Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 — 11:10am PDT
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This weekend is packed with events and activities, from taco fests to tea parties, to the Women’s World Softball Championship, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, walking tours, markets, and so much more.


Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday July 15, 2016
FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Wild Fruit-LGBTQ Dance Party
PoCo Grand Prix
Aldergrove Fair Days
Fleetwood Family BBQ
Grandview-Woodland Community Plan Coffee Talk
Super Volcanoes Premiere
Cinema in the City: L’arbitro
Hawaii Night Lights
Take Off Fridays at YVR Airport
Why Tho w/ Gavin Matts
Music at the Cannery
Summer Movie Series in Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Lucid AfterLife, Free All Ages Show with Luki Fero
Thompson Community Picnic
Seniors in the Park at Historic Stewart Farm
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
International Summer Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
Stanley Park Forager Tours
WBSC XV Women’s World Softball Championship, Surrey
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Vancouver Pro Beach Volleyball Open
Bard in the Valley
(r)evolutionary Theology Conference
Indian Summer Festival
Stone’s Throw Productions Presents: Any Night
85th Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open

Saturday, July 16, 2016
ElectroRecycle Presents: Recyclefest 2016
BeerBQ in the Fraser Valley
French Macarons with Chef Sue Weibe
Butterfly Tea Party
Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Langley
Vancouverite: A Comedy Show
Summer Tours of the Historic Orpheum
Colours of Punjab
Family Matinee, Surrey
Rosalind Owusu at Calvary Worship Centre
Cates Park Concert Series
RecycleFest 2016 at Trout Lake
River District Farmers Market
New West Arts & Crafts Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
International Summer Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
Stanley Park Forager Tours
River District Drive-In Movies
Bard in the Valley
Indian Summer Festival
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Vancouver Pro Beach Volleyball Open
WBSC XV Women’s World Softball Championship, Surrey
Stone’s Throw Productions Presents: Any Night
85th Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market
Hycroft Family Picnic
Artists’ Talk: Heart of the Forest and Lost Wax and Art in Bronze
Simply Vegetarian with Chef Romy Prasad
The Sunset Series at the Olympic Riverside Plaza
Kids Day with Will’s Jams at VanDusen Garden
The Lost World of Industrial Musicals at the Rio Theatre
Concert Series Sundays – Damojo, Lonsdale Quay
Berry Festival at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square
Kitsilano Farmers Market
International Summer Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Stanley Park Forager Tours
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Vancouver Pro Beach Volleyball Open
WBSC XV Women’s World Softball Championship, Surrey

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YVR Observation Deck at the Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 — 10:40am PDT
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The Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks are a summertime staple in Vancouver, where you can enjoy the spectacle of the longest running offshore fireworks competition in the world at twilight on the shores of English Bay — along with almost half a million others. This year, the YVR Observation Deck gives families a fun and safe option for fireworks viewing, with reserved seating, access to washrooms, food service, simulcast music, and more.

YVR Observation Deck

at the Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks


Visitors will have a premium experience in a family friendly, all-ages setting. A cash bar will be available, but you can also request to be seated in the alcohol-free zone.

July 23, 2016 Royal Fireworks, representing Netherlands
July 27, 2016 Howard’s Fireworks, representing Australia
July 30, 2016 Walt Disney Entertainment, representing United States

The YVR Observation DeckYVR Observation Deck opens at 6:30pm each of those nights. Limited tickets remain for $49 (plus tax and ticket outlet fees) for each of the three nights.


Other ticketed viewing options include the Inukshuk Lounge and the Keg Lounge. Be sure to also check out the sounds of SHOREfest concerts when you head down for the festivities.

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Vintage Vancouver Beach Photos

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 — 9:14am PDT
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Frisbees, footballs, bikini-clad bodies, blankets, and bicycles parked along the Sea Wall are scenes of summer at Vancouver’s beaches. From Third to Locarno, English Bay to Spanish Banks, the seaside landscape has changed almost as much as the summer fashion trends. Thanks to the City of Vancouver Archives, and my niece who curated this collection, we can take a look back at the busy beach days of yore in Vancouver:

Vintage Vancouver Beach Photos

1900. Greer’s Beach (Kitsilano Beach). Archives# Be P99.

1919. Kitsilano Beach, Stuart Thomson. Archives# CVA 99-86.

Aug. 3, 1946. Third Beach. Archives# CVA 586-4570.

1917. Second Beach, Photo by Stuart Thomson. Archives# CVA 99-213.

1964. Beach goers by Kitsilano Beach bathhouse. Archives# CVA 392-165.

1907. Second Beach. Archives# St Pk P286.

191-. English Bay bathing beach. Archives# M-11-9.

1905. View of Second Beach. Archives# St Pk P227.

1887. Picnic at Jericho Beach. Archives# Be P52.

1926. Locarno Beach and Bathhouse. Archives# Be P75.

1937. Sunbathers on Kitsilano Beach. Archives# Be P112.3.

1940. Sunbathers on Second Beach. Archives# CVA 586-456.

July 12, 1928. View of Kitsilano Beach. Archives# Be P16.

1917. English Bay Pier. Archives# Be P113.

Related: Vancouver is a Top Beach City in the World, Beach Times, Beach City, English Bay, Kitsilano Pool, the Vancouver Beach Chair.

Never Flush Wipes: My Morning at a Metro Vancouver Wastewater Pump Station

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 — 9:14am PDT
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It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it! On a bright and sunny summer morning I met up with a team of Metro Vancouver workers and engineers at Metro Vancouver’s Port Moody Pump Station and I’m not going to lie; I expected it to smell a lot worse than it did.


The station, tucked away on Murray Street across from the eastern tip of Burrard Inlet, is just one stop in the region’s wastewater network. The facility was very clean, although the wet well on the front side of the building — which of course I told myself I had to peer into from the open doorway for “research purposes” — was less pleasant. On a scale of one to campground-outhouse-after-a-long-weekend, it was right up there.

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Movies Under the Stars in Surrey

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 — 12:13pm PDT
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Movies Under the Stars in SurreyFree family movie nights return to Holland Park in Surrey this August. Movies Under the Stars brings Saturday evening entertainment to the heart of the city for the whole community to enjoy.

Come join us for the most awaited event of the summer! Movies Under the Stars is coming back to Holland Park every Saturday evening this August for the whole community to enjoy.

Movies Under the Stars in Surrey

Movies Under the Stars is perfect for movie-loving families who are looking for a fun way to spend their evening every Saturday of the month. Along with the four animated movies, each night will also feature entertainment from local performers. Everybody can also get involved with the activities and games that will be set up each night.

The Minions on Saturday, August 6th
Inside Out on Saturday, August 13th
Big Hero 6 on Saturday, August 20th
Zootopia on Saturday, August 27th

As it has been the past 10 years, this event is free for all. Each movie will begin at dusk so everyone is encouraged to come early to grab a good spot. But don’t worry, there will be entertainment and activities beginning at 5:00pm to entertain the crowd until the movie begins. Holland Park is located at 13428 Old Yale Road in Surrey, and is walkable from the King George or Surrey City Centre SkyTrain stations.

Miss604 is proud to be a media sponsor of Movies Under the Stars

Richmond World Festival 2016

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 — 11:43am PDT
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The Richmond World Festival returns September 3rd with reigning Juno Group of the Year Award winners and international YouTube sensations Walk Off The Earth headlining the free event.


Richmond World Festival

Where: Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 11:00am to 10:00pm
When: Minoru Park, Richmond
Admission: Free event, presented by Coast Capital Savings.

“The Richmond World Festival is a fun, free celebration of the rich diversity we enjoy in Richmond and all across Canada,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It’s a great opportunity to sample the sounds, tastes colours and other unique cultural characteristics that are all part of our community with entertainment and activities for all age groups and interests.”

Joining Walk Off The Earth on the evening YVR Main Stage will be popular local favorites Delhi 2 Dublin. Mixing bhangra, Celtic and other beats earned them the label “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll.” Coupled with an incredibly energetic live show, their cross-cultural fusion has made Delhi 2 Dublin a popular festival favourite across Canada and around the world.

The festival features over 60 music and dance performances on nine stages, an international food truck festival with more than 40 food trucks and the Culinary Stage, the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances, the Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, Artisan Marketplace, Wide World of Sports and more.

The Richmond World Festival made a strong debut in 2015, drawing 25,000 participants and winning the Most Outstanding Event in Canada at the 19th annual Canadian Event Industry Awards, a huge achievement for a first-time event. 2016 promises to build on that success with an exciting line-up.

Watch for additional event details to be announced soon and for updates follow @FunRichmond on Twitter and the tag #RichmondWorldFestival.

Miss604 is a proud media sponsor of the Richmond World Festival