Dance in the street, celebrate diversity, watch a movie under the stars + more
1. Evo Summer Cinema Series — Tuesday, July 2 to Tuesday, August 20
Facebook/ Outdoor Movies BCHeld every Tuesday in July and August (weather permitting!) the Evo Summer Cinema Series returns to Stanley Park’s Second Beach with a roster of nostalgic favourites, including Wayne’s World, Beetlejuice, Sleepless in Seattle, Shrek and Jurassic Park.
Second Beach, Stanley Park; Free, with VIP seating for a fee; Details online
2. Dancing on the Edge — Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, July 13
Facebook/ Dancing on the Edge Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance presents more than 30 performances, involving over 20 innovative choreographers and companies from Canada, Brazil and Korea. The 31st festival features world premieres, North American and Western Canadian debuts, and works-in-progress from some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers
Various locations, dates and times; Details online
3. FVDED in the Park — Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6
Facebook/ FVDED in the ParkKhalid and Zedd will be headlining Surrey’s big-name bash, with performances including Tory Lanez and French Montana, Lil Yachty, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, RL Grime, 6lack, Green Velvet, Louis the Child, Kayzo and Lil Mosey. Both day and weekend passes are available.
Holland Park, Surrey; Tickets from $129.99; All ages; Details online
4. Bard on the Beach — Friday, July 5 to Saturday, September 21
Facebook/ Bard on the BeachCelebrating 30 years of Shakespeare, Bard on the Beach returns for another season of al fresco theatre with the Wild West-themed The Taming of the Shrew and the Elizabethan-era romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love on the main stage and two innovative new productions: Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, set in India and accompanied by South Asian music and dance, and Coriolanus, a no-holds-barred political tragedy filled with resonance for our time.
Vanier Park, Vancouver; Various dates and times; Tickets from $26; Details online
5. Khatsahlano Street Party — Saturday, July 6
Facebook/ Khatsahlano! Music + Art FestivalVancouver’s largest free arts and music festival hits West 4th this weekend for a day of musical and street performances. Take part in yoga classes, cooking demos, fashion shows and kids activities, or just check out the local musicians and artisans.
West 4th Avenue, from Burrard to MacDonald Streets, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Free; Details online
6. Community Paddling Days — Saturday, July 6
Facebook/Dragon Boat BCWant to give dragon boating a try? Dragon Zone Paddling Club has two upcoming community paddling days on July 6th and August 10th, both include free 45-minute dragon boat sessions at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver; 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m; Free; Register online
7. Carnaval del Sol — Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7
Carnaval del SolFeaturing more than 450 artists, this year’s colourful Carnaval del Sol is themed around "Sharing our Indigenous and Afro-Latin American roots. Let’s shine together." Celebrating the diversity and dynamism of Latin American culture, Carnaval del Sol includes music, dance, visual art, sports and culinary delights as Concord Pacific Place is transformed into a vibrant urban plaza in Latin America, full of sound and colour.
Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tickets from $2 per adult; Details online
8. Commercial Drive Car Free Day — Sunday, July 7
Car Free Day Vancouver Site of the original Car Free Day in Vancouver, the Drive celebrates with 15 blocks of entertainment and activities from local artisans, musicians and community members, as well as plenty of tasty food options.
Commercial Drive, from Venables Street to North Grandview, Vancouver; Free; Noon to 7 p.m.; Details online
9. Dancing in the Street — Sunday, July 7
Facebook/ Vancouver Swing Society Everyone is welcome to try swing dancing at Dancing in the Street, a free drop-in beginner swing dance lesson with live music and social dancing. Local bands will be playing songs for dancers of all levels to enjoy. No previous experience—or partner—needed.
Turntable Plaza at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver; Free; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Sundays July 7th, July 21st and August 25th; Details online
10. Symphony at Sunset — Sunday, July 7
Facebook/ Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Conducted by VSO Music Director Otto Tausk, Symphony at Sunset features a playlist of favourites, from classical pieces to film score hits. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic or pick up some food from the on-site food trucks. If you’re bringing chairs, make sure they are low so you don’t obstruct the view for other concertgoers.
Sunset Beach, Vancouver; Free; 7 p.m.; Details online