Gourmet Ice Cream Tour – Wednesdays till September 30
There’s no sweeter way to beat the heat than with a Gourmet Ice Cream Tour by Off the Eaten Track. Explore the city’s best spots to indulge with stops at four different shops. The tour begins at Railtown Cafe and hits up Cadeux Bakery for ice-cream sandwiches and Soft Peaks for some organic soft serve before finishing at Gastown’s Twisted Ice Cream. Tickets to the tour include samples at each location and an informative talk from an ice-cream expert.
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tour begins at 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
You’re running out of time to catch the action at Front and Company’s popular Summer Nights event series. Wrap up the summer with a bang and get all your back-to-school shopping done in one place with a chance to win 40 per cent off your purchase. To add to the celebration, Black Rook Bakehouse will be selling baked-from-scratch treats, Brand and Iron Leather Goods will have their artisan leather wares available, and Hocus Rocus will be selling a selection of '90s-style threads.
Food, friends, and unlimited elegance are all a part of the Diner En Blanc experience. Vancouver’s most sophisticated picnic takes place on Tuesday, but to find out where you’ll have to sign up for their guest list. On the day of the event guests will be told the secret location, and past events have taken place in stunning spots like Jack Poole Plaza and False Creek. Just be sure to show up in style though, guests are expected to be dressed in their best all-white outfits. More information and registration can be found on their website.
Operas and Arias at Bard on the Beach – August 24 and 31
The next event on Bard on the Beach’s busy calendar is Operas and Arias, featuring the UBC Opera Ensemble and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. The performances will showcase the rising stars of the local opera scene and feature music from Gilbert and Sullivan classics like Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and more.
Matinees at 2 p.m. and evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
Vanier Park, 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
The YVR Garlic Festival is one of the few events where garlic breath is to be expected (and accepted). Twenty local restaurants will be serving up garlicky treats for guests to sample, as well as leading cooking demonstrations that are geared towards families. If you’re feeling inspired, pick up fresh ingredients at the on-site farmers' market, the stars of which are, of course, those tasty little bulbs.
The Fair at the PNE – August 22 to September 7 (closed August 24 and 31)
From SuperDogs to mini donuts, The Fair at the PNE is one of Vancouver’s most beloved summer traditions. If (somehow) you’ve never been to the PNE, then this is the year to go since there’s a lineup of exciting one-time events that you won’t want to miss. Lovers of The Beatles, Jurassic Park, and/or superheroes will find exhibits dedicated to their respective fandoms, while the Broadway show of Peter Pan takes flight nightly.
11 a.m. till “late”
2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
For the first year ever, the Vines Art Festival is taking root at Trout Lake Park in Vancouver. The festival is a chance for artists and the public to “tangle and grow” through a day of collaborative art. Over 20 artists including dancers, visual artists, musicians, and more will converge to share their talents and celebrate the intersection of art and nature at this one-of-a-kind festival.
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Trout Lake Park, 330 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Born and raised in Vancouver, Kirsty is currently studying Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. When she’s not studying (which is more often than it should be), she can be found discovering new music or planning her next trip.