164 things to do in Vancouver this summer

May 22 2019, 7:13 am
FEATURED EVENTS IN VANCOUVER

Summer fun has taken over Vancouver and the new season is full of great events to enjoy. From Canada Day to The Fair at PNE and lots more, here are 164 events you need to check out around the city.

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

Enjoy the great outdoors

World’s largest goat yoga class at Maan Farms

What: Abbotsford’s own Maan Farms will be attempting to host the world’s largest goat yoga class. They’ve already made the application to Guinness World Records and now, they need a little help. Admission costs $25 per person, which includes an hour-long class, one pint-sized basket to fill with strawberries, and a day-pass to Maan Farms’ Barnyard Adventure Land.

After the class, visitors will get the chance to go strawberry picking on the fields and take a basket home. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase at Mama Maan’s Kitchen and the farm’s estate winery. Anyone attending is asked to bring their own mat and, if possible, to wear red or white.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 10 am
Where: Maan Farms – 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online, $25

Walk Richmond – London Farm

What: Begin at the historic London Farm House, which includes a fully restored heritage house, barn and old farm equipment that illustrates Richmond’s rural history, and continue through the Britannia Shipyards.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Meeting spot is parking lot across from the London Heritage Farm House, 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Wonderful Water Creatures

What: Take a close look at the fantastic underwater realm of invertebrates and microbes in a pond and under a microscope. Drop by anytime, all ages.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park – Meet at the pond, 20285 8th Ave, Langley
Admission: Free

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

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: Various times
Where: The Glades – 561 172 St, Surrey
Admission: Entrance by donation

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

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2019

What: Stroll through more than five acres of sunflowers in bloom. On-leash pets will also be welcome, with a dedicated drinking area and complimentary pick-up bags on-site. Attractions include a one-acre show garden with 15 varieties of sunflowers three-acres filled with giant sunflowers, photo-ops with swing sets, lawn games, local food trucks and more.

When: Thursday, August 1 to Monday, September 2, 2019
Time: Hours of operation vary based on date
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online

Vallea Lumina

Lumina Experience

Whistler, BC/Vallea Lumina/Moment Factory

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

2019 Rope For Hope Vancouver

What: The Make A Wish Foundation of BC and Yukon’s 6th annual Rope for Hope urban rappelling challenge is aiming to raise money to help sick kids achieve their dreams. To be a part of this years event, first, you must sign up with your friends, family or by yourself and begin your journey to raising a minimum of $1,500. When you reach this goal, the Make-A-Wish foundation will fulfill your dream of rappeling down the side of the 36-storey Hyatt Regency in Downtown Vancouver.

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: Fundraise a minimum of $1,500 – register 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

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@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)

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

What: Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo is an all-ages licensed event that celebrates everything retro gaming. Shop the vendor hall, take part in tournaments, meet special guests, plus enjoy music, panels, gaming, and more all day.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
Tickets: At vancouvergamingexpo.com or in-person at Game Deals Video Games

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

What: Thousands of people visit the Scandinavian Community Centre every year to celebrate the traditions and festivities of Scandinavian Midsummer. In 2019, it will be the 24th time a Midsummer Festival is held, with fun-filled activities, living history and non-stop entertainment for the whole family.

When: Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 10 am to 11 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby
Tickets: $10, free for children under 16

Dog Days of Summer at Hastings Racecourse

What: The Dog Days of Summer series is returning to Hastings Racecourse. Next up on the weekend of June 22 and 23 are the heartwarming Corgi Races. Last year saw the inaugural corgi races bring adorable (and hysterical) moments to the North Renfrew race track, with four-legged athletes competing for the “Top Corgi” prize. 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: June 22 and 23, and July 13 and 14
Time: Various times
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Price: FREE admission

Oprah Winfrey

What: The one and only Oprah Winfrey is embarking on a multi-city Canadian tour, where she’ll be sharing her key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. Winfrey will speak about the moments throughout her life that helped direct her on her path before being joined on stage by a special guest who impacted her journey for a unique one on one conversation.

When: Monday, June 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way
Tickets: Online

Golden Spike Days Festival

Golden Spike Days Festival

Golden Spike Days Festival / Facebook

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

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

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 to July 25, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
Admission: Free

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

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 of charge

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

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.

Slide The City North Vancouver

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

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, and live musical and DJ entertainment.

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

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.

Vancouver Mural Festival

What: The city’s largest annual free public art celebration. Vancouver Mural Festival includes walking tours, evening events, and a massive street party. More than 140,000 people are expected to attend this year.

When: August 1 to 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

Vancouver’s Largest Water Fight 2019

What: The biggest, wettest water fight to ever hit Vancouver is making its highly-anticipated return to Stanley Park on Saturday, August 10, 2019. The annual event is returning for its twelfth consecutive year. Hosted by Flash Mob Vancouver, the water fight sees hundreds of Vancouverites take to the Lumberman’s Arch at Stanley Park.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Lumberman’s Arch – Stanley Park, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Summer Dance Series with DanZa

What: Experience an exciting outdoor dance class series with DanZa Productions. These free classes are designed to introduce you to 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: August 12 and August 19, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) – 695 Cambie St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Science World After Dark

What: Science World After Dark features all of your favourite activities just for adults. Watch a film on the world’s largest dome OMNIMAX screen, explore six permanent galleries, discover what’s new in the Feature Gallery, and wet your whistle with a cold beer or glass of wine. Then grab your favourite childhood dinner in Triple O’s and experience exciting live science shows at Centre Stage.

When: August 15, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Fair at the PNE

What: Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. This year features concerts by Billy Idol, TLC and UB40. Entertainment and attractions include Reveen, a video game exhibit, Knights of Valour Superdogs, PNE Prize Home, and more.

When: Saturday, August 17 to Monday, September 2, 2019 (closed August 19 and 26)
Time: 11 am to late
Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Twilight Tuesdays at Science World

What: Twilight Tuesdays are back at Science World for the summer! Enjoy extended hours and reduced rates from 5 to 9 pm every Tuesday. Explore the exhibits, catch a live science show, view a larger-than-life OMNIMAX film, or check the feature exhibition, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature.

When: Every Tuesday until August 27, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Telus World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Recovery Day BC with Trooper

What: Canada’s Largest Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Street Festival. Recovery Day is part music festival, part information fair, part community engagement event to reduce the stigma of addiction and recovery. Featuring three music stages, kids zone, overdose memorial centre, information booths, vendors, food trucks, health and wellness speakers

When: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: 6th Avenue and 6th Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

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 to 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

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

Happy Pride

Celebration 50: Say it Loud, Gay is Proud

What: Join New West Pride to reflect, remember and renew to joyfully celebrate 50 years of liberation for LGBTQ2+ community members in a carnival of performance, inspiring words and interactive fun. Featuring host Peach Cobblah, Svend Robinson, Allan Morgan, Vancouver Youth Choir, and a dance your pants off performance by Queer As Funk.

When: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Massey Theatre 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
Tickets: Online, Free

Surrey Pride Party In The Plaza

What: Surrey Pride Party In The Plaza celebrates its 20th anniversary with drag performances, spoken word, vendor booths, live music, kids and family zone, cultural and literary Xpo inside of SFU, and lots more activities.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Central City Shopping Plaza, Surrey
Admission: Free

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: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
When: 6 to 10 pm
Where: The Columbia – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Online

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

Pride in Chinatown

What: An interdisciplinary art experience that will feature new experimental and traditional art forms which include electronic music, immersive theatre, media art installations, lion dancing, martial arts, drums, opera, culinary treats, drag and other non-binary encounters. Presented by On Main Gallery, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and Vancouver Art and Leisure as part of Alternative Pride Vancouver 2019.

When: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Pride at Parq 2019

Pride at Parq

What: On August 2, Parq Vancouver will be playing host to Pride at Parq 2019, hosted by Kim Chi, Asia, Kameron, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10’s prestigious winner, Aquaria. On the night, the four Queens will deliver fierce performances and keep the adrenaline pumping while guests sip signature Pride cocktails and vibe to the beat of live entertainment.

In a first of its kind, VIP experience will be offered at the event, providing special guests private access to exclusive offers including the opportunity to mingle with the stars themselves. And of course, there will be a variety of pride-themed food and drink options throughout the night including the famous pride rainbow cake

When: August 2, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Parq Vancouver — 39 Smithe Street
Price: Starting at $80 — Tickets available online

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

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

What: Enjoy a buffet, by-donation pancake breakfast with all the fixings. This annual event celebrates the life and work of Vancouver Pride Society founder, Terry Wallace.

When: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 8 am to 12 pm
Where: Jim Deva Plaza – 1200 Bute St, Vancouver, BC
Admission: By donation

2019 Vancouver Pride Parade

Vancouver Pride Parade

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What: A celebration. A protest. A party. A chance to recognize how far we have come and reflect on where we need to go from here. With over 130 different entries, attracting crowds of 600,000 annually, the annual Vancouver Pride Parade is a world-class event celebrating our diverse LGBTQAI2S+ communities.

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Through Vancouver and the West End and ending at Sunset Beach
Admission: Free

Sunset Beach Festival

What: A festival along beautiful Sunset Beach with a Main Stage, Community Zone, Family Fun Zone, beer garden, food trucks, interactive art, and more. Head by after the Pride Parade or go early and dance all day beside the water.

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Sunset Beach, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Burnaby Pride Street Party

What: Burnaby’s second annual Pride event recognizes and celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, Two-Spirited, Others) community in Burnaby. Enjoy a full afternoon of live performances, food, activities, and community resources.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Jubilee Avenue between Nelson Avenue and Imperial Street
Admission: Free

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

What: Starting in 1988, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival was founded by a non-profit called Out On Screen. The Festival is a vibrant space for queer arts, culture, and community. It showcases dynamic and thought-provoking films from British Columbian filmmakers as well as other Canadian and international directors and storytellers.

The Festival curates films which contextualize and celebrate queer lives and experiences and prioritize foregrounding diverse identities in our communities, including narratives from trans people, queer people of colour, and Indigenous people. It is Western Canada’s largest queer arts event.

When: Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Venues across Vancouver
More Info: Online

New West Pride Street Party 2019

What: Pride 2019 will be New West Pride’s biggest event yet. Not only is it the ten-year anniversary of the formation of New West Pride, but it represents the 50 anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

From August 10 to 17, 2019, New West will come alive with rainbows and activities for everyone to enjoy. Pride Week will wrap up with the Pride Street Party, where Columbia street will be closed to traffic, and instead will play home for entertainers, community organizations, and food trucks.

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

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 to 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. Each Wednesday evening from July 3 to August 21, 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 to 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 to August 28, 2019
Time: Gates open at 6 pm
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
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 our 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 to 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: Each Thursday evening from July 11 to August 29, the 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 to August 29, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: North Point of Canada Place
Admission: Free

Prospera Cinema Under The Stars

What: Bring the family and take in a free flick on a three-storey high big screen. The movie starts at dusk. The movie is on Prospera, but since this night is about families, they will be taking donations on behalf of a local charity. Arrive between 5 pm and dusk to participate in a variety of family activities before the movie starts rolling.

When: August 8, August 15, August 22, August 23, August 24 and August 29, 2019
Time: Activities start at 5 pm, movies start at dusk
Where: Various locations in Abbotsford, Langley, Mission and Chilliwack
Admission: Free

Movies at Civic Square

What: Bring a blanket, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy an outdoor movie on Thursday evenings at Burnaby’s Civic Square. The lineup includes Mary Poppins Returns (August 8), Hotel Transylvania 3 (August 15), Madagascar 3 (August 22) and The Wizard of Oz (August 29).

When: Thursday, August 8, August 15, August 22 and August 29, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
Admission: Free

Bon Appétit

NOSH Foodie Fest

What: NOSH Foodie Fest is a weekly, food-centric event taking place in the parking lot at Capilano Mall every Saturday in June. This free to attend event centred around food truck-hopping will tempt one’s taste buds, fill one’s belly, and no doubt put all foodies into a legit food coma. Rounding out the tantalizing event menu will be other activities including the “PB & Jam” DJ Booth and “There’s A Little Something On Your Face” Face Painting Station.

When: June 22 and June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Capilano Mall – 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Greek Day on Broadway 2019

What: This event is the largest one day Greek festival in Vancouver and it attracts more than 100,000 people every year. This year it’s taking place on June 23 in a five-block stretch from McDonald to Blenheim Street.

When: June 23, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: MacDonald to Blenheim Street (Kitsilano), Vancouver
Admission: Free

Cibo Wine Dinner Series: Wines of Trentino

What: Guests will enjoy a multi-course Italian-inspired menu plus an informative overview of the wines that will pair with it. This is one of three wine dinners Cibo will host this season.

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $113; buy online

Michelin on the Road at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

What: Celebrated and award-winning Vancouver restaurant Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will be hosting a Michelin on the Road event. Boulevard’s Executive Chef, Roger Ma, will welcome Melissa Rodriguez, Chef/Partner of New York City’s Michelin-starred Del Posto, (a former colleague of his) on June 27 for a six-course collaborative dinner. The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm with a cocktail-and-canapé reception followed by a multi-course feast with wine pairings by Jackson Family Wines.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $225; buy online

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

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: Thursday, July 4, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven

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Slurpee Canada/ Facebook

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 1 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

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
Price: Free entry

Vancouver Vegan Festival 2019

What: An all-ages celebration of vegan food & 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

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2019

What: Vancouver’s legendary all-white-everything pop-up dinner party is returning for its eighth annual run this summer. As per tradition, the location will not be revealed until the day of the event (which happens rain or shine). The elegant affair sees white-clad diners enjoying eats and drinks al fresco in some of the city’s most scenic locations. The event was created 31 years ago in Paris, and still carries on a set of traditions and rules that must be followed: you have to wear white and you must bring a table, chairs, and a tablecloth (all white of course).

When: August 8, 2019
Where: TBA
Price: $43 (must be bought in pairs); register online

Cheese and Meat Festival 2019

What: Attendees get to eat their way through local and international fare. Of course, meat and cheese will be the main event, but there will also be accompaniments such as pickled items, chocolates, and coffee up for grabs. As always, beer, wine, spirits, and cider will available at the event.

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: Various tasting times throughout the day
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Whitecaps

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

What: Vancouver Whitecaps face off with the Colorado Rapids at BC Place in MLS action.

When: June 22, 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 start their new CFL season with a pre-season matchup against Calgary Stampeders on June 7, and the season kickoff against Winnipeg Blue Bombers on June 15 at BC Place.

When: July 11, 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: Various dates
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

Terminal City Roller Derby Seawall Brawl

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What: Come celebrate summer in Vancouver and watch Team Terminal City take on the Smokin’ Laces at this free outdoor bout! There will be beach blanket bleachers and a lawn chair penalty box. Whistle at 10:30 am. Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen and smiles.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Sunset Beach Seawall, Vancouver
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 our 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

Connect with the Arts

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

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

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: Saturday, June 22 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

Ivan Coyote: Chest Air

What: With the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted storyteller, Ivan Coyote grapples with complex and intensely personal issues such as gender identity, family, class, social justice, and queer liberation—always with a generous heart and a quick wit. Ivan’s stories remind the audience of their own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring them to change the world. Audience advisory: strong language.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Surrey Youth: Street Dance Showcase

What: Surrey’s first outdoor street dance competition at City Hall Plaza. There will be battles, performances, prizes, food and refreshments. Food and refreshments will be provided by the SAFE program and other community partners. Registration will open June 1.

When: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

The Winter’s Tale: A Teen Shakespeare Production

What: King Leontes and King Polixenes are childhood friends but a tragic misunderstanding drives them apart and thrusts those they love into an incredible adventure. A story of sorrow and joy, regret and forgiveness, and the timeless power of love – a perfect tale to share on a magical starry night outdoors. Come see the stars of tomorrow on Carousel Theatre for Young People’s stage today. All ages welcome.

When: Now until August 10, 2019 (no shows on Sundays)
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Outdoor Stage in Ron Basford Park – 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free, optional premium seating can be reserved online in advance ($6) for those wanting to guarantee seats in the bleachers.

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

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

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

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 28, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Gallery Gachet – 9 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

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RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (Carol Rosegg)

What: Broadway Across Canada presents the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. This Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning original rock musical will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from September 17 to 22. RENT follows the lives of seven artists who struggle to chase their dreams in New York City without selling out. The show was ground-breaking at its time, opening its first show in 1996. Written and composed by Johnathan Larson, it was a memorial to his friends who died from an epidemic of AIDS.

When: September 17 to 22, 2019
Time: Various times, check online for more details
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: From $30 — available online

Concerts and Comedy

Imperial Series

What: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society has announced the Imperial Series, which is a series of performances taking place at The Imperial at 319 Main Street during the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The full lineup during the Imperial Series will include a number of performers, including The Comet Is Coming on June 21, Jonathan Wilson with guest Ben Rogers on June 22, The Suffers on June 24, Makaya McCraven with guests Eli Davidovici’s Shapes on June 26, Thus Owls, Jo Passed, and Unnatural Ways featuring Ava Mendoza on June 27, Anteloper, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, and Gordon Grdina’s Haram on June 29, and Jacob Collier on June 30.

When: June 21, June 22, June 24, June 26, June 27, June 29, and June 30, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street
Tickets: Available online from $25

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan (Coastal Jazz & Blues)

What: This summer, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan will be coming to Vancouver for a concert as part of the 34th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The festival takes place from June 21 to July 1, 2019, at multiple venues across the city. The Wu-Tang Clan first entered the music scene 25 years ago, quickly becoming recognized for their diverse personalities and talents. They went on to sell more than 40 million albums worldwide, as well as have a handful of albums go platinum.

When: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available to the general public on Friday, May 3 at 10 am, starting at $69

Terri Clark

What: With over 5 million albums sold, and induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and three-time JUNO Award winner, Terri Clark also holds the honour of being the only Canadian female member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. She has been named CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year five times and has taken home eight CCMA Fan’s Choice Awards; in total, Terri has had the honour of receiving 19 CCMA Awards.

When: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 5 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Free Music Workshops – TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

What: The Jazz Festival has lots of opportunities to learn more about music, musicians, techniques, and the artistic process through its carefully curated series of free workshops. Workshops take place from June 24 to 28 at Tom Lee Music at 728 Granville Street at 1 pm daily. Workshops include Montreal-based guitarist Vicky Mettler, NY pianist Angelica Sanchez, NY guitarist Ava Mendoza, NY pianist and vocalist Patricia Barber, and London-based pianist Alexander Hawkins.

Later that week, the action moves the Roundhouse Community Art and Recreation Centre, with Workshops at the studio beginning at 1:30 pm on Saturday, June 29 and continuing Sunday, June 30. Artists include Ingrid Laubrock, Tomas Fujiwara, Jeff Younger, Malcolm Goldstein, Keir Neuringer, and member of In Love With.

When: Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 2019 (Tom Lee Music), Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 (Roundhouse Community Centre)
Time: 1 pm (Monday to Friday), 1:30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Tom Lee Music – 728 Granville Street, Vancouver; Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
More Info: Online, Free

Thorgy Thor at the Orpheum Theatre

What: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 star and classically trained violinist, Thorgy Thor, will be performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) on June 25. Thorgy Thor’s summer performance in Vancouver coincides with the Queer Arts Festival and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Jamila Woods

What: Chicago-based singer, songwriter and poet Jamila Woods performs at the Biltmore with special guests.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Black Pistol Fire

What: Black Pistol Fire is a high-octane rock duo based out of Austin, Texas by way of Toronto, Canada; composed of Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums.

When: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Laketown Shakedown

What: Laketown Shakedown is a three-day festival held across three stages at the spectacular Laketown Ranch. The 172-acre site, located in Cowichan Valley, is Canada’s largest permanent outdoor stage, according to festival organizers. Headliners include West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg, Grammy Award-nominated rock band Incubus, ska punk group Sublime with Rome, and all-star pop band Smash Mouth, to name a few. In addition to the three days of live music, the event will include a festival village with food and other vendors, multiple full-service bars, a VIP area, flush toilets, and showers.

When: Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, 2019
Where: Laketown Ranch – 648 – 8811 Youbou Road, Lake Cowichan
Tickets: Online

Sean Devlin Live Comedy Album Recording

What: Vancouver-based comedian and filmmaker Sean Devlin is recording a comedy album on June 28 and June 29. As a stand up he has performed as an opening act for Hari Kondabolu, Aamer Rahman, Reggie Watts, Kyle Kinane and Tig Notaro – as well as musical acts Of Montreal and MGMT. Previous festival appearances include the Bumbershoot Music Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Sled Island and Just For Laughs Northwest. His comedy has also been featured on CBC Radio, Upworthy.com and in the CTV mini-mini series The Party. In 2018 the Director’s Guild of Canada presented Sean with the prize for Emerging Canadian Director at the 37th Vancouver International Film Festival for his feature film When The Storm Fades.

When: Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 8 and 10 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dido

What: Dido’s first tour in 15 years is in support of her new album, Still on My Mind. Featuring special guest Ria Mae.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Queen Latifah with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah/Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

What: This June, Grammy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated singer and actress Queen Latifah will be performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO). The famed artist has won a Grammy award and six nominations for albums in jazz, pop, and rap, as well as an Oscar nomination for her role in Chicago and dozens of other film and television roles.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Park Drive, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

David Lam Park Jazz Weekend 2019

What: Coastal Jazz will present a whole weekend of free outdoor music at David Lam Park on June 29 and 30. Head down to the park to enjoy music of the world in Yaletown’s back yard. The weekend will feature indoor and outdoor stages, kids activities, food trucks, licensed bars, and more.

When: Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, July 30, 2019
Time: 12 to 10 pm
Where: David Lam Park — 1300 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
Admission: Free

Symphony in the Park

What: A program of classics and popular favourites by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Arrive early, bring a blanket, and a picnic basket and settle in for a wonderful evening of symphonic music in the park.

When: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Improvised Firefly

What: Instant Theater presents the adventures of a rag-tag crew, inspired by the cult TV show, Firefly. Based off a single audience suggestion, the crew will head out in search of their next big score, while avoiding fellow criminals and the government alike, all so they can live to fight another day and hold onto their most precious possession of all: their freedom.

When: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: 8 to 9 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $12

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 summer. Pentatonix consists of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, and are characterized by their pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies — the group is widely known for their covers of popular songs. The group’s Youtube channel currently has over 16 million subscribers and 3.7 billion views. The group will be supported by special guest Rachel Platten, American singer-songwriter widely known for her hit single, “Fight Song.”

When: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way
Price: Tickets available via Ticketmaster — Starting at $29.50

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

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

Ozzy Osbourne/Mark Weiss

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

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

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

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

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

Twins of Evil: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson Hell Never Dies Vancouver Concert 2019

What: Twins of Evil Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are coming to Vancouver this summer. The musicians are joining forces for their Hell Never Dies 2019 North American tour, stopping in Vancouver on August 4, to perform at Rogers Arena.

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm | Show 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena
Price: Starting at $39.50— Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Mumford and Sons

What: British band Mumford and Sons are coming to Vancouver in August. The band is set to take the stage at BC Place on August 7, and the show will feature special guests, Portugal.The Man.

Marking 10 years since Mumford & Sons made their debut, the new music follows 2015’s Wilder Mind, which debuted at No. 1 in the US, UK, Australia Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway and, most recently, 2016’s collaborative Johannesburg mini album. Previous LPs include 2012’s Babel, which was awarded the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year, and their 2009 debut, Sigh No More.

When: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7 pm
Where: BC Place
Tickets: 59.50 / $79.50 / $99.50 / $125 – available through Live Nation

Shambhala Music Festival 2019

What: The long-standing festival has been celebrating music in British Columbia for more than two decades and will be returning to the beautiful Salmo River Ranch, a gorgeous family farm. Participants in the festival will enjoy hundreds of artists across six unique landscapes, all in BC’s breathtaking backyard.

When: Friday, August 9 to Monday, August 12, 2019
Where: Salmo River Ranch, British Columbia
Tickets: Online, general admission starts at $450.

Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival 2019

What: Officially celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival features performances by Feist, Lord Huron, Dan Mangan, The War and Treaty, William Prince, and Southern Avenue.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: Gates 12 pm, show begins at 1 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Drive, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

What: Indie artists Current Swell, Royal Canoe and Terra Lightfoot will perform at Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, a music and arts event at Town Centre Park presented by Kia West. Try your hand at the arts, browse handcrafted wares in the artisan market, and watch performing artists Blink Acro, Disco Funeral, Hip Hop Hoop, and visual artists Richard Tetrault and Sandeep Johal. ​Then enjoy delicious food truck fare and sip craft beer and spirits while DJ Emilita sets the festival vibe.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 2 to 9 pm
Where: Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Monstercat Compound 2019

Monstercat

Monstercat Compound/Brandon Artis

What: On Saturday, August 24, the third annual Monstercat Compound, presented by Sapporo, will bring a massive free party to Railtown with live performances and interactive experiences. In addition to the live performances, Compound will also feature workshops, video games, art, merch, carnival games, and food trucks. Several companies and organizations will also be on site to interact and meet with guests.

When: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 2 to 9 pm
Where: 380 Railway St, Vancouver
Admission: Free with RSVP; Compound Premium Passes are available for purchase HERE

The National

What: Grammy-Award winning The National is best known for their fourth and fifth albums, Boxer and High Violet. In 2017, the band also released the album Sleep Well Beast, which won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. They’ll be performing at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, with Alvvays as special guests.

When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Time: Doors at 5:30 pm; Show at 6:30 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – Burnaby, BC
Tickets: Online

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

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What: BC’s own Carly Rae Jepsen has announced a new Canadian tour for this summer, which she will kick off by playing two back-to-back shows in Vancouver. Jepsen’s latest tour announcement comes on the heels of the release of Jepsen’s fourth album Dedicated, which includes the singles “Party For One,” “Now That I Found You,” “Julien,” and “Too Much.” Jepsen is best known for her hit “Call Me Maybe,” which climbed to #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, has sold over 20 million singles worldwide and is certified Diamond in the United States.

When: August 28 and August 29, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom
Tickets: Online

Death Cab for Cutie

What: Alt-rock band Death Cab for Cutie will be performing in Vancouver this September at the Malkin Bowl, joined by guest Jenn Champion. Formed in Bellingham, Washington, Death Cab for Cutie is composed of members Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae. The band has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album for their 2015 release, Kintsugi. Their ninth studio album Thank You for Today was released in August 2018.

When: September 5, 2019
Time: Doors open 5:30 pm, show starts 6:45 pm
Where: Malkin Bowl — 610 Pipeline Road
Price: $59.50 — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Bon Iver

What: Bon Iver with special guest Van Etten perform at Pacific Coliseum.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Westward Music Festival 2019

What: The third-annual festival will be taking over downtown Vancouver with concerts by local and international acts. Artists this year include from Japanese rapper / producer Joji, Vancouver’s very own Black Mountain, and indie rockers The Paper Kites from Australia.

Westward Music Festival has also partnered up with the Yaletown BIA to include three free outdoor stages alongside a beer garden, food and local vendors for local residents to enjoy. One of these stages will be hosted by Music BC and showcase local emerging artists.

When: September 12 to 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Multiple locations in downtown Vancouver and Main Street
Tickets: Online

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