Enjoy the first week of July with these 21 things to do in Vancouver from July 2 to July 4. Free outdoor movies, concerts, and more!
For even more things happening around town check out our events section.
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Tuesday, July 2
What: One of the most popular summertime events in the city is back as free outdoor movies return to Stanley Park this summer. The Evo Summer Cinema Series features a four-story inflatable movie screen showing film classics and modern blockbusters. Be there before dusk and take part in the many fun pre-show activities, including games, prizes, and giveaways, as well as the weekly offering of food truck fare and classic movie treats.
Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Moviegoers 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 2, 2019
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
What: Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists Pentatonix are stopping by Vancouver this summer. Pentatonix consists of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, and are characterized by their pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies — the group is widely known for their covers of popular songs. The group’s Youtube channel currently has over 16 million subscribers and 3.7 billion views. The group will be supported by special guest Rachel Platten, American singer-songwriter widely known for her hit single, “Fight Song.”
When: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way
Price: Tickets available via Ticketmaster — Starting at $29.50
What: Mat Collective’s 2019 outdoor summer yoga series features free classes at Kits Beach, on Main Street and in East Van throughout the week. In addition, there will be special events held throughout the summer.
When: Mondays to Fridays at Kits Beach, Tuesday to Saturday on Main Street, and Wednesdays in East Van. Until the end of August
Time: Various times, check schedule for details
Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street), Main Street (95 E 32nd Ave.) and East Van (520 East 1st Ave.)
What: There are more than a dozen vendors this year at Westbank’s second annual Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series and the roster includes notable brands in food, health, and fashion. The container will showcase one vendor at a time and hours will vary by retailer, so be sure to check their social channels and get all the details.
When: Daily from now until September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (may vary by vendor)
Where: Shaw Tower – West Plaza, 1067 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery’s annual Definitely Dali exhibition is back for the summer. Enjoy original artwork by the great Spanish Surrealist master, every single day until the end of September. Plus visit the monumental Salvador Dali sculptures they have positioned in the two public, outdoor spaces: Dalinian Dancer at the corner of Alberni and Thurlow St., and Space Venus at LOT 19, at the foot of Hornby St. 2 W. Hastings.
When: Daily until the end of September 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), 12 to 5 pm (Sunday), or by appointment: [email protected] or 604 733 3594
Where: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery – 549 Howe Street, Vancouver
What: This unique exhibition is focused on the art of Alberto Giacometti, renowned in the twentieth century for his sculpture, painting, drawing and design. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to examine the breadth of his practice and to see Giacometti’s place among his contemporaries in Paris and London in the post-war period.
In addition to Giacometti, featured artists include Francis Bacon, César, Lynn Chadwick, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Elisabeth Frink, Henri Michaux, Eduardo Paolozzi, Isabel Rawsthorne, Man Ray, Germaine Richier, Jean-Paul Riopelle and William Turnbull, among others.
When: Now to Sunday, September 29, 2019
Time: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
What: Vancouver Canadians take on the Hilsboro Hops in MIIB action Nat Bailey Stadium.
When: Now to July 3, 2019
Time: 7:05 pm (Tuesday), 1:05 pm (Wednesday)
Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
Wednesday, July 3
What: Vancouver’s free outdoor movie series in downtown at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) is returning this summer. Fresh Air Cinema’s large four-storey inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect urban environment to take in a flick surrounded by the concrete jungle — just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.
Hosted by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, each night will have special activations for the public to enjoy, including photo booths, light displays, food trucks, and more.
When: July 3, 2019
Time: Movie begins at dusk
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) – 850 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
What: Estonia’s Ari Matti brings his Imported Goods comedy showcase to the Rio Theatre with special guest Dino Archie, Ola Dada, Andrew Packer, and Andrea Jin.
When: July 3, 2019
Time: 9 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Surrey’s free Sounds of Summer concert series brings toe-tapping tunes to beautiful park settings. Bring blankets or folding chairs to enjoy each performance. Parking will be limited at some locations.
When: July 3, July 10, July 12, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 16 and August 21, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm on Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 pm on Fridays
Where: Various locations
What: This special woodland garden is home to many species of rare and unusual rhododendrons, azaleas, and fine heritage trees. Follow the meandering paths, pause by the ponds, and discover for yourself, the story of The Glades.
When: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Glades – 561 172 St, Surrey
Admission: Entrance by donation
What: Enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more in this fun weekly event. All ages are welcome.
When: Every Wednesday from July 3 to August 28, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Garden City Community Park – 6620 Garden City Road, Richmond
What: An evening of laughter, fun, excitement and friends to raise money for New West Pride Society. The evening will be hosted by Jennifer Robertson (CBC’s Schitt’s Creek), with performances by Dust and Channing Titanium, Erin Jeffery, Steev Letts, Yumi Nagashima and Janice Bannister.
When: July 3, 2019
When: 6 to 10 pm
Where: The Columbia – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its fourth year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy classic, family-friendly, and even some of the latest hits on an outdoor screen. Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), and the movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
When: July 3, 2019
Time: Gates open at 6 pm
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
Thursday, July 4
What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has announced the return of their ever-popular Film Concert Series. This time around, they’ll be presenting a screening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the audience. The performance will include some of the most iconic pieces in the Star Wars repertoire, including the Star Wars main theme, The Imperial March, The Battle in the Snow, and The City in the Clouds.
When: Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, July 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
What: Through its summer Walking Tour Program, the Architectural Institute of BC offers stunning architectural perspectives of six Vancouver neighbourhoods. Sites include Chinatown, Gastown, Yaletown, Downtown, West End and Strathcona, the first neighbourhood in Vancouver. For locals and tourist alike, the tours are a fun and engaging way to learn more about the architecture and history of Vancouver. A distance of three kilometres is covered over a period of two hours – comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Tours are held rain or shine.
When: Thursdays to Mondays from July 4 until September 2, 2019
Time: 10 am and 1 pm. Arrive 15 minutes before departure time
Where: Meet in the lobby of the Architecture Centre – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver
What: Lululemon’s popular Summer Yoga Series is returning to Vancouver for another summer. Participants of any age or skill level will be able to take part in their classes every Thursday at 6:30 at Burrard Dry Docks in North Vancouver.
When: Every Thursday from July 4 to August 29, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Burrard Dry Docks, North Vancouver
What: Four evenings of cocktails and costumes in an annual fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Started in 2009 here in Vancouver, Lawn Summer Nights (LSN) now holds events in eighteen cities across the country and has raised over $3.4 million. The Vancouver team slots have already sold out, but guests can join in on the fun with a social ticket and see why LSN continues to be a growing force of fundraising and fun.
When: July 4, July 11, July 18 and July 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: Granville Park Lawn Bowling Club – 3025 Fir Street, Vancouver
What: Inspired by the looks and culture of Argentina and Spain, attendees will enjoy an evening of authentic Latin dance, with performances from Flamenco Rosario, Fabianna Katz, Argentine Tango Lab, Toque Flamenco, and Vancouver Flamenco Collective. The main act, presented by Flamenco Rosario, incorporates both traditional and contemporary styles of flamenco, bringing passion, drama, and heat to the stage. VIP guests will also enjoy an evening of wine tasting.
This event is part of Carnaval Del Sol, which is the biggest Latin Festival in the Pacific Northwest. The festival is two weeks of live music, arts, and food, in celebration of Latin American culture.
When: July 4, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Students-seniors: $19; Regular tickets: $25; VIP: $35 (with wine tasting)
What: On Thursday, July 4 McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver is having a fashion and retail career fair, taking place in the outlet’s Luxury Piazza. Bring your resume and prepare to make a fantastic first impression meeting with your potential new employer. At the fair, you’ll learn about the hundreds of full-time and part-time openings available with some of the world’s top brands for sales associates, key holders, and store managers.
When: July 4, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport 7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond
What: ISF2019 kicks off with one of the city’s most sought-after summer parties. In keeping with the festival’s 2019 theme of ‘Tricksters, Magicians, and Oracles,’ the Roundhouse is transformed into a magical circus for an evening, featuring jugglers, fortune tellers, and musicians. Culinary magician Vikram Vij invites some of Vancouver’s top chefs to be inspired by the festival’s theme and take you on a gastronomic journey around the world. Ticket includes food and a complimentary beverage.
When: July 4, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver