53 FREE things to do in Vancouver this June

May 7 2019, 7:07 am
FEATURED EVENTS IN VANCOUVER

Start your summer on a budget! Here are 53 FREE events happening in Vancouver in June, including NOSH Foodie Fest, Pacific Rim Kite Festival, and more.

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

Get outside

Lazuli Bunting Walk

What: ​Search for migratory birds including spectacular Lazuli Buntings on a guided birding walk. Bring binoculars if you own them. Presented by Colony Farm Park Association, for all ages.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Where: Colony Farm Regional Park – Meet in front of community gardens, end of Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

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. Free for all ages.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019 
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

Casual Birding Walk

What: ​Check out shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and more on this 2.5-hour birdwatching amble. Presented by Delta Naturalists. Please bring binoculars. Suitable for ages 9+.

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Cammidge House via Centennial Beach entrance on Boundary Bay Road, Tsawwassen
Admission: Free

Walk Richmond – Shell Road Trail

What: Stroll along this rural trail lined with tall trees and shrubs for a unique walking experience in an urban city centre. For all ages and is dog-friendly.

When: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Shell Road Trail along the Shell Road corridor from Alderbridge Way to Williams Road. Meeting spot: Parking lot at the East end of Francis Road and No. 4 Road (parking is limited).
Admission: Free

National Indigenous People’s Day: Community Paddle and Feast

What: Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day in a canoe or watch from the pier as Ta-ah Amy George and Cultural Leader Charlene Aleck lead a water blessing ceremony for the Burrard Inlet. Hear the different songs and witness the traditional ocean-going canoes from neighbouring First Nations. Share in a community feast, and enjoy live entertainment and a giveaway.

When: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Walk Richmond – London Farm

What: Begin at the historic London Farm House, which includes a fully restored heritage house, barn and old farm equipment that illustrates Richmond’s rural history, and continue through the Britannia Shipyards.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Meeting spot is parking lot across from the London Heritage Farm House, 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond
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. Drop by anytime, all ages.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park – Meet at the pond, 20285 8th Ave, Langley
Admission: Free

Explore the city

NOSH Foodie Fest

What: NOSH Foodie Fest is a weekly, food-centric event taking place in the parking lot at Capilano Mall every Saturday in June. This free to attend event centred around food truck-hopping will tempt one’s taste buds, fill one’s belly, and no doubt put all foodies into a legit food coma. Rounding out the tantalizing event menu will be other activities including the “PB & Jam” DJ Booth and “There’s A Little Something On Your Face” Face Painting Station.

When: June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22 and June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Capilano Mall – 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival 2019

What: The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is back for its sixth year featuring delicious grub-on-wheels, drinks, and more. This year brings drool-worthy events from the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association, each featuring 28 trucks to enjoy.

When: June 2, June 15 to June 25, and June 16, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Locations across Greater Vancouver
Admission: Free

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

What: 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 weekly until 10 pm. Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors. Attendees can expect to chow down on grub from 40+ food trucks in “hot food alley” and enjoy live entertainment all summer long. The Friday Night Market will also feature a 19+ beer garden, serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.

When: Every Friday until September 27, 2019,
Time: Starts at 5 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Public Disco Laneway Series 2019

public disco

Crowd outdoors/Public Disco

What: Vancouver’s Public Disco pop-up events will make its return this summer, transforming outdoor spaces into daytime dance parties. The 2019 Laneway Series is an all-ages summer concert series in partnership with Creative BC, Downtown Vancouver, FACTOR, and Granville Island Brewing. The Disco will be most similar to past events held by the group, showcasing feel-good music from up-and-coming artists and curated dance performances. The Laneway Cabaret will feature live music acts ranging from folk to hip hop, with DJs throughout the day.

When: June 1, July 6, August 10, August 31, and September 29, 2019
Time: Hours vary based on the date
Where: Alley Oop (June 1, July 6 and August 31), Mt. Pleasant (August 10), and the Flats (September 29)
Admission: Free of charge

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 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Hastings Street, from Boundary Road to Gamma Avenue
Admission: Free

West Vancouver Bridge Festival

What: West Vancouver’s long-standing Community Day is being transformed into Bridge Festival —  a two-day multicultural event taking place on May 31 and June 1 at Ambleside Park. This new festival will include interactive cultural pavilions, live musical performances, a parade, delicious food from around the world, and much more.

There will be two full evenings of free concerts at the main stage in Ambleside Park, a number of food trucks, and showcases of culture by West Vancouver residents who will share the customs and traditions of their diverse ethnic identities.

When: Friday, May 31 to Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Friday 4 to 9:30 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
Admission: Free

House of Vans — Vancouver

What:  You can enjoy skating at a custom indoor skatepark designed in partnership with the skateboard community, listen to live music, check out art installations, join a workshop, play games (ring toss, anyone?), and much more. From May 30 to June 2, Vans will be bringing their legendary House of Vans pop-up to Vancouver — for the first time ever. Taking place at the Harbour Event Centre, the densely-packed, four-day celebration is somewhere that you can let your imagination loose and find creative inspiration around every corner.

When: Now to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Harbour Event Centre — 750 Pacific Boulevard
Admission: Free

Port Moody Children’s Art Festival

What: Featuring over 400 mixed media, oil paintings and drawings, and 150 young artists. There will also be live art demonstrations on June 8 from 9 am to 4 pm

When: June 3 to June 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Port Moody Civic Centre Gallery – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Great Bear Rainforest Free Screening

What: Science World is hosting a free screening of Ryan Reynold’s IMAX documentary Great Bear Rainforest.  The free event at Science World on June 4 will also feature a panel discussion about the state of BC’s wildlife.

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Science World
Admission: Free

Thursday Artist Talk: Doreen Brust Johnson, “A Dream is to Write”

What: Canadian historical fiction novelist Doreen Brust Johnson tells her story of writing novels while having no formal education beyond grade eleven. She will take you through her early years growing up on a small farm in Saskatchewan to where she is now: a published author with three books titled Walking Barefoot in my ShoesSounds in My Shadow, and Momma, Momma, the Preacher’s Comin’.  In addition to sharing her writing journey and how she navigated the publishing world, Doreen will tell stories of northern prairie life, making history come alive. Copies of her books will be available to purchase at the talk.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Vancouver Maritime Museum – 60th Anniversary Celebration

What: Celebrate 60 years of maritime history and beyond at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Enjoy live entertainment, attractions, and free admission to the Museum.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

The 88th BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival

BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival

BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival / Facebook

What: The 88th annual BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival features a Friday night beer garden with live Celtic music, a kilted/tartan run, and open pro piobaireachd. Then enjoy a full day on Saturday with piping, dancing, caber tossing, live Celtic music, kids activities, artisans, food and the massed pipe bands.

When: Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 5 to 9:30 pm (Friday), 8 am to 9 pm (Saturday)
Where: Lafarge Lake – Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online, Free for Friday Night, $5-$35 for Saturday. Children under six are free.

Surrey Fest Downtown 2019

What: The annual Surrey Fest Downtown 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. There is always something new or different for pre-schoolers, children, youth, adults and seniors at the festival. As many as 4,000 people visit the festival each year to view the exhibits and enjoy food and live entertainment.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
WhereHolland Park – 13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey
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 live musical performances throughout the day. Rain or Shine.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex – 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

41st 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. Rain or shine.

When: Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Ave, Richmond
Admission: Free

Car-Free Day: West End, Main Street and Commercial Drive

What: Vancouver’s ever-popular Car Free Day is returning for another summer in several of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods. Enjoy community booths, food trucks, live entertainment and more. As per usual, attendance to the three events are free, and visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, or transit to get to the festivities.

When: Saturday, June 15, Sunday, June 16 and Sunday, July 7, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Denman Street between Robson Street and Davie Street (West End); Main Street between Broadway and 30th (Main Stree), Commercial Drive between Grandview and Venables (Commercial Drive)
Admission: Free

Father’s Day at Historic Stewart Farm

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 (by donation), sack races with Dad on the lawn, baked treats made on the wood burning stove in the farmhouse kitchen, and more.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Admission: Free

Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day

What: A free family-friendly day of fishy fun and prizes during BC’s free fishing weekend – when anglers can fish BC’s waters without a licence. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will be stocking the lake with rainbow trout in the morning, kids are welcome to assist the hatchery staff during the stocking. There will be a netted area for new fishermen who have no experiences in catching trout. Experts will be on site to teach participants new techniques on catching rainbow trout. Other activities include fly tying, casting lessons and salmon raffle. Some fantastic prizes will be given away at the end of the event.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Lafarge Lake – Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Sunday in the Park

What: Celebrate Father’s Day by taking dad to the beach. Learn about animal ‘fathers’ and nature at Boundary Bay, fill up on a pancake breakfast, enjoy live music and more. Presented by Boundary Bay Park Association & Tsawwassen/Boundary Bay Lions Club. All ages.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 9 am to 12 am
Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Centennial Beach
Admission: Free activities, breakfast $3 per child, $6 per adult.

Dog Days of Summer at Hastings Racecourse

What: The Dog Days of Summer series is returning to Hastings Racecourse. Next up on the weekend of June 22 and 23 are the heartwarming Corgi Races. Last year, we saw the inaugural corgi races bring adorable (and hysterical) moments to the North Renfrew race track, with four-legged athletes competing for the “Top Corgi” prize. On the weekend of July 13 and 14, you can take in all of the action at the iconic Wiener Dog Races at Hastings Racecourse. Enjoy a pack of incredibly excited Dachshunds racing.

When: June 22 and 23, and July 13 and 14
Time: Various times
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Undertones of Green: Paintings by June Yun

What: An exhibition of Undertones of Green: Paintings by June Yun at Lipont Place. Free admission with artworks available for purchase.

When: Saturday, June 22 to Friday, July 19, 2019
Times: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday to Fridays), weekend by appointments
Where: Lipont Place – 4211 Number 3 Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Terminal City Roller Derby Seawall Brawl

roller skate

Woman roller skating/Shutterstock

What: Come celebrate summer in Vancouver and watch Team Terminal City take on the Smokin’ Laces at this free outdoor bout! There will be beach blanket bleachers and a lawn chair penalty box. Whistle at 10:30 am. Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen and smiles.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Sunset Beach Seawall, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Surrey Youth: Street Dance Showcase

What: Surrey’s first outdoor street dance competition at City Hall Plaza. There will be battles, performances, prizes, food and refreshments. Food and refreshments will be provided by the SAFE program and other community partners. Registration will open June 1.

When: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Surrey Pride Party In The Plaza

What: Surrey Pride Party In The Plaza celebrates its 20th anniversary with drag performances, spoken word, vendor booths, live music, kids and family zone, cultural and literary Xpo inside of SFU, and lots more activities.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Central City Shopping Plaza, Surrey
Admission: Free

Symphony in the Park

What: A program of classics and popular favourites by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Arrive early, bring a blanket, and a picnic basket and settle in for a wonderful evening of symphonic music in the park.

When: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: TBA
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Open year round on Saturday (except December 28)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market on May 10, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

Granville Island Public Market (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

What: Open year-round and boasting stalls of fresh, colourful produce, homemade products, and some tasty must-try eats. From the ocean, oven, or field — Granville Market has got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market, you’re going to leave happy and full.

When: Open year round 7 days a week
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free

Richmond Country Farms

What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce and prepared goods.

When: Open Thursdays to Sundays until December 2019
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Surrey

When: Every Saturday to June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Richmond

When: Every Tuesday to October 8, 2019
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

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

What: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is an authentic BC Farmers’ Market and features local farmers and Certified Safe Prepared food vendors bringing in fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits & flowers, fresh baking, fruit pies, cupcakes & cookies, local craft beer, varietal wines, tasty prepared foods from our Fraser Valley, the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Andrews Historic Church – 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market

The exterior of Lonsdale Quay Market. (Quay Property Management)

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

When: Every Sunday until October 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

White Rock Farmers’ Market

What: Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.

When: Every Monday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
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

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

When: Every Sunday from May 5 to October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market / Facebook

When: Alternate Sundays to September 29, 2019
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

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

What: The Clayton Community Farmer’s Market will showcase local farmers, crafters and artisans. The market will also have a Family Fun Zone, live music and food trucks.

When: Every second Sunday until October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
Admission: Free

Haney Farmers’ Market

What: A vibrant outdoor Saturday market in downtown Maple Ridge, Haney Farmers’ Market sells fresh farm produce, locally-grown fruit and veg, preserves, baked goods, artisan crafts, fine art, and more.

When: Weekly until Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Memorial Peace Park – 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

What: Explore the dozens of local makers, bakers, and growers at two weekly locations of Langley Community Farmers’ Market.

When: Wednesdays until October 9, 2019, and Saturdays until October 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 4:30 pm (Wednesdays), 10 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley (Wednesday), Timms Community Centre – 20339 Douglas Crescent, Langley (Saturdays)
Admission: Free

New West Farmers Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

When: 
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Tipperary Park – 315 Queens Ave, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Cloverdale Market Days

What: One of the largest open-air markets in the Fraser Valley showcasing unique items from local BC Artisans and treasures from downtown Cloverdale merchants. With Cloverdale Market Days featuring more than 120 vendors as well as live entertainment and food trucks, you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family.

When: June 22, July 27, Aug 24, September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 176 Street between 56A and 58 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 100 Comox Street, Vancouver between Bute and Thurlow
Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

When: Every Sunday until October 27, 2018
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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