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Summer is rolling along in Vancouver, and this week is filled with fun events you need to add to your calendar!
From Berryfest to The Hot Expo, Opera in the Park and more, here are 20 fantastic things to do in Metro Vancouver from July 11 to 17.
What: The 7th Annual VMO Live Symphony Performance is a free, family-friendly summer evening of live music inspired by the classics and iconic pop culture. This free event is presented by PCI and Ledcor and is performed by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra led by Maestro Kenneth Hsieh.
The performance takes place outdoors at the Jack Poole Plaza at Burrard Landing in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Attendants can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Stanley Park, the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains while listening to an enchanting programme of live symphony music in a spectacular world-class outdoor setting.
Seating is first-come, first-serve, with audience members encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfort.
When: July 14, 2022
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza at Burrard Landing – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
What: Get ready for the rolls, drops, spins, and thrills, because Playland is opening for the summer starting this month. There are over 30 rides and attractions to enjoy at Vancouver’s favourite amusement park, ranging from family fun rides to extreme, heart-racing attractions.
The amusement park also has a variety of exciting activities to enjoy during your visit, including mini-golf, a haunted house, and even a climbing wall. And don’t forget to enjoy all your favourite Playland treats like Triple O’s burgers, totchos, candy floss, and of course the requisite mini donuts.
When: Various weekdays and every weekend until August 19
Time: Various time slots
Where: Playland — 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $31.50 to $41.50 (online), $33.50 to $45.50 (at the gate). Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult. All guests 4 and up must purchase an admission pass for entrance. Purchase online.
What: Get your blankets and favourite snacks ready, because outdoor movies with Fresh Air Cinema and Evo Car Share in Stanley Park are returning this summer. Hundreds of people will gather every Tuesday on the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach to watch Hollywood hits and family favourites on the giant four-storey inflatable movie screen.
The film for Tuesday, July 12 is the comedy classic Zoolander.
When: Every Tuesday until August 23, 2022
Time: 8 to 11 pm, screenings begin at dusk
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach – 8502 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Cost: Free, VIP seating available online
What: The Hot Expo 2022 is the ultimate expo that features the hottest and trendiest brands in Wellness, Beauty and Lifestyle. Head to The Pipe Shop in North Vancouver on July 17 and 18 to discover top brands and products on the market, and meet the industry leaders, brand founders, pioneering scientists and professional artists. The highly anticipated exhibition is free to attend.
When: July 17 and 18, 2022
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: The Pipe Shop — 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Admission: Free, register online
What: Oakley Week will transform Whistler Village into a playground for unique experiences, both on- and off-mountain. The first-ever summer edition of Oakley Week will host events all weekend long, kicking the festivities off with the Worca Toonie Challenge Enduro Race on Thursday, July 14 at an off-road mountain bike course.
There will also be mini ramp skateboarding sessions, races, bike tunings, product demonstrations, chair massages, refreshments, and more to enjoy throughout the four-day event.
When: July 14 to 17, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in Whistler Blackcomb Village
What: Colleen Ballinger is an actor, comedian, trained vocalist, writer and executive producer best known for portraying her character, Miranda Sings. Ballinger has over 30 Million followers on social media and has amassed over 3.5 billion views on YouTube. She brings her new show, Miranda Sings: Who Wants My Kid to Vancouver.
When: July 12, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $45.50-$89.50, purchase online
What: Baseball is Back #AtTheNat! Join the Vancouver Canadians all month long and cheer on the future of the Blue Jays while enjoying special theme nights. Bring your appetite and dine on hot dogs, burgers, popcorn and all other ballpark favourites along with a cold beer.
The Vancouver Canadians take on the Hillsboro Hops from July 12 to 17, and guests can enjoy PlayNow Tuesday, RBC We Care Wednesday supporting Greater Vancouver Food, Indigenous Peoples Night on Thursday, Fortis BC ‘Nooner at the Nat on Friday, Saturday Fireworks Extravaganza, and an A&W Family Fun Sunday with mascot socks give away.
When: July 12 to 17, 2022
Time: Gates open at 6 pm, first pitch at 7:05 pm (Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday), Gates open at 12 pm, first pitch at 1:05 pm (Friday and Sunday)
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
Cost: Select tickets available and start at $20; tickets can be purchased online, over the phone (604 872 5232) or at Nat Bailey Box Office. Admission: $20 Reserved Grandstand / $25 Box Seat / $32 WestJet Premium Plus Zone; Group discounts are also available
What: Legendary American rock band The Black Crowes have announced brand-new dates for their Shake Your Money Maker tour, including July 17 at The Abbotsford Centre.
The Black Crowes have released eight studio albums and four live ones. They sold out shows around the world, had legendary guitarist Jimmy Page join as a member, got kicked off a tour with ZZ Top for insulting the sponsor, got married and divorced, and fought amongst themselves. In other words, they’ve done all the things legendary rock groups are famous for.
When: July 17, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Starting at $61 — Available via Ticketmaster
What: Canada’s first 100% plant-based night market returns this summer with a ton of brands to explore both inside and outside the newly revamped Waldorf Hotel.
The delicious vegan-food-fuelled party is a great opportunity to shop from local plant-based businesses while enjoying tasty drinks and food. From tarot readings to DJs and vegan ice cream, you’ll find everything you were looking for plus the unexpected.
When: Select Thursdays this summer: July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25, and September 8, 2022
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $2 donation at the door or a donation of canned goods, clothing, or pet food to cover your entrance fee. Donated funds will go to Canada Ukraine Foundation.
What: Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF), one of the city’s most popular summer events, is returning to Jericho Beach Park this July for a three-day extravaganza.
This year’s performers include Mexican-American musician and activist Alejandro Escovedo, three-time Grammy nominee Allison Russell, two-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year Molly Tuttle, and local indie-rock heroes The New Pornographers.
When: July 15 to 17, 2022
Where: Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
Tickets: Various prices; purchase online
What: Stargazer: An Immersive Universe at Tsawwassen Mills is a world-premiere exhibition that gives guests a new visual and sensory perspective of our universe. Live out all your astronaut dreams inside of the immersive room with 270-degree wall and floor-projected video and symphonic sound. You’ll also get up close to scale replicas of historic rockets, space stations, and satellites.
Don’t forget to check out an outstanding recreation of the Apollo Lunar Module before strapping on the VR goggles to go on the “Apollo 11 Quest.” Stargazer will also feature the Space to Spoon exhibit from the Canadian Space Center and the Ingenium Centre. The hands-on interactive zone will reveal how space technology helps Canadian farmers and aids sustainable agriculture.
When: Now until August 31, 2022
Times: Mondays to Thursdays from 10 am to 5 pm (last entry), Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry), Sundays & holidays from 11 am to 5 pm (last entry)
Where: Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Mall (Entrance #3 by Restaurant Row)
What: 7-Eleven Day is back this year, offering fans a FREE Slurpee for one day on July 11.
Run — don’t walk — to your nearest 7-Eleven convenience store for a free small Slurpee or spend $20 on 7NOW for free Slurpee and delivery.
To make it even better, the chain is also releasing a new limited-edition flavour – the Crush Cactus Catapult. It’s a mix of orange and pineapple, a perfect summer flavour addition.
When: July 11
Where: 7-Eleven locations across Canada
What: Lakeside Players presents the timeless tale of Robin Hood and his merry men. The family-friendly adaptation is hosted by Presentation House Theatre and will run outdoors rain or shine.
Time: Various times
Where: 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
Tickets: $15, $18 or $22, purchase online
What: Your favourite drag stars from Canada’s Drag Race Season 2 will be hitting the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage. The fan-favourite event will be hosted by Brooke Lynn Hytes, the first Canadian to compete in RuPaul’s Drag Race and a main judge on Canada’s Drag Race.
When: July 15, 2022
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: Participants of all skill levels are invited to take part in free outdoor classes happening weekly at False Creek in Vancouver. Yoga enthusiasts can head to Concord Community Park on the scenic seawall at the Northeast False Creek area every Wednesday evening from 6 pm until August 31.
All classes are complimentary, although participants will need to bring their own mat and register online. Instructors for the class are from some of the cities’ top studios and will rotate on a weekly basis.
When: Every Wednesday until August 31, 2022
Time: 6 pm
Where: Concord Community Park – 50 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
What: PLEA Community Services’ Pride Picnic in the Park is a free family-friendly celebration. Enjoy live drag performances, a DJ, and interactive booths for youth. There will also be a BBQ lunch by donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
When: July 16, 2022
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Memorial Peace Park – 22407 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
What: Vallea Lumina’s night walk lets visitors experience a heightened natural landscape of the forest through video, lighting, sound, and special effects, put on by Moment Factory. The pathway through an old-growth forest lets your imagination come alive as you walk through a mysterious valley filled with enchantment on this evening excursion.
When: Select dates until October 30, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Cougar Mountain Basecamp, Whistler
Cost: $24.99 to $39.99, children 5 and under free. Purchase online
What: Downtown Abbotsford’s annual BerryFest will feature an artisan market, carnival games, a zip line, live entertainment, a pie-eating contest, as well as food trucks and a full site license, too.
You’ll be able to buy cartons of fresh, local berries from farmers around the Fraser Valley while enjoying entertainment from a Beatles tribute band, a Tragically Hip tribute band, and some belly dancing performances.
When: July 16, 2022
Time: 12 to 8 pm
Where: Various locations in Downtown Abbotsford
What: Vancouver Opera and the City of Burnaby are hosting the inaugural Opera in the Park on Sunday, July 17 at Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park.
The family-friendly event is titled Opera in the Movies and will be an operatic journey through the music of Hollywood hits.
When: July 17, 2022
Time: 1 pm (pre-show family activities), 7:30 pm (Opera in the Movies concert)
Where: Deer Lake Park — 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free, seating is first-come-first-served
What: The return of Twilight Tuesdays at Science World means patrons can enjoy extended hours every Tuesday until 8 pm under the dome. Plus you’ll receive discounted admission if you arrive after 5 pm.
There are lots to discover at Science World this summer, including the popular attraction T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, the new Sacred Journey exhibit, and more.
When: Every Tuesday until August 30, 2022
Time: 10 am to 8 pm. Discounted admission after 5 pm
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Regular admission before 5 pm. Discounted admission after 5 pm of $15 for general admission and $12 for ages 3 to 12. Children who are ages 2 and under get in free and don’t require a ticket. More info online.