27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: July 27 to 29

Jul 5 2018, 5:27 am

The last weekend of July is here. Find something new to do with our checklist of 27 events in Vancouver on Friday, July 27, Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29. Playland Nights, Honda Celebration of Lights, and more to enjoy.

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

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

center of gravity

Center of Gravity / Facebook

  • 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


Playland at night / Facebook

  • 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. Held next to the 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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Honda Celebration of Light 2018 – South Africa

Honda Celebration of Light/Jonathan Evans

  • What: English Bay in downtown Vancouver will once again be showered with fireworks for three nights this summer, as the 2018 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition returns to the city. South Africa lights up the sky on July 28 and will incorporate the theme of “Love” into their fireworks display and musical accompaniment. Plus enjoy live music during Z Fest and at the Park Stage at Second Beach.
  • When: Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm to 10:25 pm (25-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
  • Where: English Bay, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free. Reserved seating on sale through the festival’s website.

Farmstead History Tour

  • What: Stroll the Annand/Rowlatt Farmstead in a unique natural setting. Learn about the evolution of farm equipment used before Campbell Valley became a park. Presented with BC Farm Museum & Langley Heritage Society
  • When: Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 1:45 to 3:15 pm
  • Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Minnesota United FC

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps face off with Minnesota United FC at BC Place.
  • When: Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Babelle Theatre’s This, Here

  • What: Alison (Olivia Hutt) and Maddie (Sara Vickruck) are at a 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

Brewery & The Beast Vancouver

Brewery & The Beast Van


  • What: This one of a kind, ultra-meaty outdoor culinary experience features chefs cooking up locally-sourced products and ingredients, and aims to educate guests about becoming a conscientious consumer and buying local – all while filling their stomachs with a ton of high-quality grub.
  • When: Sunday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Concord Pacific Lot, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Fuggles & Warlock Pig Roast Beer Dinner at Mamie Taylor’s

  • What: This event combines Mamie Taylor’s legendary pig roast with beer pairings from Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks for an evening of meat-fueled shenanigans.
  • When: Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Mamie Taylor’s – 251 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $67; buy 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: Now to Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Barks + Brews Dog Friendly Patio Party

  • What: Brought to you by Jet Pet Resort (aka doggy daycare and boarding), Barks + Brews celebrates Jet Pet’s new Olympic Village location. The event features a pet portrait photographer, activities for our four-legged friends, drinks, music, and a pet adoption centre. The first 100 people who show up will receive a FREE beer and snacks on Jet Pet.
  • When: Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Red Truck Beer Company – 295 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver

6th annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

  • What: The biggest one-day food truck festival in Canada. Attendees who head to the 6th annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest can expect to find a whopping 90 food trucks at this free event. The StrEat Food Tuck Fest also boasts six beer gardens, live music, and a 150-vendor artisan market.
  • When: Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 10 pm
  • Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Admission: Free

Titties for Kitties! A Fundraiser for VOKRA at the Rio Theatre

  • What: A burlesque show entirely dedicated to the feline purr-suasion. Proceeds go to Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA), a volunteer-driven non-profit dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. Featuring Melody Mangler, Sparkle Plenty, Vixen Von Flex, Trixie Hobbitses and more. Hosted by April O’Peel.
  • When: Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Sunday, July 29, 2018


Image: meowbox

  • What: Meowfest is a one-day event hosted by Meowbox, a Vancouver-based cat goodies subscription box. Along with mingling with fellow feline friends, attendees can even adopt some home-needing kitties too. Besides that, “celebricats” and cat advocates line the event’s schedule, which includes everything from the Insta-famous Nala Cat to a pet photography workshop.
  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Arts Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Meowfest, $15

Fun-Raiser: Supporting the BCSMSSA

  • What: Fun-raiser is a special evening of stand up comedy with proceeds going to British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA). Featuring Ivan Decker, Byron Bertram, Sam Tonning, Harris Anderson, Larke Miller, Ed Konyha, Alex Biron, and Jordan Ducharme.
  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $19.05 plus tax

Day with Trek Travel at Trek Bicycle Burnaby

  • What: Join Trek Bicycle Burnaby and Trek Travel on a scenic 20 to 30-mile route through some of the best roads and bike paths the Vancouver area has to offer. Trek will provide guides, a gourmet picnic lunch, a cycling route for casual and seasoned riders alike, and a taste of what it is to experience a Trek Travel vacation.
  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Trek Bicycle Burnaby – 5400 Kingsway Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Community-Wide Garage Sale

  • What: Pick up great deals on gently used clothes, book, kids toys, sports and active gear, furniture and more. There will also be food and drink for purchase as well as a few local vendors.
  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Sullivan Hall – 6306 152 Street, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Pride Tongue Tied – A Local Queer Music Showcase

  • What: Pride Tongue Tied is part of Eastside Studios Pride Week Calendar, and features Devours, Sorry Edith, Pale Red, and Kimmortal. DJ Möm will keep things bumping between sets, and stick around after the show for a dance party.
  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9:30 pm
  • Where: Eastside Studio – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Dinner in the Sky North Vancouver 2018

Chef Ambassador Ned Bell (right), Executive Chef Evan Elman (left)/Dinner In The Sky Canada

  • 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

Queers & Beers: Pride Edition

  • What: The 4th annual Pride Edition of Queers & Beers features craft beers, special cocktails, cider, pool table, video games, pinball, food trucks, and live DJs spinning on the tropical parking-lot patio.
  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Eastside Studio – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Little Red Warrior and his Lawyer

  • What: Join Savage Society at The Cultch Historic Theatre for a reading of a new play written and directed by Kevin Loring. Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer is a satirical fable about power, politics and procreation.
  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Cultch’s Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Jazz Up Pride with Martina Griffiths

  • What: Martina will take you on a fun-fused eclectic night of jazz including standards ‘Let’s Do It’ and ‘Honeysuckle Rose.’ Enjoy a Pride sizzling rendition of Prince’s ‘Kiss’ and the smooth latin bossa nova of ‘Sway.’ Mixed and stirred in with swinging versions of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive,’ Dusty Springfield’s ‘Sunny,’ and many others.
  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: XY Vancouver – 1181 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

L I M I T S by Kimiko

  • What: LIMITS examines how structures and our bodies impose themselves on each other. Kimiko is an artist who studied theatre and film history for an undergrad in an institutional setting for 5 years, non-consecutively. she has trained primarily in Grotowski-based work outside of the institution – she is riveted by the Viewpoints.
  • When: Sunday, July 29 to Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Russian Hall – 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20
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