Enjoy 8 Vancouver Festivals in July Instead of the Cottage

If you don’t currently own a cottage or know a friend that’s willing to invite you to theirs – or maybe you don’t even have friends (hey, I’m not judging) – then this is the list to cure your summer blues.

There’s no reason for leaving or vacationing when festivals are always taking place in the city of Vancouver. Europe? Overrated. Caribbean Island? Way too fucking hot. Camping? Bugs. You get my drift.

The best part is a lot of these events that are taking place in July are free or reasonably priced. So there’s no real excuse to not attend solo and scope out a couple new friends, preferably someone with a cottage so you never have to do this mission again.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 
Date: June 21 – July 01
Place: Various venues and spaces in the city
Price: More information
Time: 12pm – 9pm 

For more information on the Vancouver International Jazz Festival be sure to read about it here.  

Vancouver Summer Food Cart Fest 
Date: Every Sunday until September 22
Place: 215 West 1st between Olympic Village and Cambie Bridge
Price: $2
Time: 12 – 5pm 

For more information on the Vancouver Summer Food Cart Festival be sure to read all about it here

EPIC: The Vancouver Sustainable Living Expo 
Date: July 6 – 7
Place: Vandusen Botanical Garden at 5251 Oak St
Price: Day pass $10.50 - $18.90 / Weekend pass $18.90 – $33.60
Time: 10am – 9pm 

Khatsahlano! Music and Arts Festival 
Date: July 13
Place: 10 city blocks from Burrard to Macdonald
Price: Free
Time: 11am – 9pm 

For more information on the Khatsahlano! Music and Arts Festival be sure to read all about it here

Canada Cup of Beer 2013 
Date: July 13
Place: Swangard Stadium at 3883 Imperial Street
Price: $20
Time: 12pm – 6pm 

For more information on the Canada Cup of Beer 2013 be sure to read all about it here

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 
Date: July 19 – 21
Place: Jericho Beach Park at 1515 Discovery St
Price: Friday $40 - $50 / Saturday and Sunday $75 - $80 / Weekend Pass $135 - $165
Time: 5pm – 11pm 

For more information on the Vancouver Folk Music Festival be sure to read all about it here

Caribbean Days Festival 
Date: July 27 – 28
Place: Waterfront Park in North Vancouver
Price: Free
Time: 10am – 7pm 

Celebration of Light Fireworks 
Date: July 27, July 31 and August 3
Place: Beach Avenue at Burnaby
Price: Free
Time: 10pm

For more information on the Celebration of Light Fireworks be sure to read all about it here

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