Metro Vancouver events this week: 5 things to do between Aug 24-30

Looking for date-night ideas, free things to do, or just something fun for the kids? Try one of these five events happening near you.

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Whether you’re looking for date-night ideas, free things to do or just something fun to do with the kids, you can’t go wrong with our list of events happening around Metro Vancouver between Aug 24-30. Headlining this week’s picks is VPL’s Rooftop Remix at Central Library.

For more ideas, click here for our coverage of Vancouver’s Arts scene.

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Here are 5 things to do in Metro Vancouver this week:

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Rooftop Remix

When: Aug. 25 from 5-8 p.m.

Where: Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver

Tickets: $50 at vplf.ca

Bookworms rejoice! Put down those reading glasses and come mingle at the library. Guests will enjoy after-hours access to Central Library’s rooftop garden and other spaces, DJ and live music, snacks, and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), a book swap (guests are encouraged to bring their own), activities to encourage mixing and conversation, and games. Jane Austen would approve.

Big Easy Funk Ensemble
Big Easy Funk Ensemble performs at Little Campbell River Salmon Hatchery in Surrey for Salmon Sessions, Aug. 26. Photo by Big Easy Funk Ensemble

Salmon Sessions

When: Aug. 26 from 2-11 p.m.

Where: Little Campbell River Salmon Hatchery, 1284 184 St., Surrey

Tickets: $40 for adults, less for kids, $100 for family pass at canadahelps.org

Coco Jafro, Big Easy Funk Ensemble and more play an outdoor festival to raise money for the Little Campbell River Salmon Hatchery. The volunteer-run, non-profit is dedicated to raising approximately 100,000 salmon fry each year to release into the river as well as counting and monitoring the salmon that come upstream to spawn. Food trucks, a beverage garden, and guided tours are also part of the event.

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Out of This World
Janet Glassford and Cathy Wilmot star in Out of This World, a Cole Porter musical, at PAL Theatre Aug. 25-27. Photo by Scott Ashton Swan photo,  APPLAUSE!

Out of This World

When: Aug. 25-27

Where: PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero St., Vancouver

Tickets: Starting at $22 at eventbrite.com

APPLAUSE! Musicals in Concert presents this rarely seen Cole Porter piece. In this adaptation of a Greek comedy, Jupiter descents from Olympus to woo a woman in modern Greece. His son Mercury gets involved, as does Jupiter’s wife Juno, who gets mixed up with a gangster. This is the third rare Porter musical presented by APPLAUSE!, an amateur community organization that specializes in unearthing “rare, shelved and forgotten” musicals. Out of This World originally opened on Broadway in 1950 and was revived in 1995 with Andrea Martin as Juno, and adding the classic “From This Moment On,” which was dropped from the original production.

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Concrete Valley, the second feature from Toronto/Vancouver filmmaker Antoine Bourges, is on at VIFF Centre Aug. 25-31. Photo by MDFF photo

Concrete Valley

When: Aug. 25-31

Where: VIFF Centre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver

Tickets: viff.org

In Concrete Valley, a doctor from Syria struggles to adjust to life in Canada after five years in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park. The 2022 film is the second feature from Antoine Bourges, a filmmaker based in Vancouver and Toronto. Bourges’ short film East Hastings Pharmacy was set in Vancouver’s East Side and focused on pharmacists giving out daily doses of methadone.

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We Belong Market takes place at Marpole Neighbourhood House Aug. 26. Pictured: Margaux Wosk at last year’s We Belong! Festival. Photo by Teddie Wosk

We Belong Market

When: Aug. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Marpole Neighborhood House, 8585 Hudson St., Vancouver

The We Belong Market showcases over 20 disabled and neurodivergent artists and makers. Soap, jewelry, and art prints are among the pieces for sale. In the press release, organizers state: “We Belong Market has intentionally created a low barrier to entry, making it accessible for artists to participate and share their work. By supporting these artists and celebrating their unique talents, the market strives to break down barriers and dispel stereotypes surrounding disability and neurodivergence.” Admission is free. You can read Postmedia reporter Stuart Derdeyn’s story about last year’s We Belong! Festival here.

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