Dog Days, Comedy Queens and More Fun Things to Do This Summer in Vancouver
July 5, 2019
All’s Well That Ends Well at Bard on the Beach
Date June 26 to August 11
Venue Vanier Park
Price From $26
Bard on the Beach is famous for staging tradition with a twist—and this season’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well is packing a political punch. The complex comedy is set in 1940s India, with British occupation dwindling and Indian independence on the horizon. Audiences will have no trouble making connections between the problem play’s themes (as in the patriarchy sucks) and present problems: “Shakespeare’s writing can illuminate modern dilemmas,” says co-director Johnna Wright, “at the same time as these modern contexts and interpretations can shed new light on Shakespeare.” Co-director Rohit Chokhani hints at the show’s “bold and risky choices”—to see if all really ends well, you’ll have to snag a ticket.
Date July 13
Venue Cloverdale Fairgrounds
Price From $59
You’ll be rewarded for getting down and dirty in this 5K obstacle race (which includes fire, barbed wire and a whole lot of mud) with a cold beer and a 5,000-person after-party.
Bianca Del Rio “It’s Jester Joke” Tour
Date July 19
Venue The Orpheum
Price From $63
Swipe on some waterproof mascara before you clown around with esteemed comedian and decorated drag queen Bianca Del Rio.
The Vancouver Open Volleyball Tournament
Date July 12 to 14
Venue Kits Beach
Enter and compete with pro volleyballers for a $30,000 prize—or watch for free from the comfort of your own
Carnaval del Sol
Date July 6 and 7
Venue Concord Pacific
This sunny celebration is the largest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest and features soccer tournaments, live music and food and beverage vendors, from across Latin America.
Date August 1
Venue Biltmore Cabaret
Detroit-born indie-rock warbler Stef Chura’s new single, “They’ll Never,” sheds a defiant light on a dilapidated building she once lived in—and challenges what it takes to make a home.
Date August 25
The dog days are just beginning—this furry and fabulous Mainland Street takeover has puppy yoga, bulldog races and dog-friendly trick-or-treating.
The Mac and Cheese Festival
Date August 9 to 11
Venue Concord Pacific
This national mac-and-cheese fest is finally making a stop in Vancouver. Loosen your belt buckle for creative concoctions like mac-and-cheese-y hot dogs, tacos and waffles.