1. Work Out and Drink Beer
July 24 and 25
Beer drinking and exercise don't often go hand in hand, but life is all about balance. The folks at Granville Island Brewing are hosting a series of workout sessions by local fitness studios—think Common Ground YVR, Jaybird, YYoga, F45 Beach District, Open Door Yoga, and Feel Good Everyday—this weekend, and each has a post-workout cooldown station with GIB's new beer. The refreshing new sip is a hazy amber light lager called California Common Brew. All the proceeds from the event (called Sweat with Granville, ew) go back to the participating fitness studios, many of which have been struggling during the pandemic.
2. See a Natural Light Mural
You've really got to give props to whatever marketing team named the new and improved Brentwood mall "The Amazing Brentwood"—though the title does set expectations pretty high. They just unveiled what they're calling the largest natural light mural of its kind in Western Canada. Spoilers: it's basically glass and vinyl panels, but it does look pretty cool when the light hits it. "Aura" is a pandemic-inspired art piece that aims to reconnect us with light and colour (and in-person shopping, obviously), post-isolation.
3. Eat a Cajun Fried Chicken Sandwich at Popina Canteen
July 22 to 25
To celebrate 3 years at Granville Island, Popina Canteen is hosting guest chefs every weekend this summer. Up this week is chef Hamid Salimian, who is serving up a hulking Cajun fried chicken sandwich that's definitely a two-hander.
4. A Clothing-Optional Butoh Performance
July 24 and 25
Kokoro Dance is holding their 27th annual Wreck Beach Butoh performance this weekend, following a 2-week intensive workshop where artists created a dance inspired by the land. The set (and costumes) are "provided by Mother Nature," so any photography is prohibited—if you want to experience the show, you've got to get down there yourself.
5. Tune in to the Mission Folk Music Festival
July 23 to 25
No road trip required for this year's MFMF: it's all online. Artists from across the country are showcasing their music on the virtual stage. Included in the local lineup is the Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group, 14-year-old blues singer Liam Docherty and Victoria folk trio West My Friend.
When: Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25
More Info: missionfolkmusicfestival.ca