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Free Vancouver Events in July 2020

Free July Events

There are usually lots of free events 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.


NOTE: Due to COVID-19, many events that would normally happen in July have been cancelled. In this article we include activities that are still taking place as well as events that are not but would have been if it wasn’t for the coronavirus. We also mention a few events that are taking place online instead of live.

For a list of attractions and events that you can still enjoy, see our article about Vancouver, COVID-19 and Open Places.

For lists of other inexpensive things to do, see our articles about Vancouver on a Budget and Lower Mainland Parks and Nature.


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 2020. Most are completely free, although a few are by donation or just very inexpensive.

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

Tuesday, July 7th (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from early evening until sunset (but only on sunny days). A few people arrive with their drums and many more just show up for the fun! (TBC)
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (TBC)

Wednesday, July 8th (2020)

  • 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.
  • Kitsilano Showboat – free, virtual entertainment starting at 7 pm. Today is the Kitsilano Showboat fundraiser night. (Note: This event has gone virtual as a result of COVID-19. It normally takes place in-person on the Kitsilano Beach outdoor stage.)
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music at a park in Surrey.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Whistler Farmers Market – a large market in the Upper Village at Whistler from 2:00 until 7:00 pm. (CANCELLED)

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Thursday, July 9th (2020)

  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Waterfront Cinema – a movie shows at dusk at Canada Place. Don’t forget to take your lawn chair! (CANCELLED)
  • Farmers Markets

Friday, July 10th (2020)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs. (CANCELLED)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at both Lynn Valley Village and Panorama Park in North Vancouver. (TBC)
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at Town Centre Park Plaza in Coquitlam between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. (Moved online.)
  • Tour de Delta – the first of 3 days of cycling races in Delta. (CANCELLED)
  • Markets
    • Shipyards Night Market – live music and market activities at Shipbuilder’s Square in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED due to COVID-19.)
    • Richmond Night Market – while not free, admission to the giant Asian night market at 8351 River Road in Richmond is still pretty cheap. (TBC)

Saturday, July 11th (2020)

Sunday, July 12th (2020)

  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs. (CANCELLED)
  • Port Moody Summer Sundays – free outdoor concerts at Rocky Point Park in the afternoon. (TBC)
  • Robson Square Salsa – dancing and salsa lessons at Robson Square. Participation is by donation. (CANCELLED)
  • Tour de Delta – the third and final day of 3 days of cycling races in Delta. (CANCELLED)
  • Commercial Drive Car Free Day – a large street party with live entertainment. (CANCELLED, although online activities are likely still being offered.)
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • With an artist from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Flea Markets
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm. (TBC)
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Richmond Night Market – while not free, admission to the giant Asian night market at 8351 River Road in Richmond is still pretty cheap. (TBC)
  • Squamish Street Market – a street market along Squamish’s Cleveland Avenue between noon and 6:00 pm. (CANCELLED)

Monday, July 13th (2020)

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

Tuesday, July 14th (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs. (CANCELLED)
  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from early evening until sunset (but only on sunny days). A few people arrive with their drums and many more just show up for the fun! (TBC)
  • 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. (CANCELLED)
  • New West Grand Prix – a major cycling race in New Westminster. (CANCELLED)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (TBC)

Wednesday, July 15th (2020)

  • 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.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Kitsilano Showboat – free, virtual entertainment starting at 7 pm. (Note: This event has gone virtual as a result of COVID-19. It normally takes place in-person on the Kitsilano Beach outdoor stage.)
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music at a park in Surrey. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs. (CANCELLED)
  • Gastown Grand Prix – a cycling race through the streets of Gastown. (CANCELLED)

Thursday, July 16th (2020)

  • Farmers Markets
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs. (CANCELLED)
  • Squamish Wind Festival – a three-day event featuring music, visual art and performing arts in Squamish. (POSTPONED until August 7th to 21st.)
  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 8:30 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Giro di Burnaby – a major cycling race in downtown Burnaby that can be fun to watch. (CANCELLED)

Friday, July 17th (2020)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs. (CANCELLED)
  • Squamish Wind Festival – a three-day event featuring music, visual art and performing arts in Squamish. (POSTPONED until August 7th to 21st.)
  • Port Moody RibfestPort Moody Ribfest – live entertainment, BBQ rib vendors and family-friendly activities at Rocky Point Park from 2:00 pm until late (July 17-19, 2020). (CANCELLED)
  • PoCo Grand Prix – major cycling races in Port Coquitlam. (CANCELLED)
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at both Lynn Valley Village and Panorama Park in North Vancouver. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Night Markets
    • Shipyard Night Market – live music and market activities at Shipbuilder’s Square in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED due to COVID-19.)
    • Richmond Night Market – while not free, admission to the giant Asian night market at 8351 River Road in Richmond is still pretty cheap. (TBC)

Saturday, July 18th (2020)

  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Port Moody Ribfest – live entertainment, BBQ rib vendors and family-friendly activities at Rocky Point Park from 2:00 pm until late. (CANCELLED)
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs. (CANCELLED)
  • Uptown Live – a free music festival in the heart of New Westminster. (CANCELLED)
  • Squamish Wind Festival – a three-day event featuring music, visual art and performing arts in Squamish. (POSTPONED until August 7th to 21st.)
  • Tour de White Rock – the first of two days of cycling races and festival activities in White Rock. (CANCELLED)
  • Symphony in the Park – a free performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby. (CANCELLED)
  • Cates Park Concert Series – local bands play in the afternoon at Cates Park in North Vancouver. ((TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Shipyards Summer Sessions Concerts – live music from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Cloverdale Market Days – a street market event along 176th Street in Cloverdale between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • 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.
  • Richmond Night Market – while not free, admission to the giant Asian night market at 8351 River Road in Richmond is still pretty cheap. (TBC)

Sunday, July 19th (2020)

  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs. (CANCELLED)
  • Port Moody Ribfest – live entertainment, BBQ rib vendors and family-friendly activities at Rocky Point Park from 2:00 pm until late. (CANCELLED)
  • Tour de White Rock – the second of two days of cycling races and festival activities in White Rock. (CANCELLED)
  • Robson Square Salsa – dancing and salsa lessons at Robson Square. Participation is by donation. (CANCELLED)
  • Flea Markets
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large flea market at Abbotsford Exhibition Park between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm. (TBC)
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Richmond Night Market – while not free, admission to the giant Asian night market at 8351 River Road in Richmond is still pretty cheap. (TBC)
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • With an artist from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)

Monday, July 20th (2020)

  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Free Zumba – at Canada Place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. (CANCELLED)

Tuesday, July 21st (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from early evening until sunset (but only on sunny days). A few people arrive with their drums and many more just show up for the fun! (TBC)
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (TBC)

Wednesday, July 22nd (2020)

  • 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.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Kitsilano Showboat – free, virtual entertainment starting at 7 pm. (Note: This event has gone virtual as a result of COVID-19. It normally takes place in-person on the Kitsilano Beach outdoor stage.)

Thursday, July 23rd (2020)

Friday, July 24th (2020)

  • Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival free jazz concerts on several stages in the picturesque town of Fort Langley. (POSTPONED until September.)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at both Lynn Valley Village and Panorama Park in North Vancouver. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Shipyard Night Market – live music and market activities at Shipbuilder’s Square in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED due to COVID-19.)
  • Richmond Night Market – while not free, admission to the giant Asian night market at 8351 River Road in Richmond is still pretty cheap. (TBC)

Saturday, July 25th (2020)

BC Day Long Weekend

Sunday, July 26th (2020)

Monday, July 27th (2020)

  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Free Zumba – at Canada Place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • Music on the Wharf – live music at Port Haney Wharf in Maple Ridge (by donation). (TBC, but likely cancelled.)

Tuesday, July 28th (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Brahm’s Tams Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from early evening until sunset (but only on sunny days). A few people arrive with their drums and many more just show up for the fun! (TBC)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (TBC)

Abbotsford Agrifair in 2020

Wednesday, July 29th (2020)

  • 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.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music between at a park in Surrey. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Kitsilano Showboat – free, virtual entertainment starting at 7 pm. (Note: This event has gone virtual as a result of COVID-19. It normally takes place in-person on the Kitsilano Beach outdoor stage.)
  • Celebration of Light – major fireworks displays and live music at Second Beach in Stanley Park and in English Bay. (CANCELLED)

Thursday, July 30th (2020)

  • Farmers Markets
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. (Note: it used to be by donation and people could just drop by. Because of the coronavirus, however, there is now a $5 charge and visits must be booked in advance.)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • 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). (TBC)
  • Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – a movie shows at dusk at Canada Place. Don’t forget to take your lawn chair! (CANCELLED)

Friday, July 31st (2020)

  • Abbotsford Agrifair Drive-Thru Safari – it’s not free, but it is a live event that’s still happening. At just $15 per carload, it’s also quite affordable!
  • Roedde House – admission to the historic home near Robson Street is by donation (because today is the last Friday of the month). (TBC)
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at both Lynn Valley Village and Panorama Park in North Vancouver. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Shipyards Night Market – live music and market activities at Shipbuilder’s Square in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED)
  • Richmond Night Market – while not free, admission to the giant Asian night market at 8351 River Road in Richmond is still pretty cheap. (TBC)
  • Squamish Days – many of the festival’s events have an admission change, but today’s bed races down Cleveland Avenue and the outdoor move at Junction park are both free to watch. (CANCELLED)
  • Harmony Arts Festival – free live music, art and other things to see and do along the waterfront in West Vancouver.(CANCELLED)
  • Tsawwassen Sun Festival – a festival in South Delta that includes a softball tournament and skateboard competition.(CANCELLED)

Other Free Events in July

Other free events that usually take place in July (but maybe not in 2020) include the following:

  • Starlight Theatre – a free film is featured once a week at the outdoor drive-in theatre in the parking lot at Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre. (TBC)
  • Downtown Movie Nights – free films are shown once a week in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. (TBC)
  • Sunset Cinema – free movies once a week in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. (TBC)
  • Summer Jazz on the Porch – free live music outside Vancouver’s Roedde House at 1415 Barclay Street between 7:00 and 9:00 pm on a Thursday. Admission is by donation.
  • Downtown Farmers Market – a medium-sized market in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from 3:00 until 7:00 pm. (CANCELLED for 2020.)
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at Town Centre Park Plaza in Coquitlam between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. (TBC)

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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