Events and Entertainment Around Town – July Edition
Source: Vancouver Art Gallery
Hot in the city! Coming off what will sure to be THE biggest Canada Day celebration, (Happy 150th, Canada!), Vancouverites and travelers to our fair city will continue the festive, summer spirit with the plentiful events planned, including street parties, musicals, theatre, farmer’s market, outdoor movies, outdoor pools and much, much more.
Canada Day Fireworks – Canada Place
Event date: July 1 | Time: 1030pm
Aside from the paid viewing zone, best places to see the fireworks are at Harbour Green Park, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, Crab Park and West Vancouver Seawall.
Chris Gordon – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: June 29-July 1 | Various times
From his break out performances at the Just For Laughs Festivals in Monday and Toronto, the Seattle International Comedy Competition, Vancouver’s North West Comedy Festival, being featured in the Toronto showcase of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and at The Comedy Death Ray Show in LA, his appeal is undeniable.
Canada 150 Parade – Downtown Vancouver
Event date: July 2 | Time: 5pm
Queen and Adam Lambert – Rogers Arena
Event date: July 2 | Time: 8pm
Vancouver Whitecaps vs New York – BC Place
Event date: July 5 | Time: 7pm
Dan Quinn – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: July 6-8 | Various times
From his break out performances at the Just for Laughs Festivals in Montreal and Toronto; the Seattle International Comedy Competition; Vancouver’s NorthWest Comedy Festival; being featured in the Toronto showcase of NBC’s Last Comic Standing; and at The Comedy Death Ray Show in LA; his appeal is undeniable.
Khatsalano 2017 Street Party – West 4th Avenue (between Burrard and MacDonald)
Event date: July 8 | Time: 11am-9pm
Annual 10 block street party.
Shawn Mendes: Illuminate World Tour – Rogers Arena
Event date: July 8 | Time: 730pm
Million Dollar Quartet – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Event dates: May 11-July 9 | Various times
Inspired by true events, this rocking jukebox musical takes you into Sun Records Studio no December 4, 1956, to witness the famed recording session that brought together rock and roll legends, Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins – for the first and only time. Experience all the hits that made these powerhouse stars the icons they are today, including “That’s Alright”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Blue Suede Shoes” and more.
Annual Gastown Grand Prix – Gastown
Event date: July 12 | Time: 530pm
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Tulsa Roughnecks – UBC Thunderbird Stadium
Event date: July 12 | Time: 12pm
Indian Summer Festival 2017 – Various locations
Event date: July 6-15
Indian Summer Fest showcases provocative artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Tales of war and Peace’, and includes an array of award-winning artists, musicians, and authors.
Tim Nutt – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: July 13-15 | Various times
Founder and member of the hugely popular Snowed in Comedy Tour.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Reno 1868 – UBC Thunderbird Stadium
Event date: July 15- Time 3pm
Greek Summerfest Vancouver – East Vancouver at Burnaby border
Event dates: July 6-16 | Various times
Annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun – from the famous BBQ lam and loukoumades to the dozens of live singers and dancers on the performance stage.
40th Vancouver Folk Festival – Jericho Beach
Event dates: July 14-16 | Various times
The Phantom of the Opera – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: July 11-23 | Various times
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, comes to Vancouver as part of a brand new North American Tour.
Bittergirl: The Musical – Granville Island Stage
Event dates: June 15-July 29 | Various times
This carthartic and catchy musical charts the romantic breakups of three women and the lively antics that ensue. 60s girl group music like “Be My Baby”, “And Then He Kissed Me”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, and “Where Did Our Love Go?” provide the perfect backdrop for the bittergirls’ journey back to happiness.
#No Filter – The LOL of TMI – The Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: July 1-31 | Time: 915pm
#NoFilter uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-shared digital world. From Snapchat to Instagram, Weibo to Facebook and everything in between, #NoFilter finds the fun and funny in how much we share about ourselves with nearly total strangers – crushing the LOL of TMI.
Oh Canada – True North Strong and Funny – The Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: July 1-31 | Time: 730pm
VTSL improvisers take a loving and comedic look at what makes us uniquely Canadian – poking fun at the stereotypes of Canada and Canadians.
OK Tinder – The Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: July 1-31 | Time: 1115pm
Vancouver Theatre Sports pokes fun at Vancouver’s notorious dating scene with our latest late-night show, OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy.
Sunday Afternoon Salsa – Robson Square
Event dates: July 9-August 13 | Time: 3pm and 5pm
Free outdoor salsa dances. Try the free lesson at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is!
Theatre Under the Stars – Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park
Event dates: July 7-August 19 | Time: 7pm
This ear’s musical features are Mary Poppins (on odd number dates) and The Drowsy Chaperone (on event number dates)
7th Musical Nooners Free Outdoor Concert – CBC Broadcast Centre
Event dates: July 8-August 19 | Time: 12pm-1pm
Monday to Friday. What better way to spend lunchtime than at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre’s outdoor stage?
Tuesday Night Outdoor Movie – Second Beach at Stanley Park
Event dates: July 4-August 22 | Time: 10pm
Free outdoor cinema: The Lego Batman Movie (July 4), The Goonies (July 11), Toy Story (July 18), National Lampoon’s Vacation (July 25), Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long (August 1), Jaws (August 8), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (August 15), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (August 22)
Dance in Transit (Friday and Saturday) – Various downtown Vancouver locations
Event dates: May 20-September 2 | Various times
The largest and longest dance event in Vancouver’s history. Free outdoor dancing for everyone!
Illumination Summer Night Market (weekends) – 12631 Vulcan Way
Event dates: May 5-September 10 | Various times
The even will include 12 sets of colourful light displays with thousands of glimmering lights that range from .5m to 2m tall. Couple this with a quirky teddy bear theme and you have a one-of-a-kind event. There will be more than 20 custom-made teddy bears across the market.
PlayLand at the PNE – Pacific National Exhibition
Event dates: May 6-September 17 | Various times
Spin your way through a magical land on the new coaster ride, Bug Whirled, peddle your way to the clouds flapping your wings on The Flutterbye, then take the plunge on the marvelous mechanical Dizzy Drop.
Bard on the Beach – Vanier Park tents
Event dates: June 1-September 23 | Various times
This year’s featured Shakespeare plays are: Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Uninterrupted – Cambie Bridge
Event dates: June 28-September 30 | Time: 10pm
Tourism Vancouver brings a wild salmon-bearing river to the heart of the city. Audiences will be immersed in the extraordinary migration of wild Pacific salmon through a 30-minute cinematic spectacle. Nearly one kilometre of the bridge will become a canvas, transformed through a unique blend of visual storytelling and advanced projection technology to reveal the drama of the natural world. Every Tuesday to Saturday except during Fireworks.
Claude Monet’s Secret Garden – Vancouver Art Gallery
Event dates: June 24-October 1
The most important exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s work in Canada in two decades, Claude Monet’s Secret Garden will trace the career of this pivotal figure in Western art history.
Wednesday Main St Station Farmer’s Market – Across Pacific Central Station
Event dates: May 31-October 4 | Time: 2pm-6pm
Located just steps from the Skytrain, this convenient Wednesday farmer’s market is ideal for local food fans seeking an easy shop on their commute. Over 85% of the vendors at Main Street Station are primary producers offering an excellent mix of fresh and organic produce, meat, eggs, handmade cheeses, and more.
Thursdays Downtown Farmer’s Market – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Event dates: June 1-October 5 | Time: 11am-3pm
Shop fresh weekly to enjoy quality fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and craft, fresh fish, and local craft beer, wine and spirits.
2017 Richmond Night Market – Near Bridgeport Station on Canada Line
Event dates: May 12-October 9 | Various times
Saturday West End Farmer’s Market – 1100 Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow)
Event dates: May 27-October 21 | Time: 9am-2pm
Located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens.
Saturday Lonsdale Quay Farmer’s Market – East Plaza of Lonsdale Quay Market
Event dates: May 7-October 29 | Time: 10am-3pm
The Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market has a great selection of conventional and organic produce. You also will find local artisans with jewellery, pottery, photography, kids clothing, soaps and much more.