Summer means outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, and lots of outdoor fun! This weekend also brings you the Berrybeat Festival in Abbotsford and the annual Carnaval del Sol in Vancouver. Enjoy Harry Potter in concert with the VSO, learn about Black Bears, or have a fun at a community pool party. We’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do.

Discovery Days at the Surrey Nature Centre
Friday, July 6th, 10 am – 2 pm, Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey
Bring the whole family, your sense of adventure and maybe even a picnic lunch as you discover the Surrey Nature Centre and Green Timbers Park. Leaders will be on-hand to guide you in nature activities.

Family Movie Nights in the Plaza – The Labyrinth
Friday, July 6th, 7 pm – 11 pm, Civic Plaza, 141 14th Street W., North Vancouver
Movies in the Plaza bring 100’s of families into Civic Plaza to enjoy an outdoor summer movie experience and an evening of free family fun. The movies are shown on a big outdoor screen at sunset. Before the movie begins there’s lots of family-friendly activities, piano sing-alongs, face painting and entertainment. We recommend that you bring your own chair or blanket and arrive early! The pre-movie fun gets started at 7 pm.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert
Friday, July 6th, 7 pm & Saturday, July 7th, 2 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series returns to the VSO with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert, the fifth film in the Harry Potter™ series. Thestrals and prophecies and Umbridge™, oh my! CineConcerts presents Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ like it’s never been seen before. Let the wizarding world enchant you all over again as the film is projected onto a giant screen and a live symphonic orchestra performs the score. Laugh, cry, and cheer at your favourite scenes in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

10th Annual Carnaval del Sol
Saturday, July 7th – Sunday, July 8th, Concord Pacific Place, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
The 10th annual Carnaval del Sol is the biggest Latin Festival in the Pacific Northwest. It consists of two days of live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry in celebration of Latin American culture. Carnaval del Sol is the finale to the week-long Latin American Week. Over 100,000 attendees are expected to attend and enjoy over 450 local and international performances, food vendors, arts and crafts displays, dance and culinary lessons, and a Latin American-inspired fashion show.

Curious by Nature: Black Bears
Saturday, July 7th, 9:30 am – 12 pm, Capilano River Regional Park, 4500 Capilano River Regional Park, North Vancouver
Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by these pop-up stations anytime to chat with a park interpreter. Learn about a featured animal or plant or bring your own questions. Meet at the entrance of the Capilano Fish Hatchery.

Learn to Camp
Saturday, July 7th – Sunday, July 8th, 10 am – 5 pm, Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley
Want to try camping? Let us show you the ropes! Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op are teaming up to present unforgettable Learn to Camp experiences in four of British Columbia’s national parks and historic sites. Learn how to pitch a tent, start a fire and stay safe around wildlife, while making new friends and enjoying the relaxing setting. Please pre-register.

37th Annual Abbotsford BerryFest
Saturday, July 7th, 10 am – 10 pm, downtown Abbotsford
The 37th annual Abbotsford BerryFest is set to return for a “berry good time” on July 7th from 10 am to 10 pm to the streets of Essendene and Montrose Avenue in Downtown Abbotsford. This year’s BerryFest is expected to attract more than 6,000 attendees for a fun-filled day of family-friendly festivities created to commemorate Abbotsford’s national distinction as the berry capital of Canada.

Hidden Histories Story-Filled Walk: Shipyards
Saturday, July 7th, 11 am – 12 pm, The Shipyards in North Vancouver, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Discover North Vancouver’s hidden histories with NVMA’s Story-Filled Walks. Join us on a walk into North Vancouver’s fascinating history with the Shipyard Pals. At the historic Burrard Dry Dock, hear stories and songs about both war time heroics and the everyday life of the shipyard workers. Drop-in walks at The Shipyards are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 1:30 pm from July 7 to August 26.

ArtStarts Explores: Sand & Water
Saturday, July 7th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Using our visual and tactile senses, how can we describe sand and water? If we close our eyes, what words can we use to describe these different textures? This workshop uses the natural elements to heighten both our senses and descriptive language abilities.

Commercial Drive Car Free Day Festival
Sunday, July 8th, 12 pm – 7 pm, Commercial Drive, Vancouver
This awesome festival stretches across 15 blocks featuring amazing local artisans, musicians, community activities, delicious food, tons of entertainment and activities for all ages. As the place that Car Free Day began, Commercial Drive stays true to its grassroots beginnings and the story behind the festival. There is a strong message of advocacy and activism for providing car free spaces and green culture for the community. Translink generously re-routes the Commercial Drive bus nearby on the festival day. With bus and skytrain options conveniently accessible to the festival there are so many ways to get here car-free!

Westhill Family Pool Party
Sunday, July 8th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Westhill Pool, 203 Westhill Place, Port Moody
Celebrate the start of the summer season with a family BBQ and some pool time. Games and activities for kids including magic show and balloon art with Gizmo the Clown, pool challenges and bouncy castle. Lots of prizes and fun for everyone! BBQ and entertainment provided by CUPE Local 825.

Coral Reefs Are Way Cool Because:
Sunday, July 8th, 1 pm – 2 pm, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Did you know that the corals from vibrant tropical reefs are actually an animal that grow a calcium skeleton? The coral reefs many enjoy snorkeling or diving through are created by this skeleton, which provides shelter for a diversity of other tropical animals and plants. Did you also know that neighbouring coral colonies wage war on each other to invade new areas of the reef for their own colony? These are just two of the many reasons coral reefs are way cool!

Symphony in the Park
Sunday, July 8th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Deer Lake Park, Burnaby
A program of classics and popular favourites by the VSO. Arrive early, bring a blanket, and a picnic basket and settle in for a wonderful evening of symphonic music in the park. Free admission.

If you’ve got an event you think we should know about please send us all the details! Looking for your event to be featured? Email us for more information.

And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!

By: Michelle Hughes

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