Hey, Vancouver! Our latest heatwave has broken, and there’s rain in the forecast. It’s time to head indoors for a few days! Main Street has a tonne of things happening this month to help keep you occupied while you wait for the return of the sun.
Saturday, August 16th, 10:00-4:00 and 6:00-late
Hawkers Market is a monthly dose of local food, drink, and music in Mount Pleasant. The August incarnation of this vibrant event sees them pairing with The Eastside Flea for a double-whammy of awesomness; the Eastside Flea runs from 10-4, and Hawkers Market takes over the space from 6-late. Check out the food and music
lineup and get advance tickets for just ten bucks on Eventbrite
Parkour Competition and Freestyle Tournament at Origins Parkour
Saturday, August 16th from 10:00-6:00
The 2014 Origins Summer Open is open to spectators! Register for your seat here
Saturday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Three world-class, Vancouver-based Go-Go dancers will thrill you with their wicked moves.
Monday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Woo Hoo! Classic Simpsons Trivia is 50 cromulent questions from seasons 1-9, three classic Simpsons episodes, and probably the most fun you’ll ever have on a Monday night. Form a team of up to 6 players and test your knowledge and whispering skills! Game starts at 7pm.
$5 entry fee per participant.
Tuesday, August 19th, from 7:00-10:00pm (doors 6:30)
Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School is what happens when a simple question is asked: why can’t figure drawing be sexy? Part art class, part cabaret, drop by Hot Art Wet City for 3 hours of drawing and decadence! Check drsketchyvancouver.com
for more information or to purchase tickets. Advance tickets also available at the gallery. Bring your own drawing materials or buy them at Hot Art Wet City.
Dungeons & Dragons for Kids at Strategies
Sunday, August 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; ages 10 to teen
Sign up to play Dungeons and Dragons. New to D&D? This is a perfect event for you! Everything will be provided.
Tuesday August 26th at 6:30 pm
“Put her away and forget about her.” was the blunt advice Grace Chen’s grandfather gave Grace’s parents when she was born with Down syndrome. Twenty-four years later, Grace writes “I always dream to be a famous writer.” When Judy McFarlane is asked if she will help Grace, she realizes she holds deep, unacknowledged fears—that Grace will be a dull-eyed young woman who can’t read, let alone write; that she might become agitated, even lash out. But the idea that Grace wants to be a writer, a dream McFarlane gave up when she was young, captures McFarlane. She helps Grace write her book and travels with Grace when she gives a copy of it to her grandfather. Writing With Grace is the inspiring and informative story of the journey Grace and Judy have taken together. It relates the often dark history of Down Syndrome, something the Canadian Down Syndrome Society maintains is “not a birth defect or illness” but “a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been part of the human condition.” With honest introspection and keen insight, McFarlane delves into what it takes to face one’s own prejudice, and what it means to live a full life. From a young woman who is marginalized by society, McFarlane learns how much courage it takes to follow a dream, even when everyone tells you it’s impossible.
The Fox Cabaret has been busy, busy, busy since the porn-theater-turned-hotspot opened its doors this spring.
If you’re looking for a mellower activity, there are plenty of things happening! Everyone is welcome at the Friday Night Crafter’s Club
at Bird On A Wire Creations
; bring your project, or start one when you get there from supplies they have for sale. Also on Fridays: Open Board Game Night at Strategies
. Drop into a game or show up with your favourite game and recruit some people to play – they have lots of open games for you to try. Swing on by and get in on the fun! Strategies also has a regular schedule of RPG games you can drop in for; check their event guide
for more information. And no Main Street list would be complete without The Legion
, well-loved by regulars for shuffleboard, darts, pool, pinball, trivia night, and (infamously) karaoke.
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