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21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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DH Vancouver Staff Jul 01, 2016 9:52 am

The weekend is here, and so is Canada’s birthday. Celebrate our home and native land by doing something fun this Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3.

Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend.

Saturday, July 2

Gregory Porter

  • 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.
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street
  • When: Saturday, July 2 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Available online from $69 to $80

Biketopia Music Festival

  • 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.
  • When: Saturday, July 2 at 3 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street
  • Tickets: Available online. All ages

FVDED In The Park

Image: Blueprint

Image: Blueprint

  • 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

Vancouver TheatreSports League

  • 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.
  • Price: $8 to $22
  • Time: Varies
  • Address: 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island

Jazz Workshops and Talks at Tom Lee Music

  • 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

Free yoga at Dude Chilling Park

A young woman stretching herself in the park during very early morning hours going into a yoga cobra pose (© Felix Hug/Stocksy)

© Felix Hug/Stocksy

  • What: Get out your yoga mats and put away your wallets, free yoga is back for another year! Two sessions, twice a day, seven days a week. All abilities welcome.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now until fall; from 10 to 11:15 am and 6 to 7:15 pm

Do the Grouse Grind

Get your hiking legs ready, it’s time to tackle Mother Nature’s Stairmaster for another year. The Grouse Grind trail at Grouse Mountain is open for hiking from 6:15 am to 7 pm.

Swim in one of Vancouver’s outdoor pools

Take a dip in one of the city’s outdoor pools, including Vancouver’s largest salt water pool at Kitsilano Beach. Click here for our complete guide.

Visit a Farmers’ Market

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.

Visit the Night 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.

Enjoy a weekend of free jazz

  • What: The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival comes to a close this weekend, and it all ends with a weekend of free outdoor jazz.
  • Where: David Lam Park – 1300 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 pm

Sunday, July 3

Find some nicknacks at the Eastside Flea

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.

Grab some gelato or ice cream

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

Nothing screams summer like delicious ice cream. Check out our guide to Metro Vancouver’s best ice cream shops to help you beat the heat this summer.

The Sunday Service

  • 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.
  • Price: $7
  • Time: Sundays at 9 pm
  • Address: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street

Spend a day at the races

Bring out your fascinators and bowties and head to Hastings Racecourse to take in a day at the track. With a view of the North  Shore mountains and Burra

rd Inlet, your day is sure to be a win, even if your ticket says the opposite.

Sunday Afternoon Salsa

Dancing Robson Square / Flickr

Dancing Robson Square / Flickr

  • 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

Go to Playland

  • What: Playland has officially opened for the season, so connect with your inner child and hop aboard the famous wooden roller coaster for a little throwback fun.
  • Where: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

View some strange collections at the Museum of Vancouver

  • 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

Granville Island

  • 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

Hike Lighthouse Park

  • What: Lots of short, easy trails offering breathtaking ocean views, huge, old-growth Western Red Cedars and the picturesque picnic spot of Starboat Cove.
  • How long: Up to 2 hours or 6 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at Lighthouse Park parking lot – Beacon Lane, West Vancouver.
  • Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take bus 250 all the way there instead.

Learn to play an instrument for free

Ukulele / Shutterstock

Ukulele / Shutterstock

You can now borrow instruments from the Vancouver Public Library for free thanks to a new lending program. All you need is a library card and you’re set!


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