35 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 16 to 20

Jul 5 2018, 1:07 am

Summer is speeding along, so slow down and have some fun. Here are 35 events to check out in Vancouver from Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20. Outdoor films, Cultus Lake Summer Nightslide, and more.

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

Monday, July 16, 2018

Zumba at Canada Place

Canada Place

Image: Canada Place/Shutterstock

  • What: Zumba at Canada Place is a fun, free event hosted on the beautiful North Point of Canada Place. Lively and expert instructors provide participants with the opportunity to practice Zumba – no dance experience or partner needed.
  • When: Every Monday until August 27, 2018 (no class on BC Day)
  • Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: North Point, Canada Place
  • Admission: Free

League of Extraordinary Women: In Conversation

  • What: An intimate and casual interview with Courtney Watkins, who will share her story of fashion and how she founded Mine&Yours luxury resale boutique.
  • When: Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Hervana Coworking Collective, 595 Howe St, Suite 506, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $23, free for league members

Simeon Posen Exhibition at Pendulum Gallery

  • What: In Simeon Posen’s latest exhibition titled, Coast to Coast to Coast, a series of works taken across Canada over the last few decades will be on display.
  • When: Now to July 27, 2018.
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Pendulum Gallery – 885 W Georgia St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Ensemble Theatre Company Presents: Dark Road

  • What: Tense, gritty and hard-hitting, Dark Road is the first ever stage play from bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin, co-written by the Royal Lyceum’s Artistic Director Mark Thomson.
  • When: Now to August 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Walking Club – Langley City

  • What: A recreational walking group for a social walk around Langley. No pre-registration necessary, just show up with your walking gear and a positive attitude. Pets are welcome but some of the trails may not be suitable for strollers and scooters. The group walks rain or shine so dress for the weather.
  • When: Every Monday to August 27, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am to 9:30 am
  • Where: Timms Community Centre 20399 Douglas Crescent, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Kits in the Park

  • What: Kits in the park is a free play-based program in Connaught Park, running on Monday and Friday mornings throughout the summer. Featuring playground, crafts, songs and stories, and perfect for families with young children. No registration necessary, this program is co-operatively presented by Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, West Side Family Place, and Kitsilano Community Centre.
  • When: Monday and Friday mornings until August 24, 2018
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where: Connaught Park – 2390 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Mineral Mondays at Britannia Mine Museum

  • What: Get up close and personal with minerals on Mineral Mondays this summer at Britannia Mine Museum. Check out minerals from the museum’s collections and learn how geoscientists do simple tests to identify them. Suitable for ages 5+.
  • When: Every Monday until August 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 12 pm, and 1 pm to 2 pm
  • Where: Britannia Mine Museum – 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
  • More Info: Online

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park – The Lion King

Downsview Park


  • What: The Evo Summer Cinema Series presents the animated classic on a four-story inflatable movie screen showing film classics and modern blockbusters. 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: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Admission: Free

Career Hack: Collaborate, Brainstorm, Network

  • What: Whether you’re considering adding a side hustle, pursuing self-employment, or making a transition to a new position, this event is designed to help you push past your stumbling blocks and self-limitations to uncover the career focus or business direction you crave.
  • When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Unbounce – 400-401 West Georgia Street Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $39-$49

Sunset Beach Yoga

  • What: Enjoy your evening with beach yoga at Sunset Beach. Remember to bring a yoga mat or towel, and even a snack for yourself or sharing during the optional after-social by the beach.
  • When: Every Tuesday to August 30, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Sunset Beach
  • Admission: Free, donations appreciated


  • What: MascallDance’s BLOOM is an informal evening of dance, wine and comedy. The choreographers in residence will be showing excerpts of their work in the early evening, plus each dance is paired with a wine, and interpreted for the audience by a stand-up comedian.
  • When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: MascallDance Studios – 1130 Jervis St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$32

Home Made Home: Lululiving Open House

  • What: As part of the exhibition currently on display at Richmond Art Gallery, Germaine Koh’s newest work, a 160 square foot tiny house will be open to the public every Tuesday and Saturday. A fully functioning small home becomes a platform for public dialogue on the locally and globally relevant issues of housing and accessibility.
  • When: Every Tuesday and Saturday until August 25, 2018.
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Artist Talk – Resonant Presence and Refusals

  • What: Jeneen Frei Njootli, Ayumi Goto, Peter Morin and Olivia Whetung reflect together on the many shared concerns of their practices, with the discussion moderated by CAG Curator Kimberly Phillips and VAG Senior Curatorial Fellow of Indigenous Art, Tarah Hogue.
  • When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Contemporary Art Gallery – 555 Nelson Street
  • Admission: Free

Birthday Bash for the Universe: Family Night

Vancouver Planetarium

Daniel Chai / Daily Hive

  • What: Join HR MacMillan Space Centre for their Birthday Bash for the Universe Family Night and learn about major astronomical discoveries in our known history. Enjoy crafts, activities and a show in the planetarium star theatre that will explore the birth of our 13.8 billion-year-old universe. Young science experts from the UBC Astronomy Club will be there to share how their childhood passion prompted them to study space, physics and astronomy. The Vancouver LEGO Club will also be in attendance with a space display.
  • When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: HR MacMillan Space Centre – 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – The LEGO Ninjago Movie

  • What: Take a trip back to the days of poodle-skirts, greased hair, and doo-wop music – the Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy The LEGO Ninjago Movie on a giant 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: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Waterfront Chats: Let’s Talk Marketing

  • What: Discuss best practices and trends in marketing with Small Business BC’s Marketing and Communications team. SBBC will also be sharing some of the strategies that they utilize in their own marketing efforts. Get inspired, share ideas, and meet new connections.
  • When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 to 7 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC – 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Registration: Online, $10

Vallea Lumina

night walk july

Foresta Lumina/Moment Factory

  • What: Vallea Lumina is an immersive, light-up night walk created by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” The 1.5 km walk is staged at Cougar Mountain. Located just eight minutes north of Whistler Village, the night walk uses the lush rainforest and a stunning array of mountain and valley views as the backdrop.
  • When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018, to October 2018
  • Time: Shows begin at sundown
  • Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
  • Tickets: Admission starts at $29

Greater Vancouver ACMP Summer Social 2018

  • What: The Association of Change Management Professionals invite you for an evening of connection and conversation at their annual Summer Social.
  • When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Central City Brewery – 871 Beatty St, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

Building Community Through Art-Making And Storytelling

  • What: A workshop with filmmaker and visual artist Randall Okita, and producers of his multi-award-winning debut feature film, The Lockpicker. This workshop is designed to explore, discuss and raise questions about the role of art-making and storytelling in shaping and building community.
  • When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Cineworks – 300-1131 Howe Street (lane entrance), Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$20

Summer Movie Nights on the Square – Zootopia

Vancouver art gallery

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Kai Jacobson)

  • What: Vancouver is getting a whole new free outdoor movie series as šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) is set to play host to Summer Movie Nights on the Square. Fresh Air Cinema’s large, four-storey inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect urban environment to enjoy Zootopia surrounded by the concrete jungle – just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.
  • When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Time: Activities begin at 5 pm, movie begins at sunset (check sunset times as that will be your best indication of when movies will start)
  • Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) – 850 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Simon King Clean Comedy Album Taping

  • What: Simon King records his new clean comedy album at the Havana with special guests Steev Letts, Sophie Buddle, Mark Hughes, Sam Tonning, Alex Biron, Carl Turnbull, and Dylan Rhymer.
  • When: Wednesday, July 18
  • Time: 8 and 10 pm
  • Where: Havana Vancouver – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Coco


Free outdoor movies at Canada Place (Port Metro Vancouver)

  • What: Enjoy Coco on a large inflatable screen 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: Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Start time: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Admission: Free

Andy Haynes

  • What: Since starting comedy in 2004, Andy has been seen on Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Comedy Central Presents, the Pete Holmes show, Roast Battle, and Another Period. He now lives in LA where he regularly performs at the Comedy Store and writes for television shows.
  • When: Thursday, July 19 to Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

From Where We Stand: Artist Talk & Tour

  • What: Join 13 Feet off the Ground Collective for an artist talk & tour of their exhibition From Where We Stand, on display at the Port Moody Arts Centre from July 12 to August 6. 2018. The evening will include a slide show featuring the collective’s mural work in Sicily and also includes a talk and tour through their exhibition of current work produced following the residency in Sicily last fall.
  • When: Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Richmond Chamber of Commerce Annual Summer BBQ Luncheon

  • What: Join the Richmond Chamber of Commerce for their Annual BBQ, poolside at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Members and those who are not yet members are invited to celebrate the summer with BBQ, raffle prizes, live music, networking, and more.
  • When: Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Times: Registration 11:30 am, Luncheon 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Where: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel – 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $49-$59 + GST

Coquitlam’s Neighbourhood Nights – Rochester Park

Neighbourhood Nights

Kids playing tug of war (City of Coquitlam/Facebook)

  • What: Get to know your neighbours at this free family event held at various Coquitlam park locations throughout the summer, with kids’ games, family activities, and light refreshments. Be a part of building relationships, promoting neighbourhood safety and creating a sense of community, while getting out to meet your neighbours and having fun.
  • When: Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Rochester Park – 1300 Rochester Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Science World After Dark

  • What: Unleash your inner storyteller at the next Science World After Dark as you discover the science behind animation with the new feature exhibition, The Science Behind Pixar. Professional animators from the Vancouver Film School will also be on hand to guide guests through the process of creating an animated character from scratch, including illustration, movement, personality, and voice.
  • When: Thursday, July 17, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 11 pm
  • Where: Science World at TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $36

AIBC Architectural Walking Tours

  • What: Through its summer walking tour program, the AIBC offers architectural perspectives of six Vancouver neighbourhoods. For locals and tourists alike, these tours are a unique and engaging way to learn more about the history of Vancouver. Vancouver sites include Chinatown, Gastown, Yaletown, Downtown, West End and Strathcona, the first neighbourhood in Vancouver.
  • When: Daily until Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12 pm, 1 to 3 pm
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Friday, July 20, 2018

Cultus Lake Summer Nightslide Concerts 2018

cultus lake

Cultus Lake Waterpark
(amusement.force / Instagram)

  • What: You can now slip and slide later and later into the night this summer, with nighttime sliding at BC’s biggest waterpark. Separate from their daytime operation, the summer nightslide runs from 8 pm until midnight and includes several live bands playing through the course of the evening. On Friday, July 20, Swamp Honey, Pleasant Trees, and Ezra Kwizera will be performing. Artists on Friday, August 17 include the North Country Gentleman and Terrance Richmond. Admission to Cultus Waterpark’s Summer Nightslide costs $22 per person (plus tax) and is considered to be separate from regular admission purchase. Visitors must enter the waterslide before 9:30 pm as late entry will not be permitted.
  • When: Friday, July 20 and Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm to midnight
  • Where: Cultus Lake Waterpark – 4150 Columbia Valley Hwy, Cultus Lake
  • Admission: $22 per person (plus tax)

Knife Party

  • What: Australian electro house duo consisting of two members of the drum and bass band Pendulum, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen.
  • When: 
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50

Port Moody Rib Fest

  • What: Taking place over three days in Rocky Point Park, this is a FREE community event features live music, craft beers, and family entertainment. Come to enjoy three days of delicious barbecue with friends and family.
  • When: July 20 to June 22, 2018
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Rocky Point Park — 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

3-Day Glam Master Class at AVB Academy

  • What: The AVB x Glam Master Class with Glam House and Academy is a 3-day intensive glam makeup course that covers all there is to know about the various types of glam makeup looks. This is perfect for teenagers looking to turn their hobby into a career, soon-to-be brides, or makeup artists seeking an educational upgrade. You’ll learn new ways to utilize colour and pigment, as well as additional techniques for creating a true glam makeup style that’s #instagramworthy. No previous makeup experience required!
  • When: Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: course days all run from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Ana V Beauty Academy, 110 – 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Tickets: Learn more and sign up now – limited seats available.

Fridays on Front

Fridays on Front Street


  • What: Fridays on Front features artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and Food Trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest. Steel & Oak Brewing Co. is also on site so you can enjoy a cold beer while strolling around, thanks to a fully-licensed Front Street during the event.
  • When: Fridays from now to August 24, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: 600-block of Front Street, New Westminister
  • Admission: Free

Summer Sounds #1: Jon and Roy

  • What: This four-concert series will feature top music headliners, delicious food trucks, and the always popular patio bar. The first night features Jon and Roy.
  • When: Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Plaza – 695 Cambie St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Viva Colombia! Colombian Independence Day

  • What: Celebrate Colombian Independence Day with two DJs, two bands, prizes, and a night full of dancing.
  • When: Friday, July 20, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 pm to late
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$24
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