It’s the first official weekend of summer, so bring on the festivals, fairs, and community celebrations! There are tons of awesome family-friendly events and activities happening around Metro Vancouver. Watch over 5,000 dragon boaters compete, enjoy a community picnic, and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Take your teddy on a picnic, go on a frog pond safari, or immerse yourself in Greek culture on West Broadway at Greek Days. 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.
We’ve listed even more fun events on our June Events round-up, so make sure to check that out too.
30th Annual Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival
Friday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 24th, Concord Pacific Place, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is back on False Creek from June 22-24, 2018. Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek come alive as an estimated 5,500 paddlers and 100,000 festival-goers converge for North America’s biggest, best, and most competitive racing festival at Vancouver’s #1 community event.
Point Grey Fiesta
Friday, June 22nd – Sunday, June 24th, Trimble Park, Vancouver
The Point Grey Fiesta is the community’s annual start-of-summer event for families and friends. Starting with a Saturday parade on West 10th Avenue, the Saturday celebration continues in Trimble Park with stage performances, activities, and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate from Friday to Sunday. With the exception of the carnival rides and midway games, Fiesta entertainment and children’s activities are free of charge.
Thompson Community Picnic
Friday, June 22nd, 6 pm – 8 pm, Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue, Vancouver
Join Thompson Community Association members to help celebrate the summer season with free games, activities, community booths and entertainment. This event is free for All Ages.
National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Saturday, June 23rd, Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley
Discover the Indigenous peoples’ role in Fort Langley’s history and today. Hear First Nations stories and challenge your motor skills with the Salmon Run Relay. Witness drumming and weaving demonstrations. If you are interested in learning more about Indigenous culture, this is a great day to visit!
Teddy Bear Picnic at St. Andrews Park
Saturday, June 23rd, 10:30 am – 2 pm, St. Andrew’s Park, 1044 St. George’s Avenue, North Vancouver
Enjoy Clowns Dilly and Donna, Looking Glass Face Painting, Bouncy Castles, Teddy Bear Clinic, Cookie Decorating, Crafts and a special performance by Music by Marnie! Rain or Shine. If It’s RAINING the Concert will be held INDOORS.
Park Play Palooza at Hazelgrove Park
Saturday, June 23rd, 11 am – 2 pm, Hazelgrove Park, 7080 190 Street, Surrey
Park Play Palooza launches the start of Park Play, Surrey’s free summer drop-in program. Explore Hazelgrove Park with your family and friends at this annual summer celebration! Join your Park Play Staff to climb the outdoor rock wall, dance to live music, jump on the bouncy castle, meet new friends, and try fun activities from local community partners!
ArtStarts: Haida Stories & Songs with Kung Jadee
Saturday, June 23rd, 11 am & 1 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, June 24th, 11 am & 1 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Performing traditional Haida legends, while accompanying herself on her hand drum, Kung Jaadee will perform Raven-Trickster stories and involve her audiences with Xaad Kil words and phrases. Come and enjoy the traditional legends of the Haida Nation in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day! All Ages.
Douglas Park Community Day
Saturday, June 23rd, 11 am – 3 pm, Douglas Park Community Centre, 801 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver
On Saturday, June 23, come out for Douglas Park Community Day. It promises to be a great outdoor community event featuring stage performances, class demonstrations, inflatables, games, interactive activities, community booths, youth fundraising concession and more. It is an exciting community festival that brings together the neighbours, businesses and community groups of Douglas Park.
Port Moody Community Fair
Saturday, June 23rd, 11 am – 3 pm, Port Moody Civic Centre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Get connected at the inaugural Port Moody Community Fair! The City of Port Moody invites you to join your neighbours at the Civic Centre on Saturday from 11am–3pm, to celebrate our community and connect with the people, services, and organizations that make our city such an amazing place. Enjoy free and fun activities for all ages, including an inflatable slide, mini train rides, and Science World demos. You’ll also find a wealth of information about City and community services, public safety, parks and recreation, and arts and culture.
Greek Day on Broadway
Sunday, June 24th, West Broadway, Vancouver
A five block stretch on Broadway measuring almost one kilometre (from McDonald to Blenheim) 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.
Birds of a Feather: Birds A-Breeding
Sunday, June 24th, 9 am – 11 am, Stanley Park, Vancouver
With warm days ahead, our summer migrants settle into the patterns of rearing their young. Roll up your light shirtsleeves and learn about the challenges these avian parents face while observing some distinct breeding behaviour at play. During this two-hour, easy walking exploration you’ll learn about bird identification and behaviour.
Frog Pond Safari
Sunday, June 24th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Campbell Valley Regional Park, 20290 16 Avenue, Langley
Pond dip for tadpoles, water tigers, whirligigs and more. Find out how these unique creatures are adapted to their watery world through interactive games, stories and crafts.
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