In July in Vancouver, there’s little we love more than spending time outside. Except spending time outside without spending a ton of money! This month we have four super-fun summer activities for you and the family to enjoy, and they’re all either free or at a minimal cost. So get out there and get some fresh air!
Vancouver Canadians Baseball
Through to September 2
There’s a certain small-town charm to watching a Vancouver Canadians baseball game down at charismatic Nat Bailey Stadium. As a MiLB Northwest League team, and a Toronto Blue Jays “class A short season affiliate”, the Canadians aren’t filling the stands with big-wig corporate clients; instead, you’ll find affable, baseball loving locals spending an afternoon watching a game with friends while enjoying a beer and a 3 foot long hot dog. And don’t miss the weirdly endearing sushi races, where mascots dressed as various rolls compete in a foot race at the top of the fourth inning. Really.
Outdoor Movies in Downtown Vancouver
Various evenings throughout the summer, starting July 2
Whether you’re watching Crazy Rich Asians, Wayne’s World, Bohemian Rhapsody or Paddington—catching a movie screening outside on a picnic blanket on a warm summer night is the sort of thing that rom-coms are made of. There are three different programs running around Vancouver’s downtown core: Evo Summer Cinema in Stanley Park on Tuesday nights, Summer Movie Nights at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) on Wednesdays, and Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place on Thursdays. Keep in mind that screenings don’t start until after sunset (around 9:30 pm, but check for individual dates); but on the plus side, Vancouver is pretty much bug-free!
Musical Nooners at CBC Vancouver
July 5 through August 16
For the 10th year, CBC Vancouver is offering a series of free musical performances, every weekday between 12 pm and 1 pm, on the plaza in front of the broadcaster’s studios. Grab your lunch to-go, and head down to enjoy a set by Canadian performers spanning every musical genre – from local blues legend Jim Byrnes, to indie darlings Petunia and the Vipers, and kid’s favourite Will Stroet of Will’s Jams.
Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival
July 27 & 31, August 3
July kicks off with Canada Day fireworks, but for Vancouverites, the ones that we get really excited for are the Celebration of Light fireworks at the end of the month. Held over three nights, this year’s festival will see Canada, Croatia and India compete against each other, with lavish displays set to music, launched from a barge set out in English Bay. Grab a free spot at English Bay Beach, Second Beach or over at Vanier Park in Kitsilano, or shell out for premium seats with perks.
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Feature Image: Celebration of Light fireworks – Celebration of Light Facebook page
Vancouver Canadians: Vancouver Canadians website
Summer Movie Nights Screening: Downtown Vancouver website
CBC Vancouver Musical Nooner: CBC website
Celebration of Light: Celebration of Light Facebook page