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.
- Various venues, Vancouver
- July 3 - 12
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.
- 1100 Block, Robson Street, Vancouver
- July 1 - August 31
3) A Hard Day's Night
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.
- Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver
- July 4-10
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.
- Steveston Village
- Until July 13
5) 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 dabbawalas in 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.
- Various Venues, Vancouver
- Until July 12