If the sun alone doesn’t already have you some kind of way, the following July events and activities definitely will. There’s seriously no place like home, especially not like Vancouver in the summer! Get ready to dance, sing, sip, eat, and laugh your way through this month!
16 CBC Musical Nooners
Mark your calendars and schedule an extended “lunch break.” The CBC Music Nooners free outdoor concert series returns to Vancouver for its 9th year allllll summer long. So grab a bite and enjoy some live music! This year’s lineup features a mix of everything including indie, folk, pop, soul, roots, blues, gospel, Afro-Cuban, jazz – the list goes on.
When | July 10 – August 17
Where | 700 Hamilton Street
Time | 12 pm – 1 pm
Website | www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/events/cbc-musical-nooners-return-for-our-9th-year-1.4709030
15 French Fry Day at Bells and Whistles
There’s Friday, and then there’s FRY-DAY! In honour of National French Fry Day, Fraserhood eatery Bell and Whistles will be offering a special one-day-only promo. Order a burger or sandwich and up your fry game from a standard side of fries to ‘fancy fries’ for free! Choose from Chilli Cheese Fries with aged cheddar, Chowder Fries with locally caught fish, and Curry Fries complete with lamb curry, mint-lime yogurt, braised chickpeas, and cilantro.
When | July 13
Where | 3296 Fraser Street
Website | www.bellsandwhistlesyvr.ca
14 Folk Festival
A Canadian cultural jewel, this three-day folk festival features over 60 international artists hailing from all over the world across multiple stages and lawns at Jericho Beach Park.
Find the 2018 Festival Schedule HERE!
When | July 13 – 15
Where | Jericho Beach Park
Website | http://thefestival.bc.ca/
13 Greek Summerfest
BBQ lamb cooked on a spit and mouth-watering loukoumades are just a few of the dishes that will delight your taste buds during Greek Summerfest. Eat, dance, and experience life the Greek way! Opa!
When | July 5 – 15
Where | 4541 Boundary Road, Vancouver
Website | www.facebook.com/GreekSummerFest/
12 Bard on the Beach
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” If Bard on the Beach isn’t already on your Vancouver bucket list, it should be. One of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals, Bard on the Beach wows with Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and special events hosted in two performance tents from June through September. Taking the stage this year: Macbeth, As You Like It, Timon of Athens and Lysistrata!
When | All summer
Where | Vanier Park
Website | https://bardonthebeach.org/2018/
11 Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre Free Wednesday Night Concert Series
Music for a cause! Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre and Marpole-Oakridge Community Association (MOCA) hosts its third annual free community Wednesday night concert series, with proceeds going towards supporting youth programs. Vancouver’s own, Las Divas are set to perform!
When | July 18
Where | Oak Park
Website | http://marpoleoakridge.org/
10 Theatre Under the Stars
A popular Vancouver tradition, TUTS is an incredible platform for amateur performers and technicians to share their passion and talent with visitors and locals alike on the big stage in the middle of beautiful Stanley Park. Theatre Under the Stars got its start in 1940 when a group of local theatre folks got together to produce professional musicals during the summer.
When | July 4 – August 18
Where | Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park
Website | https://www.tuts.ca/
9 Honda Celebration of Light
BC’s largest live production, Honda Celebration of Light features three, breathtaking performances by countries from around the world. Lighting up the skies this year is team South Africa, Sweden, and South Korea! In addition to the fireworks, catch pre-show entertainment at Second Beach with music from Redbull DJ Nick Bike, Jully Black, and DiRTY RADiO.
When | July 28
Where | English Bay
Website | http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/
8 Avocado Toast presented by Vancouver TheatreSports™ League
Vancouverites looooove avocado. Inspired by this city-wide, millennial obsession, Vancouver TheatreSportsTM (VTSL) takes a ripe, unscripted, free-range look at what makes our city so unique (and at times silly), avocado toast included. Avocado Toast – Vancouver Grown, Free-Range Comedy pokes fun at local stereotypes, hipster neighborhoods, and the #yvrfoodie
scene. Bike lanes, affordable’ housing, fitness and more!
When | July 5 – September 11
Where | 1502 Duranleau Street (Granville Island)
Website | www.vtsl.com
7 Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival
West 4th Ave from Burrard to MacDonald turns into one giant street party with over 50 local musical performers, street performers and work by local artisans. The 10-block street fair also includes beer gardens, food vendors, market stalls and more!
When | Saturday, July 7
Where | West 4th
Time | 11 am – 9 pm
Website | www.khatsahlano.com
6 The Really Gay History Tour
A vibrant new walking tour, The Really Gay History Tour is your guide to the stories, landmarks, and icons of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community. Did you know that Granville Street was once home to Vancouver’s first gay bars? Or how about the story behind two-spirited warrior Gone to the Spirits? The tour kicks off downtown and weaves through the city, wrapping up in the historic Davie Street Village.
When | Every Sunday at 2 p.m. from July to November
Where | Tour runs through Downtown Vancouver and Davie Street Village
Website | www.forbiddenvancouver.ca/really-gay-history-tour/
5 Bastille Day Festival
Vancouver a rendez-vous avec la France! Celebrate the French National Day at the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre and enjoy a day packed with joie de vivre, from French music to a market with all the tastes and sips of France!
When | Saturday, July 14
Where | Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Time | 10 am – 11 pm
Website | www.facebook.com/events/966053910185999/
4 Third Beach Drum Circle
If joining complete strangers on a beach as you vibe in unison to the beat of drums sounds like your idea of a good time, then Brahm’s Tams weekly drum circle at 3rd Beach is literally – your jam. Even if it doesn’t, you can’t call yourself a true Vancouverite or if you’re a visitor, you can’t leave Vancouver without this unique experience.
When | Tuesday nights
Where | Third Beach
Time | Evenings until the sun sets
Website | www.facebook.com/groups/749163751822671/about/
3 Symphony at Sunset
With sweeping views of English Bay and the West Side, Sunset Beach makes the perfect setting for just about anything, including a free one-day concert presented by the Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the VSO’s 100th anniversary season.
Pack your own picnic or grab a bite from the food trucks on site. The staged performance will begin at 7:15 and end with a stunning sunset performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at 9 pm.
Come early! Space will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
When | July 14
Where | Sunset Beach Park
Time | 7 pm – 9 pm
2 Carnaval Del Sol
If anyone knows how to throw the ultimate summer fiesta, it’s the Latin American community! Celebrating 10 years, Carnaval del Sol, the biggest Latin American Festival in the PNW will bring together over 450 performers that highlight the diversity and richness of Vancouver’s Latin American community for two full days of art, music, dance, poetry and sports. Explore multiple plaza zones including a beer plaza that seats 1000, a food plaza and even a health and wellness plaza! Don’t forget to don your best Latin American-themed costumes for your chance to win a prize!
Admission is by a $2 donation for adults. Free for seniors and kids 12 and under.
When | July 7 – 8
Where | Concord Pacific
Time | 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Website | www.carnavaldelsol.ca
1 Evo Summer Cinema Series
Tuesday nights are known as cheap movie night and now, FREE movie night with the return of the highly popular Summer Cinema Series, presented by Evo Car Share. Grab your buds, blankets, find a spot on the green at Stanley Park and relive your childhood with classics like The Lion King and Titanic. If you’re looking for a more VIP experience, you can purchase tickets for the Fresh Air Cinema Gold Circle VIP Seating Zone or Dinner and a Movie package and dine at some of the West End’s best restaurants!
All shows start after dark, weather permitting.
When | Tuesdays, July 3 – August 21
Where | Second Beach in Stanley Park
Time | Movies begin at dusk
Website | www.freshaircinema.ca/summercinema/index.html
Did we miss any? Let us know!