Editor's Note: Globe B.C. has joined forces with Scout Magazine to give you the best of what's happening in Vancouver this weekend. For a full week's worth of listings, head over to the complete Scout List, updated each week.
GO GREEN | Earthsave Canada offers a free talk on the benefits of plant-based diets at Robson Square on Thursday night. If you’re interested in shifting your diet to include more plants, think about attending to hear what physician, author and speaker Michael Greger can tell you about the latest in plant-based nutrition and health research. This event is open to the public on a first come first serve basis.
Friday, July 25 | 7pm | UBC Robson Square (800 Robson St.) | Free | www.earthsave.ca
MORBID CURIOSITY | Stanley Park might be a serene aggregate of quiet forest paths with a inviting coastline, but like many beautiful things, it has a dark side. This weekend is your chance to get the scoop on some of the park’s shady past including murders, suicides, park cemeteries and burial places, treasure, shipwrecks, drownings, and what can only be described as mysterious incidences – if you’re into that sort of thing.
Saturday, July 26 | 1-3pm | Lost Lagoon Nature House | $10 | www.stanleyparkhistory.wordpress.com
PRIDE | Vancouver Pride is gearing up. This weekend, watch out for the Pride Walk & Run (starting and finishing at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park, with disco water stations in between) as well as Pride picnic (a family-friendly event that will involve all manner of games like volleyball, tug-of-war, watermelon eating and a high-heel shoe toss). The main event – Pride Parade – is next Sunday, but first, there are numerous events to take in.
Now through Sunday, Aug. 3 | Various times and locations | www.vancouverpride.ca
FIREWORKS | Keep in mind that Celebration of Light fireworks start on Saturday. First to represent their country with pyrotechnic expression is the United Sates (July 26), followed by France (July 30), and finally, Japan (Aug. 2). Plan accordingly, and don’t try to drive through the West End while the festivities are on.
Saturday, July 26, 30, Aug. 2 | 10am | English Bay | Free | www.hondacelebrationoflight.com
ROAD TRIP | Wine Country is stunning right now. If you can slip away for a weekend, consider heading to the stunning Similkameen Valley for an al fresco dinner in a vineyard that will capture everything that’s magical about summer. Think warm air, beautiful light, amazing food, fine conversation, and phenomenal wine. The Orofino 1.6 Mile Dinner offers a five course meal using ingredients gathered from farmers and artisan producers from within a 1.6 mile radius of the Similkameen’s charming Orofino Winery. Preparing the meal will be Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart from Joy Road Catering and Gold Medal Plate-winning Chef Mark Filatow of Waterfront Wines. Dinner starts with bubbly and canapés at 5:30pm. Contact 250-499-0068 or admin [at] orofinovineyards.com for your reservations.
Saturday, July 26 | 5:30 | Orofino Strawbale Winery | Cawston, BC | $150 pp | www.orofinovineyards.com