27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: July 20 to 22

Jul 5 2018, 4:44 am

Welcome to the weekend – time to get outside and enjoy July. Check out these 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, July 20, Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22. There is The Deighton Cup, Slide The City, Surrey Fusion Festival, and more.

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

Friday, July 20, 2018

Cultus Lake Summer Nightslide Concerts 2018

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Cultus Lake Waterpark
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  • 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 playing. 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
  • 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

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Deighton Cup

Deighton Cup

Photo courtesy Deighton Cup

  • What: Get your chicest hats and flashiest bowties out. The Deighton Cup – Vancouver’s most stylish day at the races – is coming back for summer 2018. Aside from the races, this year’s event will include a best-dressed competition, mixology contest, and delicious food catered by Earls. The restaurant chain will be building a pop-up kitchen on location and Hawksworth will be catering food for patrons in VIP suits. Whether you treat yourself at the taco bar or try delicious sushi doughnuts, the spread at the Cup will definitely satisfy.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Hastings Racetrack -188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $55 early bird, buy online

Steveston Alive! Walking Tour Vignettes

  • What: Stroll through historic Steveston Village as the past comes to life with the Steveston Alive! Walking Tour Vignettes. Not just any ordinary walking tour – visitors will discover what the past was like as talented Hugh McRoberts Secondary School drama student actors perform five short plays about living and working in Steveston in the year 1917.
  • When: Every Saturday until July 21, 2018
  • Time: 1 pm and 3 pm
  • Where: Steveston Museum – 3811 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Uptown Live 2018

  • 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 thriving indie music scene.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 9 pm
  • Where: 6th Street and 6th Avenue, New Westminster
  • Admission: Free


  • What: Kick it like Jackie Chan with hit producer Dzeko at Celebrities with support from Yurie and Seb C.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

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: Now to Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Bears, Berries and Beetles

  • What: What is it like to walk like a bear? What do bears eat? What do they see, smell and hear? Find out about bear lifestyles and habits through games and more. Ages 6 to 8.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam
  • Admission: $4.25 per child, registration required

Queers be Gaming

  • What: An event for nerds, gamers and geeks of all types, shapes and sizes. Join the Vancouver Gaymers for board games, video games, and steam games. Everyone is welcome.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: La Fontana – 3701 Hastings St #101, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Willingdon Linear Park Grand Opening

  • What: Celebrate the new and vibrant parkway with live music, food trucks, and free family fun.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Willingdon Avenue from Midlawn Drive to Parker Street
  • Admission: Free

Babes + Beats on the Shore

  • What: Hautebox is dropping Babes + Beats on the Shore – a high-energy summer workout featuring Slow Jam Sundays‘ DJ Marlon J. English and Ariel Swan. The afternoon includes Yoga beats (instructed by Stephanie Trembath of Body Balance), vegan and gluten-free snacks from 2 Guys With Knives, an athleisure fashion show from Koral Activewear, and BRUNETTE, a 60-minute high-vibing, outdoor workout with music from DJ Marlon J. English and Ariel Swan.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Cates Deck, Lonsdale Quay – 101 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45

Satinder Sartaaj

Satinder Sartaaj

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  • What: Known as a master of Sufi-style singing, Sartaaj has captivated audiences for years with his melodies and classic Punjabi tunes. Sartaaj graduated with an honours degree in music and also completed his 5-year diploma in classical music from Sangeet Vishard in Jalandhar, Punjab. He then headed to Punjab University, Chandigarh for his Masters, also in Music, and he also holds a PhD with specialization in Sufi poetry. Not only is Sartaaj a musician but he is also an actor, and showed his many talents in the Hollywood film The Black Prince released last year.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm and concert starts at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theater, 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online or by calling 778-682-0001

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Surrey Fusion Festival

Pavilions/Surrey Fusion Festival

  • What: The two-day festival brings together over 45 cultural and community groups from around the world and more than 150 artists and performers. Live entertainment, food pavilions and interactive cultural activities will keep you busy throughout the weekend. Featuring Walk Off The Earth, Rhanjit Bawa, Wintermitts, and more.
  • When: Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 10 pm
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Blueberry Sale and Tea

  • What: Blueberry season is here. Purchase fresh local blueberries and the best blueberry pie in town with proceeds supporting the Richmond Nature Park Society’s environmental education programs.
  • When: Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Creed Bratton

  • What: American actor and musician Creed Bratton brings a special comedy and live music set to Fortune Sound Club. Featuring support from Aaron Read, Katie-Ellen Humphries and Soo Jeong.
  • When: Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E Pender St. Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$30

Vancouver Canadians vs Hilsboro Hops 

  • What: Vancouver Canadians face off with the Hillsboro Hops at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • When: Friday, July 20 to Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Royal City Show & Shine

  • What: Enjoy hundreds of classic cars, food trucks, live music and more at the 2018 Royal City Show & Shine.
  • When: Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Justice Institute of British Columbia – 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster
  • Admission: Free

Slide The City North Vancouver 2018

  • What: The 1,000-foot-long slip-and-slide will be returning to Lower Lonsdale. 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. Parking for the event will be limited, so biking, walking, or transit is encouraged.
  • When: Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Lonsdale Avenue at Keith Road, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Start at $20, available online

Vancouver Thai Festival 

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Thai Consulate

  • What: Celebrate Thai culture at the fifth annual Thai Festival taking place at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Try your hand at Thai boxing or relax and get a traditional Thai massage. There will also be entertainment, dancing, and vendors selling Thai goods.
  • When: Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 8 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Pride Sports Day

  • What: Whether you enjoy traditional sports, or prefer alternative outdoor activities, Pride Sports Day has something for you. Come early for the annual Pride Run & Walk – Race Day, hosted by the Vancouver Frontrunners from 8 am to 11 am, then join the Vancouver Pride Society for a day of games, sports, performances, a beer garden and vendor village.
  • When: Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Second Beach – 8501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Vancity Roots & Culture Experience

  • What: An all-day interactive reggae, hip-hop, soul and R&B music jam featuring some of the best seasoned and up and coming local artists Vancouver has to offer.
  • When: Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 8 pm
  • Where: Chain and Forge on Granville Island
  • Admission: Free

Ricky Kej and Special Guests

  • What: A mega-concert with Grammy winner Ricky Kej, with special guests Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Jennifer Gasoi, Rocky Dawuni, Ron Korb, Lonnie Park, and many more.
  • When: Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

African Descent Festival 2018

  • What: The 4th annual African Descent Festival features local and international music artists such as Eddy Kenzo & The Ghetto Kids, as well as food, fashion, spoken work, history and more.
  • When: Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • When: 10 am to 8 pm
  • Where: Thornton Park – 1166 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free
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