Canada Day 2022 and the long weekend are finally upon us! If you haven’t quite put any big plans together yet – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want to take a trip elsewhere in BC or stay right here in (hopefully sunny) Vancouver, we’ve got a bunch of ideas to toss your way.

Without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this long weekend.

Theatre Under the Stars


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Stanley Park’s beloved summer series Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is back! On July 7th and 8th, Something Rotten! and We Will Rock You will make their respective debuts – bringing irony, whimsy, and laughs to the Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park.

When: Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd
Where: 610 Pipeline Road
Cost: Varies by zone and purchase date

Symphony at Sunset

In addition to Symphony in the Park this summer, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will also be performing at Sunset Beach in a completely free classical music concert this weekend! We can’t think of a better event to follow Canada Day festivities.

When: Saturday, July 2nd
Where: 1204 Beach Avenue, Sunset Beach
Cost: Free!

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2022


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It’s not too late to enjoy one of Vancouver’s most unique summertime events, the cool jazz from around the globe at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival! Drop by one of their many (indoor and outdoor) concerts and listen to the work some of the greats!

When: Until Sunday, July 3rd
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Cost: Ticket prices vary per venue

Celebrate Canada Day

Whether you want to catch some fireworks or take the family out to the Shipyards for a special Canada Day lineup – there’s plenty of festivities going on in and around Vancouver to kick off your long weekend.

When: Friday, July 1st
Where: Various

Check out a lazy river


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BC has a ton of fun to be had by way of lazy rivers. And by lazy rivers – we mean action-packed water activities, as well as lazy rivers in the literal sense. So, whether you want to slowly drift downstream with a drink in hand, or want to have a more adventurous tubing experience, we’ve got options.

Where: Various

Go on a road trip

Vancouverites don’t have to travel far to access some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the country. Load up on road trip snack essentials and hit the open road – and enjoy the best landscapes courtesy of BC.

Where: See our picks at the link above

Hit up Granville Island


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Yes, the Granville Island Market is open this weekend! You’ll definitely want to check in with your fave spots to see their operating hours, but the market itself will be open from 9 am to 6 pm.

Where: 1689 Johnston Street

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Shawn Mendes


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One of the biggest names of the month is also the first up on the list of touring artists coming to Vancouver! Superstar Shawn Mendes will be playing at Rogers Arena, with a little support from Dermot Kennedy as the opening act.

When: July 2nd
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Cost: $125+

Wu-Tang Clan

In case you haven’t heard, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan is slated to perform at PNE’s summer concert series this Saturday, July 2nd. Don’t walk to the PNE, run!

When: July 2nd
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Cost: $79+

Grab some tacos 

While your fave taco spot may have reduced/altered hours on Friday, chances are good for the rest of the weekend. Besides, tacos and mojitos are a long weekend staple, at least in our opinion. The messier the better!

Where: See our picks above

That’s a wrap on this weekend, folks! Get out there and enjoy some amazing live music events, water sports, and tasty eats.