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Free Vancouver Events in July

Free July Events

It’s amazing how many free events there are in Vancouver in the summer including free festivals, outdoor movies, concerts, street parties and markets.

This is in addition to the regular free stuff in the region including all the beaches, parks and interesting places for window shopping, as well as great free attractions like Burnaby Village, the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and Stanley Park.

Best FREE Activities in July

Below is a list of some of the top free events and things to do in the Lower Mainland in July 2019. Most are completely free, although a few are by donation.

(Note: schedules and details are subject to change.)

Canada Day Events

Monday July 1st (Canada Day)

  • Canada Day Celebrations – events take place throughout the Lower Mainland including:
    • Abbotsford – the parade begins at 11:00 am, the fireworks blast off at 10:00 pm, and festivities take place all day in between at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.
    • Burnaby – community festivities at Edmonds Community Centre and Burnaby Village, plus concerts and fireworks at Swangard Stadium.
    • North Vancouver – a parade in the morning and a free family-friendly festival in the afternoon at Waterfront Park.
    • Fort Langley – Canada Day-related activities happen at the fort and in the town.
    • Maple Ridge – festivities run at the Memorial Peace Park and the ACT Art Centre.
    • New Westminster – live music, family-friendly activities and fireworks take place at various times and locations.
    • Steveston Village – festivities include a parade, live music and various other Salmon Festival activities including free concerts in the afternoon.
    • West Vancouver – the annual Red & White Picnic happens at John Lawson Park with live music and fireworks.
    • Surrey – Canada Day festivities at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre include amusement rides, family-friendly activities and free concerts.
    • Squamish – a parade, community festival, outdoor concerts and fireworks.
    • Canada Place – family-friendly activities and free outdoor concerts take place all day around Canada Place. The evening finishes with fireworks after 10:00 pm.
    • Port Moody – family-friendly activities including live music and evening concerts at Rocky Point Park as part of Golden Spike Days.
    • White Rock – family-friendly activities and a fireworks show at night.
    • Whistler – family-friendly activities, live music and fireworks displays.
  • Golden Spike Days – a large weekend-long Canada Day-themed community event at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Today’s festivities take place between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival – last day of the music festival with free performances today at Granville Island.
  • Whistler Summer Concerts – free live music with the Tenors at Whistler Olympic Plaza at 8:00 pm.

Tuesday July 2nd (2019)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (but regular price at times other than Tuesday evenings).
  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from around 5:00 or 6:00 pm until sunset (but only on sunny days). People just show up with their drums!
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema –a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Today’s feature film is Wayne’s World.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Wednesday July 3rd (2019)

  • Travelling Back to Our African-Latin American Roots – performances by Roots Peruvian Folk Dance, Sierra Tasi Baker, Grupo Axé Capoeira, Julio Montero and Cuban Salsa at Robson Square. (Admission is by donation with amounts of $10 encouraged.)
  • Main Street Farmers Market – a small to medium-sized market with about 3 dozen vendors outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – a large market in the Upper Village at Whistler from 2:00 until 7:00 pm.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at Glades Garden Park in Surrey with the group Caviar & Lace.
  • Starlight Theatre – the movie Crazy Rich Asians is tonight’s feature film at the outdoor drive-in theatre in the parking lot at Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre.
  • Downtown Movie Nights – the evening’s feature film is Clueless.

Thursday July 4th (2019)

Friday July 5th (2019)

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Tour de Delta – the first of 3 days of cycling races in Delta. Today’s event also features the North Delta Criterium Festival from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission at the Bill Reid First Nation’s art gallery between 2:00 and 5:00 pm (because it’s the first Friday of the month).
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm. Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall & Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers play today.
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at both Lynn Valley Village and Panorama Park in North Vancouver.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • North Vancouver Movie Night A Wrinkle in Time shows in the Civic Plaza.
  • New Westminster Outdoor Movies – Today’s feature film is The Emperor’s New Groove.
  • Shipyard Night Market – a free outdoor concert and market activities at the waterfront in North Vancouver.

Carnaval del Sol 2019

Saturday July 6th (2019)

  • Carnaval del Sol – a large Latin festival with free concerts and family-friendly activities at Concord Pacific Place near False Creek. Admission is just $2 (so pretty close to free).
  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Khatsahlano Street Party – a large street party on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano with food trucks and live music.
  • Tour de Delta – 3 days of cycling races in Delta. Today’s race is the Ladner Criterium.
  • Shipyards Summer Sessions Concerts – live music from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. Tonight’s feature band is March Hare.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the movie Shazam! costs $2.99 in the morning at select theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets

Sunday July 7th (2019)

  • Carnaval del Sol – a large Latin festival with free concerts and family-friendly activities at Concord Pacific Place near False Creek. Admission is just $2 (so pretty close to free).
  • Commercial Drive Car Free Day – a large street party with live entertainment.
  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Tour de Delta – 3 days of cycling races in Delta. Today’s events are the White Spot | Delta UCI 1.2 Road Race and South Delta Community Festival.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Port Moody Summer Sundays – free outdoor concerts at Rocky Point Park in the afternoon. Today’s feature bands are Russell Marsland & Lovestruck at 2:00 pm and the Legendary R&B Allstars at 4:30.
  • Robson Square Salsa – dancing and salsa lessons at Robson Square between 3:00 and 9:30 pm. Participation is by donation.
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • With Marlin Ramazzin from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street. Admission by donation. (Formerly at St. Andrew’s Wesley across the street.)
    • With Peter & the Wolves at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in West Vancouver.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Sunday Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Monday July 8th (2019)

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Free Zumba – at Canada Place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Will’s Jams plays today.

Tuesday July 9th (2019)

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • New West Grand Prix – a major cycling race in New Westminster.
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Today’s feature film is Beetlejuice.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Tariq plays today.
  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from around 5:00 or 6:00 pm until sunset (but only on sunny days). People just show up with their drums!
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (but regular price at times other than Tuesday evenings).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Wednesday July 10th (2019)

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Mazacote plays today.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at the Surrey Museum with the Beauty Shop Dolls.
  • Starlight Theatre – the movie Ocean’s 8 is tonight’s feature film at the outdoor drive-in theatre in the parking lot at Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre.
  • Downtown Movie Nights – this evenings feature film is Pitch Perfect.
  • Gastown Grand Prix – a cycling race through the streets of Gastown.
  • Main Street Farmers Market – a small to medium-sized market with about 3 dozen vendors outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – a large market in the Upper Village at Whistler from 2:00 until 7:00 pm.

Thursday July 11th (2019)

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Summer Jazz on the Porch – free live music outside Vancouver’s Roedde House at 1415 Barclay Street between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Admission is by donation.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Rare Americans plays tonight.
  • Waterfront Cinema – a movie shows at dusk at Canada Place. Don’t forget to take your lawn chair! Today’s feature film is Captain Marvel.
  • Civic Square Family Nights – free entertainment in the evening that is family orientated in the plaza outside the Bob Prittie Library near Metrotown.
  • Giro di Burnaby – a major cycling race in downtown Burnaby that can be fun to watch.
  • Farmers Markets

Friday July 12th (2019)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. TrailerHawk plays today.
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at both Lynn Valley Village and Panorama Park in North Vancouver.
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at Town Centre Park Plaza in Coquitlam between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music between 1:00 and 2:30 pm at Darts Hill Garden Park with the band Wheat in the Barley.
  • Movie Night in North VancouverThe Lego Movie Part 2 plays for free in North Vancouver’s Civic Plaza.
  • New Westminster Outdoor Movies – Today’s feature film is Kung Fu Panda.
  • PoCo Grand Prix – major cycling races in Port Coquitlam.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Shipyard Night Market – a free outdoor concert and market activities at the waterfront in North Vancouver.

Saturday July 13th (2019)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Fun City Festival – a Car Free Day in North Vancouver, featuring live entertainment and a massive water slide down Lonsdale Avenue.
  • Recyclefest – an opportunity to recycle unwanted electronic items while enjoying live music and family-friendly activities at Trout Lake between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Concerts for the Pier – a free concert at White Rock’s Five Corners District with Kalimba at 8:00 pm.
  • Shipyards Summer Sessions Concerts – live music from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. Tonight’s performance is with The Fab Fourever which is a Beatles tribute band.
  • Cates Park Concert Series – local bands play at Cates Park in North Vancouver from 4:00 until 7:00 pm.
  • Tour de White Rock – the first of two days of cycling races and festival activities in White Rock.
  • Vancouver Thai Festival – day one of a small cultural festival outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the child-friendly movie Wonder Park costs $2.99 in the morning at select theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.

Sunday July 14th (2019)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Fun City Festival – a Car Free Day in North Vancouver, featuring live entertainment and a massive water slide down Lonsdale Avenue.
  • Bastille Day Festival – France’s July 14th national holiday is celebrated at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown between 10:00 am and 11:00 pm.
  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas roe& Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Tour de White Rock – the second of two days of cycling races and festival activities in White Rock.
  • Vancouver Thai Festival – a small cultural festival outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street.
  • Indian Summer Festival – today features free Pause in the Park workshops and entertainment at Vanier Park.
  • Port Moody Summer Sundays – free outdoor concerts at Rocky Point Park in the afternoon. Today’s feature bands are Incognito at 2:00 pm and Mr. Boogie Woogie at 3:00.
  • Robson Square Salsa – dancing and salsa lessons at Robson Square between 3:00 and 9:30 pm. Participation is by donation.
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • With Norm Quinn from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street. Admission by donation. (Formerly at St. Andrew’s Wesley across the street.)
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Other Markets
    • Squamish Street Market – a street market along Squamish’s Cleveland Avenue between noon and 6:00 pm.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Monday July 15th (2019)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Music on the Wharf – live music at Port Haney Wharf in Maple Ridge at 7:30 pm (by donation).
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Joe Trio plays today.
  • Free Zumba – at Canada Place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

Tuesday July 16th (2019)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Today’s feature film is Shrek.
  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from around 5:00 or 6:00 pm until sunset (but only on sunny days). People just show up with their drums!
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. The Lonesome Town Painters play today.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (but regular price at times other than Tuesday evenings).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Wednesday July 17th (2019)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. One Human Race Afrika Collective plays today.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at Fleetwood Park in Surrey with the band The A Team.
  • Starlight Theatre – the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is tonight’s feature film at the outdoor drive-in theatre in the parking lot at Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre.
  • Sunset Cinema – tonight’s feature film is Crazy Rich Asians.
  • Downtown Movie Nights – this evening’s feature film is Zoolander.
  • Main Street Farmers Market – a small to medium-sized market with about 3 dozen vendors outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – a large market in the Upper Village at Whistler from 2:00 until 7:00 pm.

Thursday July 18th (2019)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Squamish Wind Festival – a three-day event featuring music, visual art and performing arts in Squamish. Tonight involves free live music with emerging artists.
  • Concerts for the Pier – free concerts at White Rock’s East Beach with Eagle Eyes (an Eagles tribute band) and The Fab Fourever (a Beatles tribute band) at East Beach at 7:00 pm.
  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 8:30 pm.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. The Hamiltones play today.
  • Waterfront Cinema – a movie shows at dusk at Canada Place. Don’t forget to take your lawn chair! Today’s feature film is Crazy Rich Asians.
  • Civic Square Family Nights – free entertainment in the evening that is family orientated in the plaza outside the Bob Prittie Library near Metrotown.
  • Farmers Markets

Friday July 19th (2019)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Squamish Wind Festival – a three-day event featuring music, visual art and performing arts in Squamish. Tonight’s event features a free outdoor movie.
  • Port Moody RibfestPort Moody Ribfest – live entertainment, BBQ rib vendors and family-friendly activities at Rocky Point Park from 2:00 pm until late. Today’s bands include Barracuda, Mostly Marley and Stonebolt.
  • Aldergrove Fair Days – a community fair that features live music and family-friendly activities at Aldergrove Athletic Park and the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre. Admission is by donation.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Midnight Shine plays today.
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at both Lynn Valley Village and Panorama Park in North Vancouver.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Movie Night in North Vancouver Lego Movie Part 2 shows in the Civic Plaza.
  • New Westminster Outdoor Movies – Today’s feature film is Avengers.
  • Shipyard Night Market – a free outdoor concert and market activities at the waterfront in North Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival Market – admission to today’s music festival at Jericho Beach isn’t free, but access to the event’s amazing artisan market is!

Saturday July 20th (2019)

Sunday July 21st (2019)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a 10-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Edmonds Classic Car Show – a street festival and car show along Edmonds Street in Burnaby between Canada Way and Kingsway from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – a festival celebrating music, food and world cultures at Holland Park in Surrey.
  • Port Moody Ribfest – a free community festival at Rocky Point Park featuring live music, craft breweries, rib BBQ-ing and family-friendly entertainment.
  • Aldergrove Fair Days – a small-town community fair in Aldergrove.
  • Robson Square Salsa – dancing and salsa lessons at Robson Square between 3:00 and 9:30 pm. Participation is by donation.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Other Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm.
    • Vancouver Folk Music Festival Market – admission to today’s music festival at Jericho Beach isn’t free, but access to the event’s amazing artisan market is!
  • Free Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street. Admission by donation. (Formerly at St. Andrew’s Wesley across the street.)

Monday July 22nd (2019)

  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Chris Ronald plays today.
  • Free Zumba – at Canada Place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

Tuesday July 23rd (2019)

  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from around 5:00 or 6:00 pm until sunset (but only on sunny days). People just show up with their drums!
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Andrew Phelan plays today.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (but regular price at times other than Tuesday evenings).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Today’s feature film is Sleepless in Seattle.

Wednesday July 24th (2019)

  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. The Heels play today.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park with the band The Kwerks.
  • Starlight Theatre – the movie The Notebook is tonight’s feature film at the outdoor drive-in theatre in the parking lot at Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre.
  • Sunset Cinema – tonight’s feature film is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • Downtown Movie Nights – this evening’s feature film is Paddington Bear.
  • Main Street Farmers Market – a small to medium-sized market with about 3 dozen vendors outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – a large market in the Upper Village at Whistler from 2:00 until 7:00 pm.

Thursday July 25th (2019)

  • Concerts for the Pier – a free concert at White Rock’s West Beach with Jim Byrnes and Babe Gurr at 7:00 pm.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Jim Byrnes plays today.
  • Mission Folk Music Festival – admission is pay what you can on the Friday evening of the festival. So it isn’t free but it is cheap.
  • Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – a movie shows at dusk at Canada Place. Don’t forget to take your lawn chair! Today’s feature film is Elf.
  • Civic Square Family Nights – free entertainment in the evening that is family orientated in the plaza outside the Bob Prittie Library near Metrotown.
  • Museum of Vancouver – the cost this evening is by donation between 5:00 and 8:00 pm (as it’s the last Thursday of the month).
  • Farmers Markets

Free Outdoor Movies

Friday July 26th (2019)

  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. The Fugitives play today.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Movie Night in North VancouverDespicable Me 3 shows in the Civic Plaza in North Vancouver.
  • New Westminster Outdoor Movies – Today’s feature film is Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Roedde House Museum – admission to the historic home near Robson Street is by donation (because today is the last Friday of the month).
  • Fort Langly Jazz and Arts Festival – enjoy a full day’s worth of free jazz concerts on several stages in the picturesque town of Fort Langley.
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at both Lynn Valley Village and Panorama Park in North Vancouver.
  • Shipyard Night Market – a free outdoor concert and market activities at the waterfront in North Vancouver.

Saturday July 27th (2019)

  • Caribbean Days Festival – a cultural festival at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver.
  • Fort Langly Jazz and Arts Festival – enjoy a full day’s worth of free jazz concerts on several stages in the picturesque town of Fort Langley.
  • Celebration of Light – major fireworks displays and live music at Second Beach in Stanley Park and in English Bay. Today’s competitor is India.
  • Columbia Street Food Truck Fest – a large street festival with up to one hundred food trucks on New Westminster’s Columbia Street between 4:00 and 10:00 pm.
  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest – a small-town country fair at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge.
  • Richmond Maritime Festival – a two-day maritime festival at Steveston Village’s Britannia Shipyards in Richmond.
  • Cloverdale Market Days – a street market event along 176th Street in Cloverdale between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • World Naked Bike Ride – an event where those that wish express their opposition to car culture and oil-related environmental damage by riding bicycles either naked or in their underwear around downtown Vancouver (and other cities in the world). (Details to be confirmed.)
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Shipyards Summer Sessions Concerts – live music from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. Tonight’s performance is with the Rain City 6 Band.
  • Cates Park Concert Series – local bands play at Cates Park in North Vancouver from 4:00 until 7:00 pm.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a special child-friendly movie costs $2.99 in the morning at select theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver (to be confirmed).
  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.

BC Day Long Weekend

Sunday July 28th (2019)

  • Caribbean Days Festival – a cultural festival at North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park.
  • Fort Langly Jazz and Arts Festival – enjoy a full day’s worth of free jazz concerts on several stages in the picturesque town of Fort Langley.
  • Richmond Maritime Festival – a two-day maritime festival at Steveston Village’s Britannia Shipyards in Richmond.
  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest – a small-town country fair at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge.
  • Port Moody Summer Sundays – a free outdoor concert at Rocky Point Park in the afternoon. Today’s feature musician is Dawn Pemberton at 2:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Salsa – dancing and salsa lessons at Robson Square between 3:00 and 9:30 pm. Participation is by donation.
  • Free Jazz Vespers – with Candus Churchillfrom 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street. Admission by donation. (Formerly at St. Andrew’s Wesley across the street.)
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Other Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Monday July 29th (2019)

  • Music on the Wharf – live music at Port Haney Wharf in Maple Ridge at 7:30 pm (by donation).
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. RupLoops play today.
  • Downtown Movie Nights – this evening’s feature film is Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Free Zumba – at Canada Place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

Tuesday July 30th (2019)

  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from around 5:00 or 6:00 pm until sunset (but only on sunny days). People just show up with their drums!
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Today’s feature film is Moulin Rouge.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. Jenny Banai & Bre McDaniel play today.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (but regular price at times other than Tuesday evenings).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Wednesday July 31st (2019)

  • Celebration of Light – major fireworks displays and live music at Second Beach in Stanley Park and in English Bay. Today’s competitor is Canada.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. The Long War plays today.
  • Starlight Theatre – the movie Batman: The Dark Knight is tonight’s feature film at the outdoor drive-in theatre in the parking lot at Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre.
  • Sunset Cinema – Tonight’s feature film is Dumbo (2019).
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at Darts Hill Garden Park in Surrey with the Bruce James Orchestra.
  • Main Street Farmers Market – a small to medium-sized market with about 3 dozen vendors outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – a large market in the Upper Village at Whistler from 2:00 until 7:00 pm.

Other Information

For more, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Summer Activities.

For other ideas on things to do in July, check out the Events Calendar.

For other free activities, see Vancouver’s Best Beaches and the Lower Mainland’s best Parks and Places in Nature.

For other affordable things to do, see Vancouver on a Budget.

 

 

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