Perseid Meteor Shower
Clear your backlog of wishes at the Perseid Meteor Watch at Aldergrove Lake, where – weather permitting – you can see hundreds of shooting stars hurtling across the night sky. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will also be on hand with powerful telescopes and stargazing guides; overnight camping welcome (Saturday, metrovancouver.org).
Catch superstar TV host, actress, comedian and humanitarian Whoopi Goldberg – one of a very few to win an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony – as she returns to the stand-up stage to dish on romance, motherhood and aging (Red Robinson Show Theatre Saturday, ticketmaster.ca).
Deck yourself out in your most stylish tanks and tights, then hit the Lululemon Seawheeze, a half-marathon around Stanley Park and Kits and a cool-down concert at Jack Poole Plaza featuring Hey Ocean! and New York’s fun, best known for their infectious hit We Are Young. Then top it all off with seaside yoga at sunset (Saturday, seawheeze.com).
Richmond Maritime Festival
Add some serious salt to your weekend at the Richmond Maritime Festival, where you can check out dozens of beautiful wooden boats, explore a depiction of a bygone Chinese bunkhouse, hear maritime music from fiddling to taiko, and be rapt by historic tales of life on the briny (through Sunday, richmondmaritimefestival.ca).
For juicier community fun, don’t miss Penticton’s famed Peach Festival, which comes complete with a sandcastle competition, an amusement park, and a grand parade (through Sunday, peachfest.com).
See mountain bikers doing all the things Mom told them never to do at one of the world’s biggest freeriding events, Crankworx Whistler, which comes with harrowing rock falls, jaw-dropping jumps, and tricks from 720s to double tailwhips.
Not to mention a 3,400-foot “Vertical Marathon” – as well as concerts by rock bands Said the Whale and Jets Overhead (through Aug. 19, crankworx.com).
Return to the rough and tumble days of high riggers, buckers, fallers, whistler punks and locie engineers at Good Timber: Songs and Stories of the Western Logger, a mix of saw-heavy songs, stories and archival photos based on the logger poetry of “Bard of the Woods” Robert E. Swanson (through Aug. 19, firehallarts.ca).
Vancouver Chinatown Festival
Stroll through one of Canada’s most vibrant cultural hubs for the Vancouver Chinatown Festival, which comes with an open-air market, tasting tours, walking tours and live music – this year with the theme “Hello Dragon, Ni Hao” (through Sunday, vancouver-chinatown.com).
Find out the how and why behind the West End’s eclectic mix of architecture, from wooden mansions to gleaming highrises, on Heritage Vancouver’s Planning Tour of the West End, led by SFU City Program director Gordon Price (Saturday, heritagevancouver.org), or see all kinds of slick retro design on the Mid-Century Modern Residential Bus Tour (Saturday, heritagefoundation.org). Then wander through the Lost Rock Garden, the Rose Garden, the Shakespeare Garden and more on a Historical Gardens of Stanley Park Walking Tour (Saturday, stanleyparkhistory.wordpress.com).
It won’t be long before the days get shorter, the nights get chillier, and we’re pining for the sun to return, so make the most of the late-summer blast at outdoor movies including The Muppets at Holland Park (Saturday, downtownsurreybia.com), The Lion King in Tsawwassen, Sandlot in Delta, and the time-travelling Back to the Future at Trout Lake (freshaircinema.ca).