Welcome to the first official week of July, Vancouver! Get ready for a ton of fun things to do in and around the city, because it’s officially summertime in Raincouver. Regardless of the weather, there’s plenty to do by way of free concerts, patios, and food markets. Here’s our roundup of 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (July 4-8).

Festival Afloat 2022

Festival Afloat is a mobile concert series setting sail to several spots around BC – including Jerich Beach! 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

Catch some sun

We know the rain is slated to make an appearance, but hopefully, it’ll be brief. Here are some prime spots around Vancouver to lounge and sunbathe.

Where: Various

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Check out a new patio


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ICYMI- Coal Harbour is getting a new sunny patio and urban oasis to lounge at – and it’s open to the public now! Check out Mott 32 and treat yourself to some delicious Cantonese eats and summer rosé!

Where: 1161 West Georgia Street

Whitecaps FC vs Minnesota

The Whitecaps are facing off against Minnesota this Friday, July 8th. Be there or be square!

When: Friday, July 8th
Where: 777 Pacific Boulevard
Cost: $30+ 

Aburi Market in West Van


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The first-ever Aburi Market in West Van is in full swing, and you can enjoy loads of delicious Japanese eats and unique home goods from various local and international vendors. The market is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm.

When: Various
Where: 1350 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Hit up a waterfront patio 

Whether you duck out early for an afternoon happy hour or head to a waterfront patio for after-work drinks with your pals – we’ve got some fantastic options to toss your way.

Where: Check out our picks above

Go to an all-you-can-eat buffet

We think AYCE spots get a bad rep – if you want to have control over what goes on your plate (and how much), then it’s a great option! Plus, you get to sample the entire menu as opposed to just one or two items.

Where: Check out our picks above

FVDED in the Park

While this is more of a weekend excursion, it does technically start on a Friday, so….we think it counts. FVDED in the Park is finally back, and the lineup is unreal. Don Toliver, Illenium, Rick Ross, and Yung Lean are just some of the headliners. Take the post-Canada Day festivities right on over to Surrey, you know you want to!

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


Another fun Friday excursion? A concert at the PNE – the psych-rock band Khruangbin is coming to town and we’re ready to end the week on a high note.

When: July 8th
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Cost: $49.50

Hit the Grouse Grind

Last but not least, we’ve got the Grouse Grind. AKA – the perfect way to recharge for the weekend! Elevation and muscle gains + views pair well, we think. Just stay hydrated!

That’s all for this week, Vancouver! We hope it’s a great one.