57 things to do in Vancouver in July

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Summer in Vancouver is one of the best times of the year with tons of events and activities happening around the city.

Here are 57 things to do in Vancouver in July.

Street Festivals & Fireworks

Greek SummerFest

  • What: East Vancouver’s 11-day celebration includes Greek food, drinks, and cultural performances. Free admission.
  • Where: 4641 Boundary Road, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 2 to Sunday, July 12

Khatsahlano Street Party

  • What: The Khatsahlano Street Party is Vancouver’s largest free music and art festival. Expect to see performances by more than 50 artists including The Belle Game, Yukon Blonde and The Courtneys on eight stages.
  • Where: West 4th between Burrard and MacDonald, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 11; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Carnaval del Sol

  • What: This Latin American style festival aims to bring a fiesta to Vancouver’s downtown core!
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 11; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, July 12; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Surrey Fusion Festival

  • What: The ultimate celebration of music, food and culture, right in the heart of Surrey.
  • Where: Holland Park, Surrey – SW Corner of King George Boulevard & Old Yale Road
  • When: Saturday, July 18 to Sunday, July 19

Caribbean Days Festival

  • What: Every July, the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of BC hosts Caribbean Days Festival. It’s a weekend full of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer.
  • Where: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26

Honda Celebration of Light

  • What: Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flood English Bay to watch different countries compete using fire in the sky. Competitors this year are China, Brazil and, of course, Canada.
  • Where: English Bay – corner of Denman St. and Davie St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 25, Wednesday, July 29 and Saturday, August 1; 10 p.m.

Harmony Arts Festival

  • What: The 10-day festival attracts over 130,000 people. You can expect 70 free concerts this year from some of Canada’s most memorable artists.
  • Where: John Lawson Park, West Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 9

Vancouver Street Dance Festival

  • What: The free dance event takes place at Robson Square (our city’s apparent dance mecca), where people get together for workshops, dance battles and live music performances.
  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink – 800 Robson St., Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2

Davie Street Block Party for Vancouver Pride Week

  • What: Play games or dance with Pride to the hottest DJs of the summer! This is now an all ages community focused event for Vancouver’s LGBTQ community, families, and allies.
  • Where: Davie Street (between Thurlow and Jervis), Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 31; 6 p.m. to midnight

Outdoor movies

Evo Summer Cinema Series: Pitch Perfect (Sing-Along version)

  • What: Sing-along to Pitch Perfect outside! The site will be outfitted with a four-storey inflatable movie screen, transforming the area into a magical outdoor cinema within a matter of hours, fit for thousands of Vancouverites to visit and watch flicks throughout the summer.
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach), Stanley Park
  • When: Tuesday, July 7; Dusk

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place: Despicable Me

  • What: Watch Descipable Me outside at Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place presented by Port Metro Vancouver. *Movies will be cancelled in the case of rain and rescheduled for a later date
  • Where: North point of Canada Place
  • When: Thursday, July 9; 9:15 p.m.

Evo Summer Cinema Series: The Breakfast Club

  • What: Watch The Breakfast Club outside! The site will be outfitted with a four-storey inflatable movie screen, transforming the area into a magical outdoor cinema within a matter of hours, fit for thousands of Vancouverites to visit and watch flicks throughout the summer.
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach), Stanley Park
  • When: Tuesday, July 14; Dusk

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place: Austin Powers – The Spy Who Shagged Me

  • What: Watch the second Austin Powers outside at Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place presented by Port Metro Vancouver. *Movies will be cancelled in the case of rain and rescheduled for a later date
  • Where: North point of Canada Place
  • When: Thursday, July 16; 9:10 p.m.

Evo Summer Cinema Series: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  • What: Watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade outside! The site will be outfitted with a four-storey inflatable movie screen, transforming the area into a magical outdoor cinema within a matter of hours, fit for thousands of Vancouverites to visit and watch flicks throughout the summer.
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach), Stanley Park
  • When: Tuesday, July 21; Dusk

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place: Mean Girls

  • What: Watch Mean Girls outside at Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place presented by Port Metro Vancouver. *Movies will be cancelled in the case of rain and rescheduled for a later date
  • Where: North point of Canada Place
  • When: Thursday, July 23; 9 p.m.

Evo Summer Cinema Series: Grease (Sing-Along version)

  • What: Sing-along to Grease outside! The site will be outfitted with a four-storey inflatable movie screen, transforming the area into a magical outdoor cinema within a matter of hours, fit for thousands of Vancouverites to visit and watch flicks throughout the summer.
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach), Stanley Park
  • When: Tuesday, July 28; Dusk

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place: The Lego Movie

  • What: Watch The Lego Movie outside at Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place presented by Port Metro Vancouver. *Movies will be cancelled in the case of rain and rescheduled for a later date
  • Where: North point of Canada Place
  • When: Thursday, July 30; 8:55 p.m.

Music

FVDED in the Park

  • What: The all-ages event will feature world-class artists from a variety of genres, performing across two outdoor stages. Featuring Deadmau5, The Weeknd, Afrojack, Tyler, the Creator and others.
  • Where: Holland Park, Surrey
  • When: Friday, July 3 to Saturday, July 4

Journey

  • What: Rock band Journey heads to Rogers Arena for their Canadian tour.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouevr
  • When: Saturday, July 11; 7:30 p.m.

Pemberton Festival

  • What: One of the regions biggest music festivals is back this year for a weekend of huge artist performances including Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, J. Cole, Tiesto and others.
  • Where: Pemberton Valley – 1835 Hwy 99, Pemberton, B.C.
  • When: Thursday, July 16 to Sunday, July 19

Rush R40 Live Tour

  • What: Legendary Canadian rock band, Rush, heads to Vancouver for their R40 Live Tour.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 17; 8 p.m.

One Direction: On the Road Again Tour

  • What: Mega-stars One Direction will play to just about 60,000 people at BC Place this July.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 17; 7 p.m.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

  • What: The 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival  presents 60 music acts from over 14 countries, ten US states, and seven provinces and territories at beautiful Jericho Beach Park.
  • Where: Jericho Beach, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19

Pokémon Symphony

  • What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions,’ an orchestral symphony featuring the arrangements and carefully timed visuals from recent and classic themes from the Pokémon franchise.
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St., Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 22; 7:30 p.m.

Shorefest

  • What: More than 20 free concerts will take place at English Bay and Sunset Beach Park in conjunction with the city’s 25th annual Honda Celebration of Light.
  • Where: English Bay and Sunset Beach, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 25, Wednesday, July 29 and Saturday, August 1; 2 p.m.

5 Seconds of Summer: Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour

  • What: The first headlining tour by Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer will rock out at Rogers Arena this month.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 25; 7:30 p.m.

Imagine Dragons: Smoke and Mirrors Tour

  • What: Indie rock/pop band Imagine Dragons bring their fresh tour in support of their new album to Vancouver.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, July 30; 7:30 p.m.

Food & Drink

Food Cart Fest

  • What: Over 20 of Vancouver’s most popular food carts will gather in one spot every Sunday this summer for the return of the Food Cart Fest in Olympic Village.
  • Where: 215 West 1st Avenue, Olympic Village, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays, starting June 28, 2015 from noon to 5 p.m.

Squamish Beer Festival

  • What: Around 40 breweries are taking part in the first annual Squamish Beer Festival that’s happening July 11. Expect more than 120 different craft beer and cider releases by breweries locally and across North America.
  • Where: O’Siyam Pavilion – Block 10, Cleveland Avenue, Squamish
  • When: Saturday, July 11; 1 to 6 p.m.

Red Truck Parking Lot Concert Series

  • What: The outdoor concerts will be held over four hot summer afternoons and will feature Canadian radio icons The Trews, the groove juggernauts Five Alarm Funk, blues rockers Head of the Herd and rising country star Logan Mize.
  • Where: Red Truck Brewery Parking Lot – 295 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 11; 4 p.m., concert starts at 6 p.m.

Brewery and the Beast Festival

  • What: The popular meat-centric event celebrates the best in whole animal cooking, using meat that is raised locally and ethically.
  • Where: Concord Pacific Lot – 88 Pacific Boulevard
  • When: Sunday, July 26; 1 to 4 p.m.

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market features vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users. Take note of new hours for 2015.
  • Where: 1100 Station St., Vancouver
  • When: Wednesdays, 2 to 6 p.m.; June 3 to October 7, 2015

Oak Street Farmers’ Market

  • What: This young South Vancouver market boasts all Certified Organic produce, meat, and eggs. It’s run by the Unitarian church, with a goal of connecting locals to their food and farmers.
  • Where: Unitarian Church of Vancouver – Oak St. and West 49th Ave., Vancouver
  • When: Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; June 3 to October 14, 2015

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

  • What: This cash-only market is steps from all the great food and vendors, and has been around for over 20 years.
  • Where: Triangle Square, Granville Island – Vancouver
  • When: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; June 4 to late October 2015

Yaletown Farmers’ Market

  • What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly streets of Yaletown welcome vendors and farmers Thursday afternoons and evenings for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station.
  • Where: 1200 Mainland Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursdays, 2 to 6 p.m.; May 7 to October 29, 2015

UBC Farm markets

  • What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming.
  • Where: UBC Farm – 3461 Ross Drive (Tuesdays & Saturdays), UBC Bookstore – 6200 University Boulevard (Wednesdays)
  • When: Tuesdays, 4 to 6 p.m. (June 9 to October), Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (June 10 to October), Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (June 13 to October)

Il Mercato Italian Market

  • What: The market brings together the tastes of Italy with fresh produce grown locally, in addition to delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef and handmade products from local artisans.
  • Where: 3075 Slocan Street, East Vancouver
  • When: Every third Friday of the month, May 15 to November 20, 2015; 3 to 7 p.m.

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: This is the farmers’ market that started up in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 9 to October 24

West End Farmers’ Market

  • What: The West End’s relaxed Saturday market is a great meeting spot for locals. Grab a cup of coffee, peek at the adjacent community gardens, and take a stroll with your purchases at Nelson Park.
  • Where: Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 24; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market lines East Boulevard every Saturday, bringing out the locals in one of Vancouver’s oldest communities. Stroll, shop, and eat at this vibrant weekend gathering.
  • Where: East Boulevard (between 37th and 41st Avenues), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, June 10 to October 13; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kits market takes place Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre, and has a Bike Valet for shoppers on two wheels, and lots nearby for families to do.
  • Where: West 10th Ave (between Larch and Balsam), Vancouver
  • When: Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 10 to October 25

*A note for this summer: During construction on the parking lot at the Kits Community Centre, the Kitsilano Market will temporarily relocate to Riley Park, at the southeast corner of 30th Avenue and Ontario Street. From May 10 to June 7, 2015 the market will run on the same day and time, and have all the same vendors as the Kits market.

Mt Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.
  • Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays, June 14 to October 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Night Markets

International Summer Night Market

  • What: Each weekend over 20,000 visitors hit up this massive summertime night market in Richmond and experience the diverse array of booths, food and drink vendors, kids’ play area, and live entertainment.
  • Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
  • When: Friday, May 8 to September 27; Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 11 p.m. and Sundays 6 to 10 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

  • What: Drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Night Market is located within easy access of the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station. Roam the aisles to find games, food, and all sorts of wares for sale. Late nighters take note, this is the only local night market open until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays).
  • Where: 8351 River Rd. (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • When: May 15 to October 12, 2015; Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 p.m.

Shipyards Night Market

  • What: The Shipyards Night market features food trucks, live music, numerous vendors and a beer garden.
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: May 1 to September 25; Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.

Surrey Night Market 2015

  • What: Surrey Night Market is an open air event for local residents to sell and consume a variety of local foods, services and goods.
  • Where: Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds – 17726-62 Ave., Surrey
  • When: Friday, May 29 to Sunday, September 20; Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 6 to 11 p.m.

Plaza of Nations Saturday Night Market

  • What: The Plaza of Nations transformed into an outdoor marketplace, complete with food trucks, craft beer, and local bands
  • Where: Plaza of Nations – 750 Pacific Boulevard
  • When: Every Saturday, June 20 to September 12, 2015; 5 to 10 p.m.

Sports

FIFA Women’s World Cup Fan Zone

  • What: Vancouver is hoping to rekindle some of its Olympic atmosphere for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup by holding the largest fan zone festival event in Canada.
  • Where: Larwill Park in downtown Vancouver (688 Cambie Street)
  • When: July 1, 4 & 5; noon to 8 p.m.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Games

  • What: The pinnacle event for international women’s soccer hitting B.C. Place in June and July.
  • Where: B.C. Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, July 5; 4 p.m.

Gastown Grand Prix

  • What: The much anticipated Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix cycling race will return to the cobble-stone streets of Gastown this July.
  • Where: From Water St. at Cambie St. to West Cordova and along Cordova to Carrell, down Carrall and left on Water St. to Cambie.
  • When: Wednesday, July 15; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Free Yoga at Kits Beach

  • What: Free yoga classes held at Kits Beach Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Kits Beach, between the swimming pool and tennis courts – Cornwall Ave. and Yew St., Vancouver
  • When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night until August 31, 2015; 7 to 8 p.m.

Free Yoga at Dude Chilling Park

  • What: Yoga instructor Solomon Montijo, along with ten other teachers, hosts free classes daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Dude Chilling Park.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick St., Vancouver
  • When: Daily; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Ballroom dancing lessons at Robson Square

  • What: DanceSportBC’s Robson Square sub-committee will be hosting 10 nights of free dancing, lessons and performances beginning in June.
  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink – 800 Robson St., Vancouver
  • When: Every Friday of the summer, beginning June 26; 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Free salsa dancing at Robson Square

  • What: Free lessons begin earlier on in the day taught by professional salsa dancers, which are followed by a dance show at 5 p.m. filled with some of Vancouver’s best performers.
  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink – 800 Robson St., Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday from July 5 to August 30, 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Exhibits & Learning

Science World Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

  • What: Ultimate Dinosaurs introduces you to new and unique dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar. The exhibition combines rarely seen specimens with augmented reality technology that transforms full-scale dinosaurs into flesh-covered animated beasts right before your eyes.
  • Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, May 30 to September 7, 2015; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Stefan Stagmeister: The Happy Show

  • What: One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this astonishing experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces-stairwells, hallways, and restrooms-in order to ask: what makes us happy?
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver
  • When: Daily until Monday, September 7; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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