Vancouver has something special to offer during every season of the year. Winter is perfect for skiing and snowboarding, Spring sees beautiful cherry blossoms and Fall experiences incredible, instagrammable colours in nature.
Summer, however, is the local people’s favourite season.
Believe it or not, Vancouver can reach temperatures of up to 35 degrees, with an average of 22 degrees most days.
So, Vancouver Summer is a great time for a hike to a glacial lake, a day at the beach, mountain biking or people watching from a roof-top patio bar.
Not only this, but the City of Vancouver offers free festivals and events almost every week during the summer. With lots of positive vibes, happy faces and electric atmosphere, you will definitely stay busy in the city.
We have made a list of some annual events that you must not miss in Summer 2019. These events are free or cheap!
Summer Cinema presented by Evo
Grab some friends, a blanket and a picnic and prepare for this annual outdoor cinema in Stanley Park. It is totally free and there are always some classic movies showing!
When? Every Tuesday between July 2nd and August 20th
Where? Stanley Park
Keep up to date with the latest announcements on the website here
Khatsahlano Street Party 2019 - FREE
This is the biggest arts and music festival in Vancouver.
It takes place in the Kitsilano neighbourhood, on the busy West 4th Avenue.
You will find stalls, food trucks, beer gardens, music and performances and more.
It gets very busy, with thousands of people attending. You can cycle to the street party and leave your bike at the bicycle valet.
When? Saturday 6th July | all day
Where? West 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and McDonald Street, Kitsilano neighborhood.
Be prepared for a crowded street party atmosphere!
Commercial Drive Car Free Day - FREE
Commercial Drive Car Free Day is a day when the roads are closed to cars.
Fifteen blocks along ‘The Drive’ become an ocean of pedestrians who want to enjoy the community spirit.
You will find food trucks, market stalls, music and entertainment, competitions and prizes, local artists community activities and much more. It is great for all ages.
The idea of ‘car free days’ originated in 2005 in the Commercial Drive Community.
Since then, they have become an annual event in different neighborhoods in Vancouver. They are very popular.
When? Sunday 7th July | 12noon – 7pm
Where? Commercial Drive (Expo Line)
Honda Celebration of Lights 2019 - FREE
This 3-day event is an international fireworks competition. Every year, three different countries compete to show the best fireworks in the world. They are like nothing you have seen before.
The fireworks are shown to music, with a different theme each year. Competing countries will be announced closer to the festival.
Thousands of people watch the displays, which can be seen from all over the city.
When? Saturday July 27, Wednesday July 31 and Saturday August 3 | Fireworks start at 10pm
Where? English Bay and Second Beach
Be sure to arrive early to find a spot to view the fireworks. It doesn’t matter if it rains… the show will go on!
Vancouver PRIDE Parade 2019 - FREE
This annual event to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community is one of the most fun Summer events in the city.
Celebrations take place during July and August, and you can find out more here.
The main event is the Pride Parade. It feels like almost everyone living in the city heads to the parade to enjoy the party.
You will find music, food, free stuff, information and good vibes.
When? Sunday 4th August. The parade starts at 11am. The celebrations continue all day.
Where? English Bay. Get there early to find a good viewing spot!
Oh, by the way, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, often joins the Pride Parade. No big deal…
Drum Circle at Third Beach
Celebrate long summer days and beautiful sunsets at the beach with a musical drum circle, dancing and happy faces.
Hundreds of people visit the drum circle every week to enjoy the atmosphere and African style drumming.
When? Every Tuesday during Summer | Late afternoon – 10pm.
Where? Third Beach at Stanley Park (follow the sound of the drums!)
Remember: it is illegal to drink alcohol in public in Vancouver. Stay safe and informed here.
Mat Collective Outdoor Yoga - FREE
ALL SUMMER until 31st August | Check the schedule HERE for times and locations
This is the largest outdoor yoga program in Western Canada. Offered to all people, all ages, all backgrounds and all experience levels.
Stretch, relax and meet new people at various locations including Kitsilano Beach, Main Street, Granville Island and Downtown.
The list could go on forever, but these are just some of our favourites.
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