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: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
What: Are you a Dungeons and Dragons gamer looking for a regular group to game with? Richmond Public Library hosts a weekly digitally-styled D&D game for adults every Tuesday. Registration required as seats are limited.
What: Since 2000, the Canadian Transplant Games have been a showcase for transplant recipients from across the country to enjoy the competition and camaraderie while celebrating a second chance at life. The Canadian Transplant Games, held every two years, is a family-oriented event. In addition to the competition there are activities designed for family members and other supporters. These national games are Canada’s largest organ and tissue donation awareness event.
What: Latincouver, in partnership with the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver, and the Consulate General of Brazil in Vancouver, presents Latin American Film Night, a celebration of the Latin American film industry. Enjoy the evening with two films that celebrate Latin filmmaking. Films will have subtitles in English.
When: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Where: Vancity Theatre–1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
What: Interested in running in the Vancouver municipal election this October? Learn what to expect in two “Candidate 101” info sessions, hosted by the City of Vancouver’s election office. The sessions will cover the duties and time commitments of elected officials, plus important details about the 2018 election process. Vancouver’s Chief Election Officer Rosemary Hagiwara will lead each session, joined by staff from the Park Board and the BC School Trustee Association.
When: Tuesday, July 3 and Saturday, July 14, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver City Hall – 3rd Floor, Committee Room 1 – 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French bread and pastries, and natural soap and body care products. There will also be products grown and crafted by local farmers and artisans, highlighting KPU’s own Sustainable Agriculture students.
When: Every Tuesday until October 2, 2018
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
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: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
What: From Bluegrass to New Orleans Jazz, Surrey’s free Sounds of Summer concert series brings toe-tapping tunes to the city’s beautiful park settings. Please bring blankets or folding chairs to enjoy each performance.
When: Various dates from Wednesday, July 4 to Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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
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: “Women’s Voices in the Americas” is a filmmakers panel that provides a different, intercultural perspective of the Americas told using women’s voices. This event uses works created by women as a starting point for dialogue and incorporates unique historical views showcasing cultures in the Americas from the point of view of women.
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: 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: Get to know your neighbours at this free family event held at various Coquitlam park locations throughout the summer, with kids’ games, family activities and light refreshments. Be a part of building relationships, promoting neighbourhood safety and creating a sense of community, while getting out to meet your neighbours and having fun.
When: Every Thursday from July 5 to August 23, 2018
When: Enjoy and explore over 30 farms and producers, food and coffee trucks. Brand new vendors this week include Doremi Blueberry Farm, Golden Meadows Honey Farm, Whipped & Beaten Bakeshop and Craft Grains. And don’t miss Humblebee Meadery and Sons of Vancouver Distillery bringing you some of the finest craft brews in the city.
When: Every Thursday until Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: The sights, sounds, and sips of Latin America come to Vancouver for one night only with Flamenco, Tango and Wine in One Night. Join in on a celebration of Argentinian wine and award-winning entertainment presented by Latincouver in collaboration with Flamenco Rosario. The event was sold out in 2017.
What: The VSO will perform the musical scores from the film series with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – the fifth installment of the movie series – with music composed by Nicholas Hooper. Those who attend this concert series will be able to view the film on a high-definition screen while theme songs from the movie are performed live.
When: Thursday, July 5 to Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
What: Several years ago Jono Zalay moved from San Diego to Boston to pursue standup. He quickly became a staple in the New England comedy scene, while simultaneously earning his Doctorate in Neuroscience. Jono now splits time between Los Angeles and New York City where he has been featured in Time Out New York and over 30 comedy festivals around the country including Bridgetown, Limestone, and New York Comedy Festival.
When: Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Lafflines Comedy Club – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
What: The Faces We Pass by Every Day Exhibition, in conjunction with Megaphone Magazine, is the inaugural show from emerging artist, Alex Sandvoss. This exhibition of portrait paintings in oil, features some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable people. The exhibition will also donate partial proceeds to the people in the portraits as well as to Megaphone Magazine.
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: 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: Bring your snacks, blankets and chairs and enjoy Cloverdale’s Outdoor Movie Series. Outdoor movies will run weather permitting. Please call 604-598-7960 ahead of time to confirm if the movie is still happening.
When: Every Friday from Friday, July 6 to Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: Activities start at 8 pm, Movie starts at dusk
Where: Various locations
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