35 things to do in Vancouver this week: July 23 to 27

Jul 5 2018, 4:47 am

The last full week of July is already here, so don’t miss out on the fun. From Outdoor Movies to Pride Kickoff, here are 35 events to check out in Vancouver from Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27.

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

Monday, July 23, 2018

BC Place Tours – All Access Experience

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BC Place in Vancouver (GagliardiImages/Shutterstock)

  • What: The BC Sports Hall of Fame presents an All Access Experience with an enhanced visit to the Hall of Fame including an exclusive behind the scenes tour of BC Place. The tour includes the media lounge, the Premium Suite areas, the team locker rooms (when available) and access onto the field providing visitors with an amazing viewpoint of BC Place (when available).
  • When: Various days – see schedule online
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: BC Sports Hall of Fame – Gate A of BC Place Stadium – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $20 plus tax. Tours are first come, first served. Reservations are recommended – 604-687-5520

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition 2018

  • What: The Titanic: Artifact Exhibition has been designed to focus on the real, authentic human stories of those who boarded the Titanic and bringing those tales back to life. To help recreate the memories of the passengers, more than 120 authentic pieces from the vessel will be present, as well as extensive re-creations of rooms on the ship.
  • When: Now to Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Where: Lipont Place – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $17.95

1600+ Pandas World Tour Vancouver 2018

  • What: A total of 888 hand-crafted papier-mâché giant pandas will be displayed at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping mall this summer as part of a campaign to raise awareness of wildlife conservation, pandas, and sustainability. Donated proceeds from the free exhibition will go towards World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada to help fund its wildlife conservation research and education programs.
  • Where: Grand Court of Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • When: Now to Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Time: Regular Mall Hours
  • Cost: Free (donations welcome)

Women in the Arts: An Open Discussion

  • What: An opportunity for women working in Vancouver’s artistic community to network in a casual environment and have conversations about their shared and diverse experiences in the industry. Cis women, trans women, and anyone who has identified with the descriptor at some point in their lives are welcome, as are gender non-binary folks. 
  • When: Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: The Post at 750 – #110-750 Hamilton St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Lunch & Lyrics

  • What: Surrey Civic Plaza’s new Lunch & Lyrics acoustic concert series features a new acoustic musical act every Monday in the summer. Each week will also feature a different food truck.
  • When: Every Monday until August 27, 2018 (No show August 6)
  • Time: 12 to 2 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Dinner in the Sky North Vancouver 2018

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  • What: Dinner in the Sky North Vancouver will present brunch, lunch, and dinner offerings from 415 West Esplanade. The North Vancouver waterfront location will provide a stunning panorama view of the ocean, mountain, and city, and is the first of several other locations to soon be announced. Curating the dinners is BC-born chef Ned Bell, known for his several appearances on celebrity cooking shows and his role as a sustainable seafood ambassador.
  • When: Now to Sunday, July 29, 2018, 2018 
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: 415 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online starting at $149

Hooded Fang

  • What: Formed in 2007, Canadian indie rockers Hooded Fang features vocalist/guitarist Dan Lee, vocalist/bassist April Aliermo, guitarist Lane Halley and drummer D. Alex Meeks. The band is a Polaris Prize nominee.
  • When: Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park – Mean Girls

Aerial shot of the free outdoor movies in Stanley Park (Fresh Air Cinema)

  • What: Mean Girls is screening at Stanley Park as part of Evo Summer Cinema Series’ 10th Anniversary. Enjoy the film on a four-story inflatable movie screen. 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 24, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Admission: Free

Cult Following Live with The Fictionals 

  • What: The leader is good, the leader is great! Join The Fictionals for Cult Following Live, a new comedy show featuring the Vancouver-made party game by Bravely Told Games. The comedians will create new and ridiculous cults and the audience will decide the one true winner.
  • When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $7 or $5 for students

Building Brand Authority in a Crowded Marketplace

  • What: Learn strategies for building trust with your audience and for establishing your brand’s reputation as an industry thought leader.
  • When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: RTOWN Headquarters – 1250 Homer Street, Suite 502, Vancouver
  • Register: Online $9.99

Twilight Tuesdays at Science World

Telus World of Science in Vancouver (Songquan Deng/Shutterstock)

Telus World of Science in Vancouver (Songquan Deng/Shutterstock)

  • What: While school may be out for the summer, there are still ample learning opportunities to be had, thanks to the return of Twilight Tuesdays at Science World. Until August 28, patrons can enjoy extended hours every Tuesday at Science World, from 5 pm to 9 pm, while exploring the exhibits, catching a live science show, or viewing a larger-than-life OMNIMAX film.
  • When: Every Tuesday until August 28, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: Telus World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Noontime Notes at Central City

  • What: Head to Central City’s outdoor Plaza and enjoy free live lunchtime music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. A wide array of musical offerings will be showcased including rock, jazz, country, and more.
  • When: Now until August 23, 2018.
  • Time: 11:45 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Central City – 10153 King George Blvd, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Family Nights at Bard on the Beach

  • What: Arrive at the Village early for family-friendly activities, including the PIXSTAR photobooth and an exclusive pre-show talk designed just for kids (Mainstage tent). Then enjoy a performance of the joyful comedy, As You Like It, filled with Beatles songs.
  • When: Tuesday, July 24 and Tuesday, August 21, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Bard on the Beach – 1695 Whyte Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Reclusive Cosmopolitans: A Series of Poetry Activations

  • What: In conjunction with the exhibitions “David Milne: Modern Painting” and “Cabin Fever,” Vancouver Art Gallery presents a series of poetry interventions. This series will provide a space for the literary and visual arts to convene and find new ways of relating to each other.
  • When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free for Members or with Gallery Admission. Admission is by donation on Tuesday evenings.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – The LEGO Ninjago Movie

  • What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy The LEGO Ninjago Movie 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: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Montreal Impact

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  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps face off with Montreal Impact at BC Place.
  • When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • What: A musical comedy featuring six of the quirkiest pre-pubescent super geniuses you could possibly imagine. Under the watchful eye of a handful of grown-ups who are barely adult themselves, these kids learn that losing doesn’t make you a loser, and there is more to life than winning.
  • When: Wednesday, July 25 to Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Babelle Theatre’s This, Here

  • What: Alison (Olivia Hutt) and Maddie (Sara Vickruck) are at crossroads. The Toronto couple have been indecisive for months now – Alison, a disenchanted actress, isn’t sure whether she wants to continue in the profession; while Maddie, an entrepreneur, is on the verge of selling the catering business she’s worked five years to build. This, Here asks big questions about what it means to live, whether or not we can be saved by work, and how we carry our loved ones through hard times.
  • When: Now to Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Cultch’s Culture Lab – 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$30

Summer Movie Nights on the Square – Oceans Eleven

  • 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. Watch Oceans Eleven on Fresh Air Cinema’s large, four-storey inflatable screen – just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.
  • When: Wednesday, July 25, 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

The Design & Content Conference 2018

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  • What: Hear from industry leaders about crafting experiences and telling stories that shape the future of the web. A day of workshops, two days of talks, and thoughtful extras.
  • When: Wednesday, July 25 to Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Summer Dance Series – Robson Square

  • What: Small Stage’s Wednesday Summer Dance Series brings to life the magic of the four elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – through intimate outdoor dance pieces. Featuring a different element each week, these specially choreographed shows will be performed by all local dancers, in styles that mix the classical arts with modern, urban twists.
  • When: Wednesday, July 25
  • Time: 12 pm
  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink – 725 Howe St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Top Gun

  • What: Each week at dusk, a 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. Feel the need for speed with Top Gun, and keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.
  • When: Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Start time: Dusk
  • Where: North Point of Canada Place
  • Admission: Free

Downtown Farmers’ Market

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  • What: Explore over 30 farms and producers, food and coffee trucks at the weekly Downtown Farmers’ Market
  • When: Every Thursday until Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

A Tribute To Mario Lanza

  • What: A Tribute To Mario Lanza by City Opera Vancouver, starring tenor Sunny Shams.
  • When: Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Italian Cultural Centre Vancouver – 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free


  • What:A commissioned musical, performed by the students of Gateway Academy’s MainStage Musical Theatre Camp. Infused with creative input from the cast, BLAST OFF! is an exploration in space, growing up and being a kid.
  • When: Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Times: 7 pm
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Rd., Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Big Chop Summer Paddle Series

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  • What: Each race is an incredibly fun night of paddling and the Big Chop is open to all levels of paddlers. Choose between the 4 km Little Chop or the 8 km Big Chop and use the boat of your choice – kayak, outrigger, paddle board, surfski, dugout canoe, or rowboat. It just can’t have a motor. Rentals will be available and MEC runs introductory paddle clinics prior to every race.
  • When: Thursday, July 26, Thursday, August 9 and Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm race start
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver
  • Cost: $15 per race, $20 for the final race. Boat rentals is an additional cost.

5th Annual Free VMO Live Symphony – Outdoor Concert

  • What: A free, family-friendly summer evening of live music inspired by the classics and iconic pop culture. This summer evening event will be performed by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, led by Maestro Kenneth Hsieh. Seating is first come, first serve, and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfort.
  • When: Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Jack Poole Plaza at Burrard Landing
  • Admission: Free

An Evening of One Acts

  • What: The Vagabond Players presents Hidden in this Picture by Aaron Sorkin, and Possible Worlds by John Mighton at the Bernie Legge Theatre.
  • When: Now to Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Bernie Legge Theatre – Queen’s Park, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online

Friday, July 27, 2018

Micromoon Festival

  • What: Enjoy a howling good time under the micromoon at this celebration of summer that includes an outdoor drum circle, dancing, food, and fun for all ages.
  • When: Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: West Richmond Community Centre – 9180 No. 1 Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Center of Gravity 2018

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  • What: The festival combines some of the world’s top musical acts with over 150 international athletes competing in seven adrenaline-pumping sports, including beach volleyball, basketball, wakeboarding, freestyle motocross and snowmobiling, skateboarding, and BMX. Plus there’s a new addition of an axe-throwing zone, where fearless fans compete under the watchful eye of talented axe throwing coaches. Headliners this year include Wu-Tang Clan, Zedd, French Montana, Illenium, Action Bronson, and Jauz.
  • When: Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: City Park, Kelowna, BC
  • Tickets: Online

Blessed Coast

  • What: The 4th annual Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival offers a curated line-up of ground-breaking local and international Artists, DJs and Producers. Blessed Coast also hosts BC’s favourite Yoga Teachers, Speakers and Wisdom Keepers in their Yoga Shala and Workshop spaces.
  • When: Friday, July 27 to Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Cheekye Ranch 60001 Squamish Valley Road, Brackendale
  • Tickets: Online

Playland Nights


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  • What: Playland Nights features multiple bars, several DJs, live performances, and VIP experiences. New for this year, attendees can check out a brand-new Virtual Reality racing experience, as well as burlesque shows featuring nostalgic carnival glamour, and atmospheric entertainment throughout the park. This year, Playland Nights is introducing a VIP ticket option to provide exclusive benefits for discerning guests looking for an elevated experience.
  • When: Every Friday until July 27, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm to midnight
  • Where: Playland Amusement Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $31 online/in advance until 5 pm on the day of the event $34 onsite, day-of. VIP tickets available for $81 online/in advance until 5 pm on the day of the event, or for $84 onsite, the day-of.


  • What: Jump on your pony and ride down to Drai’s Vancouver to catch Ginuwine in concert.
  • When: Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Drai’s Vancouver – 3rd floor – 1161 West Georgia, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Lonsdale Quay Dance Fridays

  • What: Lonsdale Quay Friday dance series at the Lonsdale Quay Market features a variety of dances and teachers. July 27 will feature Salsa Night with Katia. Next to Ship Yard night market.
  • When: Every Friday until August 31, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

2018 Pride Premiere

  • What: Kick-off Pride with life-size interactive art pieces, a beer garden, sober lounge, runway competition, vendor village, community groups and food trucks plus two stages by Public Disco in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
  • When: Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm to 12 am
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free
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