20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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Well, you made it. Another week is finished and the weekend is here, but what will you do with all that free time? Vancity Buzz has you covered.

Here’s a list of 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend. For more, check out our events calendar.

Greek Summerfest

  • What: An immersion of Greek culture, food, music and more!
  • When: Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, doors open at noon
  • Where: 4541 Boundary Road, Vancouver
  • Cost: FREE!

East Van Summer Jam

  • What: Live performances by some of your favourite bands, including The Boom Booms, The Chicago Kid and Start Captain.
  • When: Saturday, July 4, noon to 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Strathcona Park, Vancouver
  • Cost: Tickets are $55. Click here to buy.

Roller Derby Championships

  • What: The Terminal City Rollergirls are back for their season nine championshop double-header.
  • When: Saturday, July 4, 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Where: 75 E 6th Avenue, New Westminster
  • Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12, kids 5 and under FREE! Tickets available here or at the door.

FVDED In The Park

  • What: A summer festival with everything from hip-hop to dance. Headliners include deadmau5 and TheWeeknd.
  • When: Saturday, July 4
  • Where: Holland Park, Surrey
  • Cost: $95 to $250. To purchase, click here.

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.

Railtown Tailgate Summer BBQ Series

  • What: Railtown Cafe is hosting their next tailgate party after the success of their last one. Expect delicious slow-cooked brisket, applewood pork shoulder, and beer brined chicken.
  • Where: Railtown Cafe, 397 Railway Street
  • When: Saturday, July 4, 4 to 10 p.m.

NSFW: Hip-hop meets striptease

  • What: This notorious East Van party describes itself as a “Striptease Variety Show” set to an all hip-hop and rap soundtrack. Warning: full nudity & coarse language.
  • Where: 917 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 4, doors open at 9 p.m.

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 4 and 5; noon to 8 p.m.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Games

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

SummerFest 2015

  • What: Residents of, and visitors to, Vancouver can take part in over 10 weeks of live music, dancing, dance lessons, yoga and other fun-filled community events at Lonsdale Quay Market.
  • Where: Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
  • When: June 26 to September 6, all day

Viva Vancouver: A Dirty Vegas Cabaret

  • What: What could be cooler than Rat-Pack era shenanigans, gorgeous dancers and a perfect cocktail at Kitty Nights Burlesque? All of this and more at Viva Vancouver.
  • Where: 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, July 5, doors open at 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.

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

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

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

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)

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.

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.

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