Summer has arrived in force and it’s time for outdoor concerts, farmers markets and patriotic celebrations! Looking for something fun to do this month? Look no further, as we’ve pulled together an awesome list of amazing events taking place on Vancouver’s North Shore in July.
July kicks off with one serious party on July 1 as Vancouver’s North Shore celebrates Canada Day. With events taking place all day there’s no need to choose which one to attend … why not check them all out!?
The fun starts in North Vancouver at 7:30am with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at Grand Boulevard between 13th and 15th Streets. Grab your pancakes and then stake out a spot along the parade route. The parade starts at 10am sharp at Grand Boulevard and 13th Street and makes it’s way to Mahon Park.
After the parade head down to Waterfront Park between noon and 4pm for a free family-oriented event with activities and entertainment for all ages. The Main Stage will feature performances from different countries, including the Kunda African Culture Music & Dance, Eire Born Dancers, MoTones Quartet, J.P. Fell Pipe Band, the always-entertaining juggling unicyclist, Mike Battie and Vancouver’s own Beatles Experience, the DayTrippers.
When the action wraps up in North Vancouver, it’s time to head to John Lawson Park in West Vancouver for an evening of live music, food vendors and fireworks. Dance the night away to one of Vancouver’s favourite party bands, SideOne and then grab a spot on the beach to watch the North Shore’s only Canada Day fireworks at 10:30pm.
Caribbean Days – July 25 – 26
Every July, Waterfront Park in North Vancouver comes alive with the sounds of the Caribbean as the Caribbean Days Festival takes over the park for a celebration unlike any other. This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture. The Festival starts at 10 AM on Saturday, July 25, 2015, with an exuberant multicultural street Parade beginning at Sixth Street & Lonsdale. With Caribbean music, steel drum bands, and dancers, floats and music from many other regions this is one of the highest energy parades around. The parade follows a route that ends at Waterfront Park where the Festival kicks off! Enjoy some spicy Caribbean food while listening to an amazing outdoor music festival freaturing Soca, Reggae, Calypso, Latin and other international sounds. The kids will love the children’s playground and activities and when the evening hits, the adults will enjoy the Tropical Explosion Outdoor Dance under the stars and on the pier. Musical performances from Mostly Marley and the Phase III Steelband promise a night full of dancing!
Summer concerts – All summer
Summer, amazing music and no charge? Long, warm summer nights provide the perfect setting for free outdoor concerts on Vancouver’s North Shore. Sit back and enjoy awesome performers at your choice of location. From Jazz and Blues to Country, Motown and Classic Rock, there’s something to please every music lover! Choose from concerts in Lynn Valley Village, Edgemont Village, and Panorama or Cates Parks in Deep Cove.
Music lovers are also going to want to check out Summer Sessions at Shipbuilder’s Square on Saturday nights throughout the summer. From 5pm – 10pm the square comes to life with free evening concerts, food trucks, arts & crafts vendors and a beer garden! Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and be prepared to dance the night away, or at least until the sun goes down.
Harmony Arts Festival – July 31 – August 9
July 31 kicks off the much-anticipated Harmony Arts Festival along West Vancouver’s waterfront. The festival brings people together to celebrate the visual, culinary and performing arts in a truly spectacular setting. For 10 days, enjoy world-class musical performances, inspiring visual art and mouth watering gastronomic events. There are activities for everyone, including the kids and the kids at heart. Opening day offers a multitude of fun activities including a concert from a Beatles tribute band, a screening of the movie Mamma Mia and the always popular Art Market.
Drop-in for a walking tour of the Lower Lonsdale waterfront and the historic Burrard Dry Dock site with Shipyard Pals, Sal and Sam. Learn more about North Vancouver’s heritage and it’s history of ship-building during the Second World War. Shipyard Sal and Sam will regale you with stories, songs and poetry, as they describe first-hand, what it was like to build 10,000 tonne Victory Ships for war. Walking tours run From July 1 to August 30 Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays at 1:30pm and 3 pm. Meet Shipyard Sal and Sam for near the foot of Lonsdale at Victory Ship Way.
Farmers Markets – All summer
Summer brings with it the bounty of the farmer’s markets and Vancouver’s North Shore has 3 great ones! Enjoy browsing for, and eating, organic and conventional produce, baking, jams, honey, syrups, salsas, homemade popsicles, mouthwatering crepes and much more. Don’t miss the artisan stalls as well for a little shopping. There’s jewelry, pottery, art and many other amazing finds. On Sundays from 10am – 3pm check out the Ambleside Farmers’ Market, while Saturdays from 10am – 3pm the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market takes place on the East Plaza of Lonsdale Quay. And you won’t want to miss the Shipyards Night Market in Shipbuilder’s Square. This very popular Friday night event includes adds live music, entertainment and food trucks to the farmers’ market experience.
BC Bike Race For Kids – July 2
The BC Bike Race rolls through North Vancouver on Thursday, July 2 and while there will be lots of opportunities to cheer on your favourite riders, there’s also a fun event for the littlest riders. The kids’ BC bike race will take place at Argyle Secondary School and is just for children ages 2 – 8. The kids’ bikes will be fitted with an official BC Bike Race bike plate and then they compete on small courses with a few laps each depending on their age. Everyone receives a medal for participating and its’ a great way to introduce your kids mountain biking racing.