Summer is in full swing and there are a ton of great family-friendly events and activities happening in Metro Vancouver this weekend! You and your family can head to a carnival, learn about bats, or watch world-class cyclists compete. Celebrate the summer at a fun family-friendly festival, like the Honeybee Festival, the Glitter Unicorn Festival, or Colour Fest. Head to the Bloedel Conservatory to see if you can catch the very rare Corpse Flower bloom (the first in BC)! We’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do.
Savour Summer Festival at River District
July 21st, August 11th, August 25th, & September 8th, River District Town Centre, River District Crossing & Sawmill Crescent, Vancouver
Savour the summer this year at four free family-friendly festivals happening at River District Town Centre. The Savour Summer Festival features music, entertainment, kids events, with a grand finale block party hosted by Westminster Savings on September 8th. Catch shows by Paw Patrol, Bobs & Lolo, The Boom Booms, Her Brothers, Dr. Strangelove, and many more! Get full event schedules here. Join in on the fun, July 21st, August 11th, & August 25th from 4 pm – 8 pm, and September 8th from 2 pm – 8 pm. Visit riverdistrict.ca/savoursummer for more details.
Aegis West Carnival
Friday, July 13th, 10 am – 1:30 pm, Sapperton park, 351 E Columbia Street, New Westminster
Free family event, everyone is welcome. Food, games, art, live music from the Vancouver Adapted Music Society, and much more!
Bats of Burrvilla
Friday, July 13th, 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm, Deas Island Regional Park, 6090 Deas Island Road, Delta, Cost: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+
As dusk descends, watch and learn about bats as they head out to feast on a buffet of insects. Ages 6+. Please pre-register.
Tour de White Rock
Saturday, July 14th – Sunday, July 15th, White Rock
Landmark Premiere Properties Ltd. presents the Tour de White Rock. This historical cycling race is a grueling 130 km test of endurance and strength as cyclists tackle the steep seaside hills of the City of White Rock.
Saturday, July 14th – Sunday, July 15th, 10 am – 4 pm, Honeybee Centre, 7480 176 Street, Surrey
The annual Honeybee Festival has become a classic, offering amazing and educational entertainment for everyone! If you love fun, you’d be crazy to miss the excitement offered with this free family festival! There will be face painting, concessions, and live musical entertainment, plus lots of bee-related fun!
Summer Family Fun Fest
Saturday, July 14th, 10 am – 5 pm, West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Kick off your summer with the third annual Summer Family Fun Fest featuring Portobello West Market! This fun-packed day will include free activities for the whole family including, swimming, bouncy castles, inflatable slip & slide, gymnastics, Sportball demos and more! There will also be live music and food trucks on site and a selection of locally made items crafted by talented artisans for sale in the Lalji Family Atrium. The market component of this event will be held in partnership with Portobello West.
Stewart Birthday Party
Saturday, July 14th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Stewart Farm House, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Who doesn’t like a birthday party? Drop-in to celebrate the youngest Stewart, John Massey’s, birthday! Churn ice cream, have popcorn and play Victorian party games.
Glitter Unicorn Festival
Saturday, July 14th, 12 pm -3 pm, Forsyth Park, 10632 139 Street, Surrey
Join the community for a colourful fundraiser at the Glitter Unicorn Festival. With lively entertainment and delicious treats, the Glitter Unicorn Festival is both a “fun-raiser” and a “fund-raiser.” An assortment of freezies will be on sale to keep you cool in the summer weather. Admission is free but all sales will be donated to the Surrey Food Bank. A bottle drive will also be on-site so bring your recyclable bottles for donation. There will be fun activities for kids and families to enjoy. Unleash your creativity with arts and crafts—participate in a hands-on demo on how to make unicorn slime. Show off your inner artist with candy bracelets and glitter tattoos. You can also sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine at beautiful Forsyth Park.
Titan Arum at Bloedel Conservatory
Sunday, July 15th, Bloedel Conservatory, 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
There is a rare Amorphophallus titanum plant about to bloom at the Conservatory! The bloom cycle is fast and lasts about 24 to 48 hours. Titan arum blooms are very rare and unpredictable. Most plants take seven to ten years to store enough energy to bloom for the first time. Bloedel’s titan arum is approximately 6 years old and almost ready to bloom. Horticulturists noticed an 11-inch spongy flower bud formed on Thursday, June 21 and by June 29, 2018, the bud was 28 inches tall. This flower will be the first to bloom publicly in British Columbia! Watch Bloedel Conservatory’s social media channels for an announcement when the Corpse Flower has bloomed!
Fez on a Chaise
Sunday, July 15th, Chain and Forge, 1404 Anderson Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
On Sunday, head to Granville Island to get your photo taken while wearing a fez and sitting on a chaise. That’s it. And it’s fantastic. Join Fez on a Chaise on Sunday, July 15th at Granville Island’s Chain & Forge, jump on their leopard print chaise, let their professional photographer take your photo, then check out your glorious photos @FezOnaChaise on Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook!
Sunday, July 15th, 2 pm – 5 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Join in on an outdoor party, where you’ll get to play with powdered colour. This community event is free to attend and open to all ages. Performances include Nishant Sharma, Get Bent Belly Dancers Elaina & Nicole and tunes by High Voltage Roadshow ft. DJ Kash. History and Cultural Significance: Colour Fest is a celebration of the South Asian festival Holi – also known as the ‘festival of colours.’ Holi is a spring festival and is popular around the globe. It signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring, as well as a festive day to meet others, play, laugh, forgive and forget. It also gives thanks for a good harvest season.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes