Summer weather is finally back (and hopefully here to stay for a bit…), and we think that calls for major celebration. In fact, some of the most celebrated events of the summer are coming up this weekend, from the grand return of the Honda Celebration of Light to the Shambhala Music Fest. Without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in & around Vancouver this weekend.

Honda Celebration of Light

One of the most spectacular events in the city (and the largest live event in BC) is finally back this weekend. The Honda Celebration of Light will once again light up Vancouver’s skies and delight thousands of spectators – so get to English Bay early to grab a good spot!

When: Saturday, July 23rd, Wednesday, July 27th and Saturday, July 30th
Where: English Bay

Machine Gun Kelly


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

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

Check out an exhibit at MOA

The Museum of Anthropology currently has several exhibits going on – a Northwest Coast art exhibit titled “In a Different Light,” a multi-generational Xicanx exhibit, and more. Immerse yourself in the art of a different culture or a different artistic lens than you’ve experienced before.

When: Open throughout July
Where: Click the link above for more info
Cost: $4.22 and up

CREATE! Arts Festival

Speaking of art, the Eastside Art Society (EAS) is back with 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 art festivals in Vancouver this summer, then look no further.

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

The Cup at Hastings Racecourse


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With live performances by local talents Felix Cartal and K-OS, it’s no wonder that this year’s live music and racing event is one of the most anticipated festivals this summer. Dress fancy (don’t forget the feather boas and sun hats!) and get ready to sip on refreshing cocktails as you survey the races.

When: Saturday, July 23rd
Where: 188 North Renfrew Street
Cost: $97.83 for Tier 3 tickets

Whitecaps FC vs Chicago

The Whitecaps will face off against Chicago this Saturday, July 23rd at BC Place. Cheer on our home team and make an afternoon of perusing downtown, because why not!

When: Saturday, July 23rd
Where: 777 Pacific Boulevard, BC Place
Cost: $30+

Plan a day trip

Vancouverites don’t have to travel far for an amazing weekend getaway from the city. While it might not be the long weekend yet, we think a day trip to one of the above locations is definitely doable! Load up on road trip snacks or hop on a ferry to see some of the most beautiful natural wonders BC has to offer.

Where: See our picks at the link above

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Shambhala Music Festival

ICYMI, Shambhala Music Fest is happening this weekend at the Salmo River Ranch – a return after a three-year hiatus. Fortunately, it looks like there’s just enough time to snag some of the last tickets if you’re keen on raving this weekend. With such an amazing lineup of artists, it’ll be hard not to be on your feet, dancing all night long.

When: Friday, July 22nd to Monday, July 25th
Where: Salmo River Ranch, BC
Cost: $525 for GA

Check out a public pool or splash park

All these glorious hot summer days call for a bit of effort when it comes to staying cool. Fortunately, we’ve got some solid options by way of spray parks and outdoor pools to toss your way. Plus, Vancouver’s amazing ice cream & frozen dessert scene.

When: Open throughout July
Where: Click the link above for more info
Cost: $4.22 and up

Plan a romantic date

With the weather heating up, we think it’s the perfect time to spice up your next date night. Surprise your partner with a gourmet meal, a cozy picnic, or even a skydiving adventure in Whistler if you’re feeling adventurous.

When: Various
Where: Check out our picks above

And that’s this weekend’s roundup, folks! Get out there and enjoy the sunshine. Discover some new art (or make some yourself at CREATE!), and enjoy all the amazing live music in & around the city.