The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week, from our calendar to yours!
MARATHON | There’s an Indiana Jones Trilogy at The Rio Theatre on Friday night. Yup, you can dig in for over six hours of awesome adventure. We’re talking Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade back to back to back. Add a grilled cheese and a cold beer and there’s no reason to leave until well after midnight.
Fri, July 14 | 7pm till late | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8-$12 | DETAILS
FLEA | The good folks at Eastside Flea throw down with one of their terrific three-day markets this weekend. Not only can you cruise tables and booths of over 50 vendors offering cool-as-heck handmade wares, visit some of the on-site studios, meet makers, listen to music, eat food and drink drinks, but there’s also ice cream to be had, pinball to be played, and outdoor courtyard hanging out to be done. There’s always good times at the Ellis Building! Friday night is the party portion of the weekend. The market proper happens Sat + Sun from 11am – 5pm.
July 14-16 | Fri, 6-10pm | Sat + Sun 11am-5pm | 1024 Main St. | $3 | DETAILS
FOLK FEST | The Vancouver Folk Fest spreads across the grasses of Jericho Park this weekend, and everything points to it being a pretty amazing gig. The four day event is a local tradition that speaks to Vancouver’s hippy roots. Expect good things: The Bahamas, C.R. Avery, The Belle Game and Joe Henry will be there; so will Billy Bragg, Kathleen Edwards, Blind Pilot and a whole whack of other fantastic musicians and bands. All of that AND serious summer weather at Jericho? Flat out awesome.
July 13-16 | Jericho Beach | $60 –$170 depending on your commitment | DETAILS
ART | Take some time for art appreciation this weekend. The area known as ‘The Flats’ (between Main St, and Clark Dr. just above Industrial Ave) is home to numerous studios and galleries – from long established Vancouver art scene players like Monte Clark, Winsor Gallery, and Gallery Jones to next wave galleries like Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, SoMa and Chernoff Fine Art, not to mention hubs like Grunt and Arts Factory – the area offers something for everyone. This Saturday the tight little flock throw their annual summer block party and that means ten open houses and lots of good energy. Hustle down to cruise exhibitions, meet fellow art enthusiasts and get to know this ‘cultural cornerstone’.
Sat, July 15 | 1-5pm | Various locations in “The Flats” | DETAILS
SUNDAY ON SATURDAY | Sunday Cider is back for the second instalment of the Summer Sizzler Series this weekend. Hustle over to the friendly eastside cidery for an outdoor afternoon of music, food, good vibes and craft cider (5 taps will be flowing including Sesh, TropHop, Wild, Gulf Island and Sunday Sidra). We’re particularly interested in tasting TropHop (a “hazy, hopped cider blended with fresh pineapple juice” that is rumoured to be as refreshing as it sounds). There will also be food (El Cartel will be on site with their truck and ice cream sandwiches by Brown Paper Packages (always outstanding). Not sure you’re feeling social? Slip in and grab a growlers to-go – they transport nicely to beaches and parks.
Sat, July 15 | 1-7pm | Sunday Cider (outside) | 1575 Vernon Drive | FREE Admission | DETAILS
URBANARIUM | Founded by a group of architects, planners and other passionate city dwellers, Urbanarium believes in “…informing, educating and engaging the citizens of Metro Vancouver to help guide decision making to protect our future well being.” This week catch a Movie Set Walking Tour that takes a look at “how Vancouver manages to stand in for cities from all over the world – from historic quarters and gritty alleys to polished and shiny cities of the future, and what contributes to making it Hollywood North.” Lots to consider!
Sun, July 16 | 10am and again at 2pm | Meet at Robson Square Ice Rink | Free | DETAILS
SCORE | Vancouver Special is holding their first ever warehouse sale this week. Word has it there will be design-forward and sexy looking sofas, tables, chairs, lighting, accessories and books – all at 40-80% off. That much off of anything at Vancouver Special is worth getting out of bed for. Count us in!
Sun, July 16 | noon-5pm | 101 W 6th | DETAILS
EAT LOCAL | Summer is in full swing and the Farmers Markets are a tasty way to appreciate that fact. Hit up your local market to stock up on fresh local food. All kinds of berries are happening right now, plus salad greens, zucchini and herbs galore, as well as cheeses, artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies, and pies. Support the people who grow our food!
Main Street | Wednesdays| 2-6pm | 1100 Station Street (Berry Fest!)
Downtown | Thursday | 11am-3pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th
Mount Pleasant | Sundays | 10am-2pm | Dude Chilling Park …. All the DETAILS
LEARN | Parks Canada is dispatching some of their knowledgable peeps to Stanley Park to help interested Vancouverites become more familiar with the outdoors. From event organizers: “Whether you’re a full blown environmentalist or a budding nature appreciator, join us for a fun and engaging workshop about nearby ecosystems and park safety.” Spend a sunny hour getting schooled on identifying local plants, birds and animals and, because we are talking Parks Board here, there will be a healthy smattering of safety and preparation tips. A crash course in outdoor everything is a smart move this time of year. Bonus: it’s free!
Sat, July 15 | 1:30pm-2:30pm | Stanley Park | Free | DETAILS
EXPLORE | Catch the sunset from Iona Beach Regional Park (just north of the Vancouver International Airport) in Richmond. Iona is a beautiful stretch of sandy shoreline that spreads toward the sea at the mouth of the Fraser River. In addition to walking the beach (when the tide is out it goes on for ever), there’s also a walkable breakwater, raised boardwalks, and a crazy network of unmarked trails. To get there, cross the Arthur Laing Bridge on your way to the airport but turn right at the first traffic light (Grauer Road) and follow the signs.
All Day | Every day | Free | DETAILS