36 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 17 to 21

Jul 16 2017, 11:56 pm

The summer rolls on with a new week full of exciting events.

From job fairs to concerts and food celebrations, here are our picks for 35 things to do in Vancouver from Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21.

Monday, July 17

Water Stories: The global water crisis in pictures

  • What: A photographic exhibition by award-winning photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz highlighting the global water crisis. Over two years, Mustafah captured the effects of urbanization, poor sanitation and pollution in India, water scarcity and contamination in Pakistan, and expanding industry and population in China. The project is a collaboration with Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF, and is supported by the HSBC Water Programme.
  • When: Now to July 24
  • Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1085 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

UNIQLO Metrotown Job Fair 2017

Image: Uniqlo / Flickr

  • What: UNIQLO’s is holding a job fair to fill positions at it’s two-level store space within Metropolis at Metrotown opening this fall. Positions that need to be filled include both part-time and full-time associates, with health benefits. Bring a copy of your resume and availability with you to the job fair.
  • When: July 17, 18, 20, 21, and 22
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Waterfront Room 1 & 2 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel – 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby

Red Cat In-Store featuring Milk and The Expos 

  • 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 17
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Red Cat Records – 4332 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Kits in the Park

  • What: This free drop in for children, along with their parents & caregivers includes outdoor play, circle time, sand toys, arts & crafts, playground and spray park. Meet other families, connect with your community, and join the fun! Presented in collaboration with Kits Neighbourhood House and West Side Family Place.
  • When: Mondays and Fridays until August 25 (Except August 7)
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where: Connaught Park at Kitsilano Community Centre -2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Parq Vancouver Resort Job Fairs

  • What: Parq Vancouver, the largest private development in British Columbia, will open with two hotel towers – the 329-room JW Marriott and 188-room DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection hotel – a casino, and eight restaurants and lounges, and that’s just naming a few of the highlights. Parq Vancouver is looking to recruit more than 1,000 new employees from the community and beyond.
  • When: July 17 and August 2
  • Time: Noon to 5 pm (July 17), 1 to 6 pm (August 2)
  • Where: Gate H inside BC Place
  • TicketsOnline

The Design & Content Conference 2017

Design & Content Conference

Design & Content Conference / Facebook

  • What: Designers and content strategists team up. Hear from industry leaders about crafting experiences and telling stories that shape the future of the web. A day of workshops, two days of talks, and thoughtful extras.
  • When: July 17 to July 19
  • Time: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $1,045

Impulse Response at Guilt & Company

  • What: A fun, soulful night of vocal heavy funk, soul, and pop with Victoria’s Impulse Response. Bring your dancing shoes!
  • When: July 17
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: Guilt and Company – 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $8

Tuesday, July 18

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park – Toy Story

Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema/Fresh Air Cinema

  • What: The Evo Summer Cinema Series is showing Toy Story (Daily Hive Viewers’ Choice Flick Pick) on the four-story inflatable movie screen on July 18. 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 18
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Cost: Free

Experience virtual reality at Waterfront Station with #GALAXYLIFE

  • What: Samsung Canada returns to downtown, bringing hands-on demos of all the latest Samsung tech. Do some yoga, Zumba, join a meditation workshop, or do some boxing training. You’ll also be able to test your photography skills on a guided photo walk throughout downtown Vancouver.
  • When: Now to July 27
  • Where: Waterfront Station – 601 West Cordova Street

J. Cole

  • What: American hip-hop recording artist and record producer J. Cole is back to Vancouver in July as part of a massive world tour. Stopping in at Rogers Arena on July 18, the multi-platinum-selling artist is touring in support of his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in December.
  • When: July 18
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm / Show at 8 pm
  •  Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: on Ticketmaster, $29.50-$149.50

Ask Me Anything with special guest Julia Helen Church

  • What: Join The Fictionals and Friends for Reddit-inspired laughs at Cafe Deux Soleils, complete with a live Ask Me Anything with special guest Julia Helen Church. Julia is a comedian, designer and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Nettle’s Tale, a line of Vancouver-made swimwear honestly designed for everyday women’s bodies.
  • When: July 18
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $7 or $5 for students



  • What: High-tech artwork along the entire undersurface of the Cambie Street Bridge meant to represent the “life blood” of the West Coast. Uninterrupted by director Nettie Wild, producers Betsy Carson and Rae Hull and editor Michael Brockington it is meant to tell the the story of Wild Pacific Salmon’s life journey.
  • When: 25 minute shows nightly from Tuesdays to Saturdays
  • Time: Now to August 14 at 10 pm (Note: no shows on Celebration of Light fireworks nights); August 15 to September 24 at 9 pm
  • Where: Viewed from North Side of Cambie Street Bridge at Coopers Park
  • Cost: Free

The Grind with West Van Run

  • What: Do the Grouse Grind with West Van Run and enjoy free nachos and a beer at the top in the company of awesome people.
  • When: July 18
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Grouse Grind – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Teen Angst Night

  • What: Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series. Readers can share anything (poetry, songs, letters, journals, diaries, essays, stories, plays, lists, etc) so long as it’s the reader’s own work, it was written it between the ages of 10-19, and if it is super embarrassing. Hosted by Sara Bynoe, in collaboration with the exhibit “Art School High”.
  • When: July 18
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art –2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

1855-1955 Mural Dinner at Pidgin

  • What: To commemorate the completion of the 1855-1955 Mural by Ilya Viryachev in the alley of 350 Carrall, Pidgin is hosting a dinner on July 18th benefiting RISE (Responsible Indigenous Strategy for Empowerment). This dinner will be unique as it also has speakers from various cultures discussing the contents of the mural and their cultural perspective about the history of the neighbourhood. The event will be MC’d by Aaron Chapman and feature local historians John Atkins and Ali Butcher. Speaking for RISE / ALIVE will be Scott Clark. 
  • When: July 18
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: PiDGiN – 350 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $125 per person which includes 6 courses, wine, sake and cocktails. Automatic gratuity and taxes not included. Call the restaurant or email [email protected] to reserve.

Wednesday, July 19

The Psychedelic Furs

  • What: Born out of the post-punk UK rock scene in 1977, the Furs quickly developed as one of the premiere bands on US College and Modern Rock radio scoring a multitude of #1 singles. Now they’re back to bring you even more alternative rock.
  • When: July 19
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $39.50

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Sing

  • What: Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in for a screening of the animated smash, Sing. 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 19
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Cost: Free

Burnaby Neighbourhood House Community BBQ Picnic

  • What: The Burnaby Neighbourhood House’s annual BBQ picnic. There will be hot dogs, cotton candy, games, face paint and more.
  • When: July 19
  • Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Gilpin Elementary School – 5490 Eglinton Street, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

Thrive Series: How BC’s political landscape could impact your small business

  • What: Understand how potential changes to BC’s tax, labour, and regulatory environment will shape the economy under the new provincial government. Also learn ways in which small businesses can advocate for their interests, and understand how to mitigate the impact of political uncertainty. Featuring speaker Kirk Lapointe.
  • When: July 19
  • Time: 7 am to 9 am
  • Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront – 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online. $25 + GST for members, $50 + GST for non-members

Guest Chef Dinner Series: Jonathan Tam, Relæ at The Farmer’s Apprentice

  • What: Jonathan Tam of Denmark’s famed Relæ restaurant co-hosts a guest chef dinner at The Farmer’s Apprentice. There will be two seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm for this multi-course menu with wine pairings selected by Farmer’s Apprentice and Grapes & Soda wine director Kieran Fanning.
  • When: July 19
  • Time: 6 and 8:30 pm
  • Where: The Farmer’s Apprentice – 1535 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $150 per person

Jackie Kashian: An Evening of Stand-Up

Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian / The Fox Cabaret

  • What: Jackie Kashian has appeared twice on the Conan O’Brien show, Comedy Central’s @midnight and has recorded This American Life with Ira Glass for NPR. Her critically acclaimed podcast, The Dork Forest, is in its 10th year, and her new hour stand-up special This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux is available on CD, DVD and digital download on Comedy Film Nerds.
  • When: July 19
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Small Business BC Summer Mix and Mingle

  • What: Celebrate the summer season and the one-year milestone of the launch of the Small Business BC Meetup Group. Come for networking, great food and refreshments on a beautiful rooftop patio in the heart of Vancouver.
  • When: July 19
  • Time5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where:  745 Thurlow Street – 25th floor, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $15

Thursday, July 20

After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium/Facebook

  • What: Celebrate Summer Love at our next adults-only After Hours here at the Vancouver Aquarium. Grab a beer or glass of wine and enjoy access to all our galleries while exploring the Aquarium after dark.
  • When: July 20
  • Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
  • Price: $23 for members and $31 for non-members – Tickets available online
  • What: The Fourth Annual UBC Chef Challenge is back on July 20. This challenge sees five chefs compete to create the tastiest bites and will feature Land & Food Systems Aggies, a special team of your fellow faculty/students. Challenge attendees can also enjoy three live bands, lawn games, and craft beer.
  • When: July 20
  • Time: 5 to 7.30 pm
  • Where: Amphitheatre on Main Mall and Thunderbird Boulevard
  • Cost: $20 students; $25 staff, faculty, Alumni, UNA residents; $35 general public; $10 Children over 2 years; buy online

Visioning for Entrepreneurs Workshop

  • What: If you’re an entrepreneur you might relate to the struggle of developing a message that authentically communicates your brand identity and your vision. Come and explore with Dagmar Meachem your why and create a clear vision and message.
  • When: July 20
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: West Vancouver Community Centre – Cedar Room – 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $39

Live & Local: Celtic Kick Up

  • What: A Celtic celebration of traditional and modern music and dance featuring performances by Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy and the modern Irish Celtic sounds of the North Shore Celtic Ensemble. Hosted by North Vancouver Recreation & Culture.
  • When: July 20
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Neighbourhood Nights

  • What: Take part in 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: July 20
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam
  • Cost: Free

Lion in the Streets – Resonance Theatre Collective

  • What: Witnessing the complexities of age and wealth from the viewpoint of a nine-year-old Portuguese girl, Lion in the Streets is by Toronto playwright Judith Thompson. Taking inspiration from her own Toronto neighbourhood, the play doesn’t sugar-coat the widening social-economic divide within Canada. Put on by a group of UVic Theatre alumni, the show presents glimpses into the strangers you walk by on the street.
  • When: July 20 to 29
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Brown Paper Tickets; $17-$20

Beaty Nocturnal: Summer Nights

  • What: Every month, Beaty Biodiversity Museum stays open late to offer family-friendly activities. This month’s event includes a screening of Raising Big Blue at 5:30 pm, and a Backyard Biodiversity Tour at 7 pm (this will be replaced by an indoor museum tour if it is raining).
  • When: July 20
  • Time: 5 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum – 12212 Main Hall, Vancouver
  • Admission: By donation

Friday, July 21

Hike Rave Vancouver

night dance (Rawpixel.com / Shutterstock)

  • What: Party 4 Health is hosting a Hike Rave, where participants will dance their way up a mountain then party while overlooking Vancouver. Participants are advised to bring number of items, including good shoes, a flashlight, a water bottle, and your fun-loving self.
  • When: July 21
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Location: To be announced
  • Admission: Free

Urban Vineyard Long Table Dinner

  • What: This will be the first ever, public event on the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver pool deck. The hidden outdoor oasis will be the backdrop for a long table dinner which will feature an urban vineyard theme. The three-course seasonal menu will be paired with wines from Le Vieux Pin and La Stella wineries in the South Okanagan.
  • When: July 21
  • Time: 6:30 to 11 pm
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: 150 per person; buy via Eventbrite

Bats of Burvilla

  • What: ​As dusk descends, watch and learn about bats as they head out to feast on a buffet of insects.
  • When: July 21
  • Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Deas Island Regional Park
  • Registration: Online, $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

Il Mercato Italian Market

  • What: This market brings together the tastes of Italy with fresh produce grown locally, in addition to delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef and handmade products from local artisans.
  • Dates: July 21
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Bollywood Movie Night Under the Stars

  • What: Shake out your favourite outdoor blanket, munch on some popcorn, and enjoy the experience of watching a classic Bollywood movie under the stars.
  • When: July 21
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: SFU Trottier Observatory – 8888 University Drive, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free for SFU / FIC Students, $5 for public

RibFest at Rocky Point

BBQ ribs and corn bread/Shutterstock

  • What: And if you’re already in the area—or even if you’re not—you can’t miss checking out Ribfest in Port Moody. The three day event is filled with live music, family entertainment, and some of the best BBQ you’ll ever taste. Admission is free, but bring some cash if you want to experience more than just the smell of BBQ.
  • When: July 21 to 23
  • Time: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Women’s Volleyball Grand Prix

  • What: FIVB World Grand Prix – one of the premier international tournaments for women’s volleyball – will take place at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The city will host six matches among four teams in Group 2 – Canada, Germany, Peru and Czech Republic. This will likely be the only chance for Canadians to see this calibre of women’s volleyball on home soil, as the tournament’s format will change and be re-branded in 2018.
  • When: July 21 to 23
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road Richmond,
  • Tickets: Online, $12-$35
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