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Our recommended events in Vancouver this weekend, curated by Lorien Henson

Social butterfly Ajay Puri is adventuring in Nepal and India for the next 6 weeks.  While Ajay is gallivanting the globe, I’m delighted to guest write the Vancouver Observer’s Weekend Top 3 Event Picks.  My name is Lorien Henson.  I'm an activist for social good founder of sustainable event biz LimeLight Event Marketing, outdoor music festival fan, yogi, snowboarder, vegan and travel loving redheaded adventurer.


There are tons of awesome events happening all summer long and they have all the makings for surefire summertime fun in the city.
THE WEEKEND TOP PICKS
VANCOUVER EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
#1 VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL
WHAT: The Vancouver Folk Music Festival presents World, Folk, Gospel, Bluegrass, Blues, Latin and African music. Friday night concert is $60.
WHY:  Music, Friends, Beautiful Park Setting, Sunshine = Good Times!
WHEN:  July 16:  6-11PM; July 17: 10AM-11PM; July 18: 10AM-11PM
WHERE:  Jericho Beach Park 
MORE INFO: Tickets $60, $90, $185.  www.thefestival.bc.ca 
#2 THEATRE UNDER THE STARS
WHAT: Theatre Under the Stars is presenting their 64th summer season of musical theatre July 9th  - August 21st.  Playing on alternating evenings are ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘Singin' in the Rain’.
WHY: Live musical theatre under the stars – simply heavenly!
WHEN: Nightly, 8PM 
WHERE:  Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
MORE INFO: Tickets $19 - $44. www.tuts.ca
#3 PROJECTING CHANGE BREAKFAST SCREENING
WHAT: Projecting Change Film Festival launches new series with BUYER BE FAIR – a film that shows how retailers and consumers can use their purchasing power and market choice to make the world better for people and the environment. The screening will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with local Fair Trade experts.  
WHY: Start your Saturday with a great breakfast (pastries, fresh juices and Fair Trade coffee) AND learn something.
WHEN: July 17, 9AM Breakfast, 10AM start
WHERE: Fifth Avenue Cinemas

 

More cool FREE (or by donation) events happening around town this week:

FRIDAY

FLASHBACK TO THE ‘80’S AT HASTINGS.  MOVIE NIGHT – TOP GUN
WHAT: Head to the track on Friday and enjoy the flashback with FREE movie night!  The movie is TOP GUN.  Movie starts half hour after last race.
WHY: Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer were hot in 1986.
WHEN: July 16, 10PM start
WHERE: Hastings Racecourse
MORE INFO:  Free Admission. www.hastingsracecourse.com

TUESDAY

SUSTAINABILITY -  A GREEN AFFAIR
WHAT: Sustainability - A Green Affair is a one-day eco-fair to bring together local merchants and companies to inspire sustainable living.
WHY: Get the inside scoop on going green.
WHEN: July 20, 11AM – 4PM
WHERE: SFU, Surrey Campus, Main Mezzanine, 
250 - 13450 – 102nd Avenue
MORE INFO: Free Admission.  www.agreenaffair.ca

WEDNESDAY

CELEBRATION OF LIGHT 
WHAT: 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the Celebration of Light the international fireworks competition. USA kicks off the comp.  SHOREfest concert series start at 6:00 PM at the Bath House Stage at English Bay.
WHY: Ooooh Ahhhh Fireworks synchronized to music. Tune in to SHORE104.3.
WHEN: July 21st, 10PM
WHERE: English Bay, Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach are great places to watch
MORE INFO:  Free. www.celebration-of-light.com
KARMA YOGA ON THE BEACH
WHAT: Bring your mat for an hour of intention and fun. OceanFlow yoga is Vinyasa style, all levels welcome. 
WHY: Double fun. Yoga for charity, then snag a spot on the beach to watch the fireworks
WHEN:  July 21 (and every Wednesday), 6PM
WHERE:  Kitsilano Beach – Between the Yacht Club and the Pool – over looking the ocean. 
MORE INFO: By donation supporting local charities 
GREEN DRINKS
WHAT: Informal social event for people who are passionate about environmental and sustainability issues. 
WHY: Beer and sustainability peeps inspire very interesting conversations.
WHEN: July 21st, 5:45 PM
WHERE: Steamworks Pub – 375 Water Street, Vancouver

THURSDAY

DINNER AND OUTDOOR MOVIE – Monsters Vs Aliens
WHAT: The free movie, Monsters Vs Aliens, will start at dusk, but it is recommended to be there as early as possible to ensure a good spot in front of the giant inflatable screen. Pack a picnic or grab some take-away for a fun summer night out.
WHY: Big kids get to stay up late and watch cartoons outside with friends.
WHEN:  July 22. 9:30’ish PM start
WHERE: Ceperley Meadow, Stanley Park (near Second Beach) 
MORE INFO:  Free Admission.  www.westendbia.com

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