5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (July 24-30)

Enjoy a night of oysters and fireworks, a drag brunch in Stanley Park and a BIPOC creators summit.

Here’s your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, films, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to kdonaldson@canadawide.com.

1. A Drag Brunch in Stanley Park to Kick Off Pride Week

July 29

The Stanley Park Brewpub is hosting a one-of-a-kind drag brunch, featuring the iconic Jerrilynn Spears and her glamorous friends. But this isn’t just about the eggs benny and mimosas (though they’re pretty great too!). This brunch is all in support of the Vancouver Pride Bursary Fund. So, you can enjoy a show-stopping performance, indulge in some delicious food and support a fantastic cause—all at the same time! And keep the post-brunch party train chugging along by heading over to English Bay to watch the Honda Celebration of Light. Because who doesn’t love a good fireworks show, right? Happy Pride Week!

When: July 29
Where: Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant & Brewpub (West side)
Cost: $40
More Info: stanleyparkbrewstore.com

2. Diversity Meets Creativity at the East by Northwest Gathering (EXNW)

July 28-30

EXNW is a worldwide convergence of racialized creators coming together for an inspiring and thought-provoking weekend that’s set to shake up the creative world—and Vancouver is a part of the action. From keynotes to panels, workshops to networking opportunities, this gathering is all about sharing ideas, learning and collaborating. And if that’s not enough, you can join a pitching lunch and dinner session for a chance to bend the ear of some industry decision-makers while trying to not talk and chew at the same time. There’s also the EXNW Ball, a stunning celebration of the most prominent racialized creators and industry leaders. And in honour of Pride Week, there’s a Drag “N” Dim Sum event—a ferocious celebration of Vancouver talent that also includes delicious dumplings.

When: July 28-30
Where: Parq Hotel
Cost: From $45
More Info: www.exnw.org

3. The 3rd Annual Posh Ball at Parq Vancouver

July 28

Get ready to strut your stuff because The Gallery Kiki Ball is back! This isn’t just a party—it’s a vogueing extravaganza that’ll have you sashaying the night away. Hosted by Vancouver Pride and Van Vogue Jam Society, this ballroom bash is about to turn Parq Vancouver into the city’s most exclusive dance floor. After the ball, the party keeps going with an after-party to really ensure Pride Week kicks off in style.

When: July 28
Where: Parq Vancouver
Cost: From $20 ($60 VIP)
More Info: www.eventbrite.ca

4. Enjoy the Fireworks at Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

July 26

Looking for a delicious seafood dinner with a side of pyrotechnics? Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar is inviting you to experience the Honda Celebration of Light like never before. Set against the stunning backdrop of English Bay, Papi’s offers the perfect spot to witness the breathtaking fireworks display. But this isn’t just about the fireworks—it’s about savouring a delightful evening of culinary delights and delicious bevvies. Get ready to get lit at Papi’s (hot tip: bring your date and pretend you orchestrated the fireworks!)

When: July 26
Where: Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar
Cost: $107.83
More Info: www.papisoysterbar.com

5. Enjoy Dinner and a Movie at Hollywood Theatre

July 25

“Anybody want a peanut?” It’s a fair question and if you know the reference, then this could be the event for you! Get ready to quote and chew the night away at the Hollywood Theatre for their monthly Dinner And a Movie series with cuisine supplied by tasty Lebanese foodie faves Nuba. This month includes both a vegetarian and meat option, and each Dinner And A Movie ticket covers two people and includes a sampler share plate and two movie passes. It’s like eating dinner in front of the TV, but way classier!

When: July 25
Where: Hollywood Theatre
Cost: $10 (just the movie), $69 (veggie option), $89 (meat option)
More Info: www.showpass.com/hollywood-theprincessbride