34 Metro Vancouver Events Taking Place This Weekend (July 13-15)

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From beer crawls to food festivals, here are 34 Metro Vancouver events taking place this weekend.

Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, July 13

Amusement park | Playland

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

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.

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Yoga | Free Outdoor Yoga At Kits Beach + Riley Park

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.

Outdoor music | Music at the Cannery

Come out every Friday from July 13th to August 31st at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) for an evening of music at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Each week will feature a different musical act, catering to a wide range of musical tastes, from blues, jazz, folk and more.

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

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.

Anniversary | Rickshaw Theatre 9th Anniversary Party

Celebrate the Rickshaw Theatre with performances by Art d’Ecco, Sunbathe, The Intelligence Service and Cartoon Lizard. Tickets start at $9.

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 anciet oral storytelling traditions to genre-defying musicians, award-winning novelists, and provocative visual, performance and culinary artists.

Night market | Fridays On Front

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

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.

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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

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.

Skateboarding | Vans Park Series: 2018 Men’s Pro Tour

Vans Park Series returns to Vancouver, Canada on July 13-14 to bring the world’s best professional park terrain skateboarders back to the legendary Hastings Skatepark for yet another gravity-defying battle of park terrain competition.

Snowboarding legend Shaun White will also be one of the competitors at this year’s event!

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LEGO Exhibit | People Gotta Move

The free New Westminster LEGO exhibit is now open and has people moving to see what it’s all about. The New Westminster Museum and Archives latest exhibition is about transportation in New West and is composed of LEGO, artifacts and an assortment of historic photos.

The exhibit is now open until November 16th, 2018. Guests can also take part in themed tours, talks and programs.

Saturday, July 14

Community festival | Honeybee Surrey Festival

The Honeybee Festival takes place at Honeybee Centre on Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th, 2018. It includes their famous Bee Beards, live beekeeping demos, kids games and crafts, food trucks and more!

Fresh produce | UBC Farm Farmers’ Market

Discover the UBC Farm through your tastebuds! Get your local, certified organic, farm-fresh seasonal veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs straight from the UBC Farm.

Craft beer tour | Art, Bike, and Beer Crawl

Come out for the Eastside Culture Crawl’s third annual Art, Bike, and Beer Crawl + Fundraiser and explore East Vancouver’s craft breweries in support of the ECCS and its programming.
Taking place on Saturday, July 14th, guests will first be taken to 3 of 7 different breweries throughout the day.

Outdoor performances | Summer in the Square

The 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!

Cultural festival | Indonesia Fest

The Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver in collaboration with Permai BC is pleased to host “Indonesia Fest: Experience Indonesia” due to be held on Saturday, July 14th, 2018.

The event will showcase Indonesian culture, food, product and tourism destination.

Cineplex / cineplex family favouritesFamily movies | Cineplex Family Favourites

Movies will be screened every Wednesday and Saturday in July, August, and September at 11AM.

The best part? Films will be the mere price of $2.99, and a portion of the proceeds go towards supporting WE Charity.

Street festival | Newton Days

Throughout July, Newton Days will be taking over the Newton Grove on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

It returns for a second summer complete with a farmers market, kid fun zone, face painting, food trucks, henna and Science World demonstrations. All four days will also have a BBQ serving up delicious bites.

Equally important, everything is free!

Live musical performances | Truck Stop Concert Series

On July 15th, the soul/r&b takes center stage and it’s being headlined by Allen Stone.

General admission tickets are available for a limited time at $35 for each show and early-bird tailgate passes (three shows) are $75. Prices go to $45/$100 once the early bird period is finished.

Junk removal | Surrey Pop-Up Junk Drop

The City of Surrey allows residents to dispose of their unwanted items completely free of charge at the Pop-up Junk Drop events.

To gain entry, however, you must present a valid government issued identification that proves you are a Surrey resident. No valid ID means no entry.

Obstacle course | Rugged Maniac

You’ll be able to take part in their 5k course or their new option called Rugged Maniac X. The new option includes unlimited laps of the 5k course and a special edition headband!

Not to mention, before and after you run you’ll get to party with thousands of other maniacs in our day-long festival which includes mechanical bulls, adult bounce houses, and tons of games and activities!

Sunday, June 15

Concert | Logic

American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer Logic performs at the PNE Amphitheatre. Tickets are $69.50.

World Cup | World Cup Soccer Finals

Watch Croatia take on France in the World Cup championship game at The Rio Theatre. Admission is free!

Dancing | Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

Now in our 12th year, Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of FREE, outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver during the summer months of July and August.

Try the beginner dance lessons at 3pm and 7pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon!

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