Free Events in Vancouver for People "In Between" Jobs

The last thing you want to do during summer is work.

Live would be better if it meant waking up at noon, slipping on zero pants and wasting the afternoon away drinking a box of wine. I feel you – in fact, I live and breathe that fantasy. However, no work means no pay and then what? Bum off friends? No you jerk. Take advantage of the million (more like 14) free events taking place in Vancouver for the month of July. No one said it was going to be easy but you’re also not working. So you know, there's that.

Street Events

You pay for what you get and since you’re not paying for anything these events aren’t going to change your life. That’s the first thing you need to realize and remember. Moving along, Viva Vancouver is back to transform the city streets into “unique and interesting public spaces.” Whatever man, it’s free. 

Street Hockey with Five Hole for Food
Date: July 20
Place: 800 Granville St.
Time: 10am – 7pm

Street ball hockey games on Granville St. 

VIVA Vancouver Skate Free Competition
Date: July 21
Place: 800 Granville St.
Time: 12pm – 5pm 

A friendly skateboard competition also taking place on Granville St. 

Afro-Brazilian Street Party
Date: July 28
Place: 800 Granville St.
Time: 11am – 9pm  

It's exactly what it sounds like. Expect lots of percussion music, dancing, costumes, and a full-production sambe finale. 

Music Concerts and Festivals

Khatsahlano Music & Arts Festival 
Date: July 13
Place: West 4th Avenue from Burrard to Macdonald
Time: 11am – 9pm 

For more information about the Khatsahlano Music & Arts Festival be sure to read all about it here.

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

For more information about the Caribbean Days Festival be sure to read all about it here. 

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

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

Movies in the Park

Throughout the summer (until the second week of September) the Outdoor Movie Company (FreshAirCinema) is partnering with organizations across BC to offer free outdoor movie nights.

The list of movies below is for the month of July and each one is to be projected onto three-story inflatable movie screens. Be sure to bring a blanket/lawn chair/cuddle buddy/snacks etc. to enjoy guilty pleasure flicks. 

Fore more information make sure to visit the official Facebook page

The Neverending Story 
Date: July 9
Place: Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow
Time: Dusk (around 830pm – 930pm)

Enter the Dragon 
Date: July 13
Place: Chinatown Night Market at 140 – 170 Keefer Street
Time: Approx. 930pm

 

Clueless 
Date: July 16
Place: Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow
Time: Dusk (around 830pm – 930pm)

The Breakfast Club 
Date: July 23
Place: Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow
Time: Dusk (around 830pm – 930pm)

Mamma Mia 
Date: July 30
Place: Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow
Time: Dusk (around 830pm – 930pm)

Summer Night Markets

The seasonal night markets in Richmond and Chinatown are amongst the most beloved summer events. The Richmond Night Market actually has a $2 fee but that’s close enough to nothing. 

These markets (especially in Chinatown) feature a mix of live entertainment, classic movie screenings, ping-pong tournaments, vendors, food, and more festivities to enjoy.

Vancouver Chinatown Night Market
Date: Every Friday – Sunday until September 8
Place: 140 – 170 Keefer Street between Main & Columbia
Time: 6pm – 11pm

Richmond Night Market
Date: Every Friday – Sunday until October 14
Place: 8351 River Rd
Time: Friday – Saturday: 7pm – 12am
Sunday: 6pm – 11pm

International Summer Night Market
Date: Every Friday – Sunday until September 8
Place: 12631 Vulcan Way
Time: Friday – Saturday: 7pm – 12 am
Sunday: 7pm – 11pm

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