It’s time for another awesome summer weekend in Metro Vancouver with your kiddos! This weekend, spend time outdoors at a fun carnival or community festival. Catch the fireworks in English Bay, or head to Richmond and celebrate the micromoon. Learn about coastal critters, roast marshmallows around a campfire, or try out a diaper toss at Captain Underpants Day in Port Moody. 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.
Sunrise Park Kids Carnival
Friday, July 27th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Thunderbird Community Centre, 2331 Cassiar Street, Vancouver
Come one, come all to the 8th Sunrise Park Carnival. Expect a day filled with cotton candy, snow cones, face painting, balloon twisting, fun field games, arts, crafts, and yummy treats for sale.
Friday, July 27th, 5 pm – 8 pm, West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No. 1 Road, Richmond
Enjoy a howling good time under the micromoon at this celebration of summer that includes an outdoor drum circle, dancing, food, and fun for all ages.
2018 Richmond Maritime Festival
Saturday, July 28th – Sunday, July 29th, Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site, 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
Celebrate Richmond’s waterfront heritage at the historic Britannia Shipyards. Enjoy historic wooden boats, food, music, artists, storytellers, dancers, hands-on activities and boat viewing all weekend alongour amazing 600′ of floating docks. Join in on Saturday afternoon for a concert by the local BC group The Boom Booms.
South Surrey Community Festival
Saturday, July 28th, South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, 14601 20 Avenue, Surrey
Celebrate culture, diversity, and history in South Surrey! Enjoy an afternoon full of fun with your family and meet other community members at the annual South Surrey Community Festival.
ArtStarts: Release the Rhythm with Rhythm Resource
Saturday, July 28th, 11 am – 2 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, July 29th, 11 a – 2 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Release your rhythm with our energetic, interactive, tapping, clapping, drumming experience that will have you playing percussion instruments from around the world: Cajon from Peru, Claves from Cuba, Shakers, Bells & Tambourim from Brazil. All Ages.
Crabs, Clams, and Other Coastal Critters
Saturday, July 28th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Pack your beach booties and prepare to be blown away by the bizarre life in Stanley Park’s intertidal zone. From orange armoured sea cucumbers to red feather duster worms, you might forget what planet you are on! This is a family-friendly walk for all ages and starts at the #19 Stanley Park Bus Loop.
Captain Underpants Day
Saturday, July 28th, 1:30 pm – 4 pm, Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Play fun games like diaper toss, and then enjoy a free showing of Captian Underpants: The First Epic Movie in the Inlet Theatre. Showtime: 2:30 pm
Honda Celebration of Light – Team South America
Saturday, July 28th, 2 pm – 11 pm, English Bay, Vancouver
With more than 1 million visitors over three action-packed summer days and nights, the Honda Celebration of Light continues its tradition as BC’s largest and most spectacular event. Spark some fun this summer by sampling local food and experiencing live music performances before soaking in the wonder of the fireworks. The fireworks begin promptly at 10 pm. This year marks a special change in programming as each fireworks team will incorporate the theme of Love into their pyrotechnic performance!
Tall Tales of the Fraser
Saturday, July 28th, 7 pm – 8 pm, Derby Reach Regional Park, 10716 Allard Crescent, Langley
Meet at Marpole Picnic Shelter, Edgewater Bar, 6 km west of Fort Langley. Enjoy this fun family gathering around a campfire to roast marshmallows and share Fraser River folklore. Free for all ages.
Birds of a Feather: Hummingbird Hurrah!
Sunday, July 29th, 9 am – 11 am, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Last year, the Anna’s Hummingbird was voted Vancouver’s official City Bird, but it isn’t the only one causing a buzz about town! Get the scoop on the best hummingbird hangouts in Stanley Park and the great distances they fly in their yearly migration. Join a this two-hour, easy walking exploration to learn about hummingbird identification and behaviour.
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