A Summer of Entertainment! July 2023 Guide To Vancouver

The month of Canada’s birthday is always a reason to celebrate! The summer weather makes Vancouver a hub of activities, festivals, and events. In July, our city is hosting a variety of entertainment options that are perfect for residents and visitors alike. From live theatre to outdoor movies, and a jazz festival that’s sure to get your toes tapping, there’s plenty of entertainment to enjoy.


Free movie screenings? Outdoors? We’ve got you covered! Every Thursday evening from July 6th to August 17th, the Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) will host the Summer Nights Movie Series, showing a mix of new and classic films on a large inflatable screen with amazing sound. Movie nights begin at 5 p.m. with screenings starting around 9 p.m. This summer’s lineup includes Twilight, Bend It Like Beckham, Legally Blonde, The Lego Movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Topgun Maverick, and Everything Everywhere All At Once. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and don’t forget the kids!


If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you can’t miss Bard on the Beach. This annual festival takes place from June to September and offers Shakespearean plays performed by some of the best actors in the city. The festival takes place at Vanier Park, boasting stunning views of the ocean and mountains. This year’s lineup includes As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Henry V, and Goblin:Macbeth. As You Like It returns to the BMO Mainstage after playing to sold out venues across Western Canada and the USA. It will play in rotation with Shakespeare’s thrilling and tragic political drama, Julius Caesar. On the Howard Family Stage, there are two very different p productions: Henry V, the inspiring and timely history drama, followed by a hilariously interactive take on one of the bard’s most tragic tales with Goblin:Macbeth. Learn More and Get Tickets.


Described as “a quintessential Vancouver summer experience”, the Theatre Under the Stars takes place in Stanley Park. This award-winning outdoor theatre company produces popular musicals throughout the summer. With past shows like Mamma Mia! and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Under the Stars is the perfect summer activity for families and theatre lovers alike. This year’s summer lineup includes Matilda and the broadway musical The Prom. Learn More and Get Tickets.


While the festival wraps up at the beginning of July, there’s still time to catch some great performances at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. For music lovers, the Festival is a must-see event featuring over 1,800 artists from around the world. With concerts at various venues throughout the city, you can enjoy jazz music in a variety of settings, from intimate clubs to outdoor stages.

Whether you’re a cinema buff, a theatre fanatic, or a music lover, Vancouver has something for you this summer. From outdoor movies to Shakespearean plays, there’s no shortage of entertainment in this vibrant city. If you’re looking for a place to stay, be sure to book with stayvancouverhotels.com. Find the best hotel prices and take advantage of great promotional incentives, including discounts on events, a $100 shopping spree at Pacific Centre, half-day bike rentals, gift cards, and more.! Learn more.