23 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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Here are some of the top events to check out in Vancouver this weekend, July 10 to 12. For a complete list of events, check out the Vancouver Events Calendar.

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

Clearly Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament

  • What: The Clearly Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament is a three day event run by Volleyball BC and features pro beach volleyball players from Canada, North America, and destinations worldwide. The event attracts over 20,000 spectators each year and offers activities for all ages including a youth volleyball tournament, prize giveaways, interactive crowd activities, and some of the best beach volleyball action in North America.
  • Where: Kits Beach – 1299 Arbutus St., Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 12; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

  • 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.

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.

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.

RUSH: Race and Urban Scavenger Hunt

  • What: Action. Adventure. Suspense. RUSH delivers it all – and the chance to win a trip around the world for one brave team of two! Hit the streets of Metro Vancouver on July 11th and find out what you’re made of.
  • Where: Start and Finish at Terry Fox Plaza at BC Place Stadium – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 11; 9 a.m. to 4 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.

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.

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.

World of Dance Vancouver

  • What: Presented by Mission Of Care Association, the festival will feature a variety of attractions like food stands, apparel vendors and the Showdown Throwdown Streetdance Battle competition, this all-ages event is expecting over 2,000 attendee
  • Where: Croation Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 11; noon to 9 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Free Drive-In Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

  • What: In Vancouver’s new River District, Fresh Air Cinema and Wesgroup are airing four classic movies, evoking one of the most cherished and personal eras of cinema.
  • Where: East Kent Road and Boundary, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, July 12; 7 p.m. to 9 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.

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