What: This annual festival celebrates the arrival of the Vikings to Canada over 1000 years ago and the longest day of the year. The festival displays Nordic Villages with shopping kiosks from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland.
What: Each weekend over 20,000 visitors hit up this massive summertime night market in Richmond and experience the diverse array of booths, food and drink vendors, kids’ play area, and live entertainment.
Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
When: Friday, May 8 to September 27; Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 11 p.m. and Sundays 6 to 10 p.m.
What: Drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Night Market is located within easy access of the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station. Roam the aisles to find games, food, and all sorts of wares for sale. Late nighters take note, this is the only local night market open until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays).
Where: 8351 River Rd. (nearby Bridgeport Station)
When: May 15 to October 12, 2015; Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 p.m.
What: As part of Car Free Day, numerous normally car-heavy streets will be closed down and turned into a community party full of food, music and live performances. Festivities are in the West End, Main Street, Commercial Drive and Kitsilano.
Where: West End, Main Street, Commercial Drive and Kitsilano.
What: Canada Place will be hosting a day-long event as celebration, one day prior to National Aboriginal Day. Happening on Saturday, June 20, the event will have performances, dances and workshops to give an its participants an experience to have fun while learning about aboriginal culture and traditions.
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.
Where: UBC Farm – 3461 Ross Drive (Tuesdays & Saturdays), UBC Bookstore – 6200 University Boulevard (Wednesdays)
When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (June 13 to October)
What: This Father’s Day, the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club invites families to play catch and relive their childhood days. On Sunday, June 21 enjoy a casual outing with loved ones at historic Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St., Vancouver
What: Come down and paint a beautiful longboard which you can take home and mount on your wall! $25 gets you a deck and paint.Take a photo of your completed art and post it online with the hastag #landyboardpainting to win a prize!
Where: 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver (part of Car Free Day)
What: The Kits market takes place Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre, and has a Bike Valet for shoppers on two wheels, and lots nearby for families to do.
Where: West 10th Ave (between Larch and Balsam), Vancouver
When: Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 10 to October 25
*A note for this summer: During construction on the parking lot at the Kits Community Centre, the Kitsilano Market will temporarily relocate to Riley Park, at the southeast corner of 30th Avenue and Ontario Street. From May 10 to June 7, 2015 the market will run on the same day and time, and have all the same vendors as the Kits market.
What: The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.
Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
When: Sundays, June 14 to October 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), provincially sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, is proud to present their signature, national Ride Don’t Hide event on June 21. This is Canada’s largest mental health fundraiser, and over 1,500 riders are expected to participate.