27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: July 19 to 21

Jul 1 2019, 6:44 pm

July is just speeding by! Slow down and enjoy the good times with these 27 events happening in Vancouver on Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Deighton Cup, and more!

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

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Friday, July 19

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2019

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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. Artists on the roster this year include Sam Roberts Band, Corb Lund and the Hamiltones, and Larkin Poe.

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

Bianca Del Rio

Bianca Del Rio / Facebook

What: Bianca Del Rio is the season six reigning winner of Logo TV’s hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Bianca brings her new tour, “It’s Jester Joke” to Vancouver.

When: July 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Raconteurs

What: Detroit rockers The Raconteurs, led by Jack White, comes to Vancouver for two shows with special guest Lillie Mae.

When: July 19 and July 20, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cinema Under the Stars – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

What: Enjoy How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on a 26-foot-tall enormous silver screen at Sun Valley Park. Pack a picnic and bring a blanket. In the event of rain, the movie will be moved to the next available Friday.

When: July 19, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Sun Valley Park, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Friday Night Live 2019

Friday Night Live/Hastings Racecourse and Casino

What: Hastings Racecourse will be hosting its exhilarating Friday Night Live series from July 19 to September 6, starting at 7 pm every Friday. This year, every Friday Night Live event will feature a cool playlist with their resident DJs spinning your favourite tracks all night long with a great mix of Hip Hop, R&B, Old School, Reggaeton, Top 40, EDM Music, and more.

As well as the amazing music and electric atmosphere, you can catch races happening under the stars. There’s also going to be outdoor beer tents with a great selection of highballs, your favourite beers on tap, as well as food trucks on site. Don’t forget the legendary Silks Buffet which offers the most incredible views of the racecourse and the mountains in the backdrop.

When: July 19 until September 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where:  Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Price: FREE admission

Aldergrove Fair Days

What: Aldergrove Fair Days have been running for 107 years. Highlights include a Show ‘n Shine, live entertainment, midway rides and games, beer garden and food vendors, and more. Loverboy will also be performing on Saturday night.

When: July 19 to 21, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 11 pm (Saturday), 9 am to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Aldergrove Athletic Park and the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre – 26770 29 Avenue, Langley
Admission: By donation

Music at the Cannery

What: The Cannery’s annual summertime evening concert series returns. Every Friday evening will feature a different musical act, catering to a wide range of musical tastes, including blues, folk, and more.

When: Every Friday until August 30, 2019
Time: Doors at 6 pm, show at 6:30 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Tickets: At the door, $7 for adults, $5 for ages 2 to 17-years-old

Saturday, July 20

The Deighton Cup

Deighton Cup july 21

Photo courtesy 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, live music, and DJs.

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

CAN Relay 4 Autism

What: The first-ever CAN Relay 4 Autism invites families, supporters and the general public to walk, run or wheel around the Swangard Stadium track in support of Canucks Autism Network. Dress up in 80s attire, your favourite costume or come as you are. The free family-friendly outdoor event will also feature carnival games, bouncy castles, food trucks, music and a vendor marketplace.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Register: Online. Admission Free

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

Uptown Live 2019

What: Get your dance shoes on, bring your friends and family and spend a full day of fun with live performances, food trucks, interactive activities, art installations, artisan vendors and more. Four main musical stages will feature the best of BC’s indie music scene. This years headliner is New West’s very own Chris Buck Band.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 12 to 9 pm
Where: 6th Street and 6th Avenue, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Blueberry Sale

What: Buy delicious and fresh local blueberries and blueberry pies at Richmond Nature Park while quantities last.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: Free

Kirby’s Dream Band, The Runaway Four, The Wavebirds

What: An evening of live video game music with Kirby’s Dream Band and The Runaway Four, plus local geeky ska punk from The Wavebirds.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: LanaLou’s – 362 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $10

The Brick Bar – Vancouver

brick bar

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What: The Brick Bar, the first bar of its kind, is happening at The Anza Club. The bar will consist of over one 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

Ultimate Car Show 2019

What: Hard Rock Casino is hosting their 5th annual Ultimate Car Show, in partnership with 360 Fabrication Inc. The free all-ages event features live entertainment throughout the day with the Ultimate Tribute to Bryan Adams, performed by Reckless.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

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

Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take the field against San Jose Earthquakes in MLS action at BC Place. Plus enjoy hours of fun with your family and friends at The Warmup, the new pregame party held at the Plaza of Nations.

When: July 20, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, July 21

Picnic in the Park 2019

What: Picnic in the Park is back in Vancouver, and is being hosted this year by Josh Rimer, Vancouver’s very own Canadian gay role model — who won Mr. Gay Canada 2019. Everyone is welcome at this event, especially families. Attendees can grab a post-event drink at the new Stanley Park Brewing Brewpub, bring a picnic or treat themselves at one of the several amazing food trucks serving up an array of dishes and desserts with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.

The event will feature music by Westcoast Harmony Chorus and KELLE, as well as drag performances curated by Tuck Entertainment Inc. Activities at Picnic in the Park 2019 include free, outdoor yoga classes at 9:15 am and 11:10 am, relay races, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, watermelon eating contest, giant rainbow parachute, three legged race, booths with crafts, button making and so much more.

When: July 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Ceperley Park (Adjacent to Second Beach, inside Stanley Park)
Admission: Free

Surrey Fusion Festival 2019

Surrey Fusion Festival

What: Surrey Fusion Festival is celebrating its 12th anniversary this summer. Western Canada’s largest multicultural event is a massive two-day event focused on music, culture, and food. Known for having dozens of pavilions serving up grub from all over the globe, Surrey Fusion Festival is an event you should definitely arrive at hungry.

When: July 20 and 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Admission: Free

Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show

What: A car lovers dream come true, all happening in Burnaby. Enjoy the street festival with the whole family, with food vendors, live music, petting zoo, and more.

When: July 21, 2019
When: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Edmonds Street from Canada Way to Kingsway
Admission: Free

Robson Square Salsa 2019

What: Enjoy a free dance lesson taught by some of Vancouver’s best salsa instructors. Following the lessons, there is a dance show that features some of Vancouver’s most talented dancers. Plus there is social dancing throughout the afternoon.

When: Every Sunday until August 25, 2019
Time: Lesson starts at 3 pm. Dance show starts at 5 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, donations accepted

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

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

Big Day BBQ

What: Big Day BBQ events pop up all over Vancouver, but you’ll definitely want to be at this one at Fraser Common Farm in Langley. This day will feature complimentary beverages from Windfall Cider, Powell Brewery, and Dickie’s Ginger Beer and music by Starlight & the Pony. Food up for grabs will include a whole hog, chicken, and brisket. You can also enjoy a farm tour or play a game of corn hole before you down dessert from the Pie Shoppe. All proceeds go towards completing their barn project, which houses the many groups that visit the farm to learn about local food systems.

When: July 21, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1322 256 Street, Langley. There’s also a shuttle bus departing from Vancouver at 1:45 pm
Price: $20 – $90; buy online

Pride Run & Walk 2019

Pride Run & Walk

What: Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Pride Run & Walk is an annual event hosted by the Vancouver Frontrunners, a local LGBTQ2+ running and walking club. Offering a 10km running course and a 5km running or walking course, this event has something for everyone, regardless of your abilities.

Having raised over $100,000 since the event’s inception, 100 per cent of the profit and proceeds are donated directly to local community organizations who are making a big difference.

When: July 21, 2019
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Where: Second Beach, Stanley Park
Register: 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

Vancouver Canadians vs Tri-City Dust Devils

What: Vancouver Canadians take on the Tri-City Dust Devils at Nat Bailey Stadium.

When: July 20 to July 22, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online