Visiting Vancouver in August: Events, Festivals & Things to Do

Vancouver in August is the dream vacation scenario.

The constant sunny days and warm weather really showcase our nature. There’s also tons of August events in Vancouver in addition to 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 2022

  1. Things to do in Vancouver in August
  2. Vancouver August events
  3. August concerts
  4. August weather
  5. What to pack for August
  6. FAQ

Things to Do in Vancouver in August

people suntanning at kits beach in vancouver with downtown and mountainsVisit 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.

a vancouver seaplane tour flying above the vancouver skyline with coast mountains in background

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 have a way of showcasing 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.

More Vancouver Seaplane Tour Info

the gastown steam clock erupts with steam in vancouver canadaTake 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 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.

runners hiking up the grouse grind in vancouver bc canadaHike 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.

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stanley parkExplore 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 views of the skyline, mountains, and ocean along this path (the world’s longest seaside path) are incredible.

 

vancouver harbour tour boat in coal harbour with vancouver skyline

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.

Vancouver Harbour Tour Info

 

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 of be sure to check out Lee’s Donuts.

a humpback whale spotted during vancouver whale watching tourGo 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 $145.00.

The entrance to Fisherman's Wharf, Steveston
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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 early Vancouver industry, and you can buy fresh seafood directly from fisherman (sockeye salmon are in season in August) right off the docks.

In August there’s also the Steveston Dragonboat Festival.

richmond night market vancouver at sunset
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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 to rice burgers to mochi covered strawberries. In addition, there are live performances, games, and market shopping.

In August the Night Market runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:00 pm to midnight.

rides at playland during the pne in vancouver bc canada
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Visit Playland

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 some refreshing water. The Wooden Roller Coaster is the highlight though – it’s a retro roller coaster that has been freaking people out since 1958.

Events in August in Vancouver

Dozens of pieces of sockeye sit on a grill at the Steveston Salmon Festival
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BC Day

BC day is a public holiday celebrated in British Columbia, and it’s one of the top events in August in Vancouver.

The 2022 edition rolls August 1st. Essentially, it’s a holiday that commemorates 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.

riders ride the wooden roller coaster at the pne in vancouver bc canada
Courtesy: PNE

The PNE

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 as well as a petting zoo, midway games, a casino, Vancouver craft beer tents and anything else entertaining under the sun.

Summer concerts in August 2022 include Barenaked Ladies, the B52s, Blue Rodeo, Cake, TLC, Beach Boys, Nelly, and more.

Theatre Under the Stars at Stanley ParkTheater Under the Stars

If you’re looking for a unique theater experience in August I strongly recommend Vancouver’s Theater Under the Stars.

This open-air theater at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park hosts a variety of performances throughout the summer months, ranging from musicals to Shakespearean plays.

In August 2022 the menu rotates with even days going to We Will Rock You while odd days go to Something Rotten.

a couple enjoying flights of beer at an east vancouver breweryBrewery and the Beast Vancouver

If craft beer and sustainable meats being cooked on an open fire sounds like a good night out (I mean, how does it not?), then Brewery and the Beast Vancouver is a great August event for you.

They’ll be grilling, smoking, and roasting all sorts of deliciousness from regional providers. Whether it’s delicate pork tacos or a slab of roasted elk the plethora of proteins is really something.

Attendees of this August 7th 2022 event can also enjoy unlimited samples of food and drink, as well as live music and entertainment.

 
 

Vancouver August 2022 Concerts

  • Maroon 5: August 1st, Rogers Arena
  • The Tea Party: August 5th, Commodore Ballroom
  • The Killers: August 19th, Rogers Arena
  • Modest Mouse: August 22nd, The Orpheum
  • The Weeknd: August 23rd, BC Place Stadium
  • Backstreet Boys: August 24th, Rogers Arena
  • Franz Ferdinand: August 26th, The Orpheum
  • Kendrick Lamar: August 28th, Rogers Arena
  • Alicia Keys: August 29th, Rogers Arena
  • Greta Van Fleet: August 30th, Rogers Arena

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 there is a chance of showers 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 be sure to 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 become quite cool and rainy at times. For this reason, a sweater and a light jacket are a must. You’ll also do well with some long pants and some good walking shoes for all our nature.

the view of downtown vancouver and stanley park from a harbour air seaplane tour

Visiting Vancouver in August FAQ

What to wear in Vancouver in August?

The weather in Vancouver during August is typically warm and dry, so for men some light-weight 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 Vancouver in August?

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 Vancouver in 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 just call August a warm month.

What’s happening in Vancouver in August?

In August 2022 in Vancouver you can celebrate BC Day, watch Theater Under the Stars, attend the PNE, go to Brewery and the Beast, and see lots of concerts like The Weeknd, The Killers, Beach Boys, Kendrick Lamar, and more.

What time does it get dark in Vancouver in August?

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 about 5:00 am. This means that there is about 14 hours of daylight and 10 hours of darkness.

Visiting Vancouver in August?

I’ve put together a solid list on 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.

Ash

I've lived in 5 countries and created content for travel websites like eDreams and Amex Essentials, but here I finally get to work my passion project - my hometown, Vancouver!

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