What: The festival stretches across 15 blocks featuring local artisans, musicians, community activities, delicious food, tons of entertainment and activities for all ages. As the place that Car Free Day began, Commercial Drive stays true to its grassroots beginnings and the story behind the festival.
When: July 9
Time: Noon to 7 pm
Where: Venables to North Grandview on Commercial Drive
What: Whether you’re a beginner or Salsa pro, these afternoons will definitely spice up your summer. Enjoy a free dance lesson taught by some of Vancouver’s best salsa instructors. Following the lessons, there is a dance show that features some of Vancouver’s most talented dancers.
When: Every Sunday from July 9 to August 13
Time: Lessons run from 3 to 3:30 pm. Dance show starts at 5 pm. After party begins at 7 pm.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
What: 2017 marks the 21st season for the Ladner Village Market, which takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.
When: July 9 and 23
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
What: Elvis Presley. Johnny Cash. Jerry Lee Lewis. Carl Perkins. Recreating the real-life moment where these four rock idols were brought together for the first and last time ever, Million Dollar Quartet is a ‘jukebox musical’ that covers all of their greatest hits. Explore a time of great diversity for the Memphis music scene as the artists are immortalized on vinyl together at the Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956.
When: Now to July 9
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2750 Granville St, Vancouver
What: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be returning to Deer Lake this summer for its annual free outdoor concert. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of live music performed by some of Vancouver’s most talented musicians. This year’s performance features classical favourites and two of the most famous and beloved John Williams movie themes. Event organizers would like to remind concert-goers that parking in the vicinity is limited, so alternate transportation is recommended.
When: July 9
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
What: Clara Shandler, Vancouver’s Sidewalk Cellist, draws mysterious directions on sidewalks and plays her cello in public parks. She provides listeners with a cello-based musical smorgasboard, from Bach to Nirvana, jazz to metal, and everything in between.
What: Show off your pre-1990’s ride in the parking lot of the Deeley Exhibition with dozens of other cool bikes on display, along with a few select gems from the collection. Register your ride for $10 and get a free lunch as well as free admission to the museum. Free to attend.
When: July 9
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition – 1875 Boundary Road, Vancouver
What: Summer sizzles with a sultry program for piano duo, aptly titled Two to Tango. The Meeks Duo, husband and wife Scott Meek and Claire Yuan, dance their fingers through repertoire by Brahms, Rodriguez, Vancouver composer Frank Levin, and Astor Piazzolla.
When: July 9
Time: 4 pm
Where: Roedde House Museum – 1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver
What: Bring your bike to the Granville Island Kids Market (out back by the pond) and decorate your bike. They supply the pieces, you provide the bike. Plus the Vancouver Community Police will be there to register your bikes for free.
What: The Vancouver Greek Summer Festival is an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun — from the famous “BBQ Lamb” and “Loukoumades” to the dozens of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage. This year’s feature performances includes Zougla, Urban Myth, Asi Somos, Dolphin Jazz and Golden Thread Orchestra, Jim Byrnes, Gotta B George Michael tribute artist, DJ Alpha Music and bouzouki music with Yannis Sahamis.
When: Now to July 16
Time: Thursday to Sunday from 12 pm to late and Monday to Wednesdays from 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: 4641 Boundary Road, Burnaby
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Daniel Chai is a writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC.