65 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, July 27

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 65 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, July 27.

       

      CONCERTS

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      Day 2 of the Constellation Festival in Squamish features mainstage performances by Jessie Reyez (above), A Tribe Called Red, Peach Pit, Jocelyn Alice, Art D'Ecco, Fred Penner, and the Eagle Song Dancers.

      Vancouver bluesman Brandon Isaac performs with Pat Darcus at Port Moody's Gallery Bistro.

      Park Sound Presents features performances by Georgia Johnson, Johnny Sunshine, and René Aussant at North Van's Park Sound Studios.

      Alabama alt-folk singer-songwriter A.A. Bondy plays the Fox Cabaret.

      American '90s pop-vocal group Backstreet Boys plays Rogers Arena.

       

      ETCETERA

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      Various musical acts perform before a fireworks team from India competes at the Honda Celebration of Light at English Bay.

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

      The Women's Street Fair & Flea Market on Columbia Street features secondhand goods, handmade arts & crafts, and special performances, all hosted by women of the Downtown Eastside. 

      The two-day Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest at the Albion Fairgrounds features horse shows, pie-eating contest, country music, beer garden, food trucks, and petting zoo.

      Bee In at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre features a bee safari with Lori Weidenhammer, a herbal lip-salve workshop with Lori Snyder, and natural film-strip making with Echo Park Film Centre North. 

       

      FOOD AND DRINK

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      The Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest on downtown New Westminster's Columbia Street features live entertainment and over 100 food vendors.

      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.

      Another Beer Company presents its Grand Opening Party in New Westminster's Sapperton neighbourhood.

      The Vancouver Vegan Festival in Creekside Park is a celebration of vegan food and culture featuring 50+ vendors, music, and workshops.

       

      KIDS' STUFF

      Laugh Out Loud! with Kellie Haines is a free puppet show at Artstarts Gallery that blends musical numbers with fast-paced ventriloquism comedy bit.

      Inspired by Maryam Jafri’s sculptural works, kids can create their own assemblage using found materials and clay at the Contemporary Art Gallery's Family Day.

        

      SPORTS

      The B.C. Lions take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Canadian Football League action at BC Place Stadium.

                    

      COMEDY

      The Comic Strip features standup comedy by Rachel Shaefer, Randee Neumeyer, and headliner Ryan Gunther (above) at Tyrant Studios.

      Comedian Harris Anderson performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, emceed by Larke Miller.

      Cats Flippin Birds presents comedian and magician Merlin Cosmos at LanaLou's Restaurant, with guests Ola Dada, Seb Chamney, Shadowfax, and Looking For Friends.

      Classic TheatreSports at the Improv Centre sees two teams of performers pitted against each other in competitive improv matches.

       

      ARTS ETCETERA

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      Newt Fest in Surrey is a free street-art festival celebrating public art and new entrepreneurs, with a beer garden, food, vendors and DJ onsite.

      The Fort Langley Summer Art Tour is an art walk featuring 13 studios and galleries, with artists in attendance to discuss their work and show their spaces.

      Circus Petrichor presents Small World, a show featuring dance choreography, object manipulation, and aerial circus acts.

      The Cardboard Project 2.0 features a newly created art installation and a diverse speaking panel, shining a light on the entrepreneurs of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

      A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure is a Star Wars burlesque parody at the Red Gate Revue Stage.

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

       

      Author Lindsay Wong reads from her book The Woo-Woo at Indigo Langley.

      Writers Cynthia Sharp, Lara Varesi, Adriane Giberson, Melody Owen, Bill Arnott, and Lozan Yamolky share poetry and prose at the Summer of Inclusion Open Mic at Burnaby's Artists Helping Artists.

        

      THEATRE

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      Teatro Los Enamodaros presents The God of Carnage, a dark comedy in which two sets of parents meet to discuss a conflict between their children, at Havana Theatre.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of Shakespeare in Love, in which young Will Shakespeare's love blossoms amid schemes and backstage theatrics.

      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.

      Down Stage Right Productions presents Silence! The Musical, a satire on the horror film The Silence of the Lambs, at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre.

      Carousel Theatre for Young People presents A Winter's Tale, a teen take on Shakespeare, at Ron Basford Park.

      Definitely a Musical is a musical comedy about free will and storytelling at the Surrey Arts Centre.

      See Shakespeare in Love, then enjoy a salmon barbecue before taking in the Celebration of Light fireworks show at Bard-BQ & Fireworks.

       

      GALLERIES

      VIKKY ALEXANDER HEIKE’S ROOM, 2004 INKJET PRINT ON CANVAS COLLECTION OF THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY, GIFT OF ROBERT G. WOODS AND PETRA TODE-WOODS

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

      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. 

      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.

      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.

       

      MUSEUMS

      STRING PUPPETS. BY UNKNOWN MAKERS (SINHALESE). MOA COLLECTION: EH149, EH147, EH164, EH144, EH142. PHOTO BY ALINA ILYASOVA, COURTESY OF MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT UBC.

      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.

       

      ATTRACTIONS

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

      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.

      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.

      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.

       

      MOVIES

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Watergate, director Charles Ferguson'definitive account of the ousting of American President Richard Nixon.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of a new restoration of Ikarie XB 1Czechoslovakian director Jindřich Polák's influential 1963 sci-fi film.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Apollo II, director Todd Douglas Miller's new documentary about the 1969 moon landing.

       

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