35 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 24 to 28

Jul 23 2017, 5:53 pm

The last full week of July has arrived! Make the most of your summer with our picks for 35 things to do this week. Neil Diamond, Outdoor Films, Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week, and more.

Monday, July 24

Neil Diamond

  • What: Get ready to sing some “Sweet Caroline.” Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Member, Neil Diamond, will be stopping by on his “50 Year Anniversary World Tour.”
  • When: July 24
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $39.50-$199.50

Modern Matcha Ceremony & Fine Matcha Tasting

  • What: This 90-minute fine matcha tasting from Whisky Premium Matcha offers a one of a kind, luxurious matcha experience. Explore a variety of interesting matcha-related topics and facts, then experience a presentation of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony style. You will have the opportunity to practice tea ceremony etiquette, prepare a bowl for yourself and others, taste world-class matcha from different plant varieties and matcha growing regions in Japan, note down each flavour profile, and pair with delicate matcha sweets.
  • When: July 24
  • Time: 2:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Creme de la Crumb Bakeshop & Catering – 200 Granville St #10, Vancouver
  • Cost: $65; buy via Eventbrite

Dirty Comedy Open Mic IV

  • What: Dirty Comedy Open Mic at the Dirty Penny brings many of Vancouver’s best (and worst) comedians to a small stage on Commercial Drive to sharpen their craft.
  • When: Every Monday
  • Time: 8 pm to midnight
  • Where: Dirty Penny – 1601 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

2nd International Conference on Food Chemistry and Nutrition

  • What: This conference will bring together practitioners, industrialists, researchers and educators from around the world who are engaged in the fields of indigenous food products, food safety, functional foods, and more.
  • When: July 24 to 26
  • Time: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre – 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond
  • Registration: Online

Nasty Women: Firsts

Nasty Women

Nasty Women / Facebook

  • What: Fresh off of performing in New York City, Nasty Women are ready to deliver a piping hot show. This month the comedians will be exploring firsts: first jobs, first dates.. heck! getting first place in a Pythagoras competition (real thing that happened). Every first is fair game.
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When:  July 24 at 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $9.99

Zumba at Canada Place

  • What: Zumba at Canada Place is a fun, free event hosted on the beautiful North Point of Canada Place. Instructors from Zumba Vancouver will teach classes and provide participants the opportunity to practice Zumba in one of Vancouver’s most stunning locations. No dance experience or partner is needed for this fun fitness class.
  • When: Every Monday from July 24 to August 28 (No class August 7 for BC Day)
  • Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: North Point, Canada Place
  • Cost: Free

Storywaves: Remembering our Sacred Responsibilities

  • What: See rich visuals from the Salish Sea region and stunning footage of gifted Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow weaving her blanket. Hear songs, poetry, and Chief Dan George’s iconic Lament for Confederation. Chief Dan George’s daughter, Tsleil-Waututh Elder Amy George (aka Ta’ah), Charlene Aleck and other members of the George family, Debra Sparrow, Senaqwila Wyss, Jónína Kirton and Christie Lee Charles will uplift and empower with a call to action to stop environmental destruction and ensure a good future for all our relations.
  • When: July 24
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Tuesday, July 25

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park – National Lampoon’s Vacation

Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema/Fresh Air Cinema

  • What: The Evo Summer Cinema Series is showing National Lampoon’s Vacation on the four-story inflatable movie screen on July 25. 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 25
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Cost: Free

Westside Food Festival: Gardening and Potluck at Kits Village Collaborative Garden

  • What: Gain hands on experience and come away with the knowledge to plant, grow, and harvest vegetables. Afterwards join the garden potluck – everyone is welcome and please bring a dish to share if you can (vegetarian preferred). All ages and experience levels are welcome but minors must be accompanied by a caregiver.
  • When: July 25
  • Time: 3:30 to 7 pm
  • Where: Billy Bishop Legion Hall – 1407 Laburnum Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Online

The Force is Strong with Pinatas: a crafting workshop

  • What: Come make the pinata of your dreams with Meaghan Kennedy from Your Pinata. Learn step by step how to make pinatas for all your events! Anything is possible and getting messy is always a blast.
  • When: July 25
  • Time: 3 to 6 pm
  • Where: Storm Crow Tavern – 1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Our Voices, Not Yours! – DTES Roundtable

  • What: Listen + share with the DTES community as we discuss social housing, unceded territories, and the new nə́c̓aʔmat ct library. Co-organized by VANDU and nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch Library.
  • When: July 25
  • Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
  • Where: nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch – 730 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Bob Dylan

  • What: Largely regarded as the “Voice of a Generation,” legendary singer-songwriter Dylan is famed for folk hits like “A Rolling Stone” , “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.”
  • When: July 25
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $46.50-$112

Celebrate 150: Red Serge Day at Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel

  • What: Create the best souvenir ever by taking a picture with members of Burnaby’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police in their splendid red serge.
  • When: Every Tuesday in July and August
  • Time: Noon to 2 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

July Ukulele Circle

  • What: Bring your little instruments to the Rising Star Cooperative and join in a night of ukulele songs to celebrate the eclipse and the approaching midsummer night.
  • When: July 25
  • Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Rising Star Cooperative – 1556 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Wednesday, July 26

Bruno Mars

  • What: Grammy award winner Bruno Mars is on a world tour in support of his new album 24K Magic, offering his usual classic showmanship in the vein of James Brown and Michael Jackson, with a tightly choreographed nine-piece soul band.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $40-$195

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Jurassic Park

  • What: Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in for a screening of the of the 1993 box office smash, Jurassic Park. 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 26
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Cost: Free

Hands-On Scientist Series: Endangered Amphibians with Jennifer Buchanan

  • What: ​​Delve into the secret lives of park wildlife as local scientists share presentations and hands-on research techniques.
  • When: July 26
  • Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • Registration: Online, $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

  • What: Grab a picnic and the family and head over to Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park Plaza for Shakespeare in the Park. Place des Arts’ Summer Teen Theatre Troupe presents a wild, fun-filled adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Kevin Bennett. Complete with lively music and audience participation, this show is a theatrical treat for all ages.
  • When: July 26 to 30
  • Time: Wednesday to Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
  • Where: Town Centre Plaza – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Cost: Free

Storytelling With Drag Queens for Adults

  • What: Drag Queens read from their favourite books. Featuring Oliv x, Karmella Barr, Dust Cwaine and friends, it’s time to turn the cafe into an evening salon. Evocative, sassy readings and heaps of fun await you.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: July 26 at 8 pm
  • Entrance: By donation

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week 2017

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week/Image: Thosh Collins

  • What: All of the fashion shows will feature collections from Indigenous fashion designers and models from across Canada. Each day throughout the four-day event there will be two shows from 5 to 10 pm featuring things like 40 Indigenous designers, storytellers, hosts, and immersive Indigenous art installations from across Canada.
  • When: July 26 to 29
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Larwill Park – 688 Cambie Street and Beatty Streets (July 26), Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby –  650 Hamilton Street (July 27 to 29)
  • Free: Register online via Eventbrite

Neighbourhood Free Park – West Richmond Community Centre

  • What: Enjoy an evening of music, “Celebrate the Past with the Future” community art project, family games and activities. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the summer night.
  • When: July 26
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: West Richmond Community Centre – 9180 No. 1 Road, Richmond
  • Cost: Free

Thursday, July 27

West End Outdoor Games Night 2017

West End Games Night / Facebook

  • What: Hosted by Young Ideas at Gordon Neighbourhood House, the event gives locals the chance to meet their neighbours, play board games and listen to local musicians.As well as a stack of great games, including Settlers of Catan, Cards Against Humanity, Citadel, and Bang, you’ll also be able to try your hand at giant Jenga and Hex-a-pong – a six person ping pong table that’s every bit as fun as it sounds.
  • When: July 27
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Jim Deva Plaza – 1200 Bute St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Creative Pulse Talk + Social with Hulse & Durrell

  • What: Hulse & Durrell will talk about creating brand systems for some of the most strangely complex sports brands in the world. Ben and Greg will share their outlook on design as they will walk through a complicated rebranding process from top to bottom.
  • When: July 27
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: Archive Digital – 97 E 2nd Ave (Enter from the alley behind Steel Toad Brewery)
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15 or pay what you can

Go Into The Wild Photography Sessions on Grouse Mountain

  • What: Professional photographer and our Grouse Mountain Wildlife Manager, Devin Manky, will provide important technical and artistic “pointers” and take a small group to desirable locations at which to capture natural scenes.
  • When: July 27
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Theatre in the Sky, Grouse Mountain
  • Cost: Included with Alpine Experience Ticket, Free with Annual Local’s Pass.

Creative Escape Evenings

  • What: Creative Escape Evenings are offering bloggers, readers, musicians, painters, knitters, and doodlers free working space at the CityScape Community Art Space. There’ll also be exhibitions by other artists, including Branch Refinement – three artists explore the various ways of connection; how we connect to our pasts, presents and futures – on July 27.
  • When: Last Thursday of every month
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: CityScape Community Art Space – 335 Lonsdale Avenue North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Reflections on Canada Panel Discussion

  • What: In light of Canada’s sesquicentennial this year, there is a lot of conversation about our country—its past, present, and future. How are local artists responding to Canada? Find out at this panel discussion featuring presentations by and conversations with local artists, thinkers, and leaders in the community, including Surrey’s first Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar.
  • When: July 27
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue
  • Cost: Free

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – La La Land

outdoor movies Canada place

Free outdoor movies at Canada Place (Port Metro Vancouver)

  • What: A large inflatable screen will pop up at Canada Place, creating the perfect environment to take in La La Land under the stars with the North Shore mountains in the background. To give your night two thumbs up, do yourself a favour and bring a lawn chair (or you’ll be sitting on the hard ground) and blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friend event – smoking or alcohol is not permitted.
  • When: Every Thursday from July 27 to August 31
  • Start: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Cost: Free

The Squamish Wind Festival

  • What:  Three days of art, music, local food, and community. From emerging artists to Juno award winning musicians, enjoy an eclectic local experience for families, visitors and everyone in between. Highlights include a free open-air cinema viewing of Beauty and the Beast presented by Squamish Savings, gallery exhibitions, and colourful buskers.
  • When: July 27 to 29
  • Where: Junction Park  – 37950 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish
  • Cost: Free

Friday, July 28

Ed Sheeran

  • What: The hugely popular 26-year-old British singer-songwriter is touring North America and he’s making a stop in Vancouver this summer to… sing!
  • When: July 28
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $46.50-$116.50

CanWest Games

  • What: With over 550 athletes competing for $18,000 in cash prizes and swag from Virus Athletics, the CanWest Games is the largest Fitness Competition in Western Canada. The Events will be challenging and exciting to watch. Ranging from big Olympic Lifts to inspiring feats of speed, strength, endurance, and power.
  • When: July 28 to 30
  • Time: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Percy Perry Stadium – 1290 Pipeline Road, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $18.50

WORLD WAVE at Fortune Sound Club

  • What: A night of beats, bass, and rhythms from around the world in the downstairs Project Space of Fortune Sound Club. Featuring OGA Rossco & OWABOWA spinning the best of Afrobeats,  Dancehall Reggaeton Grime and more.
  • When: July 28
  • Time: 10 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $15

Chase Rice

  • What: A former linebacker and a one-time NASCAR pit crew member, Chase Rice’s entry into country music was no wild card and his relentless touring has earned him an impressive following of country music fans.
  • When: July 28
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $45

Mayor’s Summertime Celebration

  • What: Time to celebrate with Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay. Enjoy a BBQ, ride down the 20’ ft slide, balloon animals, face painting, and freezies for all.
  • When: July 28
  • Time: 1 to 8 pm
  • Where: Behind the Civic Complex – 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
  • Cost: Free

Current: A Pacific Northwest Feminist Electronic Art Symposium

  • What: CURRENT is a multidisciplinary, intersectional, music and electronic art symposium working with women and non-binary artists in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest. The first iteration of the project will be a 3-day, music and arts showcase featuring events, panels, youth mentorships, and workshops.
  • When: July 28 to 30
  • Where: VAL Villa – 494 Railway Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$55

Vancouver Canadians versus Tri-City Dust Devils

Vancouver Canadians baseball

Image: Vancouver Canadians / Twitter

  • What: Get your peanuts and cracker jack and catch the Vancouver Canadians versus Tri-City Dust Devils at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium. The three-game homestand starts on July 28, and includes a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday and A&W Family Fun and Photoball Giveaway on Sunday.
  • Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
  • When: July 28 to 30
  • Time: 7:05 pm (July 28 and 29), 1:05 pm (July 30)
  • Tickets: Online