What to do this weekend around the Lower Mainland

Your On the Coast picks for what to do this weekend in the Lower Mainland include contemporary dance, pop-up picnics and Beatlemania.

On the Coast picks for this weekend include contemporary dance, pop-up picnics and Beatlemania

Shirley Hartwell from the Candy Dish represents Cameroon as part of Steveston's World Cup celebrations. (Mickey Read)

1) Dancing on the Edge

This annual festival pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance and it's usually full of surprises. Take in free outdoor live music and performances at Portside Park and first-rate works from local and national artists. 

2) Pop-Up Picnic on Robson

The VIVA Vancouver program has closed part of Robson Street for the summer and in the place of cars, there's some comfortable seating for sun-worshippers.

Now you can take advantage of the public space with a picnic. Eight eateries on Robson are putting together quick, delicious menu items for your picnic lunch and, while supplies last, you can get a free Robson tumbler. 

3) A Hard Day's Night

The Pacific Cinematheque celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first film. (Dan Grossi/Associated Press)

Calling all fans of the Fab Four: The Pacific Cinematheque is featuring the 50th anniversary, remastered, remixed restoration of The Beatles' classic first movie, A Hard Day's Night.

4) Steveston World Cup Village

Businesses in the village are sponsoring different countries that have made it to the FIFA World Cup 2014, in an effort to bring some of the soccer excitement to Steveston.

Each country gets its own national day, with barbecues, special food and performances, music and lots of soccer! It's where I'll be this weekend to find out who makes it to the semi-finals. 

5) Indian Summer Festival

The Lunchbox Legends are part of the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver. (Indian Summer Festival )

The festival celebrates the summer season and South Asian culture, including literature, yoga, art and entertainment.

One of the big draws this year is a talk by dabbawalasin Mumbai, lunch box couriers who deliver 350,000 lunches in metal tins to workers every day. There's also a giant mural at the Woodward's Atrium until July 13 that is worth a visit. 


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