20 things to do in Vancouver this week, July 18 to July 22

Jul 16 2016, 4:46 am

As summer tries to take hold in Vancouver, it could be a stormy week. But whatever the weather, there is still loads to do in our gorgeous city.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from the art of Shakespearean theatre to a festival of handstands and hooping.

Monday, July 18

Salon Series: Directing Shakespeare

  • What: Some of Vancouver’s most celebrated theatre makers and industry professionals take you behind the scenes into their fascinating worlds, in a panel discussion exploring what it takes to bring Shakespeare from “the page to the stage.”
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut St, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, July 18, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: From Bard On The Beach, $15 adults, $10 students


  • What: A wildly imaginative re-invention of the fairy tale Snow White, in which our heroine is the daughter of an injured bullfighter with talents in the ring herself. Part of a VIFF series entitled B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, July 18, at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: On VIFF, $12 full price, $10 for students

Eight and a Half Inches of Comedy

  • What: Every Monday pro comics from all over North America perform at Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge. $3.50 beers, and only $5 cover. This Monday’s lineup includes headliner Eddie Della Siepe, Jordan Ducharme, Fatima Dhowre and more!
  • Where: Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge – 151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, July 18, from 9 pm to midnight

Chris Witoski

  • What: “Soulful, passionate, heartfelt rock” is the perfect description of Chris Witoski’s music. With influences ranging from The Beatles to Nirvana, there is always something that appeals to even the toughest of audiences.
  • Where: Dubh Linn Gate – 1601 Main St, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, July 18, at 6 pm

Tuesday, July 19

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Crystal Palace

  • What: The ‘Caps will be playing a friendly against English Premier League side Crystal Palace, as part of the Sixth Annual Guangzhou-Vancouver Friendship Cities Cup to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the sister cities’ relationship.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, July 19, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: At whitecapsfc.com/tickets, priced $27-$142

Driftwood Brewmaster’s Dinner

  • What: Driftwood Brewing lives great beer, and at this event, so you will you. Executive Chef JJ Fraser will create a special four course menu designed to cut or compliment while maintaining a balance of flavours for both food and beer.
  • Where: CRAFT Beer Market Restaurant – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, July 19, welcome beer at 6 pm, first course at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $60, includes five beers, four courses, taxes and gratuity.

Bicicletta Tuesday Night Social Ride

  • What: Join this leisurely community bike ride around Stanley Park, where all levels of experience welcome. All you need are a road bike and a helmet!
  • Where: Meet at the Information Booth in Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: Every Tuesday, meet at 6:30 p.m., ride from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Register: On Eventbrite, participation is free

Byron Bertram: Guilt Ridden Sociopath

  • What: Comedian and Vancouverite Byron Bertram hasn’t done anything wrong, but he still feels bad about it. This confidently vulnerable, insecure ego maniac takes you a personal and relatable journey of mental health issues and hilarity.
  • Where: Havana – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, July 19 through Saturday, July 23, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10 in advance, or $15 on the door

Wednesday, July 20

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Recruitment Session

  • What: Are you interested in a firefighting career? This free public info session will give you the chance to learn how to become a Vancouver firefighter, chat with recruiters one on one, and speak with fire crews.
  • Where: Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services Training Centre – 1330 Chess Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 20, at 7 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free.

Tasting Plates Fraserhood

  • What: Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the Fraserhood neighbourhood at this event presented by Vancouver Foodster. Restaurants include Straight Outta Brooklyn, Nammos Estiatorio and Chomp Vegan Eatery.
  • Where: Meet at Main Street Honey Shoppe – 4125 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 20, from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, $55

Lezervations Vancouver

  • What: A simple yet sumptuous meal, a cheeky glass of wine and a chance to get to know other women in the local LBTQ community. It’s like a big family dinner, if your entire family were made up of lesbians.
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, $60, includes buffet, dessert and wine or beer

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • What: The real-life, volcanic passion between screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton stoke the flames of director Mike Nichols’ debut feature. An icon of American cinema, the film burns up the screen with brilliant dramatic performances and a script seething with scathing (if not sadistic) wit.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 20, doors 6 pm, movie 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: From the Rio, $10 in advance, $12 on the door

Thursday, July 21

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

  • What: Awesome news for muggles! This is the first of eight performances by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, who are set to play all eight Harry Potter film scores live in concert over the summer.
  • Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22 at 7pm, Saturday, July 23 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: From the VSO website, $33-$73 for adults or $29-$73 for students

Vancouver Canadians vs Eugene Emeralds

  • What: Vancouver’s own minor league baseball team has a massive 14 games at home in July – including this face off against the Eugene Emeralds from Oregon.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 21 at 7.05 pm
  • Tickets:  At milb.com, priced $14-$25

Lord Jones is Dead

  • What: The free premiere of a new South African/Canadian feature satirical comedy that follows rival newspaper journalists staked out on a dead-end assignment who have to take matters in their own hands to get a story. Followed by a panel discussion on public/media access to information.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 21, from 6 to 9:30 pm
  • Register: At Eventbrite, completely free or by donation

Craft Beer 101

  • What: Get a foundational knowledge of beer styles and how to enjoy them from CAMRA Vancouver. Eight beer styles from around the world will be sampled while the history of beer and the brewing process is explained.
  • Where: 12 Kings Pub – 395 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 21, from 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite, $7.50 for new CAMRA members, $10 for existing members, $15 for non-members

Friday, July 22

The Sibling Show

  • What: Brothers and sisters, come to Graham Clark Presents: The Sibling Show, a show dedicated to all things siblings! With special guests, videos and music.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 22, doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite, $7 in advance, $10 on the door

African Descent Festival

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  • What: Vancouver’s first African Descent Festival kicks off two days of celebrations this Friday, showcasing public art, installations, modern and traditional based shows, night markets, crafts fair and musical performers of African descent.
  • Where: Thornton Park – 1166 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 22, from noon to 3:30 pm, through Saturday, July 23, from noon to 9 pm
  • Entry: Completely free, for more info check africandescentfestival.com


  • What: Meet 100+ singles in one night at this massive party, with added message boxes. See someone you like? Leave a message in their box. In the meantime, enjoy ice-breaker games, live music, palm readings and free henna.
  • Where: Belmont Bar – 1006 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 22, at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $15 each or two for $25

Vancouver Acro Festival

  • What: A weekend of Acro Yoga, handstands, slacklining and hooping also gets going this Friday. Expect beginners’ fundamentals classes, as well as lessons titled European Washing Machines, Flying Therapeutics and Let Whippin’ Begin!
  • Where: Trout Lake – 3360 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
  • When: Starts Friday, July 22, from 11:30 am to 6 pm, then Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, from 9:30 am to 6 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, ranging from single class $25 to full festival pass $200
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