With autumn right around the corner, enjoy the sun as long as you can with fun festivities. The upcoming events will surely allow the whole family to enjoy the rest of the summer. Enjoy the outdoors at the Moonlight & Mooncakes Festival or spend the day inside learning about the mysterious “kraken” at the Vancouver Aquarium. However you choose to spend the remaining days of summer, be sure to consider these multicultural events!
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Squamish Nation Youth Pow Wow
Capilano Reserve Park Grounds
100 Mathias Rd., West Vancouver
The Squamish Nation wants to invite everyone to join them in their celebration during their 27th Annual Youth Powwow! With multiple festivities happening over the span of three days, there will be fun for the entire family. This year’s celebration includes a salmon BBQ, and traditional native arts and crafts. The event also includes multiple performances from special guests. Tickets are $5. Visit the website for more information on performances and events.
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Aug. 30–Sept. 1
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St., Vancouver
The TAIWANfest of Vancouver is packed with food and performances from the Taiwanese community. Opening early every day at 11 a.m., the event hopes to expand the knowledge of Taiwanese culture. Multiple Lower Mainland performers gather together to put on wonderful nightly concerts. Enjoy the cultural ambiance, and learn more about wonderful Taiwanese culture. Visit the website for more information on concert times
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DakhaBrakha – Ethno-Chaos from Ukraine
Aug. 31, 8 p.m.
1660 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Enjoy the music of Ukraine with the DakhaBrakha Ukrainian musicians. Their goal is to promote Ukrainian culture through music with a modern twist. DakhaBrakha takes traditional Ukrainian songs and adds new beats that gives their band the extra flare. Playing for one night only, the group’s attention to tradition will surely have you wanting more. Visit the website for more information on ticket pricing.
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The Kraken Revealed with Edith Widder
Sept. 3, 9–10 a.m.
845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Join Dr. Edith Widder and learn more about the mysterious “kraken.” Dr. Widder is a marine scientist who’s known for being the first person to film a “kraken” in its natural habitat. Her work with luminescent deep sea creatures will surely have you on the edge of your seat. The “kraken” is a giant squid that lives in the deepest parts of the ocean. Learn more about the deep sea and the dangerous creatures that dwell within! Visit the website for ticket pricing.
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Vancouver Fringe Festival
Granville Island, Vancouver
The highly anticipated Vancouver Fringe Festival is back to celebrate all types of theatre! The events take place on Granville Island and with over 700 performances, visitors can choose a show that suits them. The event is vibrant and full of fun for the family. Ticket information is available on the website.
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Day at the Farm
Sept. 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Westham Island Herb Farm
4690 Kirkland Rd., Delta
Do you have what it takes to be a farmer? Bring the whole family to see where your food comes from and if you can take on the challenges of being a farmer. Different hands on activities such as making butter will surely engage the family. Kids will enjoy the hayrides and the tour of a working farm. With cookie contests, live music and a mobile dairy classroom, there will never be a dull moment. Free admission.
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Moonlight & Mooncakes
Sept. 7, 5–10 p.m.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall St., Vancouver
The Moon Festival is an important event in Chinese culture. The traditional event celebrates the full moon and what it symbolizes: peace, prosperity and family. This year, the Moonlight & Mooncakes Festival allows everyone to celebrate the full moon. The event features live music, mooncakes and story-telling. From 7–10 p.m., the garden is restricted to adults-only for a romantic night with floating lanterns and special wines. Visit the website for more information on admission prices.
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The COHO Festival
Sept. 7, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Ambleside Park. 1306 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver
The annual Coho Festival is back for everyone to enjoy! The Coho Festival hopes to expand the knowledge of sustainability and fund-raises money for the Salmon Habitat rejuvenation projects. The event features the famous salmon barbeque. This event features multiple kids’ activities, live entertainment and environmental displays that the Coho Society hopes will educate attendees about sustainability. For more information, please visit the website.