12 Festivals and Date Ideas This August in British Columbia

Looking for fun and unique date ideas in and around Vancouver this month? No need to look any further!

British Columbia is known for its beautiful landscapes, ranging from the Rocky Mountains in the east, to its exciting city life in Vancouver, to the ocean and islands. The beautiful province also has the perfect combination of events, from adventurous to chill af, and everything in between.

Looking for fun and unique date ideas in and around Vancouver this month? No need to look any further!

Rocky Mountain Helicopter Tours

One of Rockies Heli Canada‘s bucket-list items is this Six Glaciers helicopter tour. Departing from their base you will view Abraham Lake and start the ascent up the Cline Riverthat has class 4/5 rapids, challenging ice climbing areas, and extraordinary hiking trails. 

Then soar over Cline Pass at 10,000 ft (3048m) to view the expansive panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll pas through Cline Glacier, White Goat Glacier, Lion Glacier, Lioness Glacier, Resolute Glacier, and Hanging Glacier.

This is seriously a jaw-dropping date idea that isn’t for the faint of heart.

When: Book your helicopter seat anytime, they’re open 7 days/week!

Where: At the junction of Cline River and Hwy 11 Clearwater County, Alberta (just over the BC border)

Tickets: All tours are sold by the seat and open to the public. To make the flight private, buy 4 or more seats in the aircraft.

Monstercat Compound 2022

Vancouver’s favourite electronic record label, Monstercat, is bringing back their free music festival for the fifth year. Taking place in front of Monstercat HQ in Railtown, Compound is a celebration of the community Monstercat calls home. Enjoy music on the Main Stage and Westwood Stage, create your own kandi, explore art installations, try local food trucks and visit the spacious beer garden. Headliners include WHIPPED CREAM, Sol Rising, Dustycloud, and more.

When: Saturday, August 20 from 2pm-9pm

Where: in front of Monstercat HQ – 380 Railway Street

Tickets: FREE! A select number of Premium Passes are available for purchase here.

Fresh Air Cinema

Watch your favourite movies outdoors with your date; something about a movie surrounded by nature makes it that much more romantic. Cuddle up and

Movie starts at after sunset. It’s a bring your own blanket or lawn chair situation, too so you can get as cozy as you want.

Coming up this month includes:

  • Tuesday August 9th – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Tuesday August 16th – Dirty Dancing
  • Tuesday August 23rd – Grease

Where: Second Beach in Stanley Park, Vancouver

Richmond Night Market

This is the biggest night market in North America! Whether you’re from BC or not, this is probably going to be on your bucket list after seeing the amazing vibes and out-of-this-world food offered at this iconic summer date idea in Richmond. There’s over 500 different international food options available!

When: Every weekend until October 10th, 2022

Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond BC

Brewhalla Beer & Music Festival

What could be a better date night than listening to live music, sampling craft beer, playing outdoor games, and having delicious food? We don’t know!

When: Saturday August 6th, 12-6pm

Where: Inlet Field Park, Port Moody BC

Beauty and the Beast Cocktail Experience

One of the classic Disney movies is now an immersive cocktail experience! This theatrical, alternate reality experience will take you into a world of magic, fantasy & of course, cocktails! Definitely a unique and must-try date night idea.

When: Opening August 10th – November 6th, 2022

Where: Vancouver Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Fruit Beer Festival

You may be a beer lover, but are you a fruit beer lover? This unique festival in Burnaby this month will surely be a treat for your palate. Now in its second year, the festival includes live music, food, and of course… fruit beer!

When: Saturday August 13th, 2022

Where: Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby

Come From Away

The beloved Come From Away show is touching down in Vancouver! Whether you love live theatre or have been recommended this show by everyone you know, you’ll love this heartwarming and historic story.

When: Aug 16th – 28th, 2022

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Summerlight Festival

If you’re looking for a fun and unique event to check out this summer, head to Summerlight Festival!

The inaugural instalment of Vancouver’s newest city festival. ‘Summerlight‘ features the best Indie music, alt fashion and progressive art. A date night at Summerlight can expect food trucks, a bar, two stages, art, a vendor market, a digital graffiti wall, and a crypto art gallery.

This is all about the music, too! There will be performances from The Zolas, Fake Shark, Desirée Dawson, Sleepy Gonzales, The Jins, Jenny Banai, IAMTHELIVING Johnny Payne and dwi.

Open to all ages!

When: Saturday August 20th, 2022

Where: Summerlight Festival Grounds, 876 Cordova diversion, Vancouver


This is THE ultimate event and festival for cat lovers. Go with your cat-loving date, or find a fellow cat lover to mingle with at the event.

They even have Speed Dating For Cat Lovers events and are looking for single cat dads between the ages of 24-42!

When: Saturday August 20th, 2022 from 10am-1:30pm or 1:30-5pm

Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver

The PNE Fair

It’s back! The PNE Fair is your end-of-summer date night tradition with all the beloved food, rides, attractions, shows, and more.

Entertainment this year includes: SuperDogs, Chinese Acrobats, High Dive Show, Dueling Pianos, Agriculture Displays, Drag Shows, Cooking Demonstrations, Pyro Musical, ExhibitsHome Showcase, and the return of Summer Night Concerts! Not to mention the midway eats that you have to be *just* brave enough to try out.

This year’s Fair will continue to have a limited capacity. 

When: August 20 to September 5, 2022 (closed August 29) Nightly at 8:30 pm

Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Action Bronson

Music lover or huge Action Bronson fan? This will be a fun and energetic night out! Action Bronson and some special guests are coming to Vancouver for a concert this month.

When: Friday August 26th at 10:00pm

Where: Harbour Event & Convention Centre, 760 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver

Want even more unique date ideas in BC? Check these events out!

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