39 fun and fantastic things to do in Vancouver in July

Please note: As ordered by health officials, non-essential travel between regions in BC is not permitted at this time. Currently, indoor gatherings of up to five visitors or one other household are allowed. Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are also permitted, but use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing. Please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask or face-covering in public indoor. If you are sick, please stay home.

Summer is in full swing, so make the most of it with these great events all over Vancouver in July!

From TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival to 2021 VanPrideFest, Eagle Coaster and more, here are 39 fun things to do in Vancouver this month.

Things to do in July

35th Annual TD Vancouver Jazz Festival

DJ Kookum and Sierra Photo by Rebecca Blissett and Jon Benjamin

DJ Kookum and Sierra (Rebecca Blissett and Jon Benjamin/Submitted)

What: The 35th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is presenting over 100 events – virtual and small in-person audiences – from June 25 to July 4. This year’s lineup includes artists from Vancouver and BC as well as international stars streaming from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, and Paris. There will also be free online workshops, club performances, and a continued partnership with North Shore Jazz. All streams are available to watch until midnight on July 6, 2021.

When: Now until July 4, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Virtual and limited in-person attendance
Cost: Free and ticketed events, purchase online

Who We Are Indigenous Film Series

What: The Vancouver International Film Festival and Museum of Vancouver commemorate Indigenous History Month with the Who We Are film series, with five films selected by Indigenous Curators: Rylan Friday, Jasmine Wilson and Sharon Fortney. The event celebrates Indigenous voices in cinema, showcases unique stories from First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Maori filmmakers, and shows the depth and complexity of Indigeneity around the world. In the spirit of reconciliation, the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Museum of Vancouver are offering this curation free to anyone self-identifying as Indigenous.

When: Now until July 4, 2021
Time: Streams are available to watch until 11:59 pm on July 4
Where: Virtual
Cost: Various, purchase online. Free to anyone self-identifying as Indigenous.

Canada Day at Home presented by Steveston Salmon Festival

What: Steveston Salmon Festival presents Canada Day at Home, with opportunities for the whole family to take part. The event begins with a digital parade streaming from the City of Richmond YouTube channel and the Steveston Salmon Festival homepage at 10 am. Other events during the day include a Japanese Cultural Show, a special presentation about the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, and a virtual mainstage with local artists performing.

When: July 1, 2021
Time: Starts at 10 am
Where: Virtual
Cost: Free

Paint In The Park Vancouver

What: Paint in the Park is a beginner-friendly painting workshop hosted by Art From The Heart. The two-hour outdoor interactive workshop takes place rain or shine and will have an instructor guiding guests through recreating a painting. The COVID-safe and socially distant atmosphere will be set with music, interactive installations and outdoor decor. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

When: July 13 and August 10, 2021
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park – Location to be emailed to participants
Cost: $50, register Online

Cool off at Cultus Lake Waterpark

Cultus Lake Waterpark/Facebook

What: The biggest waterpark in British Columbia is set to reopen on June 24. A mere 90-minute drive from Vancouver, Cultus Lake Waterpark will start welcoming guests for the 2021 season. With numerous waterslides, several splash pads, a lazy river, and even hot tubs, the park is the perfect way to slip into summer.

In accordance with public health measures, visitors will be required to wear a face-covering while inside the park, except when they are in pools, on slides, or in other water attractions. Cultus Lake has reduced its capacity to allow for safe social distancing, and groups entering the facility will be limited to small social units. The park has implemented a number of COVID-19 safety measures, including placing hand-sanitizing stations and physical-distancing markers throughout the park. As well, water towers and waiting areas have been equipped with protective barriers, and high-traffic areas will be constantly cleaned.

When: Now until September 6, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Cultus Lake Waterpark – 4150 Columbia Valley Hwy, Cultus Lake
Cost: Starting at $21, buy online

Wings and Wizards

What: Wings and Wizards is an immersive, family-friendly exhibit that will span over 7,000 sq ft inside BC Place. Produced by SHINE Experiences, the touch-free exhibition is a mystical adventure that involves both a wizard’s academy and an enchanted forest. The event is self-guided, using tools such as motion tracking, proximity-based devices, lights, projections, props, and soundscapes. The key to the entire experience, according to organizers, is a trusty magic wand that visitors will use to “cast spells, solve riddles, and move through space and time.”

When: Now until September 2021
Time: Monday to Friday from 1 to 9:15 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 9:15 pm
Where: BC Place (Gate A) – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: Prices start at $65, purchase online

Interior Infinite at The Polygon Gallery

What: Interior Infinite at The Polygon Gallery showcases an international group of artists and their works in photography, video, performance, and sculpture. The exhibition mainly features portraiture, with a focus on self-portraiture, with an exploration of costume and masquerade as strategies for showing, rather than hiding, identities.

When: Now until September 2, 2021
Time: Wednesday, 10 am–5 pm; Thursday, 10 am–8 pm; Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Where: The Polygon Gallery — 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: By donation

Enjoy your favourite rides at Playland



What: Playland will begin welcoming guests from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley starting Friday, June 11. Attractions such as AtmosFear, The Beast, Breakdance, Enterprise, Gladiator, Hell’s Gate, and the Wooden Roller Coaster will be operational, as will a number of children’s and family-friendly rides.

The park says that it will be operating with a number of health and safety measures in place. Visitor capacity has been reduced and tickets must be purchased in advance for specific entry. Cash will also not be accepted on the premises. In addition to enhanced cleaning procedures and sanitization, mask-wearing will be required while lining up and on rides — they’re also recommended throughout the rest of the park. Naturally, guests are asked to stay home if they’re sick.

When: Thursdays to Sundays until August 20, September 10 and 11, 2021
Time: 11 am to 5 pm (Thursday to Sunday) 6 to 11 pm (Friday to Sunday)
Where: Playland — 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: $29.50 to $39.50, Children 3 and under free. Book Playland ride passes Enjoy your favourite rides at Playland

Indian Summer Festival 2021

What: The Indian Summer Festival (ISF) celebrates its 11th anniversary with a series of 10 curated online and hybrid events spanning from music, performing arts and literary discussions. There are two in-person events during this year’s festival to check out, including a self-guided walking tour of the Punjabi Market and Vox.Infold at Lobe Studio, the only 4D sound studio of its kind in North America.

When: Now until July 17, 2021 (except July 1)
Time: Various times
Where: Virtual and in-person
Cost: Various, purchase tickets and passes online

Chill out at Big Splash Water Slide Park

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