Join communities across the Lower Mainland in celebrating culture with food, music, art and more throughout the summer. As the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the YVR Food Cart Festival come to a close, and you recover from Canada Day celebrations, the rest of July offers a variety of other festivals to attend. There’s something for everyone and plenty to be discovered at these popular festivals around town:

16  Greek Summerfest

Where: St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church, 4641 Boundary Road, Vancouver
When: July 6-16, 2017
Time: Noon to 10/11pm

If you enjoyed the Surrey Greek Food Festival or Greek Day on Broadway this June, you can get your Greek on some more at this 11-day Greek summer festival. Greek food, music and culture is all celebrated, Opa!

Photo/@greeksummerfest (Instagram)

15  Indian Summer Festival
When: July 6-15, 2017

Southeast Asian art is featured at this 7th annual contemporary multi-arts festival which includes includes music, writers, thinkers, visual art, performances, public art and more.

Photo/@indiansummerfestival (Instagram)

14  Khatsahlano Street Party
Where: West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
When: July 8, 2017

West 4th Ave from Burrard to MacDonald turns into one giant street party with over 50 local musical performers, street performers and work by local artisans. The 10-block street fair also includes beer gardens, food vendors, market stalls and more.

Photo/@khatsahlano (Instagram)

13 Squamish Beer Festival
Where: O’Siyam Pavilion, Squamish
When: July 8, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 8:00pm

Craft beer culture is celebrated one pint at a time in the heart of Downtown Squamish. The beer festival includes 50 breweries, 200+ craft brews, music and food trucks.

Photo/@squamishbeerfest (Instagram)

12  Harrison Festival of the Arts
Where: Harrison Hot Springs
When: July 8-16, 2017

Harrison Hot Springs showcases an art market and performing arts for 9 days featuring local and international artists.  Activities include live music, visual art displays, art market, workshops, live theater, Children’s day and more.

Photo/Harrison Festival Society (Facebook)

11  Carnaval del Sol
Where: Concord Pacific Place
When: July 8-9, 2017

The biggest Latin Carnaval celebration in the Pacific Northwest includes a main stage for artists and singers, an urban art plaza, a beer garden, a cooking demo show, a family/kids plaza, a fashion show, a mini soccer tournament and of course lots and lots of authentic delicious food! Fiesta!

The event is part of the Latin American Week of events supported by the City of Vancouver to promote multiculturalism. It also includes a fiesta blanca cruise, Latin film night and dance with wine night.

Photo/@carnavaldelsolyvr (Instagram)

10  Car Free Day
Where: Commercial Drive (Venables to N. Grandview)
When: July 9, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

15 blocks along Commercial Drive close for this annual family-friendly festival which includes street performers, live music, food and more. The walkable road festival discourages driving to the festival with re-routed transit. It also promotes car free spaces and green culture in the community.

Photo/@carfreeyvr (Instagram)

9  Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Where: Jericho Beach
When: July 14-16, 2017

The three day folk festival features over 60 international artists including singers and bands across multiple stages and lawns. There’s also a beer garden, food fest, artisan market and kids crafts to enjoy.

Photo/@vanfolkfest (Instagram)

8  Mission Folk Music Festival
Where: Fraser River Heritage Park, Mission
When: July 21-23, 2017

Feeling folksy? Join the 30th annual Mission Folk Music Festival for a weekend of live music and entertainment. Headliners include John Welsh Band, Locarno and Mazacote. Over 2 dozen other artists are also featured including youth and local acts.

Photo/@missionfolkfest (Instagram)

7  Port Moody Rib Fest
Where: Port Moody
When: July 21-23, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 9:00pm/daily

The Rotary Club of Port Moody presents 3 days of finger licking delicious BBQ, live music, craft beer, family entertainment and more. Get your rib on!

Photo/Port Moody RibFest (Facebook)

Thai Festival
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
When: July 22-23, 2017

The Royal Thai Consulate-General of Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery present the 4th Thai Festival in Vancouver. The event takes place at the North Plaza of the art gallery and celebrates Thai music, culture and food. There will be Thai performances, workshops, fruit carvings and food demos.

Photo/Thai Festival

5  Surrey Fusion Festival
Where: Holland Park
When: July 22-23, 2017

As a multicultural gem, Surrey is celebrating 10 years of Fusion with music, food and tons of culture. The festival includes over 40 country pavilions, performers including Nelly Furtado and Classified and other things to do like a Canada 150 Zone, Fly Over Canada, a photo booth and more.

Photo/@surreybcevents (Instagram)

4  Squamish Wind Festival
Where: Downtown Squamish
When: July 27-29, 2017

The “Outdoor Recreation Capital of the World” showcases wind and water sports with demonstrations at the Squamish Wind Festival. The festival includes a free outdoor movie night and a farmers market. There’s also live music, art showcases, beer gardens and food trucks.

Photo/@squamishwind (Instagram)

3  Honda Celebration of Light
Where: English Bay
When: July 29 (plus August 2 & 5), 2017

Japan kicks off the annual international celebration of light fireworks on July 29th. The other two countries competing this year include UK and Canada. The celebration also includes live music and food trucks.

Photo/@celeboflight (Instagram)

2  Caribbean Days Festival
Where: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
When: July 29-30, 2017
Time: from 10:00am

The Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of BC hosts the North Shore’s Caribbean Days which include a multicultural street parade, an island and international food fair, a Caribbean market, a Family Zone for kids, carnival-style live music, entertainment, dancing and more.

Photo/Caribbean Days Festival

1  Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest
Where: Albion Fairgrounds, Maple Ridge
When: July 29-30, 2017

“Be all the COUNTRY you can be” at this FREE country fest! The country-way of life is highlighted by promoting agriculture and showcasing quality livestock, produce, home crafts and youth work. This annual fest brings together rural and urban people in the community.

Photo/ Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Country Fest (Facebook)

Plus… TACO FEST 2017!!!

The 3rd annual Vancouver Taco Fest takes over Burnaby’s beautiful Swangard Stadium. The outdoor family event includes live music, local vendors, all the best taco stalls and trucks, a taco eating contest, a giant taco pinata, live wrestling, a bar and more. Taco Fest 2017 takes place July 8th and starts at noon!

Photo/Apocalypse Sunrise Productions

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Join communities across the Lower Mainland in celebrating culture with food, music, art and more throughout the summer. As the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the YVR Food Cart Festival come to a close, and you recover from Canada Day celebrations, the rest of July offers a variety of other festivals to attend. There’s something for everyone and plenty to be discovered at these popular festivals around town: