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Free Vancouver Events in July

Free July Events

There are lots of free events in Vancouver in July including free festivals, Outdoor Movies, Summer 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 Stanley Park.

For suggestions about other inexpensive things to do, see our article about Vancouver on a Budget. To learn about other activities happening on different days of the month, including events that aren’t free, see Vancouver’s July Calendar of Events. For a list of free and almost free things to do in the Lower Mainland in July, continue reading.

 

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 2023. Most are completely free, although a few are by donation or just very cheap.

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

 

Canada Day Events

Langley City Canada Day Party

Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival

 

Saturday, July 1st (2023)

 

Saturday Farmers Markets

 

Sunday, July 2nd (2023)

  • Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival – live music, dancing, food vendors, market stalls and other activities celebrating Taiwanese culture outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Vancouver Jazz Festival – last day of the music festival with free concerts on Granville Island and in North Vancouver.
  • Golden Spike Days – the family-friendly event happens at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. (Admission is by donation.)
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Shipyard Pals – free walking tours happen today in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District. They are hosted by MONOVA (a.k.a. the Museum of North Vancouver).

Sunday Farmers Markets

Flea Markets

  • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford. Admission is just $2.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods 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 about $2 to $4 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.

 


Ways to Save on Adult Refreshments!

Did you know that there are numerous 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.


 

Monday, July 3rd (2023)

 

Tuesday, July 4th (2023)

 

Wednesday, July 5th (2023)

  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work at 855 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Downtown Farmers Market – in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Shipyard Pals – free walking tours happen today in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District. They are hosted by MONOVA (a.k.a. the Museum of North Vancouver).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Burnaby Summer Stages – free live music and other entertainment takes place today at Confederation Park.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Concert free live music at Surrey Civic Plaza. Today features Folk music with the Sturtz Quartet.
  • Mission Twilight Concerts – live music happens in Mission at Fraser River Heritage Park starting at 7:00 pm. This evening’s performance is with The Moonliters.
  • 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.

 

Free Outdoor Movies

 

Thursday, July 6th (2023)

 

Friday, July 7th (2023)

  • Shipyards Night Market – artisan vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today (because it’s the first Friday of the month).
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work at 855 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Burnaby Summer Stages – free live music and other entertainment takes place at Confederation Park.
  • Kitsilano Showboat – free live music and entertainment happens at Kitsilano Beach on the Showboat stage.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are great places to visit.

 

On Your Block Multicultural Festival

 

Saturday, July 8th (2023)

  • Carnaval del Sol – live music and family-friendly activities at Vancouver’s major Latin festival at David Lam Park. Admission is free all day for children and seniors. It’s also free for the first 300 people to arrive.
  • On Your Block Festival – a multicultural event with live music, food vendors, an artisan market and family-friendly things to see and do at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – live music and artisan vendors at Harrison Hot Springs. Admission to the “free” concerts is the $2 cost of a festival button.
  • Khatsahlano Street Party – a large outdoor street party in Kitsilano.
  • Kitsilano Showboat – free live music and entertainment happens at Kitsilano Beach on the Showboat stage.
  • Orpheum Theatre Public Tours – a free tour of the historic venue runs from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Saturday Farmers Markets

 

Chilliwack

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

 

Sunday, July 9th (2023)

  • Carnaval del Sol – live music and family-friendly activities at Vancouver’s major Latin festival at David Lam Park. Admission is free all day for children and seniors. It’s also free for the first 300 people to arrive.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – live music and artisan vendors at Harrison Hot Springs. Admission to the “free” concerts is the $2 cost of a festival button.
  • Shipyard Pals – free walking tours happen today in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District. They are hosted by MONOVA (a.k.a. the Museum of North Vancouver).
  • Summer Sundays Concerts – this afternoon features the bands Blues Hoodoo and The Legendary R&B Allstars at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody.
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Sunday Markets

  • Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market – from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.
  • Chilliwack Farmers Market – at 9360 Mill Street from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in downtown Chilliwack.
  • Clayton Community Farmers Market – from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the parking lot of Clayton Heights Secondary School in Surrey.
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Kitsilano Community Centre in Vancouver.
  • Nikkei Garden Farmers Market – fresh produce and artisan vendors at the Nikkei Centre in Burnaby.
  • Poirier Street Market – from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Dogwood Pavilion parking lot at 624 Poirier Street in Coquitlam.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm in the Upper Village Stroll.
  • White Rock Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at 15154 Russell Avenue in the Miramar Plaza.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $2 to $4 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.
  • 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 from 6:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $2.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

Free Vancouver Summer Concerts

 

Monday, July 10th (2023)

 

Uptown Live in New Westminster

 

Tuesday, July 11th (2023)

  • Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle – if it’s sunny, informal drumming happens at Third Beach in the evening.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – live music and artisan vendors at Harrison Hot Springs. Admission to the “free” concerts is the $2 cost of a festival button.
  • Summer Cinema – a free movie shows outdoors in Stanley Park near Second Beach.
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Burnaby Summer Stages – free live music and other entertainment takes place today at Confederation Park.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).
  • 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.

 

Wednesday, July 12th (2023)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – live music and artisan vendors at Harrison Hot Springs. Admission to the “free” concerts is the $2 cost of a festival button.
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work at 855 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Downtown Farmers Market – in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Shipyard Pals – free walking tours happen today in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District. They are hosted by MONOVA (a.k.a. the Museum of North Vancouver).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Burnaby Summer Stages – free live music and other entertainment takes place today at Confederation Park.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Concert free live music at Glades Garden in Surrey. Today features Venezuelan Folk music with Asi Somos.
  • Mission Twilight Concerts – live music happens in Mission at Fraser River Heritage Park starting at 7:00 pm. This evening’s performance is with Minor Gold.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, and it’s not too hot, 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.

 

Free Outdoor Movies

 

Thursday, July 13th (2023)

  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – live music and artisan vendors at Harrison Hot Springs. Admission to the “free” concerts is the $2 cost of a festival button.
  • North Van’s Deckchair Cinema – the movie What We Do In The Shadows plays outside the Polygon Gallery near Lonsdale Quay. Admission is by donation. This evening also includes a live performance before the show.
  • Summer Movie Nights – the movie Bend It Like Beckham shows outdoors on a giant screen in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery at night.
  • New Westminster Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce and artisan products at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • False Creek Farmers Market – a smaller market with a couple dozen vendors at Concord Community Park from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.
  • Port Coquitlam Farmers Market – a small market at the Terry Fox Hometown Square outside the Port Coquitlam Community Centre from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Burnaby Summer Stages – free live music and other entertainment takes place today at Confederation Park.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, and it’s not too hot, 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.

 

Friday, July 14th (2023)

 

Uptown Live

 

Saturday, July 15th (2023)

  • Uptown Live – live music on multiple stages, artisan vendors and family-friendly activities in New Westminster. It’s both a music festival and a massive street party!
  • Surrey Latin Festival – a Latin festival with live entertainment and market vendors at Surrey Civic Plaza.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – live music and artisan vendors at Harrison Hot Springs. Admission to the “free” concerts is the $2 cost of a festival button.
  • Chinatown Festival – lion dancing and other cultural performances and activities in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
  • Symphony in the Park – a free concert by the Vancouver Symphony Deer Lake Park in Burnaby.
  • Orpheum Theatre Public Tours – a free tour of the historic venue runs from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
  • Kitsilano Showboat – free live music and entertainment happens at Kitsilano Beach on the Showboat stage.
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Saturday Markets

 

Vancouver Maritime Museum 25% Discount Offer

 

Sunday, July 16th (2023)

  • Surrey Latin Festival – a Latin festival with live entertainment and market vendors at Surrey Civic Plaza.
  • Opera in the Park – a free concert with Vancouver Opera at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby.
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – live music and artisan vendors at Harrison Hot Springs. Admission to the “free” concerts is the $2 cost of a festival button.
  • Chinatown Festival – lion dancing and other cultural performances and activities in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
  • Shipyard Pals – free walking tours happen today in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District. They are hosted by MONOVA (a.k.a. the Museum of North Vancouver).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Roedde House Jazz on the PorchSilk Road Music performs outside the museum in Vancouver’s West End . Admission is by donation.
  • Summer Sundays Concerts – this afternoon features Nigel Mack & The Blues Attack at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody.

Sunday Markets

  • Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market – from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.
  • Chilliwack Farmers Market – at 9360 Mill Street from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in downtown Chilliwack.
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Kitsilano Community Centre in Vancouver.
  • Poirier Street Market – from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Dogwood Pavilion parking lot in Coquitlam.
  • Steveston Village Farmers Market – in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm in the Upper Village Stroll.
  • White Rock Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in the Miramar Plaza.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $2 to $4 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.
  • 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 from 6:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $2.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

Improv Centre

 

Monday, July 17th (2023)

  • 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.

 

Tuesday, July 18th (2023)

 

Wednesday, July 19th (2023)

  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work at 855 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Shipyard Pals – free walking tours happen today in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District. They are hosted by MONOVA (a.k.a. the Museum of North Vancouver).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Concert free live music at the Museum of Surrey. Today features both Sierra Noble and Super Duty Tough Work.
  • Mission Twilight Concerts – live music happens in Mission at Fraser River Heritage Park starting at 7:00 pm. This evening’s features the Old Time/Celtic Fiddle Show.
  • Burnaby Summer Stages – free live music and other entertainment takes place today at Confederation Park.
  • 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.
  • Downtown Farmers Market – in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.

 


Ways to Save on Adult Refreshments!

Did you know that there are a number of 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.


 

Thursday, July 20th (2023)

 

Friday, July 21st (2023)

  • Port Moody Ribfest – a beer garden, live music, and BBQ rib vendors at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Admission to the venue is free but you have to pay for your food and drinks.
  • Shipyards Night Market – artisan vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District.
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work at 855 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Burnaby Summer Stages – free live music and other entertainment takes place at Confederation Park.
  • 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 22nd (2023)

Saturday Markets

 

Sunday, July 23rd (2023)

  • Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival – a music festival that features exceptional Jazz musicians and local artists. In addition to ticketed concerts, today features free live music at various venues around Fort Langley.
  • Port Moody Ribfest – a beer garden, live music, and BBQ rib vendors at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Admission to the venue is free but you have to pay for your food and drinks.
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – a multicultural event at Holland Park with food vendors, music and other performances.
  • Shipyard Pals – free walking tours happen today in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District. They are hosted by MONOVA (a.k.a. the Museum of North Vancouver).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Sunday Markets

 

Monday, July 24th (2023)

  • 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.

 

Place des Arts

 

Tuesday, July 25th (2023)

 

Celebration of Light 2022

 

Wednesday, July 26th (2023)

  • Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks – live music and fireworks at Vancouver’s English Bay.
  • Theatre at Place des Arts – a roving adaptation of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll takes place outdoors in Coquitlam. (Tickets are free, but you have to reserve your spot in advance.)
  • Roedde House Jazz on the Porch – live Jazz happens outside the museum in Vancouver’s West End starting at 7:00 pm. Admission is by donation.
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work at 855 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Shipyard Pals – free walking tours happen today in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District. They are hosted by MONOVA (a.k.a. the Museum of North Vancouver).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Burnaby Summer Stages – free live music and other entertainment takes place today at Confederation Park.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Concert free live music at Darts Hill in Surrey. Today features the South Van Big Band.
  • Mission Twilight Concerts – live music happens in Mission at Fraser River Heritage Park starting at 7:00 pm. This evening’s performance is with Ashley Pater.
  • 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.
  • Downtown Farmers Market – in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.

 

Thursday, July 27th (2023)

 

Dance Dance Dance

 

Friday, July 28th (2023)

  • Chilliwack Ribfest – food trucks, rib vendors, live entertainment and a beer garden at Chilliwack’s Vedder Park.
  • Theatre at Place des Arts – a roving adaptation of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll takes place outdoors in Coquitlam. (Tickets are free, but you have to reserve your spot in advance.)
  • Dance Dance Dance – Latin Dancing at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn which is the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver.
  • Shipyards Night Market – artisan vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District.
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work at 855 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Burnaby Summer Stages – free live music and other entertainment takes place at Confederation Park.
  • 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 29th (2023)

Saturday Markets

 

Chilliwack

 

Sunday, July 30th (2023)

  • Theatre at Place des Arts – a roving adaptation of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll takes place outdoors in Coquitlam. (Tickets are free, but you have to reserve your spot in advance.)
  • Chilliwack Ribfest – food trucks, rib vendors, live entertainment and a beer garden at Chilliwack’s Vedder Park.
  • Caribbean Days Festival – a multicultural festival at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam.
  • Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Country Fest – a country fair-style community event in Maple Ridge.
  • Shipyard Pals – free walking tours happen today in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District. They are hosted by MONOVA (a.k.a. the Museum of North Vancouver).
  • Burnaby Village – the outdoor museum is open from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Summer Sundays Concerts – this afternoon features the Eagle Eyes Eagles tribute band at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody.

Sunday Markets

  • Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market – from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.
  • Chilliwack Farmers Market – at 9360 Mill Street from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in downtown Chilliwack.
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Kitsilano Community Centre in Vancouver.
  • Poirier Street Market – from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 624 Poirier Street in Coquitlam.
  • Whistler Farmers Market – between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm in the Upper Village Stroll.
  • White Rock Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in the Miramar Plaza.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $2 to $4 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 $2.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

Monday, July 31st (2023)

  • 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.

 

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