Events You Absolutely Must See in Vancouver This July

Known for its mild weather and spectacular vistas of the surrounding landscape, Vancouver remains one of the most popular travel destinations for international students, especially in summer. When you feel the warmth of the radiant sun and pleasant fresh breeze from the ocean, there’s no more pleasant place on earth.

July makes it even more special. There are so many events happening around the city that it will definitely make your summer here unforgettable.

In this blog, we have scouted out festivals and events that are an absolute must-see this July.

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park: Every Tuesday *FREE

Outdoor movie night

Watching a movie might not seem like a summer activity. But what if the screening is outdoors, under the starry sky?

The Evo Summer Cinema Series offers free outdoor movie screenings at Second Beach in Stanley Park, with a flawless lineup for all kind of audiences. As there is no reservation required, you had better arrive a bit earlier to secure the best spot!

Below you’ll find the outdoor movie schedule for July:
July 7 – Pitch Perfect
July 14 – The Breakfast Club
July 21 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
July 28 – Grease
Each movie starts at dusk. For more information visit

Carnaval del Sol: July 11 – 12, 2015 *FREE

Carnaval del Sol 2013
Each year the “Carnival of Sun” keeps attracting a humongous audience and is known as the biggest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest. Its 7th anniversary this year will feature the key elements of Latin American culture: authentic food, music, dance and, of course, soccer.

This year, for the first time, you can enjoy ice cold beer at “Sol y Playa Lounge,” a beer garden that will be open to the public. You will not want to miss any of the amazing performers who represent the versatile charm of Latin American culture.

The highlight of the carnival is a soccer tournament. As the participants will need to sign up as a team of four, representing one country, it is being called the “Mini-World Cup”. Learn more about the festival on Carnaval del Sol’s official website.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival: July 17 – 19, 2015

Chosen as one of the ten best outdoor concerts in North America by USA Today, this three-day festival is an event where you can not only indulge in 70 hours of folk and roots music on eight outdoor stages, but also feel Vancouver’s hippie spirit surrounded by a great view of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.

Setting their stages at beautiful Jericho Beach Park, the festival offers peaceful and free atmosphere that turns itself into a kind of “Woodstock-on-the-sea”. If you feel a bit tired of the hustle-and-bustle of daily life and want to chill out on the sand in your tie dye T-shirt,listening to the music, this is your go-to event.

Visit the Vancouver Folk Music Festival’s website for the full lineup and ticket information.

Honda Celebration of Light: July 25, 29 and August 1, 2015

If you see thousands of heads thrown back to the sky and hear a chorus of “aahs” and “oohs,” Vancouver’s 25th Honda Celebration of Light has probably begun.

It’s a week-long international fireworks event, where teams comprised of the world’s pyrotechnic industry leaders compete with one another and are judged on the originality of effects, synchronization with music, and artistry.

Bursts of fireworks can be seen above Sunset Beach and English Bay, the usual location of the Honda Celebration of Light.

SHOREFEST is a big part of the celebration and definitely a place to be this summer. This music festival will showcase Canada’s top musical performances along the shores of English Bay.

Get your ticket on the official website of Honda Celebration of Light.

Pride Run & Walk and Picnic in the Park: July 25, 2015 *FREE

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The PRIDE Run & Walk is the official kick-off event of Vancouver PRIDE week, known for its great succession of fundraising events.

The Pride Run & Walk offers 5.5k walking or running routes and a 10k running route that follows the Stanley Park trail and Seawall routes. Its party-like atmosphere makes the event outstanding: runners wear fabulous costumes, the route is peppered with disco water-stations and DJs spin tracks that are perfect for running!

Online registration for individuals and groups of 5 or more will be available soon on

The final destination of the run is a picnic venue in the park, where you can rest your feet and get your energy back with BBQ fare and chilled drinks. For more information visit Vancouver PRIDE Week’s website.

Caribbean Days Festival: July 25 – 26, 2015 *FREE

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Each July, Waterfront Park at North Vancouver hosts the biggest single-weekend Caribbean event in British Columbia. This year it’s celebrating its 27th anniversary, which will include two days of tropical culture, cuisine and music.

The Multicultural Street Parade on July 25th at 10 AM is definitely must-see event during the festival. Spectacular costumes, live entertainment and the sparkling energy of the Caribbean culture will take your breath away.

For more details check out Caribbean Days Festival’s website.


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