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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: July 15 and 16

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Daniel Chai Jul 14, 2017 1:24 am 4,958

Get outside and enjoy the best that Vancouver summers have to offer, including Thunderbird Sharing Ceremony, the 7th Annual Berry Festival, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows and more!

Here is our checklist of 20 things to do this weekend, Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, 2017.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Indian Summer Festival: 5 X 15 and Constellations

  • What: Indian Summer Festival’s Closing Night kicks off with the speaker series, 5×15, followed by Constellations featuring a mix of musical delights. The ticket includes both events for an entire evening of cultural feasting.
  • When: July 15
  • Time: 7:30 pm to 12 am
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$40

Vancouver Folk Festival 2017

Image: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

  • What: More than 60 international, national, and local acts take the stage every year at the Vancouver Folk Festival. This year’s acts include Barenaked Ladies, Alpha Ya Ya Diallo, Ferron and Her All Star Band, Si Kahn, andRoy Forbes.
  • When: Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 11 pm
  • Where: Jericho Beach Park
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$170

Ninth Annual Wiener Dog Races at Hastings Racecourse

  • What: The darling little Dachshunds – 80 in number – invade the racetrack for the Ninth Annual Wiener Dog Races. Presented by Hastings Racecourse and Schneiders, the popular four-legged wienerschnitzels compete for $1,800 in prize money and bragging rights for a full year.
  • When: July 15 and 16
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Fiji Festival

  • What: Come and celebrate the day the Fijian Way. With food, entertainment, soccer tournament, vendors and more. Part of the Burnaby International Festival Series.
  • When: July 15
  • Time: 10 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3833 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

Family Fun Fest featuring Portobello West

  • What: The family fun-packed day includes one of a kind shopping, live music, outdoor inflatable Slip & Slide, activities for the kids, food trucks and more all day long.
  • When: July 15
  • Time:  10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: West Vancouver Community Centre – 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Chicha’s AYCE Peruvian Street Meat BBQ

  • What: Chicha Restaurant is having their annual “All You Can Eat Peruvian Street Meat” BBQ this week. There will be every kind of Peruvian street meat and fish bbq imaginable, ceviches, roasted corn, all of the summer bbq sides. There will also be lots of local beers, wine and pisco cocktails flowing. The indoor-outdoor party will have the grill on the go, DJs playing music, and lots of spots for sun-soaking or shade sitting.
  • When: July 15
  • Time: 2 to 11 pm
  • Where: Chicha – 136 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Cost: $50; tickets available online

Ethiopian Summer Festival

  • What: Celebrate Ethiopian culture and heritage at Wesburn Park. Explore the market place, enjoy live entertainment and Ethiopian cuisine, and more.
  • When: July 15
  • Time: 10 am to 8 pm
  • Where: Wesburn Park – 4781 Park Wood Avenue, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

Honeybee Festival 2017

Honeybee Centre

Honeybee Centre / Facebook

  • What: Watch live beekeeping demos, honey extraction, and bee beards. Enjoy crafts, games, and activities for kids. Shop our artisan market and enjoy lunch at Fry’s Corner Beestro, or enjoy our Beestro BBQ, Hurricane Potato Food Truck, and shaved ice food truck.
  • When: July 15 and 16
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Honeybee Centre – 7480-176th Street, Surrey
  • Cost: Free

The Rabbitts with Gregor Kennedy

  • What: The Rabbitts are a duo from England who recently released their debut EP “Avocado Ginger Tree”, five gentle folk songs featuring the duo’s vocals, fingerstyle guitar, mandolin and harmonic. Featuring guest Gregor Kennedy.
  • When: July 15
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Thunderbird Sharing Ceremony

  • What: ​Experience a collaborative performance with Aeriosa Dance and Spakwus Slulem/Eagle Song at its heart. This shared ceremony journeys from the sandy shores of Stanley Park to the heights of its ancient forest. Witness celebrations and ceremony with local Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh artists, and Aeriosa aerial dancers.
  • When: July 15
  • Time: Noon to 6 pm
  • Where: Meet at the Stanley Park Bus Loop (near Stanley Park Railway entrance)
  • Cost: Free

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Vancouver Farmers Markets’ 7th Annual Berry Festival

  • What: The 7th annual Berry Festival includes everything for the berry lover, from berry tastings of farm-fresh offerings, recipes and storage tips, and of course: PIE. The pie happens Sunday at the BC Berry Pie Bake Off, which is open to professional and amateur bakers. And once the judging is done, the pies are sliced up and available for market shoppers to enjoy (with a donation).
  • When: July 16
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2300 Guelph Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Dancing in the Street 2017 Kick-Off Dance with The Milk Crate Bandits

  • What: Dancing in the Street is back for another season of dancing in the Vancouver sunshine on select weekend afternoons. The kick-off dance with The Milk Crate Bandits takes place at the Turntable Plaza just outside the Roundhouse. All ages and bodies are welcome, and no partner or previous dance experience necessary.
  • When: July 16
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Edmonds City Fair and Classic Car Show

Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show

Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show / City of Burnaby

  • What: A car lovers dream come true, all happening in Burnaby. Join in the street festival running along Edmonds Street from Canada Way towards Kingsway. Fun for the whole family.
  • When: July 16
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Edmonds Street from Canada Way to Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

Commercial Drive Summer Series at Grandview Park: Dance

  • What: Commercial Drive Business Society presents an afternoon of salsa and Zumba at Grandview Park. Zumba Vancouver will also provide motivating music with high-energy dance and fitness.
  • When: July 16
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Grandview Park on Commercial Drive
  • Cost: Free

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows

  • What: These two bands have joined musical forces to launch the A Brief History of Everything tour across North America. If you’re hoping to relive the story of “Mr. Jones,” or remember just how lonely “3 am” can get, this is the gig for you.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: July 16
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $39–$115

The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Kidney Bike

  • What: Kidney Bike is a fundraising event to raise funds and celebrate hope for people living with kidney disease and to create awareness about the need for organ donation. Funds raised will support The Kidney Foundation of Canada.
  • When: July 16
  • Time: 8 am to 11:30 am
  • Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve – Seymour Valley Trailways
  • Registration: Online

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

  • What: Returning for its tenth year, the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market will be operating in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, the market will feature a mix of stalls, including food vendors, artists, and craftspeople.
  • When: July 16
  • Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Steveston Community Centre parking lot, 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Cost: Free

Aldergrove Fair Days

  • What: Aldergrove Fair Days have been running for more than 100 years. Highlights include a Show ‘n Shine, a parade, midway rides and games, beer garden and food vendors, and more.
  • When: Now to July 16
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm (July 15), 10 am to 4 pm (July 16)
  • Where: Aldergrove Athletic Park and the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre – 26770 29 Avenue, Langley
  • Cost: Free

Art in the Park

  • What: A traveling Canada 150 exhibition that provides an opportunity for connection with the natural and cultural history of Glacier National Park. Featuring Pure Colour by Roberta Coombs and Ancestral Drift by Tiki Mulvihill.
  • When: Now to July 16
  • Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
  • Cost: Free

2017 Vancouver Greek Summerfest

  • What: The Vancouver Greek Summer Festival is an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun — from the famous “BBQ Lamb” and “Loukoumades” to the dozens of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage. This year’s feature performances includes Zougla, Urban Myth, Asi Somos, Dolphin Jazz and Golden Thread Orchestra, Jim Byrnes, Gotta B George Michael tribute artist, DJ Alpha Music and bouzouki music with Yannis Sahamis.
  • When: Now to July 16
  • Time: Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to late
  • Where: 4641 Boundary Road, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

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

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