What: As part of this year’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Grammy-Award winner Gregory Porter is at the Vogue for a rare treat. The charismatic singer/songwriter and actor is soul personified and brings a modern twist to a classic genre.
What: The organizers behind Biketopia Music Festival have four reasons of you to attend this year’s edition: live music, beer gardens, pedal power, and good times. The festival is presented by The Pleasant Revolution, a group of musicians involved in a 1,000 mile journey from Canada to San Francisco via bicycle. After catching performances by Heather Normandale and Kristina Bennett, attendees are invited to bike to the beach to catch the sunset.
What: Can’t decide what to do this Canada Day weekend? The folks at Blueprint have you covered with the second annual FVDED In The Park. Jack U and Bryson Tiller will perform on night 1, while Travis Scott and Zedd will close the event on Sunday. Fans who buy purchase the VIP Weekend Pass get special stage viewing access, complimentary food and wine, and best of all, air conditioned bathrooms.
When: Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Tickets: Available online from $109.50 to $259.50. All ages
What: Situated on beautiful Granville Island, this is the most popular place for improv in Vancouver. Keep in mind that improv is, well, improvised – shows can be a little hit or miss, but they’re always good for some laughs. Choice shows include Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow, a Game of Thrones-inspired improv show; The Big Picture, a stew of “all your favourite movies in one hilarious mashup” and Firecracker!, an all-ladies performance of some of the best female improvisers in Canada.
What: To help celebrate the 31st annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society is offering a variety of free educational programs for budding musicians and music lovers of all ages.
Where: Tom Lee Music – 929 Granville Street, Vancouver
When: Every day between June 27 and July 3, except July 1
Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Vancouver’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few – for full details check our guide to Vancouver farmers’ markets.
In addition to a variety of farmers’ markets, the city and surrounding areas boast a collection of night markets that showcase the city’s best food trucks, bakers, and artisans. These night markets bring together communities for entertainment, shopping, and wonderful food. Here’s a shortlist of a few – for full details check ourguide to night markets in Vancouver.
Whatever you’re looking for, the Eastside Flea probably has it. With over 50 vendors, five artisan showrooms, DJs, and even a pinball machine, it’s a great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon. It’s now open for the season.
What: Whereas other successful improv troupes in Vancouver are comprised of dozens of performers, these guys opt to keep it simple – the Sunday Service is five top-notch performers that have been nationally recognized so many times they’ve lost count (just kidding, it’s 21). They perform every Sunday at the Fox Cabaret in Mount Pleasant and never fail to bring down the house, making it a popular spot for comedians and regular folk alike to take in a night of guaranteed laughs.
What: Salsa dancing returns to Robson Square for the Summer 2016 season, offering free lessons, performances and social dancing. Swing by and check it out – it’s fun just to watch if you’re too scared to hit the dancefloor!
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
When: Every Sunday in July and August; lessons at 3 pm, performances at 5 pm, social dancing all afternoon
What: Corsets, vintage prosthetic limbs, pinball machines – these are just a few of the wacky collections curated by Vancouverites on display at the Museum of Vancouver. All of the collections have an interactive component.
Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
When: On display from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017
What: One of the biggest attractions in Vancouver, Granville Island is a great place to go for free. Enjoy the hustle, bustle and bounty of the Public Market and marvel at the island’s unique arts and crafts, while enjoying the spectacle of street buskers.
When: Granville Island Public Market is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 7 pm, most other retail stores are open seven days a week, from 10 am to 7 pm