This week: pair your yoga with a craft beer, catch a flick in the park, celebrate Latin culture + more
1. Khatsahlano Street Party — Saturday, July 7
FlickrKhatsahlano is the ultimate street party for community vibes, great food and eclectic shopping. Over 50 musicians and performers play at stages dotted throughout the neighbourhood while locals chill at beer gardens and wolf down food truck fare.
West 4th Avenue, from Macdonald Street to Burrard Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Free
2. Après Om — Saturday, July 7
Instagram/Faculty BrewingIf you've ever felt like a beer after a good yoga class then this event is for you! Après Om is a yoga event at Faculty Brewing where you can take in a great yoga class and then connect over craft beers. Build connections and take your practice further by meeting and chatting with fellow yoga and beer enthusiasts. At less than $18 for a yoga class and a beer, this weekly event is an incredible bargain.
Faculty Brewing Co., 1830 Ontario Street, Vancouver; Doors at 9 a.m., Class from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Tickets $15.95 plus fees and taxes
3. Carnaval del Sol — Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8
Carnaval Del SolThe biggest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest returns this July for two days packed with a massive celebration of Latin American culture. You’ll find plazas dedicated to food, art, families, beer and even health and wellness. Highlights include the YVR Travel Plaza with live cooking demos and a soccer tournament at nearby Andy Livingstone Park.
Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Super passes $10 and single-day admission $2, with kids under 12 and seniors free
4. Commercial Drive Car Free Day — Sunday, July 8
Facebook/Commercial DriveCar Free Day is fast becoming one of Vancouver’s favourite street festivals! This year's Commercial Drive edition celebrates the spirit of activism and those who work to create green spaces in Vancouver. 15 blocks of this eclectic and culturally rich Eastside neighbourhood will be packed with community activities, food, entertainment and shopping. Walk, bike, or take the bus to this beloved community event.
Commercial Drive, from Venables Street to North Grandview Highway; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Free
5. Brunch Affair 2018 — Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8
Instagram/Collective AffairIs your ordinary weekend brunch getting a little ho-hum? The Brunch Affair at The Pipe Shop and Shipyards Square is a brunch-inspired food fair and festival with a killer view. Included in your entry fee are samples, live entertainment and plenty of activities. Incredible food vendors will be serving up a selection of the best brunch in Vancouver. Come hungry and leave room for a mimosa or two!
115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver; Seatings from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m., 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Tickets from $5
6. Stand By Me at Summer Cinema Tuesdays — Tuesday, July 10
Fresh Air CinemaDon’t let the summer go by without a night spent watching a movie in the great outdoors. You can catch a movie at sunset every Tuesday in July and August at Second Beach in Stanley Park. Get there early with your blankets and lawn chairs and pack along a picnic for a fun and free family night activity or even a romantic date. Tuesday features Stephen King’s Stand By Me, the ultimate summer nostalgia film.
Second Beach at Stanley Park, Vancouver; 9:15 p.m.; Free
7. Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix — Wednesday, July 11
Facebook/Gastown Grand PrixLocals love the excitement of the Gastown Grand Prix, when the cobblestone streets of Gastown are shut to car traffic and become a racetrack. See professional road racers compete to win in one of the most exciting cycling events in North America.
Gastown, Vancouver; 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Free; Details online
8. Star Wars: A New Hope with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra — Wednesday, July 11
Vancouver Civic TheatresFans of the original Star Wars movies will love this special presentation of Star Wars: A New Hope presented at the Orpheum Theatre and backed by live music from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Recapture the excitement from the first time you discovered this beloved sci-fi classic!
Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver; Doors at 5:45 p.m., Show at 7:00 p.m.; Tickets from $50
9. Dark Road — Thursday, July 12 to Thursday, August 16
Ensemble Theatre CompanyEnsemble Theatre Company’s Summer Repertory Festival presents Dark Road, the first-ever stage play by best-selling mystery writer Ian Rankin. In Scotland, Chief Constable Isobel McArthur’s retirement approaches. Haunted by a gruesome decades-old murder case, she decides to uncover the truth and meet the man she put behind bars. Fans of BBC-style crime mysteries will love this tense and gritty play. Check out Ensemble Theatre Company’s other productions this summer A Few Good Men and The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver; 7:30 p.m.; Tickets from $25
10. Vancouver Folk Music Festival — Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15
Vancouver Folk Music FestivalJericho Beach Park will come alive with music from around the world at the 41st Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Featuring more than 50 acts, with artists from over a dozen countries—including many provinces and territories in Canada and the United States—you’ll find a wide range of musical styles, from bluegrass and Americana to Quebecois, Cajun and Ukrainian folk. Collaborative workshops during which artists share music of similar themes or subjects make this festival a truly unique music experience. A beachfront bazaar, beer garden, community village and food trucks will be there to complete this can’t-miss summer event.
Jericho Beach Park, 3941 Point Grey Road, Vancouver; 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Tickets from $45