Hooray for the weekend, double hooray for the long weekend! Celebrate the BC Day long weekend with your family and enjoy some awesome activities like a family night in Grandview Park, an outdoor movie in New West, or a Caribbean Festival in Maple Ridge. Head to Fort Langley for Brigade Days and celebrate Train Day too, learn all about cats at ArtStarts and slime molds at Beaty Biodiversity Museum, or watch a funslo-pitch tournament in Tsawwassen! There are nature walks, pirate bouncy castles and tons of community celebrations for BC Day. There are markets, summer festivals, and tons of other awesome events too, so get out of the house and have a great time with your family!
Looking for more great family-friendly fun? Check out the events happening all month long.
Family Nights In Grandview Park
Friday, August 4th, 5 pm – 8 pm, Commercial Drive, 1726 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Five Fridays = Five Different Activities. This week join in to get a hands-on lesson in how to take better photos. Bring your camera or your phone and learn from professional photographer, Alfonso Arnold. A beginner’s guide to taking great photos on your phone or camera. A fun and Interactive talk and presentation on how to use the camera, and tools that regular everyday people use. Learn easy tips and tricks on how to get the best out of any photo taking situation. Great for all ages. Q&A session will also be provided.
Outdoor Summer Movie Series 2017 – Toy Story
Friday, August 4th, 7 pm – 11 pm, Queen’s Park Stadium, New Westminster
Once again, the City has partnered with Derrick Thornhill, Park Georgia Realty and G&F Financial Group, to offer eight family friendly outdoor movies this summer. Gather family, friends, blankets and lawn chairs and join in on Friday nights for a movie under the stars. The Hyack Football Team will host a concession and the Stadium doors open at 7:00 pm with movies beginning at dusk (approximately 9:00 pm).
17th Annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival
Saturday, August 5th – Sunday, August 6th, Albion Fairgrounds, 23448 105th Avenue, Maple Ridge
The 17th annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival will take place August 5-6, 2017 at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds. This year’s concert lineup promises to be another stellar event of the lower mainland’s music festival circuit, certainly a festival high-lite for Maple Ridge. By popular demand, we are excited to announce the return of the highly acclaimed group “HOTEL CALIFORNIA” the original tribute to the EAGLES. The 2-hour concert on Saturday evening will again attract several thousand festival goers to the Fairgrounds. 12-year-old singing sensation Laura Webb from Maple Ridge will be opening for HOTEL CALIFORNIA.
Train Day at BC Farm Museum
Saturday, August 5th – Monday, August 7th, BC Farm Museum, 9131 King Street
Full Steam ahead! The BC Farm Museum celebrates BC day with TRAIN DAY! Come visit our museum from August 5th through the 7th 10am-3pm and enjoy our massive model train exhibit at 9131 King Street.
Tsawwassen Sun Festival
Saturday, August 5th – Monday, August 7th, South Delta Recreation Centre, 5575 9 Avenue, Delta
Enjoy a slo-pitch tournament all weekend long, as well as activities and entertainment in Winskill Park and the parade down 56th Street.
ArtStarts Explores: Cats
Saturday, August 5th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
It’s International Cat Day, so put on your imaginary cat ears, clean your whiskers and get ready to explore the theme of cats with your whole family. ArtStarts Explores is a hands-on drop-in workshop series for creative and adventurous families held from 11 am to 12 pm every Saturday (except the last Saturday of each month, when we present ArtStarts on Saturdays events). Explore creativity with your family through hands-on investigations and discover a wide variety of materials and artistic mediums. These process-based explorations invite families to experiment together through observing, touching, drawing, moving, assembling and listening to ignite their creative learning. Ages 12 and under. Free! Donations welcome.
Pirates in the Park
Saturday, August 5th, 12 pm – 4 pm, White Rock
Enjoy: Pirate-ship Bouncy, Sand Art, Train, Petting zoo, Ariel, Safety Zone, Live Community Stage, Sports, Arts & Crafts, Traditional Salmon BBQ. ALL activities are Free and Green.
Fresh Family Fun Field at Krause Berry Farms
Sunday, August 6th, 10 am – 5 pm, Krause Berry Farms, 6179 248th Street, Langley
Enjoy free entry for the whole family to the Fresh Family Fun Field. Jumping pillows, games, tether ball, peddle cart race track and more.
Slime Molds Are Way Cool Because:
Sunday, August 6th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
For a critter with no brain or organs, slime mold is capable of some pretty astonishing things. Most of the time they invisibly hunt bacteria in the soil. But when food runs out single cells stream together into a slimy multicellular mass. Alex Chattwood, former UBC scientist and current Education Manager of the Geneskool outreach program at GenomeBC, will take you on an interactive tour into the world of slime molds. Alex will use live demonstrations to illustrate how his favourite slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum, goes from a solitary to social existence and explain how researchers use it to explore questions related to human biology.
BC Day at Sunset Community Centre
Monday, August 7th, 11 am – 1 pm, Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street, Vancouver
A day of fun for the family on your Statutory Holiday! Join us at Sunset Community Centre for playgym (including a bouncy castle), arts and crafts, games, and more! A healthy snack concession will be available.
BC Day Celebrations
Monday, August 5th, 11 am – 4:30 pm, Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Come celebrate the holiday with us at the Burnaby Village Museum! Plus, it’s another Market Monday.
Nature Walk Damsels and Dragons Inhabitants of the Pond
Monday, August 7th, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley
Explore the wonderful world of damselflies, dragonflies, and other fascinating inhabitants of the Nature House Pond. Have you seen a dasher, a dauber, or water scorpion? What is a water flea? Join veteran naturalist Al Grass, formerly with BC Parks, for an exciting time! Presented by the Campbell Valley Nature House Hosts. Registration required. Free for all ages!
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes