We’re in for a toasty week, folks! And by toasty, we mean scorching. Thankfully, we’ve got plenty of ways to stay cool by way of public pools, splash parks, and more. As far as other things to do around Vancouver go – we’ve got plenty of options there too! Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver from July 25th and 29th.

Catch some sun

This one’s a no-brainer. Of course, don’t skimp out on the sunscreen – but sunbathing for an hour or two with a good book in hand sounds like the quintessential Vancouver summer experience we’ve been sorely missing this year.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Deville Coffee


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Great news, coffee lovers. Deville Coffee is opening four new locations in Vancouver, and the first is slated to open this Friday, July 22nd! The waterfront spot will feature local, third-wave coffee, treats from Lee’s donuts and bites from Beaucoup bakery.

When: Opening Monday, July 25th
Where: Several new locations opening

Check out a waterfront patio

Sunny days mean more opportunities to sit out on a patio by the water (preferably with a glass of vino in hand). With so many stunning waterfront options in the city alone, the only challenge will be choosing one to sprawl out on!

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Theatre Under the Stars – Pride Night


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In addition to catching a showing of Something Rotten!  this week, folks can head back to the Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park for the official kickoff of Vancouver Pride week: TUTS’ Pride Night! Get ready to celebrate Queer icon, Freddie Mercury, with a selection of Queen’s greatest hits a la We Will Rock You

When: Tuesday, July 26th
Where: 610 Pipeline Road
Cost: $30-65

Pride Neighbourhood Patio at Bentall

Speaking of Pride Week, we’ve got another fun mid-week event to get the party going. Vancouver Pride Society is hosting a neighbourhood patio at Bentall Centre complete with refreshing cocktails, music, and drag performances from local faves like Jerrilynn Spears and Chronfused.

Where: 505 Burrard Street

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Vancouver Canadians vs the AquaSox

Root for our home team as they face off against Everett this week – and load up on customary peanuts and bbq, as is baseball tradition.

When: Several dates this week
Where: 4601 Ontario Street, The Nat
Cost: $20

Do some work at a cafe

If you want to get some extra work done ahead of the long weekend but the inside of your house is starting to drive you insane, we feel you. Hammer out the deets over coffee at one of Vancouver’s many work-friendly cafes – preferably one with air conditioning.

Where: Check out our picks at the link above

Rent some paddle boards

What better way to unwind after work than to get out on the water with a couple of boards and paddles? Thankfully, we live in a very rental-friendly city – with paddle board and kayak rentals at practically every waterfront spot imaginable.

Where: Check out the list above for some rental spots

Honda Celebration of Light – Midnight Sun Fireworks


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Midnight Sun Fireworks is an award-winning team of Yukon Pyrotechnicians, AKA- firework wizards. Stop by English Bay for a stroll by the beach, and hang out at the grandstand for what is sure to be a breathtaking show.

When: Wednesday, July 27th
Where: English Bay

The Cultch

It’s no secret that The Cultch has some of the neatest, most underground art exhibits and shows in the city. Why not see what’s on and check out some cool art? Plus, there’s air conditioning.

Where: 1895 Venables Street

And that’s all for this week, Vancouver! We’ll check back in this week ahead of the long weekend with even more exciting options to jumpstart your holiday.