20 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 25 to 29

Jul 22 2016, 6:40 am

Summer has finally hit Vancouver! Time to head to the beach, stoke up the BBQ and party like it may be about to rain at any moment, right?

That aside, here are 20 more things to do in Vancouver this coming week, from celebrating loud and proud to geeking out on cyborg comedy.

Monday, July 25

Pride Week


Pride Flag (Fotosr52 /Shutterstock)

  • What: Monday marks the official start of Pride Week in Vancouver, with tons of festivities happening around town all week to celebrate our LGBTQ community.
  • Where: All over Vancouver, but especially in Davie Village
  • When: Monday, July 25 through Sunday, July 31


  • What: Showing as part of a VIFF series entitled B&W By Design: Monochrome Movies in the Colour Era, this was director Christopher Nolan’s first film. Telling the story of blocked writer Bill who follows around burglar Cobb, the denouement involves two double crosses, a femme fatale, a murder and a crowning triple cross.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, July 25 at 8:20 pm
  • Tickets: On VIFF, $12 full price, $10 for students

Piano Mondays

  • What: Vancouver pianist, writer and vagabond Adam Farnsworth plays piano every Monday night at WISE Hall.  A special night of music, guests and free Golden T.
  • Where: The Wise Hall & Lounge – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, July 25 at 8 pm

What We Do in the Shadows

  • What: Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement writes and stars in this bloody hilarious tale about a documentary team that follows the domestic lives of a group of New Zealand vampires for a few months.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, July 25, doors 6:45 pm, movie 7:15 pm
  • Tickets: From the Rio, $12 on the door, $10 in advance

Tuesday, July 26

The Tragically Hip

Paul McKinnon / Shutterstock.com

Paul McKinnon/Shutterstock.com

  • What: This will likely be The Tragically Hip’s final tour, after the devastating news of Gord Downie’s terminal cancer. Of course, tickets are sold out, but there’s still a chance to get to see the band through the The Tragically Hip’s online lottery for fans.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Enter the lottery at thehip.com (or pay scalpers thousands of dollars…)

Broadcasting Class

  • What: Get behind the microphone and let your voice be heard! In this free one-hour sample class, you will jump right in and be part of a voiceover recording session for a TV commercial – and get to see and hear it on the big screen.
  • Where: Vancouver Institute of Media Arts – 570 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, July 26, doors at 6 pm, class at 6:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Collingwood Park Beaver Mural

  • What: The park used to be home to Collingwood Lake, created by beaver dams and the flows of Still Creek. The lake is gone, but the Still Moon Arts Society and artist Willoughby Arevalo needs your help to paint a mural to the beavers on the fieldhouse.
  • Where: Collingwood Park – 5275 McKinnon Street, Vancouver,
  • When: Tuesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 31, at varying times
  • More info: On Facebook, participation free

Learn Origami

  • What: Local artist and painter Azumi Nagai is leading this workshop all about the art of origami. You’ll explore the symbols and notations used in origami diagrams, plus fold some easy origami models such as the famous crane. No experience necessary.
  • Where: Kitsilano Neighbourhood House – 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, July 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Wednesday, July 27

Honda Celebration of Light 2016

  • What: The second night of Vancouver’s pinnacle summer event, as Team Australia launches fireworks galore off a barge in English Bay.
  • Where: English Bay, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 27, from 10 to 10:25 pm
  • More info: hondacelebrationoflight.com

Fireworks Suite

  • What: The Museum of Vancouver invites you to experience the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks like never before at its first ever Fireworks Suite. Tickets include access to all of our galleries and a stunning view of Australia’s fireworks display.
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 27, from 5 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: From Museum of Vancouver, $25 for adults, $18 for students and members

Shawn Mendes

  • What: People’s Choice Award Winner for Favorite Breakout Artist, Canadian singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes, will be performing in Vancouver, playing hits from his debut album Handwritten and his latest followup, Illuminate.
  • Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 27, at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: From Ticketmaster, $53

The Wealthy Beer Drinker

  • What: Delve into the world of craft beer with foodie connoisseur Rick Mohabir and discuss how to save more of your paycheque with financial adviser Caitlin Tohill. Flight of six beers, chocolate pairings and dinner of burger, fries and beer included.
  • Where: CRAFT Beer Market – 85 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 27, from 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, $25

Thursday, July 28

Van Django

  • What: Playing as part of the Enchanted Evenings Concert Series, Van Django offer a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals, effortlessly whipping the audience into a joyful frenzy.
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 28, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite, $20-$50

Brexit and the European Union: Now What?

  • What: In partnership with the French Consulate General in Vancouver, the Canadian International Council (CIC) Vancouver Branch presents this panel discussion on the consequences – and future – of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
  • Where: St. Regis Bar & Grill, Regis Room – 608 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 28, at 5 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $6 full price, $3 for CIC members, free for CBC student members

At War with Satan!

  • What: Part of the Cultic Research Video Series, a video night that explores the effects of brainwashing lunacy. This week, take a trip into the weird world of Christian scare films, Hollywood horror movies, daytime TV talk shows…and heavy metal!
  • Where: Unit/Pitt Projects – 236 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 28, from 8 to 10 pm
  • More info: On Facebook

Weezer and Panic! At The Disco

  • What: Burnaby gets a double dose of hipster fun when Weezer and Panic! At The Disco take over Deer Lake Park on July 28. Rivers Cuomo and the rest of Weezer are still going strong, having released another self-titled album (their fourth) in April. Panic!, however, is more of a one-man operation these days with singer Brandon Urie being the only “official” member of the group.
  • Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • When: Thursday, July 28 at 5 pm
  • Tickets: Available online for $55. All ages

Friday, July 29

Davie Street Party

Partygoers at the annual Pride Parade and celebrations in Vancouver (Sergei Bachlakov/Shutterstock)

Partygoers at the annual Pride Parade and celebrations in Vancouver (Sergei Bachlakov/Shutterstock)

  • What: Take back the streets for Pride Weekend in the heart of the Davie Street Village! The party will spill out from the Community Stage at the historic Rainbow Crosswalk, where you can pound the pavement to some of the city’s hottest talent and witness the annual Wimple-In ceremony of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
  • Where: Davie Street between Burrard and Jervis, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 29, 6 pm until midnight
  • Tickets: This is a free event, but if you want to buy alcohol, you’ll need to pay $5 in advance or $10 on the door for a 19+ wristband.

De Palma/Scarface Double Bill

  • What: First up, a lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary about one of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma. Second up, Scarface. This is paradise, I’m tellin’ ya.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 29, De Palma doors 7 pm, movie 7:30 pm, Scarface doors 9:30 pm, movie at 10 pm
  • Tickets: From the Rio, double bill $16 on the door, $15 in advance, individual movies $12 on the door, $10 in advance

The Darkest Hour

  • What: Venture into a world where dark is light, where the audience steers the moral compass, and where joy and chaos reign supreme. The gothic fairy tale takes centre stage in this improv theatre show, unlike anything you’ve seen in Vancouver.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 29, from 10:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $8

Four Eyesly Comedy Cantina 2

  • What: A glorious, geek-powered comedy night with headliner, professional impressionist, Patrick Maliha. Expect lots of sci-fi, fantasy, cyborgs, trolls, unicorns and level 12 elf warriors as they regale you with tales of levity and amusement.
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 29, from 8 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $5
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