Vancouver in July is the optimal time to visit.
With the rains gone us locals are officially out of hibernation at festivals & free concerts – and there’s no better time to enjoy all the nature that British Columbia has to offer.
Let’s break down the main July events in Vancouver and see what’s on in July at the city’s top attractions.
Vancouver in July 2023
- Things to do in Vancouver in July
- Vancouver July events
- July concerts
- July weather
- What to pack for July
What to Do in Vancouver in July
The sun is out, and there’s a breeze off the water – it’s perfect for picnics off Second Beach, watching the boats go by from Prospect Point, or even getting in a round of golf at Stanley Park Pitch & Putt.
Vancouver beaches are a great place to spend a summer day. In July, the weather is warm and sunny, and the water is perfect for swimming – well, expect a bit of a chill at first but it’s great for cooling off.
For a full, social day out in the sun with a good food and drink follow-up head to English Bay Beach in Vancouver’s West End.
If you’re looking for something a bit more wild, head over to Jericho Beach on the west side. The beaches there jut out of a coastal rainforest and offer an amazing view of the skyline and mountains.
Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason.
One of the big July events here is the TD International Jazz Festival, which features many ticketed and free events at the Ocean Art Works Pavilion.
Sea to Sky Gondola
The Sea to Sky Gondola is one of the best ways to see the stunning scenery of British Columbia.
Located less than an hour outside Vancouver, this Swiss-style ski gondola ride takes visitors on a breathtaking trip up one of the most scenic mountains in the Lower Mainland.
Once you’re up top there are hiking and biking trails, rock climbing options, and a restaurant and a cafe. If you’re visiting in July it also features an outdoor BBQ plaza.
Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
Visiting Vancouver in July means it’s the best time to grab the Vancouver Hop on Hop off Bus.
You’ll can see all the top sights in just 2 hours – discovering Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, English Bay Beach, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Science World, Robson Street, Yaletown, and more.
Plus, their friendly and knowledgeable guides will tell you all about Vancouver’s history and culture.
If you’re looking for an epic mountain getaway just minutes from downtown Vancouver this is it.
Whether you hike Mother Nature’s Staircase (aka the Grouse Grind, only open in Vancouver in summer) to get to the top or ride the Grouse Mountain Skyride the result is the same – insane panoramic views of Vancouver.
This is actually one of Vancouver’s best ski options in the winter – but in July you’ll be able to take in lumberjack shows, eat breakfast with grizzly bears (I’m serious), or even go ziplining and paragliding.
Me? I prefer having a beer on the patio at the Grouse Grind Café and taking in the views of the city and North Shore Mountains.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Built in 1889, the bridge is famous for a gentle sway which turns the attraction into a bit of an amusement park ride.
Also on site you’ll get the Cliff Walk, a 20 inch wide steel platform that’ll allow you to walk almost right off a granite cliff. There’s also the Treetops Adventure, a series of seven suspension bridges that allow you to walk above the forest floor.
Vancouver July Events 2023
Canada Day Celebrations
OK, so I went for the easy tourist win with the photo of the Mounties at a Canada Day Parade. That said, every July 1st in Vancouver it’s much more than just a mish mash of Canadian stereotypes.
The celebrations at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, right opposite the Vancouver Cruise Terminal, feature food trucks, free concerts, and assorted cultural performances and activities for kids.
The 2023 Canada Day celebrations will be called Canada Together and feature a reconciliation-focused menu heavily involving the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival features a wide range of musical styles including folk, world, and roots music. The event takes place over three days at Jericho Beach Park and typically features more than 100 performers.
In addition to live music, the festival also offers food and craft vendors, workshops, and children’s activities.
Artists performing in July 2022 include the New Pornographers, Lennie Gallant, Five Alarm Funk, Clerel and more.
2022 festival dates: July 15-17.
Honda Celebration of Light
The Honda Celebration of Light features three nights of fireworks displays, with each night being hosted by a different country.
Over 400,000 people are expected to attend this year’s free event – avoid downtown Vancouver and watch them from Jericho Beach on Vancouver’s West Side to avoid the crowds.
2022 festival dates: July 23 (Japan), July 25 (Canada), July 27 (Spain).
Carnaval del Sol
Every July in Vancouver you’ll find the epic Carnaval del Sol, the annual celebration of Latin American culture. The event features live music, dance performances, food trucks, and more.
Carnaval del Sol is a family-friendly event that is open to everyone – of particular interest are the workshops and activities that range from bachata dancing lessons to salsa making classes.
The July 2022 festival is at Jonathan Rogers Park in East Vancouver.
2022 festival dates: July 8-10.
Related: How to Spend One Day in Vancouver
Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival
If you’re looking to celebrate local music and art in Vancouver then the Khatsahlano Music & Art Festival is gonna be your jam.
Over the years, this 10 block street festival on 4th Avenue between Burrard and Macdonald has grown to become one of the biggest July events in Vancouver.
At this arts festival you can expect 50 different musical acts across 10 stages, curated art exhibitions, and local merchants.
2022 festival dates: July 9th (11:00 am and 9:00 pm).
African Descent Festival
The African Descent Festival is a celebration of the African diaspora and its culture, history, and contributions to the world – with the ultimate goal of promoting oneness between Vancouver ethnic groups.
One of the highlights here is the parade, which features colourful costumes, traditional music, and dancing.
The festival also includes a marketplace, food vendors offering African cuisine, workshops, and live entertainment.
2022 festival dates: July 16th and 17th.
Vancouver Pride Parade
The Vancouver Pride Parade is an annual event that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.
This year’s parade is scheduled for Sunday, July 31st 2022. The parade route will begin at Robson Street and proceed down Denman Street to Sunset Beach Park.
The parade is expected to attract over 100,000 spectators. Vancouver Pride is one of the largest pride celebrations in Canada and is a great opportunity to show support for the LGBTQ+ community.
2022 date: July 31st (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm).
Vancouver Concerts in July 2022
- Wu Tang Clan: July 2nd, PNE Amphitheater
- Shawn Mendes: July 2nd, Rogers Arena
- Kraftwerk: July 10th, The Orpheum
- The Lumineers: July 12th, Rogers Arena
- John Fogarty: July 24th, Rogers Arena
For more information on these July Vancouver concerts check out the Ticketmaster website.
July Weather in Vancouver
The weather in Vancouver during July is usually pretty good. It’s not too hot compared other inland cities, and there’s usually little rain.
You can expect average July high temperatures to be around 22 degrees celsius during the day (71.6 fahrenheit), and around 14 degrees at night (57 fahrenheit).
Of course, there can always be a heat wave or a cold snap, but generally speaking, the weather in Vancouver in July is very pleasant.
What to Pack for a Trip to Vancouver in July
Pack clothes that are comfortable and easy to layer on a Vancouver July vacation.
Even if you’ll be walking around in a t-shirt and shorts during the day, later on a light jacket or sweater is a good idea as evenings can be cool.
Don’t forget to pack a pair of comfortable shoes as Vancouver is not only a hilly city, but offers plenty of hikes and forest walks. You’ll also want to pack a bathing suit, as there are plenty of opportunities to cool off in the water.
No matter what the temperature is, however, always remember to pack an umbrella! Vancouver is known for its rainy days, and even if the forecast says sun you can never be too prepared.
Visiting Vancouver in July FAQ
What to wear in Vancouver in July?
There can be a lot of variation in temperatures, so be prepared for both hot and cold days. On warm days, light, airy clothing is best, and on cooler days, a light jacket or sweater may be necessary.
What to pack for Vancouver in July?
If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver in July be sure to pack sunscreen and a hat. The sun can be intense, especially when you’re near the water. You should also pack comfortable shoes, a light jacket, and a swimsuit.
How hot is Vancouver in July?
The weather in Vancouver in July is warm and sunny. It’s important to be prepared for the heat, as temperatures can reach 30 degrees celsius or more. That said, don’t expect this to be very common – around 25 degrees is usually the max, making it a warm summer not a hot summer.
What time does it get dark in Vancouver in July?
In July, the average daylight lasts for about 15 hours, with sunrise happening around 5:30 AM and sunset happening around 8:30 PM.
Visiting Vancouver in July?
I’ve tried to narrow down what to do in Vancouver Canada in July – but I’m only human!
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