Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 64 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, July 6.



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More than 50 Vancouver bands and artists perform on multiple stages at the 10-block Khatsahlano Street Party, which features a wide variety of food options and licensed beer gardens.

Vancouver riff-rockers La Chinga play the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Eleanor Rising and Harlot & the Tramp.

Former Beatle Paul McCartney performs at BC Place Stadium on his Freshen Up Tour.

Identity at Red Gate Arts Society is a music festival meant to create a safe space for all identities in Metro Vancouver.

Filipino rock/metal band Slapshock plays the Rickshaw Theatre.

Gypsy jazz meets traditional Quebecois as Quinn Bachand & Brishen play St. James Hall.

Nordic Trax celebrates its 100th release with various Vancouver artists performing at Open Studios.

Khalid headlines day two of FVDED in the Park at Surrey’s Holland Park.

Death- and black-metal bands are featured at day three of the Covenant Festival V at the WISE Hall.



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Pop-up Roller Rink at the Robson Square Ice Rink includes an all-ages family skate, an adult skate, and music from the ’80s.

Tour of Strathcona Community Garden features a stroll around the three-acre site, which includes orchards, buildings, a “rewilding” area, and about 200 garden plots.

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 explores Shakespeare’s inspirations and influences in an in-depth exploration of The Taming of the Shrew at Bard on the Beach.

Through stories, statistics, and specific daily practices, Pico Iyer suggests ways of reclaiming life’s hidden luxuries in a workshop at the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace.



Family Days at Bard on the Beach includes family-friendly activities, photobooth, food truck, and a pre-show talk before a performance of the Wild West love story The Taming of the Shrew.

Richmond Community Day at the Richmond Olympic Oval features food, inflatable games, live music, a magic show, hip-hop performances, and a chalk-art competition. 

The Sunrise Summer Kickoff at Sunrise Square parking lot features street hockey, live music, and pony rides.



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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.



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The Full Court 21 Canada 1-on-5 basketball tournament takes place at David Lam Park.



The Comic Strip features standup comedy by Robert Peng and headliner Myles Anderson at Tyrant Studios.

Canadian comedian Damonde Tschritter performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club.



The Silk Road Festival is a two-day outdoor event at the Vancouver Art Gallery featuring visual and performing arts from Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Art Slam at Studio 580 is a live-painting showcase featuring 12 local artists, with proceeds to the Kettle Society.

The Anything Can Happen Cabaret at the Columbia in New Westminster features spoken word, burlesque, opera, standup comedy, and live music.

Carnaval del Sol at Concord Pacific Place features two days of live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry in celebration of Latin American culture.

Drink & Draw is a drawing event facilitated by Neil Wedman at Mobil Art School.

Maryam Jafri and Martha Rans discuss the significance of copyright issues in the visual arts at the Contemporary Art Gallery.



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The Dancing on the Edge Festival features contemporary dance productions from Canada, Brazil, and Korea at various Vancouver venues until July 13. Performances today include Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works’ Schemas, 1-5 (above) at Firehall Arts Centre.



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Vancouver true-crime writer Eve Lazarus, author of Cold Case Vancouver and Murder By Milkshake, signs her books at Indigo Langley.




Heroic Opera presents Verdi’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Orpheum Annex.



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Theatre Under the Stars presents a preview 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.

A Room Somewhere presents its final performance of Athol Fugard’s family drama, Hello & Goodbye, at Studio 1398.

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.

The songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, and Whitesnake underscore Rock of Ages, a tale of big dreams in Hollywood at the Metro Theatre.

Final performance at Havana Theatre of Ocean.net, an original work from Promethean Theatre Company. 

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




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

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.

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 post-war career. 

Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as 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 MOA 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 print makers, 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 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 B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features a permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

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.



Screening at the Rio Theatre of Echo in the Canyon, Andrew Slater’s documentary about the ’60s music scene in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon.

Screening at the Cinematheque of a new restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s cosmic 1968 sci-fi epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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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