35 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 10 to 14

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Keep the summer fun going this week around Vancouver. From concerts to yoga to festivals, here are our picks for 35 things to do this week.

Monday, July 10

Say Hello Sweets Ice Cream Social

  • What: Say Hello Sweets has teamed up with Blue Heron Creamery & Amai Vegan Treats to pop up for one night only. The menu will include flights of ice cream, cheesecake by the slice, cheese plates & wine or kombucha. All of the eats are vegan-friendly, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free. There will be local wine, Spark Kombucha, and gluten-free ice cream cones from Smallflower Cafe & Bakeshop. Family-friendly.
  • When: July 10
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Friendly Snackbar – 2408 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free admission, food for purchase at event; registration requested

Graduate Business Women’s Council Panel Discussion

  • What: GBWC presents a panel discussion on “Defining your Path” in the professional space. Jen Duff, Sim Perera and Cameila Cirjoi discuss the challenges they faced, how they overcame them and what advice they have for future generations. The event is moderated by Emily Rousseu, an SFU EMBA alumni and Managing Principal at Stantec. 
  • When: July 10
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Segal- Room 1200 – 500 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, free

Yin Yoga in the Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden / Facebook

  • What: Enjoy yoga, under the trees. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that is suitable for beginners or students seeking a slower, more meditative practice. Bring a yoga mat, any props you may like to use, and extra layers for cooler weather. In case of rain, class will take place indoors. Meet in the Visitor Centre Entrance Hall 10 minutes early.
  • When: July 10, 17, 24 and 31, August 14 and 21
  • Time: 10:15 AM
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: $18 member, $20 non-member

Pulp Literature Summer Launch

  • What: Pulp Literature presents the launch of Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels alongside Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017 featuring Brenda Carre and cover art by S Ross Browne.
  • When: July 10
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Steamworks Brew Pub – 375 Water St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, free

VSO: Live at the Bard

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‎

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‎ / Facebook

  • What: The VSO and conductor William Rowson perform some of the most beautiful Classical music ever written, in the beautiful setting of Bard on the Beach. Extraordinary VSO Principal Clarinet Jeanette Jonquil performs Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Concerto, and the orchestra performs selections by the greatest of the great masters, Mozart and Beethoven.
  • When: July 10
  • Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline

Spanish MeetUp – La Taqueria

  • What: Did you ever dream of a place where you can have fun and improve your Spanish skill with Native Spanish Speakers from all over the world? Head to at La Taqueria to transport yourself to different parts of the Spanish-Speaking world. All fluency levels are welcome.
  • When: Every Monday
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: La Taqueria – 586 Hornby St, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Water Balloon Fight

  • What: Join Young Life Kitsilano for a massive water balloon fight. This year there will be 1600 water balloons – wear something that can get wet.
  • When: July 10
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Connaught Park Softball Diamond – West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Tuesday, July 11

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park – The Goonies

Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema/Fresh Air Cinema

  • What: The Evo Summer Cinema Series is showing The Goonies on the four-story inflatable movie screen on July 11. Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Movie goers 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: July 11
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Cost: Free

Free Yoga at the Beach

  • What: Join Prana Leah Yoga for free yoga with core practice outside with breathtaking views and fresh open air. Bring a mat and some water and take in the energy.
  • When: July 11
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: Blackie Spit Park – 3136 McBride Avenue, Surrey
  • Cost: Free

A Whale Sanctuary in BC? With Dr. Lori Marino

  • What: Join Dr. Lori Marino, President of the Whale Sanctuary Project, for an evening talk about this effort to create a new ocean sanctuary for former captive whales and for rehabilitation of wild whales in need. Dr. Marino is an internationally known neuroscientist and researcher in animal behaviour and intelligence. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, providing the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins.
  • When: July 11
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Entry: Online, $15

In the Name of All Canadians – Best of Hot Docs

  • What: To mark Canada’s 150, Hot Docs commissioned half a dozen diverse filmmakers to make short documentaries inspired by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. From Indigenous rights to multiculturalism to the controversial ‘notwithstanding clause,’ participating filmmakers have each selected a specific aspect of the Charter to explore, casting a vigilant and often alarmed eye on the creeping authoritarianism of our times.
  • When: July 11
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Nite Jewel

Nite Jewel

Timbre Concerts / Facebook

  • What: Nite Jewel is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, on tour to support her latest release “Real High”. Joining her at the Fox Cabaret are Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown and Niña Mendoz.
  • When: July 11
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $13

Zach Berman and Ryan Slater from Juice Truck at Indigo Granville

  • What: Meet the longtime friends behind Vancouver’s wildly successful Juice Truck, Zach Berman and Ryan Slater as they sign copies of The Juice Truck: A Guide To Juicing, Smoothies, Cleanses And Living A Plant-based Lifestyle. The first 25 attendees to get their book signed will receive a Juice Truck gift card.
  • When: July 11
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Indigo Granville – 2505 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Hot Jazz Jam featuring Milk Crate Bandits

  • What: The Milk Crate Bandits are bringing their fun swinging tunes and NOLA hot jazz from their debut EP to Hot Jazz Jam. The Neighbourhood was recorded in New Orleans in October 2016 and features original hot jazz music written about East Vancouver. Come celebrate the wonderful East Van community of swing dancers, musicians, bubbas and hot jazz heads. 19+ event.
  • When: July 11
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Army, Navy & Air Force Taurus Unit #298 – 3917 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $12

Wednesday, July 12

Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix

Gina Grain (Webcor Builders) outsprints Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine Pro Cycling) and Ruth Corset (Jazz Apple Cycling Team) to win a record-tying third Gastown title at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix in 2008. (Greg Descantes)

Gina Grain (Webcor Builders) outsprints Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine Pro Cycling) and Ruth Corset (Jazz Apple Cycling Team) to win a record-tying third Gastown title at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix in 2008. (Greg Descantes)

  • What: If you feel the need, the need for speed, then hit the streets of Vancouver on Wednesday, July 12 for the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. North America’s top professional cyclists will race wheel-to-wheel, tackling Canada’s most famous annual criterium bike race – and you’re invited to line the route for free.
  • When: July 12
  • Time: Youth race at 5:30 pm, opening ceremonies at 5:55 pm, women’s race at 6:15 pm, men’s race at 7:30 pm.
  • Where: Start/finish line next to Gastown’s steam clock. Spectators can line the route along Water, Cordova, and Carrall streets.
  • Cost: Free

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Beauty and the Beast (Live Action)

  • What: Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in for a screening of the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Parking is on a first-come first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), with movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  • When: July 12
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Cost: Free

Burnaby Neighbourhood House Community BBQ Picnics

  • What: The Burnaby Neighbourhood House’s annual BBQ picnic. There will be hot dogs, cotton candy, games, face paint and more.
  • When: July 12
  • Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Maywood Community School – 4567 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

In-Between Worlds: An Evening with MG Vassanji

  • What: Vassanji is the first person to win the prestigious Giller Prize twice, as well as a Commonwealth Prize and a Governor General’s award. Spend an evening at the beautiful Ismaili Centre with one of Canada’s most renowned writers as he takes us on a journey between the worlds of his rich body of work.
  • When: July 12
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Ismaili Centre Burnaby – 4010 Canada Way, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $18-$22

Summer Movies in Port Moody

  • What: Enjoy family movies together at the Inlet Theatre. Films include Moana, Sing, and Beauty and the Beast. Presented by Port Moody Public Library.
  • When: Wednesdays until August 9
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Cost: Free to watch

Phantom of the Opera – Broadway Across Canada

Image: Matthew Murphy

  • What:“The Phaaaaantom of the Opera…” with one of the most memorable musical refrains of our era, Phantom is back at the QE big stage this summer. One of the most successful musicals ever, this rendition features a newly designed stage and scenic design. Featuring 52 cast members and orchestra, Phantom will run in Vancouver for two weeks before continuing to other major cities.
  • When: July 12 to 23
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: From Broadway Across Canada; $35-$140

Leadership Series: The Business of Sport Hosting

  • What: In this instalment of CYP Leadership Series, members will hear from Michelle Collens, Senior Manager of Sport Hosting for the City of Vancouver and Chrissy Benz, Manager of the Women’s National Team and Events at Volleyball Canada, about the importance of the sports tourism industry in Vancouver and how grassroots sports are critically important to the economic health of a community.
  • When: July 12
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: The BC Sports Hall of Fame – BC Place – Gate A, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, complimentary for CYP Members, $50 + gst for Non-Members

Thursday, July 13

Burnaby Art Gallery 50th Anniversary Celebration: Garden Cocktail Reception

Burnaby Art Gallery

Burnaby Art Gallery / Facebook

  • What: Mingle over refreshments, listen to live music by Van Django, enjoy roving entertainment, and tour ‘The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting,’ a special 50th anniversary exhibition featuring historical works by European masters and contemporary works by prominent Canadian artists.
  • When: July 13
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

Exhibition: Beyond The Horizon

  • What: Beyond the Horizon is a unique exhibition showcasing selected landscapes from the Richmond Art Gallery’s Collection and a series of new works developed in response by students from the Richmond Art Gallery’s Youth Mentorship Program.
  • When: Now to August 20
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – #180 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Cost: By Donation

Vancouver Day of Laughter

  • What: Mayor Gregor Robertson will proclaim the official Day of Laughter in honour of visiting Chinese artist Yue Minjun. If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll certainly recognize his face because its featured prominently on the fourteen giant smiling bronze men that make up the iconic public art installation, A-maze-ing Laughter. This free public event includes a noon-hour Laughing Yoga class, free giveaways and light refreshments.
  • When: July 13
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Morton Park – 1800 Morton Ave, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Vancouver Folk Festival 2017

  • What: More than 60 international, national, and local acts take the stage every year at the Vancouver Folk Festival. this year’s event will also feature a free Thursday evening concert from 7 pm to 10 pm, with a mix of acoustic sets with solo artists and choirs.
  • When: Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16; Thursday from 7 to 10 pm, Friday from 1 to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 11 pm
  • Where: Jericho Beach Park
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$170


  • What: WWE NXT heads to Vancouver for the first time ever. See the likes of NXT Champion Bobby Roode, NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, Aleister Black, Drew McIntyre, Kassius Ohno, Ember Moon, and many more.
  • Where: PNE Agrodome
  • When: June 24
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$100

Vancouver Canadians – Dog Day of Summer

  • What: Catch the Vancouver Canadians versus Spokane Indians at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium with your best furry friend for the Annual Dog Day of Summer presented by Petcurean Pet Nutrition. Enjoy the dancing groundskeepers with your best friend by your side and bark on your favourite sushi in the sushi mascot races. There will be all of the regular amenities that the Nat has to offer, including complimentary water stations for your pooch. Plus enter the special social media contest where fans will have a chance to win six months of Petcurean Pet Nutrition products.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • When: July 13
  • Time: 7:05 pm
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: This up and coming American singer and songwriter from El Paso, Texas, inspired by Frank Ocean, and Chance The Rapper, is best known for his debut single Location.
  • When: July 13
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketleader, $39.50

Friday, July 14

Gathering of Canoes

Canada 150+

Canada 150+ / Facebook

  • What: Witness a traditional landing of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. During a 10-day journey along traditional highways from the Sunshine Coast to the City of Vancouver, up to 30 canoes — with First Nations, public service agencies and youth paddlers — will request permission to land on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Bring your friends and family to an afternoon feast and celebratory gathering.
  • When: July 14
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Thompson Canadian Community Picnic Party

  • What: Join Thompson Community Association members to help celebrate the summer season with free games, activities, community booths and entertainment.
  • When: July 14
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Thompson Community Centre – 5151 Granville Avenue, Richmond
  • Cost: Free

Across The Nation Celebration Lot Bash

  • What: Taste all 12 Collaboration Beers, plus enjoy a BBQ with all the fixin’s. Then take in a performance by the Cancons at 7 pm. Also enjoy games and prizes, take an express brewery tour, and more.
  • When: July 14
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: Central City Brewers and Distillers – 11411 Bridgeview Drive, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Bastille Day Festival

  • What: Bastille Day brings a piece of Paris to Vancouver. The French Community invites the Vancouverites to enjoy a day of French food, culture and entertainment!
  • When: July 14
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

BC Athletics Championships Jamboree

  • What: The BC Athletics Championships Jamboree brings athletes from around the province to compete in various track and field disciplines ​in running, jumping and throwing events. Hosted by Coquitlam Cheetahs Track & Field Club.
  • When: July 14 to 16
  • Where: Percy Perry Stadium at Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

The Market at Brewer’s Row

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  • What: The Market will feature thoughtfully curated shopping options, along with food, and family fun. Founded by the owners of boutiques Ardillas United and Violet+Ruby, the shop owners are happy to be bringing their outdoor market experience to Port Moody and to those who enjoy Rocky Point Park and Brewer’s Row on summer Friday nights.
  • When: Fridays through August 11
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Station Museum parking lot – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • 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: July 14 to 16
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm (July 14), 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