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!
Our beloved country turned 152 in 2019. Wear your red and white proudly and take part in the more than 30 Canada Day events happening across Metro Vancouver. The Family Fun Vancouver Ultimate Guide to Canada Day Celebrations contains oodles of FREE events and loads of family fun.
Check out the 4 day Golden Spike Days Festival in Port Moody June 28 – July 1. Admission to the festival is by donation. Enjoy endless live performances, food trucks, and activities such as spike driving, swing rides, face painting, bubble soccer, and much more.
Escape the city and experience the Whistler Children’s Festival July 5 – 7. 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. Whistler Olympic Plaza will come alive with free activities and entertainment by popular children’s performers, roving musicians and zany characters.
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 6.
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 6 & 7.
The wonderful – and FREE – outdoor movies return to Stanley Park on Tuesdays throughout July (and August). July 2 is Wayne’s World; 9 is Beetle Juice; 16 is Shrek; 23 is Sleepless in Seattle; and the 30 is Moulin Rouge. There are also FREE outdoor movies playing in Abbotsford, Surrey, New Westminster, North Vancouver and Richmond.
The 9th annual Indian Summer Festival returns July 4 – 14. Celebrating the Indian culture through food, performances, talks, and activities. There are a number of events that are family friendly.
7-Eleven gives away FREE slurpees on July 11 (aka 7-11 day).
Come for fun family activities all day at the Honeybee Festival (July 13 & 14): bee beards, beekeeping demos, live music, food, farmers market and a variety of fantastic local vendors.
Bard on the Beach is hosting 3 Family Days and one of them falls in July (July 6 at 2pm)! Call the Box Office for Family Ticket Pricing. The Family Days feature pre-show activities & entertainment as well as a kids-focused pre-show talk in the MainStage. The show available for Family Days is Taming Of The Shrew. The other shows in the 2019 season are: Shakespeare in Love,
All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus. Family Fun Vancouver is giving away FOUR tickets to the August 10th Family Day performance of Taming of the Shrew.
Theatre Under the Stars brings 2 great productions to Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park (July 5 – August 17). Both shows this year are very family friendly! There’s confusion. There’s love. There’s laughter. And there’s a whole lotta ABBA! Mamma Mia runs odd days in July; even days in August. Read all about it! NEWSIES takes over the stage for even days in July and odd days in August.
2019 marks the 12th anniversary of the Surrey Fusion Festival. Performer’s for this year’s FREE festival include: 2Baba, Sharry Mann, Busty and the Bass, and Ferre Gola. The fun happens at Holland Park July 20 & 21.
The Aldergrove Fair Days return July 19 – 21. A tractor pull, zucchini races and loads of mid-way games.
The beloved Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park July 19 – 21. Did you know that passes for kids aged 12 & under are FREE?
Come hungry to the Port Moody Ribfest (July 19 – 21). 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: India, Canada, and Crotia. The first night of fireworks is performed by India on July 27. Then it’s Canada’s turn on July 31.
The Richmond Maritime Festival returns to the Britannia Shipyards July 27 & 28. The FREE family-friendly festival includes live music, roving performers, visual artists, stilt walkers, puppets, storytellers and dancers plus wooden boat displays.
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.