Vancouver Area February 2018 Free Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Ongoing Free Events:

Vancouver Art Gallery  Sundays, children 12 and under free.

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

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

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

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

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vancouver Area January 2018 Free Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Free Events:

Vancouver Art Gallery  Sundays, children 12 and under free.

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

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

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

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

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Paying Events:

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

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

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

 

December 2017 Metro Vancouver Free Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Free Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other: 

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

Inexpensive Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

November 2017 Vancouver Area Free Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Free Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other: 

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

Inexpensive Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Metro Vancouver October Free Events, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Free Events:

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

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

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

Farmer’s Markets

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

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

Other: 

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

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

Inexpensive Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 2017 Vancouver Area Free Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Free Events:

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

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

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

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

Farmer’s Markets

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

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

Other: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/