June 2017 Free Vancouver Area 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/

to Jun 3  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/

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/

Jun 2  National Donut Day Drop by Krispy Kreme for a free donut!

Jun 3, Jul 8  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.  Registration required.  http://dragonzone.ca/community/

Jun 3  Hats Off Day 9:30 am – 4 pm, Hastings Street between Boundary Road & Gamma Avenue will be closed for Burnaby’s biggest street party.  http://hatsoffday.com/

Jun 3 – 4  Richmond Doors Open, 10 am – 4 pm Free admission to over 42 destinations of heritage, culture, and arts: http://www.richmond.ca/culture/about/events/doorsopen.htm

Jun 11  Italian Day on the Drive 12-8 pm, http://italianday.ca/

Jun 11 – 17 City of Bhangra Festival  Free and paid events in Vancouver & Surrey: http://www.vibc.org/city_of_bhangra_festival

Jun 11 and 25  Ladner Village Market is opened every other Sunday until early September:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Jun 16  Il Mercato Italian Market, 5 – 9 pm, Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver.  Other dates:  Jul 21, Aug 18, Nov 24 (Indoor Xmas themed market):  http://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-night-market/

Jun 16 – 18  Lynn Valley Days, North Vancouver.  Enjoy this over 100-year-old community festival!  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/festivals-and-events/lynn-valley-day/

Jun 17  Surrey Doors Open, 10 am – 4 pm. Explore 21 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 17  The Gathering Festival Community Celebration Day, 10 am – 8 pm, Emery Barnes Park (Seymour & Davie St), Vancouver.  Free pancake breakfast, activities, and performances by the Sojourners, Company B Jazz Band, Locarno, Dawn Pemberton, The Iskwew Singers, the Carnegie Jazz Band and many local acts:   https://gatheringfestival.wordpress.com/community-celebration-day-june-21st-schedule/

Jun 17  West End Car Free Day 12 – 7 pm, Denman St. from Robson to Davie:  http://www.carfreevancouver.org/west-end 

Jun 17 – 21 National Aboriginal Day celebrations

  • Jun 17 Canada Place,  10 am – 5 pm  Performances, workshops, storytelling, and more by aboriginal peoples:  https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/national-aboriginal-celebration/
  • Jun 17  Carnegie Community Association Event, Oppenheimer Park, Vancouver, 10:30 am
  • Jun 21  Trout Lake, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, 12 – 10 pm  http://www.bcnationalaboriginalday.com/
  • Jun 21  Musqueam Community Centre, 6777 Salish Drive, Vancouver, 11 am – 3 pm
  • Jun 21  Gulf of Georgia, Richmond
  • Jun 21  Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby St, Vancouver. Free admission 2-5 pm 

Jun 18  Main Street Car Free Day 12 to 7 pm, Broadway to 30th Avenue with 15 stages:  http://www.carfreevancouver.org/main-street

Jun 18  Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day, 9 am – noon, 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.”  https://www.facebook.com/events/621664358018310/

Jun 18  Splash! BC Family Fishing Day 10 am – 3 pm, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Meet at Rice Lake Gate, 4900 Lillooet Road. Gear provided to fish rainbow trout. Shuttle to visit Seymour Dam & fish hatchery.  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/north-vancouver/758/splash!-bc-family-fishing-day

Jun 19 – Aug 14 (Mondays except for Jul 31) 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/cms/wp-content/uploads/DITP-2017-web-poster.pdf

Jun 19 – Aug 20 Kitsilano Showboat, 7 pm,  2300 Cornwall at Kits Beach, Vancouver.  Free live performance theatre Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat:  http://www.kitsilanoshowboat.com/

Jun 22  Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks Grand Opening, Museum of Anthropology, UBC, 7 – 10 pm. “The inaugural exhibition, In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art, presents over 110 historical Indigenous artworks through the eyes of contemporary First Nations artists.”  Also contemporary Indigenous performances by DJ Kookum, cellist Cris Derksen, DJ O Show, and See Monsters. “Witness live visuals from painter Levi Nelson and graffiti artist Larissa Healey (a.k.a. Gurl Twenty Three), before grabbing a spray can yourself and painting on our digital graffiti wall.” Parking is just $2 after 5 pm with coupon code NWEST.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1555432697842521/

Jun 23 – 25  Dragon Boat Festival, False Creek:   http://vancouverdragonboatfestival.ca/

Jun 22 – Jul 2  TD Jazz Festival Free and paid events  http://www.coastaljazz.ca/event_listings

June 24  Doors Open Vancouver  10 am – 5 pm Behind-the-scenes access to popular Vancouver buildings, city-owned and privately-owned. http://doorsopenvan.ca/

Jun 25  Greek Day on Broadway 11 am – 9 pm, MacDonald to Blenheim Street  http://greekday.com/

Jun 28 to Sep 24   Interrupted, Cambie Street 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 30-min dramatic spectacle of the migration of the wild Pacific salmon:  http://www.uninterrupted.ca/

June 19 to July 1  Kanata Festival, Larwill Park, Vancouver  Free indigenous entertainment and activities.  http://do604.com/kanatafestival/

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/

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

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
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   
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

Hiking trails  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/spring-hikes-metro-vancouver-fraser-valley-sea-to-sky

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: 

Inexpensive Events:

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

  • June 3  Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
  • June 10  A Dog’s Purpose
  • June 17  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • June 24  The Muppet Movie

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. 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/

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