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Free Vancouver Events in July 2019

Free July Events

It’s amazing how many free events happen in Vancouver in the summer including 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.)

Free Outdoor Concerts

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

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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 the movie Mary Poppins Returns.
  • 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.
  • Kitsilano Showboat Concerts Series – free live entertainment in Kitsilano between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • 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.


Saturday July 20th (2019)

  • Port Moody Ribfest – live entertainment, BBQ rib vendors and family-friendly activities at Rocky Point Park from 2:00 pm until late.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a ten-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Shipyards at the Waterfront – the City of North Vancouver celebrates the grand opening of its new facilities at the Shipyards near Lonsdale Quay with live music and family-friendly activities between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • Outdoor Movie Night – the Disney film Moana is shown at around 8:00 pm at North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay.
  • Uptown Live – a free music festival in the heart of New Westminster.
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – a large music and cultural festival at Holland Park in Surrey.
  • Squamish Wind Festival – a three-day event featuring music, visual art and performing arts in Squamish.
  • 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.
  • Shipyards Summer Sessions Concerts – live music from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. Tonight’s feature band is The Divas & Arrival performing popular hits by ABBA.
  • Kitsilano Showboat Concerts Series – free live entertainment in Kitsilano between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour – a self-guided cycling tour visiting farms in the Fraser Valley that is about 30-km.
  • 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 movie Missing Link costs $2.99 in the morning at select theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, 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.
  • 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!

2019 Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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.
  • Kitsilano Showboat Concerts Series – free live entertainment in Kitsilano between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

Free Events and Activities in August

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).
  • Sing Out Loud – free drop-in choir sessions at John Lawson Park in West Vancouver from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on many Tuesdays in July and August.  A different selection of popular music each week.
  • 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.
  • Kitsilano Showboat Concerts Series – free live entertainment in Kitsilano between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Trout Lake Summer Concert Series – a free concert outside the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive in the evening.
  • 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.

Free Outdoor Movies

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.
  • 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

Friday July 26th (2019)

Saturday July 27th (2019)

BC Day Long Weekend

Sunday July 28th (2019)

  • Caribbean Days Festival – a cultural festival at North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park.
  • 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 Churchill 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
    • 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)

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 – an international firework and music display. 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.
  • Kitsilano Showboat Concerts Series – free live entertainment in Kitsilano between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Trout Lake Summer Concert Series – a free concert outside the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive in the evening.
  • 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.

Free Events and Activities in August

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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