Notable Now Vancouver: July 4, 2014

Small Stage point 5 (Friday, July 4th, 555 Gore Avenue)
The surprise hit of last fall returns for a second round of knock out performances – Small Stage point 5 runs July 4th and 5th with several shows nightly at The Emerald. This one-of-a-kind spectacle features an eclectic collection of talented artists converging on one stage to showcase their fancy footwork. The show pairs up five local independent musicians with five in-demand dance artists for an evening fuelled by inventive collaborations. For more information, click here.

The Underwear Affair (July 5th, various Vancouver locations)
The 9th Annual Underwear Affair takes place this weekend with hundreds of men and women clad in underwear hitting the streets of Vancouver, either walking 5K, running the 10K race, or taking part in the Booty Hunt. Participating runners are helping raise funds for life-saving research for cancers below the waist at the BC Cancer Foundation. Get in on the action, donate or cheer them on. Learn more about the event here.

The Clearly Contacts Open (July 4th to 6th, Kitsilano Beach)
Pop by Kitsilano Beach this weekend and take in one of North America’s largest volleyball tournaments featuring players from destinations worldwide. Now in its 23rd year, the tournament is free to spectators and features a $15,000 prize to winners. There will also be activities and entertainment (a youth volleyball tournament, beer garden and more). For details, click here.

Food Cart Fest (July 6th at 215 W. 1st Ave)
Food Cart Fest is back for another summer full of food-fuelled fun in the heart of False Creek’s Olympic Village. On from 12pm-5pm every Sunday throughout the summer, this festival gathers over 20 of Vancouver’s top food carts presented by Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. It’s a full afternoon of food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, live entertainment activities, and more. Find all the details here.

Eat Local (various locations)
Score plenty of locally made and grown goods at one of Vancouver’s farmers markets this weekend. Check out the Trout Lake Farmers Market before heading over to the West End, Kitsilano or Kerrisdale farmers markets. Main Street Farmers Market is also up and running, featuring its own Berry Festival for the month of July. For all the details and to learn more about other local markets, click here.

Coming Up: SUNWAVE (various dates, Wreck Beach)
Plan on attending the next edition of Vancouver’s new sunny outdoor electronic performances (July 12th) as part of SUNWAVE. It’s a waterfront musical showcase featuring a stacked line-up of international and Canadian artists. The venue is located five minutes from Wreck Beach at Koerner’s Secret Garden, a beautiful venue that boasts plenty of BBQ bites, full-bar, organic drink specials, and plenty of great company. Find more info here


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Top photo courtesy Volleyball BC