A digest of What’s On in and around Vancouver during this weekend including free fun family activities, live music, performing arts & theatre, festivals and sports events.
Live Music on Weekdays are also listed.
Events, Festivals and Other Activities: July 19 to 21, 2019
- Family Activities
- Live Music/ Concerts & Music festivals
- Live Theatre & Theatre Festivals
- All Other Events
I. Family & Kids Activities this Weekend
Meet a Snake on World Snake Day: Learn why snakes are important to our ecosystem, and help protect their environment, when you visit the Vancouver Aquarium. July 16 is World Snake Day, and where better to celebrate than at the Vancouver Aquarium, home to several species of this amazing reptile?
Annual Aldergrove Fair Days
Friday night Car Show, Mainstage Entertainment, Beverage Garden, Kidzone, Antique Tractor and Garden Tractor Pull, World Fast Draw Championship, Fairway of vendors, games, animals and so much more!!
Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21, 2019
Harry Hunt Fields, 26770 29th Ave, Aldergrove
Make Believe: All-Ages Family Art Opening and Concert
Not only will you discover what strange objects of fakes and forgeries have been hidden in the bishop’s attic, there will be hands-on activities, a 3-D printing demo, a scavenger hunt, a children’s book table, refreshments, and two amazing performances by Jess and the Happy Hearts Band! FREE! Family Friendly!
Saturday July 20, 2019 | 2 PM– 4 PM
Central Branch VPL, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
The Shipyards Grand Opening
Come splash with us as we officially open The Shipyards at the Waterfront. We’ve got a fun-filled, water-themed community celebration planned and you don’t want to miss it! Games and entertainment for all. There’s a craft station, face painting, balloon twisting, barbeque and more. Plus, a special performance by The Heels from 12-1pm. The popular music duo Bobs & Lolo will delight and entertain in the family zone.
Saturday, July 20 | 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The Shipyards at the Waterfront, North Vancouver
Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival
This time of the summer season is when the alpine wildflowers are at the height of their bloom. Be sure to take a scenic ride on the Sunburst Express chairlift for access to hiking and biking trails. The wildflower meadows on Tod Mountain can be reached by a leisurely stroll to more challenging hikes. The village will be host to entertainers and activities. The kid zone will be open all weekend. More Details
July 20 to 21, 2019
Sun Peaks Resort, 1280 Alpine Road, Sun Peaks
$13.99 & up
Butterflies – Experience the Transformation
Immerse yourself in the beautiful world of butterflies at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Graham Amazon Gallery has been transformed to become home to several species of beautiful butterflies, all the way from Costa Rica.
May 13 to September 2, 2019
The Vancouver Aquarium, 846 Avison Way, Stanley Park, Vancouver
$0 – $38
Experience Vancouver’s favourite amusement park all the associated thrills, entertainment and food!
May 4 to September 15, 2019
2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
$26 & up
More Family Activities
1. Vancouver Public Library holds plenty of fun events throughout the year! Have fun times for free!
2. See a movie.
Family Favourites Cineplex: Visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. | Saturdays at 11:00 AM
3. Every Sunday, Vancouver Art Gallery offers FREE admission for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Sundays at the Gallery offers a unique art experience for children and their families to have free and regular access to all of the Gallery’s exhibitions as well as the Weekly Family Programs, which feature family-geared programming that explores themes and activities related to the current exhibitions.
4. Museum Tots
This program, geared toward children ages 2 – 5, explores the museum world of learning through play, crafts, dance, and games.
Saturdays | 11 AM –12 PM @ The Maritime Museum of BC
II. Live Music & Concerts This Week in Vancouver
Concert Tours/EDM and Weekday Concerts
- Noontime Notes: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday | 11:45AM – 02:00PM @ Central City’s Plaza, Surrey
- Common – Let Love Have the Last Word Tour on Tuesday, July 16 | 08:00 PM @ Commodore Ballroom
- Street Beats – Tonye Aganaba on Wednesday, July 17 | 5:30 PM @ 800 Robson Plaza
- Jon Bellion: The Glory Sound Prep Tour on Wednesday, July 17 | 07:30 PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
- Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Living The Dream Tour ’19 on Thursday, July 18 | 07:30 PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
- The Hot Teas on Thursday, July 18 | 05:30 PM @ Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre – UBC Botanical Garden
- Tired Boys w/ Red Shift on Thursday, July 18 | 08:00 PM @ The Roxy Cabaret
- The Raconteurs on Friday, July 19 | 08:00 PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
- 2BABA, OHR Afrika Collective Guests: Nanya, Jaap and Adewolfy on Friday, July 19 | 07:00 PM @ Vogue Theatre
- Swayzeack w/ Cole William on Friday, July 19 | 07:00 PM @ The Roxy Cabaret
- Cuco with Guests Umi on Saturday, July 20 | 06:30 PM @ Venue
- The Chris Cornell Vancouver Tribute: Year 3 – w/ OUTSHINED, Washed In Black, Civilian & AIC: Facelift on Saturday, July 20 | 07:30 PM @ Rickshaw Theatre
- The Raconteurs on Saturday, July 20 | 08:00 PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
- Waax on Saturday, July 20 | 08:00 PM @ The Fox Cabaret
- Dillon Nathaniel on Saturday, July 20 | 10:00 PM @ MIA Nightclub
- Destructo on Saturday, July 20 | 10:00 PM @ Celebrities
- OKAN on Sunday, July 21 | 8:00 PM @ St James Community Square
- Shahin Najafi on Sunday, July 21 | 7:00 PM @ Vancouver Playhouse
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a Canadian cultural institution – a unique community-based celebration with an internationally-renowned reputation for presenting the finest traditional and contemporary folk and roots music artists from around the world. On the weekend, starting on Friday afternoon, festival-goers will be treated to an array of concerts and workshops on five daytime and two evening stages. The evening Main Stage concerts, a brilliant showcase featuring some of music’s brightest lights, run from 6-11pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
July 19 to 21, 2019
Jericho Beach Park, 3941 Point Grey Rd Vancouver
$40 to $185
Surrey Fusion Festival
FOOD. MUSIC. CULTURE.
Surrey Fusion Festival presented by Coast Capital Savings is the ultimate celebration of food, music and culture. 55 Cultural Pavilions – 200 Performers – 7 Stages.
July 20 & 21, 2019 | 11 AM – 10 PM
13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey
Harrison Festival of the Arts
Enjoy the transformative power of music. See the world from another person’s perspective through dazzling displays of visual art. Walk through our many creative exhibits. The Festival has something for everyone: visual and literary arts, music, theatre, a large outdoor art and craft market filled with local artisanal products. There’s even a day dedicated to children, so your little ones can enjoy all the art world has to offer in a hands-on environment. More Details
July 12 to 21, 2019
98 Rockwell Drive, Harrison Hot Springs
Free & Ticketed Events
Truck Stop Concert Series
Supercharge your weekend and rock out with 1,200 of your best friends and enjoy some amazing bands.
4:30pm – Becca Hess
5:05pm – Tim and the Glory Boys
5:40pm – The Matinee
6:30pm – JoJo Mason
7:35pm – The Abrams
8:30pm – Devin Dawson
Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 04:00 PM
Red Truck Beer Company, Vancouver
$45 & up
Rocket From Russia FEST
Rocket From Russia FEST is an annual Vancouver music festival which celebrates GREAT local music scene we have in this city. Every year RFR Fest showcases the diverse and extremely talented DIY music scene of British Columbia. This year 25 bands from Vancouver will take the stage of The Wise Hall & Lounge over 4 days and its gonna be great. More Details
July 18 – 21, 2019
The Wise Hall & Lounge
1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
$15 to $50
African Heritage Festival of Music and Dance is a BC and Greater Vancouver Festival featuring music, dance, cultural, traditional & contemporary+ arts . Join us in sharing the rich and diverse expressions of Africa from the African Canadian perspective in a positive, all inclusive, educational and vibrant festive environment. More Details
July 19 – 21, 2019
July 19 @ Vogue Theatre, July 20 to 21 @ Holland Park Surrey
Free to $55
Lineup: Devours, shitlord fuckerman, Freak Dream, Spencer Owen Timeshare, Joey Chaos and The Ghosts, ️ Okibi. More Details
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 8 PM – 2 AM
Red Gate Arts Society 1965 Main Street, Vancouver
Uptown Live! Music Festival
The Uptown Live Street Party rocks the streets of New Westminster with a full schedule of live concert performances headlined by the Chris Buck Band! Plus a beer garden featuring a variety of craft beers, yummy food trucks and a host of interactive exhibits and artisans. Uptown Live 2019 will feature four music stages showcasing some of the top emerging talent in BC. More Details
Saturday, July 20 2019 | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
6th Ave & 6th Street , New Westminster
CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners
join us for the tenth season of Musical Nooners: CBC Vancouver’s free summer-long outdoor concert series on our Outdoor Stage and Plaza.
July 5 to August 16, 2019
700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
III. Live Theatre
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
On the BMO Mainstage, it’s The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by Bard’s 2007 Wild West production, a hilarious runaway hit; it plays in repertory with the Elizabethan-era romantic comedy, Shakespeare in Love. The Howard Family Stage offers two innovative new productions: Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, set in India and sparked with south-Asian music and dance, and Coriolanus, a no-holds-barred political drama filled with resonance for our time.
The Taming of the Shrew – June 5 to September 21
Shakespeare in Love – June 12 to September 18
All’s Well That Ends Well – June 26 to August 11
Coriolanus – August 21 to September 15
Vanier Park, Vancouver
$26 & up
MOM’S THE WORD: NEST ½ EMPTY
From the world-renowned creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series comes another chapter in their stories of family and fracas. The kids are grown, marriages have “evolved,” and bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. From a sold-out run and a hit tour, the moms are back again to share this nestful of insights and ribald humour.
June 6–July 20, 2019
Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver
$29 & up
Arthur Przybyszewski’s run-down family doughnut shop in Uptown Chicago has barely scraped by for more than six decades until one day Franco Wicks, a young black man with visionary zeal and an appetite for change, turns up looking for a job and soon evolves plans to turn Arthur’s shop into a hip and happening hotbed of neighbourhood culture.
July 18 to August 16 2019
Jericho Arts Centre,
1675 Discovery St, Vancouver
$35.50 – $125
Garson Kanin’s classic of 1950s Broadway is both a comic masterpiece and a startlingly prescient glimpse of the corruption that can spread in a democracy once moneyed interests begin to take root. More Details
July 11 to August 15, 2019
Jericho Arts Centre,
1675 Discovery St, Vancouver
$35.50 – $125
Theatre Under the Stars
Disney’s NEWSIES & MAMMA MIA!
July 5 – August 17, 2019
Malkin Bowl – Stanley Park, Vancouver
$20 & up
Dancing in the Street
Free Hustle Dance Drop-in Classes. Born in the clubs of New York City during the 70’s disco era, the Hustle is a partnered style of dance that is done in 3 counts to 4 count music. Much like Salsa, the Hustle has roots in Mambo, but rather than dancing close, the Hustle integrates an ebb and flow type of partner movement; often similar to the feeling in Swing.
Fridays in July | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly the QET Plaza)
#whatnow is a multi-perspective documentary theatre and dance creation in response to the #metoo movement. After collecting hours of audio interviews from all over Vancouver, real life stories come to life through the medium of headphone verbatim theatre, movement and community healing.
July 18 – 27, 2019
ANNEX, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver
$10 to $12
Crossing Mountains & Seas
Crossing Mountains & Seas is an inter-disciplinary production that fuses a role-playing video game, contemporary and aerial dance, original music with Chinese traditions, and interactive multimedia projection. The performance is a journey through an imaged video game that crosses over modern day Canada and a magical world of pre-historic China, as described in the ancient book Shan Hai Jing or the Classic of Mountains & Seas.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 8:00 PM
Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver
$20 to $35
IV. Sports & Related Events
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 07:00 PM
BC Place , Vancouver
vs Tri-City Dust Devils
Saturday: Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Return-It Stick around after the game as Return-It lights up the sky above Nat Bailey Stadium with another amazing post-game Fireworks Extravaganza.
Sunday: One of the coolest giveaways we have all season is set to be released on July 21st as part of our A&W Family Fun Sunday! The first 1,000 kids 12-and-under will receive a pair of Chef Wasabi socks! Kids also get the chance for a post-game Run the Bases and all fans can enjoy those amazing $1 frosty A&W Root Beer floats with proceeds going to a local charity.
Saturday, July 20 | 7:05 PM
Sunday, July 21, 2019 | 1:05PM
Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events this Weekend
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- Groundswell Test Market:Join us for music, fun, games and get to know local makers, artists and foodies! Every Tuesday from 11am to 4pm, June 25 to August 27 @ Chain and Forage, 1404 Anderson St, Granville Island, Vancouver
- Sunset Cinema – Crazy Rich Asians on July 17 | 9:30 PM @ šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza)
Go Blue On South Granville
Over the 10-day celebration, a number of South Granville’s restaurants will feature BC blueberries in special menu items. In addition, the street will be transformed with hues of blue as various retailers celebrate blueberries in their own ways – watch for special promotions, sales, events, and decorations. There will be delicious food and drinks, great shopping deals, and daily giveaways for those who visit participating stores and restaurants.
July 18 to 28, 2019
South Granville, Vancouver
AFRICAN DESCENT FESTIVAL
The African Descent Festival is an arts and cultural festival designed to be a tribute to the black community that thrived at Strathcona for six decades; producing world-class athletes, musicians, entertainers, restaurants, entrepreneurs, community builders and political activists and the burgeoning African immigrant communities – both in that area and the Lower Mainland at large. More Details
July 20 to 21, 2019 | 10 AM – 9 PM
Thornton Park, 1166 Main Street, Vancouver
See a movie under the stars. More Details
July 18: Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.
Every Thursday, July 11 – August 29, 2019 | Sunset
Canada Place, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
The Brick Bar
This Pop-Up, is the first of its kind and will consist of over 1 million blocks, transported and assembled into the ultimate nostalgia trip. The bar will feature sculptures made completely from building blocks as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. There will also be local DJ’s spinning tunes all day.
July 19 to 20, 2019
The Anza Club, 3 W 8th Ave, Vancouver
$15 – $25
Playland Nights will return with dedicated, adults-only (19+) attractions and entertainment.With an expanded foot print,multiple bars, several DJs simultaneously spinning music onsite, unforgettable performances and VIP experiences,there’s no better way to kickoff your weekends this summer. More Details
July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019 | 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
PNE/Playland – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
$25 & up
Creative Writing Workshop – History, Forgery, and Fiction
As a writer how do you create historical fiction or poetry that feels authentic? Writing together we will create lively and unusual characters and settings from other times, and figure out how to tell truthful lies about the past. More Details
Saturday July 20, 2019 | 2 PM– 4 PM
Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Snack ‘N Snap
Snack ‘N Snap your way through Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court with larger-than-life food art displays, sampling from sweet & savoury snack retailers, pop-up treat carts, Workshop Wednesdays to make your own tasty treats, and contest giveaways.
July 11-28, 2019
Metrotown’s Grand Court – Metropolis, 4700 Kingsway Burnaby
Apollo 50: Celebrating Moon exploration across Canada
Join us for “Apollo 50”, a very special event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. We will be livestreaming with retired Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk from the Ontario Science Centre and astronaut David Saint-Jacques at the Montreal Science Centre.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre , 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Made in the 604 Summer Pop-Up Market
40+ unique vendors to shop from.
Sunday, July 21 | 11 AM – 4 PM
The Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show
Join in this street festival along Edmonds Street from Canada Way to Kingsway. Fun for the whole family! Car show, Activities, Food vendors, Live music, Rides, Petting zoo, Talent show, Displays
Sunday, July 21, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Edmonds Street – Canada Way to Kingsway, Burnaby
Port Moody Rotary Ribfest
The choice is yours with 6 Ribbers, Food Trucks, A Corn Hut, and so much more.A family-friendly event, from music to kids entertainment, the fun never ends.
Friday, July 19 | 11 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, July 20 | 11 AM– 9 PM
Sunday, July 21 | 11 AM – 9 PM
Rocky Point Park
2800 Murray St, Port Moody
Maple Ridge Cheesecrafters Beer Fest
Don’t miss out of the best beer festival in the valley! Benefiting the ‘Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation’. Enjoy entertaining Cheese & Beer Pairing Seminars, Games and Prizes, excellent Live Music and rotate through the dozens of local breweries, cideries, distilleries and restaurants.
Sunday, July 21 | 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
22270 128th Avenue, Maple Ridge
$39.99 – $74.99
The VanDusen Botanical Garden 2019 exhibition will be showcasing over 100 hand-carved, original works from 50+ Zimbabwean stone sculptors. All pieces will be available for purchase and will also feature smaller sculptures, metal sculptures, hand-woven baskets and jewelry.
July 19 to Sept 15, 2019
VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver
Wesbrook Village Summer in the Square
Get ready for 11 exciting performances at Wesbrook Village’s Norman Mackenzie Square as we’ve brought back some of last year’s favorites and new artists. Grab a bite or a refreshing drink in the village, take a seat in the square and enjoy the amazing performances!
June 29 to September 7, 2019
Tuesdays at 5:00 PM and Saturdays at 12:00 PM
Norman Mackenzie Square (between Biercraft and Blenz), Vancouver
Make Believe: The Secret Library Of M. Prud’homme
Explore a remarkable collection of fakes and forgeries in this display from the recently-discovered Prud’homme Library, ranging from rare vases to space exploration logs, false obituaries to oil paintings. Be prepared to immerse yourself in the creativity of the ages – and question what you know – during this temporary exhibition of new national treasures.
July 5, 2019 – August 21, 2019 l 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia St, Vancouver
Food Bike Tour
Bike around the city sampling popular menu items while getting a behind the scenes look from our local partners, burning off calories, sight seeing and meeting new people.
Every Saturday starting June 1 – September 28 | 10:00 AM – 04:000 PM
1798 W. Georgia St., Vancouver
$129 – $149
West End Summer Arts Market
Join us for fun, music, art and artisans. Get to know local artists and neighbours.
Saturdays, June 1 to September 28 | 11 AM to 5 PM
Jim Deva Plaza 1200 Bute St Vancouver
Richmond Night Market
Come join us for another summer of delicious food, awesome deals and wonderful entertainment! Featuring live performances, carnival games and over 200 retail stalls, you’ll feel the excitement from the moment you arrive. Taste Canada’s diversity at our international food court, offering more variety with over a hundred vendors and over five hundred food choices!
May 10 – October 14, 2019
8351 River Road, Richmond
Shipyards Night Market
The Shipyards Night Market showcases BC’s artisans, bakers and farmers. Products include; jewellery, clothing, kids wear, bakers, produce, preserves, soaps, plants, chocolate and many more must have handmade products. Don’t eat dinner before you come to the Night Market, as there are at least 35 food trucks selling unique and delicious locally made food.
Friday Nights, May 3 to September 27 | 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Shipyards Night Market
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
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