What: The 5th Annual Butterfly Release & Fundraiser is returning to the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery in Langley this summer. The annual fundraiser brings in hundreds of guests every year who join the celebration at the beautiful gardens onsite. On the day of the event, 400 Painted Lady Butterflies will take flight for the very first time, in an eclectic display of colour. The butterflies are released symbolically, in memory and honour of loved ones, by participants of all ages.
What: Known as the “steepest race in the world,” the almost-vertical race challenges competitors with a single objective: First one to the top wins. Testing both speed and endurance, this race challenges runners with 400 metres on a 37° incline from the bottom of a ski jump, straight to the top.
What: Join mines researcher Lloyd Knutsen for a 9-km return hike in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Along the way, Lloyd will share his knowledge of the prospectors and history of mining in the area, look at historical artifacts and minerals, and tell stories using old maps and photographs. Bring water and lunch. Wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the weather.
When: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Meet outside BC Mills House.
What: Vallea Lumina is an immersive, light-up night walk created by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” The 1.5 km walk is staged at Cougar Mountain. Located just eight minutes north of Whistler Village, the night walk uses the lush rainforest and a stunning array of mountain and valley views as the backdrop.
When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 to October 2018
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
What: The AVB x Glam Master Class with Glam House and Academy is a 3-day intensive glam makeup course that covers all there is to know about the various types of glam makeup looks. This is perfect for teenagers looking to turn their hobby into a career, soon-to-be brides, or makeup artists seeking an educational upgrade. You’ll learn new ways to utilize colour and pigment, as well as additional techniques for creating a true glam makeup style that’s #instagramworthy. No previous makeup experience required!
When: July 20 – 22
Time: course days all run from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: AnaV Beauty Academy, Vancouver’s top makeup academy and cosmetics brand for everyday women. Founded by Ana Viseroiu Allen, AnaV Beauty was first created to assist makeup lovers in sharpening their artistry skills.
Tickets: Learn more and sign up now – limited seats available.
What: Stroll the Annand/Rowlatt Farmstead in a unique natural setting. Learn about the evolution of farm equipment used before Campbell Valley became a park. Presented with BC Farm Museum & Langley Heritage Society.
What: The biggest Latin American festival in the Pacific Northwest returns to Vancouver this July. The 10th annual Carnaval Del Sol is a two-day celebration of Latin American Culture. The event features live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry. Over 400 artists from different Latin American countries will attend the festival as well this year.
When: Saturday, July 7 to Sunday, July 8, 2018
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver
Admission: $2 by donation for adults, and it’s free for seniors and children 12 and under. A $10 Super Pass is also offered.
What: The 4th annual Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival offers a curated line-up of ground-breaking local and international Artists, DJs and Producers. Blessed Coast also hosts BC’s favourite Yoga Teachers, Speakers and Wisdom Keepers in their Yoga Shala and Workshop spaces.
When: Friday, July 27 to Monday, July 30, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Cheekye Ranch 60001 Squamish Valley Road, Brackendale
What: English Bay in downtown Vancouver will once again be showered with fireworks for three nights this summer, as the 2018 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition returns to the city. Organizers announced this morning that the participating countries for the festival’s 28th year will be South Africa on July 28, Sweden on August 1, and South Korea on August 4. New this year, all three of the participating countries will be required to incorporate the same theme into their fireworks display and musical accompaniment. The theme, as voted by the public, will be “Love.”
When: Saturday, July 28, Wednesday, August 1 and Saturday, August 4, 2018
Time: 10 pm to 10:25 pm (25-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
Where: English Bay, Vancouver
Admission: Free. Reserved seating on sale through the festival’s website.
Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park (Fresh Air Cinema)
What: One of the most popular summertime events in the city is back as free outdoor movies return to Stanley Park this summer for its 10th anniversary! The Evo Summer Cinema Series features a four-story inflatable movie screen showing film classics and modern blockbusters. Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Moviegoers are encouraged to walk, take transit, or bike to Stanley Park for the shows – there will be a bike valet service offered on site each night too.
When: Every Tuesday from July 3 to August 21, 2018
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
What: Take a trip back to the days of poodle-skirts, greased hair, and doo-wop music – the Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy classic, family-friendly, and even some of the latest hits on an outdoor screen. Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), and the movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
When: Every Wednesday from July 4 to August 30
Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
What: Vancouver is getting a whole new free outdoor movie series as šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) is set to play host to Summer Movie Nights on the Square. Each Wednesday evening from July 4 to August 29, Fresh Air Cinema’s large, four-storey inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect urban environment to take in a flick surrounded by the concrete jungle – just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.
When: Every Wednesday from July 4 to August 29, 2018
Time: Activities begin at 5 pm, movie begins at sunset (check sunset times as that will be your best indication of when movies will start)
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) – 850 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Free outdoor movies at Canada Place (Port Metro Vancouver)
What: Each week at dusk, a large inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect environment to take in a flick under the stars, all with the North Shore mountains in the background. To give your night two thumbs up, do yourself a favour and bring a lawn chair (or you’ll be sitting on the hard ground) and jackets and/or blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.
When: Every Thursday from July 12 to August 30, 2018
What: Award-winning comedian David Cross returns to Canada with his new stand-up show, “Oh Come On.” David is an Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee. Fans will recognize him from Arrested Development, Mr. Show, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St., Vancouver
What: This summer Vancouver TheatreSports takes an affectionate and comedic look at what makes Vancouver so unique. In a series of vignettes VTS’s quick-witted improvisers lampoon such local stereotypes as our obsession with fitness, quirky neighbourhoods, and foodie scene that have earned Vancouver its ‘Lotus Land’ nickname.
When: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 5 to August 31, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
What: A magical evening of drag and community starring Stacy Layne Matthews aka The Henny, a standout contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3. Joining Stacy onstage are Rose Butch, Maiden China (Kendell Yan), Karmella Barr, Kebby, Anne Xiety, Jerrilynn Spears (Cam Dienstbier), Lamè (Tyler Korst-MacDonald), Delica Cee, Shanda Leer, and host Dust.
What: Since starting comedy in 2004, Andy has been seen on Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Comedy Central Presents, the Pete Holmes show, Roast Battle, and Another Period. He now lives in LA where he regularly performs at the Comedy Store and writes for television shows.
When: Thursday, July 19 to Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: The Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver
What: The leader is good, the leader is great! Join The Fictionals for Cult Following Live, a new comedy show featuring the Vancouver-made party game by Bravely Told Games. The comedians will create new and ridiculous cults and the audience will decide the one true winner.
When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What: Commercial Drive Car-Free Day Festival stretches across 15 blocks, and features amazing local artisans, musicians, community activities, delicious food, tons of entertainment and activities for all ages.
When: Sunday, July 8, 2018
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Venables to North Grandview on Commercial Drive
What: Maplewood Farms will be hosting 9 am weekend goat yoga classes taught by Kelli Sroka. Classes will take place on a grassy paddock. Guests should bring their own yoga mats and don’t wear designer gear as it’s going to get a bit muddy with the grass and goats. Selfies with the goats are encouraged so get ready to strike a pose. And if you need some new threads for those photos, goat yoga t-shirts are available to purchase online.
When: Every weekend until Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 9 to 10 am. Arrive for class at least 30 minutes early.
Where: Maplewood Farms, 405 Seymour River Place North Vancouver
What: Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the festival offers Shakespeare’s plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. The lineup this year includes As You Like It, Macbeth, Timon of Athens, and Lysistrata.
What: Playland Nights features multiple bars, several DJs, live performances, and VIP experiences. New for this year, attendees can check out a brand-new Virtual Reality racing experience, as well as burlesque shows featuring nostalgic carnival glamour, and atmospheric entertainment throughout the park. This year, Playland Nights is introducing a VIP ticket option to provide exclusive benefits for discerning guests looking for an elevated experience.
When: Every Friday until July 27, 2018
Time: 7 pm to midnight
Where: Playland Amusement Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $31 online/in advance until 5 pm on the day of the event $34 onsite, day-of. VIP tickets available for $81 online/in advance until 5 pm on the day of the event, or for $84 onsite, the day-of.
What: The music of a galaxy far, far away will come close to home this summer when the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) performs the famous tunes from Star Wars during a concert series in July. The performance is part of this year’s VSO at the Movies concert series, which is being hosted in conjunction with the VSO’s 100th anniversary season.
When: Wednesday, July 11 to Friday, July 13, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
What: Get your chicest hats and flashiest bowties out. The Deighton Cup – Vancouver’s most stylish day at the races – is coming back for summer 2018. Aside from the races, this year’s event will include a best-dressed competition, mixology contest, and delicious food catered by Earls. The restaurant chain will be building a pop-up kitchen on location and Hawksworth will be catering food for patrons in VIP suits. Whether you treat yourself at the taco bar or try delicious sushi doughnuts, the spread at the Cup will definitely satisfy.
When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Hastings Racetrack -188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
What: The 1,000-foot-long slip-and-slide will be returning to Lower Lonsdale. Using inner tubes, sliders go down the hill along a four-block-long stretch of Lonsdale Avenue from Victoria Park to 4th Street, where there is a large finish line splash pool. Thousands of others will also be along the sidelines and at the finish line to watch sliders go down the roadway at speeds of up to 15 km/h. Parking for the event will be limited, so biking, walking, or transit is encouraged.
When: Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Lonsdale Avenue at Keith Road, North Vancouver
What: Meowfest is a one-day event hosted by Meowbox, a Vancouver-based cat goodies subscription box. Along with mingling with fellow feline friends, attendees can even adopt some home-needing kitties too. Besides that, “celebricats” and cat advocates line the event’s schedule, which includes everything from the Insta-famous Nala Cat to a pet photography workshop.
When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Arts Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
What: FVDED in the Park is returning to Holland Park this summer for the festival’s fourth straight year. This year, Blueprint and Live Nation Canada have signed on Future, Kygo, Kaskade, Ferg, Kehlani, and many more artists over the two-day high energy festival. FVDED in the Park 2018 is expected to draw over 40,000 festival-goers over the two days in Surrey.
What: The free annual festival will take over 10 blocks along Kitsilano’s 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and Macdonald Street. This year features headliners Bif Naked, Frazey Ford, and Slow. As usual, local restaurants, and stores along 4th Avenue will be holding sales and giveaways, as well as providing samples and games on the street for everyone to enjoy. For the first time in the festival’s history, this year’s lineup will feature gender parity.
When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Along 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and MacDonald Street
What: A free, annual outdoor concert held every summer at the Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park. The concert is a fantastic opportunity to hear an evening of live music performed by some of Vancouver’s most talented musicians.
When: Sunday, July 8, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
What: An incredible weekend of music from close to home and around the globe. Featuring Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Rodney Crowell, James McMurtry, The Dead South, Carole Pope, Archie Roach, Ranky Tanky, Wazimbo & Banda Kakana, Dakhabrakha, and many more acts.
What: The festival combines some of the world’s top musical acts with over 150 international athletes competing in seven adrenaline-pumping sports, including beach volleyball, basketball, wakeboarding, freestyle motocross and snowmobiling, skateboarding, and BMX. Plus there’s a new addition of an axe-throwing zone, where fearless fans compete under the watchful eye of talented axe throwing coaches. Headliners this year include Wu-Tang Clan, Zedd, French Montana, Illenium, Action Bronson, and Jauz.
What: Yes, you too can catch that Golden Snitch, as part of the Vancouver Quidditch League (VQL). The sessions are open to anybody ages 16+ and no previous experience needed. The league runs until August 8, and there will be drop-in sessions all summer.
When: Alternating Tuesdays (Central Park in Burnaby) and Wednesdays (Connaught Park in Vancouver) until August 8, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Central Park in Burnaby and Connaught Park in Vancouver
What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland. The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
What: A vibrant, multi-cultural Farmers’ Market, promoting small-scale farmers, food producers and artisans. Meet farmers, bakers, distillers, artisan and crafters, food trucks, community groups, and more.
When: Every Wednesday from June 6 to October 3, 2018
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
What: Taking place in North Vancouver’s Shipyards and Pipe Shop, this year’s celebration will feature brunch and breakfast eats from local chefs and restaurants, music from local bands, and Bud Light Radlers, naturally. Expect purveyors like Cabrito Tapas, Johnny Can’t Surf, and The Very Good Butchers to name a few.
When: Saturday, July 7 to Sunday, July 8, 2018
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: North Vancouver Shipyards and Pipe Shop – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Admission: $5, and after that tokens can be purchased and exchanged for food and beverages.
What: Take your sights to a new level and head up in the air with Dinner in the Sky This unconventional dinner party, which first launched in Vancouver last summer, will take in an out-of-this-world location, as guests, chefs, and waitstaff are all strapped onto a modest pedestal platform and hoisted by crane to enjoy their meal suspended 150 feet up in the air. The popular venue will offer eight to 10 breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and other experiences each day, as well as themed special events, weddings, and other private celebrations.
What: Taking place over three days in Rocky Point Park, this is a FREE community event features live music, craft beers, and family entertainment. Come to enjoy three days of delicious barbecue with friends and family.
When: July 20 to June 22, 2018
Time: All Day
Where: Rocky Point Park — 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
What: This one of a kind, ultra-meaty outdoor culinary experience features chefs cooking up locally-sourced products and ingredients, and aims to educate guests about becoming a conscientious consumer and buying local – all while filling their stomachs with a ton of high-quality grub.
When: Sunday, July 28, 2018
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Lot, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
What: Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors every Friday night. Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment.
When: Every Friday night to September 28, 2018
When: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
What: Vancouver has a national and international reputation for being a global video game hub, and the gaming industry continues to thrive. Interested in learning more about this fun industry? Network with other enthusiasts and learn from professionals what it takes to break into this exciting future-proof career.
What: Whether you’re considering adding a side hustle, pursuing self-employment, or making a transition to a new position, this event is designed to help you push past your stumbling blocks and self-limitations to uncover the career focus or business direction you crave.
When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Unbounce – 400-401 West Georgia Street Vancouver
What: Discuss best practices and trends in marketing with Small Business BC’s Marketing and Communications team. SBBC will also be sharing some of the strategies that they utilize in their own marketing efforts. Get inspired, share ideas, and meet new connections.
When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 4:30 to 7 pm
Where: Small Business BC – 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: Legendary hip-hop group Slum Village bring their old-school funk, and soul-filled hip-hop to Fortune Sound Club. Featuring Star Captains, Ujjy (Holy Sock Gang), and Polar Radio DJs Kutcorners and Nick Wisdom.
When: Thursday, July 5, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E. Pender St., Vancouver
What: An epic all-night birthday bash featuring performances by members of some of Vancouver’s most influential bands, including The Zolas, Jo Passed, Fake Shark, and more. Then dance the night away with an epic dance party.
When: Friday, July 6, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
What: Now in its 12th year, Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of free, outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver during the summer months of July and August. Try the beginner dance lessons at 3 pm and 7 pm, watch the performances at 5 pm, or check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon.
When: Every Sunday from July 8 to August 26, 2018
Time: 3 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver