Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Start planning your weekend of fun, relaxation, and sunshine!  Here’s a roundup of events happening all over Metro Vancouver this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Friday July 19th

FUSE, 8:00PM-1:00AM @ Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
$20; free for members
This month’s FUSE promises to be a sensual feast – Grand Ballroom will be a multi-room party both inside and outside the Gallery, including free performances on Robson Street.  Dance, music, DJs, art, and unexpected surprises… all combined in one eclectic night.

YVR Take-Off Fridays, 9:00AM-3:00PM @ Vancouver International Airport, Richmond
Free
Enjoy delicious treats, live DJs and music, facepainting, lunch specials, and entertainment throughout the airport.  Join the YVR Explorer Tour at 10:00AM for a free 1 hour before-security walking tour to learn more about the airport’s art and architecture.

Kits Showboat

Photo Credit – Kitsilano Showboat

78th Kitsilano Showboat Festival, 7:00PM @ 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Free
A Vancouver tradition since 1935, Kitsilano Showboat is a live performing arts theatre on the shores of Kitsilano Beach.  You’ll see dance, music, and theatrical shows, all with the beautiful backdrop of our North Shore Mountains.  Check the website for the line up.

36th Vancouver Folk Music Festival, times vary @ Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
Over 60 artists & bands from around the world gather on the 8 beachfront stages of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival from Friday July 19 to Sunday July 21.  There’ll be collaborative sessions and some great late night dance parties. Check the website for the full event line up and schedule.

Enchanted Evenings Concert Series

Photo Credit – Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

20th Anniversary Enchanted Evening Concert Series: Vancouver Piano Ensemble, Doors 7:00PM @ Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Vancouver
$25; members $20
Celebrate the Enchanted Evening’s 20th anniversary season performed in an exquisite Chinese garden in the heart of our very urban city.  This week’s performance by the Vancouver Piano Ensemble will see four talented pianists coax magic from two Steinways. Enjoy works by Bach, Brahms, Gershwin and other masters.

Robson Square Dance, 7:30PM-12:00AM @ Robson Square, Vancouver
Free
Join DanceSportBC every Friday night this summer for free dancing, lessons, and performances!  Learn to jive this week with Tim and Bernadette, and dance along with the demos by JC Dance Co.  Great for all ages, even if you’ve never danced before.

Aldergrove Fair Days, 10:00AM-11:00PM @ Aldergrove North Athletic Park (26770 29th Ave), Aldergrove
Admission by donation
The oldest running fair in the Fraser Valley is back with a classic car show n’ shine, music, food vendors, pony rides, and the TurkeyFest at 6:00PM.

Bollywood Wedding, 8:00PM @ PNE Italian Gardens, Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
Join the South Asian Arts for an outdoor, interactive, dance and theatre event.  A hilarious portrayal of the engagement and wedding of two young Indians brought together in an arranged marriage, you will love this elaborate production in the Italian Gardens at the Pacific National Exhibition.  Bring a jacket or blanket – the show goes on rain or shine.


Saturday July 20th

Surrey Fusion Festival, 11:00AM-10:00PM @ Holland Park (SW Corner of King George Blvd & Old Yale Road), Surrey
Free
The ultimate celebration of music, food, and culture.  Experience food & culture from areas around the world at the Cultural Pavilions, visit the Celebrity Cooking Stage, experience a traditional aboriginal Pow Wow, and bring your family to the activity tent and Kids World!

Tours at the Orpheum Theatre, 11:00AM-12:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (Seymour Street at Smithe Street), Vancouver
$10 by donation, ages 12+
Tour the “Grand Old Lady of Granville Street” this Saturday!  The 90 minute tour of the opulent theatre includes secrets of its history and even some ghost stories.  Go backstage, explore hidden spaces, and even check out the dome of the theatre.  As tours are first come first served, we suggest arriving by 10:45AM at the Smithe Street entrance.

Canada Parks Day, 1:00PM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site, Fort Langley
Enjoy free entertainment and activities along the Fort-to-Fort trail, which connects the Fort Langley National Historic Site to the first Fort Langley (1827-1839).  Great for the whole family.

Wreck Beach Butoh

Photo Credit – The Georgia Straight

18th Annual Wreck Beach Butoh Dance Performance, 9:45AM @ #4 Trail (below UBC Museum of Anthropology), Vancouver
Suggested donation $5.00
Kokoro Dance presents the 18th installment of Wreck Beach Butoh, an annual butoh dance performance on the shores of Wreck Beach at the foot of the #4 Trail. Kokoro Dance performers, clad only in full body white makeup, will explore Canada’s most famous clothing-optional beach at low tide. Performances take place rain or shine.

Aldergrove Fair Days, 10:00AM-11:00PM @ Aldergrove North Athletic Park (26770 29th Ave), Aldergrove
Admission by donation
The oldest running fair in the Fraser Valley is back with a music, food vendors, pony rides, and more.  Don’t miss the Hottest Darn Chili in the Valley Cook Off at 2:00PM, and the Canadian Fast Draw Championships starting at 10:00AM!

36th Vancouver Folk Music Festival, times vary @ Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
Over 60 artists & bands from around the world gather on the 8 beachfront stages of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival from Friday July 19 to Sunday July 21.  There’ll be collaborative sessions and some great late night dance parties.

Bollywood Wedding, 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ PNE Italian Gardens, Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
Join the South Asian Arts for an outdoor, interactive, dance and theatre event.  A hilarious portrayal of the engagement and wedding of two young Indians brought together in an arranged marriage, you will love this elaborate production in the Italian Gardens at the Pacific National Exhibition.  Bring a jacket or blanket – the show goes on rain or shine.


Sunday July 21st

First ever Sunday Market at the Winery, 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Urban Winery (55 Dunlevy Ave), Vancouver
$5.00
Check out local artists and vendors, and taste your way through the best of Vancouver and BC while enjoying wine on tap.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Buy your tickets in advance!

11th Annual Copper & Fire Arts Event, 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach
Regular museum admission; free for members
The Copper & Fire Arts Event features British Columbia artists such as metal workers using copper and bronze, ceramic artists using a number of different mediums, and jewelers.  Copper & Fire is the Museum’s premiere summer event showcasing arts derived from mined materials “of the earth”.  There will also be craft activities for kids of all ages including sculpting copper wire crafts and bead jewelry.

Pitt Meadows Annual Airport Open House, 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Pitt Meadows Airport, Pitt Meadows
Free
This year’s theme is careers in aviation, so bring the entire family and enjoy a free day of fun and learning.  Free flights for children (and discounted flights for adults) will be available.

28th Annual S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walk With The Dragon, 8:30AM @ Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Pledge/register to walk; registration available onsite
Each year over 13,000 participants follow the colourful S.U.C.C.E.S.S. dragon for a 7km panoramic walk along the famous Stanley Park seawall to raise funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S.  It’ll be a day with fun-filled activities for the whole family, including a traditional dragon dance, carnival games, food booths, live entertainment, and lucky draws! Bring your family and friends to the Walk and bask in the festivities.

17th Annual Bare Buns Run, 12:00PM-2:00PM @ Trail #6 Wreck Beach, Vancouver
$25 registration; $20 for seniors or under 19
Come in your birthday suit and run to help preserve Wreck Beach!  Registration starts at 9:00AM.

Sunday Afternoon Salsa, 3:00PM-7:00PM @ Robson Square, Vancouver
Free
Outdoor salsa dancing at Robson Square!  Beginner lessons start at 3PM, followed by salsa performances at 5PM and open social dancing.  Open to everyone, even if you think you have two left feet.

Food Cart Fest

Photo Credit – Food Cart Fest


2nd Annual Food Cart Fest
, 12:00PM-5:00PM @ 215 West 1st Avenue (between Cambie Street Bridge & Olympic Village), Vancouver
$2; other pricing in effect
Make it an afternoon of eating at the Food Card Fest, back again this year in a brand new location.  20+ food carts, live music and DJs, community markets, kids activities, and more.

21st Century Flea Market, ongoing, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3240 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
$5 at door; other pricing in effect
With 175 different vendors offering everything from shabby chic to 50′s kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, this popular European-style collectors market is an absolutely-do-not-miss treasure-hunting adventure!  You can also bring in your own treasures for appraisals; drop ins will be held from 10AM-3PM on a first-come-first-served basis.

Surrey Fusion Festival, 11:00AM-10:00PM @ Holland Park (SW Corner of King George Blvd & Old Yale Road), Surrey
Free
The ultimate celebration of music, food, and culture.  Experience food & culture from areas around the world at the Cultural Pavilions, visit the Celebrity Cooking Stage, experience a traditional aboriginal Pow Wow, and bring your family to the activity tent and Kids World!  Full line up of artists and events on the website.

18th Annual Wreck Beach Butoh Dance Performance, 10:30AM @ #4 Trail (below UBC Museum of Anthropology), Vancouver
Suggested donation $5.00
Kokoro Dance presents the 18th installment of Wreck Beach Butoh, an annual butoh dance performance on the shores of Wreck Beach at the foot of the #4 Trail. Kokoro Dance performers, clad only in full body white makeup, will explore Canada’s most famous clothing-optional beach at low tide. Performances take place rain or shine.

Aldergrove Fair Days, 10:00AM-11:00PM @ Aldergrove North Athletic Park (26770 29th Ave), Aldergrove
Admission by donation
The oldest running fair in the Fraser Valley is back with  music, food vendors, pony rides, and more.  The Canadian Fast Draw Championships are on from 10:00AM-4:00PM, and don’t miss the Farm Hand Challenge at noon.

36th Vancouver Folk Music Festival, times vary @ Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
Over 60 artists & bands from around the world gather on the 8 beachfront stages of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival from Friday July 19 to Sunday July 21.  There’ll be collaborative sessions and some great late night dance parties.

Bollywood Wedding

Photo Credit – South Asian Arts


Bollywood Wedding
, 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ PNE Italian Gardens, Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
Join the South Asian Arts for an outdoor, interactive, dance and theatre event.  A hilarious portrayal of the engagement and wedding of two young Indians brought together in an arranged marriage, you will love this elaborate production in the Italian Gardens at the Pacific National Exhibition.  Bring a jacket or blanket – the show goes on rain or shine.


Any other interesting not-to-miss events this weekend?  Leave a comment or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!

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7 Responses to Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

  1. Wow, this is amazing! I almost feel bad for going to Nanaimo this weekend. (Almost) ;)

    • Thanks Tanja! Hope you get back in time to check out some of these events. :)

  2. Yoomin

    Omg so many choices! This is so neatly organized. Thank you for the article :)

    • Thanks Yoomin, hope you found it handy to help plan your weekend!

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  4. Tara

    Great site, I feel like a tourist in my own city with so much to choose & so clearly laid out. Thank you!

    • Thanks Tara, check back later this week for more!

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