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31 Metro Vancouver Events Taking Place This Weekend (July 6-8)

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Your short week after the Canada Day Long Weekend is being followed up by another exciting weekend!

RELATED: 101 Things To Do & See In Vancouver This Summer

From outdoor salsa dancing to delicious food festivals, here are 31 Metro Vancouver events you have to check out this weekend.

Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, July 6

Night market | Fridays On Front

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Photo: 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

Shipyards Night Market
Photo: @yvonneming88 / Instagram

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.

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.

Amusement park | Playland

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Photo: PNE/Playland / Facebook

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!

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.

Outdoor Shopping | Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market Food
Tabetai Tacos – Soft shell crab

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.

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

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.

19+ | Playland Adult-Only Nights

Photo: Jimmy Yargeau/Flickr

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.

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.

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.

Live orchestra | Harry Potter Concert

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Photo: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra‎ / Facebook

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert, the fifth film in the Harry Potter series.

Nicholas Buc will be conducting all three shows that will take place from Thursday, July 5th – Saturday, July 7th, 2018.

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.

Outdoor movie | Family Movie Nights

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Photo: Brenda Rochelle/Flickr

An outdoor summer experience, Movies in the Plaza is a great way to enjoy some free family fun. The movies are shown on a big outdoor screen, and the Library Advisory Council runs a concession with snacks and drinks.

This weekend the movie is Labyrinth and begins at 9:15 p.m.

Outdoor performance | Theatre Under The Stars

Theatre Under the Stars invites audiences to have a ball this summer with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street, July 4th – August 18th, 2018 (performances alternate evenings) at Stanley Park’s picturesque Malkin Bowl.

A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS’ 2018 season offers two song-and-dance filled fables – one of Fairy Godmothers and glass slippers, the other of Golden Era glitz and show-biz glam.

Greek food | Greek Summerfest

greek summerfest vancouverBack 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.

Concert | Harry Styles

Harry Styles will be coming to Rogers Arena this weekend on Friday, July 6th, 2018. Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album was released on May 12th. It did not take long for it to climb to the top of the charts around the world.

The show begins at 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, July 7

Street festival | Khatsahlano Street Party

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Photo: Khatsahlano Arts + Music Festival/Facebook

Created in 2011, it’s Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival. The Street Party features multiple stages, showcasing over 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers.

The 10 block affair, which spans Burrard to MacDonald Street also features work from local artisans and street performers.

Additionally, there are food options, giveaways, bustling patios, special activities, and licensed beer gardens.

Dance | Small Stage Summer Dance Series

Experience live, outdoor dance performances like you’ve never seen before!

The series continues throughout July, amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, the public is invited in to intimate, outdoor dance pieces performed by local dancers, uniquely choreographed to a different element each week, featuring a range of styles combining the classical arts with a modern, urban twist.

Brunch | Brunch Affair Food Festival

Brunch Affair Food FestivalThe 2nd annual edition of Vancouver’s very own homegrown brunch festival is coming back to The Pipe Shop & Shipyards Square!

Come celebrate and indulge in everyone’s favourite meal of the day, while taking in the beautiful vistas of downtown Vancouver.

Movies | Cineplex Family Favourites

Cineplex family favourites are back this summer, with an array of heartwarming classics on the viewing screen.

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

Community 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.

Nature fundraiser | Langley Butterfly Release

Langley Hospice Society & Langley Lodge are holding their 5th Annual Butterfly Release and fundraiser, with the event attracting hundreds of guests annually.

The fundraiser will be held at Krause Berry Farms. It’s meant to raise awareness and funds about the important work the Langley Hospice Society and Langley Lodge does for Langley.

Arts | Carnaval del Sol

Celebrating Latin American Culture, Carnaval del Sol is having its 10th anniversary. It’s two days of live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry. It’s meant to recreate the ambiance of a vibrant city plaza in Latin America.


Sunday, July 8

Street festival | Commercial Drive Car Free Day

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Photo: Car Free Vancouver/Facebook

The Commercial Drive Car Free Day will span 15 blocks long, going all the way from Grandview to Venables. It’s the original place Car Free Day began, so it makes sense that it would stay true to its grassroots.

This festival will be featuring local artisans, vendors, community groups, and entertainment for all ages.

Independence day | Pakistan Festival

The Pakistan Festival will showcase the cultural heritage, diversity, landscapes, music, poetry, dress, cuisine and beauty of every corner of Pakistan.

Stalls, booths and tents showcasing Pakistani products/handicrafts and cuisine will be on hand. The festival will also include freshly made Pakistani food, a fashion show and a live performance by renowned Pakistani artist, Faakhir Mehmood.

Admission is free.

Live performance | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Outdoor Concert

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Photo: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Facebook

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will once again perform its annual free outdoor concert this summer in Burnaby.

It’ll take place this weekend on Sunday, July 8th at Burnaby’s stunning Deer Lake Park. Performances will start at 7:00 p.m. and will conclude at 9:00 p.m.

Make sure you arrive early to secure a spot and bring a blanket to stay warm!

Soccer | KickOff Canada World Cup

On July 8th at BC Place, you can be one of the 20 teams playing for their country in a 7-a-side charity soccer tournament.

Each team is guaranteed entry to the group and knock-out stages of the tournament. Make a team, represent your country and battle it out for the World Cup trophy.


Upcoming Metro Vancouver Events

July 10 | Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park

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.

July 11 | 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.

You can expect to hear such riveting classics as Darth Vader’s “Imperial March,” in addition to the awe-inspiring ‘The Force Theme.”

Justin Freer of Huntington, California will be the evening’s conductor, and he has led concerts across the world.

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