Sounds of drums, salsa moves and the taste of delicious food are coming your way this August with a host of fun public events and festivals.
Check out the list of must-see activities happening in Vancouver this August and make sure to attend them all.
1. Vancouver Pride Parade: August 2, 2015 *FREE
Once a year, hundreds of people parade through the city celebrating gender diversity. This year, the Vancouver Pride Parade‘s theme is “Gender Superheroes”. Basically, it encourages Pride participants to dress up like a role model whose behaviour or success inspired them to be proud and helped to find their identity. It can be anyone – a friend, family member or a superhero.
2. Salsa Nights at Robson Square: July 5 – August 30, 2015 *FREE
Free salsa lessons with experienced trainers, open for all comers at 3 PM, will be followed by onstage performances by professional salsa dancers. Colourful outfits, delicious food, great dance moves and a great atmosphere – that’s what Salsa Nights are all about!
3. Summer Zipline at Queen Elizabeth Park: May – September, 2015
Queen Elizabeth Park is in the geographical heart of Vancouver and it is the highest point in the city. This year, Vancouverites celebrate the park’s 75th anniversary by constructing a zip line. The line is built between two towers. The launch tower is located beside the Bloedel Conservatory and the landing tower is on the side of Quarry Gardens. The slide is fixed at 152 meters above sea level, so it allows you to see the whole city, including places such as English Bay, North Shore Mountains, and Quarry Gardens.
4. Food Cart Festival: June 28 – September 6, 2015
For street food lovers, we have found a Food Cart Festival. This Festival is the major gathering of street food in Vancouver. More than 20 top food carts will be presented by Vancity, Arrival, and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. This event is going to be held at the Olympic Village and it will also include live music performances, markets, and fun activities for everybody.
Food Cart Fest will take place every Sunday in the summer from 12pm-5pm at 215 West 1st Avenue.
5. Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle at Third Beach: Every Sunny Tuesday *FREE
If you play drums – or any instrument – bring it with you to Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle at Third Beach. Many drummers and dancers will fill the park to honour the Tam Tams. Every Tuesday you can feel this amazing atmosphere in Stanley Park.
Brahms’s Tam Drum Circle was founded by Brahm, who was inspired by his experiences with Montreal’s family based Tam Tam gatherings. This year will be the 8th Tam Drum Circle.
Most of the mentioned activities are free but remember that every donation towards local communities and the city also helps to support each of these events.
Gabriela Jandova and Alena Khabibullina