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104 things to do in Vancouver this summer

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Daniel Chai Jun 18, 2018 5:00 am 1,683
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Summer has arrived and hot events are happening at cool spots all over Vancouver. From Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival to Sam Smith, Dinner in the Sky to Canada Day, here are 104 Vancouver summer events you need to check out.

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Enjoy 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.

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival

  • What: Community, culture, and competition, all in one boat. That’s the name of the game during the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival. The event features three days of music, activities, and world-class racing. This year, the festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary and everyone is invited to come check out the festivities.
  • When: Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek
  • Admission: Free

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

  • What: Hit the road with Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon. Sign up for the 21k or 5k and enjoy the summer run.
  • When: Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Start Time: 7:30 am
  • Start Location: East Mall (West of Thunderbird Arena), UBC
  • Register: Online

Wild Rumpus Adult Summer Camp

  • What: The Wild Rumpus ensures you will get the full camp experience, including boating to an island, bunking in cabins, eating in a dining hall, zip lining, kayaking, slip and slide kickball, and much more to keep you entertained all weekend. Of course, there is an adult twist with themed parties, music, and plenty of adult beverages.
  • When: Friday, June 29 to Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Where: Gambier Island, BC
  • Tickets: $485, click here for registration details.

World Naked Bike Ride Vancouver 2018

  • What: Each year, World Naked Bike Ride protests car culture, the pollution cars cause, and the use of non-renewable energy resources like oil. Participants can ride as free or as covered as they please and on whatever they like from bikes and skateboards to rollerblades. Participants are encouraged to gather at Sunset Beach at noon for socializing, body painting, and bike decorating. The ride kicks off at 2 pm, following a route along several major streets in the downtown core. The ride and all activities are free and will go ahead, rain or shine.
  • When: Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Time: Ride begins at 2 pm
  • Where: Sunset Beach (near the corner of Beach Avenue and Bute Street)
  • Admission: Free

Symphony in the Park 2018

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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  • What: A free, annual outdoor concert held every summer at the Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park. The concert is a fantastic opportunity to hear an evening of live music performed by some of Vancouver’s most talented musicians.
  • When: Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Time:  7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Red Bull 400 2018

  • What: Known as the “steepest race in the world,” the almost-vertical race challenges competitors with a single objective: First one to the top wins. Testing both speed and endurance, this race challenges runners with 400 metres on a 37° incline from the bottom of a ski jump, straight to the top.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Time: 8 am
  • Where: Whistler Olympic Park
  • Registration: Online

Vallea Lumina

  • What: Vallea Lumina is an immersive, light-up night walk created by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” The 1.5 km walk is staged at Cougar Mountain. Located just eight minutes north of Whistler Village, the night walk uses the lush rainforest and a stunning array of mountain and valley views as the backdrop.
  • When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018, to October 2018
  • Time: Shows begin at sundown
  • Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
  • Tickets: Admission starts at $29

Mat Collective Free Yoga

  • What: Mat Collective is the largest outdoor yoga program in Western Canada. Aside from offering free outdoor yoga classes all summer long, Mat Collective will also be hosting several special events, including an Acro Jam in partnership with MEC, and a class at BC Place in collaboration with the BC Lions.
  • When: Now to Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Time: Various times, check schedule for details
  • Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street), Downtown (800 Robson Street), Granville Island (Chain and Forge), and Main Street (95 E 32nd Ave.)
  • Admission: Free

Beach Soccer Blast 2018

  • What: Spanish Banks will be bumping with outdoor soccer enthusiasts from August 10 to 12 for the Beach Soccer Blast, hosted by Vancity Original and Umbro.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Spanish Banks Beach East
  • Register: Online

Vancouver’s Largest Water Fight 2018

  • What: Pull out those Super Soakers and stock up on water balloons as the Vancouver Waterfight is coming back for another year. The annual event is returning for its eleventh consecutive year. Hosted by Flash Mob Vancouver, the water fight sees hundreds of Vancouverites take to the Lumberman’s Arch at Stanley Park.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Lumberman’s Arch – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Hike Rave Vancouver

  • What: Whether you like to dance or just need a reason to get out, step outside of your comfort zone and experience a hike to remember with Party4Life. Invite others to join you, and do not bring drugs or alcohol to the hike.
  • When: Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: TBA
  • Admission: Free

Full Moon Morning Beach Party

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  • What: Hosted by Party4Health, the Full Moon Morning Beach Party is all about partying for wellness and community. Get high on each other, not alcohol or drugs.
  • When: Sunday, August 26, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Where: TBA
  • Admission: Free

The Grouse Grind

  • What: Mother Nature’s Stairmaster, a gruelling climb up 2,830 steps on the side of Grouse Mountain. In less than 2.9km, the trail climbs more than 853m. Why do it? Well, the glory obviously… and maybe the free entry to Grouse Mountain attractions at the top.
  • Where: Parking lot at the base of Grouse Mountain on the North Shore
  • When: Spring to fall depending on weather, check Grouse Mountain for conditions/opening

The Stawamus Chief

  • What: Thought to be the second largest granite monolith in the world. Hike or rock climb your way to The Chief’s three peaks for spectacular views of Howe Sound and Garibaldi Provincial Park.
  • Where: Next to Shannon Falls off the Sea To Sky Highway, Squamish
  • When: Spring to fall, check BC Parks for conditions/opening

Stanley Park

  • What: Walk, run, bike, skateboard, rollerblade, swim, picnic – or even enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride – in the gorgeous Stanley Park, our favourite Vancouver oasis of green. (Note bikes, boards and blades should always go around the park in an anti-clockwise direction!)
  • Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: All year round

Capilano Suspension Bridge

  • What: A suspension bridge hanging 70 m above the Capilano River on the North Shore. Entry is $38 but includes access to seven treetop footbridges and a Cliffwalk along a granite precipice overhanging the river. BC residents get unlimited admission for one year after their first visit.
  • Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
  • When: All year round

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

  • What: The budget version of Capilano’s bridge, this suspension bridge stretches across a beautiful canyon, 50 m above raging waters and waterfalls. It may not be as high as Capilano but it’s certainly narrower – and it’s completely free.
  • Where: Lynn Canyon Park – 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver
  • When: All year round

Explore the city

Goat Yoga at Maplewood Farms

  • What: Maplewood Farms will be hosting 9 am weekend goat yoga classes taught by Kelli Sroka. Classes will take place on a grassy paddock. Guests should bring their own yoga mats and don’t wear designer gear as it’s going to get a bit muddy with the grass and goats. Selfies with the goats are encouraged so get ready to strike a pose. And if you need some new threads for those photos, goat yoga t-shirts are available to purchase online.
  • When: Every weekend from until Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Time: 9 to 10 am. Arrive for class at least 30 minutes early.
  • Where: Maplewood Farms, 405 Seymour River Place North Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $30 for participants over 18

Bard on the Beach

  • What: Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the festival offers Shakespeare’s plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. The lineup this year includes As You Like ItMacbethTimon of Athens, and Lysistrata.
  • When: Now to Friday, September 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Playland Nights

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  • What: Playland Nights features multiple bars, several DJs, live performances, and VIP experiences. New for this year, attendees can check out a brand-new Virtual Reality racing experience, as well as burlesque shows featuring nostalgic carnival glamour, and atmospheric entertainment throughout the park. This year, Playland Nights is introducing a VIP ticket option to provide exclusive benefits for discerning guests looking for an elevated experience.
  • When: Every Friday, from June 22 to July 27, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm to midnight
  • Where: Playland Amusement Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $31 online/in advance until 5 pm on the day of the event $34 onsite, day-of. VIP tickets available for $81 online/in advance until 5 pm on the day of the event, or for $84 onsite, the day-of.

Port Moody Community Fair

  • What: Featuring rides, entertainment, and information booths for people to visit. There will also be Science World demos, the Fun GymBus (a kids’ gym on wheels), a firefighter booth complete with a fire truck, a police booth with a patrol car, and the chance to win a summer gift basket from the City of Port Moody.
  • When: Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Civic Centre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition 2018

  • What: The Titanic: Artifact Exhibition has been designed to focus on the real, authentic human stories of those who boarded the Titanic and bringing those tales back to life. To help recreate the memories of the passengers, more than 120 authentic pieces from the vessel will be present, as well as extensive re-creations of rooms on the ship.
  • When: Saturday, June 23, 2018, to Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Where: Lipont Place – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $17.95

Bill Clinton

  • What: Former president Bill Clinton is coming to Vancouver this summer, as part of his latest book tour to discuss his forthcoming fictional novel, The President is MissingClinton’s Vancouver appearance is one of just two Canadian city stops on his tour, the other city being Toronto a week earlier. In writing The President is Missing, Clinton collaborated with author James Patterson and this novel marks the first time a president has collaborated with a bestselling novelist on a work of fiction.
  • When: Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: 4:05 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Sailor Moon Van Expo

  • What: A massive festival paying homage to the Sailor Scouts on International Sailor Moon Day. Fans can enjoy a movie screening, door prizes and raffle draws, Sailor Moon-themed art, and vendors for all your fandom needs. And of course – the largest collective display of Sailor Moon fans in the city.
  • When: Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 11 pm
  • Where: Holiday Inn & Suites – 1110 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park

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Free outdoor movies in Stanley Park (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 for its 10th anniversary! The Evo Summer Cinema Series features a four-story inflatable movie screen showing film classics and modern blockbusters. Please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Moviegoers 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 3 to August 21, 2018
  • Time: Dusk
  • Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
  • Admission: 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 its 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), and the movie audio will be broadcast over FM radio. 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
  • Time: Sunset (gates open at 6 pm)
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Khatsahlano Street Party 2018

  • What: The free annual festival will take over 10 blocks along Kitsilano’s 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and Macdonald Street. This year features headliners Bif Naked, Frazey Ford, and Slow. As usual, local restaurants, and stores along 4th Avenue will be holding sales and giveaways, as well as providing samples and games on the street for everyone to enjoy. For the first time in the festival’s history, this year’s lineup will feature gender parity.
  • When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Along 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and MacDonald Street
  • Admission: Free

Krause Berry Farms 5th Annual Butterfly Release 

  • What: The 5th Annual Butterfly Release & Fundraiser is returning to the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery in Langley this summer. The annual fundraiser brings in hundreds of guests every year who join the celebration at the beautiful gardens onsite. On the day of the event, 400 Painted Lady Butterflies will take flight for the very first time, in an eclectic display of colour. The butterflies are released symbolically, in memory and honour of loved ones, by participants of all ages.
  • When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 to 3 pm
  • Where: Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery – 6179 – 248th St., Langley
  • Tickets: No admission required, butterflies can be purchased online.

Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs

  • What: Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs takes a look at over 300 original artifacts that teach us about the lives of everyday Egyptians and those who ruled them. And the exhibition is bringing in a rare 3,500-year-old artifact that’s going to inspire your journey back to ancient Egypt – the bust of a female Pharaoh Hatshepsut.
  • When: Now to Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Royal BC Museum –  675 Belleville Street, Victoria
  • Tickets: $26.95 adults, $18.95 students, free for children three- to five-years-old, tickets available via Royal BC Museum

VSO presents Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

  • What: The music of a galaxy far, far away will come close to home this summer when the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) performs the famous tunes from Star Wars during a concert series in July. The performance is part of this year’s VSO at the Movies concert series, which is being hosted in conjunction with the VSO’s 100th anniversary season.
  • When: Wednesday, July 11 to Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Tickets available online

The Deighton Cup

  • What: Get your chicest hats and flashiest bowties out. The Deighton Cup – Vancouver’s most stylish day at the races – is coming back for summer 2018. Aside from the races, this year’s event will include a best-dressed competition, mixology contest, and delicious food catered by Earls. The restaurant chain will be building a pop-up kitchen on location and Hawksworth will be catering food for patrons in VIP suits. Whether you treat yourself at the taco bar or try delicious sushi doughnuts, the spread at the Cup will definitely satisfy.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Hastings Racetrack -188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $55 early bird, buy online

Slide The City North Vancouver 2018

  • What: The 1,000-foot-long slip-and-slide will be returning to Lower Lonsdale. Using inner tubes, sliders go down the hill along a four-block-long stretch of Lonsdale Avenue from Victoria Park to 4th Street, where there is a large finish line splash pool. Thousands of others will also be along the sidelines and at the finish line to watch sliders go down the roadway at speeds of up to 15 km/h. Parking for the event will be limited, so biking, walking, or transit is encouraged.
  • When: Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Lonsdale Avenue at Keith Road, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Start at $20, available online

Meowfest

  • What: Meowfest is a one-day event hosted by Meowbox, a Vancouver-based cat goodies subscription box. Along with mingling with fellow feline friends, attendees can even adopt some home-needing kitties too. Besides that, “celebricats” and cat advocates line the event’s schedule, which includes everything from the Insta-famous Nala Cat to a pet photography workshop.
  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Arts Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Meowfest, $15

Steve Martin and Martin Short

  • What: Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short are coming to Vancouver on their An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life tour. Featuring a standup show full of film clips and musical numbers.
  • When: Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

108th Annual Abbotsford Agrifair

  • What: It’s nothing but midway rides, showstopping performances, and fantastic music as the Abbotsford Agrifair prepares to make its return this coming August.Voted as Abbotsford’s favourite community event, the annual weekend fair will be returning to the Abbotsford Exhibition Park from Friday, August 3 to Saturday, August 5. 
  • When: Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 11 pm daily
  • Where: Abbotsford Exhibition Park – 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: General admission begins at $12 per day.

Tony Robbins

  • What: American businessman, author, and philanthropist Tony Robbins is coming to Vancouver for Power of Success, a talk on personal development, money, motivation, business strategies, and more. Robbins promises to transform your entire life, from your relationships to your career.
  • When: Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Where:  Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building— 1055 Canada Place
  • Tickets: $197 to $995, Online

The Fair at the PNE

  • 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. Explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place.
  • When: Saturday, August 18 to Monday, September 3, 2018 (closed August 20 to 27)
  • Time: 11 am to late
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Port Moody Car-Free Day

  • What: The festival is filled with local businesses and artisans, delicious food, live music, and activities for all ages.
  • When: Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 7 pm
  • Where: St John’s Street (between Douglas and Moody) – Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

The International DOTA 2 Tournament 2018

  • What: The tournament is the largest annual eSports tournament in the world and one of the most prestigious with a prize pool of about US$25 million during last year’s iteration of the tournament, with the first place winner taking home nearly US$10.9 million.
  • When: Monday, August 20 to Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Times: Various times
  • Where: Roger Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online $125 for midweek (first four days) and $250 for the finals (last two days)

Joe Rogan

  • What: The infamous UFC colour commentator is heading to Abbotsford this summer, not to sit ring-side, but to put on a show of his very own. The Stranger Times 2018 tour is Rogan’s North America comedy tour. This isn’t Rogan’s first jaunt into the world of comedy, as he has been working as a standup comedian for more than 20 years, and even has an hour-long comedy special, Joe Rogan: Triggered, that fans can check out on Netflix.
  • When: Friday, August 24, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Available online, starting at $50

Happy Canada Day

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 the Canadian Forces Zone, Citizenship Ceremony, Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone, Main stage headliner performance by JoJo Mason, the Innovation Zone, food trucks and of course fireworks.
  • Where: Canada Place and surrounding city streets
  • When: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Admission: Free

O Canada Day on Granville Island

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  • What: Head to Granville Island for their annual Canada Day Parade, as well as jazz concerts, live shows, festival food and more.
  • When: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Where: Granville Island

Canada Day at Swangard Stadium

  • What: Celebrate the spirit of Canada Day in Burnaby with a free concert, activities and exhibitors for the whole family, and a grand fireworks finale.
  • When: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Canada Day at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre

  • What: The Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre will have a plethroa of Canada Day activities, including Strawberry Tea, food trucks, live performances by Serena Ryder and Brett Kissel, and more. The event wraps up with a massive fireworks display at dusk.
  • When: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 11 pm
  • Where: Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Canada Day by the Bay

  • What: The Annual Canada Day by the Bay at White Rock Beach and features a variety of family-friendly activities from morning to night. The celebration attracts thousands of people and is one not to be missed.
  • When: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Where: White Rock Beach
  • Admission: Free

Canada Day at Rocky Point Park

  • What: Enjoy great music, family fun, and fireworks, as Port Moody celebrates Canada Day.
  • When: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: 2800 Block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Da-Bangg The Tour Reloaded

  • What: Bollywood’s biggest superstars are coming to Vancouver for Canada Day. Da-Bangg The Tour Reloaded is bringing Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Guru Randhawa, Jacqueline Fernandez, Prabhu Deva, Daisy Shah, and Manish Paul to the Pacific Coliseum on July 1.
  • When: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 N Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $61.50-$351

Get fresh at farmers’ markets

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Thursday until Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday until Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday until Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday until Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

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  • When: Every Wednesday until Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: Main Street Station – 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday until Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Riley Park Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday until Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Riley Park – 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

River District Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday until Saturday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza – 8683 Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday until Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market

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  • When: Every Saturday until Saturday October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

  • When: Select Sundays until September 30, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Tuesday until Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market

  • When: Alternate Sundays until September 16, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

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  • When: Every Saturday from now to October 27, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
  • Admission: Free

Poirier Street Market

  • What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland.  The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.
  • When: 
  • Time: 9 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

  • What: A vibrant, multi-cultural Farmers’ Market, promoting small-scale farmers, food producers and artisans. Meet farmers, bakers, distillers, artisan and crafters, food trucks, community groups, and more.
  • When: Every Wednesday to October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy the night markets

Richmond Night Market

  • What: The 95th annual May Day Festival features activities for the whole family. Plus enjoy the Opening Ceremony on May 4 and the Rotary May Day Parade and Leigh Square Block party on May 12.
  • When: Now to Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Time: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm to midnight; Sundays and holiday Mondays from 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • Price: $3.75 (regular admission)

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market 2018

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  • What: Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors every Friday night. 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.
  • When: Every Friday night from now to September 28, 2018
  • When: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Whitecaps

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  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps continue their MLS season throughout the summer at BC Place.
  • When: July 1, July 7, July 25, July 28, August 18, September 1, September 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

BC Lions

  • What: BC Lions kick off their 2018 season with a pre-season game the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday, June 8, and their home opener against Montreal Alouettes on Saturday, June 16 at BC Place.
  • When: July 14, August 9, August 25, September 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canadians

  • What: The defending Northwest League champions Vancouver Canadians are bringing baseball action to Nat Bailey Stadium throughout the summer.
  • When: Various dates
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver

Vancouver Quidditch League

  • What: Yes, you too can catch that Golden Snitch, as part of the Vancouver Quidditch League (VQL). The sessions are open anybody ages 16+ and no previous experience needed. The league runs until August 8, and there will be drop-in sessions all summer.
  • When: Alternating Tuesdays (Central Park in Burnaby) and Wednesdays (Connaught Park in Vancouver) until August 8, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Central Park in Burnaby and Connaught Park in Vancouver
  • Admission: Online $2 per session, more info

Pacific Rim Basketball Classic

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  • What:Canada’s senior men’s national team will face China in the Pacific Rim Basketball Classic. Canada’s roster will feature some of the country’s biggest and brightest stars, including players playing professionally in the NBA, NBA G League and several of the top professional leagues overseas.
  • When: Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, starting at $20

12 North Sports Classic

  • What: The 12 North Sports Classic brings together celebrities and professional athletes from various sports to British Columbia every summer for a series of unique, fun events. The event raises funds and awareness for local causes, expose and inspire youth to be active and participate in sports, while showcasing British Columbia’s scenery and culture.
  • When: Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Redwoods Golf Course – 22011 88 Ave, Langley Township
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

  • What: 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic and to celebrate, will be held over two days for the first time. The expanded format of Canada’s longest-running track meet will see the annual event be held in conjunction with the Team Sprint Challenge, a ten-event dual meet between the fastest sprinters from Canada and China.
  • When: Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online

Festivals

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

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  • What: The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is British Columbia’s biggest music and arts event with hundreds upon hundreds of musicians participating in over 300 concerts at 35 indoor and outdoor venues. Among this accessibility options are the 150 free concerts, which feature local, national and international artists, and take place throughout the city in locations like at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church, Ironworks Afternoon Sessions, Granville Island in the afternoons (and all day on Canada Day), and at several venues on the North Shore.
  • When: Friday, June 22 to Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues throughout the city
  • Tickets: Available online

Queer Arts Festival

  • What: An annual artist-run multi-disciplinary summer arts festival at the Roundhouse in Vancouver, BC. QAF produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. Each year, the festival theme ties together a curated visual art exhibition, performing arts series, workshops, artist talks, panels, and media art screenings.
  • When: Saturday, June 16 to Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Golden Spike Days Festival

  • What: The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest running family events in BC. The festival is held at Rocky Point Park around Canada Day, attracting upwards of 40,000 people from all walks of life with live entertainment, special events, and activities for all ages.
  • When: Friday, June 29 to Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: By donation

Indian Summer Festival

  • What: The eighth annual Indian Summer Festival features a multitude of events, artists, and performances around the city. The theme for this year’s festival is “Mythmaking.”
  • When: Thursday, July 5 to Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • Tickets: Available online

Carnaval del Sol 2018

  • What: The biggest Latin American festival in the Pacific Northwest returns to Vancouver this July. The 10th annual Carnaval Del Sol is a two-day celebration of Latin American Culture. The event features live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry. Over 400 artists from different Latin American countries will attend the festival as well this year.
  • When: Saturday July 7 to Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 10 pm
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver
  • Admission: $2 by donation for adults, and it’s free for seniors and children 12 and under. A $10 Super Pass is also offered.

Center of Gravity 2018

  • What: The festival combines some of the world’s top musical acts with over 150 international athletes competing in seven adrenaline-pumping sports, including beach volleyball, basketball, wakeboarding, freestyle motocross and snowmobiling, skateboarding, and BMX. Plus there’s a new addition of an axe-throwing zone, where fearless fans compete under the watchful eye of talented axe throwing coaches. Headliners this year include Wu-Tang Clan, Zedd, French Montana, Illenium, Action Bronson, and Jauz.
  • When: Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: City Park, Kelowna, BC
  • Tickets: Online

Blessed Coast

  • What: The 4th annual Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival offers a curated line-up of ground-breaking local and international Artists, DJs and Producers. Blessed Coast also hosts BC’s favourite Yoga Teachers, Speakers and Wisdom Keepers in their Yoga Shala and Workshop spaces.
  • When: Friday, July 27 to Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Cheekye Ranch 60001 Squamish Valley Road, Brackendale
  • Tickets: Online

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2018

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  • What: English Bay in downtown Vancouver will once again be showered with fireworks for three nights this summer, as the 2018 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition returns to the city. Organizers announced this morning that the participating countries for the festival’s 28th year will be South Africa on July 28, Sweden on August 1, and South Korea on August 4. New this year, all three of the participating countries will be required to incorporate the same theme into their fireworks display and musical accompaniment. The theme, as voted by the public, will be “Love.”
  • When: Saturday, July 28, Wednesday, August 1 and Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm to 10:25 pm (25-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on radio station LG 104.3 FM.
  • Where: English Bay, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free. Reserved seating on sale through the festival’s website.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

  • What: Starting in 1988, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival was founded by a non-profit called Out On Screen.  It’s the largest queer media event in Western Canada and it screens over 75 films each year to an audience of over 14,000.  This year it’s the event’s 30th birthday, so it’s sure to be special.
  • When: Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Venues across Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Shambhala Music Festival 2018

  • What: The long-standing festival has been celebrating music in British Columbia for more than two decades and will be returning to the beautiful Salmo River Ranch, a gorgeous family farm. Headliners of the festival include REZZ, The Glitch Mob, Claude VonStroke, Feed Me, and Justin Martin.
  • When: Friday, August 10 to Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Salmo River Ranch, British Columbia
  • Tickets: Online, general admission starts at $420.

Burnaby Roots & Blues Festival 2018

  • What: Mixing folk and Americana to rock & roll and vintage rhythm & blues, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats headline this year’s performance. The family-friendly festival will also feature performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Nikki Lane, The Suffers, Begonia, and Amythyst Kiah.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: Gates 2 pm, show 3 to 10 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Drive, Burnaby
  • Tickets: $40 (early-bird, single-ticket) $50 (regular single ticket) $60 (day-of tickets) $180 (ticket four-pack) Free for children under 12-years-old (with purchase of adult ticket). Tickets are available online.

SKOOKUM 2018

  • What: The inaugural three-day festival is the result of a collaboration between BRANDLIVE and Virgin Mobile. More than 50 performances will take place over the course of the festival from some of the biggest names in music, accompanied by live art installations, gourmet culinary experiences, and some of BC’s best wines and craft beer.
  • When: Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Brockton Field in Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online as of Friday, April 20, starting at $114

Westward Music Festival 2018

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  • What: The second-annual festival will be taking over downtown Vancouver with concerts led by artists like British singer-songwriter, composer, and producer, Blood Orange, two-time Grammy-nominee Kali Uchis, critically-acclaimed pop star Kelela, and YouTube sensation Poppy.
  • When: Thursday, September 13 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Multiple locations in downtown Vancouver
    Tickets: Available via WestwardFestTicketFly, and in person at Red Cat Records, Vancouver

Bon Appétit

Newfoundland Kitchen Party

  • What: Experience a traditional East Coast style lobster dinner without leaving the West Coast. Traditional maritime music will be performed by the band New Fish. Beers from local breweries will be available for purchase and coolers for those that do not like beer. There will also be hot dog dinners for guests that do not want a lobster.
  • When: Saturday, June 23
  • Time: 4 to 8 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Station Museum – 2734 Murray St., Port Moody,
  • Tickets: Lobster Dinner $35, Hot Dog Dinner$ 15. Available for purchase at the museum with cash or cheque only

Greek Day

  • What: This event is the largest one day Greek festival in Vancouver and it attracts more than 100,000 people every year. This year it’s taking place on June 24 in a five-block stretch from McDonald to Blenheim Street. Featuring food, beverages, shopping, and music, this shindig is the final event in a month-long Greek Heritage Festival going down in the city.
  • When: Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Where: MacDonald to Blenheim Street
  • Admission: Free

Brunch Affair

  • What: Taking place in North Vancouver’s Shipyards and Pipe Shop, this year’s celebration will feature brunch and breakfast eats from local chefs and restaurants, music from local bands, and Bud Light Radlers, naturally. Expect purveyors like Cabrito Tapas, Johnny Can’t Surf, and The Very Good Butchers to name a few.
  • When: Saturday, July 7 to Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: North Vancouver Shipyards and Pipe Shop – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • Admission: $5, and after that tokens can be purchased and exchanged for food and beverages.

Dinner in the Sky

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  • What: Take your sights to a new level and head up in the air with Dinner in the Sky This unconventional dinner party, which first launched in Vancouver last summer, will take in an out-of-this-world location, as guests, chefs, and waitstaff are all strapped onto a modest pedestal platform and hoisted by crane to enjoy their meal suspended 150 feet up in the air. The popular venue will offer eight to 10 breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and other experiences each day, as well as themed special events, weddings, and other private celebrations.
  • When: Thursday, July 5 to Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: False Creek at Concord Pacific Place
  • Reservations: Online

Brewery & The Beast Vancouver

  • What: This one of a kind, ultra-meaty outdoor culinary experience features chefs cooking up locally-sourced products and ingredients, and aims to educate guests about becoming a conscientious consumer and buying local – all while filling their stomachs with a ton of high-quality grub.
  • When: Sunday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Concord Pacific Lot, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Clover Valley Beer Festival

  • What: A celebration of food, music, and beer by the team behind the Whistler Village Beer Festival and the Great Okanagan Beer Festival. Featuring 80 craft beers and ciders from 40 different breweries to sample. Attendees can also expect food trucks, live music (DJs and bands), games, and exhibitor booths. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Twins Cancer Fundraising.
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: $35-$50 per person; buy online

Le Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2018

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  • What:The all-white-everything pop-up dinner party is an elegant event that has white-clad diners enjoying eats el fresco. Just a reminder that this event has some rules: you have to wear white and you must bring a table, chairs, and a tablecloth (all white of course) and as always, the location for Dîner en Blanc will be kept a secret until the day of the event, which goes on rain or shine.
  • When: Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Where: TBA
  • Price: $40; register online

Rock out a Concert

VSO presents Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • What: The VSO will perform the musical scores from the film series with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – the fifth installment of the movie series – with music composed by Nicholas Hooper. Those who attend this concert series will be able to view the film on a high-definition screen while theme songs from the movie are performed live.
  • When: Thursday, July 5 to Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Tickets available online

FVDED in the Park 2018

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  • What: FVDED in the Park is returning to Holland Park this summer for the festival’s fourth straight year. This year, Blueprint and Live Nation Canada have signed on Future, Kygo, Kaskade, Ferg, Kehlani, and many more artists over the two-day high energy festival. FVDED in the Park 2018 is expected to draw over 40,000 festival goers over the two days in Surrey.
  • When: Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Logic

  • What: Logic brings his Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour to the PNE Amphitheatre with special guests NF and Kyle.
  • When: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: PNE Amphitheatre East – 2901 East Hastings Street
  • Tickets: $69.50 – available via TicketLeader

Beach House

  • What: Baltimore dream pop band Beach House are coming to Vancouver this summer. The ‘Levitation’ duo (Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand) will be performing live at the Orpheum with special guests, as part of their massive 2018 world tour.
  • When: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Vancouver – 601 Smithe Street
  • Tickets: $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 – Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Jack White

  • What: The former White Stripes frontman will be taking to the stage at Rogers Arena on August 12 as part of his Boarding House Reach world tour. Boarding House Reach is White’s third solo album.
  • When: Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Starting at $49 – Available via Ticketmaster

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

  • What: Known for his eclectic mix of soul, folk rock music, guitarist skills, activism and unique vocals, Ben Harper will be playing the Orpheum with Charlie Musselwhite. The show is part of Harper’s latest tour as he and Musselwhite hit the road to promote their new collaboration album, No Mercy in This Land.
  • When: Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm, Show 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $35 to $75, available online

Portugal. The Man and Broken Social Scene

  • What: Portugal. The Man and Broken Social Scene are taking over the main stage at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, with special guests.
  • When: Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Drive, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Starting at $59.50 – Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Frank Turner

  • What: Frank Turner will be making a stop in Vancouver on a 2018 world tour in support of his latest album, Be More Kind.
  • When: Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $39.50 to $44.50

Sam Smith

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  • What: Grammy Award-winner Sam Smith is touring in support of his sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All. The album’s first single “Too good at goodbyes” has already been a global hit, and debuted at number one on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart.
  • When: Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

AQUA Rewind Tour

  • What: On their first-ever Canadian tour titled The Rewind Tour, the 90s pop group will be performing a concert at the Abbotsford Centre. Joining the ‘Barbie Girl’ singers on tour for the ultimate throwback concert will be Canadian favourites Prozzäk and ‘Saturday Night’ hitmaker Whigfield.
  • When: Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre -33800 King Road, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: $49, $59, $69, $89 (incl. GST) – Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Leon Bridges

  • What: Grammy Award-nominated Leon Bridges will be performing at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of his 2018 headline, Good Thing Tour, ahead of the release of his sophomore album, Good Thing. Supporting artists include Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Khruangbin, and Masego.
  • When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: PNE Amphitheatre – East, 2901 East Hastings Street
  • Tickets: $55 – Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Ben Howard

  • What: English musician Ben Howard is set to take over the Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby with special guests in support of his new album Noonday Dream.
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Drive, Burnaby
  • Tickets: $49.50 – Tickets available via Ticketmaster
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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