Summer is officially underway and we’re ready to dive into the heart of the season: the sunny, bustling month of July. In Vancouver, that means it’s prime time for sunbathing, patio-hopping, and going on outdoor adventures around BC.

Without further ado, here are 40 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this July.

Live Events/Concerts

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

The legendary hip-hop group needs no introduction, so we’ll let this one sink in. The icons are slated to perform at the PNE on Saturday, July 2nd.

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

Symphony at Sunset


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In addition to Symphony in the Park this summer, Vancouver is also getting Symphony at Sunset – a completely free classical music concert at Sunset Beach! 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!

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz’s soulful, folk-pop sound put him on the map – and he’s come a long way since his San Diego coffee shop days. The “I’m yours” singer is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, July 2nd.

When: July 2nd
Where: 630 Hamilton Street, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Cost: $57.12+

Festival Afloat 2022

This month, a mobile concert series called Festival Afloat is setting sail to spots around BC. Slated to perform this year is Juno-nominee Desirée Dawson, who guests can paddle out to listen to – or enjoy from the beach.

When: Thursday, July 7th, with additional dates across BC
Where: Jericho Beach
Cost: Tickets are by-donation

Khatsahlano 2022

The beloved Khatsahlano street party and music fest is back after its two-year hiatus! Time to break out the party hats and head to West 4th for a classic summertime celebration.

Where: West 4th and Maple Street
When: Saturday, July 9th

FVDED in the Park

That’s right, FVDED in the Park is finally back – and the organizers have announced an incredible lineup of performing artists, including Don Toliver, Illenium, Rick Ross, Yung Lean, and much more. Get ready to party, Surrey!

When: Friday, July 8th and Saturday, July 9th
Where: 13428 Old Yale Road, Holland Park
Cost: $200 for GA 2-day passes

The Zombies

The Zombies are going on tour to celebrate their Hall of Fame induction, and they’re making their way to Vancouver in mid-July. This band is arguably the birth of psych-rock and is absolutely a bucket-list name for anyone who is into the genre.

When: July 14th
Where: 868 Granville Street
Cost: $45+

Taj Mahal

The festival options keep coming! And Taj Mahal is our top pick for the ever-fun (and always beautiful) Vancouver Folk Music Festival this year.

When: July 15th
Where: 3941 Point Grey Road
Cost: $68.60+

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Speaking of Vancouver’s beloved Folk Fest, the incredible lineup this year deserves its own spot on this list! From multiple Grammy, Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Allison Russell, to Vancouver’s own Stringband Sundae, there’s definitely something to get everyone on their feet.

When: July 15th to 17th
Where: Jericho Beach Park
Cost: $221.58 for each tier 1 adult pass

Benny Benassi

An absolute heavyweight in the EDM world is coming to Vancouver this July. If you don’t wanna dance it out to ‘Satisfaction’, then we don’t know what to say.

When: July 15th
Where: 1022 Davie Street
Cost: $44.50+

Charli XCX


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Charli XCX walked so other hyper pop artists could run. And with a new album out, this is sure to be an incredibly energetic option this month.

When: July 21st
Where: 601 Smithe Street
Cost: $34.50+

Machine Gun Kelly

Yup, the social enigma and rap powerhouse that is MGK is slated to perform at Rogers Arena on Saturday, July 23rd. Bust out your fake blood and misc Halloween decor a little early this year.

When: July 23rd
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Cost: $50.85+

Catch a concert at the PNE

We’ve already mentioned a couple of icons that are slated to perform at Vancouver’s beloved PNE this year, but there are tons more if you want to catch another! Check out our roundup above and get ready to dance.

When: Concerts throughout the summer
Where: 2901 East Hastings

Food & Drink

Vancouver Craft Beer Week 


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The PNE is seemingly at the centre of much of Vancouver’s summer fun, and we can certainly understand why. Another staple is Craft Beer Week, and this year’s event will feature over 150 craft beer and cider tastings, including local faves like 33 Acres, House of Funk, Fernie Brewing Co., Twin City, and much more.

When: Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th
Where: 2901 East Hastings
Cost: $30-40 for Tier 2 GA

Vancouver Bubble Tea Festival

You guessed it! Canada’s largest bubble tea festival is returning to Burnaby this year, featuring 10 fan fave bubble tea brands to sample and vote on.

When: Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd
Where: 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby Swangard Stadium
Cost: $10+

Check out a tropical-themed bar or cafe


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Vancouver has no shortage of tropical-inspired bars and cafes if you’re looking for a little staycation within the city. Vibrant colours, unique tiki-themed drinks, and impeccable vibes await. Mai Tai Mondays, anyone?

Where: Various

Summer paella at Como Taperia

This one definitely bears repeating – but summertime paella made by the Paella Guys is the perfect way to start off your week. Check their schedule above and treat yourself to some delicious tapas and drinks this week, because why not.

Where: 201 East 7th Avenue
When: Multiple Sundays this month
Cost: $25+ per person

Check out a waterfront patio


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We think we’ve raved about all the patios in Vancouver quite a bit – but can you blame us? Especially with so many waterfront options??

Where: Various

Check out your local Farmers Market

A farmer’s market is always a good idea if you’re looking for something more low-key but still delicious to do over the weekend. And now that the sun is most definitely out, there’s really no excuse not to go.

Where: Locations around Vancouver

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Outdoor Activities and Sports

Free outdoor yoga 


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Attention, yogis and yoga enthusiasts! Lululemon is offering free outdoor yoga sessions to folks at locations all around BC, including Vancouver, North Van, Whistler, Victoria, and Kamloops. BYO-mat and settle in for a great session.

When: Now until August 31st
Where: All around BC
Cost: Free with registration! Click the link above for more info

Celebrate Canada Day

Whether you want to catch some fireworks or take the family out to the Shipyards for a special Canada Day lineup – we couldn’t skip out on the long weekend coming up when talking about fun things to do in Vancouver this July.

Where: Various

Go berry picking


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Who doesn’t love to pluck fresh berries from their vines in the summer and savour them as you fill up (or attempt to fill up) your U-pick barrel?! Plus, you can always freeze your pickings and use them to bake a homemade pie in the colder months.

Where: Various

Playland 2022

Get ready for over 30 thrilling rides, live music, SuperDogs, and some primo carnival fare – because Playland is officially back in full swing.

When: Every weekend from June 17th to August 19th, full schedule here.
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Cost: $31.50-41.50 online, $33.50-$45.50 in-person GA

Light the Night 2022


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If you’re looking to get out on the water at night, Vancouver Water Adventures is offering a glow-in-the-dark paddle experience from Granville Island this summer.

When: Various dates throughout July
Where: 1812 Boatlift Lane
Cost: $105

Go on a glacial kayaking tour

While tickets don’t come cheap, this is a major summertime bucket list item to cross off. Compass Heli Tours is hosting kayak tours of BC’s stunning, crystal blue glacial waters.

When: 21 Days per calendar year per location, starting Friday, July 15th and ending on Friday, September 30th
Where: Various
Cost: $1,750+

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 plenty of options at the link above.

Where: Various

Visit some waterfalls

From Nairn Falls and Brandywine Falls in Whistler to Myra Falls on the Island – BC is home to some stunning waterfalls that definitely warrant multiple visits if you’re looking to book some fun day trips.

Where: Various

Hit the Grouse Grind

ICYMI, the Grind is officially back and now is the perfect time of year to hit the stairs for a great view as a reward. Just bring plenty of water and SPF!

Catch some sun


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If the mood is lounging in your bathing suit at the beach or neighbourhood park, we’ve got the list for you.

Where: Various

Go for a swim

It’s finally hot enough to take a dip into the ocean (for those of us who are still polar dive newbies). Another great option is Alice Lake or Coquitlam Lake if you prefer still bodies of water – or a clothing-optional beach if you want to strip down to your birthday suit.

Where: Various

Plan a road trip


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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

Vancouver Canadians

It’s the season of cracker jacks and summer BBQ, folks. The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club has plenty of home games at The Nat this month – grab some group tickets or purchase game tickets individually! This July they’ll be playing Spokane, Hillsboro, and Everett.

When: Games throughout July
Where: 4601 Ontario Street, The Nat
Cost: $20+

Arts & Culture

CREATE! Arts Festival


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Eastside Art Society (EAS) recently announced their 2nd annual CREATE! Arts Festival, which features the return of their wildly popular Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl Fundraiser. If you’re looking for the holy grail of arts festivals in Vancouver, then look no further.

When: Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th
Where: 857 Malkin Street, Strathcona Park
Cost: $30-$50

Theatre Under the Stars

So much more than just a night at the theatre, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) interweaves a ton of exciting elements into a fun nighttime event you won’t forget. 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 to Saturday, August 27th
Where: 610 Pipeline Road
Cost: Varies by zone and purchase date

Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival


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We know Pride months isn’t technically in August, but on July 31st, Vancouver’s Pride Society is hosting the long-awaited return of their annual Pride Parade & Festival – along with a killer lineup of events. You can view the full schedule here.

When: Vancouver Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, July 31st
Where: West End starting on Robson Street

The Cultch

The Cultch is probably one of the best artistic and cultural hubs in Vancouver. This month, you can look forward to The Music of Persia and Divorced in Paradise at the York Theatre.

Where: Various theatres and showtimes throughout July

Bard on the Beach


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From a Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Harlem Duet, here’s what’s on right now at Vancouver’s celebrated event, Bard on the Beach. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, this is a must-see.

When: Wednesday, June 8th to Saturday, September 4th
Where: 1695 Whyte Avenue
Cost: Varies by production

Science World After Dark

If you haven’t explored Science World with fun drinks, free (adult-only) reign of the exhibits, and whacky activities, have you even been to Science World?! We think it’s time to let the adults be kids.

When: Various dates in July
Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $20.30+

Arts Club Theatre


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Catch a showing of Kinky Boots until July 31st on the Stanley Industrial Allegiance Stage at the Arts Club Theatre. Or, you can wait for the long-awaited return of Made in Italy at the end of the month!

When: Showtimes throughout June
Where: Online and in-person options
Cost: Varies

Polygon Gallery

The Polygon is for fans of unconventional art. If you like a bit of adventure tossed in with your galleries, then this is the arts hub for you.

When: Open throughout July
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: Admission by donation

And that’s a wrap on things to do in Vancouver this July, folks!