Vancouver Weekender: July 12 through 14, 2013

If you haven’t had the chance already, be sure to check out some of the happenings that are taking place around town as part of this year’s Indian Summer Festival. On until Sunday, this international festival offers young professionals in Vancouver the chance to take in a cultural celebration like no other – and one seeped in variety. Be it visual arts, music, cuisine or live performances you’re after, you’ll find it at this fest. 

Also on our notable agenda come Friday night: scoring tickets to see City and Colour live at the PNE Amphitheatre. They’ll be bringing down the house with their hauntingly beautiful sound alongside the likes of Hey Ocean! and Jimmy Eat World. Tickets are still available, click here for details.

Saturday, save up for some serious beer swigging at the Canada Cup of Beer. It’s the city’s largest outdoor beer festival that features a plethora of locally made craft brews as well as plenty of tasteful imports. Tickets are available for $20 and score you the chance to enjoy a day’s worth of fun in the afternoon sun. There will be live music on site, food vendors and more to keep you occupied.

Once you’ve had your fill at the beer fest, head over to Kitsilano and stroll along W. 4th Ave as you explore this year’s Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival (also taking place this weekend). One of Vancouver’s largest, free outdoor festivals featuring multiple stages and a variety of talented musicians, local vendors, demos and more, it’s a great way to enjoy the day close to home. 

Post-festival fun, we think you ought to pop down to the West End of town and grab some authentic Mexican fixings at the cutest little taco stop we’ve found in a while, La Casita’s Tacos on Robson at Denman Street. This no-frills spot oozes authenticity and has already garnered quite the local following. Couple this with a quaint patio out front perfect for seeking out shade (and a cold one) to go with your selection of ceviche tostadas, tacos and quesadillas. For more insight, visit their facebook page here.

After you’ve filled that appetite, why not stroll down toward English Bay to take in the sunset for a bit, or catch a bit of open-air theatre at Bard on the Beach?

Start off your Sunday by grabbing java and a light bite to-go and beeline your way over to the Grouse Grind. It’s what we like to affectionately call ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster from Hell’ around here… and it’s worth all the cursing and sweating once you arrive at the top and can take in the stunning city view below. Depending on your timing, you might even be able to reward yourself with a Sunday-funday Caesar on their mountaintop deck.

After the torturous, but oh-so-good hike, spruce yourself up and grab a ticket to this year’s Winners Circle Day at the Races Charity event in support of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society. Tickets are only $65 and score you a spot in their special VIP Marquee tent in the heart of all the action. Adding to the exciting mix of happenings at this 2nd Annual event: Wiener Dog Races! So therefore, you must go.

Wind down by wheeling your way over to catch the tail-end of Food Cart Fest (every Sunday throughout the summer). What’s not to love about live music, more than 20 different vendors, a tantalizing mix of cuisines and lazy Sunday afternoon? Yeah, we didn’t think you’d have a problem with it. Be sure to pop by Chili Tank, Holy Perogy and Didi’s Greek for a feast. Admission is only a Toonie, so what are you waiting for? 


Top photo courtesy Bard on the Beach