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26 Metro Vancouver Events You Have To Check Out This Week (July 9-13)

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From outdoor movies to waterfront markets, here are 24 Metro Vancouver events you have to check out this week.

Metro Vancouver Events This Week

Monday, July 9

Amusement park | Playland

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Playland is here! Get prepared for a summer of fun by purchasing a One-Day admission or Season Pass online or at retailers. If you buy online, you’ll save up to $5 compared to purchasing at the gate. Please note that some of the top attractions are currently not in service.

Admission to Playland gives you unlimited access to over 35 rides and attractions, including three of the newest rides!

Photography | Mattie Gunterman

Presenting the paintings of Emily Carr with forty-eight photographs by US-born photographer Mattie Gunterman, this exhibition draws on the Gallery’s deep holdings of Carr’s work to reflect her engagement and affection for BC’s landscape.

Art | Definitely Dali Exhibition

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Opened in 2005, Chali Rosso Art Gallery focuses mainly on works from Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Degas, and more.

The Gallery is holding a free Salvador Dali exhibition starting this May up until September. As part of the Definitely Dali Project, two iconic Dali sculptures will be arriving at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery this summer: Woman Aflame and Surrealist Piano.

Exhibit | Haida Now

Guest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, this exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art boasting more than 450 works created as early as 1890.

Culture | Culture at the Centre

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents a groundbreaking collaboration between six First Nations Communities with the illuminating new exhibition Culture at the Centre, on display from Sunday, March 18th – Monday, October 8th, 2018.

Co-curated by Jill Baird and Pam Brown, the collective effort offers insight into the important work Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums in BC are doing to support their language, culture, and history.

Yoga | Free Outdoor Yoga At Kits Beach + Riley Park

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The classes will be held on the North side of the beach, at the corner of Maple Street and Ogden Ave. The location is different than past years, and offers a better view of the ocean and downtown Vancouver.

The daily free yoga classes are organized by Mat Collective. Not to mention, they will feature 1-3 classes each day with a variety of different levels.

Art | Shigeru Ban

Offsite: Shigeru Ban is a new exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location (1100 West Georgia Street) featuring the full-scale version of renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House, on view May 11 to October 8th.

Public exhibit | Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

The exhibition has been shown in places such as Paris and Stockholm, and has been seen by over 25 million visitors worldwide.

The event explores the Titanic’s human stories, which are told through more 120 authentic artifacts and and extensive room re-creations. Additionally, the exhibition commemorates the centennial of the maiden voyage and of life’s fragility.

Guests get to travel back in time and experience one of the world’s largest ship in all its glory.

Greek food | Greek Summerfest

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Back for its 32nd consecutive year, Vancouver’s Greek Summerfest runs from Thursday July 5th to Sunday July 15th. It’s an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun.

There will be dozens of of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage, as well as DJ services by Alpha Music and bouzouki music with Yannis Sahamis.

The celebration is free to attend, and brings in thousands of people from not only the Lower Mainland, but globally as well.

Heritage & culture | Indian Summer Festival

The Indian Summer Festival returns for its 8th year, bringing global arts and culture to venues across the city from July 5th to 15th.

This ‘festival for a curious mind’ presents a continent-spanning range of artists, from the inheritors of ancient oral storytelling traditions to genre-defying musicians, award-winning novelists, and provocative visual, performance and culinary artists.


Tuesday, July 10

Outside entertainment | Summer in the Square

Wesbrook Village Festival 2013The Summer in the Square series features local artists who will regale and entertain you in Norman MacKenzie Square through the warm summer months.

Performances will be twice a week, from June 30th to September 4th. So grab a beer at BierCraft or a refreshing iced drink from Blenz and sit out on their patios, or take a seat in Norman MacKenzie Square, and enjoy the amazing performances!

Live music | Noontime Notes

Come to Central City’s outdoor Plaza and enjoy free live lunchtime music from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from July 3 to August 23!

Fundraiser | Ryan and Lucas Johansen Autograph Session

Dedicated to youth, NHL brothers Ryan and Lucas Johansen want to connect with young sports enthusiasts in the community!

As a result, they will be hosting a 1 hour autograph session between 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on July 10th, 2018 prior to the Ryan and Lucas Johansen Charity Golf Classic, benefitting Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation.

Outdoor movies | Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park

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A new film will run every Tuesday from July 3rd to August 21st. The movies will be played at dusk at Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach.

The films will be screened on a four story high gigantic screen, allowing visitors the best view possible.

Golf | Tuesday Night Golf Clinics

This “Practice with a Purpose Golf Clinics” provides you with professional instruction tailored to your specific swing flaws and gives you something to work on during future visits to the range.

The cost for this clinic is $22.00 tax included. Each clinic is limited to 8 students and includes close to 90 minutes of range time, professional instruction and range balls.

Wednesday, July 11

Outdoor movies | Starlight Theatre Drive-In Movie Series

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Enjoy free movies every Wednesday night beginning July 4th. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the showing begins at sundown.

Concert | Star Wars Concert

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is holding an at the Movies concert series this summer, which plays favourites from classic and popular films.

The orchestra is also hosting their 100th year anniversary this year.

Not only will concert-goers have the chance to soak in some top-notch tunes, but they’ll also view an amazing film. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope will be playing throughout the performance.


Thursday, July 12

Waterfront movies | Waterfront Cinema

Waterfront Cinema
Photo: Outdoor Movies BC / Facebook

The screenings will be held every Thursday from July 12th to August 23rd at dusk, between 8PM to 9PM.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chair. Make sure to arrive early, as seats are limited. No smoking or alcohol is permitted, as this is a family-friendly event.

Physics | Quantum Inkblot

Quantum Inkblot is a collaborative, interactive evening presented by The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Voirelia: A Dance, Psychology, and Philosophy Hub. They will explore quantum physics through the lenses of physics, psychology, dance, art, and astronomy.

The evening will incorporate lectures by physicists and psychologists, feature state-of-the-art visual artwork, and original contemporary dance performances.

Friday, July 13

Night market | Fridays On Front

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Fridays on Front, an epic weekly community experience, is returning to New Westminster on Friday, July 6th, 2018.

The market will run every Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks (July 6th – August 24th) on the 600-block of Front Street.

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!

Kayaking | Deep Cove Friday Night Lights

Close your eyes for a second, and imagine the rippling surface of water paired with the illuminated sky. There’s arguably nothing more tranquil or picturesque.

And you can experience this firsthand! Deep Cove Friday Night Lights offers visitors the real thing. It’s a kayaking experience led by a guided tour, starting at dusk and lasting 2.5 hours.

Night market | Shipyards Night Market

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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.

There’ll be over 100 food stalls, and 200 retail vendors. Sink your tastebuds into the classic tornado potatoes, and try your hand at mango desserts, squid, bubble waffles, dragon’s beard candy, and so many more! Here’s a guide to the must-try food this summer.

Live performance | Sister Says

The melodic, infectious indie pop band Sister Says and Latash-Maurice Nahanee bring their entertaining live show to the Museum of Vancouver for a memorable evening of music and storytelling.

Fronted by mixed Haida-Tsimshian siblings Gillian and Robert Thomson, Sister Says has a dreamy, lyrically rich approach to songwriting, referencing the soul, blues and pop music the two musicians were exposed to growing up.

Outdoor Shopping | Richmond Night Market

The wildly popular market always features incredible, mouthwatering cuisine, as well as live performances on their 50 foot stage.

People visit from all over the country for this unique market, similar to the nightlife and delicacies found in Asia.

19+ | Playland Adult-Only Nights

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This summer, Playland is bringing back their popular adults-only nights.

Every Friday from June 22nd to July 27th, Playland is going to be hosting six evenings that will be 19+ amusement, complete with food, drinks, midway games, and of course, the thrilling rides. More than 30 rides will be open, including The Beast and the Hellevator.

Dancing | SummerFest 2018: Salsa Fridays with Salsa Studio

Every Friday night this year during SummerFest, Roger from Salsa Studio will be hosting a fun, easy and social dance experience. You will learn the foundations of this dance in a two hour lesson.


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