From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from July 17 to July 23, 2019. Note that you can also get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.
LISTEN | Folk Fest spreads across Jericho Park this weekend. There’s something quintessentially Vancouver about this three day event. Even if you’re not into folk music, a summer evening at Jericho with music flowing is just flat out awesome. For a peruse of this year’s talent, click here. Pack a blanket and relax; outdoor folk music in the (historical) heart of Vancouver hippiedom is an experience you are honour bound to work into your summer plans. Find out more.
WATCH | Crazy Rich Asians plays on the outdoor deck of Canada Place this Thursday night. Wander the waterfront as the sun goes down and then settle in to watch a movie once the stars start to come out. Beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase onsite. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and join a bunch of strangers to watch a movie outside. Find out more here.
TASTE | There is a sweet-sounding gig happening at 33 Brewing Experiment this weekend: Victoria-based food/plant-lover Sean Partlow (Back In Five) is popping up at the sleek Mount Pleasant brewery for brunch (Sat & Sun 10am-2pm) and dinner service (Sun until 9pm). The menu reads simply and perfectly on track to pair with 33 Acres beer (think bacon and slow-cooked egg breakfast sandwich or whipped mascarpone & fresh berry jam on toast for brunch and fried chicken katsu or roasted Japanese potato & mushroom sandwiches for dinner — full menu here). Short story: this tasty situation will be worth the potential line-up. Make it a priority. Seriously. Find out more here.
FIX | Do you own a favourite shirt that has worn through at the elbows, a loved sweater that met an unfortunate moment with a zipper, or a cherished blouse eaten by a moth? Everyone has at least one sad garment story in their closet. Don’t despair, the landfill isn’t necessary. This weekend you are invited to gather all of your ripped and torn textiles and hit the Thingery Clothing Repair to darn, patch, stick and sew new life to your old clothes. Take a walk along the Arbutus Greenway post-fix-it session and stop for an almond croissant and a coffee at Beaucoup Bakery as a reward. Find out more.
CITY | Wealthy landowners who block badly-needed housing developments; a need for better transit to connect communities affordably and responsibly; growing poverty and homelessness…these are some of the issues that California and Vancouver share. Hit the Vancouver Public Library (central branch) this Thursday night to hear US State Senator Scott Wiener talk about his experiences in working to make housing more abundant and affordable in California, as well as his thoughts on what role higher levels of government should play in regional land use and transportation decisions. Comparing notes and collaborating on solutions to shared problems is a good practice. Get involved! Find out more.
COUNTRY | UBC Farm has so many things going on this Saturday. In a nutshell, you can take part in a farm tour; learn a little about seeds at the Seeds of Knowledge research display; listen to some live music; enter your kids in a scavenger hunt; grab something to eat from one of the food trucks and relax on the grass; and load up on fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers market. Extra bonus: take along a bucket and get in on the U-pick blueberry opportunity on Saturday starting at 10am. A day at the UBC Farm is like a vacation in the country. Pack sunscreen and water. Find out more.
MOON | Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. That’s no small accomplishment! Mark the occasion with a seat at one of two moon-centric documentary screenings scheduled at The Cinematheque this weekend: the Oscar-nominated 1989 film For All Mankind (Brian Eno had a hand in the soundtrack, so you know it’s legit) and the new immersive film experience Apollo 11, which consists of entirely unseen and unheard 70mm footage and Mission Control audio dug out from the NASA archives. For screen times, more details and advance tickets, head over here. Like the idea of celebrating space, but not sure you’re in the documentary mood? Don’t worry, The Rio has your back with Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Fri 10:45pm), and both Alien (8pm Sat) and Aliens (10:20pm Sat). Details here. One way or another, it’s summer and good time to space the fuck out!
SUN | Let this week’s hit of cool weather serve as a reminder that it’s important to make the most of summer as you can. If you haven’t been to a farm dinner yet, it’s time to get that essential summer adventure checked off your list. The sun is expected to shine its wonderfulness back down by the weekend, so we suggest you get out there and enjoy it by taking a delightfully short ferry ride over to Bowen Island for a long table dinner on a farm. Home Farm will be hosting one of Vancouver’s best Mexican eateries, La Mezcaleria, for an al fresco feast. Tostadas, ash roasted veggies, tamales, tequila and churros? So excited! Tickets can be purchased here. If you come, please say hello!
FARMBQ | Not just one farm dinner, but two? Yep, this is a good weekend. The Fraser Common Farm is hosting Big Day BBQ for an afternoon of “food, fun, and frolic” on the farm this Sunday afternoon. Expect plenty of good ol’ fashioned twang, games, a farm tour, complimentary booze and ginger beer, heaps of meat and a delicious pie whipped up by the ladies of The Pie Shoppe. You don’t even have to drive! There’s a shuttle leaving from the Safeway at Commercial and Broadway at 150pm and it will take you there and back again. Hook yourselves up here. We’ll see you there!
HEADS UP | School may be out for the summer, but on July 25th David Thompson Secondary will be attracting a different crowd for the annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner. Hosted by the local food education non-profit, Fresh Roots, this multi-course feast features ingredients grown and plucked from its very own schoolyard setting, plus an open bar! All proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit Fresh Roots’ awesome initiatives and can be purchased here.