Friday, June 21, 2013

What's going on in and around Vancouver?


Is Vancouver a boring place? 
With our laid back life style and relatively mild temperature we certainly do live at a slower pace then some other big cities. However I think this city has lots to offer, which we simply did not know about, especially during the summer. Today's post is simply to inform you of all the great things happening this summer, so marking your calendars, get set and go!!!
Dragon Boat Festival
Date: Jun. 22 to 23
Time: race starts at 8:00AM
Adimission: FREE
Location: False Creek
Note: Interesting to watch, also lots of food stalls and booth to check out
Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Date: Jun. 22 to 23
Time: Sat. 9:00AM – 11:30PM, Sun. 10:00AM – 4:00PM 
Adimission: $10/person, children under 16 free
Location: 6540 Thomas St,  by Burnaby Lake
Note: Taste some meatball, sample some treats, enjoy a few contest and listen to the music to soak in the complete Scandinavian experience. 

Food Cart Fest
Date: Jun. 23 -  Sept. 15
Time: Every Sunday 12:00PM – 6:00PM 
Adimission: $2/person, children under 13 free 
Location: 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Note: indulge in your sense, that is the taste we are talking about with the food cart fest, get the greatest bite all in one place

Summer Dancing at Robson Square
Date: Jun. 28 to Aug. 20
Time: Fridays 7:30PM – 11:30PM, Sundays 3:00PM – 5:15PM (Salsa)
Adimission: FREE
Location: Robson Square next to Vancouver Art Gallery
Note: Free lessons, a great performance, and dance your butt off for a good workout.

Canada Day at Canada Place
Date: Jul. 1, 2013
Time: 10:00AM - 11:00PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: Canada Place
Note: don't forget to stay for the fireworks starting around 10:30pm

Steveston Salmon Festival 
Date: July 1, 2013
Time: 6:30AM to 5PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: Steveston,Richmond
Note: partnering with the city of Richmond for a great Canada day celebration, don't forget to bring some cash for some delicious grilled fresh salmon fillets.


Carnaval Del Sol
Date: Jul. 6-7, 2013
Time: July 6 11:00AM – 8:00PM, July 7 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: Granville Street between Smithe  and Hastings (get off Granville St. Station)
Note: Vancouver's Latin American Celebration of Art and Culture

Khatsahlano Music & Art Festival
Date: Jul. 13, 2013
Time: 11:00AM - 9:00PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: West 4th Avenue (between Burrard and McDonald)
Note: a celebration of music with lots of local bands
Illuminares Lantern Festival 
Date: Jul. 20, 2013
Time: 6:00PM – 10:30PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: Trout lake at John Hendry Park
Note: Lantern Festival is a huge popular for every age with beautiful display that draws a sense of calm.

Surrey Fusion Festival
Date: Jul. 20-21, 2013
Time: 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: Holland Park, Surrey (next to King George Skytrain station)
Note: I was here last year, it's a food fest of the world, with lots to see and experience. 

Honda Celebration of Lights
Date: Jul. 21(UK), Jul. 27 (Canada), Aug. 3 (Thailand)
Time: 10:00PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: You can view at English Bay, Kits Beach, and various other location
Note: expect tons of people, and packed downtown. The show is certainly worth it if you haven't seen it.

Carribean Festival
Date: Jul. 27-28, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Note: for more detail, check out my post here.

Vancouver Largest Water Fight 
Date: Aug. 10, 2013
Time: 1:00PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: Stanley Park Lumbermans Arch
Note: a flashmob type water fight where you bring your "weapon" of choice, dress appropriately.

Zombie Walk
Date: Aug. 17, 2013
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Adimission: FREE
Location: Vancouver Art Gallery
Note: this is perfert for the Zombic fanatics, just go watch or join in be zombie for a day.

"Seek and you shall find" is exactly what you should do to find out what's going on, because I am pretty sure you can find tons of events just around your own neigborhood. You can regularly check the local newspaper, website, and library positng. Other than festivals, there are also tons of on-going activities, such as the Richmond/Chinatown/Shipyard (North Van) Night markets, lots of local farmer's markets, the public markets at Longsdale and Granville, and of course the ever so gorgeous beaches and parks our city has to offer. So stop mopping around at home, go out and enjoy!!!

PS: you should bookmark this page, as I may add acitivities as I find out about them!


Anonymous August 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

If you want to see an exciting city that is much more cosmopolitan and world-class than Vancouver ever will be, check out Montreal. Festival after festival in the summer months. Great continental fare at reasonable prices as well.

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