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Free Vancouver Events in July

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 great free attractions like Burnaby Village and Stanley Park.

Last year was different though, because of the pandemic. 2021 isn’t a typical year either. There are still free and extra cheap things to do this year, but not as much as in the past.

Due to COVID-19, many events that would normally happen in July have been cancelled. This article lists the activities that are still taking place.

For suggestions 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 2021. Most are completely free, although a few are by donation or just very cheap.

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

 

Mission Folk Music Festival

 

Friday, July 23rd (2021)

  • Mission Folk Music Festival – live music performances normally happen at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission. They take place online this year and admission is free.
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum – get 2-for-1 admission with the promo code BEST21. So it’s not free, but it is extra inexpensive (and it’s a really interesting place). Children ages 5 and under are also free.
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in Jack Poole Plaza (weather permitting).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are great places to visit.

 

Saturday, July 24th (2021)

  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest – a small-town country fair in Maple Ridge. (An online concert takes place today.)
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum – get 2-for-1 admission with the promo code BEST21. So it’s not free, but it is extra inexpensive (and it’s a really interesting place). Children ages 5 and under are also free.
  • Lonsdale Quay Music – Scott Jacobs plays live music between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at North Vancouver’s public market.
  • Mission Folk Music Festival – live music performances normally happen at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission. They take place online this year and admission is free.
  • 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. The market is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekends.

 


Ways to Save on Adult Refreshments!

Did you know that there are nine parks and plazas on Vancouver’s North Shore where you can drink alcohol in public? You can buy your beverages at the liquor store and enjoy them with your friends at some fabulous places. See our article about North Shore Alcohol-Friendly Parks for details.


 

Sunday, July 25th (2021)

  • Mission Folk Music Festival – live music performances normally happen at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission. They take place online this year and admission is free.
  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest – a small-town country fair in Maple Ridge. (An online concert takes place today.)
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum – get 2-for-1 admission with the promo code BEST21. So it’s not free, but it is extra inexpensive (and it’s a really interesting place). Children ages 5 and under are also free.
  • Lonsdale Quay Music – D’Arcy Blunston plays live music between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at North Vancouver’s public market.
  • Sunday 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.
  • 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 giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford. Admission is just $1.00 or so, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

Vancouver Maritime Museum

 

Monday, July 26th (2021)

 

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

 

Tuesday, July 27th (2021)

 

Art Downtown Vancouver

 

Wednesday, July 28th (2021)

  • Vancouver Pride Festival – various LGBTQ-themed events happen online this year.
  • Downtown Farmers Market – in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery from 2:00 until 6:00 pm (with the first half-hour reserved for people especially vulnerable to COVID-19).
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum – get 2-for-1 admission with the promo code BEST21. So it’s not free, but it is extra inexpensive (and it’s a really interesting place). Children ages 5 and under are also free.
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in Jack Poole Plaza (weather permitting).
  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest – a small-town country fair in Maple Ridge. (Home arts and garden contests occur today.)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are great places to visit.

 

Thursday, July 29th (2021)

 

Friday, July 30th (2021)

  • BC Day Long Weekend – various special events take place throughout this August Long Weekend.
  • Vancouver Pride Festival – various LGBTQ-themed events happen online this year.
  • Tsawwassen Sun Festival – a festival in South Delta that includes a softball tournament and skateboard competition. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum – get 2-for-1 admission with the promo code BEST21. So it’s not free, but it is extra inexpensive (and it’s a really interesting place). Children ages 5 and under are also free.
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in Jack Poole Plaza (weather permitting).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are great places to visit.

 

BC Day Long Weekend

 

Saturday, July 31th (2021)

  • BC Day Long Weekend – a holiday weekend with celebratory activities throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • Powell Street Festival – a Japanese festival celebrating Japanese-Canadian culture near Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park (with both in-person and online activities in 2021).
  • Tsawwassen Sun Festival – a festival in South Delta that includes a softball tournament and skateboard competition. (TBD)
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum – get 2-for-1 admission with the promo code BEST21. So it’s not free, but it is extra inexpensive (and it’s a really interesting place). Children ages 5 and under are also free.
  • Vancouver Pride Festival – various LGBTQ-themed events happen online this year.
  • 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. The market is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekends.

 

Other Information

Other articles that might be of interest include the following:

 

 

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