What: Watch Harry Potter outside! The site will be outfitted with a four-storey inflatable movie screen, transforming the area into a magical outdoor cinema within a matter of hours, fit for thousands of Vancouverites to visit and watch flicks throughout the summer.
Where: Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach), Stanley Park
What: Arguably the most fun you can have on a weekday in Vancouver (depending on who you ask…), enjoy three exhilarating sets of belly dancers, drag performers, comedy, thrilling live stunts, contortionists, burlesque, and random hilariousness all in one show.
Where: Guilt & Company – 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
What: Brit Floyd’s new world tour celebrates fifty years of Pink Floyd hits with performances from all Pink Floyd’s biggest selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moodn, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and the Division Bell.
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
What: Off The Eaten Track’s Gourmet Ice Cream Tour will grant attendees the opportunity to visit local ice creams shops and sample lots of delicious locally-made ice cream. From soft-serve to ice cream sandwiches, this tour highlights some of the best frozen treats in the city.
Where: Meeting place is at Railtown Café – 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
When: Every Wednesday of August (5,12,19,26); 5 to 6 p.m.
What: It’s the one day a year adults can order the restaurant’s iconic Pirate Pak, a meal served in a cardboard boat for the 10 and under set since 1968, complete with fries, drink, ice cream, and loot…err, a gold foil-wrapped chocolate coin. $2 from each Pirate Pak purchased on Pirate Pak Day go to Zajac Ranch for Children
What: Laughter Zone 101 is on the search for British Columbia’s funniest woman. Over 20 comics face-off in the preliminary round on August 6, and the top 10 will move on to the final on August 13. Cash prizes and all-important bragging rights are up for grabs.
Where: Lafflines – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
What: Yuk Yuk’s weekly comedy competition sees comedians face off for the grand prize of $2500, as chosen by the audience. The preliminary round lasts until August 9 when things heat off for the semi-finals, then the final on September 3.
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club – 2387 Cambie St., Vancouver
When: Every Thursday until August 27; Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.
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: Tuesdays, 4 to 6 p.m. (June 9 to October), Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (June 10 to October)
What: This market features vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users. Take note of new hours for 2015.
Where: 1100 Station St., Vancouver
When: Wednesdays, 2 to 6 p.m.; June 3 to October 7, 2015
What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly streets of Yaletown welcome vendors and farmers Thursday afternoons and evenings for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station.
Where: 1200 Mainland Street, Vancouver
When: Thursdays, 2 to 6 p.m.; May 7 to October 29, 2015
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.