Surrey Fusion Festival
Between sets by headlining pop stars Walk Off the Earth, soul-funk goddess Dawn Pemberton, Punjabi trad-pop singer Ranjit Bawa and dozens of others, whiz around the world courtesy of the pavilions area, where nearly 90 countries are represented. The two-day free festival at Holland Park also features a dance stage and loads of kids’ activities.
(Surrey: Jul. 21-22)
Outdoor Art Bike Tour
The University of British Columbia's campus has a number of notable public art works. If you haven’t seen the super-tall Reconciliation Pole, Rodney Graham's Millennial Time Machine or The Shadow, among others, now is your chance to see and learn about them on a free bike tour courtesy of Wesbrook Village, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and More Bikes.
(Vancouver: Jul. 22)
Music by the River
Swing to the old-time jazz of Vancouver's The Burying Ground, at the launch of this free, family-friendly series, which sees the entire Westminster Pier Park turned into a massive licensed area (so you don’t have to sip your drink in a fenced-off crib, like at most other outdoor concerts).
(New Westminster: Jul. 19; Thursday night series continues until Aug. 9)
Paint the Town
Engage with some 40 artists, positioned all around White Rock as they paint images of the view in front of them, during this annual plein air painting competition. The winner receives $500.
(White Rock: Jul. 21)
Mom's the Word 3 - Nest 1/2 Empty
Some 25 years after Mom’s the Word collective premiered its first show about the joys and tribulations of new parenthood, and 10 years after the ribald follow-up about raising teenagers, the Vancouver troupe is back, at the Belfry Theatre, with instalment number three, about adult children—the good the bad and ugly. Mom’s the Word is a huge success story: this year alone, productions toured Scotland, Germany and Canada.
(Victoria: Jul. 24-Aug. 12)
Three characters, including a lesbian couple and a floundering playwright, gather on the Sunshine Coast to talk about, well, just the purpose of life, in James Gordon King’s play, produced by Babelle Theatre, at The Cultch. Founded four years ago in Vancouver to mount shows that appeal to millennial-and-younger theatregoers, Babelle's debut, Rivulets: Three Short Plays About a Flood, garnered seven Jessie Award nominations (and won for King’s script).
(Vancouver: Jul. 18-28)