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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: July 22 and 23

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Daniel Chai Jul 21, 2017 1:00 am 5,509

Welcome to the weekend, Vancouver! Get out and enjoy life with our rundown of exciting events to check out around the city, including Surrey Fusion Festival, Jack Johnson and more!

Here is our checklist of 20 things to do this weekend, Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, 2017.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Surrey Fusion Festival

World Music Stage/Fusion Festival

  • What: The ultimate celebration of music, food and culture, right in the heart of Surrey, with musical performances across six different stages, and 40 cultural pavilions offering culinary delights from all over the world. Headliners include Nelly Furtado, Classified, The Zolas and Alx Veliz.
  • When: July 22 and 23
  • Time: 11 am to 10 pm
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Cost: Free

World Naked Bike Ride 2017

  • What: ​Hundreds of cyclists ride naked through the streets of Vancouver each year to celebrate creativity and individuality, and also protest against car culture and oil spills. The World Naked Bike Ride happens rain or shine, so come prepared with waterproof body paint.
  • When: July 22
  • Time: Noon (Body Painting and Performances), 2 pm (Ride Start)
  • Where: Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Thai Festival in Vancouver

  • What: Thailand is known for its unique culture, including exquisite Thai food and massage, and now you can get into that spirit this weekend at the Thai Festival in Vancouver. Indulge in some Thai food, unwind in a Thai spa, and take in some traditional dance performances and workshops.
  • When: July 22 and 23
  • Time: 10:30 am to 8 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

The Drum Is Calling Festival

  • What: Each day of the festival zone will carry a unique theme with varying programming and events to provide attendees with a new experience daily. There will be carving and weaving exhibitions, dance, sports tournaments in adjacent streets, workshops, crafts, vendors and food, and live music performances on stages, including headliners Chantal Kreviazuk, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Crystal Shawanda, William Prince, Shane Koyczan, DJ Shub, and George Leach.
  • When: July 22 to 30, 2017
  • Time: 1 to 10 pm (with some exceptions)
  • Where: Larwill Park – 688 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Gone Country 2017

  • What: A big outdoor country music concert with all proceeds going to fight cancer. The event is one giant beer garden, so please bring two pieces of ID as the event is 19+. This years line up features Tim Hicks, JoJo Mason, Karen Lee Batten, Me and Mae, Danielle Marie, Dave Hartney, and guest DJ Jaxon Hawks from JRFM.
  • When: July 22
  • Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $46.99 + fee and gst

Uptown Live

  • What: New West’s favourite outdoors festival is coming back this summer, and residents from all over the Lower Mainland can see bands including Coco Jafro, Lion Bear Fox, Echo Nebraska, and others. Multiple stages, food trucks, and art installations make this one a can’t-miss.
  • When: July 22
  • Time: Noon to 9 pm
  • Where: 6th Avenue and 6th Street, New Westminster
  • Cost: Free

African Descent Festival

  • What: People of African Descent and those interested in African heritage and culture come together to celebrate African descendants across the planet. Featuring international artists, food, fashion, spoken work, history and more.
  • When: July 22 to 23
  • Time: 10 am to 8 pm
  • Where: Thorton Park – 1166 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Village Vibe Performing Arts Series

Leigh Square Community Arts Village

Leigh Square Community Arts Village / Facebook

  • What: The 2017 Village Vibe series will feature emerging to professional dancers, musicians, and artists! For those emerging artists, the Village Vibe series provides an opportunity to gain experience in front of a live audience and celebrate their talents.
  • When: Every Saturday in the summer starting July 22
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
  • Cost: Free

RecycleFest at Trout Lake Park

  • What: Bring your broken or unwanted small appliances and power tools for recycling at Trout Lake and enjoy great activities, free food, games, prizes, and more. Plus enjoy a toonie BBQ lunch to support the Trout Lake Youth Group, with vegetarian and vegan options available.
  • When: July 22
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Trout Lake Community Centre – 3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

The Deighton Cup

  • What: Patrons will enjoy a day full of derby action at Hastings Racetrack with 5,000 other well-dressed attendees. Expect full access to Mile’s End Motors Field of Dreams, a picnic area, and a cigar lounge and champagne stage, as well as a Deighton Cup Lunch, which comes complimentary with each ticket. Deighton Cup attendees can also look forward to the 5th annual mixology competition, as well at the event’s Best-Dressed Awards.
  • When: July 22
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Hastings Racetrack
  • Price: $65 early bird, $75 regular price; buy online

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Brewery & The Beast Vancouver

  • What: This one-of-a-kind, ultra-meaty outdoor culinary experience features chefs cooking up locally-sourced products and ingredients, and aims to educate guests about becoming a conscientious consumer and buying local – all while filling their stomachs with a ton of high quality grub. Guests will have the opportunity to sip on beers and craft sodas from Victoria’s Phillips Brewing Company, cider from Left Field Cider, and premium BC wines as well.
  • When: July 23
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Concord Pacific Lot, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Cost: $99.95 (2 tickets per person purchase limit); buy via TicketRocket

New Moon Cabaret

  • What: Moth Orbit Object Theatre studio presents an open space for short form performances of all flavours every new moon. Acts include Carmen Loretta, Tasia Mathot, Blanca Escobar, Bob Twaites, Ellen Kibble, Volodymyr Bedzin, Christina Glover, and more. MC is Annie Lefabvre.
  • When: July 23
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: 203-1701 Powell Street (The ARC) – Buzz #0969.

Jack Johnson

  • What: This American singer-songwriter is known for his easygoing acoustic tunes and his hit debut album Brushfire Fairytales. Since then, Johnson has released a slew of hits including “Better Together,” “Upside Down” and “Banana Pancakes.”
  • When: July 23
  • Time: Doors at 5 pm/ Show at 6:30 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Park– 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $59.50

Double Down Comedy featuring Kwasi Thomas!

  • What: Veteran comedian and actor Kwasi Thomas headlines at Finch & Barley, with Randee Neumeyer, Cheryl Lee Holliday and Dion Arnold rounding out the bill. Gavin Clarkson hosts.
  • When: July 23
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Finch & Barley -250 East 1st Street, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5 after 9 pm

2017 Royal City Show and Shine

  • What: All makes and models, cars trucks and motorcycles are welcome to enter in 20 categories. Featuring food trucks, music and more.
  • When: July 23
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Justice Institute of BC – 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster
  • More Information and Registration: Online

Contemporary Art Gallery Tour in Spanish

  • What: Join artist Guadalupe Martinez for a tour of the current Contemporary Art Gallery exhibitions in Spanish.
  • When: July 23
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Where: Contemporary Art Gallery – 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

North Delta Farmers’ Market

  • What: The North Delta Farmers’ Market moves to the North Delta Rec Centre this season for a reinvigorated weekly market. Shop local and find farm fresh foods, delicious street food fare, handmade gifts, crafts, and jewellery.
  • Dates: Every Sunday to October 29
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Location: North Delta Rec Centre – 11415 84th Avenue, Delta
  • Cost: Free

Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids Vancouver

  • What: Do you still have any of your childhood or teenage writing? Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids is an open-mic evening of book reports, poetry, diary entries, letters from camp, etc. — all read out loud by adults to a room full of strangers.
  • When: July 23
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets:Online

2nd Annual Light On PTSD 24 Hour Cycling Event

  • What: Light On PTSD is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver that offers resources and raises awareness and funds for those struggling with post traumatic stress. The 24 Hour cycling event at Stanley Park hopes to raise $10,000 in donations for Honour House in Vancouver. Excess funds will go toward future donations and initiatives in raising awareness and offering resources.
  • When: July 23 to 24
  • Where: Stanley Park

Sunday Family Corner: Learn Chigiri-e art

  • What: Free drop-in program for families, inspired by gallery exhibits and seasonal Japanese events. This month, learn to make chigiri-e with Japanese washi paper. Chigiri-e is a traditional art form that uses delicately torn paper to create images that resemble watercolour paintings.
  • When: July 23
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

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

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