Best Events in Vancouver July 2017

What to do in Vancouver this month.

July 1, 2017

By Jessica Wallin


Watch a Canadian Film

July 1 to the end of the year

To celebrate Canada 150, Pacific Cinematheque is putting on free screenings of Canadian films as part of Canada on Screen! In July, you can watch films like Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, films by David Cronenburg and even old episodes of beloved TV shows like Anne of Green Gables, The Friendly Giant and Degrassi High (pre-Drake). See their website for a list of all screenings.

Where: Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St
Cost: Free
More info: Pacific Cinematheque


Delve into the Indian Summer Festival

July 6 to 15

There is so much to be excited about at the Indian Summer Festival. Centred around the theme “Tales of War and Peace,” the festival is bringing together artists from across disciplines. Listen to amazing writers and musicians discuss their work, participate in talks and tours about dying languages and the history of markets in Vancouver, join a storytelling workshop or discover what magic happens when Indian Classical and jazz music come together.

When: July 6 to 15
Where: Various venues
Cost: Price differs per show
More info: Indian Summer Fest


Sip a Saison on a Farm

July 8

As the heat rises and the sun turns Vancouver into gold, many thirst for a tasty saison or tart ale to keep cool and refreshed. Farmhouse Fest gives cloudy drink enthusiasts a chance to try saisons and wild ales from around the world on the beautiful UBC farm. Breweries include, Amager Bryghus from Denmark, Cantillon Brewery from Belgium and Canada’s very own Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Dr.
Cost: $55
Tickets: Eventbrite

Listen to Classical Music in a Park

July 9

An annual tradition, Symphony in the Park is a free outdoor concert put on by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Performed at Deer Lake Park, this beautiful concert of well-known classics and John Williams movie themes is best enjoyed with a big blanket and an even bigger picnic.

When: July 9, 7 p.m.
Where: Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Ave.
Cost: Free
More info: VSO


Watch a Baseball Game with a Grand Finale

July 15

Take yourself out to a ball game this summer! The Vancouver Canadians, Vancouver’s baseball team, have promotional games all summer long. July 15th you’ll get a chance to snack on some crackerjacks, cheer on the team, watch a sushi mascot race (go Chef Wasabi!) and end your night with a fireworks bonanza.

When: 7 p.m.
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario St.
Cost: $14
Tickets: Vancouver Canadians


Cheer on a Wiener Dog

July 15 and July 16

And they’re off! For July 15 and 16th only, Hasting Racecourse will feature wiener dog races between their regular horse races. Tiny legs will sprint and waddle to the finish line for a chance to win $1000. Pick your favourite and hope your sausage shaped fido friend beats all the rest to become top dog.

When: 1:50 p.m. onwards
Where: Hastings Race Course, 188 N Renfrew St
Cost: Free entry, minimum $2 bets
More info: Hastings Racecourse


Visit a Lemonade Stand

July 21

Lemonade stands have gone from a 25 cents operation to a full business model. Support Young Entrepreneur Youth Lab’s KidPreneurs class as they raise money for charity and learn about entrepreneurship through the classic summer money-making beverage: lemonade.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: St James Community Square, 3214 West 10th Ave.
Cost: Free
More info: Facebook


Spice up Your Life

July 21

Whether you are a Sporty or a Baby Spice, you are going to love The Rio’s screening of the iconic Spice Girls movie Spice World. Featuring a live drag shadowcast by Spice Gurlz, this is one night you Wannabe at.

When: 9 p.m.
Where: The Rio Theatre
Cost: $15 in advance, $17 at the door
Tickets: Rio Theatre

Check Out The Drum is Calling Festival

July 22 to 30

Celebrate Indigenous arts and culture at The Drum is Calling Festival. The festival features legendary artists like singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, PowWowStep creator DJ Shub, Kinnie Starr and poet Shane Koyczan. The festival includes workshops, films, storytelling and the Indigenous Fashion Week: a showcase of Vancouver’s emerging Indigenous designers and models. This festival is sure to be a highlight of the summer.

When: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Various venues
Cost: Some registration required
More info: The Drum is Calling

Stroll Through a Summer Market

All of July

Vancouver has a plethora of summer markets to choose from. The Richmond Night Market takes place every weekend and has everything from delicious food, a variety of vendors, live entertainment and a dinosaur park! There are tons of Farmers Markets such on Main St., Kitsilano and Trout Lake, with organic produce and local farmers selling their products. If you feel like making a beautiful day trip, Bowen Island Summer Market is worth the ferry ride for delicious treats and the island life.

When: All Summer
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free – $2 entry
More info: Richmond, Vancouver Farmers Market, Bowen Island

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