School is out and summer is here! July is full of amazing festivals, fairs, celebrations, concerts, and outdoor movies. Enjoy a concert or two, take a farm tour by bike, or watch fireworks overhead. There’s an awesome Children’s Festival in Whistler, the Circus is visiting Coquitlam, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack, and it’s time again for Theatre Under the Stars and Bard on the Beach performances. Take a look at our round-up and start planning some memorable family fun. If you like learning about great family-friendly activities happening in Metro Vancouver, make sure you sign up to receive our weekly emails.
Free Outdoor Concerts
Kitsilano Showboat – Vancouver
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, June – August, 2300 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Trout Lake Community Centre – Vancouver
Wednesdays, July 4th – August 29th, Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
CBC Musical Nooners – Vancouver
Mondays – Fridays, 12 pm – 1 pm, July 10th – August 17th, CBC Vancouver Outdoor Stage, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Symphony in the Park – Burnaby
Sunday, July 8th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Deer Lake Park Festival Lawn, Burnaby
Summer Fun at Civic Square – Burnaby
Thursdays, July 12th – August 2nd, 7 pm – 9 pm, Civic Square, 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby
Summer Concert Series – Coquitlam
July 13th, August 3rd, September 7th, TD Community Plaza, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Music on the Warf – Maple Ridge
July 16th & 30th, August 13th & 27th, Port Haney Warf, River Road, Maple Ridge
Summer Concert Series – North Vancouver
Fridays, July 6th – August 3rd, 7 pm – 9 pm, Panorama Park Concert Stage, North Vancouver
Fridays, August 3rd – 24th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Edgemont Village Concert Stage, North Vancouver
Fridays, July 3rd – August 25th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Lynn Valley Concert Stage, North Vancouver
Cates Park Concerts – North Vancouver
Saturdays, July & August, Cates Park, North Vancouver
Summer Sundays – Port Moody
Sundays, July 8th – September 2nd, 2 pm, Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
Sounds of Summer Music Series – Surrey
Wednesdays, July 4th – August 22nd, various locations in Surrey
Music at the Cannery – Richmond
Fridays, July 13th – August 31st, 6:30 pm, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
City Centre’s Concerts in the Park Series – Richmond
Wednesdays, July 4th – August 29th, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Garden City Community Park, 6620 Garden City Road, Richmond
TD Concerts at the Pier – White Rock
July 5th, 14th, 19th, 26th, August 11th & 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm, East Beach, White Rock
Free Outdoor Movies
Pack a picnic and a blanket and cozy up for an outdoor movie. All movies are free! Shows tend to start at dusk, check the event website for exact start times.
Stanley Park Summer Cinema – Vancouver
Tuesdays, July 3rd – August 21st, Second Beach, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre – Richmond
Wednesdays, July 4th – August 29th, Lansdowne Centre, 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond, Cost: Free
Summer Movie Nights on the Square – Vancouver
Wednesdays, July 4th – August 29th, Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver Cost: Free
Family Movie Nights in the Plaza – North Vancouver
July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd, & August 17th, Civic Plaza, 14th Street, North Vancouver, Cost: Free
Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place – Vancouver
Thursdays, July 12th – August 30th, North Point Canada Place, 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Granville Island Movies – Vancouver
Friday, July 13th, Ron Basford Park Amphitheatre, Granville Island, Vancouver
Centennial Park Ball Diamond – Abbotsford
Saturday, July 14th, Centennial Baseball Diamond, Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford
Sunset Cinema – Vancouver
July 18th, July 25th, August 1st, & August 8th, šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza), Cambie Street, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour
July 21st, 9 am – 4 pm, Agassiz Agricultural Hall, 6800 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz
This is a great family-friendly event that brings you through a farming community with deep roots in agriculture. Stop into the Agassiz Harrison Museum, an old CPR train station and learn the history of the community, or into the UBC Dairy Research centre to learn about their renowned research and education programs. A farm cycle tour would not be complete without a stop to chat with the goats or sit back and enjoy a slice of homemade pie.
Honda Celebration of Light
July 28th, August 1st, & August 4th, English Bay Beach, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Honda Celebration of Light isn’t just about the fireworks! There are live music concerts starting early in the afternoon on each of the fireworks nights. So pack your blanket and a picnic, and come early to enjoy the sun, music and fun, and finally the fireworks when the sun goes down. English Bay Beach does get crowded – other great viewing spots are the Stanley Park seawall closer to English Bay, Vanier Park, or Kitsilano Beach.
Festivals & Fairs
For more fun, take a look at our awesome round-up of family-friendly summer festivals in Metro Vancouver.
Whistler Children’s Festival
July 6th – 8th, Whistler Olympic Plaza
Bring your family to enjoy magical performances, art workshops, and lots more at the Whistler Children’s Festival. Fuelled by imagination, creativity, and giggles, the Festival is Whistler’s longest-running event, now in its 35th year. Dozens of hands-on workshops at Whistler Olympic Plaza are sure to inspire creativity and spark imagination for the whole family.
Vancouver Aquarium: Family Sleepovers
Saturday, July 7th, Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Spend the evening with our educators as they share fact and stories about our sea otters. We will also look into their history, how this keystone species went extinct in Canada, and how the species were reintroduced back in the 70’s. There is a late night snack and make sure to pack your sleeping bag as we bed down in one of our galleries that night. Breakfast is provided in the morning before we go out to the marine mammal deck to view our family of sea otters.
Saturday, July 14th, 10 am – 3 pm, Trout Lake Park, 3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
For the past three years, ElectroRecycle has organized a community celebration at Trout Lake dedicated to recycling. It’s a great chance to bring your family and friends out to enjoy the fun and games, and an even better chance to bring your broken and unwanted electrical products for recycling. We’re delighted to bring like-minded people together to celebrate the importance of sustainable living and building local connections. Plus recycle your small appliances and power tools for free right at the event!
Aldergrove Fair Days
July 20th – 22nd, Aldergrove Athletic Park, 26770 29th Avenue, Aldergrove
Come on down to the fair! From 4H animals to a tractor pull and from midway rides to a show and shine, there is a lot to see and do! Enjoy live music, great food and a wonderful atmosphere all weekend long.
Theatre, Plays & Shows
Bard on the Beach
June 6th – September 22nd, 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vanier Park, Vancouver
The BMO Mainstage will host a joyous new production of As You Like It, set in Vancouver and filled with Beatles music; it will alternate with a powerhouse classic production of Shakespeare’s epic drama Macbeth. On the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre there are two innovative new productions: Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, redefined with a female-dominated cast, and a Bard-commissioned new adaptation of the Greek classic Lysistrata, transposing its ancient, bawdy story to our time.
Circo Osorio Circus
July 5th – 9th, Coquitlam Centre, 2929 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam
July 12th – 15th, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 32900 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
August 2nd – 5th, Cottonwood Mall, 45585 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack
The Circus is coming! Time for a great time under the magical castle big top. This touring show hails from Las Vegas and features an all-new gravity-defying thrill performance!
Theatre Under the Stars
July 4th – August 18th, Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Each year TUTS produces two different musical shows that alternate performance nights throughout the summer. This years’ summer line-up includes Cinderella and 42nd Street. TUTS is the perfect way to get your kiddos hooked on theatre. We guarantee you’ll leave the show with a few new tunes to hum in your head and a kiddo who has newly found musical theatre aspirations.
Science World: The Science Of Pixar
May 19th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Take a peek into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of your most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar, presented locally by White Spot restaurants. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. With more than 40 interactive elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an insider’s look at the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams and come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL·E!
Vancouver Aquarium: Douglas Copeland’s Vortex
On now for a limited time, Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Experience acclaimed west coast artist Douglas Coupland’s Vortex – a new radical art installation. Step into Vortex, take an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and immerse yourself in the ocean plastic pollution crisis. Coupland’s exhibit will make you think about plastic – a seductive yet sinister material – in a relevant, contemplative, and transformative way. Vortex is a must-see exhibit on for a limited time only.
Vancouver Maritime Museum: St. Roch 90 Years of Adventure
On now until 2019, Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
In 1919, the Royal North West Mounted Police became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Questions about Canadian Sovereignty in the Arctic led the government to establish RCMP detachments on Ellesmere Island in 1920. Using chartered vessels, the RCMP opened Arctic detachments between 1920 and 1927. To best serve these outposts, the RCMP decided to build their own ship capable of travelling into and remaining in the Arctic. Thomas Halliday, a Vancouver-based naval architect, designed the ship and the federal government contracted the schooner’s construction to the Burrard Dry Dock Company of North Vancouver. Toward the end of construction, the RCMP named the ship St. Roch after a parish in the constituency of the Federal Minister of Justice. This exhibition celebrates the St. Roch’s 90th birthday with images and artifacts from the collection that have rarely been on display.
We hope this big giant list has inspired you and your family to get out and enjoy everything Metro Vancouver has to offer in July! Don’t forget to check out outdoor pools, water spray parks, and some of our favourite beach spots for families! For more great family fun make sure to join our mailing list to receive weekly Metro Vancouver events right in your inbox.
By: Michelle Hughes