Get punk in drublic, dive into blueberry pie, enjoy free music over lunch + more
1. CBC's Musical Nooners — Now until August 16
Facebook/The Hamiltones NCCBC Vancouver's free summer-long outdoor concert series celebrates local music with the 10th season of Musical Nooners, which are held on weekdays at CBC Vancouver’s outdoor stage and plaza. Bands range from Celtic folk to mariachi bands, jazz and pop ensembles, and include Grammy-nominated soul trio, The Hamiltones.
CBC, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver; Weekdays from noon to 1 p.m.; Free; Details online
2. Theatre Under the Stars — Now until August 17
Theatre Under the Stars/ FacebookReturning to Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl for the summer season, TUTS offers two show-stopping musicals: Mamma Mia! tells the lighthearted tale of a mother and a daughter who embark on a hilarious quest to discover the identity of the child's true father (soundtracked to Abba songs naturally); the other, Disney's Newsies, tells the stirring account of a ragged band of newspaper boys and street urchins who strike for fair pay and humane working conditions in 1899 New York City.
Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver; Various dates; 8 p.m.; Tickets $30 to 55
3. Punk in Drublic — Saturday, July 13
Facebook/Punk In Drublic FestivalCombine craft beer and nostalgic punk music and you’ve got Punk in Drublic. NOFX, Bad Religion, The Real Mackenzies, Anti-Flag, Chixdiggit and The Last Gang are among the bands playing and there will be more than 50 local craft breweries serving up a taste of their tipples.
PNE Amphitheatre, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; 1 p.m.; Tickets from $69.50
4. Bees and Blueberries Festival — Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14
Dr Bee'sCelebrate our friends, the bees, at this family-friendly festival, which includes face-painting, pony rides, free guided tours, a blueberry pie eating contest, bee-friendly planting corner and a live ‘bee beard’ performance!
Dr. Bee’s Honeyland, 17617 Ford Detour Road, Pitt Meadows; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Free
5. Small Stage Summer Series — Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14
Small Stage/ FacebookLocal dance troupe Small Stage brings flower-themed shows to two locations every weekend in July. Download their app to watch summer flowers blossom around the dancers as they perform and find their free outdoor performances at Bute Robson Plaza from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Sundays, you can join them at the North Vancouver Shipyards for one show performed on three extremely unique stages, starting from inside the fountain at the Polygon Gallery.
Various locations; Free; Details online
6. Thai Festival: Glories of the Kingdom — Saturday, July 13 & Sunday, July 14
https://thaifestivalvancouver.com/The sixth edition of the annual Thai Festival brings delicious dishes, refreshing drinks and a wide range of cultural performances, activities and demonstrations from fashion and kickboxing, to Thai massage, cooking and fruit-carving.
North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Free
7. Ubuntu Canteen Community Backyard BBQ — Sunday, July 14
Ubuntu Canteen Hosts Community Backyard BBQOrganic café Ubuntu Canteen hosts a community backyard BBQ in the heart of Vancouver’s Fraserhood. Ubuntu will fire up the grill, and will be serving cocktails, local craft beer and "A Sunday in August" wine, while local DJs provide the perfect summer soundtrack.
Ubuntu Canteen, 4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Free, with food and drink tickets available on-site
8. Hip-hop Trivia Night at Juke Fried Chicken — Tuesday, July 16
Juke Fried ChickenWhether you’re a Biggie or Tupac fan, all Eyez are on Juke Fried Chicken when the Chinatown location of the chicken-and-rib joint gets Ready to Fry by hosting a hip-hop trivia night. Teams of up to six are invited to take part in five rounds of questions on all things Hova, Dre and Wu-Tang with food and drink specials and prizes up for grabs. Sign up as an individual or a team of up to six via email (email@example.com), Instagram (@jukefriedchicken) or Facebook (/jukefriedchicken) to guarantee a spot, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Juke Fried Chicken, 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver; 7 p.m., on the third Tuesday of every month; Free
9. The Brick Bar — Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20
The Brick Bar/ FacebookLet’s go to the Brick Bar for a unique pop-up bar experience that comes to Vancouver for two nights only. Built out of more than one million toy building blocks, the bar features creations such as a ping pong table made of 22,500 bricks. Visitors have the opportunity to spend 90 minutes in the bar to have a drink and take as many Instagram photos as possible.
Anza Club, 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver; Various times available; 19 and up; Admission $15 to 40
10. Vancouver Folk Music Festival — Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21
Facebook/Van Folk FestCovering a wide range of folk and roots music from around the world, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival will be headlined by country star Corb Lund, Canadian favourites Sam Roberts Band, and chamber folk singer Basia Bulat. Other acts include the Hamiltones, Rebirth Brass Band, Larkin Poe and Los Lobos' co-founder David Hildago. Local talent includes bluegrass masters John Reischman and the Jaybirds, retro ukulele duo Ruby and Smith and roots star Steve Dawson.
Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver; Various times; Tickets $40 to 175; Details online