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.
What: A weekend of tropical rhythms and cuisine organized by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of B.C.. The massive outdoor party includes a multicultural street parade, an island and international food fair and a sound stage to get you grooving to calypso beats.
Where: Waterfront Park – Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
What: Join XY for a 90-minute comedic romp featuring the power house vocals of local actress and singer Molly Wilson. From Broadway to pop to Motown, there is never a dull moment — and every show features a strong likelihood of puppetry.
What: Sanctuary is a benefit concert for the survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando and international LGBTQ Refugees, two LGBT communities who have suffered loss and violence because of who they are. Funds raised will go to the Pulse Victims Fund managed by Equality Florida, and to Vancouver-based Foundation of Hope, supporting service organizations that work directly with LGBT+ Refugees, Immigrants, Asylum seekers and Migrants.
When: Saturday, July 23; 7 to 9 pm
Where: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church – 1022 Nelson Street, Vancouver
What: Ambleside Fresh St. Market (1650 Marine Drive) and Fleetwood Fresh St. Market (15930 Fraser Highway) encourage the whole community to attend the annual Salmon and Berry Festival. On Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 respectively, guests can enjoy an abundance of fresh-from-the-sea salmon, a savoury selection of berries, food demonstrations and more.
Where: Fresh Street Market – 1650 Marine Drive, West Vancouver and 15930 Fraser Highway, Surrey
What: Salsa dancing returns to Robson Square for the Summer 2016 season, offering free lessons, performances and social dancing. Swing by and check it out – it’s fun just to watch if you’re too scared to hit the dance floor!
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
When: Every Sunday in July and August; lessons at 3 pm, performances at 5 pm, social dancing all afternoon
Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Vancouver’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few – for full details check our guide to Vancouver farmers’ markets.
In addition to a variety of farmers’ markets, the city and surrounding areas boast a collection of night markets that showcase the city’s best food trucks, bakers, and artisans. These night markets bring together communities for entertainment, shopping, and wonderful food:
What: One of the biggest attractions in Vancouver, Granville Island is a great place to go for free. Enjoy the hustle, bustle and bounty of the Public Market and marvel at the island’s unique arts and crafts, while enjoying the spectacle of street buskers.
When: Granville Island Public Market is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 7 pm, most other retail stores are open seven days a week, from 10 am to 7 pm
What: Whereas other successful improv troupes in Vancouver are comprised of dozens of performers, these guys opt to keep it simple – the Sunday Service is five top-notch performers that have been nationally recognized so many times they’ve lost count (just kidding, it’s 21). They perform every Sunday at the Fox Cabaret in Mount Pleasant and never fail to bring down the house, making it a popular spot for comedians and regular folk alike to take in a night of guaranteed laughs.
What: Discover the unique wetlands and bog around Beaver Lake on International Bog Day. Bring your rubber boots and join our Conservation Technician to see the animals and plants that depend on these productive areas. Learn what Stanley Park Ecology Society is doing to encourage the conservation of these fragile wetlands. This walk leaves from the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion.
Where: Stanley Park Pavilion – 610 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park, Vancouver
What: The City of Richmond is hosting aFREE summer Sunset Series. Come watch the sun go down with family and friends every Sunday at the Olympic Riverside Plaza at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The Sunset Series features live music, a free YYoga class, beach volleyball, and food trucks.
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
What: Raise a glass of YEW’s Summer Sangria and make new friends as hands reach across the table to dig in to the generous family style meal starring Lobster and Dungeness Crab. The three-course meal kicks off with a bright and flavourful Little Gem Lettuce Salad and features garden fresh sides including Steamed New Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Heirloom Tomato Confit and Green Butter Beans best enjoyed with Pastry Chef Mark’s Homemade Brioche and Warm Summer Fruit Pie.
Where: YEW seafood + bar – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver