15 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 28 – July 4, 2021


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A new month has arrived and July is kicking off with hot events across Metro Vancouver. From the Who We Are Indigenous film series to Virtual Surrey Canada Day, the TD Vancouver Jazz Festival and more, here are 15 things to do this week.

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35th Annual TD Vancouver Jazz Festival

Jill Barber (Submitted)

What: The 35th TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival features over 100 events – virtual and small audiences in person – from June 25 to July 4. This year’s lineup includes artists from Vancouver and British Columbia as well as international streaming stars from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Amsterdam and Paris. There will also be free online workshops, club performances and an ongoing partnership with North Shore Jazz. All feeds are available until July 6, 2021 at midnight.

When: Now until July 4, 2021
Time: Various times
Or: Virtual and limited participation in person
Cost: Free and paid events, purchase online

Indigenous Film Series Who We Are

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

When: Now until July 4, 2021
Time: Streams are available to watch until 11:59 p.m. on July 4
Or: Virtual
Cost: Miscellaneous, purchase online. Free for anyone who identifies as a native.

Treat yourself to a brunch

What: Too late for breakfast? Too early for lunch? Not when brunch is on the table! It’s one of our favorite meals of the day, and Vancouver has a few great places to enjoy a mid-morning meal. Here are nine must-see places for brunch in Vancouver on the Dished Restaurant Guide.

When: Several days of operation
Time: Various opening hours
Or: Various restaurants across Vancouver
Cost: Miscellaneous, see the list of must-see brunches

Canada Day at Home presented by the Steveston Salmon Festival

What: The Steveston Salmon Festival presents Canada Day right at home, with opportunities for the whole family to participate. The event begins with a digital parade streaming from the City of Richmond YouTube channel and the Steveston Salmon Festival homepage at 10 a.m. Other events during the day include a Japanese cultural show, a special presentation on the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, and a virtual stage with local performers.

When: July 1, 2021
Time: Starts at 10 a.m.
Or: Virtual
Cost: Release

Maan Farms Strawberry Days

Maan Farms Strawberry Days

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What: If you’re looking for a fun summer activity to do with family and friends, Maan Farms has a few that focus on all things strawberries. Until the end of the month, Maan Farms is hosting Strawberry Days, an event that includes access to picking fields, backyard fun, and tons of delicious strawberry-themed treats. To top it off, you can meet the Strawberry Princess to learn more about her work on the farm and how she grows berries.

When: Now until the end of June 2021
Time: Various times
Or: Maan Farms, 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
Cost: Miscellaneous, more info online

Talking Stick Festival: summer stay

What: A month-long gathering and showcase of Indigenous performing arts and artists begins today as the Talking Stick Festival continues its 20th anniversary celebrations. Summer Sojourn features a lineup of online concerts, dance and theater performances, exhibitions and more from June 1 to July 1, as well as unique and unexpected experiences.

When: Now until July 1, 2021
Time: Start times vary depending on the event
Or: Virtual
Cost: Miscellaneous, purchase online

Explore a beautiful bike path in Vancouver

What: If you love the stunning ocean and mountain views, or the cherry blossoms and gardens, bookmark this page! We did some research and found 10 of the most beautiful places you can take a bike tour in Vancouver – which we know has plenty of scenic spots. You can also find more routes to take your wheels for a cruise with this Vancouver city bike map. Grab your headphones and spend a day exploring these beautiful areas the city has to offer.

The Backyard Cookout series

What: The Backyard Cookout series is hosted on the Boxcar’s back patio and features a rotating lineup of chefs operating from Tacofino’s original food truck. On Monday, June 28, you’ll find Keith Allison of Sea Monster Noodle and Pizza Coming Soon in the truck. Every Monday, one dollar from The Boxcar’s special cocktail will go to a different local charity, meaning the cocktails will also be afloat.

When: June 28, 2021
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Or: Covered Car Back Deck – 923 Main Street, Vancouver

Indian summer festival 2021

What: the Indian summer festival (ISF) celebrates its 11th anniversary with a series of 10 organized online and hybrid events covering music, performing arts and literary discussions. There are two in-person events during this year’s festival to experience, 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
Or: Virtual and in person
Cost: Miscellaneous, buy tickets and passes online

Relax at Big Splash Water Slide Park

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Big Splash Waterslide Park

What: As the summer heat sets in, perhaps now is the perfect time to take Tsawwassen out for some pool shenanigans with family and friends at Big Splash Waterslide Park. As they did last year, the park will continue to operate at a limited capacity, with a COVID-19 security plan in place. They will also perform temperature checks and screenings for all guests and employees at the entrance. Disinfection stations have also been added. Big Splash also offers a licensed bar and patio, as well as two restaurants available on-site. You can also book a private table, tent or cabin.

When: Now until September 6, 2021
Time: Various times
Or: Big Splash Waterslide Park – 4775 Nulelum Way, Tsawwassen
Cost: Miscellaneous, buy online

Authentic self: a new balance

What: Headline Gallery in the South Granville Art District presents its first exhibition, Authentic self: a new balance. The exhibition shows how women defend the intersection of art and technology. and features vibrant artwork from Adriele Au, Camilla Giordano Cerna, Desiree Patterson, Gracelee Lawrence, Kaitlyn Herlehy, Lyssa Kayra, Monique Motut-Firth, Nicole Johnston, Olivia Solodko, Shamona Stokes and Tristesse Seeliger.

When: From Tuesday to Sunday from July 3 to 30, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Or: Headline Gallery – 2202 Granville St, Vancouver
Cost: Release

Surrey Virtual Canada Day

What: Surrey’s Virtual Canada Day will feature two streaming events, starring Buffy Sainte-Marie, Walk off the Earth and Jim Cuddy. The event will also include a recognition of Kwantlen First Nation lands and an Indigenous cultural sharing of Semiahmoo First Nation, Kwantlen First Nation, JJ Lavallee, Carsen Gray, Notorious Cree, Road Engine Dreams, Tim Elijah, Davita Marsden & Matthew Stevens, Darcie Brertton, Alex Wells, Madelaine McCullum, Renae Morriseau and the Tzo’kam Traditional Lil’wat Singers. There will also be music and dance performances, a family show for children and seniors, prizes, a final virtual fireworks display, and more.

When: July 1, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Family Show), 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Evening Show)
Or: Virtual
Cost: Release

Exhibition of Indigenous works: the first

What: The Petley Jones Gallery presents a selection of Indigenous artwork from Canada and Australia in Indigenous Art Exhibition: The First.

When: From Tuesday to Saturday until July 10, 2021
Time: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment
Or: Petley Jones Gallery – 2245 Granville Street Vancouver
Cost: Release

Crow Therapy – Connecting with Urban Crows

What: Pphotographer and blogger June Hunter hosts a virtual presentation on Crow Therapy. During the event, Hunter will share the goals of raven therapy, show photographs, and talk about his experiences with urban crows. Presented by the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

When: June 29, 2021
Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Or: Virtual
Cost: Movable ladder, purchase online

UBC Saturday Farmer’s Market

What: Discover Vancouver’s only farmers market located on a working farm. Tuesdays feature vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers and free range eggs, all fresh from UBC Farm, while Saturdays feature a wide variety of vendors.

When: Every Tuesday and Saturday until November 27, 2021
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Saturday)
Location: UBC Farm – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver

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