Vancouver in August is the dream vacation scenario.
The constant sunny days and warm weather serve to showcase our amazing outdoor attractions. There are also tons of August events in Vancouver, festivals, and other summer highlights.
Let’s take a deeper look at all the best things to do in Vancouver in August.
Vancouver in August 2023
- Things to do in Vancouver in August
- Vancouver August events
- August concerts
- August weather
- What to pack for August
Things to Do in Vancouver in August
Visit Vancouver Beaches
Vancouver has some of the best beaches in Canada if you’re looking to soak up the sun. Of all Vancouver’s best beaches, I recommend Kitsilano Beach and English Bay Beach.
When talking of fun things to do in Vancouver in August, you’ll head to English Bay Beach for people-watching, socializing, and heading up to the popular West End for post-beach snacks and drinks.
On the other hand, with its stunning views of downtown Vancouver and more wild feel, Kits Beach is a better place for sports, long walks, and even a dip in Canada’s largest swimming pool.
See the City in All Its Summer Glory
Our rainy season lasts more than half the year, so there are very few months to take advantage of Vancouver’s best seaplane tours.
The sunny skies showcase Vancouver like nothing else, and seeing it from aboard the world’s first carbon-neutral airline is a great way to do it.
This is a great once-in-a-lifetime activity to see the coast, skyline, and mountains from an epic perch – and flights start at ‘just’ $152.00.
Take a Gastown Walking Tour
There’s a certain mystique to Gastown. Take away the yummy, modern Gastown Restaurants and many of Vancouver’s top bars, and you’re left with brick buildings, cobblestone streets, and a step back to the pioneer days.
Gastown has been the site of some pretty gruesome moments in Vancouver’s history. From fatal protests to famous murders to the Great Fire of 1886, there’s plenty of saucy subject matter.
With the late nights and warm weather, there’s no better way to learn about Vancouver history than outdoors at the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour – these macabre Vancouver tours run every day at 7:00 pm in August.
Related: Best Walking Tours in Vancouver
Hike the Grouse Grind
If you’re looking for a physical challenge, the Grouse Grind (Mother Nature’s Stairmaster) will help you burn a zillion calories – and reward you with a sick panoramic view of the city.
Basically, the Grouse Grind is a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
The trail is considered one of the most challenging hikes around, with an average grade of 30% and a total elevation gain of 853 metres – expect about two hours to complete it.
In Vancouver in August, I always reward myself with a beer up on the Paradise Patio.
Related: Capilano Suspension Bridge vs. Sea to Sky Gondola: Which is Better?
Explore Stanley Park
No Vancouver itinerary is complete without a trip to Stanley Park.
This sprawling urban park made up of old-growth forest is home to a variety of attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, the Stanley Park Totem Poles, and Siwash Rock.
The best things to do in August would be attending the Theater Under the Stars (more on that later) or renting a bike in downtown Vancouver rolling through via Vancouver Seawall.
The skyline, mountains, and ocean views along this path (the world’s longest seaside path) are simply incredible.
Go Whale Watching
In August, it’s peak Vancouver whale watching season as resident killer whales follow migrating salmon inland.
Off the coast of Vancouver, you’ll actually be able to see three magnificent species – orcas, humpbacks, and gray whales. Along the way, you’ll also see other marine life, such as dolphins, seals, and sea lions.
Vancouver whale watching tours leave from either Granville Island or Steveston, and half-day packages start at $165.00.
Discover Vancouver by Boat
The heat of August makes it the perfect time to pay tribute to Vancouver’s motto: by sea, land, and air we prosper.
Vancouver’s best boat tours have something for everybody: wildlife boat tours, harbour cruises, whale watching, sunset excursions, dinner cruises, and more.
Most tours have a base of Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, the Coast Mountains, the city beaches and the Vancouver skyline.
Me? I’m a sucker for the Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise and its sumptuous west coast menu and live music.
Visit Granville Island
Granville Island is at the very top of the best things to do in Vancouver – in August or any other month.
This vibrant neighbourhood is home to some of Vancouver’s best shopping (think artisans, galleries, and unique gifts) but it’s the Granville Island Public Market that really delivers.
This food lover’s paradise delivers the best fresh produce, seafood, artisan cheese, and baked goods. if you’re visiting Vancouver in August, make sure you get some local sockeye salmon – they even pack it to ship at Longliner Seafoods.
Looking for something sweet? Grab some maple syrup or be sure to check out Lee’s Donuts.
Related: How Many Days Do I Need to Spend in Vancouver?
Head out to Steveston
Steveston is a charming fishing village with a number of cute souvenir shops and seafood restaurants (try Pajo’s for fish and chips).
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a great museum to explore the roots of the early Vancouver industry, and you can buy fresh seafood directly from fishermen (sockeye salmon are in season in August) right off the docks.
In August, there’s also the Steveston Dragonboat Festival.
You can also check out Steveston’s best whale watching tours while you’re at it.
See the Richmond Night Market
The Richmond Night Market is Vancouver’s answer to a big Bangkok or Hong Kong night market – call it an outdoor international food court on steroids.
You’ll find everything from Korean fried chicken, rice burgers, and mochi-covered strawberries. In addition, there are live performances, games, and market shopping.
The Night Market runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August from 7:00 pm to midnight.
Located in East Vancouver, Playland is a must-visit for any fan of amusement parks.
With 39 rides and attractions, there’s something for everyone, whether it’s children’s rides or their three white-knuckle rollercoasters.
In August, I’m heading straight for the Plume, a classic chute-style log ride which drops you down 40 feet into the refreshing water. The Wooden Roller Coaster is the highlight, though it’s a retro roller coaster that has been freaking people out since 1958.
Vancouver Events August 2023
BC Day is a public holiday celebrated in British Columbia, and it’s one of the top events in August in Vancouver.
The 2023 edition rolls Monday, August 7th. It’s a holiday commemorating the founding of the Colony of British Columbia in 1858.
Usually, locals use the long weekend to spend time with family and friends. That said, outside of getting out to parks and beaches to BBQ, the preceding weekend counts the Vancouver Pride Parade and the Celebration of Light.
Vancouver Pride Parade
The Vancouver Pride Parade is perhaps the largest Vancouver event in August. Located in the city’s West End neighbourhood, it celebrates the area’s large LGBTQ+ community.
This year’s parade is scheduled for Sunday, August 6th, 2023. The route will begin at Robson Street and proceed down Denman Street to Sunset Beach Park.
The parade is expected to attract over 100,000 spectators. Vancouver Pride is one of the largest pride celebrations in Canada and is a great opportunity to show support for the LGBTQ+ community.
2023 date: August 6th (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm).
The Pacific National Exhibition is our annual summer fair that lasts 15 days between mid-August and Labour Day. It’s an amusement park, a summer concert series, and an outdoor food fair extravaganza all in one.
There’s also tons of great shopping, a petting zoo, midway games, a casino, Vancouver craft beer tents and anything else entertaining under the sun.
So if you’re in town with children, the PNE is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Vancouver in August 2023.
Summer concerts in August 2023 are TBA.
🍺 Big on beer? Check out the best brewery tours in Vancouver.
African Descent Festival
The African Descent Festival is a celebration of the African diaspora and its culture, history, and contributions to the world – with the ultimate goal of promoting oneness between Vancouver ethnic groups.
One of the highlights here is the parade, which features colourful costumes, traditional music, and dancing.
The festival includes a marketplace, food vendors offering African cuisine, workshops, and live entertainment.
2023 festival dates: August 11th to 13th.
Theatre Under the Stars
If you’re looking for a unique theatre experience in August, I strongly recommend Vancouver’s Theater Under the Stars.
This open-air theatre at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park hosts a variety of performances throughout the summer months, ranging from musicals to Shakespearean plays.
In August 2023, the menu rotates with even days going to Matilda the Musical while odd days go to The Prom.
Vancouver August 2023 Concerts
- Avenged Sevenfold: August 7th, Rogers Arena
- Rod Stewart and Cheap Trick: August 12th, Rogers Arena
- Sam Smith: August 22nd, Rogers Arena
- Cordae: August 23rd, Rogers Arena
- Cigarettes After Sex: August 27th and 28th, Orpheum Theatre
- Drake: August 28th and 29th, Rogers Arena
- Collective Soul: August 29th and 30th, Commodore Ballroom
Need more information on concerts in Vancouver in August? Check out Songkick.
August Weather in Vancouver
Vancouver weather in August is usually warm and sunny, with the average temperature ranging from 18° to 25° degrees Celsius (64° to 77° Fahrenheit).
Of course, this won’t sound all that summery to many, but temperatures do every now and then push 30°C (86°F).
However, it is important to remember that Vancouver is a rainshadow city, so showers can occur throughout the month. In fact, there are 8.8 days of precipitation in August.
What to Pack for Vancouver in August
If you’re visiting Vancouver in August, pack your sunscreen, shorts, and T-shirts. Beach weather (thankfully!) persists well into September, even if a little rain gets mixed in.
Do know though that the weather can sometimes become quite cool and rainy. For this reason, a sweater and a light jacket are a must. You’ll also do well with long pants and good outdoor walking shoes.
Visiting Vancouver in August FAQ
What to wear in Vancouver in August?
A typical Vancouver August is warm and dry, so for men, some lightweight shirts and shorts are a good option, while women might want to consider a sundress or capris. Sunglasses and walking shoes are also a must.
Can you see orcas in August in Vancouver?
In terms of seeing orcas in Vancouver in August, it’s possible but not guaranteed. Orcas are migratory animals and typically follow salmon inland in August. You’ll need to get a whale watching tour as they’re likely out in the middle of the Salish Sea and don’t come into the harbour often.
How hot is a typical Vancouver August?
In Vancouver in August, the average high temperature is 26°C, with the average at low 13°C. Note that Vancouver is a coastal city, so the temperatures tend to be milder than inland cities. There can always be a heatwave or two during the month, but overall, let’s call August a warm month.
What’s happening in Vancouver in August?
In August 2023 in Vancouver, you can celebrate BC Day, watch Theater Under the Stars, attend the PNE, and see lots of concerts like Drake, Collective Soul, Sam Smith, Rod Stewart, and more.
What time does it get dark in August in Vancouver?
In Vancouver, the summer days are long, and the nights are short. In August, the sun sets at about 9:00 pm and rises at 5:00 am. This means there are about 14 hours of daylight and 10 hours of darkness.
Visiting Vancouver in August?
I’ve compiled a solid list of what to do in Vancouver in August – but I’m almost certain I’ve missed something!
If you’re looking for some customer advice on planning a Vancouver August vacation, get in touch in the comments below, and I’ll be happy to help.
Enjoy the Vancouver August sun☀️
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