After a long, rainy spring, the sun has come out to shine on summer in Vancouver, and we couldn’t be more excited! Hitting the beach and strolling the neighbourhoods are always an enjoyable way to spend the day, but there are so many cultural opportunities on offer that will only make you love summer in the city even more. Below are some of our favourite things to do in Vancouver in July.
Theatre Under The Stars
July 2 through end of August
Sunshine and Stanley Park are synonymous with a Vancouver summer. Make the best of balmy evenings by catching a show at Theatre Under The Stars at Malkin Bowl in the park. This season, there’s Something Rotten!, a satire about Nick and Nigel Bottom, William Shakespeare’s less-successful playwright brothers who endeavour to create a new genre: musical theatre; along with We Will Rock You, a futuristic, energetic musical featuring a 20+ hit-strong soundtrack by Queen.
Deckchair Cinema at The Polygon
July 7, 14, 21 & 29
The Polygon Gallery, an enjoyable 15-minute SeaBus ride to the North Shore from downtown, is one of our favourite art spaces around town. Hit up Ghosts in the Machine, their current exhibit exploring the world of cyberspace via virtual reality, video games and social media, and if it happens to be a Thursday, your entry donation to the gallery also includes access to Deckchair Cinema. Relax in the fresh air as the sun starts to set while enjoying local wine and beer, and catching illuminating flicks like Persepolis, Enter The Dragon, and Hairspray.
Carnaval Del Sol
July 8 – 10
It’s the biggest Latin American event in the Pacific Northwest, and we can’t think of many better ways to celebrate summer than spending the afternoon at Carnaval Del Sol. Grab a cerveza and explore an array of food vendors such as La Taqueria, Sabroso Foods, and Viva Chile, then catch one of the many entertainment options on offer. From a samba school in the Family Plaza, to piñata-building and plenty of musical acts on the Main Stage, there are so many ways to enjoy this cultural experience while soaking up the sun.
Khatsahlano Street Party
It’s the 10th anniversary of the Khatsahlano Street Party, Vancouver’s largest free art and music festival, set alongside West Fourth Avenue’s tree-lined shops and restaurants, in the busting beachside Kitsilano neighbourhood. The Museum of Vancouver has created a Host Nations Pavilion featuring carving demonstrations and works by local Indigenous artists, and there are three (!) Phillips Brewing beer gardens, along with food trucks galore. Since the big spotlight’s on the live music, we recommend grabbing a spot close to the (ahem) Burrard Stage in time to catch local critical darlings, the Pack A.D.
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Feature Image – Khatsahlano Street Party: Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival Facebook page
Theatre Under The Stars: TUTS Facebook page
Deckchair Theatre: Polygon Gallery’s Facebook page
Carnaval Del Sol: Carnaval Del Sol Facebook page
Khatsahlano Street Party: Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival Facebook page