July 2017 Free Vancouver Area Events

Keep an eye out for all the aboriginal murals going up all around town as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.  Don’t forget to check back often for updates.  If you know of an event happening that’s not listed, please free feel to let me know!

to  Jul 2  TD Jazz Festival Free and paid events  http://www.coastaljazz.ca/event_listings

to July 1  Kanata Festival, Larwill Park, Vancouver  Free indigenous entertainment and activities.  http://do604.com/kanatafestival/

Jul 1 & 2 Canada Day at Canada Place.  Fireworks 10:30 pm Sat.   http://www.canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day/

Jul 1 Canada Day in Surrey, Bill Reid Millenium Ampitheatre.   http://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/

Jul 1 More Canada Day festivities:  http://bc.ctvnews.ca/canada-day-2017-guide-to-july-1-celebrations-in-b-c-s-lower-mainland-1.3472548

Jul 6 – 16  Greek Summer Festival, 4641 Boundary Road. Smaller scale than Greek Day on Broadway.    http://vancouvergreeksummerfest.com/

Jul 7 – 15  Indian Summer Festival. Free and paid events:  https://www.indiansummerfest.ca/events/

Jul 8  Khatsahlano Street Party, 4th Ave from Burrard to MacDonald, 11 am – 9 pm.  http://www.khatsahlano.com/

Jul 8  Community Paddling Days with Dragon Zone Paddling Club & Creekside Kayaks, 12:30-3:30 pm, Creekside Community Centre, # 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver.  Try your hand at dragon boating and kayaking for free.  Registration required.  http://dragonzone.ca/community/

Jul 8  First Annual Everything Marpole 11 am – 2 pm, 8555 Granville.  http://www.marpoleonline.com/everything-marpole/

Jul 8 – 9  Carnaval del Sol, Concord Pacific Place 9am-10pm, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver:  http://www.carnavaldelsol.ca/about-carnaval-del-sol/

Jul 9  Commercial Drive Car Free Day 12 – 7 pm, Venables to Grandview:  http://www.carfreevancouver.org/commercial-drive

Jul 9, Jul 23, Aug 13, Aug 27, Sep 10  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Jul 9 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 12  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 12-15  Pulling Together Canoe Journey 11 am – 3 pm.  Witness a traditional landing of up to 30 canoes starting from Sechelt to Horseshoe Bay, Ambleside Park & Vanier Park.  https://pullingtogether.ca/

Jul 13, 15 & 20  Free Learn to Camp Workshops with Stanley Park Ecological Society and Parks Canada, 10 am – noon and 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Registration required:  http://stanleyparkecology.ca/events/

Jul 14  Bastille Day Festival, 11am-8pm, Roundhouse, Vancouver.  For schedule, click on Edition 2017.  Free except for 8pm-midnight party which requires paid ticket.  http://www.bastilledayfestival.ca/

Jul 15  ElectraFest 10 am – 4 pm, Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd (& Carrall St).  Learn about and test drive electric vehicles!  Visit marketplace of clean tech & sustainability companies; kids’ activities like solar car competition & 3-D souvenir bracelet printing.  https://veva.ca/electrafest-2017/

Jul 15  Fiji Festival, 10 am – 7 pm, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby: http://www.tourismburnaby.com/events/event/fiji-festival/

Jul 16, Aug 5, 20 and 27  Dancing in the Street, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, Vancouver.  Free live jazz music and swing dance lessons.  http://www.vanswingsociety.ca/dancing-in-the-street

Jul 16  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 21, Aug 18, Nov 24  Il Mercato Italian Market, 5 – 9 pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver:  https://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-market/

Jul 21 – 23  Bike to Shop Day at various locations in Lower Mainland. Free registration:  https://bikehub.ca/biketoshop

Jul 22  A&W Free Root Beer Day from open till close:  http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/aw-canada-declares-saturday-july-22-2017-free-root-beer-day-634939423.html

Jul 22 – 23  Thai Festival, 10:30am-8pm, Vancouver Art Gallery (North Plaza):  http://www.thaiconsulatevancouver.ca/the-4th-thai-festival/

Jul 22 – 23  Surrey Fusion Festival, Holland Park, 11am – 10pm.  Winner of an international award for Best Festival:  http://www.surreyfusionfestival.ca/festival-info

Jul 22 – 30 The Drum is Calling Festival, Larwill Park, Vancouver.  Next to Q.E. Theatre. “A First Nations festival that will include performances and a village of life-size housing structures from different First Nations.” https://canada150plus.ca/drum-is-calling-festival.html

Jul 23, Aug 13, Aug 27, Sep 10  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Jul 27  Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, 7-9pm, Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place.  Free live symphony performance!  http://pci-group.com/vmo-performance/

Jul 27 – Aug 31, Thurs, Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place, North Point.  https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/waterfront-cinema/

Jul 29  Honda Celebration of Light: Japan’s Fireworks 10 pm.  Live entertainment starts at 4 pm.  http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/explore

Jul 29 – 30  Caribbean Days, Waterfront Park, North Van, next to Lonsdale Quay. Parade starts at 10 am, Sat: http://www.caribbeandays.ca/

Ongoing Free Events:

Register your kids (15 yrs and younger) for free bowling all summer long.  Two free games per day per child at participating bowling allies, usually July to early Sep: https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/

All Parks Canada sites, not provincial ones, offer free admission in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation eg. Fort Langley, Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  Note: you don’t actually need to get the pass to receive free admission. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission

to Aug 14 (Mondays except for Jul 31) Dancing in Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by 2nd Beach, 7-9 pm (cancelled at 5pm if wet).  Beginners welcome!  Look for bleachers and red fire engine.  To see which Scottish dancing club will be leading/teaching: https://rscdsvancouver.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/DITP-2017-web-poster.pdf

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 Sep 2 (Fri-Sun)  Dance In Transit by Sam’s Dance. Free outdoor dancing downtown in various venues–Robson Square, Jim Deva Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, and Plaza of Nations–in the afternoon or evening.  For schedule:  http://samsdanceschoolvancouver.com/2017/03/10/dance-transit-2-2/
to Sep 4  Burnaby Village Museum, free admission:  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html
Bill Reid Gallery, first Friday of the month, 2-5pm, free admission thanks to partnership of Vancouver Airport.  SFU students are always free with student card.  http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/GalleryHoursTicketPrices.php
to Sep 29 (Fridays)  North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market, 5 – 10 pm, Shipyard Plaza, 138 Victory Ship Way.  Admission always free.  http://www.northshoregreenmarkets.com/shipyards.html   
to Sep 24   Interrupted, Cambie Street Bridge.  As part of Canada 150 celebrations, nearly one km of the underspan of Cambie Street Bridge will be transformed into a canvas to immerse the onlooker in a 30-min dramatic spectacle of the migration of the wild Pacific salmon:  http://www.uninterrupted.ca/
Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events each Sat in July:  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

Hiking trails  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/spring-hikes-metro-vancouver-fraser-valley-sea-to-sky

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Star gazing by donation Fri, Sat 8 pm – midnight, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

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

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation ($5 posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

BC Sports Hall of Fame  1/2 Price Admission “Be sure to save that ticket stub for all BC Place events, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks games! Show it at the front desk for 1/2 price admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame valid 2 weeks before or after the game day.” http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/visit/admission/

to Sep 23  Sea to Sky Gondola–Half Price Sunset Saturdays  Only valid for individual tickets purchased at the ticket window from 5:00pm onwards every Saturday until September 23, 2017. https://www.seatoskygondola.com/sunset-saturday-discount?

to Sep 10 (Weekends)  Illumination Summer Night Market, 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun 7–11pm. Enjoy the numerous lanterns, light displays, + 17′ tall lit Eiffel Tower!  https://www.summernightmarket.com/

to Oct 9 (Weekends)  Richmond Night Market, 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun/Holidays 7–11pm. $3.75/adult, kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.  Kids will enjoy the Dino Park!  http://richmondnightmarket.com/

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