10 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 6 to 12

Jul 5 2020, 6:39 pm

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

Forget about the dreary weather of June. It’s time to get out and enjoy the second week of July — while physically distancing and following health and safety protocols, of course.

From an indoor theme park to the Grouse Grind and more, here 10 events to check out this week around the city.

Sunday Strolls


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What:¬†PawSwap is hosting¬†a safe way to reunite with fellow dog owners, enjoy some of Vancouver’s finest coffee, and treat your pup at the same time.¬†Beginning at Prado Cafe in Kitsilano, this activity will start off with a fresh cup of drip coffee and individually wrapped pastry, followed by a 20-minute dog-walk on Kits Beach where Sweet Spot Ice Cream Parlour will be waiting to hand out doggy ice cream. Also included in the $25 ticket price is a swag bag full of treats put together with love by the PawSwap team.
When: Sunday, July 5
11 am to 1 pm
Where: 1809 Fir Street, Vancouver
Admission: Tickets are available online.

Visit the Grouse Grind 


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What:¬†In a release, Metro Vancouver notes that visitors ‚Äúshould be prepared for a different hiking experience‚ÄĚ when visiting the popular North Vancouver destination, and they have laid out a number of health and safety guidelines.¬†Those who use the Skyride to return to the trailhead must reserve a time in advance¬†online.
When: Monday to Sunday
Time: Gate opens at 7 am and closes at 7:30 pm
Where:¬†Grouse Grind Trail¬†‚ÄĒ¬†6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Admission: Reservations can be made online.

Visit Metro-Vancouver’s largest indoor theme park

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Central City Fun Park

What: Enjoy a number of attractions at Central City Fun Park including mini-golf, rollerblading, an arcade, and a new form of bowling. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the fun space will be operating at reduced occupancy from 300 to 40 persons. As an extra precaution, there will be an enforced use of masks by all guests. Face masks will be provided if needed. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased prior to arrival. Tickets include a designated entrance time and $20 Fun Card. Guests are allowed to stay a maximum of two hours, and access is limited to 20 people per hour.
When: Monday to Friday
Time: 4 to 9 pm
Where: 11125 124 Street #100A, Surrey
Tickets must be purchased online.

Summer Magic Show


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What:¬†Join¬†Norden the Magician as he helps you¬†“Explore the Universe” while celebrating the kickoff of the Richmond Public Library Summer Reading Club.
When: Monday, July 6
Time: 3 to 3:30 pm
Where: online
Admission: Free

Greek Summerfest to Go 


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What: This summer, the Greek Summerfest is going semi-virtual. Place your food order online and swing by to pick up your eats. If you’d like to feel like you’re really in the festival, scroll their photo gallery from previous events while you’re chowing down on Greek dishes.
When: July 10 to 12
Time: 3 to 8 pm Friday, 12 to 8 pm Saturday, 12 to 8 pm Sunday
Where: 4541 Boundary Road, Vancouver
Admission: Free

A Real Love Brunch Party


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What: Put on your face mask, grab five of your closest friends, and head out to A Real Love Brunch Party at Colony Entertainment District. All guests can enjoy RnB, food, drinks, and games from a safe distance.
When: Saturday, July 11
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: 965 Granville Street Vancouver
Admission: Tickets are required and available online.

Granville Flea


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What: Granville Flea returns with its first flea of 2020. Buy, sell, and trade consignment goods, toys, collectables, and new items with a dozen different vendors.
When: Sunday, July 12
Time: 11:30 am to 6:30 pm
Where: 926 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: Tickets are available online

Outdoor Dancing

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What: Those who’ve missed dancing during the pandemic can enjoy this free outdoor dancing event. Dance On 8 Fitness is hosting two dance classes on Sunday, a Latin dance cardio class and a Cuban salsa suelta — both of which will remain partner-less and two meters apart.
When: Sunday, July 12
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Where: John Hendry Park, entrance by 13th and Templeton
Admission: Free

Visit the Vancouver Aquarium 

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What: The Vancouver Aquarium has reopened, following a closure of more than three months. All admissions from reopening will support the aquarium, which is facing bankruptcy due to the difficult financial situation it finds itself in as a result of the pandemic. A number of added health and safety measures have been implemented for visitors. For starters, the aquarium will have an initial visitor capacity of 20% to 30%.
When: Monday to Sunday
Time: Check the website for available ticket times: First time slot 9:30 am; last time slot 3:30 pm.
Where:¬†Vancouver Aquarium ‚ÄĒ¬†845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Admission: Guests will be required to purchase tickets online in advance, selecting a specific date and time for entry.

Car-Free Day: Commercial Drive


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What: Vancouver’s ever-popular Car Free Day is returning virtually. Enjoy community booths, food trucks, live entertainment, and more, all online.
When: Sunday, July 12
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: Online
Admission: Free

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