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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Events July 19-21

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It’s peak summer in Vancouver this weekend with events ranging from the annual Celebration of Light Fireworks, to the Whitecaps Pride Match, the Surrey Fusion Festival, summer farmers markets, and so much more. Miss604 is proud to support Sounds Like Summer free in Edmonds Park on Friday, the return of the Vancouver Canadians to the ‘Nat, and the summer season of Burnaby Village Museum. Find these activities and many more listed below:

Friday, July 19 | Saturday, July 20 | Sunday, July 21

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Join the Summer Salsa Cruise in Vancouver – Giveaway

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Hop aboard a summer salsa cruise in Vancouver where you can enjoy three levels of DJs, dance (lessons included), food, drinks, and views of the city. One night only! Usually there is a full series of themed events each summer but this is your only chance to experience salsa cruises this season and you can enter to win tickets:

Vancouver Salsa Cruises - MV Britannia. Photo submitted.
Vancouver Salsa Cruises – MV Britannia. Photo submitted.

Summer Salsa Cruise in Vancouver

  • Where: MV Britannia docked at 501 Denman St, setting sail from Coal Harbour
  • When: August 10, 2024 from 9:30pm to 12:30am (boarding 8:30pm)
  • Tickets: Available online now from $55. Must be 19+.
    • Latin American food, and drinks, will be available for purchase on board.

Each level of the ship will have a different DJ with different sounds and beats: Latin music; plus Top 40 and club hits. Guests can participate in a complimentary latin dance lesson, and enjoy a dance show during this three hour experience. Move to the tropical rhythms and take in the beautiful sights from the water.

Enter to Win

I have a pair of tickets to give away to the Salsa Cruise! Here’s how you can enter to win:

Win Tickets to Vancouver Salsa Cruises

This is the only Salsa Cruise of the season but organizers will also be hosting and Afternoon Family Cruise with a Frozen theme on August 18th. Tickets for that are also available now. The event includes visits with a superhero, Anna, and Elsa. There will be face painting, dancing on two levels, sing-alongs, hair braiding, and lots of photo opportunities while you make memories.

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Food Trucks at the Fireworks in Vancouver

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The Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks will have an airshow and a drone show this year, and also one of the largest gatherings of food trucks in the region. If you’re heading to the beach and are in search of sustenance, these vendors will have you covered down at English Bay.

Food Trucks English Bay Fireworks Vancouver

Food Trucks at the Fireworks in Vancouver

Kampong Malaysian
Mama’s Fish & Chips
Aloha Poke
Le Sella Pizza
KYU Grill
Little Ooties
Hot Dog Hustling
Mr. Pretzel
Munchu Picchu
Primo Auth Mexican
Mr. Frosty

Fusion Icy
Mom’s Grilled Cheese
Rotato Potato
Shameless Buns
Taco N’ Todo
Teriyaki Express
The Thai Box
Cravings Kettle Corn
Lemon Heaven
Roasted Revolution
JJ Hot Cobs
Vancouver Coffee Bike

Find all 18 vendors along Beach Avenue, with additional options available near Morton Park, Bidwell Street and in Vanier Park, across the water.

Of course there are also a variety of West End businesses you can support, from take-out and picnic options, to restaurants and pubs.

Fireworks Schedule

Red Bull Air Show 7:40pm | Drone show 9:50pm | Fireworks 10:00pm

Saturday, July 20 Portugal – Team Macedos Pirotecnia

Wednesday, July 24 Malaysia – Team Pyro Tact

Saturday, July 27 United Kingdom – Team Pyrotex Fireworx

Related: Drone Show at English Bay Ahead of Celebration of Light Fireworks

Attendees of the Honda Celebration of Light are advised of bike lane detours and partial road closures on Beach Avenue, starting at 9:00am each day of the event. Restricted vehicle access for non-residents of the West End will also be in place from 5:00pm daily.

Italy’s Frecce Tricolori Jets Flyover Downtown Vancouver

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“Is it the Snowbirds?” I asked John as we jumped out of our seats and ran to the balcony. The formation of jets had just made their first pass over Downtown Vancouver leaving a trail of green, white, and red smoke behind them. A quick search and we discovered it’s the Frecce Tricolori, Italy’s airforce acrobatics team.

Italy’s Frecce Tricolori North American Tour

Italy's Frecce Tricolori Jets Flyover of Downtown Vancouver
Italy’s Frecce Tricolori Jets Flyover of Downtown Vancouver – Photos submitted to Miss604

Italy’s Frecce Tricolori Jets Flyover Downtown Vancouver

The Consulate advertised the mini airshow in Vancouver a few days ago, and it’s part of a larger North American tour. They did about 3-4 passes over the city today.

The Italian Airforce Aerobatic Team (“Frecce Tricolori”), which celebrated its 63rd birthday last March 1, will fly to Canada and the United States for the first time in more than 30 years since its last mission (Columbus ’92) on a multifaceted tour that includes a series of events and fly-overs, and in which the “Frecce Tricolori” will represent Italian excellence.

The North America Tour will be an opportunity organize a redeployment thousands of kilometers away from Italy and to share the values, technology, professionalism and teamwork skills of the Italian Air Force, through a journey in stages between Canada and the United States. The Tour will also be an opportunity to represent Italy in the world and foster Made in Italy overseas. (Source)

Italy Jets Flyover Downtown Vancouver MP photo
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The tour began in Bagotville, Québec to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force. On June 25th, the team flew over Parliament Hill in Ottawa in the morning and Montreal in the afternoon. They also performed at the Quinte International Airshow 2024 in Trenton (Ontario), on June 29 and 30. 

Italy Frecce Tricolori Flyover of Downtown Vancouver
Italy’s Frecce Tricolori Jets Flyover of Downtown Vancouver – Photo submitted to Miss604

After Vancouver, they’ll head over to: Edmonton on July 18th; Cold Lake July 20-21; Moose Jaw on July 22nd; Oshkosh on July 23rd; Milwaukee July 27-28; Chicago July 27th; Toronto August 2nd; Rochester August 3-4; Philadelphia and New York on August 8th; New York August 10-11; Norfolk August 21st; Washington DC August 21st; and the last airshow is over Ocean City August 24-25.

Italy's Frecce Tricolori Jets Flyover of Downtown Vancouver - Photo submitted to Miss604
Italy’s Frecce Tricolori Jets Flyover of Downtown Vancouver – Photo submitted to Miss604

Follow the tour here and on Instagram.

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Fitness is Such a DRAG – PRIDE Fundraiser for QMUNITY

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Have a good time and break a little sweat all in support of a great cause with Fitness is Such a DRAG! Happening in the heart of Downtown Vancouver the event features performances by Canada’s Drag Race star Kendall Gender with Bibi SouPhresh, Tiffany Ann Co., and Hazel with dancers from Quill Collective.

Fitness is Such a DRAG - PRIDE Fundraiser

Fitness is Such a DRAG – PRIDE Fundraiser

  • Dates: Tuesday, July 30, 2024 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Location: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) 800 West Georgia, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online now for $25 +fee. Pre-registration is required.

There will be a series of 20 minute sessions including:

  • Pop Queen Cardio with Jared Byrne (dance fitness)
  • Step fitness with Mark Wolf (no step required)
  • Mighty, a beat-driven cardio and strength, with Dylan Archambault

Participate in beginner-friendly cardio sessions, all in support of QMUNITY, a non-profit organization based in Vancouver that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives.

For the event, wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and sunglasses are recommended since participants will be facing the sun for the first part of the evening in the plaza.

QMUNITY provides a safer space for 2SLGBTQIA+ people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included. Their building serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and collective strength. Follow on Facebook for more info.