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.
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Price: $65 early bird, $75 regular price; buy online
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.