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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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DH Vancouver Staff Jul 08, 2016 8:03 am

Whether you want to visit a street party, go see the Whitecaps, or stroll one of the many farmers’ markets, there’s plenty to do this weekend.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10.

Saturday, July 9

Carnaval del Sol

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Image: Caranval Del Sol

  • What: The festival celebrating everything Latin returns to Vancouver, hosting a mix of events from free salsa dancing lessons to a street soccer game. And everything is free.
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: July 9 and 10

Khatsahlano Street Party

  • What: One of the city’s biggest street parties returns, taking over 10 blocks along Kitsilano’s 4th Avenue. There will be main stages at both Burrard Street and MacDonald Street, with performances by Hannah Georgas, Mounties, We Are The City, Jordan Klassen, and more.
  • Where: Along 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald
  • When: Saturday, July 9 from 11 am to 9 pm

Indian Summer Festival

  • What: The Indian Summer Arts Society brings back the annual Indian Summer Festival, showcasing provocative artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asian, and beyond.
  • When: July 7 to 16

Whitecaps Vs. Colorado Rapids

  • Image: Vancouver Whitecaps FC / FacebookWhat: The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 9; 7 pm

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

Community Day at Dragon Zone Paddling Club

  • What: If you’ve ever wanted to try kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or dragon boating, now’s your chance. Reserve a spot and on Community Day, knowledgeable paddlers will provide you with coaching before you head out on to the water.
  • Where: Creekside Community Centre – 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver. Meet outside, by the sea wall, just southwest of Science World and the Main Street SkyTrain station.
  • When: Saturday, July 9, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Reservations: For dragon boating, online at dragonzone.ca/community, for kayaking and stand-up paddling, call 604-616-7453 or email [email protected]

Free yoga at Dude Chilling Park

  • 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

Disney’s Newsies – Broadway Across Canada

  • What: Book of Mormon and Hamilton might get all of the headlines, but Disney’s Newsies is no slouch. The cult following of the underdog film of New York newspaper delivery boys took home Best Score and Best Choreography at the Tony Awards in 2012.
  • When:  July 5 to 10
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

SHINE: A Burlesque Musical

  • What: Musical fans! Tassle fans! Musical tassle fans? Local cabaret act The Wet Spots is bringing back SHINE: A Burlesque Musical to Vancouver. Hailed as the Muppet Show for grown-ups, the original musical features 18 songs and is filled with sexy, bawdy bits.
  • When: July 6 to 16
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street

Movements No. 1 & 2 – Babelle Theatre

  • What: Where most theatre shows this month adopt lighter themes or settings, Movements No. 1 & 2 is a “dream-like exploration into the personal and collective ideas of revolution.” The first full-length feature from local playwright James Gordon King, the performance is held at a found space in East Van – an run-down, million-dollar listing by the looks of it.
  • When:  July 6 to 9, July 13 to 16
  • Where: 1326 East Georgia

Sunday, July 10

Go salsa dancing at Robson Square

Dancing Robson Square / Flickr

Dancing Robson Square / Flickr

  • What: Salsa dancing returns to Robson Square for the summer, offering free lessons, performances, and social dancing.
  • 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

Hastings Racecourse

  • What: Cheer on those jockeys and their steeds at the horse racing track in Hastings – entry is always totally free. The race schedule runs through October.
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
  • When: Mostly Saturday and Sunday afternoons with 1:50 pm start times. In August, Friday night races start at 7 pm, while two Monday afternoon races start at 4 pm.
  • More info: hastingsracecourse.com

Symphony in the Park

  • What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will play popular classics from a host of composers including Gershwin and Tchaikovsky, plus the themes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek: Into Darkness – all for free.
  • Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: Sunday, July 10 at 7 pm

Go to Playland

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  • 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

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

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.

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 our guide to night markets in Vancouver.

Run or bike ride along the seawall

Whether you rent or own, you have to do this route at least once. With views of the ocean, North Shore mountains, and the Lions Gate Bridge, it’s enough to take your breath away.

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.


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