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13 Metro Vancouver Waterfront Events To Check Out This Summer

Waterfront Cinema

Photo: Outdoor Movies BC / Facebook

Summer means longer days and more time spent by the water.

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We’re lucky here in Vancouver to be able to have a plethora of events right by the water! They combine the cool breeze with an unforgettable atmosphere.

Here are 13 Metro Vancouver waterfront events to check out this summer

Metro Vancouver Waterfront Events

Free Outdoor Yoga At Kits Beach + Riley Park

Kits Beach / date night
Photo: Mat Collective / Facebook

The classes are being held on the North side of the beach, at the corner of Maple Street and Ogden Ave. The location is different than past years, and offers a better view of the ocean and downtown Vancouver.

The daily free yoga classes are organized by Mat Collective. Not to mention, they will feature 1-3 classes each day with a variety of different levels.

Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market
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The Shipyards Night Market goes until Friday, September 28th, 2018.

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.

Fridays on Front

fridays on front
Photo: Fridays On Front

The market will run every Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks (July 6th – August 24th) on the 600-block of Front Street.

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!


Honda Celebration of Light

celebration of light
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Fireworks are best enjoyed on a warm summer night, and the Honda Celebration of Light gives you just the right place to indulge in that.

One of the most popular summer events in Vancouver and BC’s largest live event, the Honda Celebration of Light, which draws over 400,000 spectators per night at English Bay.

This year the theme is love, and the fireworks will be on throughout the day and into the night on July 28th, August 1st and August 4th.

Caribbean Days

Caribbean DaysThis 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 28th and Sunday, July 29th, 2018.

Visitors can expect a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Not to mention, it’s one of the biggest cultural events of its type in BC; tens of thousands of attendees expected throughout the weekend.

Richmond Maritime Festival

Richmond Maritime Festival
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Celebrate Richmond’s historical connection with the sea at the 15th annual Richmond Maritime Festival, a free family event at a National Heritage Site.

The two-day festival will offer up an assortment of music, art, performers, storytellers and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Kids can take part in a number of hands on activities from boat building to pop-up puppets!

You’ll get to see a number of beautiful boats along the 600 ft. dock and even have a chance to board them for a closer look!


Salsa Fridays

Salsa Fridays
Photo: Lonsdale Quay Market / Facebook

Every Friday night this year during SummerFest, Roger from Salsa Studio will be hosting a fun, easy and social dance experience.

You will learn the foundations of this dance in a two hour lesson. These dance events are open to all experience levels!

Waterfront Cinema

Waterfront Cinema
Photo: Outdoor Movies BC / Facebook

Held every year at Canada Place’s North Point , blockbusters and family favourites will be screened under the stars!

The screenings will be held every Thursday from July 12th to August 23rd at dusk, between 8PM to 9PM.

OH! Vancouver

OH! Vancouver
Photo: Tangible Interaction / Facebook

The ability to change Vancouver’s skyline will once again be in the palm of your hands with this cool installation.

OH! is a small model of Science World that allows you to control the Vancouver monument. The installation was a huge success last year and gave people a chance to connect closer with our beautiful skyline.

It launches this year at the Olympic Village Seawall on Friday, August 3rd, 2018. It’ll also be available to use on August 10th, 17th, and 24th.



New Westminster
Photo: Tourism New Westminster / Facebook

Discover the rich heritage of Brazil at the FREE CarnaWest Festival this summer right by the water.

Delicious Brazilian snacks, such as coxinha, pastel, beijus, cassava cheese balls, and much more will be waiting for you.

Sunset Beach Festival

Sunset Beach Festival
Photo: Vancouver Pride Society / Facebook

Beginning at 11:00am, the event will feature a Main Stage, Community Zone, Family Fun Zone, beer garden, food trucks, interactive art and much more!

Hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society, the organization strives to produce inclusive, celebratory events, and advocate for LGBTQAI2S+ communities through an intersectional lens.

SHIPPED Waterfront Festival

SHIPPED Waterfront Festival
Photo: Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism / Facebook

The SHIPPED Waterfront Festival comes to the North Vancouver Shipyards on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.

The festival will also have food trucks, vendors, and even two licensed areas! They will also have a family zone, zip-line, Euro-bungee, axe throwing, and buskers.

Full Moon Morning Beach Party

Start practicing your howl, Vancouver will be having a full moon morning beach party this August!

Event organizers aim to undermine toxic social norms related to partying, and instead focus on partying for reasons that benefit both health and community.


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