Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

July 3rd, 2015 @ 8:11am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s the very last weekend of the FIFA Women’s World Cup with England and Germany playing on Saturday followed by the USA and Japan playing at BC Place for the championship on Sunday. The Fan Zone will be open for free each day for viewing and there’s a special guest appearing on the 4th of July in honour of our American visitors.

It’s going to be another scorcher in Vancouver this weekend so whatever you get up to make sure you hydrate and limit your time in the sun so you can continue to have fun at one of these awesome events:

Canada Day 2015!
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Friday, July 3, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Take Off Fridays, Free Fun at YVR Airport
Fresh Air Fridays at Highstreet in Abbotsford
Music at the Cannery
FVDED in the Park, Holland Park, Surrey
Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championships
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
Surrey Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
The Arts Club Presents: Godspell
Disney’s The Lion King in Vancouver
Dancing on the Edge Festival

Saturday, July 4, 2015
4th of July at the VanFanZone with American Idol Nick Fradiani
We Stand on Guard, Book Release at Golden Age Collectibles
East Van Summer Jam
Comedy Shocker Presents: Downward Spiral
Bridgeview Community Festival
Session Cask Fest
Roller Derby Championships
Ready or Knot Bridal Pop-Up
FVDED in the Park, Holland Park, Surrey
TD Concerts at the Pier in White Rock
Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Vancouver, Plaza of Nations Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
The Arts Club Presents: Godspell
Disney’s The Lion King in Vancouver
Dancing on the Edge Festival
Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championships

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Vancouver Street Food Festival
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square
Heart Wide Open Urban Retreat
Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
International Night Market, Richmond
The Arts Club Presents: Godspell
Disney’s The Lion King in Vancouver
Dancing on the Edge Festival
Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championships

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July Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre

July 3rd, 2015 @ 6:52am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Cool off and enjoy a late night movie at the Rio Theatre this month with East Van’s best buttery popcorn, a margarita or beer. Tickets for the late night series are available online in advance or at the door for just $8 or $6 if you come in costume for the midnight shows.

RioTheatreJulyFriday, July 3, 2015
Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome
(George Miller, 1985) A former Australian policeman (Mel Gibson) is rescued by a tribe of children when he is banished from a desert town and sent into the desert to die by the desert town’s evil queen (Tina Turner).

Friday, July 10, 2015
Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot, 1999)
Thanks to hilarious dialogue and stand-out performances from its all-star cast – including Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colanltoni, Justin Long, and Missi Pyle – sci-fi parody Galaxy Quest has officially taken on a life of its own as an out-of-this-world cult-comedy. Kitschy, campy, and fun, Galaxy Quest is a total send-up of both Hollywood and the enterprise of science fiction franchises.

Friday, July 17, 2015
The Outsiders (Francis Ford Coppola, 1983)
The Outsiders is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton (who also wrote the screenplay). Besides being considered one of the best “teen dramas” ever made, the film is especially notable for its remarkable ensemble cast – including C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett and Tom Waits.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Kung Fury (David Sandberg, 2015) and Manborg (Steven Kostanski, 2011)
Together as a Friday Late Night Movie event: Both of these indie short films have won legions of fans (and racked up crazy viral love) for their imagination and technical ingenuity, so we thought it was a good idea to pair them together for some big screen time. This will be a seriously fun Friday Late Night you do not want to miss.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (Mike Judge, 1996)
Following the enormous success of MTV’s animated series Beavis and Butt-Head, director Mike Judge (who created the series and provided many of the voices, including those of our two slacker heroes) made a feature length film that follows the dimwitted teens on a road trip across America as they search of their stolen television set. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman, Robert Stack, Eric Bogosian, David Spade, David Letterman, and Greg Kinnear.

Miss604 is a media partner of the Rio’s Late Night Movie series.

These 19+ screenings can be complimented with a beverage from the theatre’s full service bar as you enjoy a night out with friends. The Rio Theatre is an independent art and movie house located at 1660 West Broadway, at Commercial Drive, and is easily accessible by transit. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more film screenings, comedy showcases, and special event information.

Win Bard on the Beach Fireworks Tickets

July 2nd, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Bard on the Beach returns this summer, with the white tents at Vanier Park hosting the award-winning Shakespeare Festival from June 4th until September 26th. With such a spectacular location, they are bringing back their very special Bard-B-Q fireworks package with tickets to a show, dinner, and private fireworks viewing for the Honda Celebration of Light.


Starting at 5:00pm on July 25th, July 29th, and August 5th, the Bard-B-Q package include tickets to The Comedy of Errors or Shakespeare’s Rebel followed by a delicious salmon barbecue and delectable desserts, complimentary tea and coffee. The evening culminates with a private view of the spectacular fireworks off English Bay. Tickets start at $95 for the whole package. Call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559 or order online through the Bard website.

Ben Elliott (Antipholus), Dawn Petten (Dromio). THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, 2015. Photo & Image Design: David Cooper & Emily Cooper

Win Bard on the Beach Fireworks Tickets

I have a four pack of Bard-B-Q tickets to give away for The Comedy of Errors on July 29th! Enjoy a night out with three friends, dinner, and the beautiful fireworks from the shores of Vanier Park. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment with your favourite Shakespeare quote (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win @BardontheBeach #BardBQFireworks tickets from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Must be 19+. Follow Bard on the Beach on Facebook and Twitter.

Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, Bard is an annual summer festival with a mission to perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare surrounded by the natural beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia. Play performances run Tuesday through Sunday with matinees on selected weekends and weekdays. All evening performances start at 7:30pm.

July Events in Metro Vancouver

July 2nd, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Free movies, festivals, and family fun fill up our July days and nights as we hit the peak of summer in Vancouver. Miss604 is proud to sponsor Latin American Week in Vancouver from July 1st to July 12th, the Surrey Fusion Festival July 18th to July 19th, and the Squamish Logger Sports Festival at the end of the month.

This event list is updated several times a week so be sure to check back often and submit your events (for FREE) via the contact form.


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4th of July in Vancouver with American Idol Nick Fradiani

July 2nd, 2015 @ 7:58am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This 4th of July in Vancouver there will be a very special American celebration at the City’s free FIFA Women’s World Cup Fan Zone. American Idol winner Nick Fradiani will perform live on main stage, including his debut single “Beautiful Life” which is the Fox Sports Official Women’s World Cup anthem.

Nick Fradiani
Nick Fradiani photo by Lee Cherry, courtesy of Fox

4th of July in Vancouver with American Idol Nick Fradiani

The Fan Zone will be open from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, July 4th and Nick Fradiani will take to the stage at 12:15pm, courtesy of Fox Soccer. Broadcast of the 3rd/4th place Women’s World Cup match between England and Germany will start at 4:00pm on the big screens.

As the Season 14 American Idol winner, Nick Fradiani is not only be headlining the Idol tour, but he is watching his first solo single, “Beautiful Life,” [written by Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba] climb up the Billboard charts. In addition to traversing the US promoting his single, Nick has already begun the creative process for his album, his first for Big Machine Records. He has been writing on his own, and will be doing some co-writing sessions up until he leaves to go on tour. Nick’s goal is to continue to write while on the road, and he is hoping to fit some recording sessions in between dates as well. After the tour wraps, Nick will solely focus on being in the Studio, readying his album for release.

During the tournament, the Fan Zone has attracted more than 89,000 visitors during its first nine opening dates, including 21,508 on the day of the quarter final match between Canada and England. With America in the final, and thousands of USA supporters in Vancouver, the Fan Zone will offer fun soccer-related activities and this free concert to help them celebrate the success of their team this far.

USA will take on Japan in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, July 5th at BC Place at 4:00pm and the Fan Zone will be open that day as well from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. It’s free to attend the Fan Zone, located at Georgia and Cambie in Downtown Vancouver, and there is beer for purchase, food for purchase, and free family activities throughout the venue. Follow the City of Vancouver on Twitter and Facebook, and #VanFanZone on Twitter for more information.

I’ve had a great time being the City’s official journalist/blogger for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver and have given away tickets to every match at BC Place to those who tweeted selfies @Miss604 from #VanFanZone. I’ll have the winner of the tickets to the final posted later today.