Summer is in full swing and there is no shortage of fun things to do on Vancouver’s North Shore. From arts festivals and live music to sporting events and new places to eat, there is something for everyone! Here’s a quick list of what’s happening on Vancouver’s North Shore in August.
Harmony Arts Festival
For 10 days every August, the West Vancouver waterfront transforms into a celebration of music, art, culture and food. From July 31 to August 9, festival attendees will enjoy daily outdoor concerts showcasing everything from pop and rock to folk and country. This year’s performances feature shows from local blues legend, Jim Byrnes and other favourites such as the Adam Woodall Band, the Boom Booms, Gary Comeau & the Voodoo Allstars, the Whiskeydicks and the Dal Richards Orchestra. Shop for unique art pieces at the Art Market and get in touch with your creative side by learning how to create your own works of art at one of the many festival workshops. Families will love the kid’s only activities, including the Artsy Kids Outdoor Studio, Creative Kids Day and For the Love of Art, a special exhibition featuring a curated selection of the North Shore’s under 18 emerging art talent.
For a complete schedule and more information please visit the Harmony Arts Festival website.
On Monday, August 3 head to Lonsdale Quay to celebrate BC Day and enjoy spectacular views of downtown Vancouver and live music in Waterfront Plaza. From 1-3pm Sherra Kelly & Michael will entertain with acoustic folk-pop music and from 3:30-5:30 folk-pop duo Robyn and Ryleigh take the stage. Grab a snack from the quay or settle in on the patio at the Green Leaf Brewing Company and enjoy the music.
Deep Cove Daze
One of the longest running community events on the North Shore, Deep Cove Daze dates back to the turn of the century when the festival included events such as a diving/costume contest, canoe jousting and a community dance. Today, the event takes place on the last Sunday in August (August 30) in Panorama Park and festival attendees will enjoy live music on the main stage and the amphitheatre side stage, a midway for the kids, food court & beer garden, the DCM Idol Contest and the much anticipated cardboard kayak contest! The festival kicks off at 11:45am with the big band and a children’s parade.
Odlum Brown VanOpen
From August 15 – 23, 140 international and professional tennis players from over 40 countries will compete for $200,000 USD in prize money and the opportunity to gain valuable world-ranking points on both the ATP and WTA tours. Qualifying events on August 15 and 16 are free to spectators, and kids 12 and under are free on Wednesday, August 19.
Visit the VanOpen website for the schedule and more information.
Photo Credit: Odlum Brown VanOpen via Facebook
55+ BC Games
North Vancouver plays host to the 2015 55+ BC Games from August 25 – 29. Check out the schedule online for events and then get out there and cheer on our 55+ athletes. All sporting events are free (no tickets necessary) and open to the public. Closer to the event you’ll be able to visit the website and find out exact starting times and where particular events are taking place. Don’t miss the opening ceremonies, which will take place on August 26 at the Capilano University Sportsplex. Cheer on the participants during the parade of athletes and enjoy spectacular dance performances, circus aerials, gymnastics, live music and the always charming host Kevin Evans and special guest Mark Donnelly.
Visit the 55+ BC Games website for complete details.
Free Outdoor Yoga
Be inspired by the spectacular views of downtown Vancouver and find your inner Namaste while practicing yoga outdoors in the Waterfront Plaza at Lonsdale Quay. Every Thursday throughout the summer, North Shore yoga instructors will be leading a flow-inspired practice at 6:30pm. Classes are complimentary and bring your own mat.
Click here for more information about the Free Outdoor Yoga, including a list of instructors.
Photo Credit: Yoga on the Pier via Facebook
Slide the City & Car Free Day
Slide the City hits North Vancouver streets on August 22 and, although the tickets to slide have been sold out for weeks, we’re sure it’s going to be fun to watch the sliders speed down Lonsdale on a 1000 foot waterslide. While you’re watching the sliders, enjoy North Vancouver’s Car Free Day. From 3rd Street to Esplanade, there will be outdoor dining patios, food vendors, kids games and activities, performance art and fun demonstrations. Wind up the day at the popular Summer Sessions at the Shipyards with a free evening concert on the waterfront.
Click here for more information on Slide the City and Car Free Day.
Movies in the Plaza
Bring your blanket or beach chairs and settle in for a family movie night under the stars in Civic Plaza. The next movie nights are August 7 (Big Hero 6) and August 21 (Finding Nemo). The movies start at sunset (around 9pm), but if you come early you can, not only secure your spot, but you can practice your bike skills. A bike skills course will be set up for riders each night before the movie. No bike? No problem! There will be loaner bikes (and helmets) available. The bike course will be set up in the parking lot at City Hall, right beside Civic Plaza.
Visit our website for more detailed information about movie nights.
Amazing summer concerts continue all through August. With 5 different concert venues and different performers every night, you’re sure to find a musical style that appeals to you! On Friday nights choose from concerts in Lynn Valley Village, Edgemont Village and Panorama Park in Deep Cove and then check out Saturdays in Cates Park or the Summer Sessions at the Shipyards in Lower Lonsdale. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics and settle in for an evening of live music.
Visit our website for more information about summer concerts in North Vancouver.
Photo Credit: Mary Ann Bell
Tap & Barrel – Shipyards
The much-anticipated Tap & Barrel Restaurant in the Shipyards Coppersmith Shop at the foot of Lonsdale opened to much fanfare on July 28. The newest addition to dining on the North Shore is an impressive 14,000 square feet with elegant nods to the buildings’ original purpose as a shipbuilding facility. Known in the restaurant industry as being the pioneers of serving wine by tap, Tap & Barrel is committed to exclusively serving BC craft beer and wine from their tap system. Highlights from the refreshed menu include, a Spicy Tuna Sashimi Salad, their signature Tap & Barrel burger (complete with deep-fried pickle) and their Pork Belly & Soft Egg flatbread.
Check out the Tap & Barrel website for more information and be sure to check them out!
Photo Credit: Tap & Barrel via Facebook