5 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, July 14

Jul 14 2016, 7:56 am

You’ve worked hard and Friday is just around the corner. Celebrate by doing something fun. Here are five things to do in Vancouver today, Thursday, July 13.

Bastille Day

  • What: A fairly new festival, Bastille Day brings a piece of Paris to Vancouver. For one unique afternoon, Granville Island’s Public Market Courtyard will turn blue, white and red and transform into a typical quartier français – French neighbourhood.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 14, from 11 am to midnight
  • More info: bastilledayfestival.ca

Funiculi Funicula!

  • What: From humour to heartbreak, the beloved opera of Napoli will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye. Shadan Saul, soprano, and Sunny Shams, tenor, Roger Parton, piano, will fill the evening air with la gioia di musica Italian style.
  • Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 14, from 7 to 9 pm
  • Admission: Totally free, food and drink will be on sale from 6:30 pm

Don’t Let Them Know

  • What: Another Indian Summer Festival event, this time a discussion with writers Sandip Roy, Minal Hajratwala and Vivek Shraya exploring love, sexuality and the difficulty many LGBTQ+ South Asians feel coming out to their families.
  • Where: SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 14, from 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $15 in advance, $20 on the door

Helixophiles Wine Tasting

  • What: Join other helixophiles – people who love corkscrews – at this wine tasting night at MOV. You’ll hear from local corkscrew collectors, get a brief illustrated history of corkscrews and get to try some wine from BC’s Okanagan Valley.
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 14, from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: At MOV, priced $25 for adults, $18 for students


  • What: Novelist/activists Karim Alrawi and Monia Mazigh will respond to renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s little known Vancouver work, F-Grass, and speak about the Syrian refugee crisis, an issue Ai Weiwei has been focusing on of late.
  • Where: Harbour Green Park – 1199 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: July 16, at 4 pm
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