24 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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Here are some of the top events to check out in Vancouver between July 24 and 26. For a complete list of events, check out our Vancouver Events Calendar.

Finding the Next Thomas Edison – World Entrepreneur Forum

  • What: Canadian entrepreneurship icon, Arlene Dickinson kicks off the World Entrepreneur Forum on Friday evening followed by innovative presentations on Saturday and the 5th Annual Deal Flow on Sunday where  fast growth start-up companies will pitch a panel of industry experts.
  • Where: UBC Robson Square Theatre – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26

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 Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Friday of the summer, beginning June 26; 7:30 to 11:30 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

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

Free Outdoor dancing by the Sea at Lonsdale Quay

  • What: It’s back! Enjoy Sunny outdoors dancing under the sky and by the breezy sea. Salso and Bachata lessons.
  • Where: Lonsdale Quay Market – 132 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 25; 2 to 5 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.

The Deighton Cup

  • What: The Deighton Cup — Lucky Number Seven is a full day of thrilling horse racing, fearless fashion and masterful mixology from 12pm to 6pm at the Hastings Racetrack. Highlights include eight races, the Cocktail Jockey Mixology Competition, the luxury car Field of Dreams, charity roulette and blackjack and the Style Stakes fashion competition for the best-dressed man and woman.
  • Where: Hastings Racetrack – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 25; noon to 6 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Free Drive-In Movie: Star Trek II – Wrath of the Khan (1982)

  • 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 26; 7 p.m.

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