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Date June 26 to August 11Venue Vanier Park Price From $26bardonthebeach.org
Bard on the Beach is famous for staging tradition with a twist—and this season’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well is packing a political punch. The complex comedy is set in 1940s India, with British occupation dwindling and Indian independence on the horizon. Audiences will have no trouble making connections between the problem play’s themes (as in the patriarchy sucks) and present problems: “Shakespeare’s writing can illuminate modern dilemmas,” says co-director Johnna Wright, “at the same time as these modern contexts and interpretations can shed new light on Shakespeare.” Co-director Rohit Chokhani hints at the show’s “bold and risky choices”—to see if all really ends well, you’ll have to snag a ticket.
Date July 13Venue Cloverdale FairgroundsPrice From $59ruggedmaniac.com
You’ll be rewarded for getting down and dirty in this 5K obstacle race (which includes fire, barbed wire and a whole lot of mud) with a cold beer and a 5,000-person after-party.
Date July 19Venue The OrpheumPrice From $63thebiancadelrio.com
Swipe on some waterproof mascara before you clown around with esteemed comedian and decorated drag queen Bianca Del Rio.
Date July 12 to 14Venue Kits BeachPrice Freebeachtourbc.com
Enter and compete with pro volleyballers for a $30,000 prize—or watch for free from the comfort of your own beach towel.
Date July 6 and 7Venue Concord PacificPrice $2carnavaldelsol.ca
This sunny celebration is the largest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest and features soccer tournaments, live music and food and beverage vendors, from across Latin America.
Date August 1Venue Biltmore CabaretPrice $13biltmorecabaret.com
Detroit-born indie-rock warbler Stef Chura’s new single, “They’ll Never,” sheds a defiant light on a dilapidated building she once lived in—and challenges what it takes to make a home.
Date August 25Venue YaletownPrice Freepetapaloozawest.com
The dog days are just beginning—this furry and fabulous Mainland Street takeover has puppy yoga, bulldog races and dog-friendly trick-or-treating.
Date August 9 to 11Venue Concord PacificPrice Freethemacandcheesefestival.com
This national mac-and-cheese fest is finally making a stop in Vancouver. Loosen your belt buckle for creative concoctions like mac-and-cheese-y hot dogs, tacos and waffles.