25 Things To Do In Metro Vancouver This Weekend (July 26 – 28)

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The sun is expected to stick around right through the weekend and that’s music to our ears! From fireworks to a massive food truck festival, here are 25 Metro Vancouver events to check out this weekend.

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Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, July 26

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.

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

Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tour

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

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 will be live music playing 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.

Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market

Photo: 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: General: $4.75 / Children under 8: Free / Seniors over 60: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

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 26th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Dusk

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 highlights and explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world”.
Date: Friday February 22nd, 2019 – Tuesday September 3rd, 2019
Cost: Free – $25
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Burnaby Village Museum

About: Burnaby Village Museum has created a village for you to explore, featuring costumed townsfolk in homes, shops and businesses straight out of the 1920’s.
Date: Saturday May 4th, 2019 – Monday September 2nd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fridays On Front

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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.

Playland

About: Vancouver’s amusement park, Playland, opened for the season on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Well-known rides such as The Beast, Hellevator, and the Wooden Roller Coaster will once again be ready to make you scream.
Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019 – Sunday, September 15th, 2019
Cost: Various
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.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

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.

Mission Folk Music Festival 2019

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

Saturday, July 27

Honda Celebration of Light

Celebration of Light

Photo: Rory Coomey Photography

About: The participating countries this year will be India (July 27th), Canada (July 31st), and Croatia (August 3rd). 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.

Goat Yoga

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.

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.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

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. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to explore a variety of other activities aside from the food trucks. From beauty crafts to farm-fresh produce, this festival has seen it all in previous years.
Date: Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Summer Slam Roller Derby Tournament

About: Terminal City Roller Derby is proud to present their 5th annual Summer Slam tournament! Teams from all over the Pacific Northwest, including Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Chilliwack and Abbotsford, will be competing in this fast and fun event. Come cheer for your hometown!
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019 – Sunday July 28th, 2019
Cost: Starting at $10
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

South Surrey Festival

About: This is a free, family friendly event that offers safe, creative and inclusive activities for the whole community to take part in.
Date: Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Richmond Maritime Festival

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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.

Caribbean Days

About: Visitors can expect a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Not to mention, it’s one of the biggest cultural events of its type in BC; tens of thousands of attendees expected throughout the weekend.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019 – Sunday July 28th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m.

World Naked Bike Ride

About: Don’t be shy to bare it all. The World Naked Bike Ride returns to Vancouver this July and aims to be a “positive” protest against car culture, oil spills, and pipelines.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 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.

Sunday, July 28

Brewery and the Beast

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Photo: Brewery & The Beast / Facebook

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.

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.

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