Over 40 fun and fantastic things to do around Vancouver this summer

Jun 20 2022, 11:54 pm

Summer has arrived and warmer weather is just around the corner. Let’s make the most of it by enjoying the litany of fun and fantastic events in and around Vancouver.

From Honda Celebration of Light to Fruit Beer Fest, outdoor movies and more, here are 49 events you need to check out around the city.

Things to do in Summer

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2022

Dragon Boat BC


What: The continent’s largest dragon boat festival includes the highly anticipated international dragon boat races on False Creek and free concerts and cultural programming on the 102.7 THE PEAK Main Stage.

The family-friendly event features performances by Vancouver indie rockers The Zolas, singer-songwriter Desirée Dawson, Squamish Nation performers Eagle Song Dancers, and Coast Salish song and dance group Coastal Wolf Pack.

When: June 24 to 26, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and False Creek, Vancouver
Admission: Free

National Indigenous Peoples Day in Metro Vancouver

What: National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated across the country on Tuesday, June 21, and there are many events and activities happening in Metro Vancouver that you can check out.

The important day is to acknowledge the rich culture, heritage, and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, including the 10 first nations found in our region.

When: June 21, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Various events around Metro Vancouver. See the list online.

VIMFF Summer Fest

What: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) is hosting Summer Fest on Sunday, June 26 at the Shipyards. The free event is happening the day before Canadian Multiculturalism Day and is also celebrating multiculturalism in the mountains.

Outdoor enthusiasts and film lovers will want to check out the packed program of VIMFF Summer Fest activities, including free award-winning film screenings throughout the day that will inspire you to adventure this season.

When: June 26, 2022
Time: 3 to 9 pm
Where: The Shipyards – 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free

Evo Summer Cinema Series at Stanley Park

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Aerial shot of the free outdoor movies in Stanley Park (Fresh Air Cinema)

What: Get your blankets and favourite snacks ready, because outdoor movies with Fresh Air Cinema and Evo Car Share in Stanley Park are returning this summer. Hundreds of people will gather every Tuesday on the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach to watch Hollywood hits and family favourites on the giant four-storey inflatable movie screen

When: Every Tuesday from July 5 to August 23, 2022
Time: 8 to 11 pm, screenings begin at dusk
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach – 8502 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Cost: Free, VIP seating available online

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

What: Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo is an annual all-ages event that celebrates everything about old-school video games. Shop the vendor hall, take part in tournaments, enjoy live music and panels, and more. And yes there will be video games to play!

When: June 25, 2022
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: $25, purchase online. Children under 10 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket).

Foodstock: A GVFB Fundraiser

What: Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s Foodstock 2022, presented by 102.7 THE PEAK, features eight local bands and artists, lawn games, and plenty of choices for food and drink lovers to discover. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and get ready to enjoy the day on the Swangard Stadium field in support of the GVFB.

Foodstock will feature crowd-pleasing sets from Bend Sinister, Sleepy Gonzales, Generous Thieves, The Noodle Boys, Uncle Strut, Green Alderson, Madelyn Read, and Good Goin’.

When: June 26, 2022
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: $50 plus fees, purchase online

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2022

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Team Sweden’s performance at the 2018 Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival. (Gabriel Lam / submitted)

What: Look up at the night sky over English Bay during the final week of July 2022, as for the first time in two years, the Honda Celebration of Light will be taking to the skies again.

Along with the summertime tradition’s much-anticipated return, this will be a particularly special year for Metro Vancouver’s largest annual event as the festival will be marking its 30th anniversary.

Schedule and nations:

  • Saturday, July 23: Japan ??, represented by Akariya Fireworks
    • With pre-fireworks Red Bull Air Show
  • Wednesday, July 27: Canada ??, represented by Midnight Sun Fireworks
    • With pre-fireworks Red Bull Air Show and Canadian Snowbirds
  • Saturday, July 30: Spain ??, represented by Pirotecnia Zaragozana
    • With pre-fireworks Red Bull Air Show

Time: 10 pm to 10:25 pm (25-minute duration each night). Rain or shine. Music simulcast on The Breeze 104.3 FM and Z 95.3 FM.
Where: English Bay, Vancouver
Cost: Free. Premium viewing areas and VIP lounge experiences are also available online.

Cypress Mountain Eagle Coaster

What: Cypress Mountain’s massive Eagle Coaster is the perfect activity for families and thrill-seekers alike. The gravity-fed coaster at the top of the Eagle Express Quad Chair on Black Mountain features a vertical drop of 279 metres (900 ft) over its 1.7 km (1.1 miles) winding distance.

Riders can expect speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph) on the longest mountain coaster in Canada. The low-to-the-ground design offers stunning views of the riders’ surroundings and a hand break so that they can control their own speed.

When: June 3 until September 5, 2022
Time: Various time slots
Where: Cypress Mountain – 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
Cost: Various ticket prices with some restrictions, purchase online

Deckchair Cinema at The Polygon Gallery

What: The Polygon Gallery’s Deckchair Cinema, hosted in partnership with the City of North Vancouver, is open-air film series that will also feature music, DJs, and special guests each week.

Attendees are invited to bring blankets and low chairs to the film screenings on Cates Deck in front of The Polygon Gallery. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and films begin at sundown. Entry is by donation.

When: Every Thursday from June 23 to August 11, 2022
Time: Music and concession open at 7 pm, screenings begin at sundown
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: By donation

Fair at the PNE Concerts

What: PNE Fairgoers will enjoy sensational performances this year including Pop, Rock, Country, and R&B as well as throwback 80s and 90s concerts. The Summer Night Concerts will run every evening that the Fair is open, starting on Saturday, August 20 in the PNE Amphitheatre.

When: August 20 to September 5, 2022 (closed August 29)
Time: Nightly at 8:30 pm
Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Reserved tickets for Summer Night Concerts start at $15. Attendees will also need to purchase a Fair Gate Admission separately for the date of the concert.

Vancouver Mural Fest’s City Centre Block Party

Vancouver Mural Festival Public Disco (Gabriel Martins)

Vancouver Mural Festival Public Disco (Gabriel Martins/vanmuralfest.ca)

What: An iconic Mount Pleasant motel is being transformed into a community space for art and social connection in Vancouver, and a huge block party is planned for its official opening weekend.

Vancouver Mural Fest’s City Centre Block Party, happening on June 25 and 26 at the City Centre Motor Hotel building at 2111 Main Street, features a lineup of free entertainment and activities, food trucks, an artist showcase, and more.

When: June 25 and 26, 2022
Time: 2 to 10 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: City Centre – 2111 Main Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Tour De Concord Vancouver – Free Family Bike Festival

What: Concord Pacific’s Free Family Bike Festival and Tour de Concord Cycling Race will feature a free family ride followed by exciting pro cyclist racing on the 850-metre track and festival grounds stretching from BC Place to the Concord Community Park by Science World.

The event will feature a main stage, a DJ, artists, and race play-by-play. Attendees can also check out the obstacle courses, vendors, bike decorating, food trucks, mountain, and E-bike demos, prize draws, and more.

When: June 30, 2022
Time: 3:30 to 9 pm
Where: Concord Pacific Place – False Creek next to Science World – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

Car-Free Days

What: Car-Free Days are presented by Translink and feature huge lineups of live entertainment, vendors and community booths, kid’s activities, and more. Best of all, the events are free to check out.

Car-Free Day Vancouver will return on Saturday, August 20 in the West End, Saturday, August 27 on Main Street, and Saturday, September 10 on Commercial Drive.

In addition to the three Vancouver festivals, people can learn about the internationally-recognized movement in New Westminster on Saturday, August 6, and in North Vancouver on Saturday, September 17.

When: Various days
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

The Cup 2022

The Cup

The Cup/Submitted

What: The Cup, formerly known as The Deighton Cup, takes place at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, July 23. The day-long event is serving up live music and local art, delicious food and craft cocktails, and of course exciting derby action.

Those with sophisticated styles can even enter a competition to win a huge cash prize.

When: July 23, 2022
Time: 12 to 7 pm. Post 1:05 pm
Where: Hastings Racecourse — 188 N Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Various, purchase online.

Meowfest 2022

What: Meowfest is a full-day festival for the cat community happening on Saturday, August 20 at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. The one-day fest is presented by catit and is part purrty, part trade show, and part adoption event all for a worthy cause.

When: August 20, 2022
Time: 10 am to 1:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 5 pm. VIP Admission Pass holders can enter at any time.
Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $27 plus fees for ages 13 and up, $20 plus fees for ages 7 to 12, free for ages 6 and under. The first 100 readers will receive 10% off the ticket price using code DAILYHIVE10. Purchase online

Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Together at Canada Place

What: The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Canada Together at Canada Place is a massive event happening at the outdoor spaces of the landmark and venue, Jack Poole Plaza, and surrounding city streets. As well as offering a huge lineup of activities and entertainment, the 36th annual event has been reimagined in the spirit of reconciliation.

Check out the World Zone, Kid’s Zone, Canadian Forces Zone, and more activities throughout the day. 

When: July 1, 2022
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Outdoor spaces at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, and surrounding city streets
Admission: Free

Canada Day in Coquitlam

Canada Day fireworks

City of Coquitlam/Facebook

What: Kicking off at noon, Canada Day in Coquitlam features family-friendly live entertainment, multicultural performances, food trucks, activities, and opportunities to learn more about Canadian and pre-colonial Indigenous history. Make sure to stick around for the fireworks over Lafarge Lake in the evening.

When: July 1, 2022
Time: 12 to 10:30 pm. Fireworks at 10 pm
Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Abbotsford Canada Day Parade and Celebrations

What: Start your Abbotsford Canada Day with a fun community parade along its main street, then head to Abbotsford Exhibition Park for a day-long family festival and community showcase with live entertainment, interactive play zones, multi-cultural-themed food truck festival, and more. The festivities wrap up with a fireworks finale.

When: July 1, 2022
Time: Parade starts at 11 am. Family Festival from 1 to 5 pm. Main stage entertainment from 1 to 10 pm. Fireworks finale at 10:15 pm
Where: Parade along Abbotsford’s main street; Festivities will be at Abbotsford Exhibition Park – 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
Admission: Free

Surrey Canada Day 2022

Surrey Canada Day

Surrey Canada Day/Facebook

What: The City of Surrey‘s annual Canada Day event is taking place at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale. The day-long event features a huge concert lineup, amusement rides, a summer market and local Indigenous artisans, a kids zone, food trucks, and fireworks.

Surrey Canada Day also features an extensive lineup of Indigenous education, recognition, and cultural sharing. The Indigenous Village will be expanded to include the Siam Stage, which means “Respected Ones” in the Coast Salish language.

When: July 1, 2022
Time: 10 am to 11 pm
Where: Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre – 17728 64th Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Shipyards Live Canada Day

What: Shipyards Live is hosting North Vancouver’s Biggest Canada Day Celebration on July 1, with a lineup of entertainment and activities for all ages to enjoy. The party kicks off at 12 noon with live music on two stages. There will also be an artisan vendor market, a beer garden, and a retro video dance party.

When: July 1, 2022
Time: 12 to 10 pm
Where: The Shipyards, 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free

StreetFest on Central

What: The City of Burnaby will be hosting its new StreetFest on Central event on July 1 starting at 7 pm. Festivities in Civic Square, Central Boulevard, and Central Park will include children’s activities, a beer garden and food trucks, and award-winning entertainment. Plus there will be a massive fireworks display.

When: July 1, 2022
Time: 7 to 10:15 pm
Where: Civic Square, Central Boulevard and Central Park, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Cheer on the home teams

BC Lions

What: BC Lions are continuing the CFL season at BC Place this summer. Roar on the home team as they take on Toronto Argonauts on June 25, Hamilton Tiger-Cats on July 21, Saskatchewan Roughriders on August 26, and more.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: Various, purchase online

Fraser Valley Bandits

What: The Fraser Valley Bandits bring Canadian Elite Basketball League action to the Langley Events Centre this summer as they take on the Montreal Alliance on June 24, the Scarborough Shooting Stars on July 1, Guelph Nighthawks on July 15, and more.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200th Street, Langley
Cost: Various, purchase online

Vancouver Canadians

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Vancouver Canadians / Twitter

What: Take me out to the ballgame! Vancouver Canadians, now playing at a High-A Level, are back at Nat Bailey Stadium for the first time in nearly 3 years. The Toronto Blue Jays affiliates have a bunch of great games to check out, including a series against the Eugene Emeralds from April 19 to 24, the Tri-City Dust Devils from May 17 to 22, and Spokane Indians from June 1 to 5.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Whitecaps

What: Vancouver Whitecaps’ MLS regular season continues with a number of games at BC Place this summer. Matchups include New England Revolution on June 26, Chicago Fire on July 23, Houston Dynamo on August 5, and LA Galaxy on September 14.

When: Various dates
 Various times
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: Various, purchase online

Bon Appetit

Fraser Valley Fruit Beer Festival

Fruit Beer Fest

Fruit Beer Fest/Submitted

What: Fruit Beer Fest, taking place on Saturday, August 13 at Swangard Stadium, features live entertainment, a marketplace area with vendors, food trucks, and delicious drinks.

Over 30 breweries have already been announced for Fruit Beer Fest, including local faves like 33 Acres Brewing, Container Brewing, Field House Brewing, Another Beer Co., House of Funk Brewing, Superflux, and Studio Brewing, including Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewery, Seattle’s MIRAGE and Fair Isle Brewing, and New York’s Equilibrium Brewery. More are being added in the lead-up to the big day.

The festival is being put on by West Craft Beer Supply, organizers of the popular Hopwired Festival.

When: August 13, 2022
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: $69.99 plus GST and Eco Fee, available online

Richmond Night Market 2022

What: The Richmond Night Market is the largest night market in North America and this year’s theme is Summer Magic Rainbow. The popular annual event draws crowds ready to check out the rows on rows of vibrant cuisine. In fact, there are over 500 different international food items this year.

Visitors can also enjoy a diverse lineup of nightly performances on the 50-ft entertainment stage, showcasing musicians, dance teams, martial arts displays, and more.

When: Now until October 10, 2022
Time: 7 pm to 12 am (Friday), 6 pm to 12 am (Saturday), 7 to 11 pm (Sunday and Holidays), 7 pm to 12 am (Canada Day)
Where: The corner of Number 3 and River Road (one block from the Bridgeport Canada Line station)
Cost: $6 general admission, free for children under 7 and seniors 60 and older. Purchase online

Brewhalla Beer and Music Festival

What: The Brewhalla Beer and Music Festival features more than 60 craft beers from local breweries, as well as performances from local musicians. Some participating breweries include Dageraad, Old Yale Brewing Co., Faculty Brewing Co., Strange Fellows Brewing, and many more.

The events will also bring in food trucks and other refreshments, like local cider, kombucha, seltzer, and wine. Festival-goers can also expect some fun activities like lawn games, as well as giveaways.

When: August 5 and 6, 2022
Time: 4 pm to 9 pm (Friday), 12 pm to 5 pm (Saturday)
Where: Pioneer Memorial Park, 275 Knowle Street, Port Moody
Tickets: Available online

Greek Day on Broadway 2022

Greek Day on Broadway

Greek Day on Broadway (Hellenic Congress of BC/Submitted)

What: Greek Day on Broadway 2022, presented by the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC, will take place on Sunday, June 26 in a five-block stretch from McDonald to Blenheim Street. The beloved celebration will feature a world of authentic Greek food and beverages from local shops and vendors, so bring your appetite. There will be souvlaki, spanakopita, loukoumades, and more to choose from.

The event is the largest one-day Greek festival in Vancouver and it attracts more than 100,000 people every year.

When: June 26, 2022
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: MacDonald to Blenheim Street (Kitsilano), Vancouver
Admission: Free

Potion Putt

What: Potion Putt, a themed mini-putt golf course, will see you put your magic and golf skills to the test on a course that’s inspired by your favourite wizardly fantasies. The course features nine holes and you can purchase refreshments at the venue if all that golf makes you thirsty.

Plus, the space is family-friendly until 5 pm, after which point it becomes adults-only, so it’s a perfect pick for date night.

When: June 23 to August 7, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: from $18, purchase online

VCBW Craft Beer Week Festival 2022

What: VCBW Craft Beer and Music Festival (VCBW), presented by Go RVing Canada, takes place at the PNE Fairgrounds from July 9 to 10. The weekend event will feature live entertainment, local arts displays, chef pop-ups, food trucks, and lots of delicious drinks to discover.

Toronto alt-rockers Bedouin Soundclash and Vancouver-based pop artist Titus Bank are slated for Saturday, July 9. Attendees on Sunday, July 10 will take in live performances by Montreal indie rock group, Half Moon Run and Nova Scotia DJ Skratch Bastid. Vancouver-based charitable organization Music Heals will also appear at the festival.

When: July 9 and 10, 2022
Time: 2 to 7 pm
Where: PNE/Playland – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $30 for general admission and $70 for VIP. A pre-sale two-day pass is available for $49; buy online

Surrey Fusion Festival 2022

Surrey Fusion Festival

Surrey Fusion Festival/Submitted

What: Surrey Fusion Festival, the largest free multicultural festival in British Columbia, will celebrate its 15th anniversary this summer at Holland Park. The massive two-day event is a showcase of music, heritage, and food, and has dozens of cultural pavilions to discover.

The popular event also features a huge lineup of entertainment to enjoy throughout the weekend.

When: July 23 and 24, 2022
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Admission: Free

Vegan Night Market

What: Canada’s first 100% plant-based night market returns this summer with a ton of brands to explore both inside and outside the newly revamped Waldorf Hotel.

The delicious vegan-food-fuelled party is a great opportunity to shop from local plant-based businesses while enjoying tasty drinks and food. From tarot readings to DJs and vegan ice cream, you’ll find everything you were looking for plus the unexpected.

When: Select Thursdays this summer: June 30, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25, and September 8, 2022
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Waldorf Hotel, 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $2 donation at the door or a donation of canned goods, clothing, or pet food to cover your entrance fee. Donated funds will go to Canada Ukraine Foundation.

The Beauty And The Beast Cocktail Experience

What: A tale as old as time is being turned into a new immersive cocktail adventure at the Vancouver Alpen Club: Beauty And The Beast Cocktail Experience.

Explore Beast’s castle and meet his servants who have become household objects, then witness as he swaps Maurice as a prisoner for Belle. Can you solve the riddles and challenges to lift the curse that has been placed upon Beast and his servants so that everyone can live happily ever after?

Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own delicious bespoke-themed cocktails in this escape room, theatre show, and adventure all blended into one.

When: August 10 to November 6, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: The Vancouver Alpen Club (Deutsches Haus) – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $45 per person; purchase online

Carnaval del Sol Vancouver 2022

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Carnaval del Sol at Concord Pacific Place. (Latincouver Cultural & Business Society)

What: Carnaval del Sol’s 14th anniversary will feature live music, dance performances, culinary workshops, family and children’s activities, an artisan market, mobile food vendors, and a 1,500-person capacity liquor licensed area.

The 2022 event at Jonathan Rogers Park is expected to attract 15,000 attendees over the course of the three-day festival.

When: July 8 to 10, 2022
Time: 4:30 to 10 pm (Friday), 12 to 10 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Jonathan Rodgers Park, Vancouver
Cost: Free on Friday night, $10 on Saturday and Sunday. A $15 Super Pas is also available. Free admission for children 12 years of age and under, and for seniors 65 years of age or older.

Truedan Vancouver Bubble Tea Festival 2022

What: Vancouver Bubble Tea Festival — which coins itself as the largest bubble tea festival in Canada — is happening at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium on July 22 and 23. There will be about 20 street food booths, 10 bubble tea brands, and approximately 30 retail booths participating.

There will be performances, games, and a pearl judging contest where people can vote for their favourite bubble tea shop. Vancouver Bubble Tea Festival will also include a supercar display, a singing competition, and other activities.

When: July 22 and 23, 2022
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium — 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Price: $10 admission (children eight and under free), purchase online

Enjoy the arts

36th Annual TD Vancouver Jazz Festival

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What: The 36th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is presenting over 700 artists in 200 performances at 19 venues across the city. Artists include three-time Grammy Award-winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, acclaimed instrumental trio GoGo Penguin, and more.

Jazz lovers will also want to check out the Innovation Series at The Ironworks, Roundhouse Performance Centre, and the North Shore Jazz Series throughout the festival, as well as over 60 free events throughout the 10-day event.

When: June 24 to July 3, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues across Vancouver
Tickets: Available online

Talking Stick Festival: Come Together

What: A three-week-long gathering and showcase of Indigenous Performing Arts and Indigenous artists. Talking Stick Festival continues its 21st-anniversary celebrations with a lineup of concerts, dance and theatrical performances, exhibitions, and more.

When: June 12 to July 3, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Cost: Various, purchase online

Ghosts of the Machine at The Polygon Gallery

What: Ghosts of the Machine, an immersive multimedia exhibit at The Polygon Gallery, explores the relationships between humans, technology, and ecology.

Visitors to the Lower Lonsdale gallery will discover a new commission by Cease Wyss (Skwxwú7mesh) and works by Ho Tzu Nyen, Juliana Huxtable, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Lu Yang, Skawennati, and Santiago Tamayo Soler.

When: Wednesday to Sunday until August 14, 2022
 10 am to 5 pm (open until 8 pm on Thursdays)
Where: The Polygon Gallery – 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Khatsahlano Street Party 2022

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Khatsahlano Street Party/Facebook

What: The Khatsahlano Street Party will take over 10 blocks along West 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and Macdonald Street on Saturday, July 9 from 11 am to 9 pm. Presented by the Merchants of West 4th Avenue, Khatsahlano Street Party is renowned for the huge lineup of musical talent each year.

Visitors to Khatsahlano Street Party can also expect to discover a Host Nations Pavillion, artisans and vendors, street performers, local food and drink merchants, community booths and more as the festival celebrates its 10th year.

When: July 9, 2022
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: West 4th Avenue from Burrard Street to MacDonald Street.
Cost: Free

Squamish Constellation Festival

What: Squamish Constellation Festival, BC’s largest zero-waste fest, is happening from July 22 to 24 at Hendrickson Field in Squamish. The festival is not only packed with amazing live music, but it will also be home to interactive art experiences, food trucks and drink vendors, artisan shopping, and more!

When: July 22 to 24, 2022
Where: Hendrickson Field — Squamish, BC
Tickets: Available online

Truck Stop Concert Series

What: Red Truck Beer Company’s Truck Stop Concert Series will see the brewery located at 295 East 1st Avenue hosting a lineup of diverse local and international talent. On July 9, enjoy performances by headliner Drake White as well as Sacha, Kadooh, Danielle Ryan, and The New Shackletons.

On August 13, enjoy performances by headliner Sammy Rae & The Friends along with Rich Aucoin, Shawnee Kish, Alex Little & The Suspicious Minds, and Good Goin’.

When: July 9 and August 13, 2022
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: Red Truck Beer Company, 295 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $50 plus fees. Available online

Broadway Across Canada – Come From Away

Come From Away

Come From Away (@wecomefromaway/Instagram)

What: Come From Away is about the true story of a small town in Newfoundland that welcomed the world.

The musical of the extraordinary tale of 7,000 stranded passengers and the townspeople that opened their doors to them has won multiple awards, including a Tony, three Drama Desk Awards, and four Olivier Awards. Come From Away’s original Broadway cast recording was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

When: August 16 to 28, 2022
Time: 8 pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 2 pm (Saturday), 2 pm and 7:30 pm (Sunday)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Cost: Various, purchase online

Ambleside Music Festival

What: The inaugural Ambleside Music Festival, presented by GSL Group, will take place from August 12 to 14 at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver and boasts two stages packed with international stars and local favourites.

Headliners for the seaside celebration of music include punk rock legends The Offspring, beloved BC indie rockers Mother Mother, JUNO Award-winning pop-rock band Marianas Trench, and JUNO Award-winning indie-pop group Walk Off The Earth.

When: August 12 to 14
Where: Ambleside Park — West Vancouver
Tickets: Available online

Theatre Under the Stars: Something Rotten! and We Will Rock You

What: Theatre Under the Stars’ (TUTS) 2022 season and 81st year at the Malkin Bowl will feature stunning musical productions of Something Rotten! and We Will Rock You. The shows will run alternate evenings from July 2 to August 27.

When: July 2 to August 27, 2022 (Performances alternate evenings)
Time: 8 pm, except on Fireworks Nights (July 23, 27 and 30) when shows begin at 7 pm
Where: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park – 610 Pipeline Road
Tickets: Various, purchase online

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake, has food trucks on-site and a variety of vendors selling fresh local produce, locally made goods, and all things food.

When: Every Saturday until October 29, 2022
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue, Vancouver

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

What: Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on the week. There are also a number of artisan vendors and food trucks to check out at the market.

When: Every Sunday until October 30, 2022
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

What: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse. Shop for fresh fruits and veggies as well as artisan goods while you listen to live entertainers.

When: Every Saturday until October 2022
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall – 4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Parkway, Burnaby

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

What: Located just steps away from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop, Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market is a vibrant gathering place that aims to promote small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.

When: Every Saturday until October 8, 2022
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Royal Kwantlen Park at the corner of 104th Street and Old Yale Road, Surrey

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