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77 free Vancouver events to check out this summer

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Daniel Chai Jun 21, 2017 6:59 am 6,008

Summer has arrived and we have your hookup to great, free events around Vancouver! From Greek Days to Evo Summer Cinema Series and everything in between, here are 77 free things to do in Vancouver this summer.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Connect to arts and culture

2017 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Coastal Jazz / Facebook

  • What: Whether you’re a huge jazz fan or just getting into it, there’s something for everyone at the 32nd annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. This year’s highlights include a new initiative called Spotlight on Italy, as well as the festival’s first-ever collaboration with the VSO, courtesy of Branford Marsalis. More than 1,800 artists are slated to perform across 35 venues.
  • When: June 22 to July 2, 2017
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: coastaljazz.ca. Many free shows to enjoy.

Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2017

  • What: The popular festival is set to include ‘The World Beat Stage’, featuring top Canadian musical talent over three days. Street performers and circus acrobats will also roam throughout the festival’s site at Concord Pacific Place and Creekside Park along False Creek near Science World. All while the dragon boat races are in action.
  • When: June 23 to 25, 2017
  • Time: Friday from 5 to 9 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek
  • Tickets: Not required – free event

Evo Summer Cinema Series

Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema/Fresh Air Cinema

  • What: One of the most popular summertime events in the city is back as free outdoor movies return to Stanley Park this summer! The Evo Summer Cinema Series features a four-story inflatable movie screen showing favourites such as The LEGO Batman Movie, Toy Story, The Goonies and Jaws. Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Movie goers are encouraged to walk, take transit, or bike to Stanley Park for the shows  – there will be a bike valet service offered on site each night too.
  • When: Every Tuesday from July 4 to August 22
  • Start time: Dusk. Check sunset times as that will be your best indication of when movies will start.
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Cost: Free

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre

  • What: Take a trip back to the days of poodle-skirts, greased hair, and doo wop music – the Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for third year, presented by Fresh Air Cinema. Enjoy classic, family-friendly, and even some of the latest hits on an outdoor screen. Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in. Parking is on a first-come first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), with movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  • When: Every Wednesday from July 5 to August 30
  • Start time: Dusk
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Cost: Free

Canada 150+ Vancouver: The Drum Is Calling Festival

First Nations celebration in Vancouver / Shutterstock

  • What: Each day of the festival zone will carry a unique theme with varying programming and events to provide attendees with a new experience daily. There will be carving and weaving exhibitions, dance, sports tournaments in adjacent streets, workshops, crafts, vendors and food, and live music performances on stages, including headliners Chantal Kreviazuk, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Crystal Shawanda, William Prince, Shane Koyczan, DJ Shub, and George Leach.
  • When: July 22 to 30, 2017
  • Time: 1 to 10 pm (with some exceptions)
  • Where: Larwill Park – 688 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Honda Celebration of Light 2017

  • What:  A blaze of fireworks will shower over English Bay in downtown Vancouver this summer over a trio of nights for the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition. The participating countries for the festival’s 27th year are Japan (Saturday, July 29), United Kingdom (Wednesday, August 2), and Canada (Saturday, August 5).
  • When: Saturday, July 29: Japan, represented by AKARIYA Fireworks; Wednesday, August 2: United Kingdom, represented by Jubilee Fireworks; Saturday, August 5: Canada, represented by Royal Pyrotechnie
  • Time: 10:00 to 10:28 pm (28-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
  • Where: English Bay, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

14th Annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival

  • What: Vancouver’s 14th Annual Dyke March & Festival begins in McSpadden Park at 11 AM with pre-March festivities and a community art project. The March will leave McSpadden Park at noon and make its way down Commercial Drive to end at Grandview Park for the Festival. The Festival will take place from 1 to 5 PM, and involve performances from various artists, feature queer-friendly vendors, and create a space to gather with friends, family, and the community.
  • When: Saturday, August 5
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Commercial Drive
  • Cost: Free

Tsawwassen Sun Festival

  • What: This three-day celebration of fun in the sun is jam packed with special events, games, and many other attractions. Enjoy a classic car show & shine, Delta’s Got Talent, Kids Funzone and more.
  • When: Saturday, August 5 to Monday, August 7
  • Where: Winskill Park – West side of 56th at 9th, Tsawwassen
  • Cost: Free

Party in the streets

Greek Day

Alain Limoges / Flickr

  • What: A five block stretch on Broadway, from McDonald to Blenheim, is closed off to traffic to make room for this award-winning festival, offering a world of delicious Greek food and drink, market vendors, entertainment, and live music.
  • When: June 25
  • Time: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Where: 3200 West Broadway, Vancouver (between McDonald and Blenheim)
  • Cost: Free

Khatsahlano Street Party

  • What: This free annual festival will take over 10 blocks along Kitsilano’s 4th Avenue, with main stages at both Burrard Street and MacDonald Street. The Zolas, The Courtneys, D.O.A. and Lousie Burns are among a massive lineup.
  • When: July 8
  • Time: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Along 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and MacDonald Street
  • Cost: Free

Carnaval del Sol

  • What: Carnaval del Sol is the biggest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest. It will be 2 days of live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry in celebration of Latin American Culture. For 2017, Carnaval del Sol will bring together more than 350 artists from different Latin American countries.
  • When: July 8 to 9
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Car Free Day on the Drive

  • What: The festival stretches across 15 blocks featuring local artisans, musicians, community activities, delicious food, tons of entertainment and activities for all ages. As the place that Car Free Day began, Commercial Drive stays true to its grassroots beginnings and the story behind the festival.
  • When: July 9
  • Time: Noon to 7 pm
  • Where: Venables to North Grandview on Commercial Drive
  • Cost: Free

Bastille Day Festival

  • What: Bastille Day brings a piece of Paris to Vancouver. The French Community invites the Vancouverites to enjoy a day of French food, culture and entertainment!
  • When: July 14
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Aldergrove Fair Days

  • What: Aldergrove Fair Days have been running for more than 100 years. Highlights include a Show ‘n Shine, a parade, midway rides and games, beer garden and food vendors, and more.
  • When: July 14 to 16
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm (July 14), 10 am to 9 pm (July 15), 10 am to 4 pm (July 16)
  • Where: Aldergrove Athletic Park and the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre – 26770 29 Avenue, Langley
  • Cost: Free

Uptown Live

  • What: New West’s favourite outdoors festival is coming back this summer, and residents from all over the Lower Mainland can see bands including Coco Jafro, Lion Bear Fox, Echo Nebraska, and others. Multiple stages, food trucks, and art installations make this one a can’t-miss.
  • When: July 22
  • Time: Noon to 9 pm
  • Where: 6th Avenue and 6th Street, New Westminster
  • Cost: Free

Surrey Fusion Festival

  • What: The ultimate celebration of music, food and culture, right in the heart of Surrey, with musical performances across six different stages, and 40 cultural pavilions offering culinary delights from all over the world. Headliners include Nelly Furtado, Classified, The Zolas and Alx Veliz.
  • When: July 22 and 23
  • Time: 11 am to 10 pm
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Cost: Free

Caribbean Days

  • What: A weekend of tropical rhythms and cuisine organized by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC. The north side of Waterfront Park has a food concession area and a large beverage garden. Enjoy spicy Caribbean food as well as other international fare, then relax with an ice-cold drink in the hot sun. On the south side, there is an outdoor music festival. Dancers and other performers entertain while bands play Reggae, Calypso, Latin and other international sounds to a large crowd. There is a Family Zone with face painting, a children’s playground and other activities.
  • When: July 29 and 30
  • Time: 11 am to 7 pm. Parade on Saturday starts at 10 am
  • Where: Waterfront Park – Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Powell Street Festival

Katari Taiko at the Powell Street Festival (Jeanie Ow)

Katari Taiko at the Powell Street Festival (Jeanie Ow)

  • What: Vancouver’s annual celebration of Japanese culture and the largest event of its kind in Canada. Highlights include Haruki Murakam’s Top Translators, Almost Asian’s Katie Malia, and a presentation on Japan’s Third Gender. Musical highlights include Australia’s George & Noriko, Japan’s Ensemble Liberta and numerous taiko groups including California’s JODAIKO.
  • When: August 5 and 6
  • Time: 11:30 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Oppenheimer Park and surrounding streets and venues – Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

  • What: Hundreds of thousands of people will line the streets of downtown and take part in the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and festival.
  • When: August 6
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Throughout Downtown Vancouver, West End and Sunset Beach
  • Cost: Free

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

  • What: A celebration of the area’s heritage and culture, with tea ceremonies, calligraphy demonstrations and a Hong Kong-style outdoor bazaar. Festival activities include a day market, multicultural stage performances, TD Canadian Talent Showdown, and Streetfest.
  • When: August 12 and 13
  • Time: Noon to 6 pm
  • Where: Chinatown – Columbia and Keefer streets, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Explore the great outdoors

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from North Shore Rescue and AdventureSmart.

Foreshore Trail

Wreck Beach in Vancouver (Colin Knowles/Flickr)

Wreck Beach in Vancouver (Colin Knowles/Flickr)

  • What: This trail through Pacific Spirit Regional Park passes through Vancouver’s famously nudist Wreck Beach. Along the way, you’ll enjoy scenic views and see an old WWII tower designed to warn Vancouver of impending attack. Note that more than half of the trail follows the beach, which is rocky, slippery, and can be challenging during high tides.
  • How long: 3 hours or 5 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at the Acadia Beach parking lot on NW Marine Drive, just past Pacific Spirit Regional Park at UBC, Vancouver
  • Get there: A 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take bus 44.

Baden Powell Deep Cove To Lynn Canyon

  • What: This hike begins with a walk up to Quarry Rock, offering sweeping views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm, then continues onto lush forest, scenic canyons and waterfall views. Recommended all year round.
  • How long: 5 hours or 12 km
  • Where: Starts at the Baden Powell Trailhead on Panorama Drive in Deep Cove and ends at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.
  • Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus buses 229 then 212 instead. From Lynn Canyon, take bus 229 then the Seabus.

Lighthouse Park

  • What: Lots of short, easy trails offering breathtaking ocean views, huge, old-growth Western Red Cedars and the picturesque picnic spot of Starboat Cove.
  • How long: Up to 2 hours or 6 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at Lighthouse Park parking lot – Beacon Lane, West Vancouver.
  • Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take bus 250 all the way there instead.

Swan Falls – Anmore

  • What: Swan Falls, near Buntzen Lake in Anmore, are reached by a steep, intermediate hike around the lake. Not only will you get a gorgeous view of the waterfall from below, you’ll also be able to reach the bluffs near the top of the falls too.
  • How long: 3.5 hours or 10 km
  • Where: Trail starts and ends at the dog off-leash area in the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area parking lot, off Sunnyside Road in Anmore, north of Port Moody.
  • Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Port Moody, then bus 182.

Burnaby Mountain

  • What: With multiple trails of various difficulties, also popular with mountain bikers, there’s no shortage of hiking potential on Burnaby Mountain. Watch out for the aptly named steep Cardiac Hill, but enjoy the green forest and city views.
  • How long: Up to 3 hours or 7 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at the eastern edge of Pipeline Trail off North Road in Burnaby.
  • Get there: Either a 35-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Burquitlam Station.

Gold Creek Falls

  • What: The walk to Gold Creek Falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park is short but sweet. Starting near Alouette Lake in Maple Ridge, the trail meanders over moss, past mountain vistas and through rainforest to reach fantastic views of the falls from above and below.
  • How long: 2 hours or 5.5 km
  • Where: Trail starts and ends at the last parking lot on Golden Ears Parkway near Alouette Lake in Maple Ridge.
  • Get there: One hour and 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver.

Aldergrove Regional Park

  • What: This park on the boundary between Aldergrove and Langley is popular with horseback riders. The trails within takes you through forest, along waterways, atop wooden bridges and over creeks. The view from the area’s rolling hills is worth checking out.
  • How long: 2 hours or 5 km
  • Where: Trail starts and ends at the east end of the parking lot off 8th Avenue in Aldergrove.
  • Get there: A one hour 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Tynehead Regional Park

  • What: This popular park has plenty of trails, offering dog off-leash areas, a hatchery, a picnic area, views of the park and the Serpentine River – all while enjoying a stroll through the forest and crossing several streams.
  • How long: 1.5 hours or 4.5 km
  • Where: Trail starts and ends at the parking lot for the Tynehead Hatchery off 96th Avenue in Surrey.
  • Get there: A 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Surrey Central Station, then bus 337.

Mount Thom – Chilliwack

  • What: This steep hike up Mount Thom in Chilliwack offers a scenic view of Cultus Lake and the Fraser Valley. Expect a climb steadily upwards, on both switchbacks and long stretches of trail wrapping around the mountain.
  • How long: 2.5 hours or 10 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at Sylvan Drive – Promontory neighbourhood, Chilliwack
  • Get there: A 1 hour 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Stawamus Chief – Squamish

Second peak on the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, British Columbia (Pierre Leclerc/Shutterstock)

Second peak on the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, British Columbia (Pierre Leclerc/Shutterstock)

  • What: Tough it to the top of the second biggest granite monolith in the world and spectacular ocean and mountain views await you. Wear proper hiking boots though – this hike involves chains, ropes and a lot of boulders. (If you want to enjoy the view, but not the hike, take the Sea To Sky Gondola instead.)
  • How long: 6 hours or 11 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at the Shannon Falls parking lot, off the Sea To Sky Highway before you get to Squamish.
  • Get there: A one-hour drive from downtown.

Show off your red and white on Canada Day

RCMP march in a Canada Day parade in Vancouver (Brad Ko / Shutterstock)

Canada Day at Canada Place

  • What: This year’s Port of Vancouver Canada Day celebration is gearing up to be the largest event outside the nation’s capital. Highlights include a citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians, a Canada 150 parade and multi-community fireworks show, and pancake breakfast on July 2. There will also be live performances by Sam Roberts, Fefe Dobson, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette, Madeline Merlo, The Matinee, and many more.
  • Where: Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, and surrounding city streets
  • When: July 1 and 2

Canada Day Parade

  • What: Once the Canada Day celebrations are over on July 1, the party continues as the Canada150 Parade hits the streets of downtown the next day.
  • Where: Downtown Vancouver along West Georgia Street from Broughton to Burrard, and along Burrard to West Pender
  • When: July 2 at 5 pm

Canada Day fireworks

  • What: The city’s only two-barge, simultaneous fireworks show is set to light up the night sky in celebration of our nation’s birthday.
  • Where: Coal Harbour and Dundarave in West Vancouver
  • When: July 1 at 10:30 pm

Canada Day at Waterfront Park

  • What: The 29th annual North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations emphasizes heritage, multiculturalism, environmentalism and fun for the whole family. The free event features live performers, crafts, food trucks, as well as games and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Hosted by The Rotary Club of Lions Gate.
  • Where: Waterfront Park – 325 Esplanade Avenue, North Vancouver
  • When: July 1 from 12 to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

Steveston Salmon Festival

  • What: This beloved annual event draws thousands of attendees each year, and features a parade, great food, activities and events for the whole family. The main attraction is the famous salmon barbecue where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits.
  • Where: Steveston, Richmond
  • When: July 1 from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Canada Day at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre

  • What: The Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre will have a cavalcade of Canada Day activities, including Strawberry Tea, Kids World, live performances by Hedley, Chilliwack and Magic!, and more. The event wraps up with a massive fireworks display at dusk.
  • Where: 17728 64 Ave, Surrey
  • When: July 1 from 10 am to 11 pm
  • Cost: Free

Fireworks at Westminster Quay

  • What: The New Westminster Hyack Festival Association presents an evening of stunning fireworks at the New Westminster Quay and over the Fraser River. Bring your camera, your binoculars and of course, your family and friends!
  • Where: 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
  • When: July 1 at 10 pm
  • Cost: Free

Canada Day at Rocky Point Park

  • What: Spend the day at beautiful Rocky Point Park and Port Moody’s Canada 150 Zone. Attend the patriotic ceremony at 1 pm on July 1, and pick up a cupcake. A concert by Trooper keeps the party going into the evening, with a fireworks display to cap everything off.
  • Where: 2800 Block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • When: July 1 from 11:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Canada Day at Spirit Square

  • What: The annual festival begins with the popular Lions Club pancake breakfast and activities continue throughout the day. Join the fun with family oriented activities, live music, a Kids Run, interactive displays, a bicycle rodeo, arts and crafts and popular  watermelon eating contest. The official Canada Day ceremony begins at 11 am with a protocol event and a cake cutting ceremony.
  • Where: 11985 Harris Rd, Pitt Meadows
  • When: July 1 from 8 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: Free

Langley Canada Day JRBQ

  • What: Enjoy a wide variety of activities, community vendors, live entertainment on two stages, food trucks, and a BBQ to benefit Basics for Babies. Bring your family to the action-packed Kids’ Zone that features face painting, mini golf, Pacific Trackless Trains, arts & crafts, inflatables, games, and more.
  • Where: Willoughby Community Park – 7700 block 202A Street, Langley
  • When: July 1 from 11 am to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Explore the city

Mat Collective Free Yoga

Woman doing yoga outdoors (lkoimages/Shutterstock)

Woman doing yoga outdoors (lkoimages/Shutterstock)

  • What: Returning for its second year, Mat Collective started as a yoga mat recycling program. Now, the program will offer free yoga indoor and outdoor classes every day all summer long. Mat Collective offers five classes: Hatha, Flow, Power, Kundalini, and Yin. The classes are designed for all levels.
  • When: Now to August 31.
  • Time: Times vary. Check schedule for details.
  • Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach Park 1499 Arbutus Street and 95 East 32nd Avenue in Vancouver. Check the full schedule here. 
  • Cost: Free

Uninterupted

  • What: High-tech artwork along the entire undersurface of the Cambie Street Bridge meant to represent the “life blood” of the West Coast will be officially unveiled to the public on June 28. Uninterrupted by director Nettie Wild, producers Betsy Carson and Rae Hull and editor Michael Brockington it is meant to tell the the story of Wild Pacific Salmon’s life journey.
  • When: 25 minute shows nightly from Tuesdays to Saturdays
  • Time: June 28 to August 14 at 10 pm (Note: no shows on Celebration of Light fireworks nights); August 15 to September 24 at 9 pm
  • Where: Viewed from North Side of Cambie Street Bridge at Coopers Park
  • Cost: Free

BC Superweek

  • What: Featuring nine pro races over the course of 10 days, BC Superweek has fast become one of the most prestigious pro-cycling events in North America with a total prize purse of more than $120,000! Featuring 6 separate events as part of the series, BC Superweek consists of the Tour de Delta, New West Grand Prix, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, Giro di Burnaby, PoCo Grand Prix, and Tour de White Rock.
  • Where: Delta, New Westminster, Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam and White Rock
  • When: July 7 to 16, 2017
  • Cost: Free to watch

Robson Square Salsa 2017

  • What: Whether you’re a beginner or Salsa pro, these afternoons will definitely spice up your summer. Enjoy a free dance lesson taught by some of Vancouver’s best salsa instructors. Following the lessons, there is a dance show that features some of Vancouver’s most talented dancers.
  • When: Every Sunday from July 9 to August 13
  • Time: Lessons run from 3 to 3:30 pm. Dance show starts at 5 pm. After party begins at 7 pm.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

New West Cultural Crawl

  • What: This free two day event showcases the best of New West’s artistic talent presented all throughout the city. Make a day—or weekend—of it by walking from gallery to gallery at some of the city’s most historical venues.
  • When: August 12 to 13
  • Where: Various neighbourhoods of New Westminster, including Sapperton, Downtown, Uptown, West End, and Queensborough.
  • Cost: Free

Nomadic Tempest Tall Ship Circus Show Vancouver 2017

  • What: Nomadic Tempest is a travelling nighttime acrobatic show synchronized to music and digital video projections by BC-based Caravan Stage Company. The free, all-ages spectacle takes place onboard the Amara Zee, the world’s only tall ship that doubles as a stage and backdrop for live performances.
  • When: August 15 to September 3 (no shows on Mondays)
  • Time: 9:45 to 11 pm. Recommended arrival by 8:45 pm.
  • Where: 299 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (on the seawall in Southeast False Creek, between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village)
  • Cost: Free Eventbrite tickets available in mid-July

Free PNE Admission Days

Image: PNE/ Facebook

  • What: Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Get in for free this year on select days: Heroes’ Opening Weekend with free gate admission for First Responders and a guest, free morning admission for all guests on August 22 and 29, and Senior’s Day.
  • When: August 19 to 20 (Heroes’ Opening Weekend), August 22 and 29 (free admission for all guests), August 24 (Senior’s Day)
  • Time: 11 am to late for Heroes’ Opening Weekend and Senior’s Day, 11 am to 1 pm on August 22 and 29.
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Get fresh at farmers’ markets and night market

Granville Island Public Market

  • What: A year-long event full of colourful stalls that showcase unique, homemade products and the finest in gastronomic delights. From the ocean, oven, or field – Granville Market’s got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market, you’re going to leave happy and full.
  • Day/Time: 7 days a week from 9 am to 7 pm
  • Dates: Year-round
  • Location: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Granville Island Farmers Market is the oldest of its kind in Vancouver offering customers fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This market also has local craft beer and wine vendors too.
  • Day/Time: Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Dates: Now to September 28, 2017
  • Location: Triangle Square (between the Net Loft and the Public Market), Granville Island

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site and a variety of vendors selling all manner of food stuffs.
  • Day/Time: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 21, 2017
  • Location: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver

West End Farmers’ Market

  • What: The West End’s charming, community-minded farmers’ market is open Saturdays. Grab a coffee, peek at the adjacent community garden, and stock up on a vast array of locally grown foods.
  • Day/Time: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 21, 2017
  • Location: Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow), Vancouver

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: You’ll find fresh groceries, locally-sourced produce, as well as artisanal food offerings at the The Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block.
  • Day/Time: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 8, 2017
  • Location: 2300 Guelph Street (Dude Chilling Park), Mount Pleasant

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

Main-Street-Farmers-Market

Image: Vancouver Farmers Market

  • What: See, taste, and indulge at this bustling weekday market. With vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, the Main Street Station Farmers’ Market is within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users.
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays from 2 to 6 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 4, 2017
  • Location: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: This friendly get-together, also known as the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.
  • Day/Time: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 22, 2017
  • Location: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly Hamilton Street welcomes vendors and farmers Thursday mornings and afternoons for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • Day/Time: Thursdays 11 am to 3 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 5, 2017
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Il Mercato Italian Market

  • What: This market brings together the tastes of Italy with fresh produce grown locally, in addition to delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef and handmade products from local artisans.
  • Day/Time: Third Friday of every month from 5 to 9 pm
  • Dates: July 21 and August 18, 2017
  • Location: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, East Vancouver

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.
  • Day/Time: Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 14, 2017
  • Location: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street

UBC Farm Markets

  • What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This is a cash-only, BYO bags market.
  • Day/Time: Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 29, 2017
  • Location: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus), 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market now takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.
  • Day/Time: Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 29, 2017
  • Location: Ambleside Park, 1000 Argyle Avenue (the end of 13th Street), West Vancouver

Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market

  • What: Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.
  • Day/Time: Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 28, 2017
  • Location: East Plaza, 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

  • What: Shipyard Plaza in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market every Friday night.
  • Day/Time: Friday from 5 to 10 pm
  • Dates: Now to September 29, 2017
  • Location: Shipbuilders’ Square, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

  • What: Returning for its tenth year, the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market will be operating in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, the market will feature a mix of stalls, including food vendors, artists, and craftspeople.
  • Day/Time: Select Sundays from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Dates: July 16, 30; August 6, 20; September 3, 17, 2017
  • Location: Steveston Community Centre parking lot, 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond

Richmond Country Farms

  • What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce, and prepared goods.
  • Day/Time: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm
  • Dates: Until Winter 2017
  • Location: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

  • What: Launched in June 2008, this open air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday through October.
  • Day/Time: Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 28, 2017
  • Location: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)

Tsawwassen Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Tsawwassen Farmers’ Market will operate on a new day and time this year. Stock up on fresh local produce, along with artisanal foods. A handful of food trucks will also be in attendance.
  • Day/Time: Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 7, 2017
  • Location: 5360 12th Avenue (at 53A Street), Tsawwassen

Ladner Village Market

  • What: 2017 marks the 21st season for the Ladner Village Market, which takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.
  • Day/Time: Select Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Dates: June 25; July 9 and 23; August 13 and 27; September 10, 2017
  • Location: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village

North Delta Farmers’ Market

  • What: The North Delta Farmers’ Market moves to the North Delta Rec Centre this season for a reinvigorated weekly market. Shop local and find farm fresh foods, delicious street food fare, handmade gifts, crafts, and jewellery.
  • Day/Time: Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Dates:: Now to October 29, 2017
  • Location: North Delta Rec Centre, 11415 84th Avenue, Delta

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

Surrey Urban Farmers Market

Image: Surrey Urban Farmers Market / Facebook

  • What: Located just steps away from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market is a vibrant gathering place that aims to promote small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.
  • Day/Time: Wednesday from 2 to 6 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 4, 2017
  • Location: North Surrey Rec Centre, 10275 City Parkway, Surrey

White Rock Farmers’ Market

  • What: Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.
  • Day/Time: Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 29, 2017
  • Location: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock

Cloverdale Market Days

  • What: Located in Historic Downtown Cloverdale, Cloverdale Market Days is a large exciting market with vendors coming from all over Cloverdale and the surrounding communities. New to The Market Days events in 2017 will be displays from the Arts Council Of Surrey, more family activities, and closing of the roads on 176th street from 56A to 58 Ave to accommodate more vendors, activities, and food trucks.
  • Day/Time: Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Dates: June 24 and September 16
  • Location: Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 176th Street, 56A to 58 Avenue, Surrey

New West Farmers Market

  • What: New West’s Farmers Market (formerly called the Royal City Farmers’ Market) features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more, all at Tipperary Park on Thursday evenings.
  • Day/Time: Thursday from 3 to 7 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 5, 2017
  • Location: Tipperary Park (east of City Hall, Royal Avenue and 4th Street), New Westminster

Poirier Street Farmers’ Market

  • What: Started in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in Metro Vancouver. At this market you’ll find a variety of vendors showcasing their locally-sourced products.
  • Day/Time: Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 29, 2017
  • Location: Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow) in Coquitlam

Haney Farmers’ Market

  • What: A vibrant outdoor Saturday market in Downtown Maple Ridge, Haney Farmers’ Market sells fresh farm produce, locally-grown fruit and veg, preserves, baked goods, artisan crafts, fine art, and more.
  • Day/Time: Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 7, 2017
  • Location: Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street, Maple Ridge

Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market

  • What: Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society, the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural and heritage programming.
  • Day/Time: Thursday from 3 to 7 pm
  • Dates: Now to September 28, 2017
  • Location: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

  • What: On Wednesday afternoons in the warm weather months at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus you will discover more than 50 vendors that “Make it, Bake it, or Grow it” selling the very best the region has to offer.
  • Day/Time: Wednesday from noon to 4:30 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 25, 2017
  • Location: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard, 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley

Fort Langley Village Farmers Market

  • What: You’ll find fresh groceries (fresh foods picked from local farmers fields in the Fraser and Okanagan Valleys), along with plants, flowers, and other artisan goods at this weekly market in Fort Langley.
  • Day/Time: Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Dates: Now to October 28, 2017
  • Location: St. Andrews Historic Church, 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

  • What: Back at it again, the North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market is returning for summer 2017. Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly. Shipyard Plaza in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market every Friday night starting May 5.
  • Day/Time: Fridays 5 to 10 pm
  • Dates: Now to September 29, 2017
  • Location: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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