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Free Vancouver Events in July 2018

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 2018. Most are completely free, although a few are by donation. (Note: schedules and details are subject to change.)

Canada Day Events

Sunday, July 1st (Canada Day!)

  • Canada Day – free celebrations take place throughout Metro Vancouver including at the following places:
    • 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 (by The Boom Booms and Said the Whale) 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 from 12:30 until 6:00 pm at the Memorial Peace Park and 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. Free concerts in the afternoon include performances by The Boom Booms and Honeymoon Suite.
    • West Vancouver – the annual Red & White Picnic happens at John Lawson Park from mid-afternoon until 10:30 pm with live music and fireworks.
    • Surrey – Canada Day festivities at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre include amusement rides, family-friendly activities and free concerts (including a performance by Serena Ryder).
    • Granville Island – July 1st celebrations include a day full of TD Jazz Festival concerts at various locations.
    • 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.
    • Fort Langley – family-friendly celebrations in the historic fort and other venues around the village.
    • Port Moody – family-friendly activities including live music and evening concerts at Rocky Point Park as part of Golden Spike Days. Admission is by donation and the headliner band is Barney Bentall & the Legendary Hearts.
    • White Rock – family-friendly activities and a fireworks show at night.
  • TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – last day of the music festival featuring free jazz concerts all over town including at David Lam Park in Yaletown.
  • Golden Spike Days – a 4-day community festival at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park. Today’s events run from 11 am to 11 pm.
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – a free outdoor Canada Day concert in the village at Whistler at 7 pm.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets – in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Maple Ridge, Squamish, Trout Lake and the West End.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey.

Monday, July 2nd

  • Golden Spike Days – a Canada Day-related festival at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Free live music includes concerts by the Squares Barbershop Quartet and the Fab Fourever (a Beatles tribute band).
  • Whistler’s Canada Day Weekend – street performers entertain throughout the afternoon and the Vancouver Institute Orchestra has a free concert at 2 pm.

Tuesday, July 3rd

  • Brahm’s Tam 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).
  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Tonight’s film is The Princess Bride.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Free Outdoor Movies

Wednesday, July 4th

Thursday, July 5th

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • TD Concerts at the Pier – a free concert at White Rock’s East Beach with the group Honeymoon Suite.
  • Thursday Farmers Markets – in New Westminster, Granville Island and Downtown in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

Friday, July 6th

  • KiteClash – a major Canadian kiteboarding competition in Squamish at Squamish Spit.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a 10-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.
  • 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).
  • Summer Concert Series – free outdoor evening concerts in North Vancouver at Panorama Park and Lynn Valley Village.
  • 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 Night Market – a free outdoor concert and market activities at the waterfront in North Vancouver. Tonight’s live music is with the band Slamming Jack.

Saturday, July 7th

Sunday, July 8th

  • 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.
  • KiteClash – a major Canadian kiteboarding competition in Squamish at Squamish Spit.
  • Symphony in the Park – a free concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park.
  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a 10-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Tour de Delta – a 3-day series of cycling races in Delta that can be interesting to watch.
  • 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.
  • Summer Sundays Concert Series – live music in the garden at Burnaby’s Bob Prittie Library between 6:00 and 8:00 pm (to be confirmed).
  • Port Moody Summer Sundays – free outdoor concerts at Rocky Point Park in the afternoon. Today’s feature band is Groove & Tonic 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.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Ladner, Mt. Pleasant, Whistler and White Rock.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey.

Monday, July 9th

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a 10-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Free Zumba – at Canada Place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, July 10th

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Playland – full-fare admission is half price for people arriving between 2:00 and 6:00 pm (so although not free, it is extra cheap).
  • New West Grand Prix – a major cycling race in New Westminster.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a 10-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. Tonight’s film is Stand By Me.
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Brahm’s Tam 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 11th

Thursday, July 12th

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Giro di Burnaby – a major cycling race in downtown Burnaby that can be fun to watch.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a 10-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Waterfront Cinema – a movie shows at dusk at Canada Place. Don’t forget to take your lawn chair!
  • Thursday Farmers Markets – in New Westminster, Granville Island and Downtown in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

Friday, July 13th

  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a 10-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Summer Concert Series – free outdoor evening concerts in North Vancouver at Panorama Park and Lynn Valley Village.
  • Summer Concert Series – live music at Town Centre Park Plaza in Coquitlam between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series live music at Darts Hill Garden Park from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Surrey. Today’s performance is with the Razz MaJazz Trio.
  • PoCo Grand Prix – 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.
  • Shipyards Night Market – a free outdoor concert and market activities at the waterfront in North Vancouver. Tonight’s live music includes a performance by the Jay Trio.
  • Mercato Italian Market – a farmers and artisan market at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.

Saturday, July 14th

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a 10-day music and art festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Indian Summer Festival – today features free Pause in the Park entertainment at Vanier Park in the afternoon.
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival Market – admission to today’s music festival at Jericho Beach isn’t free, but acces to the event’s amazing artisan market is! The market is open today from 10:00 am until 9:15 pm.
  • Symphony at Sunset – free outdoor symphony concerts take place at Sunset Beach with the VSO School of Music at 7:15 and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 pm.
  • Cates Park Summer Concerts – free live music from 4:00 until 7:00 pm in North Vancouver at the park at 4131 Dollarton Highway.
  • Bastille Day – France’s July 14th national holiday is celebrated at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown between 10:00 am and 11:00 pm.
  • Newton Days – a farmers’ market, craft activities, face painting, BBQ, live music, petting zoo, mini golf and other family-friendly activities from noon until 4:00 pm at Newton Grove at 13730 72nd Avenue in Surrey.
  • Greek Summerfest – a Greek cultural festival at St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Orthodox Church where the entertainment is free but you pay for the food.
  • The Ultimate Car Show – over 300 muscle, premium and specialty cars outside Coquitlam’s Hard Rock Casino at 2080 United Boulevard between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. CANCELLED.
  • TD Concerts at the Pier – a free concert at White Rock’s Five Corners intersection with the group Big City Soul.
  • Shipyards Summer Sessions Concerts – live music from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. Tonight’s free concert is with the Beatles tribute band Ticket To Ride.
  • 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.
  • Tour de White Rock – the first of two days of cycling races and festival activities in White Rock.
  • 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 Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies costs $2.99 in the morning at select theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets – in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Lonsdale Quay, Maple Ridge, Riley Park, Squamish, Trout Lake and the West End.

Free Outdoor Concerts

Sunday, July 15th

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a 10-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.
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival Market – admission to today’s music festival at Jericho Beach isn’t free, but acces to the event’s amazing artisan market is! The market is open today from 10:00 am until 9:15 pm.
  • Tour de White Rock – long distance cycling races in White Rock.
  • Indian Summer Festival – today features free Pause in the Park entertainment at Vanier Park in the afternoon.
  • Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show – a free street festival on Edmonds Street from Canada Way to Kingsway between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Port Moody Summer Sundays – free outdoor concerts at Rocky Point Park in the afternoon. Today’s feature band is Mr. Boogie Woogie 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.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission 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.
  • Squamish Street Market – a street festival with vendor stalls, a craft beer garden, food trucks, kid-friendly activities and live entertainment between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Mt. Pleasant, Whistler and White Rock.
  • Steveston Village Farmers Market – outside at the Steveston Community Centre between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey.

Monday, July 16th

  • Music on the Wharf – live music at Port Haney Wharf in Maple Ridge at 7:30 pm. Tonight’s performance is with the Olson Bros Band (by donation).
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Free Zumba – at Canada Place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, July 17th

  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Tonight’s film is The Lion King.
  • Brahm’s Tam 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!
  • Playland – full-fare admission is half price for people arriving between 2:00 and 6:00 pm (so although not free, it is extra cheap).
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • 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).

Kidsworld Program

Wednesday, July 18th

  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at Bear Creek Park in Surrey with the group Cannery Row.
  • Trout Lake Summer Concert Series – the Soda Crackers is a Country, Roots and Jazz band that performs in the evening at around 6:30 at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive.
  • Sunset Cinema at Queen Elizabeth Theatre – the Disney/Pixar movie Coco shows in the plaza at 650 Hamilton Street with pre-show activities beginning at 8:30 pm.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the child-friendly movie Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies costs $2.99 in the morning at select theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
  • Wednesday Farmers Markets – at Main Street, Surrey and Whistler.

Thursday, July 19th

  • TD Concerts at the Pier – a free concert at White Rock’s East Beach with Daniel Wesley.
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 8:30 pm.
  • Waterfront Cinema – a movie shows at dusk at Canada Place. Don’t forget to take your lawn chair!
  • Thursday Farmers Markets – in New Westminster, Granville Island and Downtown in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

Friday, July 20th

  • Port Moody Ribfest – live entertainment, BBQ rib vendors and family-friendly activities at Rocky Point Park from 2:00 until late.
  • 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 by donation.
  • Family Movie Nights in the Plaza – tonight’s free film in the plaza outside North Vancouver’s Civic Library is E.T. at around 9 o’clock.
  • Outdoor Movie Nights in CloverdaleThe Lego Batman Movie shows at Surrey’s Don Christian Park at 6220 184th Street.
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Summer Concert Series – free outdoor evening concerts in North Vancouver at Panorama Park and Lynn Valley Village.
  • 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 Night Market – a free outdoor concert and market activities at the waterfront in North Vancouver. Tonight’s live music is with the Country music band The Heels.

Saturday, July 21st

  • Uptown Live – a large, free and very popular music festival in the heart of New Westminster.
  • Port Moody Ribfest – live entertainment, BBQ rib vendors and family-friendly activities at Rocky Point Park from 11:00 am until late.
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – a large music and cultural festival at Holland Park in Surrey.
  • 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. Today’s free concert is with the band 54-40.
  • Vancouver Thai Festival – a small cultural festival outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street.

  • Savour Summer FestivalSavour Summer Festival – a free wine and cheese event at River District Vancouver from 4:00 until 8:00 pm. Wine 101 sessions take place at 4:30 and 6:30 pm and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The bands Grooveport and The Boom Booms are also performing.

  • Shipyards Summer Sessions Concerts – live music from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. Tonight’s free concert is with the band Coco Jafro.
  • Cates Park Summer Concerts – free live music from 4:00 until 7:00 pm in North Vancouver at the park at 4131 Dollarton Highway.
  • 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 The Greatest Showman costs $2.99 in the morning at select theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
  • Newton Days – a farmers’ market, craft activities, face painting, BBQ, live music, petting zoo, mini golf and other family-friendly activities from noon until 4:00 pm at Newton Grove at 13730 72nd Avenue in Surrey.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets – in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Lonsdale Quay, Maple Ridge, Riley Park, Squamish, Trout Lake and the West End.

Sunday, July 22nd

  • Port Moody Ribfest – live entertainment, BBQ rib vendors and family-friendly activities at Rocky Point Park from 11:00 am until late.
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – a large music and cultural festival at Holland Park in Surrey.
  • Vancouver Thai Festival – a small cultural festival outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street.
  • 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 by donation.
  • Hyack Show & Shine Car Show – a New Westminster car show at the Justice Institute at 715 McBride Boulevard between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Salsa – dancing and salsa lessons at Robson Square between 3:00 and 9:30 pm. Participation is by donation.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission 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 – at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Ladner, Mt. Pleasant, Whistler and White Rock.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey.

Monday, July 23rd

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

Tuesday, July 24th

  • Stanley Park Summer Cinema – a free movie starts just after dusk at Ceperley Meadow by Stanley Park’s Second Beach. Tonight’s film is Mean Girls.
  • Brahm’s Tam 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!
  • Playland – full-fare admission is half price for people arriving between 2:00 and 6:00 pm (so although not free, it is extra cheap).
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • 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 25th

  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series free live music between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at Darts Hill Garden Park in Surrey with the group Rusty Rails.
  • Trout Lake Summer Concert SeriesBlackthorn is a Celtic band that performs in the evening at around 6:30 at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive.
  • Sunset Cinema at Queen Elizabeth Theatre – the classic musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds shows in the plaza at 650 Hamilton Street with pre-show activities beginning at 8:30 pm.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the movie The Greatest Showman costs $2.99 in the morning at select theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver.
  • Wednesday Farmers Markets – at Main Street, Surrey and Whistler.

Free Outdoor Movies

Thursday, July 26th

  • VMO Symphony Concert – an evening performance by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra at Jack Poole Plaza by the Vancouver Convention Centre.
  • Squamish Wind Festival – a 3-day art, music and performing arts festival in Squamish.
  • TD Concerts at the Pier – free concerts at White Rock’s East Beach with Big River (playing Johnny Cash tunes) and The Lonely (playing Roy Orbison favourites).
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – a movie shows at dusk at Canada Place. Don’t forget to take your lawn chair!
  • Family Series Live Performances – Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly shares How Raven Stole the Sun by Burnaby’s Bob Prittie Library at 6100 Willingdon Avenue between 7:00 and 7:45 pm. The V’ni Dansi Métis and contemporary dance group then entertains from 8:00 until 8:45 pm.
  • 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).
  • Thursday Farmers Markets – in New Westminster, Granville Island and Downtown in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

Friday, July 27th

  • Squamish Wind Festival – a 3-day art, music and performing arts festival in Squamish.
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Outdoor Movie Nights in Cloverdale – the movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids shows at Katzie Elementary School at 6887 194A Street in Surrey at dusk.
  • Summer Concert Series – free outdoor evening concerts in North Vancouver at Panorama Park and Lynn Valley Village.
  • 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 Night Market – a free outdoor concert and market activities at the waterfront in North Vancouver. Tonight’s live music is with the bands Jay Trio and Red Eye Empire.

Saturday, July 28th

Sunday, July 29th

Abbotsford Agrifair 2018

Monday, July 30th

  • Music on the Wharf – live music at Port Haney Wharf in Maple Ridge at 7:30 pm. Tonight’s performance is with Knudson and Connaughton (by donation).
  • CBC Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • Free Zumba – at Canada Place between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, July 31st

  • Playland – full-fare admission is half price for people arriving between 2:00 and 6:00 pm (so although not free, it is extra cheap).
  • Brahm’s Tam 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. Tonight’s film is Spice World.
  • Musical Nooners – live music in the plaza outside the CBC Building near the Vancouver Public Library from 12:00 until 1:00 pm.
  • 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).

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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