5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (July 17-23)

A tailgate BBQ, a two-day outdoor arts festival and an oyster pop-up to heat up your summer plans.

Here’s your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, 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. Wine and Dine at a Winemaker’s Collab Dinner with Mott 32 Vancouver and Phantom Creek Estates

July 17

Hey foodies! On Monday at 6 pm, Mott 32 is the place to be for wine and delicious award-wining Cantonese, Szechuan and Beijing cuisine! Expect top-notch dishes, new wines from Phantom Creek and a fun crowd. Your host? Robert Stelmachuk, our 2020 Sommelier of the Year. The menu? Start with Phantom Creek Brut 2017, then dig into a six-course feast with everything from dumplings to seafood rice. And yes, dessert is included! To join the food fest, email Robert at robert.stelmachuk@mott32.ca or call (604) 339-634. And hurry, tickets won’t last! Get ready for a night of great food, wine and zero hangover (I think this is how manifestation works?!)

When: July 17
Where: Mott 32 Vancouver
Cost: $328 per guest
More Info: mott32.com/vancouver

2. Enjoy a Splash of Innovation at Urbanarium’s Floating Market

July 19

Ever thought about shopping on water? Well, Urbanarium is here to float that idea! Join them for a brainstorming bonanza as they dive into the possibilities of creating floating markets in Vancouver. And don’t worry, they won’t leave you high and dry—hospitality will be provided by Callister Brewing. This isn’t just a meeting, it’s a tidal wave of creativity. So come share your ideas, meet fellow urban enthusiasts and let’s all make some waves together—because who doesn’t want a floating market, seriously?!

When: July 19
Where: Urbanarium (1249 Cartwright St)
Cost: By donation (min. $10)
More Info: www.eventbrite.ca

3. Have a Shucking Good Time at the Artigiano Summer Series

July 20

The Artigiano Summer Series is here and ready to help you hit your seafood quota this summer! (We all have those, right?) This week’s pop-up event is all about the oyster and it’s going down this Thursday (giving Friday a run for its money as “Best Day of the Week”.) The Edgemont Village location is turning into the un-o-fish-al seafood headquarters, with the Fanny Bay folks shelling out oysters like there’s no tomorrow (but there is, and that tomorrow is still technically a work day). And as if that’s not enough, get entertained as you slurp up fresh oysties along with fresh pints of beer or glasses of wine, with live music from local guitar man Johnny LeRoux. Still not convinced? Your pals at Artigiano are offering to get the first round! That’s right—the first one is on them—but it’s first-come, first-served while quantities last so make sure you make that reservation now and get there early! And because I care, here’s your early reminder: the last pop-up for this summer series is August 24th and it’s the Lobster Roll Pop-Up. Until then, I’ll sea you this Thursday seafood-lovers! (And remember… it’s a Thursday NOT Friday, so start “feeling under the weather” now so Friday’s call-in to the boss doesn’t seem so sus! You’re welcome!)

When: July 20
Where: Artigiano Edgemont
Cost: Free (reservation required)
More Info: caffeartigiano.com

Naomi Yamamoto. Photo by Wendy D.

4. Add Some Colour to Your Summer at the 3rd Annual CREATE! Arts Festival

July 22 & 23

Get ready to unleash your inner Picasso because the CREATE! Arts Festival is back! Hosted by the Eastside Arts Society, this two-day extravaganza is about to turn Strathcona Park into the hottest art hub in town. From watercolour painting to Salish singing, there’s a workshop for every kind of art enthusiast. And if you’re more of a spectator, don’t worry—they’ve got you covered with public participation art, art demos and a festival art shop so you can turn your apartment into a mini local-art shrine. Grab your paintbrushes, ukuleles and cameras and let’s get artsy!

When: July 22 & 23
Where: Strathcona Park (and various Eastside Arts District studios)
Cost: Free
More Info: createartsfestival.ca

Photo by Leila Kwok

5. Get Things Sizzlin’ at the Railtown Tailgate BBQ Series

July 23

The legendary Railtown Tailgate BBQ Series is back to fire up your summer plans! After a three-year hiatus, chefs Dan Olson and Tyler Day are dusting off their custom-made 12-foot barbecue barrel to bring you the ultimate bash. This isn’t just a BBQ—it’s a three-part summer saga of savoury brisket, applewood-smoked pork shoulder, beer-brined chicken and brats that’ll have you coming back for seconds… and thirds. The series will be heating up the Boxcar Patio behind the Cobalt Hotel in July and August. So, mark your calendars for July 23rd and then for the last one on August 20th—and get ready for some serious grillin’ and chillin’.

When: July 23
Where: Boxcar Patio
Cost: From $27.96
More Info: www.eventbrite.ca