28 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 22 to 25

Jul 1 2019, 6:58 pm

Looking for exciting events happening around Vancouver this week? Here are 28 fun things to do from Monday, July 22 to Thursday, July 25. Deerhunter, Vancouver Fetish Weekend, and more.

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

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Monday, July 22

Deerhunter

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What: Rock band from Atlanta, Deerhunter is on tour to support their latest release “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” 

When: July 22, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ubuntu Canteen Farm-to-Bottle Wine Dinner

What: Ubuntu Canteen is co-hosting the latest edition of its Farm-to-Bottle Dinner Series with That’s Life Gourmet to present an evening of Spanish wine paired with Spanish-inspired fare.

When: July 22, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Ubuntu Canteen – 4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Price: $135; buy at Ubuntu or call 604-336-9097

Language Matters: Exploring Indigenous Language Through Art

What: 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

The Dark Side of the Universe with Katherine Freese

What: Join Dr. Katherine Freese, author of The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter and Professor of Physics at the University of Texas, Austin – as she recounts the hunt for dark matter. There will be a Q&A afterwards.

When: July 22, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9:15 pm
Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Drowning Prevention Week 2019 with UBC REC

What: Drowning Prevention Week — the third week of July — is an annual initiative of the Lifesaving Society aimed at reducing the number of water-related fatalities and drowning incidents by promoting water safety messages in the community. Head to the UBC Aquatic Centre for free drop-in programs from now until July 27. Learn how to recognize a drowning swimmer, CPR & First Aid basics, PFD fittings, and more.

When: Now until July 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: UBC Aquatic Centre – 6121 University Blvd, Vancouver
Admission: Free, more info online

BC Little League Championships

little league baseball player

What: Seven teams from across BC will compete in the BC Little League Championships. The winning team moves on the National Championships in Ancaster, Ontario with the hopes of representing Canada at the Little League World Series.

When: July 22 to July 28, 2019
Time: Games at 12, 3 and 6 pm
Where: Hillcrest Community Centre – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Summer Dance Series with DanZa

What: These free classes with Danza Productions are designed to introduce a variety of Urban and Afro-Caribbean inspired dance styles and rhythms. These beginner-friendly classes cater to multiple fitness levels and abilities. Presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres in partnership with DanZa Productions.

When: July 22, July 29, August 12 and August 19, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) – 695 Cambie St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Tuesday, July 23

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park – Sleepless in Seattle

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 this week features Sleepless in Seattle on a four-story inflatable movie screen. 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 23, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
Admission: Free

Noontime Notes at Central City

What: Head to Central City’s outdoor Plaza and enjoy free live lunchtime music.  A wide array of musical offerings is showcased including rock, jazz, country, and more.

When: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until August 29, 2019
Time: 11:45 am to 2 pm
WhereCentral City – 10153 King George Boulevard
Surrey
Admission: Free

The Windsinger

What: Head 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

Vancouver Canadians Pride Night

What: The Vancouver Canadians are celebrating ‘Pride’ in support of local LGBTQ+ organizations. The event will take place at Nat Bailey Stadium on Tuesday, July 23, against the Everett AquaSox, celebrating inclusivity in sport as well as the team’s diverse fanbase. The C’s will be selling ‘Pride Packs,’ with all proceeds from sales going towards LGBTQ+ organizations. The packs are available for $130 and include four reserved grandstand tickets and four #PrideAtTheNat t-shirts. Tickets are available online or by calling 604 872 5232.

If you’ve already got a ticket to the game, you can still support the cause by purchasing a t-shirt for $25 on the concourse, with all proceeds going towards the same local LGBTQ+ organizations.

When: July 23, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Pride packs (including four tickets and four t-shirts) for $130

Music by the River 2019

What: This summer concert series will take place against the Fraser River backdrop every Tuesday and Thursday nights in July. The Eats at the Pier concession stand will be serving drinks from New West’s own Steel and Oak Brewing Co. and Pacific Breeze winery. The entire park will be one massive site-licensed area between 5 to 9pm, allowing you to take your drink anywhere within the park.

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday until July 25, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm. Music from 6 to 8 pm
Where: Westminster Pier Park – 1 6th St, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Willie Watson

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What: Willie Watson is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, banjo player, actor and founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show. He performs on July 23 at Biltmore Cabaret.

When: July 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Snack ‘N Snap 2019 at Metropolis at Metrotown

What: Snack ‘N Snap is an exhibit featuring tons of food and huge displays of sweets and snacks at Metropolis at Metrotown Grand Court from July 11 to 28 this summer. Take a break from shopping to admire, Snapchat, Instagram, and drool over the ginormous food displays that will be there like a giant pink donut, ten-foot lollipop tree, cupcake house, eight-foot pretzel, and huge melting popsicles.

There will be free samples from sweet and savoury food retailers, pop-up treat carts, and ‘Workshop Wednesdays’ to make DIY your own treats. Then try your hand at the Guess The Jellybeans contest. Put in your estimate of how many jellybeans are in their display case and you could win a $1,000 shopping spree.

When: Now until July 28, 2019
Time: Mall Hours
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown Grand Court – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Wednesday, July 24

Summer Movie Nights on the Square – Paddington Bear

What: Vancouver’s free outdoor movie series in downtown at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) features Paddington Bear on July 24. 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 24, 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

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Cavalry FC

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on Cavalry FC in MLS action at BC Place.

When: July 24, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunset Cinema – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 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: July 24, 2019
Time: Movies begin at dusk
Where: šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) – 695 Cambie St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Ali Wong

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Ali Wong at the Disney/ABC TV TCA Winter 2017 Party at Langham Hotel on January 10, 2017 in Pasadena, CA (Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock)

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 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 longtime 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

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

Lansdowne Centre Drive-In Movie Series – The Notebook

The Notebook/IMDb

What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its fourth year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy The Notebook 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 24, 2019
Time: Gates open at 6 pm
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
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

Thursday, July 25

Sixth Annual Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Live Symphony Performance

What: A free, family-friendly summer evening of live music inspired by the classics and iconic pop culture performed by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, led by Maestro Kenneth Hsieh. The performance takes place at Jack Poole Plaza at Burrard Landing, and seating is first come, first serve. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfort. Presented by PCI and Ledcor.

When: July 25, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza at Burrard Landing – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Doubleclicks

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What: The Doubleclicks are a folk-pop music duo made up of siblings Laser and Aubrey. The Doubleclicks have been played on NPR shows like All Things Acoustic, and featured on BoingBoing, io9, Geek & Sundry, and the Huffington Post. They have opened for nerd stars like Jonathan Coulton and Wil Wheaton, performed at dozens of conventions, libraries, colleges, comedy clubs and game stores around the US, Australia and Canada, and released more than 70 music videos on YouTube, where they have 16,000 subscribers and 3 million views.

When: July 25, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Storm Crow Alehouse – 1619 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: $10 suggested cover, cash

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

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 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: Granville Park Lawn Bowling Club – 3025 Fir Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Fetish Weekend 2019

Vancouver Fetish Weekend

What: Vancouver Fetish Weekend is an annual festival that happens to be the biggest kink party on the West Coast. Vancouver Fetish Weekend gives attendees the chance to explore a hidden, hedonistic side of life by meeting, partying, flirting (and maybe more), with hundreds of local and international fetish enthusiasts. Kick things off with kinky cocktails on July 25 to a daytime get together, a VIP fetish cruisebondage ball, and even some decompression time with your new fetish friends on Wreck Beach on July 29.

When: July 25 to July 29, 2019
What: Various times
Where: Select venues throughout Vancouver
Price: Ticket prices vary — Available via Vancouver Fetish Weekend

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

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Elf

What: During Waterfront Cinema on July 25, a large inflatable screen will pop up to show Elf, 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: July 25, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: North Point of Canada Place
Admission: Free