Celebrate the 40th year of Vancouver Folk Fest, try a cider with fresh pineapple juice, learn how to camp + more
1. Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16
Folk Fest at Jerico BeachNow in its 40th year, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival features an eclectic lineup of performers from around the world, headlined by Billy Bragg and the Barenaked Ladies. There will also be a free concert on July 13th (7 p.m., Jericho Beach Park) as the team has joined fellow folk fests in Winnipeg, Calgary, Canmore and Regina to curate a groundbreaking live touring collaborative project called Canada Far & Wide: Grands Esprits, a celebration of the Canadian songbook.
Jericho Beach Park; adult tickets from $60
2. New West Craft – Saturday, July 15
Davina Devine Handmade SoapsFind the perfect gift for someone (or yourself) at the bi-monthly New West Craft, presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster, to celebrate the art of making. Local jewellers, knitters and crafters will be selling their wares on the patio.
River Market Patio; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free
3. Summer Sizzler Vol 2 – Saturday, July 15
Sunday CiderEnjoy an outdoor afternoon of craft cider and be the first to try Sunday TROPHOP: a hazy, hopped cider blended with fresh pineapple juice. Sizzler VOL 2 will feature five ciders: Sesh, TropHop, Wild, Gulf Island and Sunday Sidra, plus music and street food, such as Moroccan cauliflower tacos from the El Cartel food truck and ice cream sandwiches by Brown Paper Packages.
Sunday Cider, 1575 Vernon Drive; free
4. Third Annual "All You Can Eat Peruvian Street Meat" BBQ and Party – Saturday, July 15
The name says it all! Head to Chicha for an inside/outside event featuring grilled Peruvian street meat, ceviches, roasted corn and lots of summer drink specials and local beers. DJs will be playing all day and evening long and there will be tents so you can keep cool in the shade.
136 East Broadway; 2 p.m. to 11p.m.; tickets $50
5. Honeybee Festival – Saturday, July 15 & Sunday, July 16
Honeybee CenterCelebrate those busy bees at the annual Honeybee Festival! Check out the live bees, honey-tasting, beekeeping demos, local artisan’s market and... beards made of bees! Bring the kids to teach them more about these important little insects and then let them buzz around the kids zone.
Honeybee Centre at the corner of 176th Street and Fraser Highway, Surrey; free
6. Walking Tour of Jewish Strathcona and Gastown – Sunday, July 16
Join the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia to discover the rich history of Vancouver’s early Jewish community by exploring the neighbourhood they once called home. Meet some of the original community founders, who made a new home here and built up businesses in the area.
700 East Pender Street; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $10
7. Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows – Sunday July 16
Matchbox20 - Live NationIt’s a blast from the past on the A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017 when American rock bands Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows take to the stage at Rogers Arena to perform hits from the '90s such as Push and Mr Jones.
Rogers Arena; 7 p.m.; $115
8. Learn to Camp – Thursday, July 20
Nature for All - Learn to CampStanley Park Ecology Society and Parks Canada's Learn to Camp program teaches you how to identify plants, birds and animals found in your backyard and in local parks so you’ll be ready for your next camping adventure! Students will take part in a simulated visit to a National Park and will learn crucial safety and preparation skills through engaging games and hands-on activities.
Lumberman’s Arch; Stanley Park; 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; free
9. Italian Night Market – Friday July 21
Indulge in Italian goodies with plenty of farm-fresh produce, Italian food and local artisans, wine producers and food trucks on hand to keep everyone well-fed and entertained.
3075 Slocan Street; Italian Cultural Centre; 5 to 9 p.m.; free
10. West Coast Swing at Robson Square – Friday July 21
Robson Square hosts free outdoor dancing every Friday throughout the summer. On July 21st, award-winning swing dancers Myles & Tessa will teach a free swing lesson from 8 to 8:45 p.m.. Performances by veteran dancers start at 9 p.m. sharp, and mixed social dance music goes until 11 p.m.
800 Robson Street; 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.