It might be a bit of a slower week for summer events, but that’s only because Vancouver is gearing up for all of the exciting festivals coming up this August. And that doesn’t mean that there aren’t outdoor movies, concerts, or summer attractions to take advantage of in the meantime! So with that in mind, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (July 24-28).

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+

Take a class at Vancouver’s wine school

This Is Wine School is Vancouver’s first wine school concept, put together by
three long-time sommeliers and WSET Diploma holders. Classes cover every corner of the industry – from “Wine Pairing ABCs” to regional courses, like the upcoming “So Hot Right Now: Southern Hemisphere Wines” on July 25th.

The two-hour class will be led by Maude Renaud-Brisson at Tall Shadow Bakery in East Van, and will focus on five exciting wines from Australia, South Africa, and Chile.

When: 6:30 pm on Tuesday, July 25th
Where: 2424 East Hastings
Cost: $95

Early Music Vancouver Summer Festival

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Every year, Early Music Vancouver’s concerts bring some of the most renowned artists in the early music genre to the stage, from all around the globe. This year’s focus will shift to female artists who made and continue to make waves in the industry and beyond. So get ready to brush up on your early music history and learn about some of the most fascinating, revolutionary artists of their time.

When: July 27th to August 5th
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: $19 to $68 for Early Bird tickets

Big Trouble In Little China on Cates Deck

At 9 pm on Thursday, July 27th, Deckchair Cinema is rounding off its popular outdoor movie series with a showing of Big Trouble In Little China. The movie will take place on Cates Deck.

When: Thursday, July 27th
Where: Cates Deck, North Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

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 26th and July 29th
Where: English Bay

Summer Like An Italian

The Summer Like An Italian Passport invites locals to indulge in regionally curated menus at Ask for Luigi, Bacaro, Carlino, Di Beppe, Farina a Legna, Giovane Caffè (West Cordova or West Georgia Street locations), Mercato di Luigi, Motoretta, Super Veloce and Pizzeria Farina – and passports can be obtained at any of the participating restaurants.

When: July 3rd to September 21st
Where: Kitchen Table restaurants around Vancouver
Cost: Free to reserve a passport

Ride the largest Mountain Coaster in Canada

Back in May, the 3,375-foot Railrider Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke’s Mountain Resort officially opened to the public, and August is a great time to get in some rides on Canada’s largest mountain coaster ride!

When: Open throughout August
Where: 2950 Camozzi Road, Revelstoke
Cost: $35 per ride

Theatre Under the Stars


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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

Check out a public pool or splash park

Vancouver’s public pools are some of the prettiest in Canada. After all, where else can you take a dip mere feet away from the ocean? Plus, the new booking system in place means you won’t have to deal with massive crowds once you actually do visit. While all the pools are open, the Kits location is our must-visit pick.

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

Shipyards Live

Finally, we come to North Van’s recurring outdoor music fest and beer garden, which runs weekly on Friday nights at the Shipyards. Each week, Shipbuilders Square comes alive with the hustle and bustle of guests looking to enjoy live music and local brews at their beer garden.

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

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver! Time to get out there and enjoy it.