Whether it’s live music, theatre, or family-friendly movies, there’s plenty to see under the stars this month. And during the day, you’ll have plenty of tasty food & drink events, summertime attractions, beaches, and A-list concerts to keep you occupied. So with that in mind, here are 42 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this July.

Live events & concerts

Charlie Puth 

Even if you’re not a hardcore fan, chances are you’ve heard at least a couple of Charlie Puth’s catchy tunes – whether it’s “One Call Away” or “We Don’t Talk Anymore.” The American singer, songwriter, and producer rose to fame with his debut single “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa, and has been putting out soulful hits ever since.

When: Monday, July 3rd
Where: 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard
Cost: $130.90

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Too $hort & More – H.S. Reunion Tour 2023 

While this show will cost you a pretty penny, we’re betting it’s worth every cent. On Friday, July 7th, hip-hop and R&B legends Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, and Too $hort take the stage at Rogers Arena, in addition to several other performing artists as part of their H.S. Reunion Tour.

When: Friday, July 7th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Cost: $255.06

Symphony at Sunset

This free event at Sunset Beach is one of Vancouver’s staples, and the summer wouldn’t be complete without it. Last year, 15,000 attendees gathered at Sunset Beach Park to enjoy beautiful classical music led by VSO Music Director, Maestro Otto Tausk.

This year, the VSO has arranged a fantastic program with selections ranging from the William Tell Overture to beloved movie scores of Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Ben Hur. So grab your picnic gear and treats, and hit the beach sooner rather than later in the day. Spots are first-come-first-served.

When: Saturday, July 8th
Where: 1204 Beach Avenue
Cost: Free

Festival Afloat

Who’s ready for a summer concert on the water? A mobile concert series is setting sail this July, and it’s coming to Jericho Beach (Iy̓ál̓mexw, ʔəy̓alməxʷ). Slated to perform at Festival Afloat 2023 are returning artists like Juno-nominee Desirée Dawson and Renee Layla, who guests can paddle out to listen to or enjoy from the beach. As well, there will be some new performers in the mix – so stay tuned!

When: July 9th
Where: Jericho Beach
Cost: Tickets are by-donation

Orville Peck 

Coming to Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday, July 13th is none other than Canadian singer-songwriter Orville Peck, known for his unique blend of alternative country and Americana music. His distinct baritone voice and masked persona make for a captivating stage presence – so don’t miss out!

When: Thursday, July 13th
Where: 630 Hamilton Street
Cost: $101.50

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Each year, the folk fest draws more than 40,000 people to the beautiful Jericho Beach for a weekend of dancing, eating and vibing – and this year is no exception. There are also children’s activities available, which makes the event a huge draw for families as well.

When: July 14th to 16th
Where: Jericho Beach Park
Cost: $200 for adult weekend passes

Symphony in the Park 

Picture this. You’re laying on a picnic blanket in the middle of summer. The sun is shining, the air is breezy and full of fragrant flowers – and the sounds of violin strings in a beautiful symphony. Yes, we’re talking about Symphony in the Park! On July 15th, the 34th-anniversary performance will take over Deer Lake Park in Burnaby.

When: July 15th
Where: 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

Tears For Fears

English pop-rock icons Tears For Fears are best known for their chart-topping hits like “Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and “Mad World,” though the ’80s band continues to put out incredible work, leaving an undeniable mark on the music landscape. Their music often explores themes of introspection and social commentary, which always makes for a powerful stage presence.

When: Monday, July 24th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Cost: $45+

Russell & Roots Rock Night

Russell Brewing and Softball City in Surrey are launching a first-ever concert series with two exciting events on the summer roster: The Russell & Roots Rock Night and Country Night. The former will be headlined by Marianas Trench, Big Wreck, Default, and The Wild, and include a thrilling “Russell Mania” pro wrestling show, along with food truck eats from Rosie’s BBQ, Corner Kick Concessions, and TNT Wraps.

When: July 29th
Where: 2201 148 Street, Surrey
Cost: $89+

Food & Drink

Vancouver Bubble Tea Festival

Canada’s largest bubble tea festival returns to Burnaby this July, and visitors can taste over a dozen different bubble tea vendors, as well as a ton of delicious street eats. And, as a final bonus, there will be a range of activities, performances, and events to check out too, from outdoor games to even a pearl judging contest.

When: Friday, July 7th to Sunday, July 9th
Where: 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby

Vancouver Craft Beer Week 

Though last year’s event did not go as planned, Vancouver Craft Beer Week is back with a one-day festival this July, and is prepared to maximize the guest experience. No tokens, no drink payments once inside, and free water. Enter over 150 craft beer and cider tastings, plus food trucks and live music.

When: Saturday, July 8th
Where: TBA this summer
Cost: $68.25

Brewery and the Beast

This one-day festival sells out year after year, and we’re sure that 2023 will be no exception. Tickets are now on sale for just under $200 each, so snag some while you can! Participating restaurants include Anh and Chi, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Paella Guys, Two River Meats, and much more – with even more to come!

When: Sunday, July 9th
Where: 811 Carrall Street
Cost: $195.74

Chow Down Chinatown 

The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver presents “Chow Down Chinatown,” a chance for Vancouver residents to order takeout from any Chinatown eatery they desire, and bring it to a free show and evening of Kung Fu Movies, Sax with Eric and Chynatruckerfunk.

When: Friday, July 14th
Where: 50 East Pender Street

RIBFEST

BBQ lovers, take note. One of the largest BBQ events of the summer is slated for Rocky Point Park in Port Moody this July, and it’s definitely worth the trip. Delicious BBQ from 7 ‘ribbers,’ live music, and a park-wide beer garden? Sign us up!

When: Friday, July 21st to Sunday, July 23rd
Where: 2800 Murray Street

Patio Paella Series

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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.

When: July 2nd, July 16th, and July 30th
Where: 201 East 7th Avenue
Cost: $28 plus tax and gratuity

Shipyards Night Market

The beloved Shipyards Night Market is now in its prime after a three-year hiatus, and there are plenty of summer dates to check out for its 10th anniversary. Visitors can once again enjoy their iconic beer garden and outdoor market, and peruse the many mouthwatering food trucks in attendance. As well, the market is bringing back live music and DJs – so consider your Friday night plans made.

When: Every Friday from May 12th to September 15th
Where: The Shipyards, North Vancouver

Richmond Night Market

Speaking of night markets, it’s always worth a visit to the Richmond Night Market if you’re feeling snacky and want to expand your culinary palate. And no, good eats don’t have to be expensive!

When: Any weekend in July
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond

Try some new ice cream spots

Nothing sums up summer more than a scoop of delicious ice cream, and Vancouver is absolutely filled to the brim with options. From plant-based treats to some truly zany flavours, you can have a scoop a week and still have stuff left on your list when summer ends.

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Check out a tropical-themed bar or cafe

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: See our picks above

Hit up a brewery in Mount Pleasant

It’s no secret that Mount Pleasant is home to some of the biggest names in local craft brews in Metro Van. Why not get the gang together for a couple of pints? It is peak patio season, after all.

Where: See our picks above

Arts & Culture

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars has been transforming Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl into a special summer stage for decades now, and it looks like this year will be no different! So get ready to enjoy a summer full of music, laughs, and artistry under the night sky.

Starting this July, the company will be presenting two iconic shows almost daily: Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical” and Broadway’s musical comedy “The Prom.”

When: July 6th to August 26th
Where: Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
Cost: $45 for GA

Khatsahlano Street Party

Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival is back along West 4th Avenue this July with over 50 food vendors, pop-up shops, art displays, and beer gardens. Every year, the celebration brings together the best local artists, live entertainment, and food for a massive summer celebration.

When: July 8th
Where: West 4th Avenue

Bard on the Beach

Bard’s 2018 blockbuster As You Like It is back onstage with plenty of Beatles hits to go around, accompanied by Shakespeare’s thrilling political drama, Julius Caesar. On the Howard Family Stage, there are two productions you can check out: Henry V, set in a mythical realm, and the interactive ‘Goblin’ comedy, Macbeth, created by an acclaimed team of Canadian theatre-makers.

When: Until the end of September
Where: 1695 Whyte Avenue
Cost: Varies by production

CREATE! Arts Festival

Eastside Art Society (EAS) recently announced its 3rd 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 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd
Where: 857 Malkin Street, Strathcona Park
Cost: $36.75 per workshop for adults

Free nights at Vancouver Art Gallery 

Thanks to a new partnership with BMO, the Vancouver Art Gallery has launched free admission to the public on the first Friday of every month, from 4 pm to 8 pm. The next free Friday night will be on July 7th  so mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy some after-work art!

When: Friday, July 7th and every first Friday of the month
Where: 750 Hornby Street

Outdoors & Sports

Catch an outdoor movie

Whether it’s Thursday night Deckchair Cinema on Cates Deck (June 29th to August 31st) or Sunset Cinema at The Shipyards Commons, there are plenty of outdoor movies to check out this summer – and all of them are free to watch! Below are the film screenings happening via Deckchair Cinema this July:

  • July 6th – Interstellar 5555, 9:30 pm
  • July 13th – What We Do In The Shadows, 9:15 pm
  • July 20th – Whale Rider, 9:15 pm – Celebrating Squamish Amalgamation Day
  • July 27th – Big Trouble In Little China, 9 pm

When: Multiple dates this July
Where: Cates Deck, North Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

Have some fun at Playland

A trip to the amusement park is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. Especially when the alternative is screaming in fear as you enjoy some downright thrilling rides. Playland has hinted that it’s bringing back the PNE Fair this year, but even a regular visit is a great idea.

When: Now open
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Tickets: $39.50 for GA

Honda Celebration of Light

We’re starting off with a bang. Every year, the beloved Honda Celebration of Light draws thousands of local and international visitors every year, and this summer will be no exception. This year’s competition will kick off with representation from Australia (Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics) on Saturday, July 22nd, followed by Mexico (Grupo Avacon) on Wednesday, July 26th and The Philippines (Blue Peacock Fireworks) on Saturday, July 29th.

When: July 22nd, July 26th, and July 29th
Where: English Bay

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: See our picks above

Get back on the Sea to Sky Gondola

The Sea to Sky Gondola is a classic summertime destination for many reasons – the main being the mountain and ocean views. There are also some great options by way of eats & drinks to check out – and even Mountain Music performances by the fiery Whiskeydicks. Talk about a headliner!

When: Now open
Where: 36800 BC-99, Squamish
Tickets: $55.95 for GA, $14.29 for Ride-Down Only

Stanley Park Pitch & Putt

One of the nicest parks in North America, in the middle of Vancouver, and it’s one of the cheapest golfing options around? Great for those just starting out, or if you’ve got a couple of hours free and just want to mess around a little bit.

Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
Cost: $15.12 for 18 holes

Vancouver Canadians

It’s officially baseball season, and the Vancouver Canadians have returned to Nat Bailey Stadium. This month, they’re up against the Spokane Indians, Eugene Emeralds, and the Everett AquaSox.

When: Games throughout July
Where: 4601 Ontario Street
Cost: $10+

Play Disc Golf at Queen Elizabeth Park

If you’re looking for a way to hang with your friends outdoors in a socially distanced manner then disc golf might just be for you. And what’s even better is that the course at Queen Elizabeth Park is completely free! So grab a frisbee and your friends and try it out.

Where: 33rd Avenue and Cambie Street

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: See our picks above

Do the Grouse Grind

Of course, we couldn’t forget the Grouse Grind in this roundup. Not so easy that you’ll cruise through it, but not so hard that you’ll be wondering if heading there was a good idea in the first place. Plus, the need to purchase a download ticket assures some rest and relaxation once your climb is complete.

When: Open throughout summer
Where: Grouse Mountain
Cost: $20 (for the download ticket)

Check out a Farmer’s Market

You may have noticed that a bunch of farmers’ markets have started popping up this spring, why not stop by a couple? The Sunday market at the Kitsilano Community Centre just started on May 1st, and the Mount Pleasant market will open on May 22nd. Load up on some fresh produce and get to know the vendors!

If Saturday markets are more your thing, the markets at Trout Lake and Riley Park are both already up and running.

Where: Locations around Vancouver

Visit a Japanese garden

The Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden has reopened for the spring! Located at UBC, this incredible garden prompted the former Japanese Emperor to say “I am in Japan” during a visit. If that’s not a mark of authenticity, then we don’t know what is. Plus, admission is just $5 per person.

When: Open throughout the spring
Where: 1895 Lower Mall, UBC
Cost: $5 per person

Hop on a ferry 

Did you know that there are more than 40,000 islands in BC? And while you can’t visit all of them, there are around 40 Gulf Islands that are accessible by ferry from Vancouver, and they’re home to some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the country. So why not hop on a ferry and get exploring?

Where: See our picks above

Go on a waterfall hike

It goes without saying that BC is home to some of the most scenic hikes in the country – but there happen to be some particularly striking waterfalls you can check out on many of them!

Where: Click the link above for more info

Explore the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

While it’s a bucket list option for any tourist, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is also a must-visit for Vancouverites. Yes, Canyon Lights are amazing, but there’s something so fun about a summer visit to this woodland wonderland. Not to mention that a photo on the bridge is practically an ID in the city.

When: Open daily
Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Cost: $54.95 (same price as an annual pass)

And that’s a wrap on some of the biggest events, concerts, festivals, and attractions you can check out in Vancouver this July.