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/

Advertisements

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/

August 2017 Vancouver Area Free Events

July events are below August entries. Don’t forget I’m always adding events as I hear/read about them so check back often.  Ongoing Events and Inexpensive Events are at the end.  Please let me know of any free events not listed here.  Thanks!

to Aug 31, Thurs, Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place, North Point.  https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/waterfront-cinema/

Aug 2 Honda Celebration of Light: U.K.’s Fireworks 10 pm.  Live entertainment starts at 4 pm.  http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/explore/

Aug 3 – 7 Squamish Days: Loggers Sports Festival 9 of 12 events are free:  http://squamishdays.ca/

Aug 4 – 13 Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver:  http://harmonyarts.ca/

Aug 4 – 15 Free Roundtrip Shuttle from Canada Place to Park Royal and Harmony Arts Festival.  http://www.shopparkroyal.com/campaigns/park-royal-free-shuttle-canada-place

Aug 5  Int’l Sailor Moon Day 12 – 5 pm, Vancouver Convention Centre. Free event. However, admission is required if attending Anime Revolution.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1230572323701464/

Aug 5  Vancouver Street Dance Festival 11 am – 8 pm, Robson Square.  Live music, D.J.s, dance battles, and free dance workshops:  http://vsdf.ca/

Aug 5, 20 and 27  Dancing in the Street, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, Vancouver.  Free live jazz music and swing dance lessons.  http://www.vanswingsociety.ca/dancing-in-the-street

Aug 5  Korean Cultural Heritage Festival  10 am – 8 pm, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby:  https://www.koreanfestival.ca/

Aug 5 Honda Celebration of Light: Canada’s Fireworks 10 pm.  Live entertainment starts at 3 pm.  http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/explore/

Every Fri, Sat in Aug plus Aug 6, Oh!  9 – 11 pm Chance to light up Science World Dome:  http://www.tangibleinteraction.com/artworks/oh?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=%5BMEM%5DAugust2017&utm_content=version_A

Aug 5 – 6  White Rock Sea Festival  http://www.whiterockseafestival.com/

Aug 5 – 6  Powell Street Japanese Festival, 11:30 am – 7 pm, Oppenheimer Park area, Vancouver.  http://www.sunfestival.ca/events-calendar/

Aug 5 – 6  Maple Ridge Caribbean Days http://www.caribbeanfest.ca/

Aug 5 – 7  Tsawwassen Sun Festival, Winskill Park, Tsawwassen:  http://www.sunfestival.ca/

Aug 6  Vancouver Pride Parade and Sunset Beach Festival   https://www.tourismvancouver.com/plan-your-trip/gay-friendly-vancouver/guide-to-pride/

Aug 6 and 13  Robson Square Dancing  Free salsa lessons 3 – 3:30 pm, salsa show 5 pm. After Party: 7 – 7:30 pm free dance lesson, different style every week; 7:30 – 9:30 pm dancing.  http://www.sundayafternoonsalsa.com/

Aug 7 – 12  Vancouver Mural Festival  https://www.vanmuralfest.ca/

Aug 9 – 19  Vines Art Festival. 3rd annual eco-arts festival is held at various venues:  http://vinesartfestival.com/

Aug 11 – 13  African Soccer and Cultural Festival 9 am – 9 pm.  Burnaby Lake Sports Complex East  http://www.acsca.net/ 

Aug 11 – 20  Crankworz Whistler  Billed as world’s largest mountain bike festival. Most events are free: https://www.facebook.com/events/255683874931122/

Aug 12  SeaWheeze Sunset Festival, 4:30 – 10:30 pm.  Sorry, the free portion of this festival was only at Jack Poole Plaza.  http://www.seawheeze.com/content/seawheeze/index/vancouver/run-expo.html

Aug 12  Coquitlam Kaleidoscope Festival, Town Centre Park 2 – 10 pm.  Bif Naked will highlight the entertainment portion.  http://www.coquitlam.ca/city-hall/news-media/news-media/2017/05/18/bif-naked-to-headline-coquitlam-s-kaleidoscope-arts-festival

Aug 12  Bioblitz  2 – 6 pm, Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park.  Stanley Park Ecology Society, Vancouver Aquarium, etc. offer fun, hands-on exploration of the park’s ecology.   2 of the events require registration: Let’s ID Invertebrates and Owl Prowl.  http://stanleyparkecology.ca/education/public-programs/bioblitz-2017/

Aug 12 – 13 Richmond Maritime Festival, Britannia Shipyards, Richmond.  Sat: 11am-8pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.  http://richmondmaritimefestival.ca/

Aug 12 – 13  Fun City Festival 10 am – 7 pm, Lonsdale Ave from Keith Rd to foot of Lonsdale, North Van.  Festival free but 1000 ft long water slide costs $20-$53.  Purchase tickets now! http://www.cnv.org/parks-recreation-and-culture/signature-events/fun-city-festival

Aug 12 – 13  TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival, noon-6pm:  http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com/events/2017/ctf_main.php

Aug 12 – 13  New West Cultural Crawl https://www.newwestculturalcrawl.com/

Aug 13  Vancouver’s largest water fight, Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, 1 – 4 pm  https://www.facebook.com/events/1028457990589721/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

Aug 13  Pinoy (Filipino) Fiesta, Memorial South Park, 41st Avenue & Ross St, Vancouver: http://www.pinoyfiestavancouver.com/

Aug 13  Pakistan Festival 12-8pm, Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver:    http://www.pakistanfestival.com/

Aug 13, Aug 27, Sep 10  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Aug 15 – Sep 3  Nomadic Tempest by Caravan Stage Company presented by Canada 150+  75 min rock opera show about the effects of climate change on monarch butterflies (the acrobats). Show held on Amara Zee, a tall ship, moored west of Olympic Village, 299 West 1st Ave, Vancouver.  Starting time has changed to 9:35 pm after the finish of Interrupted across the water. Registration for free tickets required:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nomadic-tempest-by-caravan-stage-company-presented-by-canada-150-tickets-35988298971

Oops! I forgot to publicize these earlier:

Aug 18, Nov 24  Il Mercato Italian Market, 5 – 9 pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver:  https://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-market/

Aug 18 – 20  KitsFest, Kitsilano Beach, billed as Vancouver’s hottest sports and healthy living beach festival: kitsfest.com

to Aug 25 Weekdays CBC Musical Nooners Free concerts 12 – 1 pm, CBC outdoor stage, 700 Hamilton.  Best of Canadian indie, R&B, folk, etc. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/events/cbc-musical-nooners-return-for-their-8th-year-1.4160454

Aug 19  India Live, 12 – 8 pm 700 Granville St Block Party: music, dance, visual arts, marketplace.  http://globalnews.ca/event/3637237/india-live-block-party/

Aug 19 YVR Community Chill Out Day, Flight Path Park, 11 am – 3 pm, Russ Baker Way, Richmond.  http://www.familyfuncanada.com/vancouver/yvr-community-chill-out/

PNE, 2nd largest fair in Canada. Free or $1.50 Days: 

  • Aug 19 – 20 Heroes Weekend: free admission for all First Responders + 1 guest all day
  • Aug 19 – 20 Canada 150 weekend, 11 am – 1 pm : wear red or maple leaf to pay $1.50 admission
  • Aug 22 & 29 Free admission for all, 11 am – 1 pm.  Re-entrance hand stamps will only be given after 1 pm.
  • Aug 24  Free admission whole day for seniors 65+ yrs
  • Other ways to save: https://www.pne.ca/thefair/ways-to-save/

Aug 20  Ratha Yatra: Feel the Bliss Festival, Second Beach, Stanley Park.  Formerly known as Chariot Fest of India.  Free yoga, Sunday parade, entertainment, free veggie lunch, cooking demos, etc.:  http://vanrathfest.com/

Aug 20  Quilt Walk & Car Show, Ladner Village  10 am – 4 pm  2nd largest car show in BC along with over 150 quilts, live music, pin-up girls pageant, etc.  http://www.quiltwalkcarshow.com/

Aug 20  Garlic Festival, 10 am – 3 pm, Terra Nova Rural Park, 2771 New Westminster Hwy, Richmond. By donation.  http://metrovangarlicfest.ca/

Aug 21  Solar Eclipse, 9:10 am Vancouver. Vancouver, apparently, is the best place to view the solar eclipse in Canada since we will see about 86% of the sun going dark vs ~60% in the Maritimes. Head south to Oregon to S. Carolina if you want to see total solar eclipse. Last North American solar eclipse was in 1918; next one will be in 2024. Looking at the sun is like looking at a 1 million watt bulb one metre away, so sunglasses will be useless. You need proper protective wear!  Check out the 4 places in Vancouver having solar eclipse events: http://www.vancourier.com/news/four-places-in-vancouver-to-take-in-the-solar-eclipse-1.21962685

Aug 24  Bobs & Lolo 8 pm, Coopers Park, north side of Cambie St Bridge.  This duo have written a song and produced an app about salmon. After this children’s entertainers’ performance is Interrupted at 9 pm.  Interrupted is a Canada 150 25-min “cinematic spectacle” of the incredible migration of Pacific Salmon running until Sep 26,  Tues to Sat: http://uninterrupted.ca/

Aug 24 – 27  Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival, Granville Island, 10 am – 5 pm.   http://vancouverwoodenboat.com/portfolio/activities/

Aug 25  Explore Historic West Hastings Street 12:15 – 1 pm Registration starts at noon at foot of Hornby St at West Hastings. First come, first serve. Normally, tours with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation cost $15, but Hastings West is sponsoring this:  http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/attend-an-event/walking-tours/

Aug 26   Steveston Dragon Boat Festival, 9 am – 5 pm, Steveston Village by Britannia Heritage Shipyard to Imperial Landing:  http://stevestondragonboatfestival.ca/

Aug 26  Canada 150: Celebrate Our Journey, 12 – 9 pm, Port Coquitlam.  https://www.portcoquitlam.ca/recreation/events-attractions/canada-150/

Aug 26  Zombiewalk  3 pm: undead meets at Vancouver Art Gallery.  4 pm: zombies limp down Robson, Denman to English Bay.  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/zombiewalk-vancouver-2017 

Aug 27  Vancouver Pink Salmon Festival, 12 – 4 pm, Vanier/Hadden Park across from Maritime Museum. Enjoy pink salmon samplings and salmon BBQ by donation.   https://www.psf.ca/event/2017-vancouver-pink-salmon-festival

Aug 27   Pet-A-Palooza, 11 am – 4 pm, 1100 Mainland Street, Yaletown, Vancouver.  Westcoast’s largest pet festival.  http://www.petapaloozawest.com/vancouver-where-when/#2017-vancouver-exhibitors

Aug 29  Young Women In Business Vancouver Open House, 9 am – 6 pm.  Free registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ywib-vancouver-open-house-tickets-36614618309?aff=es2

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

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

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

Tuesdays in August, Music at Civic Plaza, Surrey City Hall, 6:30 – 8 pm  Free outdoor music performances in celebration of Canada’s 150th.  http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/24078.aspx?startDate=Jul-31-2017

Sundays in August, Open House of RCMP Patrol Vessel Nadon (aka St Roch II), 2 – 4 pm, https://vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/event/tour-heritage-harbour-rcmpv-nadon

Sundays in August, Music at Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, 2 – 4 pm:  https://www.portcoquitlam.ca/recreation/events-attractions/summer-in-the-city/

to 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

to Aug 20 Kitsilano Showboat, 7 pm,  2300 Cornwall at Kits Beach, Vancouver.  Free live performance theatre Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat:  http://www.kitsilanoshowboat.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/
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   
to Sep 24   Interrupted, under Cambie Street Bridge, new 9 pm start time, 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/

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:

Aug 16, Wed, 11 am – 7 pm Limit of 3 McDonalds hamburgers for 67 cents in celebration of McDonalds 50th birthday.  First McDonalds opened in Richmond in 1967:  http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/get-ready-canada-67-mcdonalds-hamburgers-on-august-16th-640276583.html

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/

July 2017 Free Vancouver Area Events

Keep an eye out for all the aboriginal murals going up all around town as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.  Don’t forget to check back often for updates.  If you know of an event happening that’s not listed, please free feel to let me know!

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

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

Jul 1 & 2 Canada Day at Canada Place.  Fireworks 10:30 pm Sat.   http://www.canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day/

Jul 1 Canada Day in Surrey, Bill Reid Millenium Ampitheatre.   http://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/

Jul 1 More Canada Day festivities:  http://bc.ctvnews.ca/canada-day-2017-guide-to-july-1-celebrations-in-b-c-s-lower-mainland-1.3472548

Jul 6 – 16  Greek Summer Festival, 4641 Boundary Road. Smaller scale than Greek Day on Broadway.    http://vancouvergreeksummerfest.com/

Jul 7 – 15  Indian Summer Festival. Free and paid events:  https://www.indiansummerfest.ca/events/

Jul 8  Khatsahlano Street Party, 4th Ave from Burrard to MacDonald, 11 am – 9 pm.  http://www.khatsahlano.com/

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/

Jul 8  First Annual Everything Marpole 11 am – 2 pm, 8555 Granville.  http://www.marpoleonline.com/everything-marpole/

Jul 8 – 9  Carnaval del Sol, Concord Pacific Place 9am-10pm, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver:  http://www.carnavaldelsol.ca/about-carnaval-del-sol/

Jul 9  Commercial Drive Car Free Day 12 – 7 pm, Venables to Grandview:  http://www.carfreevancouver.org/commercial-drive

Jul 9, Jul 23, Aug 13, Aug 27, Sep 10  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Jul 9 VSO’s Symphony in the Park, 7-9pm, Deer Lake Park, Burnaby:  https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Festivals-and-Events/Symphony-in-the-Park.html

Jul 12  Gastown Grand Prix  Youth race at 5:30 pm, opening ceremonies at 5:55 pm, women’s race at 6:15 pm, men’s race at 7:30 pm:  http://www.globalrelayggp.org/

Jul 12-15  Pulling Together Canoe Journey 11 am – 3 pm.  Witness a traditional landing of up to 30 canoes starting from Sechelt to Horseshoe Bay, Ambleside Park & Vanier Park.  https://pullingtogether.ca/

Jul 13, 15 & 20  Free Learn to Camp Workshops with Stanley Park Ecological Society and Parks Canada, 10 am – noon and 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Registration required:  http://stanleyparkecology.ca/events/

Jul 14  Bastille Day Festival, 11am-8pm, Roundhouse, Vancouver.  For schedule, click on Edition 2017.  Free except for 8pm-midnight party which requires paid ticket.  http://www.bastilledayfestival.ca/

Jul 15  ElectraFest 10 am – 4 pm, Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd (& Carrall St).  Learn about and test drive electric vehicles!  Visit marketplace of clean tech & sustainability companies; kids’ activities like solar car competition & 3-D souvenir bracelet printing.  https://veva.ca/electrafest-2017/

Jul 15  Fiji Festival, 10 am – 7 pm, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby: http://www.tourismburnaby.com/events/event/fiji-festival/

Jul 16, Aug 5, 20 and 27  Dancing in the Street, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, Vancouver.  Free live jazz music and swing dance lessons.  http://www.vanswingsociety.ca/dancing-in-the-street

Jul 16  Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show, 10am-3pm, Edmonds Street from Canada Way to Kingsway:  https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Calendar-of-Events/Edmonds-City-Fair—Classic-Car-Show_s_p2959.html?EventMode=View&EventOccurrence=0

Jul 21, Aug 18, Nov 24  Il Mercato Italian Market, 5 – 9 pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver:  https://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-market/

Jul 21 – 23  Bike to Shop Day at various locations in Lower Mainland. Free registration:  https://bikehub.ca/biketoshop

Jul 22  A&W Free Root Beer Day from open till close:  http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/aw-canada-declares-saturday-july-22-2017-free-root-beer-day-634939423.html

Jul 22 – 23  Thai Festival, 10:30am-8pm, Vancouver Art Gallery (North Plaza):  http://www.thaiconsulatevancouver.ca/the-4th-thai-festival/

Jul 22 – 23  Surrey Fusion Festival, Holland Park, 11am – 10pm.  Winner of an international award for Best Festival:  http://www.surreyfusionfestival.ca/festival-info

Jul 22 – 30 The Drum is Calling Festival, Larwill Park, Vancouver.  Next to Q.E. Theatre. “A First Nations festival that will include performances and a village of life-size housing structures from different First Nations.” https://canada150plus.ca/drum-is-calling-festival.html

Jul 23, Aug 13, Aug 27, Sep 10  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Jul 27  Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, 7-9pm, Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place.  Free live symphony performance!  http://pci-group.com/vmo-performance/

Jul 27 – Aug 31, Thurs, Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place, North Point.  https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/waterfront-cinema/

Jul 29  Honda Celebration of Light: Japan’s Fireworks 10 pm.  Live entertainment starts at 4 pm.  http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/explore

Jul 29 – 30  Caribbean Days, Waterfront Park, North Van, next to Lonsdale Quay. Parade starts at 10 am, Sat: http://www.caribbeandays.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/

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 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

to Aug 20 Kitsilano Showboat, 7 pm,  2300 Cornwall at Kits Beach, Vancouver.  Free live performance theatre Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat:  http://www.kitsilanoshowboat.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/
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   
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/
Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events each Sat in July:  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:

Star gazing by donation Fri, Sat 8 pm – midnight, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver.  Observatory at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

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. 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/

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/

May 2017 Vancouver Free Events

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

May 1 – 31 Explorasian 2017, Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Free and paid events. May 1 Vancouver City Hall will be illuminated in red! explorasian.org

May 4 – 6  Health, Sports, and Lifestyle Expo, Vancouver Convention Centre West. Thurs 5pm-8pm; Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm: http://bmovanmarathon.ca/runvan-expo/

May 5 – 7  Ships to Shore: King of the Sea 2017 Festival, Garry Point Park, Richmond.  Visit Kaiwo Maru, one of the world’s largest tall ships, + other activities: http://shipstoshore.squarespace.com/home

May 5 – 7  Illumination Summer Night Market, 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun 7–11pm. Get your free ticket for this opening weekend at https://www.summernightmarket.com/  When you “buy ticket” for the opening weekend, it will show $0.  Sep 10 last day of Market. Enjoy the numerous lanterns, light displays, + 17′ tall lit Eiffel Tower!

May 5 – 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   

May 6 – 13  Vancouver Bird Week  Reserve early for these free workshops.  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bird-week.aspx

May 6 – Sep 4  Burnaby Village Museum, free admission:  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html

May 6  Free Comic Book Day  http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

May 7 Emergency Preparedness Week Opening, Science World, 10 am – 6 pm.  City of Vancouver and Science World team up with 10 other organizations for this interactive event.  Free admission to Science World.  http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/emergency-preparedness-week-may-7-2017.aspx

May 7, 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/

May 7 – 13 Burnaby Festival of Learning  Lots of free events but pre-registration may be required. eg. May 7: Rhododendron Festival; May 8: History of Burnaby by Skytrain; May 10: Walk with Dr. Davidicus Wong.  http://festival-of-learning.ca/

May 11  Traces of Words: Art & Calligraphy From Asia, Museum of Anthropology, 7–10 pm. Free admission to the opening of this new exhibition by Prince Amyn Aga Khan. No RSVP required. Parking is just $2 after 5 pm with coupon code TRACES. https://www.facebook.com/events/438951853150302/

May 13  Surrey RCMP Open House, 12 -3 pm, 14355 – 57 Avenue  http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=1599&languageId=1&contentId=29832

May 13  Science Rendezvous and International Astronomy Day, SFU, 11-3:  https://www.sfu.ca/science/programs—events-for-the-general-public/science-rendezvous.html

May 13  BC Water Week: Free Coquitlam Watershed Tour 9 am – 12 pm or 12:30 – 3:30 pm.  Call 604-432-6359 to register.

May 14  10 am – noon Bring Mom to Playland, and she gets in for free!

May 18  Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop with Russell Wallace 7-9pm, 149 West Hastings. Drop-in.  https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2017-2018-Spring/SalishSingingAndDrummingSpring20171.html

May 18 Artists In Our Midst Group Show at Roundhouse, 10 am – 9 pm.  Reception 7 – 9 pm

May 20 – 21  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 20 – Sep 2 (Weekends)  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/

May 26 – 28  Ladner Pioneer May Days Fair (est. 1896!), Memorial Park: http://www.ladnermaydays.com/index.html

May 27 – 28  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/

May 27  Art Starts 11 am and 1 pm 45-min sessions: Eco-Logical Show with CréaSon (ages 5+).  Jam with the musicians on recycled instruments! 808 Richards, Vancouver: http://artstarts.com/events

May 28 Art Starts.  Same as above except at River Market in Westminster Quay, New Westminster, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster.

May 29 – 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/

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/

Ongoing Free Events:

All Parks Canada sites  offer free admission in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation eg. Fort Langley, Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  Note: pass not needed 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
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

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/

  • May 6  The Lego Movie
  • May 13  Heidi
  • May 20 Storks
  • May 27  Trolls

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/

May 12 – Oct 9  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/

May 20 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?

May 24  World Orienteering Day, Q.E. Park, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Cost TBA, about $5.  https://gvoc.whyjustrun.ca/events/view/2635

May 27 – 28 European Festival 11 am start, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby. $10 weekend pass at gate.  http://www.europeanfestival.ca/

April 2017 Free Vancouver Area Events

Don’t forget about the free admission to all Parks Canada sites in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. eg. Fort Langley and Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

Free and Inexpensive Nature Activities: http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/Pages/default.aspx

Mar 30 – Apr 23  Cherry Blossom Festival. Ticketed and free events eg. free Tree Talks and Walks from Apr 7-23. http://www.vcbf.ca/

Apr 1 International Pillow Fight Day, 3 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, 800 block Robson Street: http://pillowfightday.com/vancouver/

Apr 4, 5:30-7:30, opening of Xi xanya dzam exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art featuring work by 11 “recipients of the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art (2007 – 2016) .” Opportunity to meet some of the artists, live entertainment, & light refreshments.  RSVP required:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAzVnwsdUZqJJz_Mso4mqvOrcO2fC13ztjyBVHxFsgdexxcg/viewform?c=0&w=1

April 9 Canucks Autism Network Family Festival, Jack Poole Plaza, 10am – 2:30pm  http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1169460

Apr 13, May 18  Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop with Russell Wallace 7-9pm, 149 West Hastings. Drop-in.  https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2017-2018-Spring/SalishSingingAndDrummingSpring20171.html

Apr 14-15  Spring Lights Illumination, Q.E. Park at Cambie & 33rd Ave after sunset.  Note: date and venue subject to change. (Has already changed from Mar 31-Apr 1.)  http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/spring-lights

Apr 14 – 17  Free and paid Easter events:  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/easter-weekend-events-things-to-do-vancouver-2017

Apr 15  Easter Bunny Fest, 11 am – 4 pm, Rabbitats – 13340 Smallwood Place, Richmond. See herds of rescued rabbits in colourful Rabbitville and try your hand at crafts, games, etc.  https://www.facebook.com/events/397991553890818/

Apr 15  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 16  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 16  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.  https://www.facebook.com/phoenixperennials/

Apr 17 – 23  18th Annual Pacific International Cup Richmond Curling Club – 5540 Hollybridge Way, Richmond.  https://www.facebook.com/events/523778977831688/

Apr 19 – May 31  ExplorAsian 2017. Free and paid events. May 1, Vancouver City Hall will be illuminated in red to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in May.  https://explorasian.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/2017-program-guide-4-page-final.pdf

Apr 22-30 Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival  Dozens of free, outdoor-focused activities at various locations, some requiring pre- registration: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/

Apr 22  Surrey Vaisakhi Festival/Parade  Much larger than Vancouver’s:  http://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/festivals-and-events/vaisakhi-parades/surrey-vaisakhi-celebrations/

Apr 22 – 23 Earth Day in Metro Vancouver. Include events in Surrey and Stanley Park. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/weekend-earth-day-events-in-metro-vancouver

Apr 28 – 30 Woolith Fair  A Lower Mainland event for yarn lovers and fibre artists: http://woolithfair.ca/

Apr 29  Burnaby Family Fun Day, 11 am – 3 pm, Regional Recycling, 2961 Norland Ave, Burnaby. Free food, kids’ activities, depot tours: http://www.onestoprecycleshop.ca/regional-recycling-burnaby-earth-day-event/

Apr 29  MEC Bikefest, 11 am – 5 pm, Inter River Park, 1101 Premier St., North Vancouver.  http://events.mec.ca/event/165376/mec-bikefest-north-vancouver

Apr 29-30 Big Tree Weekend, Stanley Park  http://stanleyparkecology.ca/events/

Apr 30  Vancouver International Universities Fair 2017, 1 – 4 pm, Vancouver Convention Centre East:  http://isabc.ca/events/vancouver-international-universities-fair-2017

Apr 30  YVR Plane Spotters Picnic 3 – 9 pm South Terminal Viewing Platform. Celebrate the return of British Airways A380 with YVR’s first ever Plane Spotters Picnic with snacks, swag, and spotting! Big bleachers will be up for more space and some better sight lines. https://www.facebook.com/events/407027903010888/

Apr 30 VanDusen Plant Sale 10 am – 4 pm.  Free admission into Garden.  http://vandusengarden.org/events/vandusen-plant-sale-2/

Ongoing Free Events:

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
Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events each Sat in March:  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:

Apr 6 – 8  World Music Festival  Ticketed Events.  Apr 8, 11 am – 2 pm, all ages events by donation: http://www.worldmusicfest.ca/lineup.html

Apr 14 – 17  Cypress Easter Family Pack, $99 for 2 adults and 2 children/youth. Ski/ride for the entire weekend plus receive 50% off rental equipment and 10% off at Big Bear Sports.  http://www.cypressmountain.com/tickets-downhill/easterfamilypack/

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

  • Apr 1  Looney Tunes Shorts
  • Apr 8  The Land Before Time
  • Apr 15  Hop
  • Apr 22  E.T.
  • Apr 29  Sing

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/

Special Paying Events of Interest to My Friends

Apr 10 – May 7 Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival  http://abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca/buy-tickets/

March 2017 Free Vancouver Area Events

For the month of March, with the regular purchase of an adult/youth/senior admission to VanDusen Gardens or Bloedel Conservatory, up to 2 children may receive free admission.

Don’t forget about the free admission to all Parks Canada sites in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. eg. Fort Langley and Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

Free and Inexpensive Nature Activities: http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/Pages/default.aspx

Mar 1 – May 3  Sahaja Yoga Meditation every Wednesday, 7-8pm, Rm 105, Surrey Centre City Library, 10350 University Dr: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/22352.aspx?startDate=Mar-01-2017

Mar 4-5 North Shore Art Crawl 10am – 5pm Over 70 venues from Lions Bay to Deep Cove all free! http://www.nvartscouncil.ca/nsac/

Mar 6  Drum Masterclass with Cirque Du Soleil’s Eric Boudrealt  7-8:30 pm, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, 1363 Main Street, North Van. “Bring your sticks, a note pad and learn how to improve your groove!”  https://www.facebook.com/events/170964770073565/

Mar 8  Art & Craft Social 6:30-9:30 pm, Hot Art Wet City, 2206 Main St, Vancouver. Bring a small creative project to knit, sew, collage, draw, paint, etc. while you socialize and share. Free but registration appreciated: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/art-craft-social-tickets-31886982824?aff=efbevent

Mar 9  Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, 7-10 pm, Museum of Anthropology. Opening party for new exhibition that “explores the creative ideas that inspire Indigenous resistance to threats facing the world’s largest rainforest.” Cash bar. Use coupon code NATURE at pay station after 5pm for $2 parking. https://www.facebook.com/events/1315440755161202/

Mar 11  Vans Hi-Standard 8:30 am – 4:15 pm, 1700 Mt. Seymour Road, North Van. “An international contest series inviting snowboarders to showcase pure style in a thrilling jam format.” Free registration, lift ticket, and lunch for participants.

Mar 11  EG-Fest 10am-4pm, Promenade, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. “Explore interactive exhibits and displays in celebration of National Engineering and Geoscience Month.” https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/584b21e0a26e98b205b56fe7

Mar 11 -12  Zoomer Show: Consumer & Lifestyle Expo for the 45+, Vancouver Convention Centre,  999 Canada Place. 4 stages, tribute performers, and over 100 exhibitions. If you did not save the free admission passes in the local newspaper in Feb, please order your free tickets now before they remove access to this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/zoomershow-vancouver-2017-tickets-30536410225?discount=FacebookVanc17  Otherwise, tickets are $12 at the door or $8/person (or $25 for 5 people) in advance.  http://www.zoomershow.com/vancouver/

Mar 13 – 24  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 13 – 31  Sea to Sky Gondola. “Up to 3 children (ages 12 & under) ride free per paying adult on weekdays between March 13 and 31. To qualify, mention the “Secret Spring Break Deal” at the ticket window.”  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/sea-to-sky-region/squamish/sea-to-sky-gondola/

Mar 17 – 18  Vancouver CelticFest Noon-11pm, Robson Square and Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. Performances and Street Market. Note: Free until 7 pm when there’s a $10 cover charge.   http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/

Mar 18  CelticFest 1-4pm, Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue.  Admission by donation. http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/12276.aspx

Mar 18 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/12235.aspx?startDate=Mar-01-2017

RSVP for Apr 4, 5:30-7:30, opening of Xi xanya dzam exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. “This exhibition features work by eleven recipients of the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art (2007 – 2016) and highlights how different nations celebrate excellence and accomplishment.” Opportunity to meet some of the artists, live entertainment, & light refreshments.  RSVP for free:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAzVnwsdUZqJJz_Mso4mqvOrcO2fC13ztjyBVHxFsgdexxcg/viewform?c=0&w=1

Mar 29 Good Money™ Talks Small Business Series, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave. “…combines networking and learning, and will include a complimentary breakfast and lunch, 30-minute presentations by business experts, exhibition booths from Small Business BC and Vancity and tools and resources tailored for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to start or grow their business.” Free, but registration required: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/good-moneytm-talks-taxes-and-financing-in-surrey-tickets-31893971728

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

Mar 30 – Apr 23  Cherry Blossom Festival. Ticketed and free events eg. free Tree Talks and Walks from Apr 7-23. http://www.vcbf.ca/

Mar 30, Apr 13, May 18  Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop with Russell Wallace 7-9pm, 149 West Hastings. Drop-in.  https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2017-2018-Spring/SalishSingingAndDrummingSpring20171.html

Mar 31 – Apr 1  Spring Lights Illumination, Q.E. Park at Cambie & 33rd Ave after sunset.  Note: date and venue subject to change. http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/spring-lights

Ongoing Free Events:

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
Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events each Sat in March:  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

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Mar 13-19, Buy any Blizzard® Treat and get the second for just 99¢ at participating Dairy Queens. My friend, Peter, tells me that the 2888 Main St Dairy Queen is definitely participating.

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

  • Mar 4 Nine Lives
  • Mar 11 Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Mar 18 Wizard of Oz
  • Mar 25 Space Jam

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/

Vancouver Area February 2017 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

Free 2017 Discovery Pass for Canada’s National Parks to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.  This includes Fort Langley and Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/admission.aspx

Feb 4  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. Can also watch Young Shakespeareans from Bard on the Beach, etc.  https://www.facebook.com/events/113838492453872/

Feb 11 Family Day at Art Starts, 808 Richard St, Vancouver. The Magic of Making Cloth free workshop with Rebecca Graham, ongoing 10 am – 1 pm:  http://artstarts.com/events

Feb 13  Family Day  Check out some of the free events around Greater Vancouver and beyond:  http://bcrpa.bc.ca/familyday/events.  See below for special discounts during Family Day under Special Paying Events.

Feb 16 – 26  Talking Stick Festival  Explore aboriginal culture through the arts. Free and ticketed events:   http://fullcircle.ca/talking-stick/events/
Feb 19 – 22 Winterruption, Granville Island.  Art is the heart of this festival.  Free and ticketed events: http://granvilleisland.com/winterruption

Ongoing Free Events:

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/

  • Stand by Me – Feb 4
  • Oddball – Feb 11
  • MVP: Most Valuable Primate – Feb 18
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Feb 25

Special Paying Events

to Feb 5  Dine Out Vancouver Almost 300 restaurants offering special multi-course meals for $20, $30, and $40 per person. http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/

to Feb 14  Hot Chocolate Festival  http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/

Feb 10 – 13  Family Days at Cypress: check out deals and events including fireworks:  http://www.cypressmountain.com/familyday/

Feb 11 – 12   24 Hours of Winter Celebration at Grouse:  https://www.grousemountain.com/events/24-hours-of-winter-2017#.WI1u1mQrIcg

Feb 11 – 13  Family Days at Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish 50% off day tickets:  https://www.seatoskygondola.com/familydays

Feb 11 – 13 Family Day Weekend at Mt. Seymour.  Children 12 and under, max two per paying adult, can enjoy a complimentary lift ticket after 2:30pm:  http://www.mountseymour.com/events  

Feb 11 – 19  Vancouver International Wine Festival    http://vanwinefest.ca/ 

Feb 13 Family Day 

Feb 16 – 25 Northwest Comedy Festival: http://www.jflnorthwest.com/

Feb 16 – Mar 13 Chutzpah! Festival  “Dance, theatre, comedy, and music highlight this year’s festival with performances and workshops by international, Canadian, and local artists.”  http://chutzpahfestival.com/