52 Free Things To Do & See In Metro Vancouver This Summer

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It’s now the best time of year and we’ve here to ensure you save some money, while still having fun. With that in mind, here are 52 free Vancouver events to check out this summer.

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Free Vancouver Events This Summer

June

Taste Of Barbados

Taste Of Barbados

Photo: Visit Barbados / YouTube

About: Test your skills at dominoes, dance to some soca & reggae, or lime at the “rum shop”. Barbadian food includes delicious dishes, such as macaroni pie, souse, fish cakes, and cou cou.
Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Strathcona Street Party

About: From 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., you’ll come across new murals, live art, dance battles, ice cream, and so much more.
Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Vancouver Rock n’ Gem Show

About: This year’s selections of items includes crystals, minerals, fossils, gemstones, cabochons, jewelry, beads, specimens, and home décor.
Date: Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival

About: North America’s flagship dragon boat festival returns to Vancouver. Kick off summer with the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival on the shores of False Creek with three days of the continent’s best dragon boat racing.
Date: Friday June 21st – Sunday June 23rd, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Free Outdoor Yoga At Kits Beach & Riley Park

About: The daily free yoga classes are organized by Mat Collective, a non-profit operating for the well-being of their students and the betterment of our planet earth.
Date: Saturday June 1st – Friday August 30th, 2019
Time: Various

Greek Day On Broadway

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Photo: Greek Day on Broadway / Facebook

About: Presented by the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC, the festival aims to share the rich Greek culture, which spans 2500 years of history, including over 100 years of social and cultural contributions to the City of Vancouver.
Date: Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Vintage Motorcycle Show and Shine

About: Select rare motorcycles from the collection will be on display as well as several vendors for you to check out. Bikes, food, and a good time to be had by all!
Date: Saturday, June 23rd, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Let’s Hear It For Yaletown

About: In collaboration with the Vancity Hot Jazz Society, Yaletown is hosting five days of FREE outdoor jazz music and dance lessons to delight your ears and heat up your happy feet.
Date: Monday June 24th – Friday June 28th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

MidSummer Solstice Festival

About: The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret and the Gathering Place invite you to partake in the festivities to celebrate summer and this time of renewal and bloom!
Date: Friday, June 21st, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Filipino Heritage Festival

About: This free, two-day festival will feature live entertainment featuring local performers, a marketplace, food trucks, kids activities hosted by kids play, cultural presentations, and surprise guest artists.
Date: Saturday June 22nd, 2019 – Sunday June 23rd, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market

Photo: @yvonneming88 / Instagram

About: Visitors will find fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment every Friday night. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights. In addition, there is live music until 10:00 p.m. on the Shipbuilders’ Stage, showcasing talent from all over BC.
Date: Friday May 3rd, 2019 – Friday September 27th, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Strawberry Festival

About: Organizers will have musical performances, a bouncy castle, horse-drawn carriage rides, activities for all ages, vendors and will be selling delicious strawberry shortcakes!
Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

K-os

About: Juno Award winning and Grammy nominated artist K-os will perform at Creekside Park.
Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Free White Rock Movie Nights

Free White Rock Movie Nights

Photo: White Rock Bia / Facebook

About: Enjoy free movies every Thursday night beginning June 13th. Showings will begin at around 9:15 each evening.
Date: Thursday June 13th, 2019, Thursday June 20th, 2019, Thursday June 27th, 2019,
Time: 9:15 p.m.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Outdoor Concert

About: This annual concert is a huge community favourite and sees the orchestra play an absolutely outstanding program.
Date: Sunday June 30th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Surrey Pride Festival

About: Their 20th anniversary event will have vendor booths, live music, spoken word, and much more!
Date: Saturday, June 29th, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

July

Canada Day at Canada Place

Canada Day / Outdoor Date

Photo: @jennchanphotography / Instagram

About: Everything kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the traditional Citizenship Ceremony that will welcome 60 new Canadians to our multicultural family. Likewise, at 11:00 a.m., all zones and exhibits, including the Main Stage, will open with great entertainment and activities for guests of all ages.
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.

Canada Day Drumming Celebration

About: This free, family friendly event welcomes both local residents and world visitors to celebrate Canada’s birthday and the cultural diversity in this country we call home!
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Canada Day Celebrations In Burnaby

About: The festivities kick off with events at Burnaby Village Museum and Edmonds Plaza and Park. As the day moves on, Swangard Stadium will come alive with a free concert and many more activities.
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Time: Various

Commercial Drive Car Free Day

About: This free festival stretches 15 blocks and will have amazing local artisans, musicians, community activities, delicious food, tons of entertainment and activities for all ages.
Date: Sunday, July 7th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Steveston Salmon Festival

Steveston Salmon FestivalAbout: The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m.. Locals and everyone else in the community are encouraged to take part in all the activities and enjoy some amazing BBQ salmon.
Date: Monday July 1st, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Surrey Canada Day 2019

About: The city’s annual Canada Day festival takes place on Monday, July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale. The event will be headlined by Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace with support from Bif Naked and feature tons of live music across four stages, including the Kids Stage and new Rodeo Stage.
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Starlight Theatre Drive-In Movie

About: Enjoy free movies every Wednesday night beginning July 3rd. Showings will begin at sundown each evening.
Date: Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 – Wednesday August 28th, 2019
Time: Sunset

New Westminster Outdoor Movie Series

About: A new film will run every Friday from July 5th – July 26th. At dusk, a movie will play on a 16’ inflatable screen for you to enjoy with your friends and community.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019, Friday July 12th, 2019, Friday July 19th, 2019, Friday July 26th, 2019
Time: Dusk

Fridays On Front

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Photo: Fridays On Front

About: This family friendly community experience will feature artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, your favourite food trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest!
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019 – Friday August 23rd, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Surrey Pop-Up Junk Drop

About: City of Surrey residents are allowed to bring up to a pick-up load of materials (1 ton maximum). Furthermore, trailers with hydraulic lifts and/or larger than 8 ft. long are not allowed to be brought.
Date: Sunday July 7th, 2019, Sunday August 11th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Evo Summer Cinema Series

About: A new film will run every Tuesday from July 2nd to August 27th. The movies will be played at dusk at Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach.
Date: Tuesday July 2nd, 2019 – Tuesday August 27th, 2019
Time: Dusk

Summer Movie Nights on the Square

About: Beginning July 3rd, a fantastic mix of eight classic and new favourites will play at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) each Wednesday night.
Date: Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 – Wednesday August 21st, 2019
Time: Sunset

Summer Bike Rave

Summer Bike Rave

Photo: Vyvify / Party4Health / Facebook

About: Jump off your bike and groove to elevating party beats, and then jump back on and ride to the next dance floor.
Date: Friday July 5th, 2019
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Silk Road Festival

About: This two-day outdoor festival will feature a diverse style of visual and performing arts spanning from Asia, Africa to Europe and beyond.
Date: Saturday July 6th, 2019 – Sunday July 7th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon Salsa At Robson Square

About: Kicking off on July 7th, dancer’s can head out to Robson Square every Sunday for a beginner’s lesson at 3:00 p.m., which runs for about 30 minutes with a different instructor each week.
Date: Sunday July 7th, 2019 – Sunday August 25th, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Waterfront Cinema Movie Series

About: This family-friendly event allows you to grab your lawn chair and blanket, while relaxing under the night skies of our beautiful city.
Date: Thursday July 11th, 2019 – Thursday August 29th, 2019
Time: Various

Honda Celebration Of Light

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Photo: Rory Coomey Photography

About: This annual event draws up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening, who come out to see the masterful fireworks performances.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019, Wednesday July 31st, 2019, Saturday August 3rd, 2019
Time: 10:00 p.m.

World Naked Bike Ride

About: The ride meets at Sunset Beach (near the corner of Beach Avenue and Bute Street) at noon, with the ride itself starting at 2:00 p.m. Furthermore, the ride and all the activities during the day are free.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Caribbean Days

About: This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing (liming) and dancing in the sunshine. This year’s Festival takes place on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th, 2019.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019 – Sunday July 28th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Free Outdoor Movie Night

About: Taking place at SFU Burnaby Mountain, the cartoon comedy “Smallfoot” will be shown on a big screen as soon as the sun sets.
Date: Friday July 12th, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

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Photo: Downtown New Westminster / Facebook

About: Food trucks will line the streets of Downtown New Westminster’s Columbia Street from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and offer endless tastings.
Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Surrey Fusion Festival

About: The 12th annual Surrey Fusion Festival is returning to metro Vancouver this summer. Both days will feature music, fun booths, kids activities, live performances, tasty bites, and much more!
Date: Saturday, July 20th, 2019 – Sunday, July 21st, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Vancouver Vegan Festival

About: This is an all-ages celebration of vegan food & culture located at the beautiful, waterfront and mountain-view, Creekside Park
Date: Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Public Disco Laneway Series 2019

About: These disco parties are free, licensed and all-ages for the entire community to enjoy!
Date: Saturday, July 6th, 2019, Saturday, August 10th, 2019, Saturday, August 31st, 2019, Sunday, September 29th, 2019
Time: Various

August

Powell Street Festival

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Photo: GoToVan/Flickr

About: The aim of the festival is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. New Japanese Canadian artists are featured each year, providing them a platform to display their work and gain recognition.
Date: Saturday August 3rd, 2019 – Sunday August 4th, 2019
Time: TBA

Vancouver Waterfight

About: Hosted by Flash Mob Vancouver, it’s the largest water fight in the city and it’s totally free! The popular event sees hundreds of people taking part each year.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

About: The Vancouver Chinatown Festival hosts more than 50,000 visitors every year, who fill Columbia and Keefer street in the beautiful Chinatown quarter.
Date: Saturday August 10th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Vancouver Mac and Cheese Festival

Mac and Cheese Festival

Photo: The Mac and Cheese Festival

About: Since their launch in 2015, they’ve fed almost 500,000 foodies in multiple cities across Ontario. 2019 marks their five year anniversary and organizers are celebrating with events in Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
Date: Friday August 9th, 2019 – Sunday August 11th, 2019
Time: TBA

Vancouver Pride Parade

About: One of the city’s flashiest events, this is an opportunity to don your brightest and most shiniest clothes.
Date: Sunday, August 4th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

About: Indie artists Current Swell, Royal Canoe and Terra Lightfoot will perform at Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, which will also have food trucks and spirits.
Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Burnaby Pride Street Party

About: With a full afternoon of live performances, food, activities, and community resources, this event will have something for almost everyone!
Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Biggest Dog Meet-Up

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Photo: Dogs of Vancity / Facebook

About: Biggest dog meet-up Vancouver is returning to Trout Lake Park this summer. Over a thousand people are already interested in attending on their Facebook event page.
Date: Sunday August 18th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pet-A-Palooza

About: Pet-A-Palooza will also feature one of the most adorable events you’ll ever witness. The second annual Puppy Stampede will crown the fastest baby pup in Vancouver!
Date: Sunday August 25th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunset Beach Festival

About: There will be a beer garden, food trucks, interactive art and more!
Date: Sunday, August 4th, 2019
Time: 11:00 p.m.

September

3rd Annual Umbrella Party

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Photo: Party4Health / Facebook

About: This is going to be the rainiest, outdoor urban dance party in history. They are going to explore a pedestrian paradise with happy beats and, of course, umbrellas.
Date: Saturday, September 7th, 2019
Time: 8:00 pm.. – 11:00 p.m.

Kitsilano Farmers Market

About: Each week find 50+ vendors including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, dairy, and poultry, sustainable seafood, craft beer, wine and spirits, artisan food products, handmade craft, wild harvested foods, and hot food and coffee.
Date: Sunday, September 1st, 2019, Sunday, September 8th, 2019, Sunday, September 15th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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