Enjoy the summer with these hot festivals

Enjoy the summer with these hot festivals

There's no better way to celebrate summer in the city than by taking in one of Vancouver's amazing summer festivals. Here’s BCLiving’s guide to making the most out of July in your city.

Canada Day - July 1

Canada Day - July 1

Canada Place
When: July 1,
10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: Free
Granville Island
When: July 1, 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Surrey
When: July 1, 10 a.m., fireworks at 10:15 p.m.
Cost: Free

Get your poutine, toque and maple syrup ready to celebrate our home and native land’s 147th birthday. Canada Place hosts the biggest party with over 250,000 people gathering in downtown Vancouver for a multicultural parade and a fireworks display at Burrard Inlet. Another popular celebration takes place on Granville Island where family festivities, live performances and buskers take over the island. Surrey’s Canada Day event at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park will showcase Canadian musical acts like Matthew Good, an amusement park and a fireworks finale.

Chevron Summer Cinema - July 8 to September 2

Chevron Summer Cinema - July 8 to September 2

Enjoy some of your favourite movies outdoors at the Chevron Summer Cinema series at Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Nine classic and family-friendly films will run on a four-storey-high screen every Tuesday throughout the summer. So grab a blanket, pack a snack and spend your summer nights with the stars under the stars.

Check Fresh Air Cinema for additional outdoor movie screenings.

Where: Second Beach
Cost: Free or by donation

Theatre Under the Stars - July 11 to August 23

Theatre Under the Stars - July 11 to August 23

Founded in 1940, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) has produced hundreds of plays and musicals in Stanley Park and has given amateur actors the opportunity to perform alongside seasoned professionals. This summer, TUTS returns to Malkin Bowl with two shows, Shrek the Musical and Legally Blonde: The Musical, which is back for an encore presentation after its success last summer.

Where: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park
Cost: $30 to $45

Khatsahlano! Music and Arts Festival - July 12

Khatsahlano! Music and Arts Festival - July 12

Discover new local music talent at the Khatsahlano! Music and Arts Festival. The boisterous block party stretches down West 4th Avenue with 12 stages featuring live performances from over 50 local musicians such as Bend Sinister, Aidan Knight, and Nü Sensae. Enjoy 10 blocks of food vendors, street performers and artisans as well as Kitsilano’s shops and restaurants.

When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: West 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald
Cost: Free

Check out our detailed guide to the highlights of the Khatsalano! Music and Arts Festival.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival - July 18 to 20

Vancouver Folk Music Festival - July 18 to 20

Since its inception in 1977, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival has returned annually to Jericho Beach Park. This year’s event features seven stages of live music and more than 60 musical acts, including folk legend Joan Baez, American singer-songwriter Amos Lee, indie-rockers Born Ruffians, Juno Award-winners Wintersleep and Vancouver’s own Brasstronaut.

Where: Jericho Beach Park
Cost: $65 to $140

Circle Craft - July 24 to 27

Circle Craft - July 24 to 27

Go craft crazy when Circle Craft market sets up shop with locally made crafts and homemade artisan products at Jack Poole Plaza. Browse one-of-a-kind jewelery, glassware, clothing, home decor and more. circlecraft.net

Where: Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre
Cost: Free

The Deighton Cup: A Day at the Races - July 26

The Deighton Cup: A Day at the Races - July 26

Put on your fanciest hat, because if you’re going to be doing bad things like betting on the ponies and slinging back drinks, you might as well look good doing it. Besides the Deighton Cup's thundering races, some of the city’s top bartenders will compete in the second annual Cocktail Jockey Mixology Competition and a sexy collection of luxury cars will be on display. Talk about horsepower. 

Where: Hastings Racecourse
Cost: $65 and up

Caribbean Days - July 26-27
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Caribbean Days - July 26-27

North Van transforms into the Caribbean with a multicultural street parade at Caribbean Days. The hub of the excitement is at Waterfront Park, where you can feast on roti and jerk chicken and groove to reggae and calypso music.

Where: Waterfront Park and Shipbuilder’s Square
Cost: Free

Honda Celebratin of Light - July 26, 30 and August 2

Honda Celebratin of Light - July 26, 30 and August 2

It wouldn’t be summer without Vancouver’s annual fireworks festival. Join the 400,000 spectators on the beaches of English Bay to enjoy stunning pyro displays from this year’s competing countries: the United States, France and Japan. Be sure to also check out SHOREfest, a free concert series that showcases Canadian musicians like The Sheepdogs on a beachfront stage. 

Where: English Bay
Cost: Free