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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 3 to 7

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Daniel Chai Jul 04, 2017 1:27 am 2,325

Keep the long weekend vibe going with out list of fun events happening around Vancouver. From Outdoor Movies to BC Superweek, here are our picks for 35 things to do this week.

Monday, July 3

The Big Brunch: YVR Food Fest

Photo courtesy YVR Food Fest

  • What: The Big Brunch aims to be the largest outdoor brunch ever in the country. The event will feature every conceivable type of brunch fare from some of the city’s best restaurants and cafés. Also featuring a caesar competition, a breakfast sandwich cook-off, and a cold-brew kegger with local, independent coffee roasters.
  • When: July 3
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: YVR Food Fest in the Olympic Village – 215 West 1st, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$35

Unbelievable at Museum of Vancouver

  • What: On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Museum of Vancouver is diving deep into the vault and showcasing some of Vancouver’s most valuable treasures to present our newest exhibition Unbelievable, in collaboration with HCMA Architecture + Design. Unbelievable features contested objects, storied replicas and iconic artifacts for a mind-bending exploration of the role stories play in defining community – and what happens when these tales can’t be relied upon.  
  • When: Now to September 24
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $$8-$18. Children 4 and under free.

Nature Walk: Summer’s Songsters

  • What: Enjoy a leisurely stroll through a variety of habitats and discover the park’s summer birds and how they live. Hosted by veteran naturalist Al Grass, formerly with BC Parks. 
  • When: July 3
  • Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park
  • Register: Online

Miss, Mrs. and Miss Teen BC Pageant

  • What: Previous titleholders will be coming back to share their stories, and of course there will be all the excitement of finding out who will be crowned this year’s Miss BC, Mrs. BC and Miss Teen BC. Regional titles will be awarded in each category, and the winner of Miss/Mrs./Miss Teen Charity BC will be announced. In support of Cops for Cancer.
  • When: July 3
  • Time: 6 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Chandos Auditorium – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-30

Kitsilano Showboat meets Garry Chalk & the Kits Point All-stars

Image: Garry Chalk and the Kits Point All-Stars / Facebook

  • What: Veteran musicians Garry Chalk, Don Alder, Ian ‘Stan’ Wardle and Antoine Champaux are The Kits Point All-stars. Band members of the group have toured independently in the USA, Europe and Asia. All are extremely talented in their own right with Garry Chalk being a multiple Gemini Award-winning actor, voice over artist, an accomplished singer, and guitar player. Don Alder was the winner of the 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol, 2010 Guitar Superstar North America, and 2007 International Finger style Champion.
  • When: July 3
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Kitsilano Showboat – 2300 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

A Week of Free Screenings to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday!

  • What: As the centrepiece of the year-long Canada on Screen program, The Cinematheque celebrates Canada Day and Canada’s 150th birthday with a week of free screenings, featuring many of Canada’s greatest film (and television) works, from Anne of Green Gables to Jesus Of Montreal.
  • When: Now to July 7
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 6810 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from The Cinematheque box office on the day of the screening.

QueerProv Monday – Audience Appreciation Night!

  • What: On Monday night, you, the audience, will get to choose which games the Queerprovers will play. Wrap up your long weekend with a night of laughs.
  • When: July 3
  • Time: 8 to 10 pm
  • Where: XYYVR – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Tuesday, July 4

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park

Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema/Fresh Air Cinema

  • What: One of the most popular summertime events in the city is back as free outdoor movies return to Stanley Park this summer! The Evo Summer Cinema Series features a four-story inflatable movie screen showing favourites such as The LEGO Batman Movie, Toy Story, The Goonies and Jaws. Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Movie goers are encouraged to walk, take transit, or bike to Stanley Park for the shows  – there will be a bike valet service offered on site each night too.
  • When: Every Tuesday from July 4 to August 22
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Cost: Free

Vancouver Burlesque Centre Student Showcase

  • What: Head to the Emerald in Chinatown to hoot and holler for VBC’s sassy students. Featuring performances by Lena Emerald, Susie SweetCheeks, Cookie Craven, Dolly Dynamite aka Queen Baby, Harla Quin, Faye Havoc, Chastity Twist and Amethyst Howl
  • When: July 4
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Emerald Supper Club – 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: By donation

The Dirty Penny Hungry Hippos Tournament

  • What: The first annual Hungry Hippos Tournament in association with Steam Whistle Pilsner. The tournament winner receives the prize pot of $150, and $50 will go to the runner up.
  • When: July 4
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Dirty Penny – 1601 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Entry: $5

Emerging Green Professional Social

  • What: What inspires you? What are your ideas for the future of the Green Building Industry? Exchange ideas, build your network and get inspiration at the Canada Green Building Council social. No registration required. 
  • When: July 4
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Grain Tasting Bar – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

A Slide Show Evening with David Wisdom

Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art

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  • What: Former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom hosts a communal slide show featuring local artists and arts practitioners. The event pairs selected images on the topics of art, music, cars and school, with music, with introductions by Wisdom and featured artists – Rodney Graham, Neil Wedman and Kathy Slade.
  • When: July 4
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art – 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Surrey Secret Agents Day Camps

  • What: Invisible ink, secret briefings, code breaking, disguises, fingerprint analysis. Grab your shoe phone and dial in a week in the life of a Surrey Secret Agent. Ages 8 to 10-years-old.
  • When: July 4 to 7
  • Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Surrey Museum – 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
  • Register: Online, $121.50

Underneath Harlem Moon

  • What: A smokey soul-era Harlem cabaret in the heart of Gastown. Curated and produced by Krystle Dos Santos, the event features a variety of spoken word & vocal guests backed by the Harlem Moon band: Nic Bermudez, Jonny Holisko, and Mike Meroniuk.
  • When: July 4
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: Guilt & Co. – 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver

Wednesday, July 5

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre

  • What: Take a trip back to the days of poodle-skirts, greased hair, and doo wop music – the Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy classic, family-friendly, and even some of the latest hits on an outdoor screen. Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in. Parking is on a first-come first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), with movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  • When: Every Wednesday from July 5 to August 30
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Cost: Free

Daniel Lanois

  • What: Daniel Lanois is one of the finest sonic experimenters of recent years, and is on tour in support of his album Goodbye To Language, constructed entirely from the sounds of the pedal steel guitar and a sense of sonic futurism.
  • When: July 5
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $29.50

Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Consciousness

  • What: Baba Brinkman’s new hip-hop theatre show is all about the neuroscience of consciousness. See it in Vancouver before it goes to the Edinburgh Fringe in August.  This event also features a performance of “Off the Top” with Dr. Heather Berlin (cognitive neuroscientist, TV host, and Baba’s wife), which is also going to Edinburgh.
  • When: July 5
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:45 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12-$15

Flamenco, Tango & Wine IN ONE NIGHT

  • What: Latincouver proudly presents in collaboration Flamenco, Tango & Wine IN ONE NIGHT, a night of raw, powerful award-winning flamenco and tango dance in an intimate setting at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. 
  • When: July 5
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Meet and Greet with Hannah Shaw & Andrew Marttila

Daniel Chai / Daily Hive

  • What: Hannah Shaw the Kitten Lady, and renowned pet photographer, Andrew Marttila of The Great Went Pet Photography, are making their Canadian debut here in Vancouver. Copies of Shop Cats of New York will be available for book signing and purchase. All proceeds go to the BC SPCA (BCSPCA). Ticket price includes entry for one hour. Wine and refreshments will be available for purchase.
  • When: July 5
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Catfe – #2035, International Village Mall, 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45

Defenders of the Triforce: Vancouver

  • What: This game is a rare chance to enter a world inspired by The Legend of Zelda video game series. You will find yourself transported to the land of Hyrule, where the Triforce has fallen into evil hands. You must form a team and stop darkness from taking over the realm. Work with your teammates to explore the area, find hidden clues and solve puzzles. You have only 60 minutes to find the final answer and escape from the story’s situation.
  • When: July 5 to 9
  • Time: Various time slots
  • Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront – 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Online, $50-$72

Problem Child by George F. Walker

  • What: R.J. and Denise, two dysfunctional parents from the wrong side of the tracks, are trying to get their baby out of the system and back in their arms. But they have to get around Helen, the by-the-book social worker who isn’t budging. With the help of Phillie, the drunken motel employee, how far will Denise and R.J. go to reunite their family?
  • When: July 5 to 8
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Thursday, July 6

Rope For Hope fundraising event 2017

Moose with participants/Rope For Hope

  • What: Rope For Hope is an experience of a lifetime that allows you to rappel 36 storeys from the roof of the Hyatt Hotel in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To participate, all you have to do is raise a minimum of $1,500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC and The Yukon. All proceeds raised from the event will support granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
  • When: July 6
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver – 655 Burrard Street 
  • Price: Fundraise a minimum of $1,500 – register online

Indian Summer Festival 2017

  • What: The Indian Summer Arts Society organizes the Indian Summer Festival every July, to showcase provocative artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Tales of War and Peace’, and includes an array of award-winning artists, musicians, and authors.
  • Where: Various venues throughout the city
  • When: July 6 to 15, 2017
  • Tickets: Available online

Summer Emerging Artists Exhibition

  • What: Canadian and international artists take the spotlight in the Beaumont Gallery’s Summer Emerging Artists Exhibition. The six artists being featured are Benjamin Brooks, Carling Wong-Renger, Ciele Beau, Donna Millar, Luan Nguyen and Ranu Chakraborty.
  • Where: The Beaumont Studios – 316 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: July 6 to 22
  • Cost: Free

Mixology and your Garden

  • What: Cole Benoit of The Apothecary Bitters Company will discuss botanicals you can grow in your home garden for cocktails, and ideas for using and preserving them for optimal flavour. Sample Cole’s own artisan cocktails made with locally distilled spirits and botanical ingredients, and learn home bar basics such as tools and techniques to get started. Ages 19+ only with valid government-issued photo ID.
  • When: July 6
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45

Ron Funches: Funch-A-Mania

Ron Funches

Image: Ron Funches / Facebook

  • What: Ron Funches starred in Undateable and Powerless, was a cast member and writer on Kroll Show, and frequently appeared on @midnight. He’s also had roles in the films Get Hard and Trolls.
  • When: July 6
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline, $29.50

Music By The River

  • What: The Arts Council of New Westminster and City to Suburb Real Estate Group are filling Westminster Pier Park with a wide variety of the arts, including live musical performance, two DJ stages, busking performances, artisan vendors, live painting, ribbon dancing, and more. Spend sunny summer evenings in the award-winning Pier Park enjoying the arts in a scenic setting next to the Fraser River.
  • When: Every Thursday from July 6 to 27
  • Time: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: Westminster Pier Park, New Westminster
  • Cost: Free

Movie Under the Stars – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  • What: The UBC Astronomy Club and UBC Film Society present Movie Under The Stars: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Bring a blanket and sit back and relax at the Knoll outside The Nest for a night of solar scapes stargazing and movie watching.
  • When: July 6
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: AMS Student Nest – 6133 University Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Friday, July 7

FVDED in the Park 2017

Travis Scott at FVDED In The Park / Brandon Artis Photography / Blueprint

  • What: Back for its third year, FVDED in the Park is set to take over Surrey’s Holland Park this summer, bringing some high energy artists over the festival’s two days on July 7 and 8. With programming scheduled to showcase a variety of musical genres, and the recent cancellation of other festivals in the region, FVDED is expected to attract over 40,000 festival goers this year, making it the largest outdoor event in Metro Vancouver.
  • When: July 7 and 8
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Passes: Available through FVDEDinthePark.com starting at $119.50

Fridays on Front

  • What: Kicking off on July 7, and running every Friday from 5 to 8 pm through August 25, the 600-block of Front Street will turn into a family-friendly market and hang-out zone, complete with artisan vendors from the New West Farmers Market and New West Craft, live music from the New Westminster Arts Council, and food trucks (which you may also catch at the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest this July).
  • When: Every Friday from July 7 through August 25, 2017
  • Where: 600-block of Front Street in New Westminster
  • Cost: Admission is free

Say Hello 2 Heaven: A charity concert for Suicide Prevention

  • What: A charity concert for The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC featuring the music of Chris Cornell. Featuring performances by BOG, Left Spine Down, The Waning Light, Chris Olson, and many more.
  • When: July 7
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Music at the Cannery

  • What: The Cannery’s outdoor summer evening concert series returns from July 7 to August 25, every Friday night at 6:30 pm. Each week will feature a different musical act, catering to a wide range of musical tastes, from blues, jazz, folk and more.
  • When: July 7 to August 25
  • Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: $7

Theatre Under the Stars

  • What: For nearly 75 years, Theatre Under the Stars has brought soaring works of musical theatre to Stanley Park. More than just a night at the theatre, TUTS interweaves a kaleidoscope of elements – setting, scenery, concessions, and quality art – into a fun, encompassing experience. This year’s shows are Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Chaperone.
  • When: July 7 to August 19
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
  • Tickets: Online

BC Superweek

Gastown Grand Prix/Facebook

  • What: Featuring nine pro races over the course of 10 days, BC Superweek has fast become one of the most prestigious pro-cycling events in North America with a total prize purse of more than $120,000! Featuring six separate events as part of the series, BC Superweek consists of the Tour de Delta, New West Grand Prix, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby, PoCo Grand Prix, and Tour de White Rock.
  • Where: Delta, New Westminster, Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam and White Rock
  • When: July 7 to 16, 2017
  • Cost: Free to watch

All Star Wrestling Presents 10 Year Anniversary Show

  • What: All Star Wrestling’s 10th Anniversary is a family-friendly, action-packed show, featuring ECW/WWE star Tommy Dreamer, WWE’s Gangrel, UFC Star “Filthy”Tom Lawlor, Loose Cannon Kenny Lush, Mr. India, and more.
  • When: July 7
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Cloverdale Agriplex – 17798 62 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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