50 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, July 21

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      Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 50 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, July 21.



      The Vancouver Folk Music Festival features mainstage performances by the Hamiltones, Rebirth Brass Band (above), David Hidalgo & Steve Dawson, and Tsatsu Stalqayu at Jericho Beach Park.

      Shahin Najafi leads a world music night of Iranian, Israeli, and Tunisian artists at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      Local blues-rock singer-guitarist Steve Kozak leads his band at Guilt & Co.



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      Jog for the Bog is a fundraising 5km or 10km run or walk through the Delta Nature Reserve in support of the Burns Bog Conservation Society.

      Shed Light on Lupus is a 5km walk/run through Deer Lake Park, with live music by Gary Comeau & the Voodoo Allstar Trio, and proceeds to the the BC Lupus Society.



      The Cinematheque Poster Sale features an array of arthouse movie posters, priced from free to $50.

      The Pride Picnic in the Park at Second Beach features live music, food trucks, a vendor village, activities for the whole family, and a flow-yoga class led by Hillary Keegan.

      The two-day Surrey Fusion Festival at Holland Park is a celebration of food, music, and culture. 



      The Paella Guys will cook their famous dish and Flamenco Vivo will perform live music and dance at West Van's Ambleside Park.

      The fourth annual Belcarra Seasonglass Green Tea Festival at Camp Howdy features a diverse line of organic green teas, green tea-based foods and products, and interactive workshops.



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      The Vancouver Canadians take on the Tri-City Dust Devils in Minor League Baseball action at Nat Bailey Stadium.



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      Comedian Andrew Packer hosts Jokes N Tokes, a night of weed-oriented laughs, at Cannabis Culture Headquarters.

      Shakespeare After Dark is a highbrow fusion of Shakespeare served with a side of improvisational mischief at Havana Theatre.

      Cory Lupovici and Jo-el Oxales cohost The Scrawny Show, a standup comedy show headlined by Ross Dauk.

      The Sunday Service is a weekly comedy show at the Fox Cabaret.



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      Exhibiting artist Rita McKeough leads an illustrated talk to share her previous artworks and current project at Richmond Art Gallery.

      Join Valentina Acevedo Montilla for a tour in Spanish of the current exhibitions at Contemporary Art Gallery.



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      Dancing in the Street at the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza features free swing-dance lessons and live jazz music featuring Van Django.



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

      Theatre Under the Stars presents a performance of Disney's Newsies 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.



      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.

      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. 

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

      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.

      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).

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

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

      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.

      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 the documentary Apollo 11, which uses previously unseen 70mm footage discovered in NASA's vaults to tell the story of the first spaceflight to land humans on the moon.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 adaptation of a novel by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, director Vincent Ward's bold 1988 fusion of fantasy and time travel sci-fi.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of First Mandirector Damien Chazelle’s biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.


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