152 things to do in Vancouver in July

Jun 23 2019, 9:33 pm

Summer is in full swing in Vancouver, so let’s have fun! Pack your July with these 152 things to do in the city and beyond this month! Enjoy Celebration Of Light, Playland Nights, and more!

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

Explore the great outdoors

Parks Canada – Free Admission for Canada Day

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La Mauricie National Park, parks.canada/Instagram

What: Parks Canada is offering free admission to all of its national parks and historic sites this July 1. Whether you live near one of these beautiful destinations, or you’re up for a little road trip, you’re going to want to clear your calendars this Canada day and get exploring. And even though admission to these parks is only free on Canada Day, if you’re 17 and under, you can visit all Parks Canada locations for free, any time of the year.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: All Day
Where: List of national parks and historic sites here
Admission: Free

Mat Collective Free Yoga

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.)
Admission: Free

Lululemon Nooner Yoga Series at Jack Poole Plaza

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 Wednesday at noon at Jack Poole Plaza.

When: Wednesday from now until August 28, 2019 (no class August 14)
Time: 12 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Glades Garden Openings

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

Lululemon Summer Yoga Series at False Creek 2019

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 at the recently-opened Concord Community Park in False Creek. Each session, which takes place every Monday at 6 pm through the end of August, will be held on the scenic seawall at the Northeast False Creek area. In addition to the free yoga classes, the community park space also features beach volleyball, half-court basketball, ping-pong, and pickup floor hockey games designated for youth in the community.

When: Mondays from now until August 26, 2019 (no class July 1)
Time: 6 pm
Where: Concord Community Park – 50 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Free Outdoor Zumba at Canada Place

What: Take part in a free outdoor Zumba class every Monday at the North Point of Canada Place with ZumbaVancouver.ca instructors. No dance experience or partner is needed for this fun fitness class.

When: Every Monday until August 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Canada Place North Point – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver Quidditch League – Summer Quidditch

What: Your chance to catch the golden snitch with Vancouver Quidditch League. All skills levels are welcome, beginner to veteran. Participation by donation.

When: Every Thursday until August 22
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: John Hendry Park (North West Corner), Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Lululemon Pier Yoga Series at Burrard Dry Docks

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 until August 29, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Burrard Dry Docks, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

World Naked Bike Ride Vancouver 2019

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Naked bike ride/Shutterstock

What: Each year, the ‘positive’ protest rolls through downtown streets to make a statement against car culture, oil spills, and pipelines. Participants can ride as free or as covered as they please. As far as a method of transportation, anything goes, from bikes to skateboards, to rollerblades. Participants are encouraged to gather at Sunset Beach at 12 pm for socializing, body painting, and bike decorating. The event will begin at 2 pm, following an eight to 10 km route along several major streets in the downtown core.

Event organizers wish to remind participants that helmets are heavily recommended. The World Naked Bike Ride is a body positive event and a “Leave No Trace” event. All activities are rain or shine.

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Sunset Beach Park (near the corner of Beach Avenue and Bute Street)
Cost: Free

Vallea Lumina

What: Vallea Lumina the interactive experience is presented by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” Through the use of emotive lights, video, soundscape, and scenography, guests are “transported” to another world with opportunities to touch, play, and explore their new environment.

When: Now to October 13, 2019
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
Tickets: Online, Adults: $39.99, Kids $34.99

Explore the city

Golden Spike Days Festival

What: The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest running family events in BC. The festival is held at Rocky Point Park around Canada Day, attracting upwards of 40,000 people of all walks of life with live entertainment, special events and activities for all ages.

When: Friday, June 28 to Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm (Friday), 11 am to 11 pm (Saturday and Sunday), 11 am to 6 pm (Monday)
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: By donation

SoulCycle – Canada Day

SoulCycle

What: Find your soul and push yourself to the limit in SoulCycle YLTN’s Canada Day high-intensity indoor-cycling classes. Put on your best red-and-white riding gear and join in for three special cardio parties. Start off on June 30 with a Best Of Canada-themed ride led by Fraser at 11:45 am. Then start your Canada Day off right with a Canadian Pop ride led again by Fraser at 8:30 am, and a Drake vs The Weeknd ride at 11:45 am led by Tia.

When: Sunday, June 30 and Monday, June 1, 2019
Time: 11:45 am (Sunday), 8:30 am and 11:45 am (Monday)
Where: SoulCycle YLTN – 1128 Mainland St, Vancouver
Register: Online

AIBC Summer Architectural Walking Tours

What: Through its summer Walking Tour Program, the Architectural Institute of B.C. 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 3 km 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
Book: Online

Lawn Summer Nights

What: Four evenings of cocktails and costumes in an anannual 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
Tickets: Online

Civic Square Family Nights

What: Bring the family and enjoy free live shows, roving entertainers, art activities, giveaways and more at Burnaby’s Civic Square Family Nights.

When: Every Thursday from July 4 until July 25, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
Admission: Free

Fashion and Retail Hiring Fair

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
Admission: Free

Playland Nights 2019

What: Every Friday in July, Playland is hosts evenings dedicated to adults-only (19+) amusement, complete with food, drinks, games, and of course, the rides. The grounds will be fully licensed, so guests can enjoy their favourite beverage, including “Playland-inspired” cocktails throughout the park while experiencing the entertainment. The events feature multiple bars, several DJs, live performances and VIP experiences.

When: Every Friday, from July 5 to July 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm to midnight
Where: Playland Amusement Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: First 100 tickets for each night: $25; Online / in advance (before 5 pm) of each event day: $29 for general admission, $79 – VIP tickets; On-site (after 5 pm): general admission: $34 / VIP tickets: $84

Public Disco Laneway Series 2019

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Crowd outdoors/Public Disco

What: Vancouver’s Public Disco pop-up events will make its return this summer, transforming outdoor spaces into daytime dance parties. The 2019 Laneway Series is an all-ages summer concert series in partnership with Creative BC, Downtown Vancouver, FACTOR, and Granville Island Brewing. The Disco will be most similar to past events held by the group, showcasing feel-good music from up-and-coming artists and curated dance performances. The Laneway Cabaret will feature live music acts ranging from folk to hip hop, with DJs throughout the day.

When: July 6, August 10, August 31, and September 29, 2019
Time: Hours vary based on the date
Where: Alley Oop (July 6 and August 31), Mt. Pleasant (August 10), and the Flats (September 29)
Admission: Free

Geektopia

What: Whether it’s anime, fantasy, horror, superhero, or science fiction, fans are invited to celebrate their passions at Geektopia. Attendees can look forward to seminars, celebrities, panels, and open gaming events backed up with plenty of prizes. A cosplay competition, complete with two cash prizes, will also be held over the course of the weekend. Organizers have also partnered up with the Amanda Todd Legacy Society, in an effort to stand up against bullying and cyberbullying. Proceeds from each ticket sold will go towards the society.

When: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Where: Harbour Convention Centre – 760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite starting at $35

Carnaval del Sol 2019

What: Vancouver’s biggest two-day Latin American festival Carnaval del Sol is returning this summer. The event features live music, art, dance, sports, poetry, and food. Over 450 artists from different Latin American countries will attend the festival as well this year. There are six stages to see performances, and tons of exciting things coming up for the 11th year of this celebration, but you’re definitely going to want to come hungry.

When: July 6 and 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Concord Pacific –88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Price: $2; buy online or pay at the entrance

Car-Free Day: Commercial Drive

Eric Zimmer / Daily Hive

What: Vancouver’s ever-popular Car Free Day is returning for another summer in several of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods. Enjoy community booths, food trucks, live entertainment and more. As per usual, attendance is free and visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, or transit to get to the festivities.

When: Sunday, July 7, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Commercial Drive between Grandview and Venables (Commercial Drive)
Admission: Free

Robson Square Salsa 2019

What: Whether you’re a beginner or Salsa pro, these afternoons will definitely spice up your summer. Enjoy a free dance lesson taught by some of Vancouver’s best salsa instructors. Following the lessons, there is a dance show that features some of Vancouver’s most talented dancers. Plus there is social dancing throughout the afternoon.

When: Every Sunday from July 7 to August 25, 2019
Time: Lesson starts at 3 pm. Dance show starts at 5 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, donations accepted

Downtown Eastside Women’s Summer Fair & Flea Market

What: The fourth annual summer fair and flea market is put on by the women of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) as a celebration of culture, inclusion, and community. Each week will feature music performances, food, and plenty of creative and unique goods.

When: Every Saturday until August 31
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Columbia Street between Pender and Hastings
Admission: Free

Eastside Flea

What: Eastside Flea is a modern-day outdoor flea market that takes place monthly in Vancouver in the summer, as well as indoor events year-round Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade independent maker wares to vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, artisan eats and more. You’ll also find food trucks, outdoor bar, live entertainment, and more.

When: July 12 and 13, August 9 and 10, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm (Friday), 11 am to 5 pm (Saturday)
Location: Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Admission: $3, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Surrey Latin Festival

What: Surrey Latin Festival is the place where you will enjoy the Latin culture – its food, dance, folklore, music, and performance – in the company of family and friends. Both days will be filled with amazing talent on the main stage for the whole family. Eat to your heart’s content by experiencing the yummy creations from the Latin food vendors and finish it off by visiting the little beer garden. There will be lots of great purchases to be made at the booths offering products.

When: July 13 and 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 11 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 10 pm (Sunday)
Where: Surrey Civic Plaza – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Slide The City North Vancouver

Slide The City

Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive

What: The 1,000-foot-long slip-and-slide will be returning to Lower Lonsdale for its fifth year. Using inner tubes, sliders go down the hill along a four-block-long stretch of Lonsdale Avenue from Victoria Park to 4th Street, where there is a large finish line splash pool. Thousands of others will also be along the sidelines and at the finish line to watch sliders go down the roadway at speeds of up to 15 km/h.

Other attractions for the weekend include food trucks and music around Lower Lonsdale. Parking for the event will be limited, so biking, walking, or transit is encouraged. For those sliding, North Shore Neighbourhood House will offer a bag check, change rooms, and free shuttle to and from Victoria Park.

When: Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Lonsdale Avenue at Keith Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Honeybee Festival

What: The Honeybee Centre’s annual Honeybee Festival features amazing and educational entertainment for everyone. There will be face painting, concessions, and live musical entertainment for the whole family.

When: July 13 and 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
WhereThe Honeybee Centre – 7480 176 st, Surrey
Admission: Free

Steveston Heritage Experience 

What: ​The Steveston Heritage Experience leads you back in time on an interactive walking tour, stopping at four celebrated historic attractions—Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Along the way, you’ll hear eye-opening tales of yesteryear village life, as told by a chatty local who seems to have just stepped from the streets of 1914. Carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will also be served, offering a taste of life back in 1914—culminating with a popular dish of that day (and today), delicious seafood chowder from local favourite Pajo’s, along with a craft brew from Steveston’s Britannia Brewing.

When: July 13, August 17, September 14, and October 5, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm. Meet at the Britannia Shipyards NHS Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes before tour start time.
Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site 5180 Westwater Drive Richmond
Tickets: Online

Babes + Beats on the Shore 2019

What: Babes + Beats on the Shore is back for its second year to pamper you with healthy refreshers, a chic fitness boutique, and booty-popping beats on Cates Deck at Lonsdale Quay. Hang with the girls and treat yourself with mocktails from RISE Kombucha, vitamin B12 shots from Fig Facial, refreshments from Flow Water, Its to Die For, and Woash Wellness, and rejuvenate with Saje as you get your sweat on overlooking the gorgeous views of Downtown Vancouver.

When: July 13, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Cates Deck at Lonsdale Quay — Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Tickets: $79 — available online

Dog Days of Summer at Hastings Racecourse

What: The Dog Days of Summer series is returning to Hastings Racecourse. On the weekend of July 13 and 14, you can take in all of the action at the iconic Wiener Dog Races at Hastings Racecourse. Enjoy a pack of incredibly excited Dachshunds racing.

When: July 13 and 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Bastille Day Festival

What: Bastille Day brings a piece of Paris to Vancouver. The French Community invites the Vancouverites to enjoy a day of French food, culture, and entertainment.

When: July 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Aldergrove Fair Days

What: Aldergrove Fair Days have been running for 107 years. Highlights include a Show ‘n Shine, live entertainment, midway rides and games, beer garden and food vendors, and more. Loverboy will also be performing on Saturday night.

When: July 19 to 21, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 11 pm (Saturday), 9 am to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Aldergrove Athletic Park and the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre – 26770 29 Avenue, Langley
Admission: By donation

The Deighton Cup

What: Vancouver’s most stylish day of horse racing, The Deighton Cup is returning to the city for its 11 year — and it’s better than ever. The fan favourite event — happening July 20 at Hastings Racecourse — is so much more than racing. This day at the races for a younger generation is a mashup of cocktails, music art and style. There are eight horse races to enjoy and bet on, derby lunch offerings from Earls Restaurants, a chance to be named the Style Stakes “Best Dressed,” access to interactive leisure sports and cigar lounge, live music, and DJs.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: Doors at 12 pm
Where: Hastings Racetrack – 188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ultimate Car Show 2019

What: Hard Rock Casino is hosting their 5th Annual Ultimate Car Show, in partnership with 360 Fabrication Inc. The free all-ages event, features live entertainment throughout the day with the Ultimate Tribute to Bryan Adams, performed by Reckless.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Surrey Fusion Festival 2019

Surrey Fusion Festival

What: Surrey Fusion Festival is celebrating its 12th anniversary this summer. Western Canada’s largest multicultural event is a massive two-day event focused on music, culture, and food. Known for having dozens of pavilions serving up grub from all over the globe, Surrey Fusion Festival is an event you should definitely arrive at hungry.

When: July 20 and 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Admission: Free

Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show

What: A car lovers dream come true, all happening in Burnaby. Enjoy the street festival with the whole family, with food vendors, live music, petting zoo, and more.

When: July 21, 2019
When: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Edmonds Street from Canada Way to Kingsway
Admission: Free

Gastown Thursday Nights

What: The new Gastown Thursday Nights (GTN) series is bringing a revolving cast of art installations, in-store-events, shopping, and dining discounts to Vancouver’s most historic neighbourhood. Starting at 5 pm on the last Thursday night of each summer month (June 27, July 25, August 29), participating Gastown stores will be filled with a ton of fantastic and free surprises including a live art creation, pop-up tattoo artist, belly dancer, Thai dance class, kissing booth, boot toss, Dj’s, musicians, beverages, food, and more. The fun and hot deals will run until around 9 pm, but make sure to come early.

When: June 27, July 25, August 29, 2019
Time: Starting at 5 pm (extended hours for participating retail stores)
Where: Gastown, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Richmond Maritime Festival

What: Celebrate all things waterfront at this popular two-day event at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. From wooden boats to model boats, water safety to sea creatures, local lore to fishing history, the festival invites visitors to explore a spectacular heritage site and enjoy music, games, interactive exhibits, roving performers, food and much more.

When: July 27 and July 28, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Britannia Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Dr, Richmond
Admission: Free

PRIDE Drag Showcase

What: Celebrate the LGBTQ2S community at this family-friendly show featuring local drag performers and dancers. This event is for all ages.

When: July 27, 2019
Times: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Admission: Free

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2019

Celebration of Lights / Shutterstock

What: The sky over Vancouver’s English Bay will once again be lit up with fireworks for three nights this summer, as the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition returns to the city. Now in its 29th year, the Honda Celebration of Light features India on July 27, Canada on July 31, and Croatia on August 3.

Back again for all three days, the Park Stage at Second Beach is a free, family-friendly festival site featuring live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, and a site-wide liquor license. The event also welcomes back the Red Bull Air Show, a spectacular pre-show performance happening over all three festival nights. Returning this year, radio partner Z95.3 will be presenting Z-Fest on The Keg Lounge stage overlooking English Bay for three nights of music programming before the pyrotechnic displays.

When: Saturday, July 27, Wednesday, July 31 and Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 10 pm to 10:25 pm (25-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
Where: English Bay, Vancouver
Admission: Free. Reserved seating on sale through the festival’s website.

Caribbean Days

What: During the last weekend of July each year, the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. The north side of Waterfront Park has a food concession area and a large beverage garden. Enjoy spicy Caribbean food as well as other international fare, then relax with an ice-cold drink in the hot sun. On the south side, there is an outdoor music festival. Dancers and other performers entertain while bands play Reggae, Calypso, Latin and other international sounds to a large crowd. There is a Family Zone with face painting, a children’s playground and other activities.

When: July 27 and 28, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Parade in the Park on Saturday starts at 10:30 am
Where: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Newt Fest

What: Join Newton BIA on July 27 as they activate the Newton Mural Lane-way with a kickass street party. This will be a great chance for local entrepreneurs, food vendors, designers, performers, and placemakers to exhibit their products, services and talents.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: Case World Canada – 13627 72nd Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Alternative Pride Vancouver 2019

What: Alternative Pride Vancouver 2019 is a grass-roots non-corporate music and art festival celebrating LGBTQ+ artists. Now in it’s fourth year, it takes place over five days, and presents 18 unique and diverse events including warehouse take-overs, unforgettable garden performances, breath-taking city vistas, chic gallery exhibitions, a night of musical theatre, drag brunches in specially curated restaurants, decadent boat cruises, and wild, kinky after-hours, with out-of-this-world main events — all while raising money for some important Vancouver queer causes.

When: Wednesday, July 31 to Monday, August 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Well Travelled Walking Tour: Gastown by Herschel Supply Company

What: In partnership with the Vancouver Tour Guys, Herschel Supply is hosting a free walking tour made for explorers, design-lovers, visitors and locals alike. Head to Herschel Supply Gastown store every Saturday at 2 pm this summer to discover the art, architecture and stories that define the historic Gastown neighbourhood.

When: Every Saturday to September 7, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Herschel Supply Gastown – 347 Water St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Playland

playland

@PNE_Playland/Twitter

What: If you’re ready to reacquaint yourself with the rolls, drops, spins, and thrills that only Playland can offer, then you’re in luck! The always-popular amusement park located in East Vancouver is open for another fun year. In total, there are 35 rides and attractions to enjoy, 14 of which offer an extreme experience for those who dare to ride them.

When: Open daily
Time: 11 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday), 10 am to 3 pm (Monday to Friday)
Where: Playland at the PNE – Hastings Street just off Highway #1 West – Exit #26
Tickets: Available online

Britannia Mine Museum

What: More than just a museum, the Britannia Mine Museum is a hub of activities for all ages and interests. Located along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway on the way to Whistler, the museum provides an authentic and unique look at British Columbia’s rich mining history.

This summer, visitors can look forward to the launch of the museum’s new live-action experience, BOOM!. The multi-sensory, special-effects-filled adventure, which will have its grand opening on June 1 and 2, will bring the 1920s Mill building thundering back to life. Visitors can also enjoy a truly Canadian experience in The Underground, where you will board an underground train and ride into an authentic mining tunnel. While inside, experience live mining machinery demonstrations and discover what life for a miner was really like in the 1920s, including a taste of total darkness.

When: Open daily year round
Time: 9 am to 5 pm (time changes according to season)
Where: Sea-to-Sky Highway, between Vancouver and Whistler
More Info: Online and by calling 604-896-2233 (dial 0)

Westbank Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series 2019

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
Admission: Free

The Really Gay History Tour

What: Venture into Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ history this Pride season on the Really Gay History Tour from Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. You’ll visit the sites of bookstore bombings, police raids, Imperial Court coronations, the “Kiss-Ins” of Granville Street, and the gayest beer parlour in town.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 2 pm
Where: Starts outside of Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station, finishes in the Davie Street Village.
Tickets: Online

Oh Canada!

Canada Day at Canada Place

Canada Day

Canada Place

What: The 32nd annual Canada Day celebration at Canada Place will return this year with eye-catching fireworks illuminating the Vancouver waterfront to end off the day-long celebrations. The greatly anticipated event will feature a two-barge firework show in the Inlet, viewable from Vancouver’s waterfront and the North Shore, or with tickets available at the family-friendly Fireworks Viewing Zone.

Canada’s 152nd birthday party will also feature a full day of festivities, great food, and family fun, to be kicked off at 9:30 am with a citizenship ceremony, where 60 citizens will be officially sworn in as Canadians. The day-long event will also have musical performances by a number of musical and dance performers, including headliners Delhi 2 Dublin closing out the day.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: Festivities starting at 9:30 am, with fireworks at 10:30 pm
Where: Canada Place and surrounding city streets
Admission: Free

O Canada Day on Granville Island

What: Head to Granville Island for their annual Canada Day Parade, as well as jazz concerts, live shows, festival food, and more.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: Festivities all day, parade at 1:30 pm
Where: Granville Island
Admission: Free

Canada Day at Swangard Stadium

What: This free, family-friendly concert featuring Coco Jafro, Nuela Charles and Stars caps off Burnaby’s Canada Day celebrations. Canada Day at Swangard Stadium also features games and activities, a family zone, exhibitors and sponsor tents, prize draws, food trucks, and spectacular fireworks.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 4:30 to 10 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Canada Day at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre

Canada Day/City of Surrey

What: The Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre will have a plethora of Canada Day activities, including amusement rides, food trucks, live performances by Bif Naked and Our Lady Peace, rodeo zone and kids zone, and more. The event wraps up with a massive fireworks display at dusk.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 11 pm
Where: Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Canada Day by the Bay

What: Head to the Annual Canada Day by the Bay celebration at West Beach (Bayview Park and Memorial Park) in White Rock and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities. Live music, kids zone, and fireworks at the end of the night.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10:30 pm
Where: White Rock Beach
Admission: Free

Canada Day at Rocky Point Park

What: The City of Port Moody invites residents and visitors to a Canada Day celebration featuring free entertainment and activities for all ages, including live music, a community art project, Canada Day ceremony, and a giant inflatable slide.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 2800 Block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Canada Day at Waterfront Park

What: For the 31st year in a row, the Rotary Club of Lions Gate will host a fun-filled, family afternoon full of events at Waterfront Park. This year’s event will feature a diverse lineup of local performers, multicultural food, family-oriented games, and displays from North Shore Community organizations. Enjoy free cupcakes, a climbing wall, bouncy castles, balloon artists, and much more.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Waterfront Park – 200 Block of West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Steveston Salmon Festival

What: Steveston Salmon Festival presented by YVR is Richmond’s marquee Canada Day Celebration. The people of Steveston have come together every year since 1945 to celebrate Canada’s birthday and the rich heritage of the community. The festival is famous for its salmon barbecue where over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. A Canada Day Parade through historic Steveston village kicks off the festival. With over 80,000 people expected, the festival will feature multiple stages with over 50 performances, an expansive community parade, a big fireworks finale and many activity zones.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10:30 pm
Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free, salmon BBQ $16 per plate

Laugh the night away

GAYlarious – Another Comedy Fundraiser

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
Tickets: Online

Ari Matti: Imported Goods

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
Tickets: Online

Improv Mondays with Michelle at Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Improv Mondays with Michelle – Fake Stories, Real Improvisers is hosted by the character Michelle from the popular web comedic soap opera Michelle’s. The original web series, created by Galanopoulos and fellow VTS ensemble member Andrew Barber, is set in the mythical restaurant Michelle’s in Hope. The first half of the show is comprised of short-form scenarios and the second half of the show will be a mini soap opera – all based on audience contributions. Each scene’s comedic melodrama will be enhanced by live musical underscoring by pianist Matt Grinke.

When: Every Monday
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Trigger Me This

What: A new show from Richard Side (creator of CBC’s The Debaters) that asks a panel of talented comedians and the audience to decide where jokes cross the line and go from being inoffensive to being off-putting and even toxic. Trigger Me This features Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the hit sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie, Vancouver favourite Yumi Nagashima, and Canadian Comedy Awards nominee Darcy Michael with Richard Side playing host. Part of Indian Summer Festival.

When: July 10, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema – 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Knockout Punchlines: Improv and Stand-Up Showdown

What: The Fictionals are taking over Yuk Yuks Vancouver for Knockout Punchlines, an epic showcase of Vancouver Comedy. The Improv and Stand-Up Showdown features four stand-up comics performing sets to inspire 12 improvisers to create scenes on the spot. The winning team – as voted on by the audience – will win the Knockout Punchlines Title Belt and the chance to come back to defend their title. Cheer on your favourites.

When: Friday, July 12, 2019
Time: Doors 10 pm, show 10:30 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15

Hari Kondabolu

What: Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer and podcaster based in Brooklyn, NY. His Netflix special “Warn Your Relatives” was released in 2018 and he was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch. Hari has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show, @Midnight & has his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. He is also a former writer & correspondent on the Chris Rock produced FX TV show “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” Part of Indian Summer Festival.

When: July 13, 2019
Time: 9 to 10:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Bianca Del Rio

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What: Bianca Del Rio is the season six reigning winner of Logo TV’s hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race. A self-proclaimed “clown in a dress” with a raw and racy edge, Bianca Del Rio brings her new tour, “It’s Jester Joke” to Vancouver.

When: July 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ali Wong

What: Ali Wong is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress. Her breakout Netflix special “Baby Cobra” premiered Mother’s Day weekend 2016 to critical acclaim. Since then she has thrown out the first pitch at a Giants game and appeared on Ellen. She voices the the co-lead and executive produces the Netflix animation show, “Tuca and Bertie” alongside Tiffany Haddish. Ali also stars in Always Be My Maybe with her long time friend and creative collaborator, Randall Park. Her debut book for Random House will come out in 2019.

When: July 24, July 25 and July 26, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm (late show on July 26. Doors 9:15 pm, show 10 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Outdoor Movies

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park

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Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park (Fresh Air Cinema)

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: Every Tuesday from July 2 until August 20, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
Admission: Free

Summer Movie Nights on the Square

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: Every Wednesday from July 3 until August 21, 2019
Time: Movie begins at dusk
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) – 850 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lansdowne Centre Drive-In Movie Series

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: Every Wednesday from July 3 until August 28, 2019
Time: Gates open at 6 pm
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
Admission: Free

Cinema Under the Stars

What: Enjoy recent movies on a 26-foot-tall enormous silver screen at Sun Valley and Gates Parks. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and round up some friends. In the event of rain, the movie will be moved to the next available Friday.

When: July 5, July 19, August 2, and August 16, 2019
Time: 9 pm (July screenings), 8:45 pm (August screenings)
Where: Gates Parks (July 5 and August 2) and Sun Valley Park (July 19 and August 16), Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Sunset Cinema

What: Vancouver Civic Theatres invites all movie lovers to Sunset Cinema, a free outdoor movie series on šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Bring your blankets, chairs, and pillows, and enjoy a hit movie on the huge inflatable screen under the stars. Movies begin at dusk, weather permitting, but arrive early to save your spot. Four-legged friends are welcome.

When: Every Wednesday from July 17 until August 21, 2019
Time: Movies begin at dusk
Where: šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) – 695 Cambie St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place

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Free outdoor movies at Canada Place (Port Metro Vancouver)

What: During Waterfront Cinema, a large inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect environment to take in a flick under the stars, all 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 jackets and/or blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.

When: Every Thursday from July 11 until August 29, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: North Point of Canada Place
Admission: Free

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Whitecaps

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

What: Vancouver Whitecaps continue their MLS season during the summer at BC Place.

When: July 13, July 20, July 24, August 17, August 31, September 14 and September 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

BC Lions

What: The BC Lions continue their CFL season throughout the summer at BC Place

When: July 27, August 24, and September 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canadians

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What: Take me out to the ballgame! Vancouver Canadians continue their MIIB season this summer at Nat Bailey Stadium.
When: July 1 to July 3, July 7 to July 9, July 14 to July 16, July 20 to July 22, July 23 to July 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver TSS Rovers

What: The Vancouver TSS Rovers men will be playing in USL League Two NW division and the Vancouver TSS Rovers women are playing in the NW Conference of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Rosters are 100% made up of Canadian under-23 players working toward the national team, the Canadian Premier League, and MLS.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

2019 Canada Cup International Softball Championship

What: The premier women’s softball event of the season, the 2019 Canada Cup International Softball Championship, will showcase some of the best female athletes. The tournament will host national and elite club teams from across Canada and the world.

When: July 5 to 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Softball City – 2201 148 St, Surrey
Tickets: Online

BC Superweek 2019

What: BC Superweek is one of the most prestigious Pro-Cycling Series in North America. The series consists of the Tour de Delta, New West Grand Prix, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby, PoCo Grand Prix, and the Tour de White Rock. There are nine races over 10 days with over $140,000 in cash prizes.

When: July 5 to 7 (Delta), July 9 (New West) July 10 (Gastown), July 11 (Burnaby), July 12 (PoCo), July 13 and 14 (White Rock), 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various cities
Admission: Free

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Open year round on Saturday (except December 28)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market on May 10, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

Granville Island Public Market (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

What: Open year-round and boasting stalls of fresh, colourful produce, homemade products, and some tasty must-try eats. From the ocean, oven, or field — Granville Market has got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market, you’re going to leave happy and full.

When: Open year round 7 days a week
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free

Richmond Country Farms

What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce and prepared goods.

When: Open Thursdays to Sundays until December 2019
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Surrey

What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products.

When: Every Saturday to June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Richmond

What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products.

When: Every Tuesday to October 8, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: Free

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

What: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is an authentic BC Farmers’ Market and features local farmers and Certified Safe Prepared food vendors bringing in fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits, flowers, fresh baking, fruit pies, cupcakes, cookies, local craft beer, varietal wines, tasty prepared foods from the Fraser Valley, the Similkameen, and Okanagan Valleys.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Andrews Historic Church – 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

What: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday from May through October.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

What: This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site and a variety of vendors selling all things food.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market

The exterior of Lonsdale Quay Market. (Quay Property Management)

What: Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

What: This friendly get-together, also known as the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.

When: Every Sunday until October 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

White Rock Farmers’ Market

What: Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.

When: Every Monday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
Admission: Free

Poirier Street Market

What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland.  The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.

When: 
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market now takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday from May through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.

When: Every Sunday to October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market / Facebook

What: Returning for its eleventh year, the Steveston Farmers’ and Artisans Market will be operating in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, the market will feature a mix of stalls, including food vendors, artists, and craftspeople.

When: July 7 and July 21; August 4 and August 18; September 15 and September 29, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

What: The Clayton Community Farmers’ Market will showcase local farmers, crafters, and artisans. The market will also have a Family Fun Zone, live music and food trucks.

When: Every second Sunday until October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
Admission: Free

Haney Farmers’ Market

What: A vibrant outdoor Saturday market in downtown Maple Ridge, Haney Farmers’ Market sells fresh farm produce, locally-grown fruit and veg, preserves, baked goods, artisan crafts, fine art, and more.

When: Every Saturday until Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Memorial Peace Park – 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

What: Explore the dozens of local makers, bakers, and growers at two weekly locations of Langley Community Farmers’ Market.

When: Every Wednesday until October 9, 2019, and Every Saturday until October 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 4:30 pm (Wednesdays), 10 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley (Wednesday), Timms Community Centre – 20339 Douglas Crescent, Langley (Saturdays)
Admission: Free

New West Farmers’ Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

When: 
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Tipperary Park – 315 Queens Ave, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Cloverdale Market Days

What: One of the largest open-air markets in the Fraser Valley showcasing unique items from local BC Artisans and treasures from downtown Cloverdale merchants. With Cloverdale Market Days featuring more than 120 vendors as well as live entertainment and food trucks, you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family.

When: June 22, July 27, Aug 24, September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 176 Street between 56A and 58 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

What: The West End’s charming, community-minded farmers’ market is open Saturdays. Grab a coffee, peek at the adjacent community garden, and stock up on a vast array of locally grown foods.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 100 Comox Street, Vancouver between Bute and Thurlow
Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

What: You’ll find fresh groceries, locally-sourced produce, as well as artisanal food offerings at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block.

When: Every Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

UBC Farm Markets

What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This market now accepts cash, credit, and debit.

When: Every Saturday to November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus) – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

What: See, taste, and indulge at this bustling weekday market. With vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, the Main Street Station Farmers’ Market is within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users.

When: Every Wednesday to October 2, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

What: The Granville Island Farmers’ Market is the oldest of its kind in Vancouver offering customers fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This market also has local craft beer and wine vendors too.

When: Every Thursday to September 26, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Chain & Forge (under the Granville Street Bridge, across from The Keg), Granville Island
Admission: Free

Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market

What: Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society, the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural, and heritage programming.

When: Every Thursday to October 10, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Downtown Farmers’ Market

What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly Hamilton Street welcomes vendors and farmers Thursday mornings and afternoons for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

When: Every Thursday to October 3, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Time

Ladner Village Market

What: The Ladner Village Market takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.

When: July 14 and July 28; August 11 and August 25; September 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
Admission: Free

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

What: Located just steps away from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market is a vibrant gathering place that aims to promote small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.

When: Every Saturday to October 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
Admission: Free

Tsawwassen Farmers’ Market

What: Stock up on fresh local produce, along with artisanal foods, at Tsawwassen Farmer’s Market. A handful of food trucks will also be in attendance.

When: Every Saturday to September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 5360 12th Avenue (at 53A Street), Tsawwassen
Admission: Free

Food and Shopping at Night Markets

Fridays on Front

Weekly food events Fridays on Front

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What: Boasting artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, a slew of Food Trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, this is one weekly event you don’t want to miss.

When: Fridays from July 5 to August 23, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: 600-block of Front Street, New Westminister
Admission: Free

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

What: Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly until 10 pm. Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors. Attendees can expect to chow down on grub from 40+ food trucks in “hot food alley” and enjoy live entertainment all summer long. The Friday Night Market will also feature a 19+ beer garden, serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.

When: Now to Friday, September 27, 2019,
Time: Starts at 5 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Richmond Night Market

Weekly Vancouver food events

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What: This wildly popular event is gearing up for another season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.

When: Now to October 14, 2019. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and stat holidays
Time: 7 pm to 12 am (open to 11 am on Sundays after September 2 and stat holidays)
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near Bridgeport Station)
Admission: General $4.75, Children (under 8 years) Free, Senior (60+ years) Free

Bon Appetit

Indian Summer Festival 2019 Opening Party With Chef Vikram Vij & friends

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
Tickets: Online

2019 Greek Summerfest on Boundary

What: Come enjoy authentic Greek food and live a day the Greek way. Experience local music and dance groups on the outdoor stage while eating your favourite Greek dishes.

When: July 4 until July 14, 2019
Time: Open at 12 pm (Thursday to Sunday), Open at 4 pm (Monday to Wednesday)
Where: 4541 Boundary Road, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Flamenco, Tango, and Wine in One Night

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)

Ethiopian Summer Festival

What: Celebrate Ethiopian culture and heritage at the 10th Anniversary of the Ethiopian Summer Festival. Explore the cultural artifacts exhibition, enjoy live entertainment and soccer tournaments, eat Ethiopian cuisine, and more.

When: July 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven

Reverse 7-Eleven Slurpee

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What: On July 11, 7-Eleven will be celebrating 7-Eleven Day by giving away FREE Slurpee drinks across the country. In past years, 7-Eleven have handed out nearly 900,000 Slurpee drinks at locations all over Canada on the one day. In celebration of their 50 years in Canada, 7-Eleven will also have some seriously cool retro shirts available for purchase — and for you to win. They will also be releasing an exclusive Snapchat experience for you to get involved and #DanceTheSlurp. Head to your local 7-Eleven to scan the Snap code to unlock the experience

When: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time: All Day
Where: Participating 7-Eleven locations across Canada
Price: Free

VCC Chef’s Table Pop-Up Restaurant

What: Vancouver Community College’s Culinary Arts program presents the next edition of their pop-up restaurant The Chef’s Table. Enjoy a five-course, fixed menu with optional wine pairings served in an intimate setting with only 20 seats available per night.

When: Tuesdays to Thursday to July 17, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Community College – Downtown Campus JJ’s Restaurant – 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $22-$55

The Brick Bar – Vancouver

What: The Brick Bar, the first bar of its kind, is happening at The Anza Club. The bar will consist of over one million blocks, and will feature sculptures made completely from LEGO bricks. When you stop in, you’ll be able to partake in building competitions (for prizes), a table tennis competition (played on a LEGO built table with over 22,000 bricks), and so much more. There will also be an Instagram-worthy menu, with a “Brick Burger” and cocktails.

In addition to the pre-made sculptures, you’ll be able to assemble your own creations too. Plus, there will be local DJs, bartenders, and LEGO-themed eats. Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, and extremely limited, so get them while you can.

When: July 19 and 20, 2019
Time: Various timeslots available
Where: The Anza Club, 3 W 8th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: $15–$20; buy online

Port Moody Rotary Ribfest 2019

What: The fifth annual celebration of all things BBQ meat will be kicking off on July 19 and running until July 21 at Rocky Point Park.  This three-day event runs from 11 am to 9:30 pm (9 pm on the 21) and will feature seven rib vendors, music, a corn hut, and more. There will also be a family-friendly beer garden with 6oo seats, along with an adults-only beer garden with room for 1,100 thirsty rib-lovers.

When: July 19 to 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
More Info: Online

Blueberry Sale

What: Buy delicious and fresh local blueberries and blueberry pies at Richmond Nature Park while quantities last.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: Free

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest 2019

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

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What: The biggest one-day food truck festival in Canada is going down in New West this summer. Attendees who head to the seventh annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest can expect to find over a whopping 100 food trucks at this free event. In addition to all of that food selection, attendees can expect half a dozen beer gardens, stages for live music, and of course, thousands of people.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Vancouver Vegan Festival 2019

What: An all-ages celebration of vegan food and culture located at Creekside Park. There will be over 70 vendors at this festival along with live music, free yoga, and inspiring speakers too.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Creekside Park – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

PUNCHBOWL 2019

What: The inaugural PUNCHBOWL event will be going down on July 27 at the PNE Fairgrounds. Attendees will enjoy over 50 vendors sampling their awesome summer spirits, and all outdoors under the dreamy Vancouver summer skies while The Big Easy Funk Ensemble play the day away.

Expect to sip on craft beer, cocktails, and ciders while enjoying the stacked Chef Showcase presented by Gordon Food Service. This showcase will feature Sean Reeve of the Mackenzie Room, Liam Breen of Verre, and Ian McHale of Wildebeest, but that’s not the only food-focused event going down at this fest. The Smoker Throwdown presented by Intercity Packers will feature Dixies BBW and Smoke and Bones BBQ.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: Daytime tasting from noon to 3:30 pm, evening tasting from 5 to 8:30 pm
Where: PNE Fairgrounds – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: Starting from $26; buy online

Brewery & The Beast Vancouver 2019

What: This one of a kind, ultra-meaty outdoor culinary experience features chefs cooking up locally-sourced products and ingredients, and aims to educate guests about becoming a conscientious consumer and buying local – all while filling their stomachs with a ton of high-quality grub. Local and regional farms provide the highest quality meats which are made into pig roasts, sausages, smoked meats, classic BBQ, and more.

Attendees get a personal wooden board complete with a cup holder for their beer along with a hand/face cloth to use in between chowing down on dozens of local purveyors, restaurants, and cafe’s creations. With events in Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary, Brewery & The Beast provides funding to a variety of different community organizations like SAITthe Island Chefs Collaborative, and the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Program.

When: July 28, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Lot – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Price: $110; buy online

Treat yourself to Arts and Culture

Theatre Under the Stars: Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies

What: Audiences will be transported to the warmth of a Greek island and witness a fight for what’s right this summer, when Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) presents Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Newsies this summer season at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. Enjoy a carefree evening of theatre surrounded by the scenic beauty of Stanley Park as young talent from across the Lower Mainland share the stage with some of Vancouver’s finest professional theatre artists. 

When: July 5 to August 17, 2019 (Performances alternate evenings)
Time: Various times
Where: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
Tickets: At Theatre Under the Stars

Star Wars: A Nude Hope Burlesque

What: The Geekenders invite you to travel to a galaxy far, far away for a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy, dance, showgirls, vaudeville, nostalgia, glitter, droids, body positivity, and more fun than a jawa can shake a stick at… and space.

When: Every Friday and Saturday from July 5 to August 31, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $25 Regular or $40 for “splash zone”

CBC Musical Nooners

What: Free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage. Grab your lunch, your friends, your kids or your co-workers and join the 10th season of CBC Musical Nooners. The opening concert on July 5 features The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer with Dawn Pemberton. Other performers include The Hamiltones (July 18), Jim Byrnes (July 25), Petunia and the Vipers (August 7), and Sister Speak on August 16.

When: Every weekday from July 5 to August 16, 2019 (no show on BC Day)
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: CBC Vancouver – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Summer Sundays: Free Blues, Soul, Funk, R&B and Reggae Concerts

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What: Enjoy free concerts every Sunday at Rocky Point Park. Performers include Dawn Pemberton, The Legendary Powder Blues, and MOJO Stars. Supporting Crossroads Hospice.

When: July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25 and September 1, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free, donations accepted

Summer Concert Series

What: Voted “Outdoor Concert of the Year” by Tri-Cities residents, Coquitlam’s Summer Concert Series is back again for 2019. Drop by the TD Community Plaza in Town Centre Park to enjoy free concerts under the evening sky this summer. Choose to either sit on the grassed seating levels or bring your own chair or blanket while enjoying a homemade picnic or meal purchased from an on-site food truck.

When: July 12 (Rock Night), August 2 (Pop Night), and September 6 (RnB Night), 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Matilda the Musical

What: The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Matilda the Musical. Armed with an outsize wit and a vivid imagination, precocious Matilda takes a stand to change her destiny. Even cruel parents and a hardened headmistress can’t get in her way. From the wonderfully subversive imagination of Roald Dahl, this fun family musical will bring out the child in everyone. In partnership with Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

When: Now to July 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – Arts Club 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Undertones of Green: Paintings by June Yun

What: An exhibition of Undertones of Green: Paintings by June Yun at Lipont Place. Free admission with artworks available for purchase.

When: Now to Friday, July 19, 2019
Times: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday to Fridays), weekend by appointments
Where: Lipont Place – 4211 Number 3 Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

The Windsinger

What: Magic! Betrayal! Revenge! Gather the family, pack a picnic and come to Town Centre Park for a whimsical outdoor performance of The Windsinger, a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s adventurous play, The Tempest.

When: July 23 to July 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Mad Pride | Mad Honey

What: As part of the international Mad Pride movement, Gallery Gachet celebrates mental diversity and confronts stigma with the annual Mad Pride exhibition. 2019’s Mad Pride theme is Mad Honey, with the exhibition featuring four artists: Jackie Dives, Edzy Edzed, Janice “Jujube” Jacinto and Andrew Scott.

When: Tuesdays to Saturdays from now to July 27, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Gallery Gachet – 9 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Showboat

What: Kitsilano Showboat’s 84th season features music, dance, and entertainment on the historic stage next to Kitsilano Pool every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer.

When: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until August 17, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kitsilano Showboat – 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Reframed: Painting and Collage by Tiko Kerr

What: Reframed features new work by Tiko Kerr. Throughout his more than 30-year-long career, Kerr has explored the concept of perception through painting. His most recent works continue along this line of inquiry while drawing on images from art history and popular culture to explore the contemporary moment of widespread unrest and trauma.

When: Wednesdays to Saturdays until August 30, 2019 (closed Saturdays of holiday weekends)
Times: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Gordon Smith Gallery – 2121 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation, suggested $5

Language Matters: Exploring Indigenous Language Through Art

What: How do urban Indigenous community members engage with their traditional languages? Language plays an essential role in transmitting history, values, and traditional practices. This exhibition at Bill Reid Gallery brings together urban Indigenous community members to visually express their relationships to their respective Indigenous languages.

When: Now until September 16, 2019
Times: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art – 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Definitely Dali Exhibition

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
Admission: Free

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach

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What: Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the festival offers Shakespeare’s plays, related dramas, and several special events on the BMO Mainstage and the Howard Family Stage from June through September. The lineup this year includes The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus.

When: Now to Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time

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
Tickets: Online

Sing along to your favourites

Pentatonix: The World Tour featuring special guest Rachel Platten 2019

What: Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists Pentatonix are stopping by Vancouver this month. 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

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in concert

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
Tickets: Online

FVDED in the Park 2019

What: FVDED in the Park is returning to Holland Park this summer for the festival’s fifth straight year. More than 40,000 festival-goers attended last year’s event. Headliners include Zedd, Khalid, Tory Lanez, and more.

When: Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Khatsahlano Street Party 2019

What: The free annual festival will take over 10 blocks along Kitsilano’s 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and Macdonald Street. This year features headliners Hey Ocean!, The Boom Booms, Harlequin Gold, and many more performers. As usual, local restaurants, and stores along 4th Avenue will be holding sales and giveaways, as well as providing samples and games on the street for everyone to enjoy.

When: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Along 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and MacDonald Street
Admission: Free

Paul McCartney

What: The man, the myth, the legend — Sir Paul McCartney is coming to Vancouver this July for what will be the only Canadian stop on his 2019 Freshen Up tour. The former Beatle and all-around rockstar is still known to put on one of the best live performances in the world, even at the age of 76.

When: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Symphony at Sunset 2019

What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Park Board are hosting the second annual Symphony at Sunset on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Conducted by VSO Music Director Otto Tausk, Symphony at Sunset includes something for everyone, from classical favourites to film score hits like West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet.

There will be food trucks on site for the event, and the public is encouraged to bring a picnic, a blanket and to make an evening of it at Sunset Beach Park. More than 14,000 people are estimated to attend the outdoor festivities. Concertgoers are also asked to bring low chairs so as not to obstruct the view of other audience members.

When: Sunday, July 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Queen + Adam Lambert 2019 Rhapsody Tour

What: The British rockers and the American singer are back together for a revamped Rhapsody tour that will feature a brand new larger-than-life production. The six-week North American tour will kick off in Vancouver on July 10 at Rogers Arena and will see Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Adam Lambert perform in arenas across the US and Canada.

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way
Tickets: Online

Kiefer Sutherland

What: Kiefer Sutherland, star of hit television drama 24, is stepping in front of a microphone instead of the camera, and is hitting the stage for a concert in Vancouver. On Wednesday, July 10, at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, he will be performing songs from his 2016 debut album ‘Down In A Hole,’ and his forthcoming album ‘Reckless.’

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm
Where:  Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $39.50 general admission (19+)

Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tours 2 at Rogers Arena

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What: All aboard! Ozzy Osbourne, better known as the Prince of Darkness is bringing “No More Tours 2” to Vancouver. Over the course of his career, he’s sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, received a handful of Grammy nominations, and seen numerous albums hit platinum status. Osborne will be performing with Megadeth as his special guest. This is the first time that Megadeth will join the superstar on a full tour, although they’ve previously performed at festivals together.

When: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Tickets available via Live Nation, starting at $45 – plus service charges

The VSO Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

What: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the world’s favourite classic Looney Tunes, projected on the big screen, while the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs their original Carl Stalling scores live. Conducted by George Daugherty and created by Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II spotlights such iconic classics as What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, and more, plus two brand-new, critically-acclaimed 3D cartoons from Warner Bros. – Rabid Rider and Coyote Falls. Capping it all off are special guest appearances by Tom & Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl.

When: July 12 and July 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm (Friday), 2 pm (Saturday)
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival

What: Created from the mind of NOFX’s frontman, Fat Mike, and named for NOFX’s classic Punk In Drublic album, the festival will be showcasing the best in punk rock music and regional craft beer. Taking place at the PNE Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 13 the event is slated to feature performances from rockers NOFX, Bad Religion, Anti-Flag, The Real McKenzies, Chixdiggit, and The Last Gang.

Some of the brewers already confirmed to attend include Andina, Beere, Boombox, Bridge, Callister, Coal Harbour, Dageraad, Dead Frog, Dogwood, Driftwood, East Van, Luppolo, Main Street, Mariner, Monkey 9, Moody Ales, North Paw, Off The Rail, Old Yale, Parallel 49, Phillips, Postmark, Powell, Red Collar, Red Racer, Steamworks, Strange Fellows, Strathcona, Twin City, Vancouver Island, and Yellow Dog.

When: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: Starts 2 pm | GA doors 1 pm | VIP entry 12 pm
Where: PNE Amphitheatre — 2901 East Hastings Street
Tickets: General admission pass starts at $69.50. Tickets available via Ticketmaster.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

What: The 42nd annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF)  brings together some of the best contemporary folk and roots music artists from around the globe. Attracting upwards of 40,000 people each year, the festival gives attendees the chance to experience the music and culture of 60 international, national, and local acts. Attendees can also enjoy food from tasty vendors at Pete’s Eats, children’s activities in the Little Folks Village, and discover crafty treasures in the Artisan Market and Folk Bazaar.

When: Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21
Where: Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Raconteurs

What: Detroit rockers The Raconteurs, led by Jack White, come to Vancouver for two shows with special guest Lillie Mae.

When: July 19 and July 20, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Red Truck Beer’s 2019 Truck Stop Concert Series

What: These popular events offer attendees killer tunes and, of course, local craft beer from the brewery. Pair this with food trucks and good vibes, and attending these shindigs is a no-brainer. July 20 is headlined by Devin Dawson alongside Becca Hess, The Matinee, and more.

When:  July 20, 2019
Time: Concerts start at 4 pm
Where: 295 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Uptown Live 2019

What: Get your dance shoes on, bring your friends and family and spend a full day of fun with live performances, food trucks, interactive activities, art installations, artisan vendors and more. Four main musical stages will feature the best of BC’s thriving indie music scene. This year’s headliner is New West’s very own Chris Buck Band.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 12 to 9 pm
Where: 6th Street and 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Kirby’s Dream Band, The Runaway Four, The Wavebirds

What: An evening of live video game music with Kirby’s Dream Band and The Runaway Four, plus local geeky ska punk from The Wavebirds.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: LanaLou’s – 362 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $10

Beast Coast: Escape from New York Tour

What: New York City hip-hop collective Beast Coast, described as “a fearsome squad effort” by Consequence of Sound, and “insane, and immediately head-nod inducing” by Hot New Hip-Hop, are set to perform live in Vancouver this July. As part of their Beast Coast: Escape from New York North America Tour, the supergroup will make its stop at the PNE Amphitheatre for a collaborative show that diehard hip-hop fans will not want to miss.

When: July 25, 2019
Time: Doors open 5 pm, show starts 6 pm
Where: PNE Amphitheatre — 2901 E Hastings Street
Price: $56 — Tickets available via Ticketleader

Squamish Constellation Festival

What: The Squamish Constellation Festival will take place on Hendrickson Field, in Squamish, from July 26 to 28. Bahamas, Serena Ryder, Half Moon Run, Jessie Reyez, Shad, and Wintersleep are headlining the inaugural celebration of music, art, food and fun.

When: July 26 to 28, 2019
Where: Hendrickson Field, Squamish
Tickets: General admission full weekend passes available online for $199 and $425 for VIP, plus service charges and fees

Backstreet Boys – DNA World Tour

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What: The DNA world tour, BSB’s largest in 18 years, will feature a live band as opposed to dancers and will run for two hours. You’ll get to hear all the classic hits from the band, who formed in 1993, songs from the new record and surely some surprises as well.

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Tickets: Available on Ticketmaster

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in Vancouver

What: Soulful R&B combo Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be performing live in Vancouver at the PNE Amphitheatre. The group, consisting of Nathaniel Rateliff, Joseph Pope III, Mark Shusterman, Patrick Meese, Luke Mossman, Wesley Watkins, and Andy Wild, released their self-titled debut in 2015. They have blasted their way through hundreds of shows in North America, England, Ireland, and Australia, and have performed at major festivals including Coachella, Farm Aid, Newport Folk Festival, and the Monterey Pop Festival’s 50th Anniversary. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be joined by special guests, indie pop band Lucius

When: July 30, 2019
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts 7:30 pm
Where: PNE Amphitheatre — 2901 E Hastings Street
Price: $49.50 — Tickets available via Ticketleader

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