65 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, July 20

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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 20.



      Australian rock band Waax plays the Fox Cabaret.

      The Vancouver Folk Music Festival features mainstage performances by the Sam Roberts Band, Basia Bulat, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraiser, and Front Country at Jericho Beach Park.

      Rock bands Outshined, Washed in Black, Civilian, and Facelift perform a Tribute to Chris Cornell at the Rickshaw Theatre.

      Vancouver-based ambient electronic artists Loscil and Secret Pyramid play the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

      Local blues-rockers the Steve Kozak Band play the Eclipse Lounge at the Hastings Racecourse.

      German Techno phenom Marcel Fengler plays Open Studios, with guests K.A.S.H. and Nancy Dru.

      Devin Dawson, JoJo Mason, the Matinee, the Abrams, Tim Neufeld & the Glory Boys, and Becca Hess play the Red Truck Brewery as part of the Truck Stop Concert Series.

      American rockers the Raconteurs, featuring Jack White of White Stripes fame, play the second of two nights at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.



      Children's Wish Benefit Concert at the Norman Rothstein Theatre features performances by Ariel Sung (above), Casey Chen, Debbie Pai, Denise Yeh, Jack Lee, Jimmy Chen, Jeffrey Pai, Nadia Chen, Patty Chen, and William Zeng.

      The CAN Relay 4 Autism at Swangard Stadium is a free family-friendly event featuring carnival games, bouncy castles, food trucks, and entertainment, with proceeds to the Canucks Autism Network.



      The Sweat Games is an outdoor fitness event at UBC where teams of two compete against each other in three different workout challenges.

      Bet on the ponies and see where your luck takes you at the Deighton Cup at Hastings Racecourse.

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

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

      Luchadores and luchadoras from Mexico, the U.S., and Canada take part in El Hijo De Lucha Libre Spectacular at the Waldorf.

      The North Face Summer Opener on the MEC rooftop is a sunset viewing party with music, games, in-store camp clinics, and interactive art. 

      The Apollo 11 Anniversary Show at the BCIT Planetarium celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with scenes from the origin of the project through to the return to earth.



      Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre features livestreaming with retired astronaut Bob Thirsk and astronaut David Saint-Jacques.

      SFU’s Paul Budra discusses Shakespeare’s inspirations and influences in an in-depth exploration of Shakespeare in Love at Bard on the Beach.

      Explore the relief printing process by learning how to create a one-colour linocut at Mobil Art School.



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      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.

      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 Whitecaps take on the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.

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



      The Comedy Strip features standup comedy by Brett Martin, Gavin Clarkson, and headliner Yumi Nagashima at Tyrant Studios.

      Comedian Tommy Campbell performs the second of two nights of standup emceed by Ryan Paterson at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

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



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      Vancouver’s Orchid Ensemble presents Crossing Mountains & Seas, an interdisciplinary performance at the Vancouver Playhouse that fuses a role-playing video game, contemporary and aerial dance, original music with Chinese traditions, and multimedia projection. 

      Join curators Heather Jessup and Claire Battershill for a hands-on exploration of the latest art exhibit at the Vancouver Public Library.

      Join executive director Nigel Prince for a guided tour of the current exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery.



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



      Tower of Babel 2019 is an outdoor public poetry reading at the Vancouver Art Gallery involving over 30 participants and 30 languages to celebrate the cultural diversity of Vancouver. 



      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 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.

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

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




      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.

      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.



      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).

      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.



      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.

      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 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 Man, director Damien Chazelle’s biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of Ridley Scott's 1979 horror/sci-fi classic Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver as heroine Ellen Ripley.


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