11 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 20 to 26

Jul 20 2020, 5:44 am

Please note: As recommended by BC’s provincial health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home. 

Another sunny weekend means more things to add to your calendar.

From swimming in the newly reopened outdoor pools to going on a hike, here are 11 ideas to keep you busy this week.

Anti-Racism Workshop Series: Desire in the Diaspora


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What: Vancouver Pride Society has curated a free, anti-racist workshop series led by four BIPOC facilitators and one white Jewish facilitator so that the communities can learn and grow together. Sunday’s event is in collaboration with the hua foundation and titled Desire in the Diaspora.

When: July 26
Time: 3 to 4 pm
Where: online
Admission: Free

Swim in an outdoor pool 


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What:  Vancouver’s outdoor pools are finally opening for the summer on Monday, just in time for a stretch of sunny weather in the city. The pools will even have new physical distancing pods painted on deck so guests can sunbathe at a safe distance from others.

When: Any day
Time: 6 am to 7:45 pm
Where: A list of open pools is available here.
Admission: Guests are encouraged to book a time slot in advance online, although a limited number of drop-in spots are still available.

Busy Beavers


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What: Float over to this webinar to learn about one of Stanley Park’s most charismatic creatures — the beaver. During this program, you’ll find out the beaver basics, like what they eat, why they chomp on trees, and the difference between lodges and dams.

When: July 21
Time: 5 to 6:30 pm
Where: online
Admission: $10 to $20; tickets are available online

BC Parks – Hiking at Cypress, Mount Seymour 

What: If you’ve been waiting to hike up these trails and take in the gorgeous view, now is the time to do so. In response to BC’s Restart Plan, many provincial parks are now open for hikes, as long as visitors are symptom-free and maintain physical distance from other parties.

When: June onwards
Time: Check website for updated hours
Where: Mount Seymour Provincial Park – Mt Seymour Rd, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

VanCOVID Poetry Open Mic and Community Hangout


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What: Join the virtual Vancouver poetry slam as they begin online at 7 pm. All audience members will be muted and as poets perform, they will be spotlighted by a moderator to read their poem. Audience members can opt to use video or simply watch the slam without video. If you’d like to sign up for the open mic, email [email protected] with your name by 6 pm on Monday, July 20th.

When: July 20
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: online
Admission: Free

Go to a drive-in movie


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What: On Fridays and Saturdays until August 1, the drive-in cinema will set up shop at Semiahmoo Park in South Surrey. Visitors can expect a four-storey movie screen and classics such as Jaws, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Alladin.

When: Show dates can be found online
Time: Show times can be found online
Where: 15782 Marine Drive, Surrey
Admission: While attendance is free of charge, tickets will need to be claimed online and can be found on Eventbrite.

Have a picnic


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What: Physically distant picnics are replacing intimate dinner parties this year, and we can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day than by eating delicious eats in one of Vancouver’s stunning parks. To make planning, packing, and devouring drool-worthy eats much easier, many Vancouver restaurants have created special gourmet picnic packs for folks to snatch up and enjoy in the great outdoors. Here’s a list of five places to get pre-made picnic baskets.

When: Any day
Time: Any time
Where: Anywhere
Admission: Free, besides purchasing the food baskets

Coquitlam Farmer’s Market


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What: Support local small businesses by enjoying their farm-fresh fruits and veggies.

When: July 26
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 1655 Winslow Ave, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

BIPOC Foods Virtual Popup


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What:What: BIPOC Foods Virtual Pop-Up. All your favourite BIPOC vendors on one platform to purchase before the long weekend! Browse for now, purchase online later, pick-up before the long weekend. 5% of all vendors sales will be donated to the Hogan’s Alley Society.
When: Browse the website from Friday 17 July. Official virtual pop-up to PURCHASE, July 25 to  July 26
Time: 9 am on July 25  to 8 pm on July 26 — live virtual pop-up online 
Where: Pick up your times on July 31 (12 pm to 8 pm) or August 1 (9 am to 1 pm) at Coho Commisionary — 1370 E Georgia Street, Vancouver

Beyonce Brunch



What: Grab all your single ladies because a brunch dedicated to Queen B herself is happening in Vancouver. There will be exclusive performances from world-class Beyoncé tributes and a delicious brunch menu that includes two rounds of cocktails.
When:  July 26
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Tickets: $45 to $52, available online 
Where: 965 Granville Street, Vancouver

Go on a staycation


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What: While destinations far abroad might remain under consideration, the upside is there’s plenty of weekend getaway fun to be had at these staycation spots. And the most gratifying part is they’re all within a short drive from Vancouver. Here’s a list of five spots perfect for your next staycation.

When: Any day
Time: Any time
Where: Check out this list of spots to visit
Admission: Free


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