Summertime is here! School has let out, the kids are home and Metro Vancouver is hopping with great family-friendly activities. We’ve picked a mere sampling of the great events eager to entertain people with kids-in-tow. If you need more ideas, head on over to the Family Fun Vancouver calendar!
We can’t talk about the 1st summer month without mentioning Canada’s 150th birthday. The celebrations are endless…here’s Family Fun Vancouver’s Ultimate Guide to Canada 150 events.
Check out the 4 day Golden Spike Days Festival in Port Moody June 30 – July 3rd. Admission to the festival is by donation and gives you access to: gold panning with Yukon Dan, Indian Arm Boat Tours, swing rides, bubble ball, hover ball archery, Springfree Trampoline, boat building, and BC Event Maker’s bouncy castles.
Local merchants turn Kitsilano’s legendary West 4th Avenue into a gigantic, 10-block street fair with a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways and special activities. The Khatsahlano Street Party happens July 8th.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs, for FREE, at Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park on July 9th
Carnaval del Sol is a Latin America fiesta with outdoor salsa & zumba lessons, a mini world cup street soccer tournament, an arts and crafts market, a children’s tent and much more! All the fun happens July 8 & 9.
The wonderful – and FREE – outdoor movies return to Stanley Park on Tuesdays throughout July (and August). July 4th is The LEGO Batman Movie; 11th is Goonies; 18th is Toy Story; and the 25th is the National Lampoon’s Vacation. There are also FREE outdoor movies playing in Abbotsford, Surrey, New Westminster, North Vancouver and Richmond.
The 7th annual Indian Summer Festival returns July 6 – 15th. Celebrating the Indian culture through food, performances, talks, and activities. There are a number of events that are family friendly.
Check out the 34th annual Whistler Children’s Festival July 7th – 9th. The fun-filled weekend features a multitude of hands-on art workshops led by professional artists in fine arts, crafts, theatre, multi-media, dance and music from across BC
Phantom of the Opera has been re-staged and is even more dazzling that you remember. The Broadway Across Canada production visits Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre July 12 – 23rd.
Bard on the Beach is hosting 3 Family Nights and one of them falls in July (July 11th at 7:30pm)! Call the Box Office for Family Ticket Pricing. The Family Nights feature pre-show activities & entertainment as well as a kids-focused pre-show talk in the MainStage. The show available for Family Night is Much Ado About Nothing. The other shows in the 2017 season are: The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona & Shylock.
Theatre Under the Stars brings 2 great productions to Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park (July 7 – August 18). The family-friendly production is the supercalifragilistic Mary Poppins (odd days in July; even days in August). The Drowsy Chaperone, a Canadian musical parody and 5 time Tony Award winner runs even days in July & odd days in August. Family Fun Vancouver is running a contest for FOUR tickets to each of these shows.
The Aldergrove Fair Days return July 14 – 16. A tractor pull, zucchini races and loads of mid-way games.
The beloved Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park July 14 – 16. Did you know that passes for kids aged 12 & under are FREE?
On July 22nd, check out the FREE Boundary Bay Airshow. Enjoy exciting aerial acts, modern and vintage airplanes, prizes, food vendors and kids activities.
Come hungry to the Port Moody Ribfest (July 21 – 23). 3 days full of BBQ and live music. The fun is happening at Rocky Point Park. Admission is FREE!
Find a perfect spot to view the Celebration of Light fireworks show. The countries competing this year are: Japan, United Kingdom and Canada. The first night of fireworks is July 29th.
Most cities around Metro Vancouver are hosting FREE outdoor summer concerts once a week. Check out our round up of the free concerts; let us know if we’ve missed one in your community!
Don’t forget the water spray parks around Metro Vancouver are now open. Pack a picnic, slather on the sunscreen, and explore a new park as a family. The outdoor pools are also open for the summer months.
Another upside of the summer months? The wonderful farmers markets. Almost every farmers market is open for the city and there are TONS of them all across the Lower Mainland. Have a wonderful summer, everyone!
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.