23 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 17 and 19. For a complete list of events, check out our Vancouver Events Calendar.

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.

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, BC
  • When: Until Sunday, July 19

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.

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, 10 U.S. states, and seven provinces and territories at beautiful Jericho Beach Park.
  • Where: Jericho Beach, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19

Dolphin Basketball Classic

  • What: The premier hoops event on the West Coast returns for the 30th annual Dolphin Basketball Classic. Enjoy the 4-on-4 tournament along with a 3-Point Contest and Dunk Contest.
  • Where: Thompson Community Centre – 5151 Granville Avenue, Richmond
  • When: Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19

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

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

Burnaby Fiji Festival 2015

  • What: Come and get a first-hand look at the culture, music, food and dance of the Fiji islands at the Burnaby Fiji Festival 2015, presented by Jal Fiji Television and the Bula! Fiji Association of BC.
  • Where: Swanguard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street
  • When: Saturday, July 18; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Five Hole for Food Vancouver

  • What: Every year, Five Hole For Food (FHFF), a national, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization, goes coast-to-coast visiting 13 cities in 17 days, playing ball hockey to raise food and awareness for local food banks.
  • Where: Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, July 18; noon to 6 p.m.

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.

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 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.

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