60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, July 13

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, July 13.




      Itamar Erez and Les Finnigan are featured in a double bill of original acoustic-guitar music at West Point Grey United Church.

      Frontman for the Monophonics Kelly Finnigan leads his eight-piece soul band the Atonements at the Rickshaw Theatre.

      Seattle space-rock band X SUNS plays the Pub 340, with guests A Collective Subconscious and Griefwalker. 

      The East Van Garage Fest features short sets by Mecca Normal, Great Speckled Fritillary, Primp, Pudding, Non La, Rambone & the Wet Reality, the Psychic Alliance, Yep, Shitlord Fuckerman, the Plodes, Tim the Mute, Kylie V, and Hitori.

      Vocalist Dane Warren joins the Bruce James Orchestra for an evening of Sinatra classics at the Hungarian Cultural Centre.



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      The Ensemble Summer Launch Party at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre features music, drinks, and celebration in support of the Emerging Playwrights’ Unit.



      The Bees and Blueberries Festival at Dr. Bee Honeyland in Pitt Meadows celebrates the importance of bees with free guided tours, a blueberry pie-eating contest, bee-friendly planting corner, and live bee-beard performance.

      RecycleFest at Trout Lake Community Centre features recycling, live music by Milk Crate Bandits, free food, yoga classes, games, and prizes. 

      The Brock House Summer Fair features gifts and games, home baking, art and art supplies, plants, books, jewellery, woodworking, food, and beverages.

      Latin Cruises Vancouver presents a three-hour cruise on board the Queen of Diamonds, with three DJs and light buffet included.



      SFU’s Paul Budra discusses Shakespeare’s inspirations and influences in an in-depth exploration of All's Well That Ends Well at Bard on the Beach.

      Free Deepen Your Practice sampler class at Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio is open to everyone with a desire to deepen their understanding of the power of yoga.

      Workshop at Mobil Art School provides an introduction to the settings and manual controls on your digital SLR camera. 




      The Railtown Food & History Tour visits five local small businesses for a bite to eat while hearing stories about the once-thriving Japanese community that settled in the area.

      The Trout Lake Farmers Market at John Hendry Park features seasonal produce, local meat, seafood, eggs & dairy, craft beer, wine & spirits, artisanal prepared food, and handmade craft.

      Some of Vancouver's best Thai restaurants serve up their most delectable dishes at the sixth annual Thai Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.




      The Savour Summer Festival at River District Town Centre features performances by children's entertainers the Oot n Oots (above), Shine Davine’s acrobatic circus, and Yeeri the Magician.



      The Vancouver Whitecaps take on Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.



      The Comic Strip features standup comedy at Tyrant Studios by Jacob Samuel, Harris Anderson, and headliner Sophie Buddle.

      Comedian Jane Stanton performs the second of two nights of standup emceed by Richard Lett.




      Learn how to make your own Javanese shadow puppets in a hands-on workshop with master puppeteer Sutrisno Hartana at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.



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      Final day of the Dancing on the Edge Festival, which features contemporary dance productions from Canada, Brazil, and Korea at various Vancouver venues. Performances today include WAREHAUS Dance Collective (above) at the Firehall Arts Centre.

      Karen Flamenco presents a one-hour show featuring traditional flamenco music, dance, puppetry, and magic at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.



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      Canadian author, playwright, composer, and theatre director John MacLachlan Gray signs his books at Indigo Langley.

      The INFUSION-YA Book Festival at the Vancouver Public Library is the first ever young-adult (ages 13 to 25) literary festival in British Columbia.



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      SHIFT Festival 12 at the Orpheum Annex features three short works created and performed by Tai Amy Grauman, Kelsey Kanatan Wavey (above), and Claire Love Wilson with Sara Rickrack.

      Theatre Under the Stars presents a performance of Mamma Mia! at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of All's Well that Ends Well, a new staging of Shakespeare's work set in India during the waning days of British occupation.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at the Granville Island Stage of Mom's the Word: Nest 1/2 Empty, by the Mom's the Word Collective.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Matilda the Musical, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel Matilda, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by the 2007 spaghetti-western version of Shakespeare's work.

      Go Alumni Theatre Society presents Laundry and Bourbon & Lone Star, two comedies in two acts by James McLure, at GO Studios.

      A man contemplates his life from the seventh-story ledge of a building in Morris Panch's 7 Stories at Havana Theatre.




      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.

      Vicky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Moving Still: Performative Photography in India at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 100 works that examine themes of gender, religion, and sexual identity.

      Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 130 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and lithographs from the artist’s pre- and postwar career. 

      Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as a source of inspiration and site for the production and enactment of culture, with works by Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, Hong Chan Park, Judy Radul, Jack Shadbolt, Danny Singer, and Ian Wallace.




      Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC illustrates the role puppets have played in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values.

      Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives at the Museum of Vancouver delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city.

      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

      Shakeup: Preserving What We Value at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with Indigenous knowledge and oral history.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers, and printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.



      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      Kits Pool, Vancouver's only saltwater swimming pool, is 137 metres long and features a water park, two slides, cafes, and lockers. 

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

      Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem-pole collection, Cliffwalk, and Treetop Adventure. 

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.

      Vancouver Lookout features a ride in an exterior glass elevator and a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.



      Screening at the Cinematheque of Hyenas, Djibril Diop Mambéty's 1992 film about a now-affluent elderly woman who returns to her impoverished desert village.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of directors Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski, starring Jeff Bridges as the Dude.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Because We Are Girls, Baljit Sangra's empowering documentary about three Indo-Canadian sisters who grew up suffering from racism and abuse in Williams Lake, B.C.


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