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July Guide: Top 17 Events Happening This Month in Vancouver

Published Jun 21, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

School is out and the sun is shining! July has lots of great events happening here in Vancouver. Check out ChatterBlock's amazing list below of all the best events the city has to offer!

Take part in all of the great Canada Day celebrations, stroll Car Free Day Commercial Drive, and watch movies under the stars! There is tons to do this month in Vancouver. Here are our top picks for all family events in July!

Celebrate Canada Day at These Festive Events:

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1. North Van Canada Day Parade - Parade starts at 10 a.m. from West Grand Boulevard and 13th Street and heads west to Lonsdale.

2. Canada Day at Canada Place - This award-winning event, presented by the Port of Vancouver, is the largest Canada Day celebration outside our nation’s capital.

3. Steveston Village Salmon Festival - 50+ performances on 9 stages, a car show, a salmon BBQ, over 30 food trucks, and a fireworks finale.

4. Vancouver Canada Day Parade - This large and colourful Canada Day Parade takes place in the evening through downtown Vancouver.

5. Canada Day on Granville Island -  A Granville Island community tradition: Around every corner you’ll find live entertainment, family activities, art and mouth watering food.

6. Canada Day at Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre - Headliner Our Lady Peace also featuring Bif Naked! Don’t forget to stay for the fireworks, starting at 10:30pm.

7. Red and White Picnic - Bring your own food or enjoy treats from the onsite food vendors. There is a 2pm citizenship ceremony. Enjoy live entertainment and a firework finale.

8. The Hyack Festival on Canada Day - Come early to secure your spot on the boardwalk for this exciting event.

9. Canada Day at Swangard Stadium - Gates for this free, family friendly event open at 5pm, concert at 6:30pm, ending with the fireworks grand finale at dusk.

10. Fresh Air Friday's

It’s time again for Fresh Air Friday’s at Highstreet! Check out Central Plaza - they will have lots of fun activities for you and the whole family.

There will be ping pong, mini games, chalk and music by DJ Kent. Also enjoy a 25% discount on all Take-Out orders from Famoso every Fresh Air Friday.

Where: Central City Plaza
When: Friday's between July 5 – August 23 from 6PM – 8PM.

11. Outdoor Movies Under the Stars

Check out our blog put together by the local ChatterBlock staff that showcases all of the outdoor movies this summer. There are lots on the list for July! Grab some popcorn and a blanket and catch your favourite blockbusters under the stars.

Various times and locations around the city

12. Carnaval del Sol

Carnaval del Sol, recreates the atmosphere of a vibrant city plaza in Latin America. The arts showcased during this event include live musical bands, Native Canadian and Latin American visual art, traditional folk dances from different countries, arts and crafts displays, dancing and culinary lessons and a Latin American inspired fashion show.

Where: Concord Pacific Place
When: July 6 from 10am to 10pm

13. Khatsahlano Street Party

Save the date and come and have some family friendly fun, eat, shop, enjoy art, play and be merry.

The Khatsahlano Street Party is a giant music and arts festival that takes place on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver’s Kitsilano district.

Where: West 4th Ave
When: July 6 from 11am to 9pm

14. Commercial Drive Car Free Day 2019

The 15th Annual Car Free Day Commercial Drive Festival is gearing up for an amazing community celebration.

Spanning Grandview to Venables, the 15 block long fest will feature 12 Stages and Performance tents with amazing local artists, dancers, and performers, two Family Fun Zones, Roller Boogie, free yoga, a Healing Garden, over 300 amazing local artisans, vendors & community groups, and delicious food straight from the Drive. There will be tonnes of activities for all ages!

Where: Commercial Drive BIA
When: July 7 all day

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15. Fun City Festival

Fun City Festival is a whole weekend of non-stop family fun! This festival is a free two day family-friendly community celebration happening on August 13 & 14, 2019. We're transforming Lower Lonsdale into a pedestrian and slider zone filled with live music and entertainment, local artisans, street performers, a kids' zone, teen zone with a climbing wall, a bevvy garden and the amazing 1,000 foot water slide.

Where: Lonsdale Avenue
When: July 13 from 10am to 6pm

16. Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a Canadian cultural institution. It is a unique community-based celebration internationally renowned for presenting the finest traditional and contemporary folk and roots music from around the world. Now in its 42nd year, the Festival continues to be one of the city’s most beloved, enjoyed, and respected events. 

Where: Jericho Park
When: July 19-21

17. Caribbean Days Festival

This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar. With tens of thousands of attendees, it is possibly the largest cultural event of its type in BC!

Where: Waterfront Park
When: July 27 from 12pm - 5pm

We hope you find some great activities to experience this July in Vancouver. For a complete list of all events happening for your family to enjoy, click here

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