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!

Canada DayCanada Day is being reframed all across Metro Vancouver. Canada Day celebrations are working hard to recognize our true past, and honour where our country truly started. Celebrations are happening in cities across Metro Vancouver.


Golden Spike Days Festival (June 30 – July 3) – The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest-running family events in BC and are proud to have been named to The Tri-City News’ A-List as ‘Favorite Community Event,’ multiple years running. The festival is held at Rocky Point Park around Canada Day, attracting upwards of 40,000 people with live entertainment, special events and activities for all ages.


 

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 9.


Carnaval del Sol is the biggest Latin American festival in the Pacific Northwest! Come together and enjoy live music, food, arts, culture and more! All the fun happens July 8-10.


Outdoor moviesThe wonderful – and FREE – outdoor movies return to Stanley Park on Tuesdays throughout July (and August). The 2022 movies include: Lion King, Zoolander, Top Gun, Jurassic Park, Ferris Bueller, Dirty Dancing, and Grease. There are also FREE outdoor movies playing in other cities across Metro Vancouver all summer long.


Indian Summer FestivalThe 12th annual Indian Summer Festival returns July 7-17. Celebrating the Indian culture through food, performances, talks, and activities. There are a number of events that are family-friendly.


Honeybee Festival

Come for fun family activities all day at the Honeybee Festival (July 16 & 17): bee beards, beekeeping demos, live music, food, farmers market and a variety of fantastic local vendors.


Bard on the Beach is hosting 2 Family Days and one of them falls in July (July 17 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 on the MainStage. The show available for Family Days is A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Family Fun Vancouver is giving away FOUR tickets to the July 17th Family Days performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Read our article to learn more.


TUTS 2022Theatre Under the Stars brings 2 great productions to Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park (July & August). Both shows this year are very family-friendly! Something Rotten pokes fun at everything we love about musicals. We Will Rock You is all about the music of Queen. Family Fun Vancouver is giving away FOUR tickets to BOTH shows. Read our article to learn more.


Surrey Fusion Festival

The Surrey Fusion Festival is the ultimate celebration of food, music and culture The fun happens at Holland Park July 23 & 24. Admission is free.


Aldergrove Fair DaysThe Aldergrove Fair Days return July 14 – 17. A tractor pull, zucchini races and loads of mid-way games.


Vancouver Folk Music FestivalThe beloved Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park July 15-19. Did you know that passes for kids aged 12 & under are FREE?


Port Moody Rotary Ribest

Come hungry to the Port Moody Ribfest (July 15-17). 3 days full of BBQ and live music. The fun is happening at Rocky Point Park. Admission is FREE!


Boundary Bay AirshowLike planes? Don’t miss the FREE Boundary Bay Airshow on July 16. Get ready to see stunning aerobatic maneuvers from some of the most exciting pilots and aerial acts in North America.


Find a perfect spot to view the Celebration of Light fireworks show. The countries competing this year are: Japan (July 23), Canada (July 27), and Spain (July 30).


Outdoor ConcertsMost 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!


Spray Parks in Metro VancouverDon’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.


Summer Farmers MarketsAnother 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!