BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for July 20-26

This week in BC: Pump up the jams at the Surrey Fusion Festival, stop and smell the flowers at Minter Gardens, sip and savour wines at Taste, and more

Surrey Fusion Festival — July 20-21

What’s not to love about the Surrey Fusion Festival? First, it’s free; and second, it’s been called the “ultimate celebration of music, food and culture.” But don’t take our word for it: Drop by Holland Park on July 20 and 21 for a guitar-lickin’ lineup of international and local artists, including k-os, Jim Byrnes, Jordan Klassen and Shweta Subram, along with more than 30 cultural pavilions, an international food fair, celebrity cooking stage and even an authentic Aboriginal Pow Wow.

11th Annual Classic Car Show at Minter Gardens — July 21

It’s a blooming shame, but Minter Gardens, the Fraser Valley’s answer to Butchart Gardens, is closing its doors after 33 years. But don’t fret quite yet: We’ve still got until October 14 to stop and smell the flowers at this 32-acre show site, thanks to a full slate of summertime activities starting with an 11th annual Classic Car Show on July 21. Drop by daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and don’t forget to check out the farmers’ market and on-site eateries, too.

Circle Craft Summer Market — July 25-28

“They sure don’t make things like they used to.” It’s a familiar refrain among long-in-the-tooth shoppers, but thankfully, the gripe won’t apply to the Circle Craft Summer Market held July 25 to 28 at Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza. This artisan expo, co-hosted by the Craft Council of B.C., features over 70 quality vendors working in media ranging from clay, glass and leather to metal, fibre and wood, as well as clothing for kids and adults, jewellery, fashion accessories and home décor.

Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine — July 25-28

Offering way more than just the usual sniff, swirl and sip, the fifth annual Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine helps define the vine with a slate of seminars, trade tastings and gourmet dinners. First up is Taste the Difference, uncorking on July 25 at Hotel Grand Pacific, followed by other equally appetizing options including Tea and Terroir at Silk Road, Sustainable Seafood at Finest at Sea and Band, Bubbles & Bennys at Vista 18. Check out these and other events from July 25 to 28, with tickets available online.

Mission Folk Music Festival — July 25-28

What do Mairi Campbell, The Sojourners and Jim Byrnes have in common? They’re all performing at the 26th annual Mission Folk Music Festival, held from July 25 to 28 at Fraser River Heritage Park. Spotlighting over 20 artists from around the globe, this musical mash-up features everything from Celtic jigs and Louisiana lilts, to some of the world’s finest folk and roots rhythms. What’s more, visitors can enjoy plenty of other on-site action, too, including an artisan market, a food fair and a bistro.

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Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve — Until August 8

Think the “battle of the sexes” is a modern concept? Not even close: Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve, on stage until August 8 at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery St, Vancouver), comically chronicles how the genders have been at odds for eons. The 19th-century humourist was an undisputed literary genius, and this script, echoing with irony, demonstrates precisely why. Buy tickets for evening and matinee performances, including a pre-show picnic brunch, at the box office or online.

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Free Yoga Atop Grouse Mountain — Until August 31

No matter how snazzy your yoga studio, it just can’t compare to the scenery that’s in store atop Grouse Mountain, where sun saluters can check out free Y Yoga classes every Saturday morning until August 31. Grab a friend, hike the Grind (or take the Skyride!) and, weather permitting, rejuvenate with a 45-minute outdoor flow class starting at 10 a.m. And don’t worry about packing a yoga mat — they’re free, and so are the panoramic city views.

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Orpheum Theatre Tours — Until August 31

When it comes to venerable Vancouver venues, they don’t come more classic than the Orpheum Theatre, dubbed “the grand old lady of Granville Street.” And though the historic hall has welcomed many a visitor over the past 86 years, few have ventured beyond the velvet curtain — so don’t miss your chance to do just that on guided 90-minute tours held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until August 31. No reservations are required — just meet at the Smithe Street entrance at least 10 minutes prior to the 11 a.m. start time. Admission is by a minimum $10 donation, with proceeds going to the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.

WyaPoint Resort

Ucluelet is known for its lush rainforest, sandy coves and alpine trails. And now, if early buzz is any indication, it might soon become known for the WyaPoint Resort, a new eco-chic retreat tucked among the trees on an exclusive beach just minutes from Pacific Rim National Park. Developed by the Yuu-tluth-aht First Nation, it offers a range of accommodation — in luxurious lodge, rustic eco yurt or family-friendly campground — as well as in-room massages, catered meals, stand-up paddle-board rentals and surf lessons.

Tuc Craft Kitchen

A perfect place to tuck into a great meal? Where else but Tuc Craft Kitchen (60 W. Cordova), a new Vancouver diner that serves “sophisticated comfort food, with a menu changing as often as the seasons.” Start with French onion soup, parsnip fries or orange-glazed lamb ribs, then move on to the shepherd’s pie, gumbo ragout or chicken-dip sandwich before finishing off with either caramel-popcorn ice cream, doughnuts with rum-caramel sauce or chocolate-ginger crème brûlée.

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