83 free things to do this summer in Vancouver

May 22 2019, 7:14 am
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Save your wallet this summer! Here are 83 free things to do in Vancouver this season, from Pride to Outdoor Movies and more!

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Enjoy the great outdoors

Terminal City Roller Derby Seawall Brawl

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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

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

Parks Canada – Free Admission for Canada Day

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La Mauricie National Park, parks.canada/Instagram

What: Parks Canada is offering free admission to all of its national parks and historic sites this July 1. Whether you live near one of these beautiful destinations, or you’re up for a little road trip, you’re going to want to clear your calendars this Canada day and get exploring. And even though admission to these parks is only free on Canada Day, if you’re 17 and under, you can visit all Parks Canada locations for free, any time of the year.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: All Day
Where: List of national parks and historic sites here
Admission: Free

World Naked Bike Ride Vancouver 2019

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Naked bike ride/Shutterstock

What: Each year, the ‘positive’ protest rolls through downtown streets to make a statement against car culture, oil spills, and pipelines. Participants can ride as free or as covered as they please. As far as a method of transportation, anything goes, from bikes to skateboards, to rollerblades. Participants are encouraged to gather at Sunset Beach at 12 pm for socializing, body painting, and bike decorating. The event will begin at 2 pm, following an eight to 10 km route along several major streets in the downtown core.

Event organizers wish to remind participants that helmets are heavily recommended. The World Naked Bike Ride is a body positive event and a “Leave No Trace” event. All activities are rain or shine.

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Sunset Beach Park (near the corner of Beach Avenue and Bute Street)
Cost: Free

Explore the city

Well Travelled Walking Tour: Gastown by Herschel Supply Company

What: In partnership with the Vancouver Tour Guys, Herschel Supply is hosting a free walking tour made for explorers, design-lovers, visitors and locals alike. Head to Herschel Supply Gastown store every Saturday at 2 pm this summer to discover the art, architecture and stories that define the historic Gastown neighborhood.

When: Every Saturday to September 7, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Herschel Supply Gastown – 347 Water St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

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
Price: FREE admission

Civic Square Family Nights

What: Bring the family and enjoy free live shows, roving entertainers, art activities, giveaways and more at Burnaby’s Civic Square Family Nights.

When: Every Thursday from July 4 to July 25, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
Admission: Free

Public Disco Laneway Series 2019

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

Car-Free Day: Commercial Drive

Eric Zimmer / Daily Hive

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 is free and visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, or transit to get to the festivities.

When: Sunday, July 7, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Commercial Drive between Grandview and Venables (Commercial Drive)
Admission: Free

Honda Celebration of Light fireworks 2019

Celebration of Lights / Shutterstock

What: The sky over Vancouver’s English Bay will once again be lit up with fireworks for three nights this summer, as the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition returns to the city. Now in its 29th year, the Honda Celebration of Light features India on July 27, Canada on July 31, and Croatia on August 3.

Back again for all three days, the Park Stage at Second Beach is a free, family-friendly festival site featuring live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, and a site-wide liquor license. The event also welcomes back the Red Bull Air Show, a spectacular pre-show performance happening over all three festival nights. Returning this year, radio partner Z95.3 will be presenting Z-Fest on The Keg Lounge stage overlooking English Bay for three nights of music programming before the pyrotechnic displays.

When: Saturday, July 27, Wednesday, July 31 and Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 2 pm to 10:25 pm (25-minute duration of fireworks each night and live music, food trucks and more starting at 2 pm). 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 Mural Festival

What: The city’s largest annual free public art celebration. Vancouver Mural Festival includes includes walking tours, evening events, and a massive street party. More than 140,000 people are expected to attend this year.

When: August 1 to 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online, Free

Vancouver’s Largest Water Fight 2019

What: The biggest, wettest water fight to ever hit Vancouver is making its highly-anticipated return to Stanley Park on Saturday, August 10, 2019. The annual event is returning for its twelfth 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 10, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Lumberman’s Arch – Stanley Park, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Recovery Day BC with Trooper

What: Canada’s Largest Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Street Festival. Recovery Day is part music festival, part information fair, part community engagement event to reduce stigma of addiction and recovery. Featuring three music stages, kids zone, overdose memorial centre, information booths, vendors, food trucks, health and wellness speakers

When: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: 6th Avenue and 6th Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Westbank Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series 2019

What: There are more than a dozen vendors this year at Westbank’s second annual Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series and the roster includes notable brands in food, health, and fashion. The container will showcase one vendor at a time and hours will vary by retailer, so be sure to check their social channels and get all the details.

When: Daily from now to September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (may vary by vendor)
Where: Shaw Tower – West Plaza, 1067 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Oh Canada!

Canada Day at Canada Place

Canada Day

Canada Place

What: The 32nd annual Canada Day celebration at Canada Place will return this year with eye-catching fireworks illuminating the Vancouver waterfront to end off the day-long celebrations. The greatly anticipated event will feature a two-barge firework show in the Inlet, viewable from Vancouver’s waterfront and the North Shore, or with tickets available at the family-friendly Fireworks Viewing Zone.

Canada’s 152nd birthday party will also feature a full day of festivities, great food, and family fun, to be kicked off at 9:30 am with a citizenship ceremony, where 60 citizens will be officially sworn in as Canadians. The day-long event will also have musical performances by a number of musical and dance performers, including headliners Delhi 2 Dublin closing out the day.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: Festivities starting at 9:30 am, with fireworks at 10:30 pm
Where: Canada Place and surrounding city streets
Admission: Free

O Canada Day on Granville Island

What: Head to Granville Island for their annual Canada Day Parade, as well as jazz concerts, live shows, festival food, and more.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: Festivities all day, parade at 1:30 pm
Where: Granville Island
Admission: Free

Canada Day at Swangard Stadium

What: This free, family-friendly concert featuring Coco Jafro, Nuela Charles and Stars caps off Burnaby’s Canada Day celebrations. Canada Day at Swangard Stadium also features games and activities, a family zone, exhibitors and sponsor tents, prize draws, food trucks, and spectacular fireworks.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 4:30 to 10 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Canada Day at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre

Canada Day/City of Surrey

What: The Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre will have a plethora of Canada Day activities, including amusement rides, food trucks, live performances by Bif Naked and Our Lady Peace, rodeo zone and kids zone, and more. The event wraps up with a massive fireworks display at dusk.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 11 pm
Where: Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Canada Day by the Bay

What: Head to the Annual Canada Day by the Bay celebration at West Beach (Bayview Park and Memorial Park) in White Rock and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities. Live music, kids zone, and fireworks at the end of the night.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10:30 pm
Where: White Rock Beach
Admission: Free

Canada Day at Rocky Point Park

What: The City of Port Moody invites residents and visitors to a Canada Day celebration featuring free entertainment and activities for all ages, including live music, a community art project, Canada Day ceremony, and a giant inflatable slide.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 2800 Block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Canada Day at Waterfront Park

What: For the 31st year in a row, the Rotary Club of Lions Gate will host a fun-filled, family afternoon full of events at Waterfront Park. This year’s event will feature a diverse lineup of local performers, multicultural food, family-oriented games, and displays from North Shore Community organizations. Enjoy free cupcakes, a climbing wall, bouncy castles, balloon artists, and much more.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Waterfront Park – 200 Block of West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Happy Pride

Celebration 50: Say it Loud, Gay is Proud

What: Join New West Pride to reflect, remember and renew to joyfully celebrate 50 years of liberation for LGBTQ2+ community members in a carnival of performance, inspiring words and interactive fun. Featuring host Peach Cobblah, Svend Robinson, Allan Morgan, Vancouver Youth Choir, and a dance your pants off performance by Queer As Funk.

When: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Massey Theatre 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
Tickets: Online, 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

2019 Vancouver Pride Parade

Vancouver Pride Parade

Vancouver Pride Parade / Shutterstock

What: A celebration. A protest. A party. A chance to recognize how far we have come and reflect on where we need to go from here. With over 130 different entries, attracting crowds of 600,000 annually, the annual Vancouver Pride Parade is a world-class event celebrating our diverse LGBTQAI2S+ communities.

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Through Vancouver and the West End and ending at Sunset Beach
Admission: Free

Sunset Beach Festival

What: A festival along beautiful Sunset Beach with a Main Stage, Community Zone, Family Fun Zone, beer garden, food trucks, interactive art and more. Head by after the Pride Parade or go early and dance all day beside the water.

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Sunset Beach, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Burnaby Pride Street Party

What: Burnaby’s second annual Pride event recognizes and celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, Two-Spirited, Others) community in Burnaby. Enjoy a full afternoon of live performances, food, activities, and community resources.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Jubilee Avenue between Nelson Avenue and Imperial Street
Admission: Free

New West Pride Street Party 2019

What: Pride 2019 will be New West Pride’s biggest event yet. Not only is it the ten-year anniversary of the formation of New West Pride, but it represents the 50 anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

From August 10 to 17, 2019, New West will come alive with rainbows and activities for everyone to enjoy. Pride Week will wrap up with the Pride Street Party, where Columbia street will be closed to traffic, and instead will play home for entertainers, community organizations, and food trucks.

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Outdoor Movies

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. The Evo Summer Cinema Series features a four-story inflatable movie screen showing film classics and modern blockbusters. Be there before dusk and take part in the many fun pre-show activities, including games, prizes, and giveaways, as well as the weekly offering of food truck fare and classic movie treats.

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 2 to August 20, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park
Admission: Free

Summer Movie Nights on the Square

What: Vancouver’s free outdoor movie series in downtown at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) is returning this summer. Each Wednesday evening from July 3 to August 21, Fresh Air Cinema’s large four-storey inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect urban environment to take in a flick surrounded by the concrete jungle — just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Hosted by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, each night will have special activations for the public to enjoy, including photo booths, light displays, food trucks, and more.

When: Every Wednesday from July 3 to August 21, 2019
Time: Movie begins at dusk
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) – 850 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lansdowne Centre Drive-In Movie Series

What: The Drive-In Movie Series returns to Lansdowne Centre for its fourth 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 3 to August 28, 2019
Time: Gates open at 6 pm
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
Admission: Free

Sunset Cinema

What: Vancouver Civic Theatres invites all movie lovers to Sunset Cinema, a free outdoor movie series on šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Bring your blankets, chairs, and pillows, and enjoy a hit movie on our huge inflatable screen under the stars. Movies begin at dusk, weather permitting, but arrive early to save your spot. Four legged friends are welcome.

When: Every Wednesday from July 17 to August 21, 2019
Time: Movies begin at dusk
Where: šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) – 695 Cambie St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place

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Free outdoor movies at Canada Place (Port Metro Vancouver)

What: Each Thursday evening from July 11 to August 29, the large inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect environment to take in a flick under the stars, all with the North Shore mountains in the background. To give your night two thumbs up, do yourself a favour and bring a lawn chair (or you’ll be sitting on the hard ground) and jackets and/or blankets (it gets cold). And keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event so neither smoking nor alcohol are permitted.

When: Every Thursday from July 11 to August 29, 2019
Time: Dusk
Where: North Point of Canada Place
Admission: Free

Prospera Cinema Under The Stars

What: Bring the family and take in a free flick on a three-storey high big screen. Movie starts at dusk. The movie is on Prospera, but since this night is about families, they will be taking donations on behalf of a local charity. Arrive between 5 pm and dusk to participate in a variety of family activities before the movie starts rolling.

When: August 8, August 15, August 22, August 23, August 24 and August 29, 2019
Time: Activities start at 5 pm, movies start at dusk
Where: Various locations in Abbotsford, Langley, Mission and Chilliwack
Admission: Free

Movies at Civic Square

What: Bring a blanket, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy an outdoor movie on Thursday evenings at Burnaby’s Civic Square. The lineup includes Mary Poppins Returns (August 8), Hotel Transylvania 3 (August 15), Madagascar 3 (August 22) and The Wizard of Oz (August 29).

When: Thursday, August 8, August 15, August 22 and August 29, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough and MacKay
Admission: Free

Bon Appétit

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

Greek Day on Broadway 2019

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 23 in a five-block stretch from McDonald to Blenheim Street.

When: June 23, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: MacDonald to Blenheim Street (Kitsilano), Vancouver
Admission: Free

Steveston Salmon Festival

What: Steveston Salmon Festival presented by YVR is Richmond’s marquee Canada Day Celebration. The people of Steveston have come together every year since 1945 to celebrate Canada’s birthday and the rich heritage of the community. The festival is famous for its salmon barbecue where over 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. A Canada Day Parade through historic Steveston village kicks off the festival. With over 80,000 people expected, the festival will feature multiple stages with over 50 performances, an expansive community parade, a big fireworks finale and many activity zones.

When: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10:30 pm
Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free, salmon BBQ $16 per plate

Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven

Reverse 7-Eleven Slurpee

Slurpee Canada/ Facebook

What: On July 11, 7-Eleven will be celebrating 7-Eleven Day by giving away FREE Slurpee drinks across the country. In past years, 7-Eleven have handed out nearly 900,000 Slurpee drinks at locations all over Canada on the one day. In celebration of their 50 years in Canada, 7-Eleven will also have some seriously cool retro shirts available for purchase — and for you to win. They will also be releasing an exclusive Snapchat experience for you to get involved and #DanceTheSlurp. Head to your local 7-Eleven to scan the Snap code to unlock the experience

When: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Time: All Day
Where: Participating 7-Eleven locations across Canada
Price: Free

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest 2019

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

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What: The biggest one-day food truck festival in Canada is going down in New West this summer. Attendees who head to the seventh annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest can expect to find over a whopping 100 food trucks at this free event. In addition to all of that food selection, attendees can expect half a dozen beer gardens, stages for live music, and of course, thousands of people.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
Price: Free entry

Vancouver Vegan Festival 2019

What: An all-ages celebration of vegan food & culture located at Creekside Park. There will be over 70 vendors at this festival along with live music, free yoga, and inspiring speakers too.

When: July 27, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Creekside Park – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
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

What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products.

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

What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products.

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

What: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday from May through October.

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

What: 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 all things food.

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)

What: Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.

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

What: This friendly get-together, also known as the 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 for the week.

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

What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market now takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday from May through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.

When: Every Sunday 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

What: Returning for its eleventh year, the Steveston Farmers’ and Artisans Market will be operating in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, the market will feature a mix of stalls, including food vendors, artists, and craftspeople.

When: July 7 and July 21; August 4 and August 18; September 15 and 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

What: The West End’s charming, community-minded farmers’ market is open Saturdays. Grab a coffee, peek at the adjacent community garden, and stock up on a vast array of locally grown foods.

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

What: You’ll find fresh groceries, locally-sourced produce, as well as artisanal food offerings at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block.

When: Every Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

UBC Farm Markets

What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This market now accepts cash, credit, and debit.

When: Every Saturday to November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus) – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

What: See, taste, and indulge at this bustling weekday market. With vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, the Main Street Station Farmers’ Market is within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users.

When: Every Wednesday to October 2, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

What: The Granville Island Farmers’ Market is the oldest of its kind in Vancouver offering customers fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This market also has local craft beer and wine vendors too.

When: Every Thursday to September 26, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Chain & Forge (under the Granville Street Bridge, across from The Keg), Granville Island
Admission: Free

Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market

What: Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society, the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural, and heritage programming.

When: Every Thursday to October 10, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Downtown Farmers’ Market

What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly Hamilton Street welcomes vendors and farmers Thursday mornings and afternoons for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

When: Every Thursday to October 3, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Time

Ladner Village Market

What: The Ladner Village Market takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.

When: July 14 and July 28; August 11 and August 25; September 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
Admission: Free

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 to October 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
Admission: Free

Tsawwassen Farmers’ Market

What: Stock up on fresh local produce, along with artisanal foods, at Tsawwassen Farmer’s Market. A handful of food trucks will also be in attendance.

When: Every Saturday to September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 5360 12th Avenue (at 53A Street), Tsawwassen
Admission: Free

Food and Shopping at Night Markets

Fridays on Front

Weekly food events Fridays on Front

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What: Boasting artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, a slew of Food Trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, this is one weekly event you don’t want to miss.

When: Fridays from July 5 to August 23, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: 600-block of Front Street, New Westminister
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: Now to Friday, September 27, 2019,
Time: Starts at 5 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Connect with the Arts

Free Music Workshops – TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

What: The Jazz Festival has lots of opportunities to learn more about music, musicians, techniques, and the artistic process through its carefully curated series of free workshops. Workshops take place from June 24 to 28 at Tom Lee Music at 728 Granville Street at 1 pm daily. Workshops include Montreal-based guitarist Vicky Mettler, NY pianist Angelica Sanchez, NY guitarist Ava Mendoza, NY pianist and vocalist Patricia Barber, and London-based pianist Alexander Hawkins.

Later that week, the action moves the Roundhouse Community Art and Recreation Centre, with Workshops at the studio beginning at 1:30 pm on Saturday, June 29 and continuing Sunday, June 30. Artists include Ingrid Laubrock, Tomas Fujiwara, Jeff Younger, Malcolm Goldstein, Keir Neuringer, and member of In Love With.

When: Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 2019 (Tom Lee Music), Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 (Roundhouse Community Centre)
Time: 1 pm (Monday to Friday), 1:30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Tom Lee Music – 728 Granville Street, Vancouver; Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
More Info: Online, Free

David Lam Park Jazz Weekend 2019

What: Coastal Jazz will present a whole weekend of free outdoor music at David Lam Park on June 29 and 30. Head down to the park to enjoy music of the world in Yaletown’s back yard. The weekend will feature indoor and outdoor stages, kids activities, food trucks, licensed bars, and more.

When: Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, July 30, 2019
Time: 12 to 10 pm
Where: David Lam Park — 1300 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
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: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Symphony at Sunset 2019

What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Park Board are hosting the second annual Symphony at Sunset on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Conducted by VSO Music Director Otto Tausk, Symphony at Sunset includes something for everyone, from classical favourites to film score hits like West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet.

There will be food trucks on site for the event, and the public are encouraged to bring a picnic, a blanket and to make an evening of it at Sunset Beach Park. More than 14,000 people are estimated to attend the outdoor festivities. Concertgoers are also asked to bring low chairs so as not to obstruct the view of other audience members.

When: Sunday, July 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Showboat

What: Kitsilano Showboat’s 84th season features music, dance, and entertainment on the historic stage next to Kitsilano Pool every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer.

When: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until August 17, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kitsilano Showboat – 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Definitely Dali Exhibition

What: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery’s annual Definitely Dali exhibition is back for the summer. Enjoy original artwork by the great Spanish Surrealist master, every single day until the end of September. Plus visit the monumental Salvador Dali sculptures they have positioned in the two public, outdoor spaces: Dalinian Dancer at the corner of Alberni and Thurlow St., and Space Venus at LOT 19, at the foot of Hornby St. 2 W. Hastings.

When: Daily until the end of September 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), 12 to 5 pm (Sunday), or by appointment: [email protected] or 604 733 3594
Where: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery – 549 Howe 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

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

Mad Pride | Mad Honey

What: As part of the international Mad Pride movement, Gallery Gachet celebrates mental diversity and confronts stigma with the annual Mad Pride exhibition. 2019’s Mad Pride theme is Mad Honey, with the exhibition featuring four artists: Jackie Dives, Edzy Edzed, Janice “Jujube” Jacinto and Andrew Scott.

When: Tuesdays to Saturdays from now to July 28, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Gallery Gachet – 9 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

What: Indie artists Current Swell, Royal Canoe and Terra Lightfoot will perform at Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, a music and arts event at Town Centre Park presented by Kia West. Try your hand at the arts, browse handcrafted wares in the artisan market, and watch performing artists Blink Acro, Disco Funeral, Hip Hop Hoop, and visual artists Richard Tetrault and Sandeep Johal. ​Then enjoy delicious food truck fare and sip craft beer and spirits while DJ Emilita sets the festival vibe.

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 2 to 9 pm
Where: Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Monstercat Compound 2019

Monstercat

Monstercat Compound/Brandon Artis

What: On Saturday, August 24, the third annual Monstercat Compound, presented by Sapporo, will bring a massive free party to Railtown with live performances and interactive experiences. In addition to the live performances, Compound will also feature workshops, video games, art, merch, carnival games, and food trucks. Several companies and organizations will also be on site to interact and meet with guests.

When: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 2 to 9 pm
Where: 380 Railway St, Vancouver
Admission: Free with RSVP; Compound Premium Passes are available for purchase HERE

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