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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.)

 

North Shore Canada Day 2021

 

Thursday, July 1st (2021)

 

Canada Day Events

 

Friday, July 2nd (2021)

  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival – with free performances at Granville Island and other venues.
  • 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).
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum – get 2-for-1 admission with the promo code BEST21. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap (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).
  • Golden Spike Days – the family-friendly event normally happens at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. This year though there are online activities between July 2nd and July 4th.
  • 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. Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle and Vancouver’s Best Beaches.

 

Saturday, July 3rd (2021)

 


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 4th (2021)

  • American Independence Day
  • Vancouver Jazz Festival – last day of the music festival.
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum – get 2-for-1 admission with the promo code BEST21. It’s not free, but it is extra inexpensive (and it’s a really interesting place). Children ages 5 and under are free.
  • Golden Spike Days – online activities take place this year between July 2nd and July 4th.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • 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.
    • 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 $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Lonsdale Quay Music – Thomas Beckman plays live music between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at North Vancouver’s public market.
  • Free Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church (but presented online because of COVID-19.)

 

Monday, July 5th (2021)

 

Tuesday, July 6th (2021)

  • 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 Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation on Tuesdays between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work in the North Plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Georgia (weather permitting).
  • 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, and it’s not too hot, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be. Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle and Vancouver’s Best Beaches.

 

Wednesday, July 7th (2021)

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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 8th (2021)

 

Friday, July 9th (2021)

  • 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).
  • Lonsdale Quay Music – Scott Jacobs plays live music between 5:00 and 7:00 pm at North Vancouver’s public market.
  • Vancouver Beaches – especially if the weather is good, Lower Mainland beaches are great places to visit.

 

Saturday, July 10th (2021)

 

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

 

Sunday, July 11th (2021)

  • 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.
  • 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. 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 $1.00 or so, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Lonsdale Quay Music – Merve Tasdelen and Joel Reid play live music between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at North Vancouver’s public market.

 

Monday, July 12th (2021)

  • 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 13th (2021)

  • 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 Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation on Tuesdays between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Art Downtown Summer Program – a group of local artists display their work in the North Plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Georgia (weather permitting).
  • 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 14th (2021)

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.

 

Thursday, July 15th (2021)

  • 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 2:00 until 6:30 pm.
  • 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.
  • 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 16th (2021)

 

Saturday, July 17th (2021)

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Sunday, July 18th (2021)

  • 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.
  • 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. 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 $1.00 or so, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

Monday, July 19th (2021)

  • 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 20th (2021)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation on Tuesdays between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • 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 in the North Plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of Howe and Georgia (weather permitting).
  • 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, and it’s not too hot, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be. Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle and Vancouver’s Best Beaches.

 

Wednesday, July 21st (2021)

  • 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).
  • 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 22nd (2021)

 

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.

 

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.

 

Monday, July 26th (2021)

 

Tuesday, July 27th (2021)

 

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 31st (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.

 

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