School is almost out and undoubtedly it feels like a never-ending parade of class parties, concerts, ceremonies, field trips and theme days. The end of the school year can be chaotic, but it also signals the beginning of a fun and exciting festival season packed with events. Vancouver certainly comes alive when the sun comes out, and this weekend is a perfect example of that! If you’re still looking for a summer camp to fill a week or even a few days, you’re in luck because we’ve just added over 6 NEW camps to our Summer Camp Guide, with more on the way!

Here are our top picks for family-friendly events for the weekend of June 21-23, 2024

1. Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The 39th Vancouver International Jazz Festival kicks off summer in the city with over 140 free and ticketed performances of diverse programming over 10 days. Opening weekend includes free Downtown Jazz outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Festival culminates on Canada Day weekend with shows across Granville Island.

2. Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

A two-day festival with live stage performances and cultural exhibits representing five Nordic countries, along with family-friendly activities, a Viking Village, artisan vendors, varied Nordic culinary offerings, and the two biggest events with the raising of the Midsummer pole on Saturday and the Wife Carrying Contest on Sunday.

3. Hillcrest Summer Festival

The Hillcrest Summer Festival is a community event that will include community booths that highlight various vendors, businesses, and organizations within the community, a stage area that will feature performances, demonstrations and interactive activities, inflatables, and food.

4. Douglas Park Community Day

Come prepared for any weather and lots of FREE family fun at the Douglas Park Community Day. Enjoy live stage performances, class demonstrations, inflatables, games, family-fun activities, community booths, and more!

5. 17th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic

St. Andrew’s Church invites families to enjoy this family-favourite event! Activities include the popular adopt-a-bear tent, Doctor Bear for those teddies that need a little fixing up, Looking Glass Face Painters, cookie decorating, entertainment from clowns Dilly & Donna and Music with Marnie, and more!

6. Greek Day on Broadway

Opa! It’s Greek Day on Broadway this Sunday! A five-block stretch on West Broadway, from Macdonald to Blenheim, measuring almost one kilometre, is closed off to traffic to make room for a world of delicious Greek food and drink, market vendors, entertainment and live music offering a laid-back, yet lively Greek atmosphere.

7. Dragon Boat Festival

Created as a showcase of Vancouver’s growing cultural diversity, this first-of-its-kind event has grown to become a grand celebration of Canada’s unique multicultural heritage with exciting programs and professional performances by well- known entertainers.Visual arts displays and activities from local community groups, and of course, the world-class dragon boat races makes Dragon Boat Festival Vancouver’s most anticipated and prestigious summer event, and it’s on this weekend!

But wait…There’s more!

Love our list of awesome kid-friendly activities to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend? Then you’ll love our monthly guides too! Take a look at What’s Happening in June.  Don’t forget to bookmark our events calendar to stay in the know on awesome events happening in your neighbourhood!

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