It’s already the first weekend of July if you can believe it, and summer is finally starting to heat up in Vancouver – and we don’t just mean the weather! From Khatsahlano to Carnaval del Sol, to a Symphony at Sunset, here are 15 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (July 5-7).

Rolling Stones: Hackney Diamonds ’24 

If you love The Rolling Stones and have always wanted to see them perform live, now’s your chance. The iconic group is performing at BC Place this weekend!

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

Carnaval del Sol 


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

One-day passes are priced at $20 a pop if you secure them in advance, with children and seniors able to enter for free.

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

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

Night Market at the Met

The first-ever Night Market at the Met is set to launch this July, bringing together an array of delicious vendors, family-friendly activities, and live music.

When: From July 4th to 7th
Where: 4700 Kingsway Street, Burnaby
Cost: Free admission

Free night at Vancouver Art Gallery 

Thanks to a partnership with BMO, the Vancouver Art Gallery offers 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 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

Sponsored pick: Volvo Car Canada’s Midsummer Celebration

Volvo Car Canada’s Midsummer Celebration returns for its second iteration in Vancouver! You’re invited to celebrate this tribute to the traditional Swedish holiday with workshops like floral crown making and build-a-bouquet. Experience family friendly activities like Midsummer family portraits and Volvo test drives, featuring a fleet of electrified Volvo vehicles. This is your chance to celebrate summer and partake in a multi-sensory experience rooted in local flora, sustainability and community.

When: Friday, July 5th 5 to 9 pm, Saturday, July 6th 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday, July 7th 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Bentall Centre (555 Burrard St. Vancouver)
Cost: Free

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 weekend with a star-studded lineup of performing artists, including Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, and Diplo.

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


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

When: Friday, July 5th
Where: PNE Forum
Cost: $74.50+

Khatsahlano Street Party

Vancouver’s largest free music festival is back this month with an incredible lineup of local talent, which has been put together by Zulu Records this year. The all-day celebration lines West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano with over 50 food vendors, pop-up shops, art displays, and beer gardens – and it’s a summer staple!

When: Saturday, July 6th
Where: West Broadway, Kitsilano
Cost: Free admission

Sponsored pick: Oakridge Summer Social

This summer, catch a preview of what Vancouver’s cultural hub will offer next year with Oakridge Summer Social by Oakridge Park, a dynamic event series. Get your all-whites on for Wimbledon Happy Hour, grab your popcorn for a Cinema Nights in the Park, and look your sharpest for a Family Summer Portrait Sessions. The summer starts now so make your reservations today!

When: Thursday, July 4th to Monday, September 2nd 2024 from 11 am to 11 pm
Where: 1067 West Cordova Street
Cost: Starting $20.00

Symphony at Sunset

Nothing screams ‘summer’ like an outdoor concert, and what better way to kick off the season than with a free evening of classical music by the beach? Symphony at Sunset is officially back with recognizable orchestral tunes by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) from films like Star WarsPirates of the Caribbean, and E.T.

When: Saturday, July 6th
Where: 1204 Beach Avenue
Cost: Free

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

Sponsored pick: Mastermind Toys’ Start of Summer Store Events

Every weekend Mastermind Toys will be holding in-store events that range from Science Sundays to designing friendship bracelets. There will be plenty of activities to keep kids busy and entertained all summer long whether they’re playing a game, making a takeaway toy or searching the store for fun prizes.

When: Saturday and Sundays from 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: All Mastermind Toys stores
Cost: Free but some events require sign up like Science Sundays

Hasting Raceway Market

Yes, another free market to add to your list! The Community Market at the Hastings Racecourse and Casino is on every Friday and Saturday until August 10th. Visitors can peruse local artisans and makers while surrounded by the excitement of horse racing.

When: Fridays and Saturdays this July
Where: 188 North Renfrew Street
Cost: Free admission

Tour de Concord & Free Family Bike Festival 

You don’t have to be an expert biker to enjoy this exciting summer event. So grab your bikes and helmets, and get ready to enjoy a free festival with activities for the whole family to enjoy – the Tour de Concord is back in downtown Vancouver!

When: Sunday, July 7th
Where: 88 Pacific Boulevard
Cost: Free

And that’s a wrap on some of the best things to get up to this weekend. Cheers!