Summer Events in Vancouver 2018

Summer 2018 | What’s happening in Vancouver?

Hello Summer!

The rain has stopped and the sun has come out.

We are excited for a season of sunshine and adventures here in Vancouver. It’s time to step outside and enjoy all of the amazing things that this city has to offer.

Here are a few of our favourite (free or cheap) events, to keep you busy during July and August 2018.

Outdoor Cinema at Stanley Park - FREE

Every Tuesday between 3rd July – 21st August | Movies start after sunset (8-9pm)

Second Beach, Stanley Park

Arrive early to find a good spot. Bring your own blanket (Canada can get cold, EH!) or chairs and of course, movie snacks!

The full line-up of movies and times can be found HERE. It includes Spice World, Mean Girls, The Lion King and many more!

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Khatsahlano Street Party 2018 - FREE

Saturday 7th July | 11am – 9pm

West 4th Avenue, between Burrard Street and McDonald Street.

This is one of the city’s favourite street parties! 

It happens in the Kitsilano neighborhood, which is easy to get to by bus (number 2, number 4 or number 7), or by cycling.

You will find live music, beer gardens, obstacle races, market stalls, food trucks, free stuff and a lot of smiling faces!


Be prepared for a crowded street party atmosphere!

Commercial Drive Car Free Day - FREE

Sunday 8th July | 12pm – 7pm

Venables Street – N. Grandview, Commercial Drive (Skytrain: Commercial-Broadway, Expo Line)

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.

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Honda Celebration of Lights 2018 - FREE

Dates are given below | 10pm

English Bay

Imagine the most impressive fireworks show you have ever seen. Now imagine it with beautiful views of the ocean, beaches and mountains… Well that is what you can expect with the Honda Celebration of Lights.

It is an international competition between three different countries. They will show an incredible 25 minute display of fireworks, held over 3 days.

There will be live music playing while the displays are happening

Saturday 28th July South Africa

Wednesday 1st August Sweden

Saturday 4th August South Korea

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!

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Vancouver PRIDE Parade 2018 - FREE

Sunday 5th August | 12pm

West End neighborhood

The annual PRIDE parade will take place in the West End. There will also be a Pride festival at the beach.

Vancouver Pride Society describes this colourful event as ‘A celebration. A protest. A party’.

To find other ways to support the LGBTQ+ community, visit the Vancouver Pride Society website HERE

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Vancouver’s Largest Water Fight 2018 - FREE

Saturday 11th August | 1pm

Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park

Bring your own water balloons and water guns and join hundreds of others in Vancouver’s largest water fight!

Hike Rave 2018 - FREE

Friday 17th August | 7pm – 11pm

Check HERE for the exclusive location information

Have you ever wanted to party in the mountains?

Well this is your chance. It is a way to celebrate being outdoors with dancing, nature and the free-spirit vibe of Vancouver’s summer.

There is no alcohol at this party – but you won’t need it!

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.

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Full Moon Morning Beach Party - FREE

Sunday 26th August | 9am – 12pm

Check HERE for the exclusive location information

Start your day with a full moon party on the beach! There is no alcohol, but there will be a lot of music, dancing, kombucha and soaking up the sun!

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Richmond Night Market - $4.25 entry

Friday 11th May – Monday 8th October

Every Friday and Saturday 7pm – Midnight | Every Sunday and Public Holiday Monday 7pm – 11pm

River Road, Richmond (Skytrain: Bridgeport Station, Canada Line)

Over 100 food stalls and 200 market stalls are at the Richmond Night Market, creating a busy and buzzing evening.

You can’t miss this popular night market!

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Vancouver Farmers Markets - FREE

Every Saturday and Sunday in Summer | Locations and times can be found HERE

Explore the farmers market in your neighborhood and try the fresh, local produce. Delicious!

Take the opportunity to explore the city with your new friends and Vancouver family.

We guarantee that you will not be bored this Summer, with something to keep you busy every evening and every weekend!

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