10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, July 27

Jul 2 2019, 2:11 am

Celebration of Light, Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, and so much more! Get out and enjoy your Saturday with these 10 fun events happening today, July 27!

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

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Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2019 – India

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.

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, 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.

The Cardboard Project 2.0: From Dark to Light

Cardboard Project Exhibit

Cardboard Project Exhibit

What: The Cardboard Project 2.0: From Dark to Light, hosted by Employ to Empower, features a unique darkroom interaction with low-income entrepreneurs from the Downtown Eastside, an artistic showcase, as well as a diverse speaking panel around the theme of Attentive Listening. Speakers include artists, entrepreneurs, and mental health advocates. These talented artists will also be showcasing some of their own artwork for sale.

All proceeds from the Cardboard Project will go towards Employ To Empower’s programs, to provide local low-income entrepreneurs with the mentorship and support they need to succeed. Attendees can also win a FREE helicopter round trip for two from Vancouver to Nanaimo valued at $1,200 from Helijet by attending the event and entering the event’s Instagram contest.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 12:30 to 4 pm
Where: 312 Main Street
Tickets: Online, minimum donation of $10

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest 2019

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

Pepper.GG Battle Royale Video Game Tournament

What: The Gaming Stadium in Richmond is hosting Pepper.GG Battle Royale, featuring two of the world’s most popular Battle Royal games: Apex Legends and Fortnite. There will be a $1,000 prize pool for each round, with each prize pool will be split between the top eight players of the 60 player wave. It’s free to attend as a spectator and can also be streamed on Twitch.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: The Gaming Stadium — 4211 No 3 Road, Richmond
Cost: $35 early bird | $50 regular — Register online | FREE for spectators

Barks + Brews Dog-Friendly Patio Party 2019

What: The pup-friendly patio party is hosted by Talk Shop at Red Truck Brewery. The first 100 people who show up will receive a free beer on Red Truck. This event will also feature a pet portrait photographer, activities for our four-legged friends, drinks, and music. While dogs are welcome, they must be kept on a leash during the patio party.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Red Truck Beer Company – 295 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

March on Pride 2019: Remembering Stonewall

What: Hosted by Black Lives Matter Vancouver, this is the third annual March on Pride, to celebrate the radical and revolutionary origins of Pride, 50 years after Stonewall.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Meet at Emery Barnes Park, march down Davie Street
Tickets: Free, donations, volunteers, and sharing of songs/chants encouraged

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

Vancouver Fetish Weekend 2019

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. Events include 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: Now until July 29, 2019
What: Various times
Where: Select venues throughout Vancouver
Price: Ticket prices vary — Available via Vancouver Fetish Weekend


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

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

World Naked Bike Ride Vancouver 2019

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

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