July has nearly arrived – and it seems the summer weather has come with it. Vancouverites are accustomed to a grey, wet spring but this year brought more than the average, leaving plenty of folks ready to get out and about and have some fun. With the sunshine here at last, and school out for the summer break, it’s an ideal time to check out some of the fun happening around the region, from festivals to fairs, shows to markets. These are some great events in and around Vancouver in July:
Events & Fun Things to Do in and Around Vancouver in July
Golden Spike Days
When: June 30 to July 3
Where: Port Moody
One of the longest running events in BC returns on Canada Day weekend at Rocky Point Park with live entertainment, events, and activities for all ages. The event commemorates the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its original western terminus point in Port Moody, which was the site of the last spike in the line. There’s plenty for both kids and adults alike (bands 54-40 and Platinum Blonde will be taking the stage.)
Carnaval del Sol
When: July 8 to 10
Where: Jonathan Rogers Park, Vancouver
The Pacific Northwest’s largest Latin American festival returns to Vancouver this month with Latin artists, food, music, a beer garden, a kids’ plaza area and fun for everyone. The event is taking place in a new location this year, so check the details for lineup, directions and more.
Bard on the Beach
When: June 8 to September 24
Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver
Returning for their 33rd season, Bard on the Beach may not be a great choice for the littlest ones, but for older kids and teens, this is a unique theatre experience unlike any other. The festival is Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit professional Shakespeare series and is held in Senakw/Vanier Park. This year’s lineup includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears, and Romeo and Juliet. The program also runs year-round opportunities for youth and emerging artists.
Aldergrove Fair Days
When: July 14 to 17
Classic summer fair with a show-and-shine, tractor pull, fair food and much more. For the kids there will be midway games and live entertainment. Don’t miss out on the popcorn and cotton candy.
Brentwood Block Party
When: July 16 and 17 (more dates in August)
The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Fest moves to Burnaby this month with more than 20 food trucks, local market vendors, live music and entertainment as part of the annual Brentwood Block Party. Food options range from the simple to the gourmet, with donair, ice cream, cotton candy, hot dogs, and much much more. This will be the last year for the Brentwood Block Party as the area will be re-developed in the coming months. Events run weekends through both July and August.
When: July 16 and 17
Check out all things buzzy and sweet at the Honeybee Festival at the Honey Bee Centre at the corner of Fraser Highway and Highway 15. This unique site offers education about the importance of bees and a shop with plenty of sweet treats for fans of honey. The festival will include live entertainment, local vendors and much more.
Surrey Fusion Festival
When: July 23 and 24
Where: Holland Park, Surrey
Surrey welcomes the world at the 15th annual Fusion Festival. Celebrating food, music and culture from around the glob, this festival showcases more than 40 cultures in pavilions offering international foods, textiles, crafts and art, along with a variety of stages with musical and dance performances.
More Than a Mine at Britannia Mine
When: on now through September
Where: Britannia Beach
This summer, Britannia Mine is hosting a unique exhibition called More Than a Mine: Recreation in a Mining Town. Learn all about the community that sprung up around the mine in its early years, and how the workers and their family spent their free time. The mine was in operation from 1904 to 1974. Local archives and historical records share details about the clubs, sports and social life of the small community. Visitors can explore all the regular exhibits as well to learn to about the mine and its unique history.
Spring and summer Farmers’ Markets
When: Varied dates and times
Where: throughout the region
Use the search feature on the BC Farmers Market website to search for the local winter markets in your neck of the woods, or check out the upcoming spring and summer versions. From fresh veggies to locally crafted artisan goods, BC farm markets are known for their diverse offerings, all year round.
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