16 fun and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver this week (July 8-12)

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Temperatures across Metro Vancouver will remain hot this week, and fortunately for you, there’s plenty happening to help you beat the heat.

From the Gastown Grand Prix to Evo Summer Cinema, here are 16 fun and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver this week.

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Things to do in Metro Vancouver this week

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

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

Richmond Night Market

About: Founded in 2002, the popular night market attracts over a million visitors a year with its delicious lineup of international cuisine, entertainment, and more!

Address: 8351 River Road, Richmond

Summer Movie Nights

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

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

Cypress Mountain Eagle Coaster

About: Departing from the top of Black Mountain, this captivating ride spans over 1700 meters and boasts an impressive vertical drop of 279 meters. Brace yourself for a gravity-fueled escapade that twists and turns, providing an adrenaline-pumping experience like no other.

Address: Cypress Mountain – 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
Date: June 8 to September 2, 2024
Time: Various time slots
Cost: Various prices

Vancouver Aquarium’s Monster of the Abyss

About: Discover Monsters of the Abyss, an all-new interactive exhibit where today’s most famous and feared aquatic predators clash with their prehistoric ancestors! Come face-to-face with some of the “monsters” still roaming today’s oceans, rivers, and lakes in new, extraordinary live habitats, and dare to get up close during daily expert-led Animal Talks.

Date: February 9 to September 2, 2024
Address: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Cost: $39.95 – $53.95

Gastown Grand Prix

Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix / Facebook

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


About: BC’s most iconic amusement park is set to open up this weekend for an exciting 2024 season full of tasty bites, thrilling rides, and entertainment.

Known for its exhilarating rides, midway games, unique attractions, and delicious food options, visitors are invited to ride their new launch coaster, ThunderVolt, for an electrifying experience like no other!

Date: Open select dates from May 18 to August 16, 2024
Address: Playland – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Time: Various times
Cost: Various prices

Big Splash Water Park

About: Big Splash Water Park in sunny Tsawwassen opens for the 2024 season on Saturday, June 29th! The water park features exhilarating rides like the Boomerango, a six-storey vertical drop, hot tubs and more!

Address: 4775 Nulelum Way, Tsawwassen
Date: June 29 to September 2, 2024
Time: 11am to 6pm
 Starting at $31

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

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach / Facebook

About: Experience high-quality performances in a stunning outdoor setting, offering a mix of classic and contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare’s works. This year’s lineup includes productions of “Twelfth Night,” “Hamlet,” “The Comedy of Errors,” and “Measure for Measure.”

Date: June 11 to September 21, 2024
Address: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
Time: Various times
Cost: Various prices

Theatre Under The Stars

About: Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) interweaves a kaleidoscope of elements – setting, scenery, concessions, and quality art – into a fun, encompassing experience much greater than the sum of its parts. Their productions are delivered by over 200 volunteers drawn from the community, requiring a broad variety of skills from board members to ushers to technical crew to cast and musicians.

Address: Malkin Bowl – 610 Pipeline Road
Date: July 5 to Aug 25, 2024
Time: 8pm
Admission: Various prices

Indian Summer Festival

About: Indian Summer Festival (ISF), Vancouver’s ‘festival for the curious mind’ marks its 14th edition with a 10-day artistic exploration that unravels the beauty of contradictions under the spellbinding theme of “PARADOX.” The festival showcases over 80 artists across a spectrum of arts, from live concerts to thought-provoking discussions and breathtaking visual arts displays.

Address: various locations across Vancouver
Date: July 4 to 14, 2024
Time: Various times
Admission: Various prices

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

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