42 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, July 28 – Straight.com

Looking for something to do on Sunday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 42 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, July 28.



Day 3 of the Constellation Festival in Squamish features mainstage performances by Bahamas (above), Half Moon Run, Current Swell, Begonia, Luca Fogale, and the Oot n’ Oots.

Ontario indie-rock/pop band Kasador plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Strathcona, the Belief Experiment, Sincerely Craig, and Broken Fog Machine.

The 19-piece Bruce James Orchestra performs music of the big-band era and present-day hits at North Van’s St. Andrew’s United Church.



The two-day Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest at the Albion Fairgrounds features horse shows, pie-eating contest, country music, beer garden, food trucks, and petting zoo.



Cats Flippin Birds presents comedian and magician Merlin Cosmos at the LanaLou’s Restaurant, with guests Ola Dada, Seb Chamney, Shadowfax, and Looking For Friends,

Comedian Andrew Packer hosts Jokes N Tokes, a night of weed-oriented laughs, at Cannabis Culture Headquarters.

The Sunday Service is a weekly improv-comedy show at the Fox Cabaret.




Learn more about the history of the gallery and the summer exhibitions at a guided tour of the Polygon in Spanish, led by an arts professional.

Join visitor coordinator Jocelyn Statia for an afternoon tour of the current exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery.



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Performance at Bard on the Beach of All’s Well that Ends Well, a new staging of Shakespeare’s work set in India during the waning days of British occupation.

Theatre Under the Stars presents a performance of Disney’s Newsies at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

Teatro Los Enamodaros presents The God of Carnage, a dark comedy in which two sets of parents meet to discuss a conflict between their children, at Havana Theatre.

Definitely a Musical is a musical comedy about free will and storytelling at the Surrey Arts Centre.

Performance at Bard on the Beach of The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by the 2007 spaghetti-western version of Shakespeare’s work.




Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 130 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and lithographs from the artist’s pre- and postwar career. 

Vicky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist’s career.

Moving Still: Performative Photography in India at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 100 works that examine themes of gender, religion, and sexual identity.

Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as a source of inspiration and site for the production and enactment of culture, with works by Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, Hong Chan Park, Judy Radul, Jack Shadbolt, Danny Singer, and Ian Wallace.




Shakeup: Preserving What We Value at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with Indigenous knowledge and oral history.

Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC illustrates the role puppets have played in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values.

Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives at the Museum of Vancouver delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city.

There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers, and printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.



The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem-pole collection, Cliffwalk, and Treetop Adventure. 

Kits Pool, Vancouver’s only saltwater swimming pool, is 137 metres long and features a water park, two slides, cafes, and lockers. 

The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada’s Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.

Vancouver Lookout features a ride in an exterior glass elevator and a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.



Screening at the Cinematheque of a new restoration of Ikarie XB 1Czechoslovakian director Jindřich Polák’s influential 1963 sci-fi film.

Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Last BolshevikChris Marker’s tribute to early Soviet filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin.

Screening at the Rio Theatre of Brazil, director Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi, dystopian fantasy masterpiece of 1985.


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