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90 things to do in Vancouver this summer

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Daniel Chai Jun 21, 2017 4:49 am 3,329

Summer is here and hot events and activities are happening all over the city and beyond. From hiking to farmers markets, Canada Day to festivals, here are a ton of Vancouver Summer events you need to check out.

Hike the great outdoors

Garibaldi Provincial Park, between Squamish and Whistler (Parkbus)

Garibaldi Provincial Park, between Squamish and Whistler (Parkbus)

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.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver (Bill Stillwell/Flickr)

Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver (Bill Stillwell/Flickr)

  • What: Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers a huge network of easy trails in an oasis of green forest, trickling creeks and muddy bogs in Vancouver’s South Endowment Lands. Watch out for dog walkers on the trails as you flex your legs in the forest.
  • How long: 3 hours or 10 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at the park entrance on 16th Avenue next to Camosun Park, Vancouver
  • Get there: A 10-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to King Edward, then bus 33.
  • Recommended: All year round

Iona Beach Regional Park

  • What: This easy hike follows a long, narrow beach and grass area along the mouth of the Fraser River, offering views of the Georgia Strait and a dramatic descent into hundreds of logs washed up along the shoreline.
  • How long: 1.5 hours or 6 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot off Iona Island Causeway, Vancouver
  • Get there: A 35-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
  • Recommended: All year round

Baden Powell Lynn Canyon To Grouse

  • What: This intermediate route hugs the North Shore’s steep mountain slopes, taking you through scenic forests and over several creeks – with quite a lot of stairs and uphill sections. Recommended all year round.
  • How long: 5 hours or 10 km
  • Where: Starts at a steep set of stairs between the main and overflow parking area in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and ends at the base of Grouse Mountain.
  • Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, or take the Seabus plus bus 228 instead. Get home from Grouse on bus 236 plus the Seabus.
  • Recommended: All year round

Norvan Falls

  • What: This intermediate hike will have you clambering over streams, tree roots and rubble as you make your way through groves of old-growth Cedar – but it’s all worth it when you get to the falls.
  • How long: 5 hours or 14 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.
  • Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus bus 228 instead.
  • Recommended: All year round

Whytecliff Park

Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver (Taylor McColl/Shutterstock)

Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver (Taylor McColl/Shutterstock)

  • What: Whyte Lake Park is a small, peaceful lake in the hills above Horseshoe Bay, in the largest park in West Vancouver. The easy trail to the lake is surrounded by wetlands, creeks and old-growth forest and ends at a small lakeside dock. Watch out for snow on the boardwalks.
  • How long: 2 hours or 5 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at the metal gate in the gravel parking area just off Westport Road, off Woodgreen Drive, in West Vancouver.
  • Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
  • Recommended: All year round

Jug Island Beach – Belcarra

  • What: This intermediate hike takes you through a moss-covered forest to a beach facing Jug Island, a tiny, gorgeous and inaccessible island just off the northern tip of Belcarra Regional Park. You’ll also be able to enjoy good views of Indian Arm and eagle and seal sightings.
  • How long: 2.5 hours or 5.5 km
  • Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot of Belcarra Regional Park – off Bedwell Bay Road, near Belcarra
  • Get there: A 1-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Port Moody, then bus 182.
  • Recommended: All year round

Deer Lake

  • What: This flat, easy walk around Deer Lake passes by a beach, a viewing tower, and a pier. Look out for the former site of the infamous Oakalla Prison, and stop in at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Burnaby Art Museum along the way.
  • How long: An hour or 5 km
  • Where: Trail starts and ends on the east side of the lake along Sperling Avenue, Burnaby
  • Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, or take the SkyTrain to Metrotown and get bus 144.
  • Recommended: All year round

Go for a run

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5 K

  • What: An annual 5 km run/walk or the Scotiabank Vancouver Half – Marathon, known as Canada’s most scenic half-marathon. More than 6,000 participants run past beaches and mountains, finishing in Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park.
  • Where: UBC East Mall (West of Thunderbird Arena)
  • When: June 25, 2017

Run Canada Day 10k/5k

  • What: Get in the spirit of Canada Day. Run the beautiful trails of Pacific Spirit Park at the Run Canada Day 5 km, 10 km, and 1 km Kids Fun Run and then enjoy post race refreshments and a Canada Day cake in UBC Wesbrook Village.
  • Where: UBC Wesbrook Village – UBC Running Room
  • When: July 1, 2017

Rugged Maniac Vancouver 

  • What: Arrive at Cloverdale Fairgrounds and get ready for a wild mud run with crazy obstacles.
  • Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds – 6050A-176th Street, Surrey
  • When: July 15, 2017

Vancouver Pride Run & Walk

  • What: The Vancouver Pride Run and walk is for everyone of every ability. For most it’s the enjoyment of taking part surrounded by like-minded and supportive people.
  • Where: Second Beach Park or Devonian Park (TBC)
  • When: July 22, 2017

Night Nation Run Vancouver 

  • What: The Night Nation Run is the world’s 1st Running Music Festival. A 5 km musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, and celebration for the lover of Electronic Dance Music. Run, walk, skip or dance your way through this electrifying adventure with music carrying you every step.
  • Where: Pacific National Exhibition – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: July 29, 2017

Squamish Days 8k

  • What: The Squamish Days 8K course is an accurately measured fast, flat, out-and-back route with a paved shoulder, minimal traffic and is friendly to wheelchair athletes. There is also a Stroller and Team Division. Post race includes draw prizes, awards and refreshments. Shower facilities available.
  • Where: 38430 Buckley Avenue, Squamish
  • When: August 6, 2017

SeaWheeze Half Marathon

  • What: The popular lululemon event–often referred to as “the most fun half marathon in the world”– features a weekend of yoga and running including a half marathon around the streets of Vancouver.
  • Where: Coal Harbour.
  • When: August 12, 2017

Grouse Grind Mountain Run

  • What: This Vancouver classic is the true test of your season’s training. Whether you are coming out to set a new record for the fastest Grouse Grind time, to just enjoy the trail, or to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital, this is an excellent celebration of the Grouse Grind season.
  • Where: Grouse Grind
  • When: September 16, 2017

Terry Fox Run

  • What: The Terry Fox Run is an annual Canada wide event that help to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The Terry Fox run happens in multiple locations on the same day. There are no entry fees, and while donations are encouraged, there are no minimum donations required. The simple act of support and continued awareness keeps the spirit and goal of the run alive.
  • Where: Across Metro Vancouver and Canada
  • When: September 17, 2017

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

O Canada Day on Granville Island

  • What: Head to Granville Island for their annual Canada Day Parade, as well as jazz concerts, live shows, festival food and more.
  • Where: Granville Island
  • When: July 1 from 8 am to 8 pm

Canada Day at Swangard Stadium with Steven Page

  • What: Featuring performances from Steven Page, Side One, Kokoma and Will Stroet. The evening will end with Burnaby’s Canada Day fireworks display.
  • Where: 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • When: July 1 from 5 to 10:30 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

Canada Day by the Bay

  • What: Highlights include the RE/MAX Sea Stage located beside the White Rock Museum & Archives, the Halfmoon Dentistry Kids Zone at East Beach, over 80 vendors selling a wide variety of handcrafted items, and a fireworks finale.
  • Where: White Rock Beach
  • When: July 1 from 10 am to 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

Check out a festival

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.
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • When: June 22 to July 2, 2017
  • 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.
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek
  • When: June 23 to 25, 2017; Friday from 5 to 9 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Tickets: Not required – free event

Bard on the Beach

  • What: Celebrating its 28th season, this beloved Shakespeare festival, known for its fresh takes on the Bard’s classics, will be transporting audiences to Italy all summer long. All four of its headliner shows – Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona – have been set in the land renowned for wine, art and romance.
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Now to September 23
  • Tickets: At Bard on the Beach; $21-69

Golden Spike Days Festival

  • What: The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest running family events in BC. The festival attracts upwards of 40,000 people of all walks of life with live entertainment, special events and activities for all ages. The event commemorates the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the original western terminus in Port Moody where the last spike was driven.
  • Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 Murray St, Port Moody
  • When: June 30 to July 3
  • Cost: Entrance by donation, all proceeds go to the Golden Spike Days Society.

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park

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.
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • When: Every Tuesday from July 4 to August 22
  • 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.
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • When: Every Wednesday from July 5 to August 30
  • Cost: Free

Indian Summer Festival 2017

  • What: The Indian Summer Arts Society organizes the Indian Summer Festival every July, to showcase provocative artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Tales of War and Peace’, and includes an array of award-winning artists, musicians, and authors.
  • Where: Various venues throughout the city
  • When: July 6 to 15, 2017
  • Tickets: Available online

Vancouver Folk Festival 2017

  • What: More than 60 international, national, and local acts take the stage every year at the Vancouver Folk Festival. this year’s event will also feature a free Thursday evening concert from 7 pm to 10 pm, with a mix of acoustic sets with solo artists and choirs.
  • When: Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16; Thursday from 7 to 10 pm, Friday from 1 to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$170

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.
  • Where: 6th Avenue and 6th Street, New Westminster
  • When: Saturday, July 22; Noon to 9 pm
  • 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.
  • Where: Larwill Park – 688 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: July 22 to 30, 2017; 1 to 10 pm (with some exceptions)
  • 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).
  • Where: English Bay, Vancouver
  • 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 to 10:28 pm (28-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
  • 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.
  • Where: Commercial Drive
  • When: Saturday, August 5; 11 am to 5 pm
  • 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.
  • Where: Winskill Park – West side of 56th at 9th, Tsawwassen
  • When: Saturday, August 5 to Monday, August 7
  • 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.
  • Where: Throughout Downtown Vancouver, West End and Sunset Beach
  • When: Saturday, August 6
  • Cost: Free

Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival

  • What: This nine-hour event showcases an eclectic variety of world-class music on three stages in the picturesque venue of Deer Lake Park. Featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Sue Foley, Little Miss Higgins and more.
  • Where: Deer Lake Park Festival Lawn
  • When: Saturday, August 12; 1 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $65

Slide the City

  • What: Slide the City returns to Metro Vancouver for the third year. What started in 2015 as a one-day event that attracted 6,000 participants has grown into a two-day fest with the 1,000-foot-long slip-and-slide down Lonsdale in North Vancouver.
  • Where: Lonsdale Avenue at Keith Road, North Vancouver
  • When: August 12 and 13
  • Cost: Starts at $20 USD

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.
  • Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach Park 1499 Arbutus Street and 95 East 32nd Avenue in Vancouver. Check the full schedule here. 
  • When: Now to August 31; times vary. Check schedule for details.
  • Cost: Free

Uninterrupted

  • 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.
  • Where: Viewed from North Side of Cambie Street Bridge at Coopers Park
  • When: 25 minute shows nightly from Tuesdays to Saturdays; 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
  • Cost: Free

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.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday from July 9 to August 13; lessons run from 3 to 3:30 pm. Dance show starts at 5 pm. After party begins at 7 pm.
  • 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.
  • Where: Various neighbourhoods of New Westminster, including Sapperton, Downtown, Uptown, West End, and Queensborough.
  • When: August 12 to 13
  • 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.
  • Where: 299 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (on the seawall in Southeast False Creek, between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village)
  • When: August 15 to September 3 (no shows on Mondays); 9:45 to 11 pm. Recommended arrival by 8:45 pm.
  • Cost: Free Eventbrite tickets available in mid-July

Get fresh at farmers’ markets

Main-Street-Farmers-Market

Image: Vancouver Farmers 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.
  • Where: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
  • When: 7 days a week from 9 am to 7 pm

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.
  • Where: Triangle Square (between the Net Loft and the Public Market), Granville Island
  • When: Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm, until September 28, 2017

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.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm, until October 21, 2017

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.
  • Where: Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm, until October 21, 2017

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.
  • Where: 2300 Guelph Street (Dude Chilling Park), Mount Pleasant
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until October 8, 2017

Main Street Station 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.
  • Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesdays from 2 to 6 pm, to October 4, 2017

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.
  • Where: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until October 22, 2017

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.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursdays 11 am to 3 pm, until October 5, 2017

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.
  • Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, East Vancouver
  • When: Third Friday of every month from 5 to 9 pm, July 21 and August 18, 2017

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.
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm, until October 14, 2017

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.
  • Where: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus), 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm, until October 29, 2017

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.
  • Where: Ambleside Park, 1000 Argyle Avenue (the end of 13th Street), West Vancouver
  • When: Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm, until October 29, 2017

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.
  • Where: East Plaza, 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm, until October 28, 2017

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

  • What: Shipyard Plaza in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market every Friday night.
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Fridays from 5 to 10 pm, until September 29, 2017

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.
  • Where: Steveston Community Centre parking lot, 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • When Select Sundays from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm – July 16, 30; August 6, 20; September 3, 17, 2017

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.
  • Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
  • When: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

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.
  • Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
  • When: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm, until October 28, 2017

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.
  • Where: 5360 12th Avenue (at 53A Street), Tsawwassen
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, until October 7, 2017

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.
  • Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
  • When: Select Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm – June 25; July 9 and 23; August 13 and 27; September 10, 2017

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.
  • Where: North Delta Rec Centre, 11415 84th Avenue, Delta
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until October 29, 2017

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.
  • Where: North Surrey Rec Centre, 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
  • When: Wednesdays from 2 to 6 pm, until October 4, 2017

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.
  • Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until October 29, 2017

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.
  • Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 176th Street, 56A to 58 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: Saturday June 24 and September 6 from 10 am to 4 pm

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.
  • Where: Tipperary Park (east of City Hall, Royal Avenue and 4th Street), New Westminster
  • When: Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm, until October 5, 2017

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.
  • Where: Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow) in Coquitlam
  • When: Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm, until October 29, 2017

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.
  • Where: Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street, Maple Ridge
  • When: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm, until October 7, 2017

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.
  • Where: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
  • When Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm, until September 28, 2017

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.
  • Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard, 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley
  • When: Wednesdays from noon to 4:30 pm, until October 25, 2017

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.
  • Where: St. Andrews Historic Church, 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm, until October 28, 2017

Have fun at Night Markets

Richmond Night Market

  • What: This market draws crowds from across the province who travel to taste to rows on rows of vibrant cuisine offered and check out the diverse line-up of nightly performances on to 50-foot entertainment stage.
  • Where: 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays 7 pm to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 pm, until October 9, 2017
  • Cost: $3.75 (regular admission). Kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.

Illumination Summer Night Market

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  • What: This event features over 300 different booths including over 200 retailers and 60 food ones. Illumination will feature special weekends dedicated to themes such as Music Festival Weekend, Culture Festival Weekend, and Music, Dance, and Singing Competitions.
  • Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way)
  • When: Friday and Saturday from 7 pm to midnight, Sunday from 7 to 11 pm, and long weekends from 7 to midnight, until September 10, 2017
  • Cost: $3 (regular admission)

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.
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Fridays 5 to 10 pm, until September 29, 2017
  • Admission: Free

Rock out at a concerts

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Queen + Adam Lambert

  • What: The British rockers and American singer are back together for another collaboration tour, bringing Queen favourites like “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Under Pressure” to Vancouver once more.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, July 2
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $49.50-$190

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows

  • What: These two bands have joined musical forces to launch the A Brief History of Everything tour across North America. If you’re hoping to relive the story of “Mr. Jones,” or remember just how lonely “3 am” can get, this is the gig for you.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, July 16
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $39–$115

Bruno Mars

  • What: Grammy award winner Bruno Mars is on a world tour in support of his new album 24K Magic, offering his usual classic showmanship in the vein of James Brown and Michael Jackson, with a tightly choreographed nine-piece soul band.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $40-$195

Kendrick Lamar

  • What: Ever since the release of DAMN., Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album, hip-hop fans have been going nuts for Kung Fu Kenny, AKA K-Dot. DAMN. has solidified the Compton rapper as the king of hip-hop today, and he’s coming to Vancouver.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, August 2
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $70-$215

Echo and the Bunnymen and Violent Femmes

  • What: If you’re itching for more 80s in your life, then this is the concert for you. Echo and The Bunnymen and Violent Femmes are touring North America and they’re stopping in at Vancouver to bring you that Blister In The Sun.
  • Where: PNE Ampitheatre – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, August 3
  • Time: Doors at 6:30 pm / Show at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketleader, $55

Metallica

  • What: Metal heads everywhere know nothing compares to the hardcore intensity of seeing Metallica tear through monumental epics like “Enter Sandman”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, and “Master of Puppets” in concert.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, August 14
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $55-$183

Zac Brown Band

  • What: Three-time Grammy award winners and multi-platinum American Country music artists Zac Brown Band are touring their latest album, Welcome Home.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, August 18
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $43.75-$95.25

Sports

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

Image: Mark Blinch / Canadian Olympic Committee

  • What: The Harry Jerome International Track Classic is Canada’s longest running track and field event. Canadian track star Andre de Grasse has confirmed he will race in this year’s event. A winner of three sprinting medals at the Olympics in Rio, de Grasse won both the 100 and 200-m races at the Harry Jerome Classic at Swangard Stadium last year.
  • Where: Perry Percy Stadium, Coquitlam
  • When: June 28
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$20

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

WWE NXT Live

  • What: WWE NXT heads to Vancouver for the first time ever. See the likes of NXT Champion Bobby Roode, NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, Aleister Black, Drew McIntyre, Kassius Ohno, Ember Moon, and many more.
  • Where: PNE Agrodome
  • When: July 13
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$100

Vancouver Canadians

  • What: Do you know what goes well with a lazy sunny day? Baseball that’s what!
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • When: June 29 to July 3
  • Time: Season runs until September 3
  • Tickets: Online, $14-$25

Whitecaps FC

  • What: There’s nothing quite like watching the ‘Caps at BC Place.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: Regular season runs until September 9
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $34.50-$149.50

BC Lions

Image: BC Lions / Facebook

  • What: Head to BC Place to support the Lions as they bid for Grey Cup glory.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: Regular season runs until September 16
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $5-$140

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

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