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 8th to August 14th, 2018. 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.
CREATIVE COMMUNITY | Dig drawing? Ever been to an Animation Buffet? Vancouver-based animation collective Flavourcel is hosting a rad-sounding All U Can Eat Animation Buffet on Thursday. Head to Main Street’s Lucky Comics that evening for a night of food, friends and fantastic animation. Get inspired, connect and eat. Things to know: entry is going to cost you $2-5 (sliding scale) at the door; the event starts at 7pm; no booze. Find out more.
SATURDAY MORNINGS | There’s a lot going on this weekend so you’re gonna need all the energy you can get. Why not kick it off with a sugar buzz by visiting the Saturday Mornings Cereal Pop Up? Get in touch with your inner big kid while indulging your slightly more sophisticated “adult” palate with one of their cereal combos like “Rainbow Brite” (Fruity Pebbles, Trix and Strawberry Nesquik) and “Tazmanian Devil” (Cocoa Puffs, Reese’s Puffs, Cap’n Crunch, Banana with Cookie Butter & Nutella Drizzle). IMPORTANT: if you have a piggy bank, then break it, because you’ll need to scrounge up some change for this Cash Only event. Milk alternatives will be available! Find out more.
JOY | We’ve come to expect and immensely enjoy Strange Fellows Brewing’s periodic celebrations. They tend to revolve around the strange, but this month they take a light and easy turn with a focus simply on “Joy”. Take some time out on Saturday afternoon to celebrate a few of the things that bring joy: good company, food and beer! Gather some summertime memories to carry you through the winter. Expect live music, food trucks, ice cream, a community art project, prizes and lots of good, cold beer. No cover and kids are welcome. Find out more.
MURALS | The Vancouver Mural Festival is back! Cruise streets and alleys to take in local and international artists making their mark on walls around East Van. The week is packed with events – many of which are free – including talks, performances and live music (The Belle Game, Hannah Georgas play the Street Party on Saturday). Most of all, this is a time to enjoy some car free roaming, take in a bit of art and appreciate the talent that goes into making our city look so sharp. Find out more.
ALOHA | On the lookout for new food adventures? Hanai Family Table is fresh to the local food scene (via Hawaii), although we have not yet tasted their good looking Hawaiian-style fried doughnut-like mochi (we’ve seen the pictures and read the descriptions, and we’re certain it’ll be worth lining up to score a handful of these little buddies this weekend). Hanai Family Table’s first event will be during Mural Fest on Saturday. They’ll be set up on Main Street between 10th and 11th Ave. from noon until 6pm cooking up their handmade sweet potato, coconut and rice flour sugar coated mochi balls (3 for $2.50, 6 for $4 and 12 for $8). Want to order a box of aloha for delivery? Hanai Family Table plans to launch an online option for delivery soon. Follow them on Instagram to stay in the loop! Find out more.
ART OPENING | “Play Nice” is the title of Cartem’s latest bi-monthly art show. It’s going up at their downtown location on Saturday. This time around the cafe’s walls will be showcasing the latest works of local artist Lee Hutzulak and, from what we’ve seen of his art, the scenarios and characters depicted in his paintings are pretty interesting. Find out more.
FORAGE | The window for perfect blackberries is open right now. Find yourself a thicket and get picking because next weekend might be too late. Try the borders of a quiet strip of defunct Canadian Pacific Railway tracks (always a good source). Parks, alleyways and empty lots (though the latter are harder to find) are also a profitable place to fill your bucket. What will you do with your bounty? Try making a crumble, jam, or blackberry syrup for a late summer cocktail!
ROCK ‘N ROLLA | If you’ve ever wanted to learn to rollerskate but were too afraid to lace up on your own – or are feeling nostalgic for your rink heyday – then you might be interested to know that there’s a whole series of adult rollerskating classes going on this summer. The twice weekly hour-long classes are led by local pros and will cover all of the basics of rolling safely, with the price ($25) including the use of skates and equipment. The next couple of classes go down at a TBD location on Sunday morning (August 14th) at 10:30 and Tuesday evening (August 14th) at 6pm. Sign up here.
AIRSHOW | Make the trek out to Abbotsford for the annual Air Show this weekend. Poke around the cockpits of old school beauties like Spitfires, Hurricanes and Mustangs; check out CF-18s and F-22 Raptors; and be impressed by the skills of the Snowbirds. You don’t have to be an airplane wonk going in, but you just might be after you leave. The collective size, speed, and history of the planes in this show is immense and impressive. Not only that, but now that you’re out in Abbotsford, Field House Brewing is mighty close and they have some nice cool beer and delicious tacos that are also impressive (details).
STARS | Every year around this time, stargazers and naturalists flee the bright lights of the city to catch the Perseid meteor shower. The Perseid shower is visible from mid-July each year but the most pronounced activity goes down in the pre-dawn hours this coming weekend. They say that at this peak time we can expect to see 60-100 meteors per hour. Pretty much any open sky free of light noise will do the trick, but if you want to really get in to it with telescopes, guided walks and information sessions from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, hustle out to Aldergrove for a Meteor Shower Watch & Walk. No fires, but camping is an option. (Find out more)