127 Things To Do & See In Metro Vancouver This Summer

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This article was updated on Thursday, July 25th to reflect new events that have been announced.

Sunny days and hot temperatures are ahead, meaning endless fun. The summer months are also a great time for Vancouver events across the region.

With that in mind, here are 127 Vancouver events to check out this summer.

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Things To Do in Vancouver This Summer

June

Strathcona Street Party

Strathcona Street Party

Photo: @8track_go_go / Instagram

About: From 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., you’ll come across new murals, live art, dance battles, ice cream, and so much more.
Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Vancouver Rock n’ Gem Show

About: This year’s selections of items includes crystals, minerals, fossils, gemstones, cabochons, jewelry, beads, specimens, and home décor.
Date: Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival

About: North America’s flagship dragon boat festival returns to Vancouver. Kick off summer with the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival on the shores of False Creek with three days of the continent’s best dragon boat racing.
Date: Friday June 21st – Sunday June 23rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical

Photo: columbia fan / YouTube

About: This musical is about an imaginative hit book that spans across generations. The Arts Club Theatre Company presents: Matilda The Musical.
Date: Thursday May 16th – Saturday June 29th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $39
Time: Various

Free Outdoor Yoga At Kits Beach & Riley Park

About: The daily free yoga classes are organized by Mat Collective, a non-profit operating for the well-being of their students and the betterment of our planet earth.
Date: Saturday June 1st – Friday August 30th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Various

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature

About: Created by the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, is “an interactive and immersive exhibition that exposes and explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world”.
Date: Friday February 22nd – Tuesday September 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free – $25
Time: Various

Grease Sing-a-Long at the Rio Theatre

About: Come out and experience one of the all-time favourite movie musicals, which has been rockin’ and rollin’ for over 40 years with a big screen Grease sing-a-long.
Date: Friday May 24th – Saturday June 22nd, 2019,
Cost: $20 – $25
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Vintage Motorcycle Show and Shine

About: Select rare motorcycles from the collection will be on display as well as several vendors for you to check out. Bikes, food, and a good time to be had by all!
Date: Saturday, June 23rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Photo: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

About: The New York hip-hop group will be performing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019.
Date: Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
Cost: Starting at $69
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Greek Day On Broadway

About: Presented by the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC, the festival aims to share the rich Greek culture, which spans 2500 years of history, including over 100 years of social and cultural contributions to the City of Vancouver.
Date: Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Let’s Hear It For Yaletown

About: In collaboration with the Vancity Hot Jazz Society, Yaletown is hosting five days of FREE outdoor jazz music and dance lessons to delight your ears and heat up your happy feet.
Date: Monday June 24th – Friday June 28th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Negroni Week

About: Negroni Week is back, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Negroni’s creation. Campari Canada is taking over Vancouver hotspot The Loft at Earls Yaletown for a week of official Negroni Week activities.
Date: Monday June 24th – Sunday June 30th, 2019
Cost: $10+
Time: Various

Oprah Winfrey

About: The legendary media mogul is going on a multi-city Canadian tour, where she will share personal stories and how her experiences shaped her to be the woman she is today.
Date: Monday, June 24th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Audiobooks in the Future of Digital Publishing

About: Meet June’s author in the spotlight, Mark Holden, and learn more about his autobiography, Chronicles of a Rock and Roll CEO.
Date: Tuesday June 25th, 2019
Cost: $20
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Purple Rain Screening

Purple Rain

Photo: Prince / Facebook

About: Get ready to sing along and go crazy with the beautiful ones in the Rio Theatre audience- costumes and 80’s attire welcome and oh-so-very encouraged.
Date: Tuesday June 25th, 2019
Cost: $10.50 – $12.50
Time: 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Chef Meets Truck

About: The event consists of Vancouver restaurant chefs hopping on board local food trucks to serve up your favourite street food.
Date: Tuesday June 25th, 2019
Cost: TBA
Time: TBA

The Dark Eighties: Cult 80s Party

About: Taking place at The Clubhouse on Friday, June 28th, DJs Nikki Nevver, Vanessa Turner and Mirror Mask will be playing cult 80s hits all night.
Date: Friday June 28th, 2019
Cost: $8 – $10
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Vancouver Harry Potter Crawl

About: Organizers will have drink specials and Harry Potter-themed drinks to create a magical experience for all you wizards out there.
Date: Friday June 28th, 2019
Cost: $30 – $35
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

The Roots

About: The Roots are one of the best-known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business. Prolific and progressive, they were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone and serve as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Date: Friday June 28th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $79
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Animal Pub Crawl

animal pub crawl vancouver

Photo: We Are Party

About: Hosted by We Are Party, their animal-themed pub crawl experience will offer party-goers the ultimate opportunity to release your inner party animals at four popular bars and clubs in downtown Vancouver.
Date: Saturday June 29th, 2019
Cost: $22 – $34
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. onwards

Diljit Dosanjh Vancouver Concert

About: Asides from singing, he also acts in Punjabi movies, with many of them being notable hits, including Jatt & Juliet, Jatt & Juliet 2, Punjab 1984, and many more.
Date: Saturday June 29th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $5
Time: 8:30 p.m.

Granville Flea Market

About: The indoor market will take place at Venue Nightclub from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Shoppers will come across clothing, toys, and plenty of shoes.
Date: Sunday June 30th, 2019
Cost: $5
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

MidSummer Solstice Festival

About: The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret and the Gathering Place invite you to partake in the festivities to celebrate summer and this time of renewal and bloom!
Date: Friday, June 21st, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Choke

About: The Choke perform at the Bourbon in Vancouver.
Date: Friday, June 21st, 2019
Cost: $10
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Filipino Heritage Festival

Filipino Heritage Festival

Photo: @chefromm13 / Instagram

About: This free, two-day festival will feature live entertainment featuring local performers, a marketplace, food trucks, kids activities hosted by kids play, cultural presentations, and surprise guest artists.
Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2019 – Sunday June 23rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Strawberry Festival

About: Organizers will have musical performances, a bouncy castle, horse-drawn carriage rides, activities for all ages, vendors and will be selling delicious strawberry shortcakes!
Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

K-os

About: Juno Award winning and Grammy nominated artist K-os will perform at Creekside Park.
Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Intro to Bartending Class

About: In just a few hours, this Introduction to Bartending class will give you many of the answers you didn’t realize you had questions for.
Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Cost: $49
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Taste Of Barbados

Taste Of Barbados

Photo: Visit Barbados / YouTube

About: Test your skills at dominoes, dance to some soca & reggae, or lime at the “rum shop”. Barbadian food includes delicious dishes, such as macaroni pie, souse, fish cakes, and cou cou.
Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

About: With endless rows of things to eat and see, the Richmond Night Market will be bustling with over 100 different food vendors to choose from, merchandise and games.
Date: Friday May 10th, 2019 – Monday October 14th, 2019
Cost: Free – $4.75
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Shipyards Night Market

About: Visitors will find fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment every Friday night. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights. In addition, there is live music until 10:00 p.m. on the Shipbuilders’ Stage, showcasing talent from all over BC.
Date: Friday May 3rd, 2019 – Friday September 27th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tour

Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tour

Photo: @takemao0817 / Instagram

About: Vancouver Beer Bike Tour, hosted by Canadian Craft Tours, is an exciting way to travel between some of North Vancouver’s most popular breweries.
Date: Saturday March 9th, 2019 – Monday December 30th, 2019
Cost: $45
Time: Various

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

About: The raising of the Midsummer Pole (including the dance around the pole) takes place on the Saturday. On Sunday, the Finnish wife carrying contest occurs, a race where you’re eligible to win your wife’s weight in beer.
Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2019 – Sunday June 23rd, 2019
Cost: $10
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

About: Modelled after similar events in other cities, organizers have taken the basics of vendors, gaming, tournaments, costumes, etc. and spiced it up a bit with a licensed venue, some awesome old-school music, live bands, special guests and other gaming themed entertainment unique to the Vancouver area.
Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2019
Cost: $25
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Free White Rock Movie Nights

About: Enjoy free movies every Thursday night beginning June 13th. Showings will begin at around 9:15 each evening.
Date: Thursday June 13th, 2019, Thursday June 20th, 2019, Thursday June 27th, 2019,
Cost: Free
Time: 9:15 p.m.

Queen Latifah Burnaby Concert

Queen Latifah

Photo: Queen Latifah / Facebook

About: With a Grammy award and six nominations for albums in jazz, pop and rap, an Oscar nomination for her role in Chicago, and dozens of other film and television roles, this Renaissance woman defies genres with her compelling voice and presence.
Date: Saturday June 29th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Outdoor Concert

About: This annual concert is a huge community favourite and sees the orchestra play an absolutely outstanding program.
Date: Sunday June 30th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

July

Canada Day at Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place

Photo: james c. (vancouver bc) / 604 Now Flickr Pool

About: Everything kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the traditional Citizenship Ceremony that will welcome 60 new Canadians to our multicultural family. Likewise, at 11:00 a.m., all zones and exhibits, including the Main Stage, will open with great entertainment and activities for guests of all ages.
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 9:30 a.m.

Canada Day Drumming Celebration

About: This free, family friendly event welcomes both local residents and world visitors to celebrate Canada’s birthday and the cultural diversity in this country we call home!
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Canada Day Celebrations In Burnaby

About: The festivities kick off with events at Burnaby Village Museum and Edmonds Plaza and Park. As the day moves on, Swangard Stadium will come alive with a free concert and many more activities.
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Various

Steveston Salmon Festival

Steveston Salmon FestivalAbout: The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m.. Locals and everyone else in the community are encouraged to take part in all the activities and enjoy some amazing BBQ salmon.
Date: Monday July 1st, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Surrey Canada Day 2019

About: The city’s annual Canada Day festival takes place on Monday, July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale. The event will be headlined by Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace with support from Bif Naked and feature tons of live music across four stages, including the Kids Stage and new Rodeo Stage.
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Starlight Theatre Drive-In Movie

About: Enjoy free movies every Wednesday night beginning July 3rd. Showings will begin at sundown each evening.
Date: Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 – Wednesday August 28th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Sunset

New Westminster Outdoor Movie Series

About: A new film will run every Friday from July 5th – July 26th. At dusk, a movie will play on a 16’ inflatable screen for you to enjoy with your friends and community.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019, Friday July 12th, 2019, Friday July 19th, 2019, Friday July 26th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Dusk

Fridays On Front

Fridays On Front

Photo: Fridays On Front

About: This family friendly community experience will feature artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, your favourite food trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest!
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Friday August 23rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Peak Yoga at Grouse Mountain

About: Individuals can stretch in the sunshine after a rewarding hike up the Grouse Grind or can simply just take the Skyride for some fresh air.
Date: Saturday July 6th, 2019 – Saturday August 31st, 2019
Cost: Free with membership or admission ticket
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Squamish Beer Festival

About: Attendees will enjoy food trucks, games, axe throwing, DJ’s, live music, and much more.
Date: Saturday July 6th, 2019
Cost: $39 – $50
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Surrey Pop-Up Junk Drop

About: City of Surrey residents are allowed to bring up to a pick-up load of materials (1 ton maximum). Furthermore, trailers with hydraulic lifts and/or larger than 8 ft. long are not allowed to be brought.
Date: Sunday July 7th, 2019, Sunday August 11th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mission Folk Music Festival

About: Over 20 acts are slated to perform at daytime stages and on the evening main stage in Heritage Park, overlooking the Fraser River.
Date: Friday July 26th, 2019 – Sunday July 28th, 2019
Cost: $35 – $120
Time: Various

Evo Summer Cinema Series

Evo Summer Cinema Series

Photo: Fresh Air Cinema

About: A new film will run every Tuesday from July 2nd to August 27th. The movies will be played at dusk at Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach.
Date: Tuesday July 2nd, 2019 – Tuesday August 27th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Dusk

Summer Movie Nights on the Square

About: Beginning July 3rd, a fantastic mix of eight classic and new favourites will play at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) each Wednesday night.
Date: Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 – Wednesday August 21st, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Sunset

Indian Summer Festival

About: With the provocative theme of ‘Tricksters, Magicians, and Oracles,’ the 2019 festival lineup features futurists, novelists, stand-up comedians, musicians and storytellers both locally and from around the world.
Date: Thursday July 4th, 2019 – Sunday July 14th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 8:00 a.m.

Flamenco, Tango and Wine

About: Dancers from Vancouver’s own Flamenco Rosario and Argentine Tango Lab lead an evening of live performances alongside a captivating showcase of Argentinian wines, chosen and served by an onsite sommelier.
Date: Thursday July 4th, 2019
Cost: $19 – $35
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Star Wars Concert Series

About: The battle for the galaxy intensifies in this thrilling fifth episode of the unfolding saga. As Imperial Forces launch an all-out attack on the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where they are captured by Darth Vader.
Date: Thursday July 4th, 2019 – Saturday July 6th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $4
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Playland Adults-Only Nights

Playland

Photo: Jimmy Yargeau/Flickr

About: Every Friday from July 5th to July 26th, Playland will host four evenings that offer 19+ amusement, complete with live DJs, food, drinks, midway games, and of course, the thrilling rides. More than 20 rides will be open, including The Beast and the Hellevator.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019, Friday July 12th, 2019, Friday July 19th, 2019, Friday July 26th, 2019
Cost: $29 – $34. VIP tickets start at $79
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Summer Bike Rave

About: Jump off your bike and groove to elevating party beats, and then jump back on and ride to the next dance floor.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Theatre Under The Stars

About: The beloved summer tradition allows guests to enjoy popular shows – all while being outside underneath the stars.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Saturday August 17th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $20

Silk Road Festival

About: This two-day outdoor festival will feature a diverse style of visual and performing arts spanning from Asia, Africa to Europe and beyond.
Date: Saturday July 6th, 2019 – Sunday July 7th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Geektopia

About: Organizers of the event hope to create opportunities for fans to dive deeper into their cherished genres by holding seminars, panels, open gaming and cosplay events with prizes to stimulate their minds or to further their quest to be a part of the entertainment industry and of course a big vendors market.
Date: Saturday July 6th, 2019
Cost: $15 – $200
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Goat Yoga

Goat Yoga

Photo: Bamboo Clothing Co. / Facebook

About: Classes will be held outdoors on a grassy paddock and you are to bring your own yoga mat. Moreover, you will be outside so expect to get a little dirty.
Date: Saturday May 18th, 2019 – Sunday October 27th, 2019
Cost: $30
Time: 8:50 a.m.

Carnaval Del Sol

About: This 2-day festival celebrates Latin American culture with live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry. Not to mention, for 2019, more than 450+ artists from different Latin American countries will be at Carnaval del Sol.
Date: Saturday July 6th, 2019 – Sunday July 7th, 2019
Cost: TBA
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Photo: Paul McCartney / Facebook

About: Paul McCartney gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer for the rock band the Beatles, widely considered the most popular and influential group in the history of popular music.
Date: Saturday, July 6th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Sunday Afternoon Salsa At Robson Square

About: Kicking off on July 7th, dancer’s can head out to Robson Square every Sunday for a beginner’s lesson at 3:00 p.m., which runs for about 30 minutes with a different instructor each week.
Date: Sunday July 7th, 2019 – Sunday August 25th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Queen & Adam Lambert Concert

About: Produced by Live Nation, the epic 23-date arena and stadium Rhapsody tour is set to run from mid-July through late August.
Date: Wednesday July 10th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Snack N Snap

About: This year’s event kicked off July 11th and is running until the 28th. The tasty exhibit has transformed Metrotown’s Grand Court with larger than life food art displays, snack retailers, pop-up treat carts and contest giveaways. Create your very own treats during one of their Workshop Wednesdays.
Date: Thursday, July 11th, 2019 – Sunday, July 28th, 2019.
Cost: Free

Waterfront Cinema Movie Series

About: This family-friendly event allows you to grab your lawn chair and blanket, while relaxing under the night skies of our beautiful city.
Date: Thursday July 11th, 2019 – Thursday August 29th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Various

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne

Photo: Ozzy Osbourne / Facebook

About: This tour, expected to take Ozzy around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist.
Date: Thursday July 11th, 2019
Cost: $45 – $250
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Knockout Punchlines

About: Sixteen comedians, four random teams, and one epic showcase of Vancouver Comedy. The Fictionals are taking over Yuk Yuks Vancouver on Friday, July 12th at 10:30 p.m. for a new comedy competition: Knockout Punchlines!
Date: Friday July 12th, 2019
Cost: $15
Time: 10:30 p.m. – 11:55 p.m.

Toast to the Coast

About: For the first time ever, Toast to the Coast will take place at the height of the summer, allowing you to explore more of the Vancouver Aquarium and its incredible outdoor spaces.
Date: Friday July 12th, 2019
Cost: $150
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Art, Bike, and Beer Crawl

About: Taking place on Sunday, July 14th, guests will first be taken to 3 of 8 different breweries.
Date: Sunday July 14th, 2019
Cost: $60 – $100
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Richmond Maritime Festival

Richmond Maritime Festival

Photo: City of Richmond

About: Taking place on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th, 2019, this two-day festival will feature a combination of music, art, performers, storytellers, tasty treats, and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019 – Sunday July 28th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Musical Nooners

About: Running until Friday, August 16th, an assortment of musical acts will take place at The CBC Vancouver’s outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Friday August 16th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Feng Shui Mastery Certificate Program

About: This specially designed 6-day course integrates advanced Feng Shui formula and techniques (BaZhai, San He, San Yuan, Xuan Kong) together with Date Selection and BaZi into useable practical solutions and applications.
Date: Tuesday July 16th, 2019 – Saturday July 20th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

David Foster: The Hitman Tour

David Foster Foundation

Photo: David Foster Foundation / Facebook

About: Foster will be accompanied by his four-piece band along with stellar guest singers Fernando Varela, Pia Toscano and Sheléa.
Date: Tuesday July 23rd, 2019
Cost: Starting at $64
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Ali Wong

About: Her breakout Netflix special “Baby Cobra” premiered Mother’s Day weekend 2016 to critical acclaim.
Date: Wednesday July 24th, 2019
Cost: $68
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

World Naked Bike Ride

About: The ride meets at Sunset Beach (near the corner of Beach Avenue and Bute Street) at noon, with the ride itself starting at 2:00 p.m. Furthermore, the ride and all the activities during the day are free.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Honda Celebration Of Light

Vancouver events

Photo: @styling_the_inside_ / Instagram

About: This annual event draws up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening, who come out to see the masterful fireworks performances.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019, Wednesday July 31st, 2019, Saturday August 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 p.m.

Backstreet Boys Vancouver Concert

About: Produced by Live Nation, the guys will perform all over Europe and North America over the course of three months, headlining venues including Capital One Arena in Washington DC, United Center in Chicago, the O2 Arena in London and many more.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019
Cost: $39.00, $59.00, $79.00, $99.00, $149.00, $199.00
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Brewery and the Beast

About: This one day event takes attendees on a culinary journey of different ways to prepare meats through the vision of recognized chefs.
Date: Sunday July 28th, 2019
Cost: $109.95
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Caribbean Days

About: This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing (liming) and dancing in the sunshine. This year’s Festival takes place on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th, 2019.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019 – Sunday July 28th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Free Outdoor Movie Night

About: Taking place at SFU Burnaby Mountain, the cartoon comedy “Smallfoot” will be shown on a big screen as soon as the sun sets.
Date: Friday July 12th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

Vancouver events

Photo: Downtown New Westminster / Facebook

About: Food trucks will line the streets of Downtown New Westminster’s Columbia Street from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and offer endless tastings.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Rugged Maniac

About: You’ll be able to take part in their 3-mile course packed with 20+ epic obstacles designed to both challenge and thrill maniacs of all fitness levels, from couch potatoes to marathoners.
Date: Saturday July 13th, 2019
Cost: $59 – $69
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

FVDED in the Park 2019

About: This year’s event will feature some of the biggest names in electro house, hip hop, rap, and modern R&B including headliners Khalid and Zedd.
Date: Friday, July 5th, 2019 – Saturday, July 6th, 2019.
Cost: Various
Time: Various

Surrey Fusion Festival

About: The 12th annual Surrey Fusion Festival is returning to metro Vancouver this summer. Both days will feature music, fun booths, kids activities, live performances, tasty bites, and much more!
Date: Saturday, July 20th, 2019 – Sunday, July 21st, 2019
Cost: Fre
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Pride at the Pier

About: Hosted by Conni Smudge, this free, all-ages dance party will have you dancing along the water to local queer DJ’s.
Date: Tuesday July 30th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Jokes For Life Fundraiser

About: 42-year-old father Marc Urciuoli has been struggling with life-threatening sarcoma for 15 years. With this in mind, Jokes for Life will have Marc’s friends, family, and a line-up of outstanding comedians come together to begin fundraising for the costs associated with his treatment.
Date: Monday July 29th, 2019
Cost: $50 – $75
Time: 9:30 p.m.

Spice World at the Rio Theatre

About: Alongside the screening, there will also be a live drag “shadowcast” featuring Vancouver’s own amazing Spice Gurlz!
Date: Tuesday July 30th, 2019
Cost: $15 – $18
Time: 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

August

Powell Street Festival

Vancouver events

Photo: GoToVan/Flickr

About: The aim of the festival is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. New Japanese Canadian artists are featured each year, providing them a platform to display their work and gain recognition.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019 – Sunday August 4th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: TBA

Mumford & Sons Vancouver Concert

About: They’ll be at BC Place on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 with special guests Portugal. The Man.
Date: Wednesday August 7th, 2019
Cost: $59.50, $79.50, $99.50, $125.00
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Diner En Blanc

About: For the past 7 years, the event has transformed the city for one magical evening of splendour and wonder. In 2018, over 5,000 people attended the event at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Date: Thursday August 8th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $53 per person
Time: TBA

Vancouver Mac and Cheese Festival

Mac and Cheese Festival

Photo: The Mac and Cheese Festival

About: Since their launch in 2015, they’ve fed almost 500,000 foodies in multiple cities across Ontario. 2019 marks their five year anniversary and organizers are celebrating with events in Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
Date: Friday August 9th, 2019 – Sunday August 11th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: TBA

Vancouver Waterfight

About: Hosted by Flash Mob Vancouver, it’s the largest water fight in the city and it’s totally free! The popular event sees hundreds of people taking part each year.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

About: The Vancouver Chinatown Festival hosts more than 50,000 visitors every year, who fill Columbia and Keefer street in the beautiful Chinatown quarter.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Biggest Dog Meet-Up

About: Biggest dog meet-up Vancouver is returning to Trout Lake Park this summer. Over a thousand people are already interested in attending on their Facebook event page.
Date: Sunday August 18th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pet-A-Palooza

Vancouver eventsAbout: Pet-A-Palooza will also feature one of the most adorable events you’ll ever witness. The second annual Puppy Stampede will crown the fastest baby pup in Vancouver!
Date: Sunday August 25th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Carly Rae Jepsen Vancouver Concert

About: A native of Mission, BC, Jepsen will kick off her tour right here in Vancouver with a pair of shows at the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday, August 28th and Thursday, August 29th, 2019.
Date: Wednesday August 28th, 2019 – Thursday August 29th, 2019
Cost: TBA
Time: TBA

Kerrisdale Antiques Fair

About: This semi-annual favourite, now in its 18th year, features over 250 tables of antique, vintage and retro collectibles, making it the largest event of its kind held in Vancouver.
Date: Saturday April 6th, 2019, Sunday April 7th, 2019, Saturday August 31st, 2019, Sunday September 1st, 2019
Cost: $8
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival

About: Feist, Lord Huron, and Dan Mangan are set to headline the festival at Deer Lake Park on Saturday, August 10th, 2019.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Coquitlam Summer Concert Series

About: These free Friday-night concerts will feature dynamic live performances each night. Likewise, they are expected to attract over 10,000 people over the course of the concert series.
Date: Friday August 2nd, 2019, Friday September 6th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Pulp Fiction At The Rio Theatre

Rio Theatre

Photo: The Rio Theatre / Facebook

About: This is a Quentin Tarantino classic that you can never go wrong with. The Rio Theatre is hosting a screening of Pulp Fiction (1994) as part of their Friday Late Night Movie series on Monday, August 26th, 2019.
Date: Monday August 26th, 2019
Cost: TBA
Time: 9:30 p.m. – 11:55 p.m.

Sunset Beach Festival

About: The festivities kick off at 11:00 am and the event will feature a Main Stage, Sunset Beach Oasis, Community Zone, Family Fun Zone, a beer garden, food trucks, interactive art, and more!
Date: Sunday August 4th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Vancouver Street Dance Festival

About: Running from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., an assortment of unique streetdance styles will be on display at Robson Square.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival Coquitlam 2019

About: Running from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., this free, full-day event will feature dynamic live performances on the TD Community Plaza stage.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Gold Rush Treasure Hunt

About: Hosted by ArsenalFX, the Gold Rush Treasure Hunt is taking place in Vancouver this August and organizers are hiding $80,000 somewhere in the city.
Date: Saturday August 24th, 2019
Cost: $33.78
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Harry Potter Book Trivia Night

Harry Potter Book Trivia Night

Photo: Harry Potter / Facebook

About: Taking place at The Taphouse on Tuesday, August 27th, you and your team of friends will compete for hundreds of dollars in prizes and gift cards as you tackle 50 questions.
Date: Tuesday August 27th, 2019
Cost: $10.99 – $15
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

New West Pride Street Party

About: Now in its 10th year, the city holds an entire week of community events that culminate with the street festival the community has come to love.
Date: Saturday, August 17th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

India Live

About: This event is FREE for the public and utilizes music, song, dance and visual arts to highlight Vancouver’s intercultural community.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Vancouver Mural Festival

About: Running until Saturday, August 10th, this 10-day festival features parties, dialogues, interactive displays, and art openings that lead up to the Mount Pleasant Street Party on August 10th.
Date: Thursday August 1st, 2019 – Saturday August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: TBA

Ribfest

Ribfest Langley

Photo: Ribfest Langley

About: Langley Ribfest is once again taking place at McLeod Athletic Park and is all about the ribs. Well, mostly, as there will also be vegan, vegetarian, and beef-based dishes served so everyone can enjoy delicious food.
Date: Friday August 16th, 2019 – Sunday August 18th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Beat The Heat

About: Every team is guaranteed four games, with the championship finals scheduled for Sunday evening.
Date: Friday August 23rd, 2019 – Sunday August 25th, 2019
Cost: $1300 – $1500 registration fee for the teams

How I Met Your Mother Trivia Night

About: Taking place at The Pint Public House on Monday, August 12th, you and your team of friends will compete for hundreds of dollars in prizes and gift cards as you tackle 50 questions.
Date: Monday, August 12th, 2019
Cost: $10.99 – $15
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Vancouver Undie Run

About: Participants of this event will dash through the city in their favourite pair of undies.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Vancouver Aquarium Pride After Hours

About: This 19+ party will include high-energy drag performances and shocking aquatic animal sex talks that will keep Pride week vibes strong throughout the evening.
Date: Thursday August 1st, 2019
Cost: $30 – $38
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Abbotsford International Airshow

Abbotsford International Airshow

Photo: Abbotsford International Airshow / Facebook

About: The annual aviation festival provides spectators with an opportunity to watch some of the finest aerobatic performances in the world.
Date: Friday August 9th, 2019 – Sunday August 11th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $12.50
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Dinner on the Pier

About: Beginning at 6:30 p.m., take part in an outdoor dining experience that’ll have music, amazing food, drinks, and sunset dancing with the collaboration and support from local businesses.
Date: Wednesday August 7th, 2019
Cost: $153 – $165 (+ Service Fees)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Monstercat Compound

About: The annual free block party in Railtown will feature live electronic music on two stages, live art, video games. In addition, attendees can look forward to music education, food trucks and much more.
Date: Saturday August 24th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

September

Iron Maiden Vancouver Concert

Vancouver events

Photo: Iron Maiden / Facebook

About: The tour will cover 33 cities right across the U.S.A. and Canada, including a return to Winnipeg and to Calgary, not visited since the Maiden England 2012 Tour, and two nights in Toronto at the 16,000 capacity Budweiser Stage.
Date: Tuesday September 3rd, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Marc Maron

About: Maron is best known for his hit podcast WTF with Marc Maron, which continues to top the iTunes charts, averaging over 6 million downloads each month. He has interviewed Barack Obama, Lorne Michaels, Neil Young, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeff Goldblum, and Keith Richards.
Date: Friday September 6th, 2019
Cost: $45.50
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Bon Iver

Vancouver events

Photo: @boniver / Instagram

About: The American indie folk band will take to the stage at the Pacific Coliseum this September.
Date: Saturday September 7th, 2019
Cost: TBA
Time: TBA

The Magical Brunch

About: All your Disney dreams are set to come to life this summer. The Magical Brunch is a huge Disney-inspired adult boozy sing along party that takes place on Saturday, September 7th, 2019.
Date: Saturday September 7th, 2019
Cost: $75 – $80
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Bret “The Hitman” Hart

About: Bret will tell stories from his decades-long wrestling career including iconic moments, such as his battle with Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 13, which many consider to be the greatest wrestling match of all time.
Date: Thursday September 12th, 2019
Cost: $35 – $58
Time: 7:30 p.m.

The Brick Bar

About: This bar will consist of over 1 million blocks, transported and assembled into the ultimate nostalgia trip.
Date: Friday September 13th, 2019 – Sunday September 15th, 2019
Cost: TBA
Time: TBA

Elton John Vancouver Concert

About: He’ll have two shows in Vancouver as part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. The tour hits Rogers Arena on Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd, 2019.
Date: Saturday, September 21st, 2019
Cost: TBA
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Price Is Right Live

Vancouver events

Photo: The Price Is Right Live

About: Alongside their celebrity host, randomly selected contestants play everyone’s favourite games like Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel and even the fabulous Showcase. Not to mention, lucky audience members can even win prizes right from their seat!
Date: Thursday September 12th, 2019 – Sunday September 15th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $39
Time: Various

The Greater Vancouver Zoo Turtle Dash

About: At this family-friendly event, guests can choose to participate in the 5 km Turtle Dash or the 1 km Hatchling Fun Run.
Date: Saturday September 14th, 2019
Cost: $22 – $52
Time: 9:30 a.m.

Light the World Festival

About: Celebrate the mid-autumn festival with a carnival with exciting and creative games, authentic asian Chinese night market style food and a talent show.
Date: Saturday September 14th, 2019
Cost: By donation
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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