July Free Events, 2016, Vancouver

Note:  Just added Free Drive-In Wed Movies, Lansdowne, to Ongoing Events.  Also added CBC Musical Nooners to Ongoing Events.

Remember to check back often for additions!  I’ve moved events that extend into the next month (eg. Burnaby Village Museum, Watershed Tours) to Ongoing Events, which follows this list.  Don’t forget to read Inexpensive Events section at the end.

Jun 30 – Jul 2  Ships to Shore Steveston, noon – 6 pm, tour ships docked at Britannia Shipyards and Imperial Landing:  http://shipstoshore.squarespace.com/home

Jul 1  Canada Day at Canada Place, Vancouver.  10 am – 6 pm Waterfront Party includes live music and entertainment on three stages, kids’ activities, street hockey, a circus show, special memories of Expo ’86, etc.  7 pm Parade begins at Georgia and Broughton.  10:30 pm Fireworks at Burrard Inlet: barges in Dundarave and Coal Harbour so fireworks not visible from English Bay and Spanish Banks.  View from northwest side of downtown, West Vancouver (seawall between Ambleside and Dundarave), & North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale).  http://www.canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day/

Jul 1  Canada Day in Surrey, 10 am – 10:30 pm, Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176 Street and 64 Avenue.  Billed as western Canada’s biggest Canada Day celebration.  Fireworks at 10:15 pm.  http://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/

Jul 1  Canada Day at Granville Island, Vancouver, 8 am – midnight.  Parade, live jazz, performers, South Asian cultural fair, etc.

Jul 1  Steveston Salmon Festival, 6:30 am – 5 pm.  6:30 am Pancake breakfast;  8:30 am Citizenship Ceremony; 10 am Parade with over 100 entries; Japanese Cultural Show, Craft Fair, Car Show, Trade Show, Horticultural Show, Art Show, Children’s and Youth Festivals, Martial Arts Demo, Food Fair, and $15 per plate of wild salmon fillets!  (Price subject to change.)  http://stevestonsalmonfest.ca/

Jul 1  Free Canada Day admission to Maritime Museum, 10 am – 5 pm, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver.  Family-friendly crafts/activities, stories of the Arctic with Inuit storyteller and children’s author Michael Kusugak:  http://vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/event/canada-day-vmm

Jul 4, Monday, Free Drive-In Movie, Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Grounds, 6050 176 St, Surrey.  Free but reservation recommended: http://www.miss604.com/2016/06/free-drive-in-movie-night-in-surrey-for-the-fountain-tire-open-road-cinema-tour.html

Jul 7 – 16  Indian Summer Festival  Paid and free events:  http://indiansummerfest.ca/Events/

Jul 7 – 17  Greek Summer Festival  http://vancouvergreeksummerfest.com/

Jul 9  Khatsahlano Street Party 11am-9pm, West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, between MacDonald and Burrard.  Vancouver’s largest free Arts & Music Festival: http://www.khatsahlano.com/

Jul 9  Unbeatable Golden Beet Tasting 9:30-12:00, then tour of UBC Farm.  Free, but donations welcome.  Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/unbeatable-golden-beet-tasting-tickets-25941621087

Jul 9  Community Day with Dragon Zone Paddling Club, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver.  Free coaching and paddling on kayak, dragon boats and standup paddle boarding. Reservations recommended by calling 604-616-7453 or email info@creeksidekayak.ca http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/paddling-dragon-zone-club-community-day

Jul 9 – 10  Carnaval del Sol, Concord Pacific Place 9am-10pm, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver:  http://www.carnavaldelsol.ca/about-carnaval-del-sol/

Jul 9 – 10  Thai Festival, 10:30am-8pm, Vancouver Art Gallery (North Plaza): http://www.thaiconsulatevancouver.ca/event/thai-festival/

Jul 10 VSO’s Symphony in the Park, 7-9pm, Deer Lake Park, Burnaby:  https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Festivals-and-Events/Symphony-in-the-Park.html

Jul 10 and 17, Aug 14 and 21  Dancing in the Street, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, Vancouver.  Free swing dance lessons from 1-2:30pm with Swing Rhythm Productions.  Swinging social dance from 2:30-4:00pm.  Live music by local artists:  http://www.vanswingsociety.ca/

Jul 10, Jul 24, Aug 14, Aug 28, Sep 11  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Jul 11   7-11’s Birthday!  11am-7pm, free small Slurpee to the first 1500 customers:  http://www.slurpee.ca/fifty-summers-of-slurpee/

Jul 13  Gastown Grand Prix  Youth race at 5:30 pm, opening ceremonies at 5:55 pm, women’s race at 6:15 pm, men’s race at 7:30 pm:  http://www.globalrelayggp.org/

Jul 14  Bastille Day Festival, 11am-8pm, Roundhouse, Vancouver.  For schedule, click on Edition 2016 for Program.  8pm-midnight party requires paid ticket.   http://www.bastilledayfestival.ca/

Jul 15  Outdoor Movie, L’Arbitro, at Q.E. Theatre Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver.  Free presentation by Italian Cultural Centre and Civic Theatres of Vancouver. 7:00pm: entertainment, music, and food trucks.  Movie begins at sunset.  http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2016/07/08/outdoor-movie-larbitro/?platform=hootsuite

Jul 15 & Aug 19  Il Mercato Italian Market, 4-8pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver:  http://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-night-market/

Jul 16  Canada’s Parks Day  For events in the Lower Mainland:  http://www.metrovancouver.org/parksday

Jul 16  Art Mart 9:30am – 4:30pm, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza.  Artists and artisans sell their works of art while demonstrating how to make them:  https://www.facebook.com/events/230014317351300/

Jul 16  Marpole Summerfest, 11 am – 3 pm, Granville Street between 63rd & 71st Avenues:  http://www.marpoleonline.com/summerfest/entertainment.php

Jul 16 – Aug 27  Saturdays, Cates Park Concert Series, Deep Cove, 4 pm:  http://www.musart.ca/index.php/cates-park

Jul 17  Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show, 10am-3pm, Edmonds Street from Canada Way to Kingsway:  https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Calendar-of-Events/Edmonds-City-Fair—Classic-Car-Show_s_p2959.html?EventMode=View&EventOccurrence=0

Jul 23  Fiji Festival, 10 am – 7 pm, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby: https://www.evensi.ca/fiji-festival-2015-sat-july-232016-swangard-stadium/175300026

Jul 23, 27, and 30  Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival 10 pm, English Bay.  Jul 23: Netherlands; Jul 27: Australia; Jul 30: USA (Disney!).  http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Jul 23 -24  Coquitlam Kaleidoscope Festival, Town Centre Park. Sat: 12-10pm; Sun: 10am-8pm.  Celebrating 125 years of culture and arts: create, explore, dance, eat:  http://www.coquitlam125.ca/kaleidoscope

Jul 23 – 24 Caribbean Days, Waterfront Park, North Van, next to Lonsdale Quay: http://www.caribbeandays.ca/

Jul 23 – 24  Surrey Fusion Festival, Holland Park, 11am – 10pm.  Winner of an international award for Best Festival:  http://www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival/53.aspx

Jul 29 -31 Whiterock Sea Festival  http://www.whiterockseafestival.com/

Jul 29 – Aug 1  Steamroller Big Print Project, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Plaza, 578 Carrall St., VancouvGiant Woodprintinger.  A team of  12 Chinese Canadian and First Nations artists will demonstrate the art of large‐scale woodcut printing using a steamroller as a press. “The artists will carve the blocks, and the suite of unique 4’ X 8’ woodprints on cloth and on paper will be displayed on‐site.” http://www.creativeculturalcollaborations.com/big-print-project-dr-sun-yat-sen-plaza-july-29-30-31-aug-1-2016

Jul 29 – Aug 7  Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver:  http://harmonyarts.ca/

Jul 30 Vancouver Street Dance Festival 11am-8pm, Robson Square.  Live music, D.J.s, dance battles:  http://www.vanstreetdancefest.com/

Jul 30-31  Powell Street Japanese Festival, 11:30-7, Oppenheimer Park area, Vancouver.  http://www.powellstreetfestival.com/

Jul 30 – Aug 1  Tsawwassen Sun Festival, Winskill Park, Tsawwassen:  http://www.sunfestival.ca/

Jul 31  Vancouver Pride Parade (noon) and Festival (11 am start at Sunset Beach), West End: http://www.vancouverpride.ca/

Ongoing Events:

Free Wed Drive-In Movies at Lansdowne Mall, Sunset, Jul-Aug Schedule:  http://lansdowne-centre.com/dinner-drive-movie-series/

to Aug 15, Mondays: Scottish Dancing in Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by Second Beach, 7-9pm (cancelled at 5pm if wet).  Beginners welcome!  Look for bleachers and red fire engine.  To see which Scottish dancing club will be leading/teaching:  http://www.rscdsvancouver.org/dancing-in-vancouver/dancing-in-the-park/

to Aug 16, Tuesdays: Vancouver International Folk Dancers, Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by Second Beach. Request dancing 7-7:30pm, teaching 7:30-9:30pm for all ages, all skill levels: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/vifd/

to Aug 19, Mon – Fri, CBC Musical Nooners, CBC Broadcast Centre, 700 Hamilton St between Georgia and Robson.  Free concert series from 12-1pm.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/events/musical-nooners-are-back-for-a-7th-year-1.3620227

to Aug 20 Kitsilano Showboat, 7 pm,  2300 Cornwall at Kits Beach, Vancouver.  Free live performance theatre Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat:  http://www.kitsilanoshowboat.com/

to Aug 23, Tuesdays, Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park,  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/free-outdoor-movies-vancouver-2016-stanley-park

to Aug 26, Fridays, YVR Takeoff Fridays 9 am-3 pm  Entertainment, music, food specials, caricaturist, Paper Airplane Folding Zone to win prizes, etc. If driving, pick up a voucher from any Customer Information Counter to receive 5 hours of parking for $5.  11 am, in front of The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe for free one-hour art and architecture walking tour. For rest of schedule: http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/promotions/yvr-take-off-fridays

to Aug 28  Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square.  Free lessons at 3pm followed by free performances at 5pm:  http://www.sundayafternoonsalsa.com/

to Sep 2  Fridays, Dancing at Robson Square 7:30 – 11:30 pm, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver.  Free dancing, lessons, and performances:  http://www.dancesportbc.com/about/robsonsquare/

to Sep  Capilano and Coquitlam Watershed Tours, Thurs to Sun:  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/watershed-tours/Pages/default.aspx

to Sep 5 Burnaby Village Museum, free:  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html

Free Daily Yoga, 10-11:15 am & 6-7:15 pm, until fall at Dude Chilling Park, 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver: https://www.facebook.com/dudechillingyoga/timeline

Free BC Campsites:   http://www.bcmag.ca/50_Free_Campsites_in_British_Columbia?

10 free campsites on northern part of Vancouver Island:  http://www.bcmag.ca/10_Campsites_on_Vancouver_Island_that_wont_Break_the_Bank

Kids Bowl Free:   http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/canada.php

Vancouver Farmers Markets: http://eatlocal.org/markets/

Metro Vancouver Farmers Markets: http://vancouver.foundlocally.com/Shopping/Sh-FarmersMarkets.htm

Night Markets: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/04/metro-vancouver-night-markets-2016/?utm_source=Vancity+Buzz+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d9c6109f28-VCB_042816&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_117f3ac428-d9c6109f28-93567637

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites  http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

to Oct 15 Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walking Tours Fri/Sat 10 am $15  For more info or to register: 604-264-9642  www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org

to  Jul 5  Tuesdays, Yoga with Caleigh Ferguson at Stanley Park (lawn outside Annex Building), 5:30-6:30pm.  Suggested donation of $5:  http://stanleypark.org/event/yoga-stanley-park-0

Jul 8 – 29 Music at the Cannery.  Suggested $5 donation:  http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.org/events/music-at-the-cannery

Jul 15 – 17  Aldergrove Fair Days, Aldergrove Athletic Park and the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre – 26770 29 Avenue, Langley.  Admission by donation.  Theme: Garden Party. Annual fair for over 100 years!  Performers: Chilliwack, Van Halen Tribute, and AC/DC Tribute:  http://aldergrovefair.ca/

to July 31, Tim Horton has a special, but a coupon is required:  http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/promos/bbq-steak-coupon.php
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