From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from August 16 to August 22, 2017. Please note that you can now get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.
FARM | Fraser Common and Laurica Farms have rounded up an impressive roster of chefs and food purveyors for their annual long table fundraiser on August 20th. The evening kicks off with a tour of the farm before guests gather for a collaborative dinner with Chef Jesse McMillan from Campagnolo Roma and the good folks from Farm House Natural Cheeses, Four Winds Brewing and The Pie Shoppe. Home to social and educational food experiences for over four decades, Fraser Common Farm also hosts the Glorious Organics Co-op, which supplies countless restaurants and farmer’s markets with seasonal goods. Grab a ticket, support local food and get the most out of your summer nights! Sun, Aug. 20 | 4-8pm | $100 | DETAILS
EARNEST ICE CREAM | North Vancouver is getting its own Earnest Ice Cream this Friday. The good looking new 20 seater is set to launch in Lower Lonsdale and will feature all the delicious scoops and sundaes we’ve come to expect from the local company (which Scout readers recently ranked as their favourite purveyors of ice cream in Vancouver). Fri., Aug. 19 | 12pm to 10pm | 127 W. 1st Street | DETAILS
MAKE | The Watch & Learn festival is a weekend-long arts and culture festival celebration at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Scoot down to check out live mural painting, an Etsy Vancouver Marketplace, live music, food trucks, art, a craft beer garden, workshops (eg. indigo dying, macrame, leather work, patch embroidery). As event organizers explain: “Watch & Learn is an invitation to experience and interact with Vancouver’s amazing artists, makers, performers, designers and creatives.” Kids 12 & under enter for free. August 19+20 | 11-7pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza | $7-10 | DETAILS
LAUGH | Cinema Sunday is a monthly film series that goes down at The Cinematheque, aimed at screening some cool films appropriate for kids, and entertaining for grown-ups. They hit it out of the park this Sunday with a screening of Meatballs. From The Cinematheque: “SNL-era Bill Murray — in his earliest leading role — is an irreverent head counsellor at a bottom-barrel summer camp at war with the posh, preppy camp across the lake. Shot at an actual camp in Haliburton, Ontario, and responsible for the entire sub-genre of coming-of-age camp comedies that followed, Meatballs is a refreshingly sweet, PG-zone summer comedy that celebrates the unsung goofball in us all!” Sun, Aug 20 | 1pm | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.) | $11 | DETAILS
TOUR | If you find yourself conflicted over whether you should be spending your weekend hours stuffing your face, getting exercise, adventuring or slowing down, a Slow Food Cycle Sunday in the Pemberton Valley might be just the ticket. This is a 45k cycle up and down Pemberton Meadows Road, allowing participants to take in the scenery in between stops at farms to meet farmers and food producers and eat produce directly from the fields. Choose your own pace and cover as much or as little of the route as you like. Take a hat, gallons of water and all the sunscreen in the world. Sun, Aug. 20 | 9am-3pm | Pemberton Valley | $5pp/$20 per family | DETAILS
BEACH | We’re half way through the season now, so it’s time to get serious about checking things off your summer ‘To Do’ list. If you haven’t packed up and spent a full day at the beach yet, now is the time. Try English Bay, Kits, Wreck or Whytecliff. Pull together a picnic lunch or dinner and dig in for the long haul. Get to Jericho for a walk. Feed the bunnies. Stop at the sailing centre. Head up to The Galley and put your feet up to watch the sunset with a pint and a Wild BC Salmon Burger. Just get those toes of yours in the sand and smell the lightly salted air!
GARLIC FESTIVAL | This weekend is the 9th annual Garlic Fest out at the Terra Nova Sharing Farm in Richmond. Head out to learn about the health benefits and culinary uses of garlic, check out cooking demonstrations, and sample all manner of garlic related goodies (from garlic pizza and garlic bread to pickled garlic scapes and garlic ice cream – not even kidding). Bonus, this sharing farm is a fantastic place to wander; there’s lots of room for kids to run and climb and it’s close to the West Dyke Trail. Sun, Aug. 20 | 10am-3pm | Sharing Farm, Terra Nova Park | Admission by donation | DETAILS
PNE | It’s hot as heck, and summer feels like it’ll go on forever. Don’t be fooled. Fall will sneak in before you know it, and then the long, wet winter will follow. Obviously, you’ll want to include a trip to the PNE. What is summer if not rollercoaster rides, mini doughnuts and target practice on rubber ducks? Need more convincing? How about a concert series, a craft “beer-unch”, and magic? Aug. 20 – Sept. 4 | 11 am-11 pm | Pacific National Exhibition | $17+ | DETAILS
NATURE | Dig the rubber boots out of the back of your closet and make your way to Stanley Park this weekend to learn about Crabs, Clams and Other Coastal Critters. This two hour walk through the Park’s intertidal zone will school you on interesting bits of information about everyone from orange armoured sea cucumbers to red feather duster worms and everything in between. The walk starts at the #19 Stanley Park Bus Loop. Sun, Aug 20 | 10 am–12 pm | #19 Stanley Park Bus Loop, Stanley Park | DETAILS
ECLIPSE | Up to 86% of the sun will vanish from view on Monday. It’s going to be a bit of a mind-blower. If you’re searching for somewhere to take in the phenomenon and would feel more comfortable surrounded by crowds, think about joining UBC professors and students (they have some pretty rad viewers and telescopes) out at the Robert H Lee Alumni Centre at UBC. There will also be a live streaming presentation of the eclipse and talks about how an eclipse occurs. This event runs from 9:30am-11:30am (weather permitting) with the maximum eclipse going down at 10:21am. Mon, Aug 21 | 9:30am-11:30am | UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy (6224 Agricultural Road, UBC) | DETAILS