23 Exciting Things To Do and Explore In Metro Vancouver This Weekend (July 23-25)

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Get ready to plan your fun activities to do on the weekend in Metro Vancouver.

The weather was cooling down a bit this week, but temperatures are set to rise again starting Saturday, with no cloud in site.

This may be perfect, as the line-up of available activities, openings, and ideas are piling up.  So get your list ready, jot down some new ideas (or revisit some old ones) and have a blast this weekend!

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This Weekend – July 23-25

Visit the Richmond Night Market

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Photo: Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market officially opens on July 23rd, and will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 6th, 2021 from 7 pm to 12 am. You will need to purchase tickets online through their app to check it out. There will be vendor stalls as well as a bunch of new foods to try.

FortisBC Presents Summer Movies: Jurassic Park

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Photo: @perryaasman / Instagram

On Friday July 23rd, FortisBC and Fresh Air Cinema will be presenting an outdoor drive-in screening of Jurassic Park. It will be taking place at Semiamhoo Park, located at 15782 Marine Dr, White Rock, and funds raised in this event will go toward the Semiahmoo First Nation Youth Group. This is a car only event, and tickets must be purchased online. The suggested donation per vehicle is $20.

Check Out the International Space Station

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Photo: David Aste / 604 Now

Starting this week, the NASA International Space Station will be visible from a long distance from Metro Vancouver. For Vancouver, those dates happen to be this week. There are a number of dates and times happening throughout the weekend.

VanPrideFest – Pride Lounges

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Photo: @ari_robbins.⁠ / Instagram

The Pride festival this year will be a variety of in person and virtual events. For most in person events, registration is required to help maintain the number of people attending. This weekend, Pride Lounges will take place at 3 locations – at Jim Deva Plaza, Stanley Park Brewpub, and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Tickets are $10 each for a two-hour time slot, allowing groups up to six people to enjoy a lounge-style featuring drag performers and drinks.

Enjoy The Extended White Rock Patio One Final Time

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Photo: @explorewhiterock / Instagram

The White Rock street patio is folding in, after the temporary one lane closures proved not to be successful. This extended patio will be available all weekend long, and will the be the last that you will see this beach this like. Enjoy it before it’s gone for good.

Plan A Day To Go To Malahat

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Malahat Skywalk

Although it’s a bit of a long trek, you may want to plan ahead and try to make it out to see this attraction now open. The Malahat SkyWalk is just outside of Victoria, the attraction consists of a 600 metre-long elevated walkway through a lush forest, adventure nets and a tube slide. The stunning spiral tower lookout is a first of its kind in the province.

On-Going Activities

Ride The New Eagle Coaster

The massive roller coaster on top of Cypress Mountain just opened up this week. Get a thrilling experience while taking in the views on top of the mountain. If you want to ponder before you take the ride, check out pictures of some riders that enjoyed the Eagle Coaster on opening week.

Attend A Beer Garden

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Photo: @vancityamie/Instagram

The Parallel 49 Brewing Company in Vancouver reopened their massive beer garden this summer which features a 120-seat patio. Along with its full selection of beers, they also have a full kitchen and amazing views. It’s definitely worth checking out this large and beautiful outdoor space.

Check Out a New Patio

Although going to a patio doesn’t seem like a new idea, there are plenty of patios that are quite literally hidden gems and must be added to a patio bucket list for the summer. The ambiance, the views, or the oasis creation has made some patio stand out. Check out7 hidden gem patios to see which one you haven’t tried yet.

Try A New Water Sport

Make the most out of the warm weather while it lasts, and try one of these fun date ideas on water. Have you ever tried water biking through false creek or having a BBQ while floating around Granville island? Well what Better time than now. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, there are Flyboarding in Kelowna or Whitewater Rafting in Whistler. The possibilities are endless, this sunny weekend.

Get On Some Rides At Playland

Summer isn’t quite the same without a trip to Playland. Enjoy rides and games with special lighting, making for a summer evening that will seem like it is out of the move Grease. The Fair at PNE will also be returning in August.

Experience A Sea Of Lavender

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Photo: Lavenderland

This new lavender farm has 7 acres covered in a variety of different lavenders. Lavenders are also known to have medicinal and calming qualities, which would make the visit extra enjoyable after a stressful year. Tickets are currently on sale, and they are open daily until October.

Watch a Movie on the Big Screen

Movie theatre’s finally reopened this month and there is a lot to catch up on. There is a great line-up of blockbusters to watch this summer. Marvel’s Black Widow was just released and there have already been some great reviews. A few other movies currently being featured are: Cruella, The Boss Baby: Family Business, F9 The Fast Saga, A Quiet Place Part II, The Forever Purge, and Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

For an extra special experience, check out the new 19+ VIP Cinemas that just opened in Burnaby.

Get Spell Bound At Wings and Wizards

Started this week, Wings and Wizards is being held at BC Place Stadium and entertaining to any wizardry and Harry Potter fans. With over 7,000-sq-ft of event space, using cutting-edge interactive technologies and motion tracking devices. It is said to create a fun and immersive environment for the whole family. If you are undecided, take a sneak peak.

Enjoy DaVinci’s Art

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Photo: Sensea Immersive

The DaVinci exhibit is an exclusive multi-room exhibit is an interactive experience showcasing the work of Leonardo da Vinci. This is the first time this art exhibit has come to Canada, and will be around all summer. Take a peak inside.

Walk Through a Van Gogh Painting

The Imagine Van Gogh exhibit has been a popular spot for many since it’s launch earlier this year. Tickets has sold out multiple times, with dates being extended until fall. Now may be the best time to experience this for yourself. Here is a look inside.

FlyOver Hawaii

It may be a while until international travel restrictions are lifted, so this could be the perfect time to try out FlyOver Canada’s latest experience “Hawaii From Above”. The ride takes you on a virtual flight across multiple landscapes, using 360° visuals, wind, mist, and scents to enhance the experience. The event takes place from June 18 – August 15.

Check Out The New Rec Room

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Photo: Pamela Yau / 604 Now

The Rec Room at the Amazing Brentwood Mall just opened this past week in Burnaby. This massive amusement area features 2 dinning areas and over 90 arcade games for gamers of all ages. From classics like skee ball and racing to physical games like table tennis and billiards.

Visit Othello Tunnels

One of BC’s most popular spots has finally reopened for the season.  Othello tunnels were closed for most of last year due to rock fall and landslides, however they finally announced their reopening.  This popular attraction features 5 tunnels and amazing views and trails of the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. The site does get busy though, so remember to get there early.

Eat From A Food Truck

No weekend is complete without a delicious food treat. The area near the intersection of Broadway and Granville Street is hosting a regular weekend pop-up food-truck festival called “Thank Granville It’s Food trucks” (TGIF). With about 20 different food trucks with varying weekly schedules, the event offers something new each weekend. The festival will take place every Friday and Saturday for the whole summer.

Catapult Into a Lake

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Photo: Harrison Water Sports

Harrison Hot Springs has a floating water park right on the lake and it opens this weekend on June 26. This crowd-pleasing adventure is equipped with multiple inflatable slides, swings, teeter-totters, and platforms where you can catapult yourself into the water. It’s a perfect way to cool off in high heat and also have a tonne of fun.

Get Treats At One Of BC’s Biggest Candy Stores

Satisfy your cravings at Ricardo’s Kandy Korner, which is just steps away from White Rock Beach. The shop boasts having the biggest candy store in the province, with an incredible selection to suit the taste buds of any candy lover.

Take Advantage of Translink Discounts on Attractions

As part of the Reconnect campaign, Translink is offering riders a 25% discount on hundreds of local attractions, destinations and tours. It’s a perfect way to discover BC while not worrying about the ride. There are also more buses added onto routes to allow for more travel in certain regions.

 

Regardless of what you do, we hope you enjoy your July 23 weekend activities! If you catch a shot you want us to feature, make sure to tag us on Instagram using #604Now.

 

For more places to explore in beautiful BC, check out our Travel & Outdoors section

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