stanley Park goes along to Sunset Beach.
MORE INFO: Free. http://www.pne.ca/thefair/100-anniversary-parade.html
SLOW FOOD VANCOUVER CYCLE TOURS
WHAT: Spend the weekend cycling country roads while visiting farmers on this family oriented event. The leisurely self-guided Slow Food Cycle Tours provide an educational and culinary experience exploring many farms; some that are open to the public for this day only! The tours give a rare chance to meet the farmers and learn about agriculture in the spectacular Fraser Valley.
WHY: Cycle and eat in the heart of the Fraser Valley s-l-o-w-l-y.
WHEN: August 21 – 22, 2010
WHERE: Chilliwack and Agassiz
MORE INFO: Registration $10. Free for children under 12 years. www.slowfoodvancouver.com
CATES PARK CONCERT SERIES
WHAT: Free, family-friendly concerts held in picturesque Cates Park, North Vancouver. The concerts are held on an outdoor stage featuring local artists/bands.
WHY: This Saturday is the last concert of the summer series
WHEN: August 21, 4 – 7PM
WHERE: Cates Park, North Vancouver
MORE INFO: Free. Official website
WHAT: BrazilFest is a festival of Brazilian arts and culture. There will be samba dancing, capoeria, soccer ball performance, modern ballet, guitar solos, live bands and more.
WHY: Viva Brazil
WHEN: August 21, 10 AM – 8 PM
WHERE: Granville Street, between Robson & Georgia
MORE INFO: Free. http://www.vilaisabel.org
WHAT: KitsFest is a 3-day festival celebrating sports and healthy living through a variety of competitive sports tournaments including basketball, tennis, volleyball and a new sport Beach Tennis. Plus two licensed court-side bistros.
WHY: Cheer for your fave team while downing chilly beers from the perfectly positioned beer garden between volleyball and beach tennis!
WHEN: August 20 – 22, Noon – 8 PM
WHERE: Kitsilano Beach
MORE INFO: Free. www.kitsfest.com
THE FAIR AT THE PNE
WHAT: Celebrating 100 years of fun with over 800 performances and exhibits and more than 50 thrilling rides & attractions, the Fair at the PNE is a summer tradition. Summer concert series are free with gate admission performances from Cindy Lauper, Huey Lew, Jesse Cooke, Joan Jett and Michael Bolton.
WHY: FREE gate admission from 9 AM – 12 Noon on Sunday, Aug 22
WHEN: August 21 – September 6, 11 AM - late
WHERE: PNE Fairgrounds
MORE INFO: Gate Admission $20 ($16.80 on-line price). www.pne.ca
There are lots of outdoor movies each week all summer, but this one on Monday is a foreign language film. I just had to include it on the list.
MOV-IE IN THE PARK
WHY: Different than other outdoor movies this summer - this film is in Mandarin with English subtitles.
WHEN: August 23, 9 PM
WHERE: Museum of Vancouver
MORE INFO: Free. www.museumofvancouver.ca