Things To Do

12 things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (July 31-Aug 3)

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Vancouver its the best time of the week, the weekend. So let’s get into some of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend. And as always, we have you covered with at least a few different ideas.

Try a new Restaurant

Quite a few new spots opened in Vancouver in July. And, we just rounded up a few of our favourites for you to check out this weekend! From great new patios to interesting pop-ups, there’s a lot to look forward to.

When: Whenever
Where: All around Vancouver

Enjoy a free trip to Grouse Mountain

If you get up in time, you can take advantage of the final day that Grouse Mountain is offering 100 free admissions. The tickets are released at 6AM, and even if you miss out, you should know that admissions will still be 50% off all day long!

When: Ends Friday, July 31
Where: Grouse Mountain
Cost: Free (hopefully)

Play a Softball Game

But not just any softball game. No, not since we found out that Nat Bailey Stadium can be rented for 2 to 3 hours at a time by anybody. Now, all you have to do is round up enough friends that this isn’t a stupid expensive afternoon. Economies of scale, folks!

When: Ongoing
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
Cost: $1500+

Visit a ghost town

In case you didn’t know, BC has quite a lot of ghost towns. Most of which used to be mining towns. So if you’re in the mood for a little drive and maybe a history lesson, be sure to check out our list of ghost towns that you can visit this summer.

When: Whenever
Where: Varies
Cost: Free

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Check out Science World

That’s right folks. One of Vancouver’s best family-friendly attractions is reopening to the public this weekend! Head down for a new modified exhibit experience, or just go straight for a crazy IMAX showing. Either way, you’ll walk out with a smile on your face.

When: Opens Saturday, August 1
Where: Science World
Cost: $27.62

Ride a rollercoaster

Although it’s been open for a couple weeks, we might as well consider this weekend the actual opening of Playland. Why? Well, this is the weekend that they’re finally opening up the major thrill rides at the park. Trust us, a ride on that wooden coaster will definitely take your mind off everything else for a few minutes.

When: Opens Saturday, August 1
Where: Playland at the PNE
Cost: $39.50

Hop in on a ‘BIKENNALE’

The Vancouver Biennale also returns this summer. And like the VMF, they’re offering guided tours of the works around the city. From a quick walking trip to routes stretching dozens of kilometres, this offers a great combination of sporty and cultured fun.

When: Sundays throughout August
Where: Routes throughout Vancouver

Enjoy Virtual Pride

The Vancouver Pride Parade looks different this year, but we still have high hopes that it’ll be great. To be honest, we don’t doubt whatsoever that either the organizers or the participants will look just as spectacular on livestream as they do in real life.

When: Main parade is on Sunday, August 2
Where: Online

Head to a flower festival

We’re super lucky to have so many farms in our province. And especially flower farms. Because we all love fresh flowers and so we can probably all enjoy some flower festivals. You can head to the Chilliwack Sunflower Fest or to the Cultus Lake Flower Fest. Or better yet, go to both!

When: Whenever
Where: Varies

SLICE Summer Market

This market is a great opportunity to score one of a kind items by local artists and makers. You can expect to find thrift, vintage, ceramics, prints, originals, and more! So be sure to hit up this one-day event.

When: Tuesday, July 28
Where: 1636 Venables Street
Cost: Free

Watch Paris is Burning outdoors

If you haven’t seen this classic 1990s documentary about the ballroom culture of New York, now is the time. Because it’s Pride this weekend and it’s always great to learn about LGBTQ2+ history. So do all that and more at this outdoor showing and BBQ.

When: August 2
Where: Grandview Park, 1657 Charles Street
Cost: Free

Watch the NHL Playoffs

Yep hockey fans, its that time! So if you’ve been dying to get out and watch your favourite sport be sure to check out our guide on where to watch the playoffs. Because sometimes it’s good to get out of the house and be with fellow hockey fans.

When: Begins August 1
Where: Varies
Cost: Varies

Okay, folks, that’s what we have for you to in and around Vancouver this weekend. We hope that you enjoy these ideas and try out a few. And have fun doing whatever you decide to do. We’ll catch you next week!

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