27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: July 13 to 15

Jul 5 2018, 1:03 am

Summertime is a fun time, especially with our list of 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, July 13, Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15! Vancouver Folk Festival, Bastille Day Festival, and more to enjoy!

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Vancouver Folk Festival 2018

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

  • What: An incredible weekend of music from close to home and around the globe. Featuring Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Rodney Crowell, James McMurtry, The Dead South, Carole Pope, Archie Roach, Ranky Tanky, Wazimbo & Banda Kakana, Dakhabrakha, and many more acts.
  • When: Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where:  Jericho Beach Park
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$170

The Y2K Party

  • What: Fox Cabaret’s monthly dance party devoted the one-hit wonders, party bangers and classics hits of the early to mid-2000s with DJs Trevor Risk and DJ Flipout.
  • When: 
  • Time: 10:30 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $8

Bats of Burrvilla

  • What: As dusk descends, watch and learn about bats as they head out to feast on a buffet of insects.
  • When: Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Time: 7:45 to 9:45 pm
  • Where: Deas Island Regional Park, Delta
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+, registration required

PoCo Grand Prix

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PoCo Grand Prix / City of Port Coquitlam

  • What: Join thousands downtown for the third PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres, and enjoy an exciting evening of pro cycling, free entertainment and family activities. Part of BC Superweek.
  • When: Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Time: 2:30 to 10:40 pm
  • Where: Downtown Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Free Outdoor Screening of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

  • What: Reel 2 Real is hosting a free outdoor screening of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Inspired by the Lebanese poet’s work, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is a wondrous and richly-animated adaptation of one of the most recognized and best-selling volumes of poetry of all time. It will be preceded by free animation workshops at Performance Works, from 5-8:30 pm.
  • When: Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Time: Dusk, approximately 9:15 pm
  • Where: Ron Basford Park’s Amphitheatre (besides Performance Works), Granville Island
  • Admission: Free

Coquitlam Summer Concert Series

  • What: The three-part series will be themed around the musical genres of jazz, classic rock, and Motown. The event kick-off on Friday, July 13 will be a jazz-themed night, as the members of the Beauty Shop Dolls sing in perfect harmony. They will be followed by The Hummingbird Brigade, a New Orleans style funky-jazz brass band including some of Vancouver’s top jazz musicians.
  • When: Friday, July 13, August 3, and September 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: TD Community Plaza — 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series

  • What: From the sweet sounds of classical music to your favourite Canadian rock bands, Whistler Olympic Plaza is the place for free concerts this summer. Highlights include Washboard Union (July 13) Stars (August 4) and Lights on September 1).
  • When: Various dates from Friday, July 13 to Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Whistler Olympic Plaza
  • Admission: Free

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Red Bull 400 2018

Red Bull 400

A runner races up the Red Bull 400 course in Whistler.

  • What: Known as the “steepest race in the world,” the almost-vertical race challenges competitors with a single objective: First one to the top wins. Testing both speed and endurance, this race challenges runners with 400 metres on a 37° incline from the bottom of a ski jump, straight to the top.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Time: 8 am
  • Where: Whistler Olympic Park
  • Registration: Online

Mark Farina

  • What: Nordic Track presents DJ, producer and house music icon Mark Farina at the Imperial.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9:30 pm
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main StreetVancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

6th Annual Ladies WHO Lunch Summer Patio Party

  • What: Enjoy an afternoon of networking, She’s In Biz vendors, door prizes and valuable connections. Dress code: fascinator or hat.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • Where: The Arbutus Club – 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50-$65

Fifth Annual Ultimate Car Show

  • What: More than 300 classic, muscle, premier, exotic and specialty vehicles will be on display at the fifth annual Ultimate Car Show, running from 10 am to 3 pm. This free, family event kicks off with a pancake breakfast starting at 8 am and paid for by donation and includes an outdoor barbecue, beer garden and live entertainment.
  • When: Saturday, July 14
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Hard Rock Casino – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

The Summer Festival 2018

  • What: The Summer Festival is an anime event that features artists and vendors, carnival games, and stage events. Presented by SFU Anime Club, cosplay and yukatas are encouraged.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018 
  • Time: 1 pm to late
  • Where: SFU Burnaby, Convocation Mall
  • Admission: Free

Glitter Unicorn Festival

  • What: With lively entertainment and delicious treats, the Glitter Unicorn Festival is both a “fun-raiser” and a “fundraiser.” An assortment of freezies will be on sale to keep you cool in the summer weather. Admission is free but all sales will be donated to the Surrey Food Bank. A bottle drive will also be on-site so bring your recyclable bottles for donation.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: Forsyth Park – 10635 140 St, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Symphony at Sunset 2018

  • What: The free, outdoor concert is part of the VSO’s lineup of summertime outdoor concerts to celebrate its 100th anniversary. A pre-event begins at 7:15 pm with student ensembles by the VSO School of Music. This will be followed by the main event performed by the VSO from 8:30 pm to 10 pm, with the orchestra playing symphonic hits such as Leonard Bernstein, excerpts from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and John Williams’ scores to Star Wars. Food trucks will also be present at the site for the event.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Time: 7:15 pm to 10 pm (VSO performance begins at 8:30 pm)
  • Where: Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

BC Lions vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

  • What: Catch the BC Lions in CFL action against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at BC Place.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Wiener Weekend 2018 

Wiener dog running/Hastings Racecourse

  • What: As part of their Dog Days of Summer, Vancouver’s most adorable and athletic Wiener Dogs will be taking to the track to compete for $500 cash and a fabulous doggy prize pack. Plus, there’s also going to be food trucks, craft beer, and live music, all afternoon long.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: Wiener Dog races will be taking place in between the horse races, with the first horse race starting at 1:50 pm
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street
  • Admission: Free

Bastille Day Festival

  • What: Vancouver Bastille Day will feature a French market, beer garden, artwork and entertainment, and more.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 11 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Center – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show

Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show

Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show / City of Burnaby

  • What: A car lovers dream come true, all happening in Burnaby. Enjoy the street festival with the whole family.
  • When: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • When: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Edmonds Street from Canada Way towards Kingsway
  • Admission: Free

Lynn Headwaters and the Mining Frontier

  • What: Join mines researcher Lloyd Knutsen for a 9-km return hike in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Along the way, Lloyd will share his knowledge of the prospectors and history of mining in the area, look at historical artifacts and minerals, and tell stories using old maps and photographs. Bring water and lunch. Wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the weather. 
  • When: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.  Meet outside BC Mills House.
  • Admission: Free

Eat Play Live Well Street Fair

  • What: Learn from local groups about health, financial literacy, safety and other lifestyle topics. Eat Play Live Well Street Fair also brings fun and entertainment for the family, with live performances from local musicians, a bouncy castle, games and interactive activities. Take a stroll among booths to support local vendors and see the well-crafted products they create. Food vendors will also be on site to keep you energized during the fair.
  • When: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Phoenix Centre – 13686 94A Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Indian Summer Festival

  • What: The eighth annual Indian Summer Festival features a multitude of events, artists, and performances around the city. The theme for this year’s festival is “Mythmaking.”
  • When: Now to Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • Tickets: Available online

Les Miserables

  • What: Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.
  • When: Now to Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St. Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Honeybee Festival

  • What: The Honeybee Centre’s annual Honeybee Festival features amazing and educational entertainment for everyone. There will be face painting, concessions, and live musical entertainment for the whole family.
  • When: Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: The Honeybee Centre – 7480 176 st, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Capilano Mall Summer Sale

  • What: Head over to the air-conditioned arcades of the beautiful Capilano Mall, where you will find amazing deals and incredible promotions from over 20 participating retailers. For an easy transition from the beach to the mall, their Family Lounge and Cool Katz Kidz Zone will be getting a makeover, bringing the summer vibe indoors for you and your family.
  • When: Now to Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where:  Capilano Mall – 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
  • More Info: Online


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  • What: Logic brings his Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour to the PNE Amphitheatre with special guests NF and Kyle.
  • When: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: PNE Amphitheatre East – 2901 East Hastings Street
  • Tickets: $69.50 – available via TicketLeader

Summer Series at Grandview Park

  • What: The Commercial Drive Business Society presents a series of free, interactive family events at Grandview Park. Day two features Zumba on the Main Stage. Be ready to jump in and be a part of this exhilarating class by Zumba Vancouver. The FortisBC Kids Zone at Cenotaph also features a face painter, caricature artist, and balloon twister.
  • When: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 5 pm
  • Where: Grandview Park – 1657 Charles Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Be Our Guest

  • What: Enjoy an afternoon of Disney and Pixar entertainment featuring symphonic and choral music from Moana, Enchanted, Monsters Inc, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Incredibles, and Beauty and the Beast. Also, get a chance to win prizes from Disney, Cineplex, and Tom Lee Music. This concert is children friendly, and fun for the whole family.
  • When: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online
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