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55 FREE things to do in Vancouver this June

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Daniel Chai May 31, 2018 5:00 am 4,960
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Have fun in the sun without busting the bank! Check out our list of fun free events happening in Vancouver this month!

From Doors Open to Hats Off Day and everything in between, here are 55 free things to do around the city this June.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

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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: Friday, June 1 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

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 to September 28, 2018
  • When: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Doors Open Richmond

  • What: The 11th installment of Doors Open Richmond is a weekend-long, city-wide public celebration of heritage, culture and the arts. Forty sites with an eclectic and exciting blend of destinations will open their doors and offer culturally rich and inclusive experiences for free. These destinations include heritage sites, museums, places of worship, green spaces, specialty business, art galleries, and artist studios.
  • When: Saturday, June 2 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Various locations around Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Silver Chord Choir & Friends Concert

  • What: As a kick off to Senior’s Week, the Silver Chord Choir & Friends is hosting its annual concert. The free event is open to all ages, and includes refreshments after the show.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 t0 3:30 pm
  • Where: Wilson Centre – 2150 Wilson Ave, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free. To register, contact 604.927.7529 referencing barcode 25653.

Day of The Honeybee

  • What: Join Honeybee Centre to celebrate Day of the Honeybee. Featuring beekeeping demonstrations, workshops, storytelling, a plant sale, face painting, seed planting, giveaways, and more.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Honeybee Centre – 7480 176th Street, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Hats Off Day

  • What: A big street party by Burnaby Heights merchants to celebrate the community and their customers. Enjoy music, food, kids activities, a show and shine, and more.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Heights
  • Admission: Free

Still Creek Watershed Tour

  • What: A guided bicycle tour along the Central Valley Greenway and urban trails presented by Still Moon Arts Society and the City of Burnaby. Learn the history of Still Creek and environmental enhancement projects at stops along the way.
  • When: Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am
  • Where: Departing from Renfrew Skytrain Station in Vancouver, ends at Burnaby City Hall.
  • Admission: Free, registration required, space is limited. Contact the Planning Department at 604-294-7420 to register.

Small Business BC Mix & Mingle

  • What: Network with fellow entrepreneurs while enjoying some light refreshments and beverages during this fun social mixer to kick off the summer season. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to provide a 30-second pitch and the chance to win some great door prizes.
  • When: Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC – 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Waterfront Station, Vancouver
  • Registration: Online, free

Artist Salon with Ho Tam

  • What: A fun and informative workshop on self-publishing. With a diverse background in painting, video, photography, and print-based art, Ho Tam will discuss his experience in everything from editorial and design to production and distribution.
  • When: Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – 180 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Thursday Artist Talk: Emilie Mae, “Palette Knife Adventures”

  • What: In an illustrated talk titled “Palette Knife Adventures,” visual artist Emilie Mae will take the audience through her unique approach to abstract expressionism using oil paint and palette knives. She’ll reveal her technique of working with brushes, her experiences of living in three different locales (Vancouver, Detroit, and Kauai), and how her deep appreciation for poetry knits together the experiences that shape her art.
  • When: Thursday, June 7, 2018 
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Gallery Opening Reception – Clay Explorations 2018, Grasping Moments, Laces of Community

  • What: Celebrate the new exhibitions by Fraser Valley Potters Guild, Elmira Habibullah and Yandy Chau.
  • When: Thursday, June 07, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Surrey Greek Food Festival

  • What: The Surrey Greek Food Festival invites guests of all ages to celebrate Greek culture and experience Greek food. Featuring folk dancing representing various regions of Greece, and performances from around the world. Hosted by Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.
  • When: Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: St. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church -13181 96 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Community Bike Tour

  • What: Free and fun activities include a community bike fair, a bike show by Trials Starts, an obstacle course, “Challenge Your Friend” races, bike decoration and repair stations, prizes and more. Come with or without your bike to participate.
  • When: Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Gilmore Community School – 50 South Gilmore Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Urban Shift

  • What: Urban Shift explores two perspectives on the Vancouver urban landscape. The works are shaped by personal relationships to the city, and expressed through manipulated photographic images and paintings. Featuring the works of Carolina de la Cajiga and Martha Jablonski-Jones, and is hosted and organized by the Burnaby Arts Council.
  • When: Saturday, June 9 to Saturday, June 30, 2018 
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

EMBRVCE SATURDAYS: A Night Dedicated To Fortnite

  • What: Drop down at Vaulted Venue and stock up on Slurp Juice on special all night at VENUE’s Fortnite Theme Party. Featuring resident DJs Rashad Rawkus, Grayson Repp and J-traxx – dressing up is strongly encouraged.
  • When: Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Seniors Week – Over 90s Tea and Celebration

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  • What: Celebrate Richmond seniors 90 years of age and over with an afternoon of socializing and recognition of these special Richmond citizens. Caregivers welcome.
  • When: Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
  • Where: Minoru Place Activity Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free, registration required

Surrey Doors Open

  • What: Surrey Doors Open is a free event for all ages providing a unique opportunity for Surrey residents and visitors to experience the cities rich culture, history, art, and architecture. Explore 30 different venues in Whalley, Cloverdale, Newton, and South Surrey. The venues will feature a mix of historic sites, modern architecture, public art, and green spaces.
  • When: Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Venues across Surrey
  • Admission: Free. Some venues may offer additional experiences or goods for a fee

Creative Café

  • What: Learn about the history and natural wonders of Minnekhada Regional Park and enjoy the work of local artists.
  • When: Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park – Meet at Minnekhada Lodge – 4455 Oliver Rd, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Wild About Burnaby Lake

  • What: Learn how to bring more nature to Burnaby with free workshops, invasive species pulls, and exhibits by environmental stewardship partners. Cash only charity barbecue provided by the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society.
  • When: Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • When: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where:  Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion – 6871 Roberts Street, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Free Yoga in the Park

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City of Port Moody

  • What: A Hatha Yoga style class designed for all levels of fitness. Bring a mat, water bottle and towel. Weather permitting. Advance registration is required.
  • When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Jeff Ladouceur: Pearl Path

  • What: A new exhibit by Jeff Ladouceur, a prominent figure within Canada’s tradition of contemporary drawing.
  • When: Friday, June 15 to Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Surrey Fest Downtown

  • What: Surrey Fest Downtown (originally known as the Whalley Community Festival) promotes and celebrates community pride through a day of fun and entertainment for all ages while providing a venue for groups and organizations to inform the community of their services. As many as 4,000 people visit the festival each year to view the exhibits and enjoy food and live entertainment.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

40th Annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival

  • What: Join the British Columbia Kitefliers Association for two days of kite flying at Garry Point Park in Richmond. Enjoy individual and team kite demonstrations, Rokkaku kite battles, teddy bear and candy drops, kite flying demonstrations, and more. Children can make their own kite at the Children’s Kite Making Workshop.
  • When: Saturday, June 16 to Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Ave, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Burnaby Chalk Art Experience

  • What: Watch local and international street painters create masterful chalk art as they transform the pavement into a colourful gallery. Also featuring a performance by Bobs and Lolo. Event goes forward rain or shine.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex – 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

2nd Annual Rock for Autism

  • What: Enjoy 7 hours of pro-Rock and Roll to increase awareness and raise funds for adults with autism. Funds go to help train companies that hire persons on the ASD spectrum. Presented by Autism BC and Lindsay Music.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 8 pm
  • Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Father’s Day at Historic Stewart Farm

Historic Stewart Farm

Image: Historic Stewart Farm / Facebook

  • What: Take Dad out for a memorable date at Historic Stewart Farm. Bring the whole family for locomotive fun, featuring the Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club and their display model trains, train rides courtesy of the Pacific Trackless Trains, sack races with Dad on the lawn, baked treats made on the wood burning stove in the farmhouse kitchen, and more.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

International Picnic Day Picnic

  • What: Invite your friends and neighbours out to celebrate International Picnic Day at the new Forsyth Park. Jump in a bouncy castle, play mini golf, dance to the music of DJ Freshlee Cut, enjoy a free picnic in the park (while supplies last), and climb on the new natural playground.
  • When: Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Forsyth Park – 10635 140 St, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • What: A celebration of the unique cultural diversities of Indigenous Communities, through the engagement and inclusion of Local Land Based Nations and local service providers. A free community barbeque will take place from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm along with several traditional cultural activities and performances combined with outreach and engagement from a variety of service providers working with the Urban Indigenous population in Surrey.
  • When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 8 pm
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Family Board Game Night

  • What: Free family fun at Spirit Square. Enjoy an evening of board games and light refreshments. Borrow one from the games library, or bring your favourite ones from home.
  • When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Spirit Square – 3000 Burlington Drive, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Coquitlam in Bloom Day

  • What: Join the City of Coquitlam’s Parks team for a drop-in, fun-filled experience that includes activities and displays for the whole family. You also won’t want to miss out on the very popular Tractor Dance.
  • When: Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Mundy Park – 641 Hillcrest St, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

29th Annual Bullhead Derby

  • What: Spend the morning at Garry Point Park at the Bullhead Derby at beautiful Garry Point Park. Pack your fishing gear, including barbless hooks and a picnic basket. It’s a perfect occasion to bring your family for a fun day of fishing. There are two categories: kids 12 and under and seniors 65+.
  • When: Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Ave, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Teen Quiz Night

  • What: Relax with friends and answer general interest questions to win prizes at Coquitlam Public Library’s annual Teen Quiz Night. For teams of 2 to 6 teens in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12.
  • When: Saturday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: City Centre Branch, Rooms 136 and 137 -1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Register: Free. Contact librarian Chris Miller at [email protected] or 604-554-7339

Dominion Day

  • What: Celebrate Canada Day the old-fashioned way with heritage demonstrations, live music and performers and old-fashioned games with prizes.
  • When: Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy the great outdoors

Coho Bon Voyage

  • What: Release coho salmon fry, see the fish hatchery and discover the ecological importance of salmon. Presented by Bowen Island Fish & Wildlife Club
  • When: Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Crippen Regional Park – Meet at Terminal Creek Hatchery, a 15 minute walk from the ferry dock
  • Admission: Free

101 Hikes: An Evening With Author Stephen Hui

  • What: An evening with Stephen Hui, author of the all-new guidebook 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia (Greystone Books), a comprehensive guide for trekking in all seasons. Books will be available for sale at the talk.
  • When: Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Parkgate Library – 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Learn About the Langley Bog

  • What: Join biologist and local expert Jeremy Smith to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in the bog.
  • When: Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Viewing Platform on the Houston Trail – 10716 Allard Crescent, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Wonderful Water Creatures

  • What: Take a close look at the fantastic underwater realm of invertebrates and microbes in a pond and under a microscope.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where:  Campbell Valley Regional Park – meet at pond – 20285 8th Ave, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Splash! BC Family

  • What: Try your luck at catching rainbow trout at Rice Lake (fishing gear provided). Enjoy exhibits and other festivities. Food trucks will be on-site. Catch the shuttle to the dam and fish hatchery to explore the Seymour Valley.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve – Meet at Rice Lake Gate, 4900 Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

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

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Thursday from Thursday, June 7 to 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 to 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 to Saturday, until 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 to 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 from Wednesday, June 6 to 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 from Sunday, May 27 to 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 to Saturday, ends 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 to Saturday, ends October 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza – 8683 Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday to Sunday, ends 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 to Saturday, ends 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 to Tuesday, ends 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 to 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

  • When: Every Saturday 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

Surrey Urban Farmers Market

Image: Surrey Urban Farmers Market / Facebook

  • 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 from June 6 to October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
  • Admission: Free
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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