August Free Events

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 events not listed here.  Thanks!

Aug 2  BCAA Member Day  Show your members card to get one free ice cream sandwich at any Marble Slab Creamery all day.

Aug 4  Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, 7-9pm, Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place.  Free live symphony performance: Star Wars, Pirates, and the classics!  http://pci-group.com/vmo-performance/

Aug 5 – 7  KitsFest, Kitsilano Beach, billed as Vancouver’s largest sports and healthy living beach festival: kitsfest.com

Aug 6 Korean Festival, 10am-8pm, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby:  http://koreanfestival.ca/

Aug 6, 13, 20, and 27 (Saturdays)  Free animated outdoor movies, Holland Park, Surrey.  5pm Family activities, movie at dusk.  http://downtownsurreybia.com/about/committees/events/movies-under-the-stars/movies-under-the-stars-2016/

Aug 6  Vancouver’s largest water fight, Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, 1 pm.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1686819174899675/

Aug 6 – 7  Richmond Maritime Festival, Britannia Shipyards, Richmond.  Sat: 11am-8pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.  http://richmondmaritimefestival.ca/

Aug 12, 19, 26  Serate in Piazza, Italian Cultural Centre, 7-10pm.  Note, the music and dancing are in an outside area with tables, chairs, and refreshments for purchase.  Average age is 65?  Music and singing are very good though.  You may want to combine this with the Italian Il Mercato Market on Aug. 19.   http://italianculturalcentre.ca/

Aug 13 YVR Chill Out, 11 am – 3 pm, Flight Path Park, Russ Baker Way, Richmond.  Live performances, food, family activities, free giveaways, chance to win $500 travel vouchers, and a draw to win 2 roundtrip tickets to anywhere YVR flies. Free parking and bus shuttle at BCIT Aerospace Campus if their small parking lot is full. This park is great for plane watching + has miniature runways, hence its name!  http://www.yvr.ca/en/about-yvr/community/community-chill-out

Aug 13 Bike to Shop Day 11am-3pm, various places in Vancouver and Park Royal, North Van   https://bikehub.ca/biketoshop

Aug 13  Jericho Beach Cleanup and SUP Challenge BBQ, 11am-1pm, 1300 Discovery St., Jericho Beach Pier.  Free, but please pre-register, bring work gloves, and wear close-toed shoes to event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jericho-beach-cleanup-sup-challenge-bbq-tickets-20747764121

Aug 13 – 14 North Vancouver Car-Free Days:  http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/northvan/

Aug 13 – 14 Vancouver Chinatown Festival, noon-6pm:  http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com/events/2016/ctf_main.php

Aug 14  Pinoy (Filipino) Fiesta, Memorial South Park, 41st Avenue & Ross St, Vancouver: http://www.pinoyfiestavancouver.com/

Aug 14  Pakistan Festival 12-8pm, Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver:    http://www.pakistanfestival.com/

Aug 14 and 21  Dancing in the Street, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, Vancouver.  Free swing dance lessons from 1-2:30pm with Swing Rhythm Productions.  Swinging social dance from 2:30-4:00pm.  Live music by local artists:  http://www.vanswingsociety.ca/

Aug 14, Aug 28, Sep 11  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Aug 19  Il Mercato Italian Market, 4-8pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver:  http://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-night-market/

Aug 20   Steveston Dragon Boat Festival, 8am – 4pm:  http://stevestondragonboatfestival.ca/

Aug 20  Vancouver Mural Festival 12-6pm.  Street festival on Main St from 7th to 12th Avenue plus alleys.  35+ murals will be unveiled in Mt. Pleasant area and surroundings.  http://mountpleasantbia.com/mp-hosts-the-vmf/

Aug 20 – 21   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 21  Quilt Walk & Car Show, Ladner Village  10am-4pm  2nd largest car show in BC along with over 150 quilts, live music, pin-up girls pageant, etc.  http://www.quiltwalkcarshow.com/

Aug 23 and 30, Tues, Free admission to PNE (Pacific National Exhibition), 11 am – 1 pm, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver.  Re-entrance hand stamps will only be given after 1 pm.  2nd largest fair in Canada with lots of free shows with admission.  Closed Aug 22 and 29.  For other ways to save during PNE period till Sep 5:  http://www.pne.ca/thefair/ways-to-save.html

Aug 24  Free Outdoor Movie: “The Goonies”, Mundell Park, Wesbrook Village, UBC, 8:45pm.  8:00pm handing out free popcorn while they last!  http://discoverwesbrook.com/posts/outdoor-movie-at-wesbrook-the-goonies–2#.V7QcGj4rLwd

to Sep 10  Free Tours of the Orpheum, a designated National Heritage Site.  90-min guided tours of this historic concert hall starts at 11am.  Unfortunately, as of Aug 25, spots are only available for Sep 6 and Sep 8.  Reserve at 604-665-3047.  Note: link has error stating tours end Sep 30. http://www.bcentertainmenthalloffame.com/agency.php?view=news&nid=7912

Aug 25 – 28  Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival, Granville Island.  http://www.vancouverwoodenboat.com/

Aug 27  India Live Festival, 700 Granville Street, 12-8  pm.  Live performances, community rangoli, yoga, bhangra workshops, sari and turban tying, roti making, cricket, etc.!  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/india-live-street-festival-2016-vancouver-granville-street

Aug 27-Sep 4  Americas Masters Game , Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place.  Celebration site with free entertainment: 12-10pm daily.  Opening ceremonies Aug 27, 6-9:30pm.  All sport events are free for spectators and take place across the Lower Mainland.  http://celebration-site.americasmastersgames2016.com/?_ga=1.23784575.438366132.1472344687

Aug 28   Pet-A-Palooza, 11am-4pm, 1100 Mainland Street, Yaletown, Vancouver.  Westcoast’s largest pet festival.  http://www.petapaloozawest.com/vancouver-where-when/#van

Aug 30 – Sep 5  Façade Festival 2016, Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson side), 8pm-midnight.  Burrard Arts Foundation, Microsoft, and the VAG present 5 contemporary BC artists’ 3-D projection mapping.  http://www.burrardarts.org/facade-festival-2016/

Ongoing Events:

Musical Instrument Lending Library (New this summer)  Not really an event, but if you have a Vancouver Public Library card, you can go to Level 2 of the central branch and take out musical instruments eg. banjos, guitars, violins, digital keyboards, bongos, djembes, xylophones, etc.  http://www.vpl.ca/programs/details/borrow_a_musical_instrument

to Aug 15, Mondays: Scottish Dancing in Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by Second Beach, 7-9pm (cancelled at 5pm if wet).  Beginners welcome!  Look for bleachers and red fire engine.  To see which Scottish dancing club will be leading/teaching:  http://www.rscdsvancouver.org/dancing-in-vancouver/dancing-in-the-park/

to Aug 16, Tuesdays: Vancouver International Folk Dancers, Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by Second Beach. Request dancing 7-7:30pm, teaching 7:30-9:30pm for all ages, all skill levels: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/vifd/

to Aug 19, Mon – Fri, CBC Musical Nooners, CBC Broadcast Centre, 700 Hamilton St between Georgia and Robson.  Free concert series from 12-1pm.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/events/musical-nooners-are-back-for-a-7th-year-1.3620227

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 Aug 23, Tuesdays, Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park,  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/free-outdoor-movies-vancouver-2016-stanley-park

to Aug 26, Fridays, YVR Takeoff Fridays 9 am-3 pm  Entertainment, music, food specials, caricaturist, Paper Airplane Folding Zone to win prizes, etc. If driving, pick up a voucher from any Customer Information Counter to receive 5 hours of parking for $5. 11 am: in front of The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe for free one-hour art and architecture walking tour.  11- 11:30 am, Emergency Response Airside Demonstration at Public Observation Area. For rest of schedule: http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/promotions/yvr-take-off-fridays

to Aug 27, Saturdays, 4-7pm free concerts at Cates Park, Deep Cove  http://www.musart.ca/index.php/cates-park

to Aug 28  Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square.  Free lessons at 3pm followed by free performances at 5pm:  http://www.sundayafternoonsalsa.com/

to Aug 31  Wednesday Drive-In Movies at Lansdowne Mall, Sunset, Jul-Aug Schedule:  http://lansdowne-centre.com/dinner-drive-movie-series/

to Sep 2  Fridays, Dancing at Robson Square 7:30 – 11:30 pm, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver.  Free dancing, lessons, and performances:  http://www.dancesportbc.com/about/robsonsquare/

to Sep  Capilano and Coquitlam Watershed Tours, Thurs to Sun:  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/watershed-tours/Pages/default.aspx

to Sep 5 Burnaby Village Museum, free:  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html

Free Daily Yoga, 10-11:15 am & 6-7:15 pm, until fall at Dude Chilling Park, 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver: https://www.facebook.com/dudechillingyoga/timeline

Free BC Campsites:   http://www.bcmag.ca/50_Free_Campsites_in_British_Columbia?

10 free campsites on northern part of Vancouver Island:  http://www.bcmag.ca/10_Campsites_on_Vancouver_Island_that_wont_Break_the_Bank

Kids Bowl Free:   http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/canada.php

Vancouver Farmers Markets: http://eatlocal.org/markets/

Metro Vancouver Farmers Markets: http://vancouver.foundlocally.com/Shopping/Sh-FarmersMarkets.htm

Night Markets: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/04/metro-vancouver-night-markets-2016/?utm_source=Vancity+Buzz+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d9c6109f28-VCB_042816&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_117f3ac428-d9c6109f28-93567637

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

to Oct  Vancouver Walking Tours.  Free, but please consider giving tip or gratuity.  http://www.tourguys.ca/#!free-tours/c1gaz

  • Downtown & Waterfront  Mon & Fri, 11 am, ~90min
  • Granville St & Gastown   Wed & Sat, 11 am, ~100 min
  • Chinatown   Thurs & Sun, 11 am, ~2hrs
  • Granville Island  to Sep 30,  Daily, 1pm & 3pm, ~60 min

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

to Oct 15 Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walking Tours Fri/Sat 10 am $15  For more info or to register: 604-264-9642  www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org

Aug 21 Garlic Festival, 10am-3pm, Terra Nova Rural Park, Richmond. Live music, cooking demos, farmers and garlic market, and kids zone. Admission by donation.   http://metrovangarlicfest.ca/schedule/

Aug 28   Raptor Festival, 11am-4pm, Terra Nova Rural Park, Richmond.  Falconry displays at 11:30am, 1:30 and 3:30pm. By donation.  http://www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/events.htm

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July Free Events, 2016, Vancouver

Note:  Just added Free Drive-In Wed Movies, Lansdowne, to Ongoing Events.  Also added CBC Musical Nooners to Ongoing Events.

Remember to check back often for additions!  I’ve moved events that extend into the next month (eg. Burnaby Village Museum, Watershed Tours) to Ongoing Events, which follows this list.  Don’t forget to read Inexpensive Events section at the end.

Jun 30 – Jul 2  Ships to Shore Steveston, noon – 6 pm, tour ships docked at Britannia Shipyards and Imperial Landing:  http://shipstoshore.squarespace.com/home

Jul 1  Canada Day at Canada Place, Vancouver.  10 am – 6 pm Waterfront Party includes live music and entertainment on three stages, kids’ activities, street hockey, a circus show, special memories of Expo ’86, etc.  7 pm Parade begins at Georgia and Broughton.  10:30 pm Fireworks at Burrard Inlet: barges in Dundarave and Coal Harbour so fireworks not visible from English Bay and Spanish Banks.  View from northwest side of downtown, West Vancouver (seawall between Ambleside and Dundarave), & North Vancouver (Lower Lonsdale).  http://www.canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day/

Jul 1  Canada Day in Surrey, 10 am – 10:30 pm, Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176 Street and 64 Avenue.  Billed as western Canada’s biggest Canada Day celebration.  Fireworks at 10:15 pm.  http://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/

Jul 1  Canada Day at Granville Island, Vancouver, 8 am – midnight.  Parade, live jazz, performers, South Asian cultural fair, etc.

Jul 1  Steveston Salmon Festival, 6:30 am – 5 pm.  6:30 am Pancake breakfast;  8:30 am Citizenship Ceremony; 10 am Parade with over 100 entries; Japanese Cultural Show, Craft Fair, Car Show, Trade Show, Horticultural Show, Art Show, Children’s and Youth Festivals, Martial Arts Demo, Food Fair, and $15 per plate of wild salmon fillets!  (Price subject to change.)  http://stevestonsalmonfest.ca/

Jul 1  Free Canada Day admission to Maritime Museum, 10 am – 5 pm, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver.  Family-friendly crafts/activities, stories of the Arctic with Inuit storyteller and children’s author Michael Kusugak:  http://vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/event/canada-day-vmm

Jul 4, Monday, Free Drive-In Movie, Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Grounds, 6050 176 St, Surrey.  Free but reservation recommended: http://www.miss604.com/2016/06/free-drive-in-movie-night-in-surrey-for-the-fountain-tire-open-road-cinema-tour.html

Jul 7 – 16  Indian Summer Festival  Paid and free events:  http://indiansummerfest.ca/Events/

Jul 7 – 17  Greek Summer Festival  http://vancouvergreeksummerfest.com/

Jul 9  Khatsahlano Street Party 11am-9pm, West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, between MacDonald and Burrard.  Vancouver’s largest free Arts & Music Festival: http://www.khatsahlano.com/

Jul 9  Unbeatable Golden Beet Tasting 9:30-12:00, then tour of UBC Farm.  Free, but donations welcome.  Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/unbeatable-golden-beet-tasting-tickets-25941621087

Jul 9  Community Day with Dragon Zone Paddling Club, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver.  Free coaching and paddling on kayak, dragon boats and standup paddle boarding. Reservations recommended by calling 604-616-7453 or email info@creeksidekayak.ca http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/paddling-dragon-zone-club-community-day

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

Jul 9 – 10  Thai Festival, 10:30am-8pm, Vancouver Art Gallery (North Plaza): http://www.thaiconsulatevancouver.ca/event/thai-festival/

Jul 10 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 10 and 17, Aug 14 and 21  Dancing in the Street, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, Vancouver.  Free swing dance lessons from 1-2:30pm with Swing Rhythm Productions.  Swinging social dance from 2:30-4:00pm.  Live music by local artists:  http://www.vanswingsociety.ca/

Jul 10, Jul 24, Aug 14, Aug 28, Sep 11  Ladner Village Market, 10am -4 pm, 160 artisans and live music:  http://ladnervillagemarket.com/

Jul 11   7-11’s Birthday!  11am-7pm, free small Slurpee to the first 1500 customers:  http://www.slurpee.ca/fifty-summers-of-slurpee/

Jul 13  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 14  Bastille Day Festival, 11am-8pm, Roundhouse, Vancouver.  For schedule, click on Edition 2016 for Program.  8pm-midnight party requires paid ticket.   http://www.bastilledayfestival.ca/

Jul 15  Outdoor Movie, L’Arbitro, at Q.E. Theatre Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver.  Free presentation by Italian Cultural Centre and Civic Theatres of Vancouver. 7:00pm: entertainment, music, and food trucks.  Movie begins at sunset.  http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2016/07/08/outdoor-movie-larbitro/?platform=hootsuite

Jul 15 & Aug 19  Il Mercato Italian Market, 4-8pm, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver:  http://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-night-market/

Jul 16  Canada’s Parks Day  For events in the Lower Mainland:  http://www.metrovancouver.org/parksday

Jul 16  Art Mart 9:30am – 4:30pm, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza.  Artists and artisans sell their works of art while demonstrating how to make them:  https://www.facebook.com/events/230014317351300/

Jul 16  Marpole Summerfest, 11 am – 3 pm, Granville Street between 63rd & 71st Avenues:  http://www.marpoleonline.com/summerfest/entertainment.php

Jul 16 – Aug 27  Saturdays, Cates Park Concert Series, Deep Cove, 4 pm:  http://www.musart.ca/index.php/cates-park

Jul 17  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 23  Fiji Festival, 10 am – 7 pm, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby: https://www.evensi.ca/fiji-festival-2015-sat-july-232016-swangard-stadium/175300026

Jul 23, 27, and 30  Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival 10 pm, English Bay.  Jul 23: Netherlands; Jul 27: Australia; Jul 30: USA (Disney!).  http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Jul 23 -24  Coquitlam Kaleidoscope Festival, Town Centre Park. Sat: 12-10pm; Sun: 10am-8pm.  Celebrating 125 years of culture and arts: create, explore, dance, eat:  http://www.coquitlam125.ca/kaleidoscope

Jul 23 – 24 Caribbean Days, Waterfront Park, North Van, next to Lonsdale Quay: http://www.caribbeandays.ca/

Jul 23 – 24  Surrey Fusion Festival, Holland Park, 11am – 10pm.  Winner of an international award for Best Festival:  http://www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival/53.aspx

Jul 29 -31 Whiterock Sea Festival  http://www.whiterockseafestival.com/

Jul 29 – Aug 1  Steamroller Big Print Project, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Plaza, 578 Carrall St., VancouvGiant Woodprintinger.  A team of  12 Chinese Canadian and First Nations artists will demonstrate the art of large‐scale woodcut printing using a steamroller as a press. “The artists will carve the blocks, and the suite of unique 4’ X 8’ woodprints on cloth and on paper will be displayed on‐site.” http://www.creativeculturalcollaborations.com/big-print-project-dr-sun-yat-sen-plaza-july-29-30-31-aug-1-2016

Jul 29 – Aug 7  Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver:  http://harmonyarts.ca/

Jul 30 Vancouver Street Dance Festival 11am-8pm, Robson Square.  Live music, D.J.s, dance battles:  http://www.vanstreetdancefest.com/

Jul 30-31  Powell Street Japanese Festival, 11:30-7, Oppenheimer Park area, Vancouver.  http://www.powellstreetfestival.com/

Jul 30 – Aug 1  Tsawwassen Sun Festival, Winskill Park, Tsawwassen:  http://www.sunfestival.ca/

Jul 31  Vancouver Pride Parade (noon) and Festival (11 am start at Sunset Beach), West End: http://www.vancouverpride.ca/

Ongoing Events:

Free Wed Drive-In Movies at Lansdowne Mall, Sunset, Jul-Aug Schedule:  http://lansdowne-centre.com/dinner-drive-movie-series/

to Aug 15, Mondays: Scottish Dancing in Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by Second Beach, 7-9pm (cancelled at 5pm if wet).  Beginners welcome!  Look for bleachers and red fire engine.  To see which Scottish dancing club will be leading/teaching:  http://www.rscdsvancouver.org/dancing-in-vancouver/dancing-in-the-park/

to Aug 16, Tuesdays: Vancouver International Folk Dancers, Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadow by Second Beach. Request dancing 7-7:30pm, teaching 7:30-9:30pm for all ages, all skill levels: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/vifd/

to Aug 19, Mon – Fri, CBC Musical Nooners, CBC Broadcast Centre, 700 Hamilton St between Georgia and Robson.  Free concert series from 12-1pm.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/events/musical-nooners-are-back-for-a-7th-year-1.3620227

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 Aug 23, Tuesdays, Free Outdoor Movies in Stanley Park,  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/free-outdoor-movies-vancouver-2016-stanley-park

to Aug 26, Fridays, YVR Takeoff Fridays 9 am-3 pm  Entertainment, music, food specials, caricaturist, Paper Airplane Folding Zone to win prizes, etc. If driving, pick up a voucher from any Customer Information Counter to receive 5 hours of parking for $5.  11 am, in front of The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe for free one-hour art and architecture walking tour. For rest of schedule: http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/promotions/yvr-take-off-fridays

to Aug 28  Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square.  Free lessons at 3pm followed by free performances at 5pm:  http://www.sundayafternoonsalsa.com/

to Sep 2  Fridays, Dancing at Robson Square 7:30 – 11:30 pm, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver.  Free dancing, lessons, and performances:  http://www.dancesportbc.com/about/robsonsquare/

to Sep  Capilano and Coquitlam Watershed Tours, Thurs to Sun:  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/watershed-tours/Pages/default.aspx

to Sep 5 Burnaby Village Museum, free:  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html

Free Daily Yoga, 10-11:15 am & 6-7:15 pm, until fall at Dude Chilling Park, 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver: https://www.facebook.com/dudechillingyoga/timeline

Free BC Campsites:   http://www.bcmag.ca/50_Free_Campsites_in_British_Columbia?

10 free campsites on northern part of Vancouver Island:  http://www.bcmag.ca/10_Campsites_on_Vancouver_Island_that_wont_Break_the_Bank

Kids Bowl Free:   http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/canada.php

Vancouver Farmers Markets: http://eatlocal.org/markets/

Metro Vancouver Farmers Markets: http://vancouver.foundlocally.com/Shopping/Sh-FarmersMarkets.htm

Night Markets: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/04/metro-vancouver-night-markets-2016/?utm_source=Vancity+Buzz+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d9c6109f28-VCB_042816&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_117f3ac428-d9c6109f28-93567637

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

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

to Oct 15 Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walking Tours Fri/Sat 10 am $15  For more info or to register: 604-264-9642  www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org

to  Jul 5  Tuesdays, Yoga with Caleigh Ferguson at Stanley Park (lawn outside Annex Building), 5:30-6:30pm.  Suggested donation of $5:  http://stanleypark.org/event/yoga-stanley-park-0

Jul 8 – 29 Music at the Cannery.  Suggested $5 donation:  http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.org/events/music-at-the-cannery

Jul 15 – 17  Aldergrove Fair Days, Aldergrove Athletic Park and the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre – 26770 29 Avenue, Langley.  Admission by donation.  Theme: Garden Party. Annual fair for over 100 years!  Performers: Chilliwack, Van Halen Tribute, and AC/DC Tribute:  http://aldergrovefair.ca/

to July 31, Tim Horton has a special, but a coupon is required:  http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/promos/bbq-steak-coupon.php
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March, 2016, Free Events

Disclaimer: Since I often maintain this blog in the wee hours of the morning, I may make some errors eg. tell you that CelticFest is on Mar 12 and 13 and then talk about what’s happening Mar 14 and 15!  To verify, please click on the link. Remember, I do periodic updates with additions like Spring Break free admission to Burnaby Museum or CKWX Open House.

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

 Mar 5-6 North Shore Art Crawl 10am – 5pm 250 artists and 72 venues from Lions Bay to Deep all free! http://www.nvartscouncil.ca/nsac/

Mar 5 East Van Bazaar, 12-6pm, The Hall at 1739 Venables. http://beatroute.ca/2016/03/03/east-van-bazaar-is-your-friendly-neighbourhood-market/

 Mar 8 National Pancake Day at IHop, 7-10am 3 free buttermilk pancakes per customer.  Donations for Children’s Miracle Network appreciated. Four Greater Vancouver locations:  http://www.ihop.com/ihop-locations

Mar 11-12 Leery & Livid Ladies: 3 mini-operas from the Vancouver Academy of Music, 7:30 pm. 1270 Chestnut St, Vancouver. http://www.straight.com/listings/events/636576

 Mar 12, Sat, Discovery Saturday, Celtic Fest 1-4pm Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue. “Be entertained by captivating Celtic music and dancing, learn about Celtic history through local community groups, and get creative with Celtic crafts. Admission by donation.” http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/12276.aspx

Mar 12 CKWX 1130 Open House 11am-1pm 2440 Ash Street, Vancouver. Tour Western Canada’s largest radio newsroom: http://www.news1130.com/2016/03/07/news-1130-open-house/

Mar 12-13 CelticFest’s Celtic Village and Street Market Granville Street between Robson & Nelson.

Mar 12-13 Exotic Reptile Show 11am-4pm Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond. Admission by donation. http://www.richmond.ca/parks/about/programs/programs-events.htm

Mar 12 VanMan Choral Summit Finale, 4pm, Chan Centre, UBC. Over 300 vocal performers. Free but tickets required. Tickets available 1 hr before show. http://chorleoni.org/concerts-events/events/myvoice-chan-2/

Mar 14 – 18 Not free, but $2.99 Cineplex tickets at selected locations for Minions, Paddington, Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and Shaun the Sheephttp://cineplex.com/promos/marchbreakmovies

Mar 14 – 24 Burnaby Village Museum Free admission, 11 am – 4:30 pm  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html

Mar 14 – 24 Up to 2 kids free admission to VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory with the purchase of a regular-priced adult, senior, or youth admission: http://vandusengarden.org/events/kids-get-in-free/

Mar 19, Sat, EG-Fest 10am-4pm, Promenade, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St.  “See how the many facets of engineering and geoscience affect our everyday lives! Explore interactive exhibits and displays in celebration of National Engineering and Geoscience Month.” https://www.facebook.com/events/200801900268126/

Mar 19-20 Zoomer Show: Consumer & Lifestyle Expo for the 45+, Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building Hall B & C, 999 Canada Place. 4 stages, tribute performers, and over 100 exhibitions. If you still have the Feb 26 Vancouver Courier, there are 2 free admissions in the coupon booklet. If you register by Mar 4, Fri, on their Facebook page, you will get free tickets: https://www.facebook.com/zoomershow/ Tickets are $12 at the door or $8 advance. For schedule: http://www.zoomershow.com/vancouver/

Mar 19 Night Quest, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, 7-9:30pm. Stroll lantern-lit trails about 1 hr, learn about owls, coyotes, and more! Bring a flashlight. Meet at Park Centre, 4914 W. 16th Avenue, 400 m west of Blanca Street.

Mar 24, 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 24-Apr 10 Tree Talks/Walks around Vancouver.  Sorry, you’ve already missed 2, but there are 9 more! http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/tree-talks-walks

Mar 26 Sakura Illumination, Q.E. Park at Cambie & 33rd Ave, 7-10pm  http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/sakura-illumination

Mar 26 & 27 ArtStarts: “make your own personalized bee & pollen themed buttons and beautiful postcards, 11 am & 1 pm. http://artstarts.com/weekend

  • Mar 26 Artstarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver.
  • Mar 27 River Market, Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster.

Mar 30, Wed, Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop with Russell Wallace 7-9pm, 149 West Hastings. Drop-in. https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2016-spring/SalishDrumminAndSinging20163.html

Ongoing:

Metro Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets:  http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/10/vancouver-winter-farmers-markets/

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

Other: 

Not Free Events:

Cineplex Sat 11am  Family Favourites $2.99/ticket (Note: this has been going on for over a year, a different family movie every Sat)  http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

 

 

 

February Free Events in Vancouver

Enjoy snow?  Check out the Not Free section for deals during Family Day!
 
to Feb 28, 2016, Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Bring own skates or rentals $4. For hours:  http://www.robsonsquare.com/

Feb 6 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day  Pick up your free pack of cards: set of 16 at selected hobby stores and set of 9 at participating London Drugs and Toys R Us with any purchase. For more info: http://dealsscoop.com/upper-deck-national-hockey-card-day-cards/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FreeStuffCanadaGuideFreebiesForCanadians+%28DealsScoop+Freebies%2C+Coupons+%26+Contests%29

Feb 7 Lunar New Year’s Eve at Int’l Buddhist Temple Richmond.  Come after dark!: http://vancouversbestplaces.com/metro-vancouver/richmond/international-buddhist-temple/temple-chinese-new-year/  
 
Feb 7/8 Chinese New Year Activities at Aberdeen Centre http://www.aberdeencentre.com/en/activities.php?m=2&y=2016#event669
Feb 8 Family Day Lots of free family fun throughout the Lower Mainland.  Check out what’s happening in your municipality: http://blog.gov.bc.ca/bcfamilyday/events/
 
Feb 8  Free Admission to VanDusen Gardens 10am-4pm:  http://vandusengarden.org/events/family-day-is-free-in-the-garden/
Feb 8 Free Admission to Bloedel Conservatory 10am-5pm  https://www.facebook.com/events/580775675419108/
Feb 8 Family Day and Chinese New Year at Art Starts 808 Richards (& Robson) 10am-4:30pm  http://artstarts.com/blog/come-to-family-day-2016-at-artstarts?utm_source=ArtStarts&utm_campaign=ab449f898b-ArtStarts+Gallery+Newsletter+Feb+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4a8564c169-ab449f898b-101686945
Feb 8 Family Day at the Cannery Richmond.  Free admission for kids 16 years and under.  (Note: when the bi-weekly Cannery Farm Market is on, eg. on Feb 7, admission to the site is by donation.)  http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.org/events/family-day-at-the-cannery
Feb 11 – 14 Chinese New Year at International Village Mall http://www.internationalvillagemall.ca/pages/cny2016-home.php
Feb 12-14 Lunarfest Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.  Performances, Chinese/Japanese fortune telling, arts & crafts. Schedule: http://lunarfest.org/2016Lunarfest/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Program-Van.pdf

Feb 14 Chinese New Year Parade Year of the Monkey begins on Feb 8.  Parade and festivities 11am-2pm  http://www.cbavancouver.ca/

Feb 19 – 22 Winterruption, Granville Island.  Art is the heart of this festival.  Free and ticketed events: http://granvilleisland.com/winterruption
Feb 26 Photography Show 7:00-9:30pm, #410–1110 Hamilton Street. Brain Station showcases 5 well-known photographers’ work.  Exhibition + Q&A period: http://www.brainstation.io/event/social-art-show-2016118172657
Feb 27/28 Learn to Square Dance with Paul Silveria 45 min workshops for all ages: 
  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)

Feb 29 – Mar 6  Free small McDonald’s McCafe Latte or Cappuccino at select McDonald’s locations.  See if your local McDonald’s is participating: http://www.mcdonalds.ca/ca/en/restaurant_locator.html

Metro Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets:  http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/10/vancouver-winter-farmers-markets/ 

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Help Night, Wednesdays, 6-9pm1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Freedrop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door. Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html
Other: 
Not Free:
Jan 16 – Feb 14 Hot Chocolate Festival http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/
Feb 5 – 8 Family Festival on Cypress 50% of Skooter and child lift/trail/tubing tickets starting at 5 pm Fri and all day Sat, Sun, and Mon! Lots of fun family activities including Fri 8pm fireworks:  http://cypressmountain.com/family-weekend
 
Feb 6 – 7  24 Straight Hours of Winter Fun on Grouse https://www.grousemountain.com/events/24-hours-of-winter-2016#.VqviGhgrJsN
Feb 8 Family Day at Grouse Mountain BC residents (bring your I.D.!) will get 50% off gondola.  Check out the special activities: http://www.grousemountain.com/events/family-day-2016–2#.VqvonBgrJsN
 
Feb 8 Family Day at Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish 50% off gondola: https://www.seatoskygondola.com/events/bc-family-day-2016-near-vancouver-squamish
Feb 8 Family Day at Britannia Mines 50% off admission.  http://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca/events-app/bc-family-day
 
Feb 8 Family Day at Whistler/Blackcomb 50% off lift tickets: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/events/2016/02/family-day
Feb 11 – Mar 19 Guided Snowshoeing Tours of Mt. Seymour Watersheds Cost: $18 with own snowshoes; $25 includes snowshoes rental.  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/watershed-tours/Pages/default.aspx
Feb 18 – 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/
Feb 18 – 28 Talking Stick Festival http://fullcircle.ca/tsf-overview
Feb 18 – 27 Northwest Comedy Festival  http://www.jflnorthwest.com/tickets/
Feb 20 – 28 Vancouver Wine Festivalhttp://vanwinefest.ca/page152.htm