15+ free and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver this July

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You don’t need to a lot of money in order to have fun across Metro Vancouver this July.

From the Celebration of Light fireworks to the Sober Hike Rave, here are 15 free and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver this July.

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Free and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver this July

Honda Celebration of Light

Celebration of Light

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About: Originally named the “Symphony of Fire”, the Honda Celebration of Light is recognized as the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. This year’s participating countries are Portugal (Saturday, July 20), Malaysia (Wednesday, July 24), and the United Kingdom (Saturday, July 27).

Address: English Bay, Vancouver
Date: July 20, July 24, and July 27
Time: 10pm
Cost: FREE

White Rock Night Market

About: Put on by the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival, Total Event Co., and BC Shop Local, the White Rock Night Market invites people to come out to the White Rock Promenade to enjoy live music, food trucks and more!

Address: White Rock Promenade – Memorial Park, White Rock
Date: Last Friday of each month until September 27
Time: 3pm to 10pm
Admission: FREE entry

Shipyards Night Market

About: The Shipyards Night Market takes place every Friday from May 10th to September 13th, 2024. With a fun and vibrant atmosphere, attendees will come across a beer garden, food trucks, plenty of live performances, and an artisan market.

Date: May 10 to September 13, 2024
Address: The Shipyards – 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: FREE entry

Surrey Fusion Festival

About: Surrey Fusion Festival is the ultimate celebration of food, music and culture. Festival organizers are proud to work with communities representing different ethnicities and cultures from around the world, and honour the traditions and history that they share with attendees. The 2-day festival will have over 50+ food vendors.

Address: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Date: July 20 and 21, 2024
Time: 11am to 10pm
Admission: FREE

Evo Summer Cinema Series

Evo Summer Cinema Series

Photo: Outdoor Movies BC

About: You can once again enjoy free outdoor movies in Stanley Park beginning July 9th. The movie lineup for the Evo Summer Cinema Series has been announced and you can even help choose one of the movies that will play!

Every Tuesday from July 9th to August 27th, head down to the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach to enjoy watching your favourite films on a massive 40 ft. screen under the stunning night sky.

Address: 8502 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Date: Every Tuesday from July 9 to August 27, 2024
Time: Sunset
Admission: FREE

Summer Movie Nights

About: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery) will once again be the spot to watch free outdoor movies in downtown Vancouver this summer.

The movies will play every Thursday from July 4th to August 15th and are organized by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA).

Address: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Date: Thursdays from July 4 to August 15, 2024
Time: Sundown
Admission: FREE entry

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

About: Presented by Dancey Events and Baza Dance Studios, lessons take place every Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 7pm beginning July 14 and concluding August 18.

Address: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Date: July 14 to August 18, 2024
Time: 3pm to 7pm
Admission: FREE

Greek Summerfest

About: This is a culinary and cultural event you can’t miss! This year’s community fundraiser brings back stage entertainment featuring local bands and cultural performances. Celebrate great Greek food with Vancouver’s expansive and diverse community! Indulge in all your favourites: loukoumades (Greek donuts), souvlaki, BBQ lamb, spanakopita, take a piece of Greece home with you.

Address: St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church – 4641 Boundary Road, Vancouver
Date: July 4 to 14, 2024
Time: Various times
Admission: FREE

Fridays on Front

Fridays on Front

Photo: Downtown New Westminster

About: Summer calls for outdoor street parties and one of Metro Vancouver’s biggest celebrations returns this July. Fridays on Front, a series of weekly block parties located on Front Street Mews in Downtown New Westminster, is back starting Friday, July 12th.

The street parties run every Friday from July 12 to 26, and again from August 9 to 23. The festivities take place from 5pm to 9pm each evening. Organizers are planning a bunch exciting themes like Bollywood, Retro, Pride, Latin, and Video Games night!

Address: Front Street Mews, New Westminster
Date: Fridays from July 12 to 26, and August 9 to 23
Time: 5pm to 9pm
Admission: FREE

Junction Public Market

About: Junction Public Market is downtown Vancouver’s newest shopping and entertainment destination. Junction Public Market is a unique marketplace created with customized shipping containers featuring rotating pop-ups, local artisans, food vendors, a bar and a live entertainment space.

Address: Granville Square – 200 Granville Street, Vancouver
Date: Tuesdays to Sundays beginning June 28
Time: 11am to 7pm
Admission: FREE

Farmers Market at the Quay

About: Come out to The Quay every Wednesday afternoon for rotating food vendors, local goods, live music and so much more!

Address: The Quay – 123 Cates Court, North Vancouver
Date: Every Wednesday until October 9, 2024
Time: 3pm to 7pm
Admission: FREE entry

Boundary Bay Airshow

About: The annual Boundary Bay Airshow, presented by the City of Delta and Alpha Aviation, is taking place on Saturday, July 13th at the Boundary Bay Airport.

The 2024 event will feature the Northern Stars Aeroteam, The Erickson Aircraft Collection, a family zone and more!

Address: Boundary Bay Airport – 7800 Alpha Way, Delta
Date: July 13, 2024
Time: 11am
Admission: FREE entry

Sober Hike Rave

hike rave

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About: The Party Scientist is hosting the 5th annual Summer Hike Rave on Friday, July 12th at a location that is being kept a secret until the day of the event.

The event combines nature, dancing, and games in a fun environment for everyone to enjoy!

Address: TBD

Date: July 12, 2024
Time: 8pm
Admission: FREE

Gastown Grand Prix

About: One of North America’s most historic and prestigious road cycling events returns to Vancouver this week on Wednesday, July 10. Come and see the best male and female road cyclists in North America and from around the world compete in the heart of historic Gastown!

Date: July 10, 2024
Address: Various streets throughout Gastown
Time: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Cost: FREE

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

About: The 22nd Vancouver Chinatown Festival takes place this year on July 13 and 14. The 2-day event features live performances, lion dance performances, food trucks, and much more!

Address: Columbia Street and Keefer Street, Vancouver
Date: July 13 and 14, 2024
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: FREE entry

The Vegan Night Market

About: Vancouver’s Vegan Night Market returns every other Thursday to Locarno Beach. The Vegan Night Market showcases over 45 businesses, ranging from food trucks to exclusive restaurant pop-ups

Address: Locarno Beach, Vancouver
Date: Every other Thursday until August 29, 2024
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Admission: FREE

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