Happy short week, Vancouver! Just because the long weekend festivities are over, it doesn’t mean we don’t have a ton of fun street parties, outdoor movies, and concerts to look forward to. Here are 11 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (July 2-5).

Sponsored pick: Canada Together

Still looking for a plan for Canada Day?

The 38th annual July 1 event, with this being the third year celebrating as Canada Together is happening at Canada Place, and between the live performances, delicious eats, and fun activities, it’s sure to be a day of celebration you don’t want to miss. The theme of this year’s Canada Together event is “weaving together the fabric of a nation”, which honours Canada’s diversity and sets an intention for the day to gather, celebrate, learn and share.

Vegan Night Market

With plenty of summer and fall markets under its belt (including the city’s first beachside night market), the Vegan Night Market by Peaces.ca is back this July and you won’t want to miss it. The next market takes place on July 4th at Locarno Beach, followed by bi-weekly summer events until August 29th.

When: Thursday, July 4th And bi-weekly until August 29th
Where: Locarno Beach
Cost: $2 minimum donation

Downtown Vancouver Summer Movie Nights 

Now, we get into the season of free outdoor movies, starting with Downtown Vancouver’s Summer Movie Nights. With a giant projector screen and plenty of space to lay out your picnic blankets and chairs, the square transforms into the ultimate open-air theatre.

Note that movies begin at sundown, with performances and activities starting at 5 pm every Thursday from July 4th to August 15th.

When: Every Thursday from July 4th to August 15
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square
Cost: Free admission

Sponsored pick: Whistler Summer Concert Series

Looking for a midweek getaway or want to extend your weekend? Whistler offers something for everyone, from outdoor adventures to lakeside relaxation. Enjoy the Whistler Summer Concert Series every Thursday and Friday night in July and August. Take advantage of the Summer Concert Offer and save more when you stay longer, or stay 3+ nights and save up to 20% on lodging after June 30th.

When: Every Thursday and Friday from July to August (except for Crankworx July 19th to July 28th)
Where: Whistler Olympic Plaza
Cost: Free admission


Iconic rapper and artist Missy Elliott (AKA Misdemeanor) is performing in Vancouver at the start of the month at Rogers Arena, and it’s not too late to snag tickets!

When: Thursday, July 4th
Where: Rogers Arena
Cost: $164.95

Rolling Stones: Hackney Diamonds ’24 

If you love The Rolling Stones and have always wanted to see them perform live, tune in. The iconic rock band is going back on the road next year with a new North American tour celebrating the release of their newest album, Hackney Diamonds.

On the tour, The Rolling Stones will also perform all of their most popular hits, from “Start Me Up” and “Gimme Shelter” to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

When: Friday, July 5th
Where: BC Place
Cost: $209.44+

Free night at Vancouver Art Gallery 

Thanks to a new partnership with BMO, the Vancouver Art Gallery is set to launch free admission to the public on the first Friday of every month, from 4 pm to 8 pm. The first free Friday night will be on Friday, July 5th – so mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy some after-work art!

When: Friday, July 5th
Where: 750 Hornby Street
Cost: Free admission
Cost: $74.50+

FVDED In The Park

Who’s ready for an epic two days of electronic music? Metro Vancouver’s popular summer music festival FVDED in the Park is officially back this year with a star-studded lineup of performing artists, including Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, and Diplo – for starters.

When: July 5th and 6th
Where: 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Cost: $315.87 for GA two-day admission 

Theatre Under the Stars

Who’s ready for the return of a beloved Vancouver tradition? Stanley Park’s outdoor theatre experience, Theatre Under the Stars, has officially set the stage for summer 2024 – and two iconic shows are on the roster: CATS and School of Rock.

When: July 5th to August 24th
Where: Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
Cost: $20 to $65 per adult (single show)

Vancouver Canadians 

Baseball season is now in full swing, no pun intended. This week, the Vancouver Canadians are up against the Everett AquaSox.

When: July 2nd and 3rd
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
Cost: $20+

Carnaval del Sol 

Carnaval del Sol is the largest Latin American festival in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s kicking things off this Friday, July 5th at Jonathon Rogers Park. So get ready to be immersed in the vibrant music, dance, food, and traditions of Latin America at this three-day celebration!

When: Friday, July 5th to Sunday, July 7th
Where: Jonathon Rogers Park
Cost: $20


Ready for a throwback vibe? PartyNextDoor is bringing music old and new to the stage at the PNE Forum this week.

When: Friday, July 5th
Where: PNE Forum

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver! Happy July.