1. The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
Opens July 26
Whether you're in it for the photo op or the idyllic view of flowers as far as the eye can see (or both), it's hard not to be a sucker for the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival. This year they've grown 42 varieties of sunflowers, 50 kinds of dahlias, eight kinds of gladiolas, and more wildflowers than you can count. There's also a food truck a day—and two on weekends.
2. Railtown Cafe's Tailgate BBQ
July 27 to 29
Have you ever seen a 12-foot barbecue barrel? Now's your chance. Railtown Cafe is hosting a barbecue series this week with eats like 35-hour Texas-style beef brisket, Applewood-smoked pork shoulder and beer-brined Maple Hill Farms chicken. They've got a host of local breweries and BC wines in the lineup, plus their own signature Lynchburg Lemonade and Railtown Ruby Sangria.
3. Chen Wenling's Allegory
July 30 to September 21
You've probably heard about artist Chen Wenling's controversial Boy Holding a Shark. But before you decide to plaster your own angry opinion about it all over the internet (Oh, you already did? Cool! Did that make you feel good about yourself?) you might want to get a little context—and what better way than to check out Wenling's new local exhibition?
4. Music in the Courtyard at the Firehall Arts Centre
July 30 to September 15
Get some fresh air and local live music at this outdoor concert series—starting this Friday, it's on all summer long. First up this weekend is M'Girl, a percussive hand drumming group, and then there's Haram, an Arabic avant-garde ensemble (both pictured above). Attendance is limited to 50 (you know the drill) so snag your tickets now.
5. The Powell Street Festival
The 45th annual Powell Street Festival’s virtual events include taiko drumming, dance and a martial arts showcase, but the celebration of Japanese Canadian culture isn’t all on screen: there’s also takeout available from local vendors and cool festival merch for sale. Find more info here.