Vancouver Area June 2018 Free Events

Note: anything underlined is a link for you to click on. Eg. Jun 8 entries: Bill Reid Gallery Reopening Day and RSVP by Jun 7.  for St. Roch’s 90th Anniversary.

Please let me know of any missing noteworthy free events.  Thanks!

May 28 – Jun 3  Bike to Work Week.  Over 80 Celebration Stations offering free drinks, snacks, quick bike tune-ups, and great prizes across Greater Vancouver.  https://bikehub.ca/bike-events/bike-to-work-week 

Jun 2  Hats Off Day 9:30 am – 4 pm, Hastings Street between Boundary Road & Gamma Avenue will be closed for Burnaby’s biggest street party. Includes Family Fun Dash & Parade at 9:30:  http://hatsoffday.com/

Jun 2  West Vancouver Community Day, 9 am – 6 pm, Ambleside, North Vancouver. 9 am running races; 10 am parade; 11 am – 4 pm Ambleside Park festivities which include live entertainment, pop-up adventure playground, standup paddle board rides, classic cars, food vendors, etc.  https://westvancouver.ca/arts-culture/festivals/community-day

Jun 2 – 3  Artists In Our Midst: West of Main Art Work 11 am – 5 pm  Visit over 50 art studios from Main St to West Point Grey.  http://www.artistsinourmidst.com/

Jun 2 – 3  Richmond Doors Open, 10 am – 4 pm Free admission to over 40 destinations of heritage, culture, and arts. Note: this year, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is offering free admission only when you pre-register for one of three behind-the-scenes Cannery tours before May 31:   http://www.richmond.ca/culture/about/events/doorsopen.htm

Jun 8  Bill Reid Gallery Reopening Day 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver. Free admission for the day. Also free admission and special family events Jun 16 – 17.

Jun 8  St. Roch 90th Anniversary Exhibition Opening Reception, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver.  RSVP by Jun 7. 

Jun 9  Surrey Doors Open, 11 am – 4 pm. Explore 30 venues experiencing Surrey’s rich culture, history, art and architecture with hop-on-hop-off transportation.  http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/11056.aspx

Jun 10  Italian Day on the Drive 12-8 pm, Commercial Drive between Venables and Grandview Cut. Largest one-day cultural festival in Vancouver spans 14 blocks. http://italianday.ca/

Jun 10  Aboriginal Arts & Culture Day, 11 am – 5 pm, Trethewey House Heritage Site, 2313 Ware St, Abbotsford. “Watch Aboriginal artists create their work on site and purchase directly from the artist.” Centre stage features storytellers, drummers, singers, etc. Festival is free but drum-making workshop has cost for drum kit and must pre-register by Jun 8.   https://www.indigenousbc.com/events/aboriginal-arts-culture-day-2018/

Jun 10 and 24  Ladner Village Market, 10 am – 4 pm, 48th Avenue. Opened every other Sunday until early September. Over 160 artisan vendors!  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Jun 13 – 17  5X Festival.  South Asian festival with free and paid events in Vancouver & Surrey. Culminates Jun 17, 3 – 9 pm, with a free TD Presents 5X Block Party with Vancouver’s best DJs, bhangra celebrations, and “massive headliners” at Central City Plaza, 13450 102 Avenue, Surrey. https://www.vibc.org/5x-festival

Jun 15  Il Mercato Italian Market, 5 – 9 pm, Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver. Organic produce, Italian food, artisans, etc. Other dates:  Jul 13, Aug 17, Nov 23 (Indoor Xmas themed market):  http://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-night-market/

Jun 16  Lynn Valley Days Parade & Fair, North Vancouver.  Enjoy this over 100-year-old community festival! Carnival, parade, live entertainment, and more:    https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/festivals-and-events/lynn-valley-day/

Jun 16  West End Car Free Day 12 – 7 pm, Denman St. from Robson to Davie:  http://www.carfreevancouver.org/west-end

Jun 16 The Gathering Festival Community Celebration Day, 10 am – 8 pm, Emery Barnes Park (Seymour & Davie St), Vancouver.  Free pancake breakfast, activities, and performances by Jim Byrnes, Marcus Mosley Chorale, Big Easy Fun Ensemble, Cozy, and Jeremy Allingham.  https://gatheringfestival.wordpress.com/

Jun 16  Surrey Fest Downtown 11 am, Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey. Formerly Whalley Community Festival: live entertainment, kids zone, vendors, silent auction, etc.  http://surreyfest.com/

Jun 16  Burnaby Chalk Art Experience 11 am, Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby. Local and international street painters transform pavement with chalk art. 11 am – noon Bobs & Lolo performance. http://www.tourismburnaby.com/events/event/burnaby-chalk-art-experience/

Jun 16 – 17  Bill Reid Gallery 10th Anniversary Celebration Weekend with free admission and lots of family events!  Live performances, “interactive sculpture”, activities, and giveaways. https://www.billreidgallery.ca/pages/10-year-anniversary-activities

Jun 16 – 17  40th Annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival 10 am – 5 pm, Garry Point Park, 12011 Seventh Ave, Richmond. Individual/team kite demos, children’s kite making workshop, etc.  http://bcka.bc.ca/about/calendar/pacific-rim-festival/

Jun 17  Father’s Day Car-Free Street Festival 12 to 7 pm, Main St from Broadway to 30th Ave with 15 stages:  http://www.carfreevancouver.org/main-street

Jun 17  Father’s Day at the Nat  1 – 3 pm, Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver. Bring your own baseball and gloves and wear Canadians’ team colours of red and white.  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/fathers-day-event-nat-bailey-stadium

Jun 17  Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day, 9 am – 1 pm, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam. “A free family-friendly day of fishy fun and prizes during BC’s free fishing weekend – when anglers can fish BC’s waters without a licence. The Lake is stocked for the day and volunteers are available to teach fishing techniques.”  http://festivalcoquitlam.ca/events/lafarge-lake-annual-free-fishing-day

Jun 18 – Aug 13 (Mondays) Dancing in Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by 2nd Beach, 7-9 pm (cancelled at 5pm if wet).  Beginners welcome!  Look for bleachers and red fire engine.  To see which Scottish dancing club will be leading/teaching: https://rscdsvancouver.org/dancing-in-vancouver/dancing-in-the-park/

Jun 18 – Aug 18 Kitsilano Showboat, 7 pm,  2300 Cornwall at Kits Beach, Vancouver.  Free live performance theatre Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat:  http://www.kitsilanoshowboat.com/

Jun 21 National Aboriginal Day celebrations  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/national-aboriginal-day/ 

June 21  Fête de la Musique 6 – 8:30 pm, parking lot of Alliance Française, 6161 Cambie, Vancouver. Listen and dance to music by Alisa Blanc, Ayrad, and François Houle. Wine & French food for purchase. https://www.alliancefrancaise.ca/cultural-events/special-events/fete-de-la-musique/

Jun 22 – 24 Dragon Boat Festival, Creekside Park, False Creek, Vancouver. “Entertainment, children’s activities, art and cultural installations, interactive performances, shopping, and dragon boat racing of the highest caliber.”  http://vancouverdragonboatfestival.ca/

Jun 23  CARP Richmond/Delta Seniors’ Festival  10 am – 3 pm, South Arm United Church, 11051 No. 3 Road (& Steveston Hwy), Richmond. Live entertainment, 40+ exhibitors, Philosophers’ Corners, etc. Free parking.  http://www.sharerichmond.ca/

Jun 23  National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration  1 – 3 pm, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Richmond: http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.org/events/national-aboriginal-day

Jun 23  Acro Jam with MEC  4 – 7 pm, 95 E. 32nd Ave. Mat Collective teams up with MEC for this outdoor yoga session. Register for free: http://www.matcollective.com/events/acro-jam-with-mec

Jun 24  Greek Day on Broadway 11 am – 9 pm, Broadway from MacDonald to Blenheim Street  http://greekday.com/

Jun 22 – Jul 1  TD Jazz Festival, free and paid events at various venues. https://www.coastaljazz.ca/

Ongoing Free Events:  

Register your kids (15 yrs and younger) for free bowling all summer long.  Two free games per day per child at participating bowling allies, usually July to early Sep: https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/

Mat Collective Free Yoga. Largest outdoor yoga programme in Western Canada. Classes Jun 1 to Aug 31 at Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street), Downtown (800 Robson Street), and Main Street (95 E 32nd Ave). Granville Island (Chain and Forge) from Jul 1 – Sep 20.   http://www.matcollective.com/yoga
Bill Reid Gallery, first Friday of the month, 2-5pm, free admission thanks to partnership of Vancouver Airport.  SFU students are always free with student card.  http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/GalleryHoursTicketPrices.php
Starting January 1, 2018, admission to Parks Canada places for youth 17 and under is free!
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission/jeunes-youth  During 2018, each national park, marine conservation area and historic site will offer a day where visitors can visit at no admission cost.   https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission/gratuit-free Fort Langley and Cannery are free Oct 6.
May 4 – Sep 28 (Fridays) North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market, 5 – 10 pm, Shipbuilders’ Square, Wallace Mews Road, North Van. Features artisans, bakers, farmers’ market, beer garden, live music, and at least 35 food trucks. http://vancouversnorthshore.com/events/shipyards-night-market-2018/
May 5 – Sep 3  Burnaby Village Museum, free admission, 11 am – 4:30 pm. Carousel rides $2.65.   http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html
May 11 – Oct 8  Richmond Night Market, 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun/Holidays 7–11pm. $4.25/adult, kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 6 visits) is $25.  Live entertainment, Magical Dino Park!  http://richmondnightmarket.com/

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events each Sat in June:  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

For daily free events:  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/free-june-events-in-vancouver/

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Star gazing by donation every Sat, 7 – 11 pm weather permitting, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. http://www.spacecentre.ca/gordon-southam-observatory

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites: http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation (but check to see if there’s a posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 3rd Thurs of every month, Nocturnal Beaty 5:00 – 8:30 pm. Admission by donation, all ages welcome. Activities include:

  • Raising Big Blue showing
  • Guided Museum Tour at 7 pm
  • Hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and our current exhibitions.

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

BC Sports Hall of Fame  1/2 Price Admission “Be sure to save that ticket stub for all BC Place events, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks games! Show it at the front desk for 1/2 price admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame valid 2 weeks before or after the game day.” http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/visit/admission/

May 19 to Sep 17  Sea to Sky Gondola–Half Price Sunset Saturdays.  Valid for individual tickets purchased in person at the ticket window, not online, from 5 pm on.   https://www.seatoskygondola.com/sunset-saturday-discount

 

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Vancouver Area May 2018 Free Events

Please let me know of any missing noteworthy free events.  Thanks!

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May 1 – 7  BC Youth Week Check out what’s happening in your community:    http://www.bcyouthweek.com/youth/

May 1 – 31 ExplorAsian 2017. Free and paid events.  https://explorasian.org/category/explorasian/current-festival/

May 3 – 5  Health, Sports, and Lifestyle Expo, Vancouver Convention Centre West. Thurs 5pm-8pm; Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm. Sat has Marathon Street Festival 8:30am – 3:30pm on West Hastings between Bute & Burrard Streets. http://bmovanmarathon.ca/runvan-expo/

May 4  Dance in Transit 2018 Kickoff, 8 pm – midnight, The Annex, 823 Seymour, next to Orpheum, Vancouver.  Music by DJ MiXXX, dancing, and cash bar. Kicks off spring and summer dancing in the street.  http://danceintransit.com/event/dance-in-transit-2018-kick-off/

May 4 – Sep 28 (Fridays) North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market, 5 – 10 pm, Shipbuilders’ Square, Wallace Mews Road, North Van. Features artisans, bakers, farmers’ market, beer garden, live music, and at least 35 food trucks. http://vancouversnorthshore.com/events/shipyards-night-market-2018/

May 4 – 28 Crafted Vancouver. Free & paid events at various venues; some requiring pre-registration. Behind the scenes at the Vancouver Opera, traditional weaving demos, Onggi pot demos, learn how to turn recycled tin into a brooch, etc. May 9 Free Opening Night Reception. http://craftedvancouver.com/

May 5  BC Greenhouse Veggies Day 10 am – 2 pm. Free greenhouse tours and gourmet snacks at 3 locations: http://bcgreenhouse.ca/

May 5  Free Comic Book Day  https://www.freecomicbookday.com/Pick up a free comic or more depending on location.

May 5 – 6  Saturn & Jupiter visible if clear skies. Fraser Valley Regional Library just started a 3-week telescope lending programme.  http://www.fvrl.bc.ca/telescopes.php

May 5 – Sep 3  Burnaby Village Museum, free admission, 11 am – 4:30 pm. Carousel rides $2.65.   http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html

May 6  Bike the Shore 11 am – 2 pm, Lynn Valley Village Square, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd (& Mountain Hwy), North Vancouver. Bring own bike/helmet & challenge yourself on obstacle course, bike bowling. Check out booths and bike crafts.  http://vancouversnorthshore.com/events/bike-the-shore/

May 6, Jul 7, Aug 11  Community Paddling Days with Dragon Zone Paddling Club & Creekside Kayaks, 12:30-3:30 pm, Creekside Community Centre, # 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver.  Try your hand at dragon boating and kayaking for free.  Register early or show up on day for no shows!  http://dragonzone.ca/community/

May 6 – 12 Burnaby Festival of Learning  Lots of free events–eg Rhododendron Festival, Cultural Cooks Tour, SFU Exploration Day–all over Burnaby. Note: pre-registration required for some events eg. Virtual and Augmented Reality Expo at BCIT Library.  http://festival-of-learning.ca/

May 7 – 13  Vancouver Design Week  Various venues. Free and paid events, some requiring reservations. Vancouver showcases its design talent in multiple disciplines with workshops, activities, panel talks, film screenings, market place, BCIT Graphic Design Show, Bocci Glass Shop Tour and Demo, Architectural Tour of Vancouver’s Business District, etc. etc.  http://vancouverdesignwk.com/

May 11  Emergency Preparedness Week, 3 – 7:30 pm, Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place. Games, prizes and info on being prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster.  http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/calendar-of-events.aspx#/?i=3

May 11 – Oct 8  Richmond Night Market, 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun/Holidays 7–11pm. $4.25/adult, kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 6 visits) is $25.  Kids will enjoy the Dino Park!  http://richmondnightmarket.com/

May 12  Surrey RCMP Open House, 12 -3 pm, 14355 – 57 Avenue. Hands-on activities, informative displays, demos, meet members of Bike/Dive/Emergency Response/Explosives Disposal Unit/Combined Forces Special Enforcement Units, etc.  http://surrey.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?languageId=1&siteNodeId=2176&contentId=29832

May 12  Science Rendezvous and International Astronomy Day, SFU, 11-3. Numerous interactive science activities, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences all free, but registration required for some shows like Magic Chemistry Show. Complimentary parking in East Parking Lot.  https://www.sfu.ca/sfu-community/events.html?=&calendar_id=9#!view/event/event_id/902

May 12  Science Rendezvous

May 12  Spot Prawn Festival, 11 am – 3 pm, False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf, 1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver. But spot prawns off the boats! Cooking demos, entertainment, kids corner, $10 spot prawn chowder.   https://spotprawnfestival.com/

Note: this year, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is offering free admission during Richmond Doors Open (Jun 2-3) only when you pre-register for one of their three behind-the-scenes Cannery tours before May 31:   http://www.richmond.ca/culture/about/events/doorsopen.htm

May 17 Opening Celebrations for Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, Museum of Anthropology. Free admission 6 – 9 pm. Opening remarks 7 pm.   https://moa.ubc.ca/exhibition/arts-of-resistance/

May 18 – 20  Whistler Go Fest  Free street entertainment in Whistler Village, concerts in Whistler Square, scavenger hunt, classic British Car display, etc. Paid events, too.  http://www.greatoutdoorsfest.com/schedule/

May 18 – 21  Free Access at Ancestry.ca all Victoria Day Weekend.

May 19 – 20  Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, 10 am – 5 pm,  Roundhouse.  Manga/comic/cartoon heaven. See schedule for special guest speakers. Caricaturists also at hand to sketch you as an animal, super hero, etc!  http://www.vancaf.com/

May 24  Artists In Our Midst  Group Show at Roundhouse, 10 am – 9 pm.  Reception 7 – 9 pm. Open studio tour and sale Jun 2 – 3. http://www.artistsinourmidst.com/

May 25 – 27  Ladner “Under the Sea” May Days Fair (est. 1896!), Memorial Park, Ladner.  https://www.ladnermaydays.com/

May 26  Hyack International Parade 11 am, New Westminster: Eighth Ave @ Eighth Street, Eighth Ave @ Sixth Street, Sixth Street to Queens Ave, Queens Ave to First Street. Largest BC parade.

May 26  Uptown Street Fest, 11 am – 5 pm, along New Westminster’s Belmont Street between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.  https://www.hyackfestival.com/uptown

May 26  Sticky’s 3rd Annual Root Beer Festival 11 am – 3 pm, Sticky’s Candy Store, 20464 Fraser Highway, Langley. 50 premium varieties of root beer, root beer candy, root beer ice cream/floats, and mini donuts.  https://604now.com/events/langley-root-beer-festival-2018/

May 27  Dano-Korean Festival, 11 am – 1 pm, Trout Lake Community Centre, Vancouver. Food, cultural activities/performances.  http://troutlakecc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Dano.png

May 28 – Jun 2  Arts & Health Project! Healthy Aging Through the Arts, Roundhouse Community Centre.  Exhibition and gala performance free.  Lunch $12: preregister at Roundhouse.  http://www.artsandhealthproject.com/

May 28 – Jun 3  Bike to Work Week.  Over 80 Celebration Stations offering free drinks, snacks, quick bike tune-ups, and great prizes across Greater Vancouver.  https://bikehub.ca/bike-events/bike-to-work-week 

Ongoing Free Events:  

Starting January 1, 2018, admission to Parks Canada places for youth 17 and under is free!
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission/jeunes-youth  During 2018, each national park, marine conservation area and historic site will offer a day where visitors can visit at no admission cost.   https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission/gratuit-free Fort Langley and Cannery are free Oct 6.

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events each Sat in May:  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

For daily free events:  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/free-may-events-in-vancouver/

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Star gazing by donation every Sat, 7 – 11 pm weather permitting, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. http://www.spacecentre.ca/gordon-southam-observatory

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites: http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation (but check to see if there’s a posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 3rd Thurs of every month, Nocturnal Beaty 5:00 – 8:30 pm. Admission by donation, all ages welcome. Activities include:

  • Raising Big Blue showing
  • Guided Museum Tour at 7 pm
  • Hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and our current exhibitions.

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

BC Sports Hall of Fame  1/2 Price Admission “Be sure to save that ticket stub for all BC Place events, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks games! Show it at the front desk for 1/2 price admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame valid 2 weeks before or after the game day.” http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/visit/admission/

May 2 to Sep 17  Sea to Sky Gondola–Half Price Sunset Saturdays.  Valid for individual tickets purchased in person at the ticket window, not online, from 5 pm on.   https://www.seatoskygondola.com/sunset-saturday-discount

May 24  World Orienteering Day, Q.E. Park, 6:30 – 8:00 pm; 6:15 Intro to Orienteering for Beginners. Cost $5 – $10. https://gvoc.whyjustrun.ca/events/view/3184

May 26 – 27 European Festival 11 am start, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby. $10 weekend pass at gate.  http://www.europeanfestival.ca/

Vancouver Area April 2018 Free Events

If you hear of any other free events, please let me know!

Mar 26 – 30 Spring Break Activities For Kids at Chapters/Indigo Stores  11 am  Klutz/Hasbro/Playdoh/Lego/Usborne/Paw Patrol

Mar 31 – Apr 1 Easter activities around Metro Vancouver. Free and paid events sorted by municipality:   https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-easter-activities/

Apr 1  Easter Vintage Car Rally, 10 am – 1 pm, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre parking lot.  About 90 vintage cars: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/easter-vintage-car-rally/

Apr 1 Great Annual Easter Plant Hunt, 10 am sharp, Phoenix Perennials, 3380 No. 6 Rd, Richmond. Two separate egg hunts starting at 10 am sharp: one for the kids and one for the adults.  Plastic egg prizes include chocolate, free plant vouchers, or plant discounts to be used that day only. To view the 2011 Easter Plant Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2lQRdUwxYE&feature=youtu.be

Apr 5  Cherry Jam Downtown Concert, Burrard Skytrain Station Indoor Concourse, 12:00-1:30pm  http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/cherry-jam-downtown-concert

Apr 7 International Pillow Fight Day, 3 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, 800 block Robson Street: https://app.pearlshare.com/pearls/1547163-international-pillow-fight-day

Apr 8  Ladies Health and Wellness Fair 11 am – 4 pm, VanDusen Garden, Oak St & 37th Avenue, Vancouver. Lions Club Int’l Zone 19A-1 hosting event. Exhibitions in Floral Hall Pavilion and lectures (eg. on alzheimer, traditional Chinese medicine, Alexander Technique, etc.) in Cedar Room. See flyer for schedule: Flyer.

Apr 11 – 15  19th Annual Pacific International Cup Richmond Curling Club – 5540 Hollybridge Way, Richmond.  https://www.facebook.com/pacificinternationalcup/

Apr 14 Spring Lights Illumination, Q.E. Park at Cambie & 33rd Ave after sunset till 10 pm.  Note: date and venue subject to change due to state of cherry blossoms. http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/spring-lights

Apr 14  Vancouver Vaisakhi Festival 11am-~4pm  Celebrate the Sikh New Year. Go on an empty stomach.  Tons of free food, mostly vegetarian, along parade route except for on S.E. Marine Drive.  If driving, expect to park 10 blocks away. Note: once the parade passes by, all temporary kiosks will pack up. Parade begins at Ross St Temple, down Marine Drive, Main St, 49th Ave, and up Fraser St back to temple:  http://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/festivals-and-events/vaisakhi-parades/vancouver-vaisakhi-celebrations/

Apr 14  Party for the Planet, 10 am – 6 pm, Surrey Civic Plaza, 13450 104th Ave.  BC’s largest Earth Day celebration.  http://www.surrey.ca/partyfortheplanet/event-info/event-details.aspx

Apr 14- 15  Zoomer Show: Consumer & Lifestyle Expo for the 45+, 10/11 am – 5 pm. Vancouver Convention Centre,  East Building Hall B & C, 999 Canada Place. 4 stages, tribute performers, and over 100 exhibitors. Free if you saved the free admission passes in the local newspaper in Feb. If not, here’s a link from my sister to get free tickets: Zoomer Tickets.  Otherwise, tickets are $12 at the door or $8/person (or $25 for 5 people) online.  http://www.zoomershow.com/vancouver/

Apr 18 – 25  Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival  Dozens of free, outdoor-focused activities at various locations, some requiring pre- registration: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/

Apr 21  Surrey Vaisakhi Festival/Parade 9 am – 4 pm.  Much larger than Vancouver’s:  http://www.surreyvaisakhiparade.com/

Apr 21  Stanley Park Ecology Society‘s Earth Day Celebration + 30th Birthday, 12 – 4 pm, Nature House.  “Try your hand at weaving invasive plants into bracelets and baskets; plant some native plants in Stanley Park;…help… dig out an infestation of blackberry,” visit exhibits, and take a walk to explore the Huron colony. Free registration for some events required like Huron Tour.  http://stanleyparkecology.ca/event/earth-day-birthday/

Apr 21  Free bubble tea at grand opening of Boba Boy, noon-8pm. 150-5172 Kingsway, Burnaby.  https://www.facebook.com/events/195310731082267/

Apr 21 – 23  Annual Lyrid Meteor Shower. Best viewing time of this light snow is on the night of Apr 22 through the early hours of Apr 23. Head to dark skies (no light pollution) to view the debris from the comet Thatcher.

Apr 22  Chinatown Cultural Day 1 – 4 pm, 50 E. Pender St and other locations. Food tasting, crafts, games, entertainment, etc. 2 pm: Official apology to Chinese Community by Vancouver City Council. http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/calendar-of-events.aspx?evfd=20121030#/?i=2

Apr 27  Starry Nights, 8 – 11 pm, Trottier Observatory & Science Courtyard, SFU. First come, first served. Includes astronomy workshop for children. Parking flat rate of $3.25 after 4:30 pm at Visitor B Lot & Lot VB.   https://www.sfu.ca/sfu-community/events.html#!view/event/event_id/1885

Apr 27 – 29 Woolith Fair  A Lower Mainland event for yarn lovers and fibre artists:  http://woolithfair.ca/

Apr 28  City Nature Challenges, Stanley Park Nature House, Lost Lagoon. Bring smart phone with camera and iNaturalist app installed.  

Apr 28 – 29  Women’s Health Show, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. 900 W. Georgia. Sat: 9 am – 5 pm; Sun: 11 am – 4 pm. “Natural health and wellness experts will be sharing their expertise on women’s health topics from healthy aging, stress management, hormone support, and weight control.” Lectures, exhibits, cooking demos:  https://womensvoicemagazine.com/womens-health-show?

Apr 29 VanDusen Plant Sale 10 am – 4 pm.  Free admission into Garden.  http://vandusengarden.org/events/plant-sale/

Ongoing Free Events:

Vancouver Art Gallery  Sundays, children 12 and under free.

Lower Mainland Farmer’s Market  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-farmers-markets/lower-mainland-winter-markets/

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

For daily free events:  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/april/

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 3rd Thurs of every month, Nocturnal Beaty 5:00 – 8:30 pm. Admission by donation, all ages welcome. Activities include:

  • Raising Big Blue showing
  • Guided Museum Tour at 7 pm
  • Hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and our current exhibitions.

Star gazing by donation every Sat, 7 – 11 pm weather permitting, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. http://www.spacecentre.ca/gordon-southam-observatory

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites. However, if you have an Air Miles card, you can get up to 6 promo codes a week for up to 6 people to watch the Sat movie for FREE until May 19!   Promo Codes .   http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation (but check to see if there’s a posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

UBC Botanical Garden (Daily 9:30 am – 4:30 pm) and Nitobe Memorial Garden (Weekdays 10 am – 2 pm), Nov 1 to Mar 12: admission by donation.   http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/visit/admission/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

 

Vancouver Area March 2018 Free Events

If you know of any free events around town, please let me know since there doesn’t seem to be too much happening this month.  Thanks!

Don’t forget to check out the free and inexpensive nature events around Metro Vancouver:  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/Pages/default.aspx

Mar 10 – 11 North Shore Art Crawl, 10 am – 5 pm.  79 venues, 280+ artists from Lions Bay to Deep Cove all free! http://www.nvartscouncil.ca/nsac/

Mar 10  Science, Engineering, and Geoscience Fair With Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, 10 am – 3 pm, Richmond Public Library, Brighouse, 7700 Minoru Gate.  Sponsored by Richmond/Delta Branch of Engineers and Geoscientists.  Sorry, registration for the bridge competition closed Feb 24. (But Burnaby is having their Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Apr 7.) Note, there are other contests/competitions to enter. https://www.egbc.ca/Events/Events/2018/RD1MAR18

Interested in the Apr 14/15 Zoomer Show, Lifestyle Expo for the 45+?  Look for your free-admission-for-2 coupons in the Red Plum coupon pamphlet in your local newspaper.  I found mine in the Mar 15 Vancouver Courier. Besides numerous health, financial, travel, entertainment, etc. exhibitors, there are also tribute performers for ABBA, Celine, Buble, David Bowie, and Guess Who.  http://www.zoomershow.com/vancouver/

Mar 17 Surrey Bird Walk 9-11am, Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way. Join a naturalist to learn about Surrey’s birds: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/24773.aspx?startDate=Feb-25-2018

Mar 1 – 29 VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory.  Up to two FREE child admissions with the purchase of a regular price adult, senior or youth admission.  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vandusen-botanical-garden.aspx

Mar 19 to 23  Four movies every day Mon to Fri for $2.99.  However, with your Air Miles card, you can get up to 6 promo codes a week to watch for FREE!  You can watch Sat movies with promo codes during the other weeks.  Promo Codes . The 4 movies during Spring Break week are:
  • Wonder
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Ferdinand
  • Boss Baby

Mar 19 – 29  Burnaby Village Museum 11am-4:30pm. Admission free, carousel rides $2.65 each.  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html#hours

Mar 23 – 24 Free family fun and music in honour of Juno Awards. Fri 12 – 9 pm, Sat 9 am – 9 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza. http://www.letshearitbc.com/schedule/#/

Mar 24  HMCS Discovery Open House 10 am – 3 pm, 1200 Stanley Park Dr, Deadman’s Island, Stanley Park. Note: free tickets sold out, but walk-ins welcome depending on volume. Come see our Royal Canadian Naval Reserve unit and extended naval family, Canadian Army Reserve, Vancouver Naval Museum, etc. Boat rides on a 1st come, 1st served basis. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hmcs-discovery-open-house-tickets-44176240324

Mar 25  Nando’s Chicken Dash 11 am – 1 pm. Free quarter chicken with peri peri fries.  Available at all Canadian Nando restaurants except Metrotown’s. 1st come 1st served while supplies last with a non-perishable food donation.  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/nandos-chicken-dash-free-peri-peri-chicken-2018

Mar 26 – 30 Spring Break Activities For Kids at Chapters/Indigo Stores  11 am  Klutz/Hasbro/Playdoh/Lego/Usborne/Paw Patrol

Mar 31 – Apr 1 Easter activities around Metro Vancouver. Free and paid events:   https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-easter-activities/

Ongoing Free Events:

Mar 1 – 29 VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory.  Up to two FREE child admissions with the purchase of a regular price adult, senior or youth admission.  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vandusen-botanical-garden.aspx

Vancouver Art Gallery  Sundays, children 12 and under free.

Lower Mainland Farmer’s Market  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-farmers-markets/lower-mainland-winter-markets/

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

For daily free events: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/march/

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Mar 13  Persian New Year Fire Festival, 5 – 11 pm, Ambleside Park, West Vancouver.  https://westvancouver.ca/calendar/norooz-fire-festivalAbout $10.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 3rd Thurs of every month, Nocturnal Beaty 5:00 – 8:30 pm. Admission by donation, all ages welcome. Activities include:

  • Raising Big Blue showing
  • Guided Museum Tour at 7 pm
  • Hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and our current exhibitions.

Star gazing by donation every Sat, 7 – 11 pm weather permitting, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. http://www.spacecentre.ca/gordon-southam-observatory

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites: http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation (but check to see if there’s a posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

UBC Botanical Garden (Daily 9:30 am – 4:30 pm) and Nitobe Memorial Garden (Weekdays 10 am – 2 pm), Nov 1 to Mar 12: admission by donation.   http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/visit/admission/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

 

Vancouver Area February 2018 Free Events

Don’t forget to check out the free and inexpensive nature events around Metro Vancouver:  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/Pages/default.aspx

Jan 30  2018 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre. Tradeshow providing small business entrepreneurs with opportunity to speak face to face with experts from over 50 gov’t support programs.  Register for free:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2018-vancouver-small-business-information-expo-tickets-39983651177

Jan 29 – Mar 4 Chinese New Year Celebrations:  https://lunarfestival.com/events/

to late Feb  Free Ice Skating at Robson Square. Bring own skates or rentals ~$4. For hours:  http://www.robsonsquare.com/

Feb 2 – 3  Hobiyee Festival PNE Forum, 10:30 am – 9 pm, 2901 E. Hastings. More than 1400 Nisga’a call the Lower Mainland home even though their ancestral home is in NW BC.  Feb marks the beginning of the Nisga’a Nation’s New Year with the waxing crescent moon.  Storytelling, singing, and dancing. http://www.tsamiks.com/hoobiyee-tsamiks-edition.html

Feb 3  Winter Wander  10 am – 5 pm, $5/person, 5 yrs and under free. Pass gives you admission to the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/content/winter-wander-2018

Feb 3  Mask Making at Art Starts 11 am – 12 pm (ages 5+), 808 Richards, Vancouver:  https://artstarts.com/explores

Feb 3  Play Central Party 10 am – 2 pm, Central City, 10153 King George Blvd, Surrey.  Crafts, games, music, story time, contest to win $300+ kids prize pack, etc.  First 300 kids (under 12 yrs) at event receive a goodie bag.  http://www.centralcity.ca/play-central-party/

Feb 10 – 12 Family Day Weekend  Check out the numerous events and special discounts all around Greater Vancouver like free admission to Vancouver Museum on Feb 12, special discounts for winter fun at Grouse, Cypress, Seymour, and Whistler/Blackcomb; 50% off Britannia Mine Feb 12; 50% off Sea to Sky Gondola all weekend; etc.:   https://vancouversbestplaces.com/best-things-on-family-day-long-weekend/

Feb 15 – 18  Chinese New Year Celebrations. Parade Feb 18.
Feb 23 – 25  Winter Jazz: A Cure For Seasonal Affective Disorder, Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island.  Free afternoon and evening concerts:   https://granvilleisland.com/events/winter-jazz-cure-seasonal-affective-disorder

 Ongoing Free Events:

Vancouver Art Gallery  Sundays, children 12 and under free.

Lower Mainland Farmer’s Market  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-farmers-markets/lower-mainland-winter-markets/

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

For daily free events: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/free-february-events-in-vancouver/

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Feb 14 – 25  Talking Stick Festival  Explore aboriginal culture through the arts. Ticketed and pay-what-you can events.  https://fullcircle.ca/festival/about/

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 3rd Thurs of every month, Nocturnal Beaty 5:00 – 8:30 pm. Admission by donation, all ages welcome. Activities include:

  • Raising Big Blue showing
  • Guided Museum Tour at 7 pm
  • Hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and our current exhibitions.

Star gazing by donation every Sat, 7 – 11 pm weather permitting, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. http://www.spacecentre.ca/gordon-southam-observatory

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites: http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation (but check to see if there’s a posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

UBC Botanical Garden (Daily 9:30 am – 4:30 pm) and Nitobe Memorial Garden (Weekdays 10 am – 2 pm), Nov 1 to Mar 12: admission by donation.   http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/visit/admission/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

Greater Vancouver Zoo  50% off admission in February Mon to Thurs except for holiday Mondays:  https://gvzoo.com/visit/events/

Vancouver Area January 2018 Free Events

Remember to check back often for updates!  Let me know if I’ve missed a free event.

to Jan 1  Festival of Trees, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver.  Open 24 hours over 2 floors, with overflow into upper level of CF Pacific Centre Mall (overflow area open until 11 pm). Donate and vote for your favourite decorated tree.  http://www.bcchf.ca/events/event-calendar/festival-of-trees/vancouver

Jan 1  Polar Bear Swims  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/festivals-and-events/new-year-polar-bear-swims/

  • 2:30 pm, English Bay Beach, Vancouver. Join thousands of brave souls in this 100 yard icy cold race which has become the world’s largest and oldest event of its kind.  Feel free to dress up in costume!  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/polar-bear-swim.aspx
  • White Rock 10:30 am Registration begins, 12 pm swim starts.
  • Boundary Bay Regional Park, 541 Centennial Parkway, Tsawwassen. 12 pm Registration begins, 1 pm swim starts.

to Jan 5  Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby. Free admission, $2.65 carousel rides. Illuminated displays all over the village, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, and Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt!   http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/events/events/heritage-christmas.html

Jan 13-14  Kidpreneur Market Days  Come support children who have gone through the Young Entrepreneur Learning Labs program:

  • Jan 13, 1 – 3 pm, City Square Shopping Centre, 555 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Jan 14,  1 – 4 pm, Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, 1701 – 152nd St, Surrey

to Jan 21  Lights at Lafarge, Coquitlam, 4:30 – 11pm.  Lower Mainland’s largest free outdoor light display. Over 100,000 lights surround Lafarge Lake in a 1.2 km route with 10 themed zones.  http://www.coquitlam.ca/parks-recreation-and-culture/arts-and-culture/special-events-calendar/LightsatLafarge.aspx

to late Feb  Free Ice Skating at Robson Square. Bring own skates or rentals ~$4. For hours:  http://www.robsonsquare.com/

Jan 20  Art Starts 11 am – 12 pm Book Making (ages 5+), 808 Richards, Vancouver:  https://artstarts.com/explores

Jan 21, Sunday, Mineral Exploration Roundup: Discovery Day,  10am-2pm, Vancouver Conventional Centre West. Interactive and educational displays to educate the public about minerals and metals in our daily lives:  http://roundup.amebc.ca/events/discovery-day-2/

Jan 27  East Vancouver Community Science Celebration 10:30 am – 4 pm, Britannia Community Services Centre, Gym D, 1661 Napier Street.  Family science event hosted by Science World.  https://www.scienceworld.ca/csc

Jan 28  Cannery Farmers Market 10 am – 3 pm.  Free admission to Gulf of Georgia Cannery, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Steveston.  http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.org/farmers-market

Jan 30  2018 Vancouver Small Expo Information Expo 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre. Tradeshow providing small business entrepreneurs with opportunity to speak face to face with experts from over 50 gov’t support programs.  Register for free:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2018-vancouver-small-business-information-expo-tickets-39983651177

Ongoing Free Events:

Vancouver Art Gallery  Sundays, children 12 and under free.

Lower Mainland Farmer’s Market  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-farmers-markets/lower-mainland-winter-markets/

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

For daily free events: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/free-january-events-in-vancouver/

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 3rd Thurs of every month, Nocturnal Beaty 5:00 – 8:30 pm. Admission by donation, all ages welcome. Activities include:

  • Raising Big Blue showing
  • Guided Museum Tour at 7 pm
  • Hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and our current exhibitions.

Star gazing by donation every Sat, 7 – 11 pm weather permitting, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. http://www.spacecentre.ca/gordon-southam-observatory

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites: http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation (but check to see if there’s a posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

UBC Botanical Garden (Daily 9:30 am – 4:30 pm) and Nitobe Memorial Garden (Weekdays 10 am – 2 pm), Nov 1 to Mar 12: admission by donation.   http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/visit/admission/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

Special Paying Events:

Jan 13 – 14  Gluten-Free Festival, Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Sat: 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm.  https://www.glutenfreeexpo.ca/

Jan 19 – Feb 14  Dine Out Vancouver Almost 300 restaurants offering special multi-course meals for $20, $30, and $40 per person. http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/

Jan 20 – Feb 14  Hot Chocolate Festival  http://hotchocolatefest.com/

 

December 2017 Metro Vancouver Free Events

If you know of any December events not listed here, please let me know.  Thanks!  Don’t forget to check back often for updates!

Nov 23 – Dec 31 Christmas at Canada Place on the Canadian Trail, 8 am – 11 pm most days.  Free festive activities.  https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/christmas/

Nov 25 – Jan 5  Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby. Free admission, $2.65 carousel rides. Illuminated displays all over the village, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, visits with Father Christmas, and Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt!  Closed Dec 24/25.  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/events/events/heritage-christmas.html

Nov 25 – Jan 21  Lights at Lafarge, Coquitlam, 4:30 – 11pm.  Lower Mainland’s largest free outdoor light display. Over 100,000 lights surround Lafarge Lake in a 1.2 km route with 10 themed zones.  Nov 25 opening day festivities from 2:30 – 5:30: holiday market, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, entertainment, free hot chocolate and cookies, photo booth, lighting at 5:20 pm, etc.  http://www.coquitlam.ca/parks-recreation-and-culture/arts-and-culture/special-events-calendar/LightsatLafarge.aspx

Nov 30 – Jan 1  Festival of Trees, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver.  Open 24 hours over 2 floors, with overflow into upper level of CF Pacific Centre Mall (overflow area open until 11 pm). Donate and vote for your favourite decorated tree.  http://www.bcchf.ca/events/event-calendar/festival-of-trees/vancouver

Dec 1 CBC Open House & Food Bank Day, 6 am – 6 pm, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver. Newsroom tours: 8 am – 3 pm.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/open-house-food-bank-day-kicks-off-the-holiday-season-1.4391373

Dec 1 – 23 Carol Ships Parade of Lights. Numerous Vancouver boats decorate themselves with twinkling lights and parade around the waterfront, accompanied by live or pre-recorded Christmas carols.  Free to watch the parade.  If you want to be on a carol ship, book now!!  Check out site for best shoreside viewing nights:  http://www.vancouvercruises.com/carols.html

Dec 1 – 29  Hyatt Hotel’s 27th Annual Gingerbread Lane. More than 30 gingerbread creations in the lobby of Hyatt, 655 Burrard. Open 24 hrs.  https://vancouver.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/news-and-events/events/gingerbread-lane-at-hyatt-regency-vancouver.html

Dec 1 – late Feb  Free Ice Skating at Robson Square. Bring own skates or rentals ~$4. For hours:  http://www.robsonsquare.com/

Dec 2  Christmas Festival at The Shipyard, 4 – 7 pm, at the foot of Lonsdale, Wallace Mews Road, North Van.  Winter artisan market, ferris wheel, ornament and lantern making, gingerbread decorating, entertainment, visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas sing-a-long, 5 pm lighting of Xmas tree, ~7:15 pm viewing of passing carol ships, etc.  http://www.cnv.org/parks-recreation-and-culture/signature-events/christmas-festival

Dec 2  Santa Parade, New Westminster, 11 am, Columbia Street.  https://www.newwestcity.ca/calendar-of-events/events/4707.php

Dec 2  New West Craft Christmas Night Market, 6:00 – 9:30 pm, River Market:   https://www.facebook.com/events/222383458299765/

Dec 2  Richmond Saturday Guided Walking Tour 10 am, South Arm Park. Meet at the basketball court to the west of the South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Road.   https://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/2017summerwalkschedule47536.pdf

Dec 2 – 9 Lumière Festival, West End, Vancouver. “Where Light, Art, and Community Connect.” http://lumiereyvr.com/#about

Dec 2 – 23  Dundarave Festival of Lights, West Vancouver. Beautifully lit Forest of Miracles + four Saturdays of free concerts: noon to dusk. Dec 2–Christmas Fair; Dec 9–Nativity and Paddle Songs; Dec 16–World Christmas: Dec 23–Christmas Wassail and Bonfire Night.  http://www.dundaravefestival.com/

Dec 3  Telus’ Vancouver Santa Claus Parade starts at noon. Family festivities from 10 am to noon at square in front of Vancouver Art Gallery.  1.4 kilometre parade route starts at Georgia and Broughton, travel east on Georgia, turns south on Howe, and finishes at Howe and Davie. Bring non-perishable food for Food Bank or make $ donation.  https://www.foodbank.bc.ca/event/vancouver-santa-claus-parade/

Dec 3  Burnaby Lake Nature House Holiday Open House, 11 am – 2 pm, 4519 Piper Avenue (off Winston Street), Burnaby. Learn bird identification skills and history of Burnaby Lake. Go on guided wildlife/winter tour along forested trails, and enjoy complimentary refreshments. http://burnabylakepark.ca/event/holiday-open-house-2017/

Dec 3  Christmas in Steveston Village, 10 am – 5 pm. Check schedule for Cannery Farmers Market, classic car display, Santa’s arrival by boat, & photos with Santa:   https://www.visitrichmondbc.com/event/christmas-in-steveston-village/2372/

Dec 7  Yule Duel, 6 -9 pm, Water Street, Gastown.  Choirs across Vancouver have a friendly sing off to benefit May’s Place, a Downtown Eastside Hospice. http://yuleduel.com/

Dec 7 – 9  Tacofino and Adidas Give Out Free Tacos 11:30 am at all Tacofino Restaurants.  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/update-tacofino-adidas-free-tacos-vancouver

Dec 9  Stewart Farm Pioneer Christmas Open House, 11 am – 3 pm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey.  Treat yourself to an old-fashioned Christmas: sing along with classic carols, create crafts, try holiday treats, and go on a scavenger hunt!   http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/2891.aspx

Dec 9  Annual Faraday Science Show: Physics of Winter, 2 – 3:30 pm, UBC Hebb Theatre, 2045 East Mall, Vancouver.  Dept of Physics and Astronomy’s staff and students present this science show for children of all ages!! Bring donation for Food Bank.  http://outreach.phas.ubc.ca/events/faraday-show/

Dec 10  Canada 150 National Skating Day. All 8 Vancouver ice rinks will be offering “free admission and skate rentals along with hot chocolate and fun treats.” Skate Canada athletes may drop by! For those of you living outside Vancouver city, check your municipality to see if they’re participating.

Britannia 1:45 – 3:15pm
Kitsilano 11:00 – 1:00pm
West End 3:15 – 5:00 pm
Killarney 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Hillcrest 2:15 – 5:00pm
Sunset 2:00 – 4:15pm
Trout Lake 2:45 – 4:45 pm
Kerrisdale 5:30 – 7:15pm

Dec 14 – 18 Christmas at the Starlight Theatre Balcony seating for this musical is free on a first come, first serve basis. https://willingdon.org/event/christmas-musical

Dec 16  Richmond Saturday Guided Walking Tour 10 am, Steveston Village/Winter Wonderland Walk. Meet at the Garry Point concession stand, 12011 7th Avenue:   https://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/2017summerwalkschedule47536.pdf

Dec 21  Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, 6pm start in 4 neighbourhoods: Yaletown, Chinatown, Strathcona, and Granville Island.  To make a lantern for the procession/site, register in advance with a small fee. Fire, singing, dancing, music, and storytelling.   http://www.secretlantern.org/festival/#festival-overview

Dec 22 – 23, 27 – 30  A Fort Langley Christmas. “Hear Kwantlen stories, taste a chestnut roasted over the fire, and make a beautiful cedar ornament. Take a guided tour at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m., or enjoy the daily feature at noon. At 2 p.m., see what our interpreters have baked up in the outdoor oven.”  http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/activ/activ2017#fortchristmas

Dec 31  Free transit 5 pm to 5 am, but please check which routes have late nights.  https://www.translink.ca/Schedules-and-Maps/Holiday-Service.aspx

Dec 31  Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver. 7 pm – 12:15 am Free Outdoor Street Party: Canada Place Way between Howe and Burrard.  Paid Indoor Party (Family Zone, Celebration Pass, VIP Experience): 7:00 pm to 1:30 am.  9 pm: 5-min Family Fireworks; midnight: 11-min Countdown Fireworks.   http://www.nyevan.com/whats-on

Ongoing Free Events:

Festive places to see Christmas Lights.  Free and paid events:   http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/places-to-see-christmas-lights-vancouver

Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events in Dec (Fri, Sat, or Sun):  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

All Parks Canada sites, not provincial ones, offer free admission in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation eg. Fort Langley, Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  Note: you don’t actually need to get the pass to receive free admission. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission

Bill Reid Gallery, first Friday of the month, 2-5pm, free admission thanks to partnership of Vancouver Airport.  SFU students are always free with student card.  http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/GalleryHoursTicketPrices.php

Lower Mainland Farmer’s Market  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-farmers-markets/lower-mainland-winter-markets/

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

Other: 

Vancouver Walking Tours: Downtown & Waterfront, Granville St & Gastown, Chinatown, and Granville Island. Free, but please tip the tour guide if he/she does a good job.  http://www.tourguys.ca/free-tours

Inexpensive Events:

Nov 30 – Jan 1 Bright Nights at Stanley Park, closed Dec 25.  By Miniature Train Ride.  Admission by donation (suggested $4) to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Free parking. http://burnfund.org/ways-to-help/bright-nights-in-stanley-park/

Purchase ASAP $10 advance main floor tickets to Willingdon Church’s musical for dates Dec 14 – 18, Christmas at the Starlight Theatre.  Balcony seating for this musical on the day of the presentations are free on a first come, first serve basis.   https://willingdon.org/event/christmas-musical

Star gazing by donation every Sat, 7 – 11 pm weather permitting, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.  https://freeactivities.ca/gaze-at-the-stars-at-macmillan-observatory-for-free/

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites:   http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation ($5 posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

 

November 2017 Vancouver Area Free Events

If you know of any November events not listed here, please let me know.  Thanks!

Oct 28 – Nov 1  Night For All Souls, Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser St., Vancouver. 13th annual event honouring the dead:  http://nightforallsouls.com/

Oct 25 – Nov 5  Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival  Over 100 events at 50 Vancouver venues. Lots of free events like learning to play mahjong, Ukranian beading, snooker tournament, local films, music, etc. Note: some free events require pre-registration eg. (fish)net making.  Paid events are well-priced:  heartofthecityfestival.com

Nov 2 – 4  Silk Threads Christmas Craft Show, 4808 English Bluff Court, Tsawwassen. Free admission to beautiful, but expensive, crafts.  http://www.silkthreadschristmascraftshow.com/hours–location.html

Nov 3  Variety Week Street Festival, Robson Square, 3 – 7 pm.  Participate in activities by community organizations, play games, enjoy food trucks and free concert.  https://www.miss604.com/2017/10/variety-week-on-global-and-free-family-event-on-friday.html

Nov 4  Richmond Fall Saturday Guided Walking Tours 10 am: Shell Road Trail (dog-friendly) and Nov 18 Middle Arm Dyke. “Join the Frequent Walker Rewards Program and earn points towards a complimentary pass for swimming, skating, community recreation and pitch and putt.!”  For walk details:   https://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/sports/walkrichmond/walk.htm

Nov 7  Fraser Valley Small Business Information Expo, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley.  Register for free and speak with experts from over 30 support programs plus chance to attend two free educational panel sessions (1st come, 1st serve).  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2017-fraser-valley-small-business-information-expo-tickets-36590017728

Nov 11  Remembrance Day Events in Lower Mainland:  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-remembrance-day-events/

Nov 12  Book your free 50th Anniversary Singing Christmas Tree tickets for Dec 8, 15 (7:30 pm) and Dec 9, 10, 16, 17 (3 pm & 7 pm) now before they’re gone! Broadway Church, 2700 E. Broadway, Vancouver http://www.singingchristmastree.ca/

Nov 16 – 19 Vancouver East Side Culture Crawl  Visual arts, design, and crafts festival with over 500 artists participating in their studios spanning 80 buildings.  http://culturecrawl.ca/

Nov 16 – 20 Feel the Vibe Jamaica Pop-Up Experience 1263 Homer Street, Yaletown, Vancouver. Celebrate Jamaican culture and enter to win an all-inclusive luxury vacation to Jamaica. Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feel-the-vibe-jamaica-free-rsvp-tickets-39534252012 

Nov 18 – 19  Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: Celebrating the Season of the Eagles & Salmon, Harrison River/Harrison Mills, about 30 min east of Mission.   http://fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca/

Nov 19  Hyde Creek Salmon Festival, 11 am – 3 pm, 1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam, and Hatchery, 3636 Coast Meridian Road.  Environmental displays, see salmon closeup, nature walks, raptors and other animal exhibits, hatchery tours, nature hikes, etc.  http://www.hydecreek.org/salmon-festival/

Nov 19  The Fabric of Our Land Opening Celebration, 12 – 5 pm, Museum of Anthropology.  Free admission. Musqueam and MOA invite you to this journey of over 200 years of Salish weaving. First time these incredible blankets are exhibited in Vancouver. Opening remarks begin 1:15 p.m.   moa.ubc.ca/salishweaving-opening/
$2 PARKING at Rose Garden Parkade across from the MOA: Use the coupon code FABRIC at the pay station from 12 p.m. onward.

Nov 23 – Dec 31 Christmas at Canada Place on the Canadian Trail, 8 am – 11 pm most days.  Free festive activities.  https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/christmas/

Nov 24  Il Mercato Italian Market, 5 – 9 pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver:  https://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-market/

Nov 24 – 26   46th Annual Deer Lake Craft Festival, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby. Free admission and parking.  More than 60 vetted artisans and entertainment.   https://www.burnabyartscouncil.org/deer-lake-craft-festival/

Nov 25  CandyTown, 12 – 7 pm, Mainland Street, Yaletown, Vancouver.  Winter wonderland with local artisans, street performers, live music, carriage rides, ice carving, visits with Santa & Ice Queen, etc.  https://yaletowninfo.com/event/candytown-yaletown-holiday-festival-2017/

Nov 25 – Jan 21  Lights at Lafarge, Coquitlam, 4:30 – 11pm.  Lower Mainland’s largest free outdoor light display. Over 100,000 lights surround Lafarge Lake in a 1.2 km route with 10 themed zones.  Nov 25 opening day festivities from 2:30 – 5:30: holiday market, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, entertainment, free hot chocolate and cookies, photo booth, lighting at 5:20 pm, etc.  http://www.coquitlam.ca/parks-recreation-and-culture/arts-and-culture/special-events-calendar/LightsatLafarge.aspx

Nov 25 Edmonds Festival of Lights, 2:30-5:30pm, Edmonds Community Centre, 7433 Edmonds.  https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Calendar-of-Events/Edmonds-Festival-of-Lights_s_p1921.html

Nov 25 – Jan 5  Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby. Free admission, $2.65 carousel rides. Illuminated displays all over the village, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, visits with Father Christmas, and Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt!  Closed Dec 24/25.  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/events/events/heritage-christmas.html

Nov 30 – Jan 1  Festival of Trees, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver.  Open 24 hours over 2 floors, with overflow into upper level of CF Pacific Centre Mall (overflow area open until 11 pm). Donate and vote for your favourite decorated tree.  http://www.bcchf.ca/events/event-calendar/festival-of-trees/vancouver

Ongoing Free Events:

Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events in Nov (Fri, Sat, or Sun):  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

All Parks Canada sites, not provincial ones, offer free admission in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation eg. Fort Langley, Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  Note: you don’t actually need to get the pass to receive free admission. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission

Explore This Vancouver app.  Vancouver Public Library’s free app connects people with images and stories of Vancouver’s past.  Just download the tour of your choice, put on your walking shoes and earbuds, and get intimate with Vancouver:  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/explore-this-vancouver/id1142026330?mt=8
Bill Reid Gallery, first Friday of the month, 2-5pm, free admission thanks to partnership of Vancouver Airport.  SFU students are always free with student card.  http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/GalleryHoursTicketPrices.php

Lower Mainland Farmer’s Market  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/vancouver-farmers-markets/lower-mainland-winter-markets/

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

Other: 

Vancouver Walking Tours: Downtown & Waterfront, Granville St & Gastown, Chinatown, and Granville Island. Free, but please tip the tour guide if he/she did a good job.  http://www.tourguys.ca/free-tours

Inexpensive Events:

Nov 30 – Jan 1 Bright Nights at Stanley Park, closed Dec 25.  By Miniature Train Ride.  Admission by donation (suggested $4) to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Free parking. http://burnfund.org/ways-to-help/bright-nights-in-stanley-park/

Purchase $10 advance main floor tickets to Willingdon Church’s musical Dec 14 – 18, Christmas at the Starlight Theatre.  Balcony seating for this musical on the day of the presentations are free on a first come, first serve basis.   https://willingdon.org/event/christmas-musical

Star gazing by donation every Sat, 7 – 11 pm, weather permitting, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.  https://freeactivities.ca/gaze-at-the-stars-at-macmillan-observatory-for-free/

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites:   http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation ($5 posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

Metro Vancouver October Free Events, 2017

Don’t forget to come back often since I do updates! If you know of a free event around town that I’ve missed, please let me know!

Sep 29 – Oct 1  Culture Days  Hundreds of learning experiences and events all over the Lower Mainland. Examples: backstage tour of Gateway Theatre or Arts Club, hands-on activities like pottery making and painting, free admission to Bill Reid Gallery all day Oct 1 with a 2 pm Hip Hop & Coast Salish Art activities for the whole family, etc.  https://bc.culturedays.ca/en

Sep 30  Water’s Edge Day, Maritime Museum, 10 am – 4 pm.  Free admission to Maritime Museum; paddle in kayaks, dragon boats, and canoes; live entertainment, and much more!  https://georgiastrait.org/work/waterfront-initiative/waters-edge-day/

Sep 30  1st Annual Richmond Harvest Festival 11 am – 7 pm, Garden City Lands at Lansdowne Road & Garden City, Richmond. Culinary stage, music, farmers & artisans marketplace, wagon rides, hands-on learning experiences for all ages, etc.   http://www.richmondharvestfest.com/things-to-do/

Sep 30  Moon Festival 4 – 9 pm, Starts at Slocan Park, Vancouver.  6:45 pm Twilight Lantern Walk begins and heads to Renfrew Park. Culminates with performances against fireworks.  http://stillmoon.org/moon-festival/moon-festival-2017/

Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  Weekly Sunday Art Market, 11 am – 6 pm, Jim Deva Plaza (Davie and Bute)  http://wearts.ca/wordpress/sunday-art-market-continues-to-grow/

Oct 1  Diwali Downtown Surrey, 3 – 6 pm, Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave.  http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/21208.aspx

Oct 1  YYoga Free Day  Celebrate YYoga’s 10th birthday with a free yoga or fitness class at all their locations.  https://www.yyoga.ca/events/free-class-day

Oct 1  PumpkinFest, West Vancouver Community Centre & Seniors Activity Centre, 10am-3pm.  2121 Marine Drive. Old-fashioned harvest community festival with lots of free family activities including open-air market, pony rides, scavenger hunt, milking a cow, etc!   https://westvancouverrec.ca/fall-winter/general-information/special-events/pumpkinfest

Oct 1  Fossil Show, Richmond Nature Park, 11 am – 4 pm.  11851 Westminster Hwy. Learn about BC’s fascinating prehistoric past with real fossils displayed by members of The Vancouver Paleontological Society. Make fossil casts/rubbings. Admission by donation. https://www.richmond.ca/parks/about/programs/programs-events.htm

Oct 3, Tues, Christmas Cantata 2017 Tour, 7 – 9 pm, Q.E. Theatre.  Free but registration required.  Musical event with the award-winning Gracias Choir + nativity story: http://christmascantata.us/

Oct 7  Fort Langley Cranberry Festival  Includes pancake breakfast and giant market place. Free admission to the Fort due to Canada 150. While at the Fort, take in the noon or 2 pm special one-hour tour, “The Story of the Salmon Walk: A Kwantlen Walking Tour” starting at the Visitor Centre.  http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/activ/activ2017#cranberry

Oct 14  Diwali Downtown Vancouver, 3 – 7 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver: http://diwalifest.ca/?event=diwali-downtown-vancouver-2017-free-donation-only&event_date=2017-10-14

Oct 14  Cineplex Community Day Free Movies Doors open 9 am.  First movie begins 9:30 am. Featured films include Kung Fu Panda 3Trolls, Ice Age: Collision Course, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates. Check theatre for movie times and get there early to get a good seat. $2.50 concession items until noon; all proceeds go to support Free the Children.   https://www.cineplex.com/News/On-Community-Day-join-us-for-FREE-movies

Oct 14  Flashlight Mysteries 6- 9 pm, Surrey Bend Regional Park.  Bring a flashlight to collect clues along lantern-lit trails to solve the Critter Caper Mystery. About 1.5 hrs to complete:  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/surrey/724/flashlight-mysteries

Oct 14  Fraser River Geology Walk 10 am – noon, Derby Reach Regional Park, Langley.  “Learn about the Ice Age glaciation on the south coast, the geologic history of the Fraser River, and the peatlands in Derby Reach Regional Park.  Registration required:   outreach@drbipa.org

Oct 15  Halloween Parade, 11am, downtown Vancouver (Howe St, Smithe St, Granville St.)   http://www.vanhalloween.com/ihc/event/vanhalloween/en-us/index.php?cpcode=

Oct 21  Coho Commotion  11 am – 2:30 pm  Capilano Fish Hatchery, North Van.  Learn about the salmon.  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/north-vancouver/838/coho-commotion

Oct 22  Return of the Salmon, Kanaka Creek Regional Park, 11 am – 3pm.  “Witness the heroic journey of salmon returning home to spawn in Kanaka Creek.  Displays, games and fisheries experts on-site.  Meet at fish fence located on 240th St, north of Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge.  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/maple-ridge/840/return-of-the-salmon

Oct 25 – Nov 5  Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival  Over 100 events at 50 Vancouver venues. Lots of free events like learning to play mahjong, Ukranian beading, snooker tournament, local films, music, etc. Note: some free events require pre-registration eg. (fish)net making.  Paid events are well-priced:  heartofthecityfestival.com

Oct 28  Halloween In The Forest 10 am – 2 pm, Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way. “Learn facts about owls, bats, spiders and raccoons, enjoy Halloween treats and meet the Forest Fairy.”  Draw prize for best costume(s). Rain or shine.  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/surrey/828/halloween-in-the-forest

Oct 28  Thrill the World Vancouver, 3 pm sharp!, Olympic Village Square. Viewing of flash mob is free, but dancers need to pre-register with a $40 suggested donation for dance rehearsals and zombie makeup. http://www.ttwvancouver.ca/thrillday.html

Oct 28  Parade of Lost Souls, Commercial Drive neighbourhood. May be scary for children.  About 10,000 lost souls usually participate in parade whose location details are not revealed until the day before.  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/october/vancouver-halloween-events/parade-lost-souls/

Oct 28 – 29  Canfitpro Vancouver Fitness Expo, Vancouver Convention Centre West, Ballrooms C & D.  Sat: 9 am – 6:30 pm; Sun: 9:30 am – 3 pm.  Free tickets:  https://www.canfitpro.com/en/events/events/vancouver/expo-hall

Oct 28 – Nov 1  Night For All Souls, Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser St., Vancouver. 13th annual event honouring the dead:  http://nightforallsouls.com/

Oct 29  SFU’s Science Spooktacular Pre-registration for this free event starts 2 weeks prior.  Phantom Physics, Cryptic Chemistry Show, and more! Complimentary parking at East Parking Lot.  https://www.sfu.ca/science/news-events/events/2017/science-spooktacular2017.html

Ongoing Free Events:

Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events in Oct (Fri, Sat, or Sun):  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

All Parks Canada sites, not provincial ones, offer free admission in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation eg. Fort Langley, Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  Note: you don’t actually need to get the pass to receive free admission. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission

 27 Things to eat for free on your birthday if you happen to be dining at that restaurant.  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/free-birthday-treats-vancouver-2017
Explore This Vancouver app.  Vancouver Public Library’s free app connects people with images and stories of Vancouver’s past.  Just download the tour of your choice, put on your walking shoes and earbuds, and get intimate with Vancouver:  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/explore-this-vancouver/id1142026330?mt=8
Bill Reid Gallery, first Friday of the month, 2-5pm, free admission thanks to partnership of Vancouver Airport.  SFU students are always free with student card.  http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/GalleryHoursTicketPrices.php

Farmer’s Markets

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

Other: 

Vancouver Walking Tours: Downtown & Waterfront, Granville St & Gastown, Chinatown, and Granville Island. Free, but please tip the tour guide if he/she did a good job.  http://www.tourguys.ca/free-tours

Richmond Summer & Fall Guided Walking Tours 10 am: Oct 14 McDonald Beach dog-friendly walk and Oct 28 Garry Point Park/West Dyke. “Join the Frequent Walker Rewards Program and earn points towards a complimentary pass for swimming, skating, community recreation and pitch and putt.!”  For walk details:   https://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/sports/walkrichmond/walk.htm

Inexpensive Events:

Star gazing by donation every Fri, Sat 8 pm – midnight weather permitting, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.  https://freeactivities.ca/gaze-at-the-stars-at-macmillan-observatory-for-free/

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites:   http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation ($5 posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

BC Sports Hall of Fame  1/2 Price Admission “Be sure to save that ticket stub for all BC Place events, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks games! Show it at the front desk for 1/2 price admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame valid 2 weeks before or after the game day.” http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/visit/admission/

to Oct 9 (Weekends)  Richmond Night Market, 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun/Holidays 7–11pm. $3.75/adult, kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.  Kids will enjoy the Dino Park!  http://richmondnightmarket.com/

September 2017 Vancouver Area Free Events

If you’re a Vancouver resident, you may pre-purchase a fruit, shade, or flowering tree for only $10 while quantities last.  Max 3 per household.  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vancouver-tree-weekend.aspx

to Sep 2 (Fri-Sun)  Dance In Transit by Sam’s Dance. Free outdoor dancing downtown in various venues–Robson Square, Jim Deva Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, and Plaza of Nations–in the afternoon or evening.  For schedule:  http://samsdanceschoolvancouver.com/2017/03/10/dance-transit-2-2/

to Sep 4  Burnaby Village Museum, free admission:  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html

Sep 1 – 2   Richmond World Festival, Minoru Park, Richmond Sep 1: 4 – 11pm; Sep 2: 11 am – 11 pm. Named Canada’s Most Outstanding Festival 2015:  http://www.richmondworldfestival.com/

Sep 2 – 3  Nikkei Matsuri Festival, 11 am – 7 pm Japanese festival at Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (Kingsway & Sperling.)  http://nikkeimatsuri.nikkeiplace.org/

Sep 2 – 4  TaiwanFest, free and ticketed events at various downtown Vancouver locations:  http://www.taiwanfest.ca/vancouver/

Sep 3  Free Outdoor Movie (Beauty & the Beast), Lonsdale Quay, 6 pm.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/OutdoormoviesBC/events/

Sep 3  Polish Festival, 2 – 7:30 pm, Lynn Valley Village, 1255 Lynn Valley Road, North Van.  http://www.belweder.org/

Sep 4  Music in the Park, 12-5pm, Cleveland Dam, Capilano Regional Park, North Vancouver  Free concerts, kids activities, and artists’ demos:  http://vancouversnorthshore.com/events/music-in-the-park/

Sep 4 – 10  Façade Festival 2017, Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street side), 7:30 pm – midnight.  Burrard Arts Foundation projects cutting-edge digital artworks of 10 Canadian artists onto the Georgia Street façade of the VAG.  https://www.facadefest.com/#about-facade-festival

Sep 8  Star Wars 40th Anniversary Outdoor Movie, 8 pm, Elm Park, Elm St & West 41st, Vancouver. “From 7 pm get your spot. Bring a lawn chair or blanket & flashlight for easy exiting….cancelled if high winds or rain…” Call 604-266-9875 until late afternoon for cancellation info.  http://www.kerrisdalevillage.com/news-and-events/

Sep 9  Day at the Farm, Westham Island Herb Farm, Ladner, 10 am-4 pm. Working farm so no dogs allowed. Hay wagon tours, see draft horses plow, live music, learn about farming/agriculture in Delta: http://westhamislandherb.ca/child/events-and-tours/a-day-at-the-farm/

Sep 9  Surrey Fest Downtown, 11 am – 4 pm, Holland Park, Surrey.  Kids Zone, Bollywood Aerobics, Fab Fourever, vendors, and more. 13428 Old Yale Road.  http://surreyfest.com/

Sep 9  Pie in the Plaza, Central City Shopping Centre Plaza, 11 am – 4 pm, 10153 King George Blvd, Surrey. Agriculture Week celebration with family fun, music, pony rides, and cutting of BC’s largest blueberry pie!  https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/

Sep 9  Build a Pencil Holder Workshop (for kids 5 – 12 yrs), Home Depot. Usually every month, there is a free kids workshop.  Please register:  https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/ideas-how-to/workshop/workshops.html?store=7043#kids-workshops

Sep 10  Coho Festival, Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, 11 am-6 pm. A zero waste event. Stewardship Zone exhibitors, Kids Zone, Coho Salmon BBQ, Squamish Nation artisans: http://www.cohosociety.com/coho-festival/

Sep 10  Cops, Kids & Commercial Drive 12-3 pm, Grandview Park, 1200 block Commercial Drive. Safety event with entertainment, free hotdogs for kids, ICBC bike roadeo, distracted walking course, police + horses, marine/motorcycle squad, emergency vehicles, etc.  http://thedrive.ca/cops-kids-and-commercial-drive/

Sep 10  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Sep 10  Street Food Vancouver Festival, 12 – 6 pm, 88 Pacific Blvd (Concord Pacific Place).  22 hand-picked Vancouver Food Trucks, artisan market, mini golf & live music:  https://www.facebook.com/events/359513684447939

Sep 16  Market Mexico, Robson Square, Vancouver, 11 am – midnight.  Come celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day.  Register online to win trip for 2 to Mexico:  https://www.marketmexico.ca/

Sep 16  UBC Alumni Homecoming 9:30 am – 11:00 pm  Paid & free events.  Free BBQ, free attractions pass to Museum of Anthropology, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC Botanical Garden, UBC Aquatics, etc. http://homecoming.ubc.ca/alumni-day/

Sep 16  Bike the Night (Presented by MEC) 16 yrs and under ride free. Neat to watch all the 5000 plus decorated/lit bikes on the 10 km car-free route. Ride starts at 8 pm Concord Pacific, through downtown, across Burrard Bridge, along south side of Burrard Inlet back to Concord Pacific.  https://bikehub.ca/bike-events/bike-the-night-presented-by-mec

Sep 17  Vancouver Community Science Celebration Weekend 10 am – 6 pm.  Free admission to Science World only on Sunday.  View in browser

Sep 19- 24  Word Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver Main Branch Library  Largest literary event in BC.  Main event on Sunday at Library Square.  http://wordvancouver.ca/

Sep 22 – 24  Hapa-Palooza Festival  Various venues.  A celebration of arts and ideas by people of mixed roots/heritage. Sep 23, Hapa Family Day at Granville Island.  http://www.hapapalooza.com/2017-festival/

Sep 23  Riverfest, Fraser River Discovery Centre, 11 am-4 pm, 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster.  Celebrating BC & World Rivers Day.  http://fraserriverdiscovery.org/riverfest

Sep 24  World Rivers Day at Burnaby Village Museum, 11 am – 4:30 pm  Entertainment and lots of community and environmental groups:  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/events/events/world-rivers-day.html

Sep 24 Walk For Reconciliation, 9:30 am, 650 Cambie St (& Georgia St), Vancouver.  2 km walk to Strathcona Park, 857 Malkin Ave, where Reconciliation Expo takes place from 10:30 – 3 pm.  Walk & Expo to build bridges between indigenous people and other Canadians.  http://reconciliationcanada.ca/walk-for-reconciliation-2017/

Sep 29 – Oct 1  Culture Days  Hundreds of learning experiences and events all over the Lower Mainland. Example, free admission to Bill Reid Gallery all day Oct 1 with a 2 pm Hip Hop & Coast Salish Art activities for the whole family.  https://bc.culturedays.ca/en

Sep 30  Water’s Edge Day, Maritime Museum, 10 am – 4 pm.  Free admission to Maritime Museum; paddle in kayaks, dragon boats, and canoes; live entertainment, and much more!  https://georgiastrait.org/work/waterfront-initiative/waters-edge-day/

Sep 30  1st Annual Richmond Harvest Festival 11 am – 7 pm, Garden City Lands at Lansdowne Road & Garden City, Richmond. Culinary stage, music, farmers & artisans marketplace, wagon rides, hands-on learning experiences for all ages, etc.   http://www.richmondharvestfest.com/things-to-do/

Sep 30  Moon Festival 4 – 9 pm, Starts at Slocan Park, Vancouver.  6:45 pm Twilight Lantern Walk begins and heads to Renfrew Park. Culminates with performances against fireworks.  http://stillmoon.org/moon-festival/moon-festival-2017/

Ongoing Free Events:

to Sep 26  Kids See Free Loblaw stores (eg. Superstore) are offering children aged 4 to 10  yrs a free pair of glasses with a prescription dated within the last 3 months. Children may not have already received a free pair from Loblaws within the last 365 days.  https://www.facebook.com/LoblawOptical

Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events in Sep (Fri, Sat, or Sun):  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

All Parks Canada sites, not provincial ones, offer free admission in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation eg. Fort Langley, Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  Note: you don’t actually need to get the pass to receive free admission. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission

Explore This Vancouver app.  Vancouver Public Library’s free app connects people with images and stories of Vancouver’s past.  Just download the tour of your choice, put on your walking shoes and earbuds, and get intimate with Vancouver:  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/explore-this-vancouver/id1142026330?mt=8
Bill Reid Gallery, first Friday of the month, 2-5pm, free admission thanks to partnership of Vancouver Airport.  SFU students are always free with student card.  http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/GalleryHoursTicketPrices.php
to Sep 29 (Fridays)  North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market, 5 – 10 pm, Shipyard Plaza, 138 Victory Ship Way.  Admission always free.  http://www.northshoregreenmarkets.com/shipyards.html   
to Sep 24   Interrupted, under Cambie Street Bridge, 9 pm Tues to Sat, Coopers’ Park, north side of bridge. As part of Canada 150 celebrations, nearly one km of the underspan of Cambie Street Bridge will be transformed into a canvas to immerse the onlooker in a 25-min dramatic spectacle of the migration of the wild Pacific salmon: http://uninterrupted.ca/see-the-show/

Farmer’s Markets

Vancouver Hiking Trails  https://www.vancouvertrails.com/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

Other: 

Vancouver Walking Tours: Downtown & Waterfront, Granville St & Gastown, Chinatown, and Granville Island. Free, but please tip the tour guide if he/she did a good job.  http://www.tourguys.ca/free-tours

Star gazing by donation every Fri, Sat 8 pm – midnight, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Southam Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.  https://freeactivities.ca/gaze-at-the-stars-at-macmillan-observatory-for-free/

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites:   http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation ($5 posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

BC Sports Hall of Fame  1/2 Price Admission “Be sure to save that ticket stub for all BC Place events, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks games! Show it at the front desk for 1/2 price admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame valid 2 weeks before or after the game day.” http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/visit/admission/

to Sep 23  Sea to Sky Gondola–Half Price Sunset Saturdays  Only valid for individual tickets purchased at the ticket window from 5:00pm onwards every Saturday until September 23, 2017. https://www.seatoskygondola.com/sunset-saturday-discount?

to Sep 10 (Weekends)  Illumination Summer Night Market, 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun 7–11pm. $3 admission. Enjoy the numerous lanterns, light displays, + 17′ tall lit Eiffel Tower!  https://www.summernightmarket.com/

to Oct 9 (Weekends)  Richmond Night Market, 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun/Holidays 7–11pm. $3.75/adult, kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.  Kids will enjoy the Dino Park!  http://richmondnightmarket.com/