Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of dance, music, fashion, and community celebrations this weekend.  How many can you fit in 3 days?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday to Sunday!

Friday | Saturday | Sunday


Indian Summer Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Indian Summer Festival

Indian Summer Festival; July 3-12 @ various locations in downtown Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
The Indian Summer Festival features top performers, authors, practitioners, chefs, and musicians across creative disciplines, including music, dance, literature, film, theatre, visual arts, cuisine, yoga and wellness.  With South Asian flair, Canadian counterparts are paired with international talent to create good friction.  The result is ten days of inspiring dialogue, riveting performances, and a whole lot of fun!  Tickets available for sale through Tickets Tonight.  Full event schedule on the website.

 


 

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Friday July 4th

 

40th ScotDance Canada Highland Dance Championship Series; 9:30AM @ Richmond Olympic Oval (6111 River Rd), Richmond
$10; other pricing in effect
Over 800 competitors from around the globe are competing in the world’s largest highland dancing competition this weekend. Male and female dancers from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States will be at this world class event that comes to B.C. only once every six years.  See the schedule for more; on through July 6.

CBC Musical Nooners - The Boom Booms | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The Boom Booms – Photo Credit – CBC Music

CBC Musical Nooners: The Boom Booms; 12:00PM-1:00PM @ CBC Plaza (700 Hamilton St), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
Free
The sounds of summer are back for the fifth year!  Don’t miss these free, live music concerts every weekday at noon. Grab your lunch, your friends, and your co-workers! Today’s feature: The Boom Booms are a musical force, an East Van brotherhood, a Canadian indie soul band that lays down a energizing, organic groove that rattles around in your bones while beaming feel good messages into your head.

Indian Summer Festival: Indian Summer In The Park; 6:00PM @ Victory Square Park (Cambie St at W Hastings St), Gastown, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
What better way to get your summer weekend groove on than an evening of food, dance, film and friends in the park?  Grab a bite from one of several friendly food trucks, have a hearty chuckle with Laughing Yoga expert Nish Thaver, and limber up with Hip Hop Yoga teacher Chris Duggan.  Settle down on a blanket or chair (bring your own!), or on the grass and watch the award-winning film Bend it Like Beckham. More info at the link!

Live In Lynn Valley Village | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Summer Concerts in Edgemont Village; 7:00PM-9:00PM @ Edgemont Village (Edgemont Blvd between Ridgewood Dr and W Queens Rd), North Vancouver
Live In Lynn Valley Village; 7:00PM-9:00PM @ Lynn Valley Village (1277 Lynn Valley Rd), North Vancouver
Free admission
North Vancouver’s outdoor family friendly summer concert series is back!  Bands are selected to bring vibrant, diverse and fun music to each Friday evening, through August 22.  There’s always something for every musical taste; see the websites for the full schedule.

25th Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; times vary @ Vanier Park, Vancouver
$33-47, other pricing in effect; multi-show passes available
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June 11 through September 20. This year features A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Cymbeline, and Bill Cain’s Equivocation!

UBC Skatepark | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Picnic In The Park: Skate Jam UBC; 4:00PM-8:00PM @ UBC Skatepark (Thunderbird Blvd at Health Sciences Mall), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Free
An evening of skateboarding for all ages and skill levels! Food, refreshments, games, prizes, mystery guests… Don’t miss the freestyle demos by world renowned champion Kevin Harris.

Shipyards Night Market; 5:00PM-10:00PM @ Shipyards Plaza (15 Wallace Mews), North Vancouver
Free admission
The North Vancouver Night Market is in a class of its own with over 15 food trucks, live music, around 100 vendors, and a beer garden with locally brewed beer on tap. On every Friday Night through September 26, featuring local products, showcasing BC’s artisans, bakers and farmers.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Gulf of Georgia Cannery – Photo Credit – Vikki Leung

Music at the Cannery: Charlotte Diamond; 6:30PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Richmond
By donation
The Cannery’s summer music series continues every Friday night until August 29, rain or shine.  Shows start at 6:30, but please arrive early to ensure a seat.  Tonight’s feature: An internationally recognized and award-winning recording artist, composer and musician, Richmond’s own Charlotte Diamond presents a family concert with her son Matt.

Surrey Night Market Opening Weekend; 6:00PM-11:00PM @ Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds (17726 62 Ave), Surrey
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
An open air summer market for local residents to sell and enjoy a variety of foods, services, and goods.  A multicultural family friendly event for all!  Don’t miss the live entertainment nightly on the main stage.  On every Friday and Saturday night through August 3o.

Dancing On The Edge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Dancing On The Edge (facebook)

26th Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
By donation and ticketed events; festival passes available
Featuring over 30 different choreographies from more than 70 dance artists over 10 jam-packed days of dance.  Don’t miss these exhilarating and inspiring dance performances at Canada’s longest running contemporary dance festival!  On through July 12.  Full event schedule on the website.

Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM; times vary @ The Big White Top, Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Blvd), Vancouver
$50+, other pricing in effect; VIP packages available
A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. On select days through July 6; use Tickets Tonight‘s promo code TT10 online for a discount!

Take Off Fridays | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – YVR Blog

Take Off Fridays at YVR; 9:00AM-3:00PM @ Vancouver International Airport (3211 Grant McConachie Way), Richmond
Free admission
Featuring live entertainment by local musicians, caricaturists, ballonists, face painting, and photo ops with the much loved YVR mascots.  Take the Canada Line directly to the terminals, or enjoy special parking rates of $5 (for four hours).

International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
If you like late night snacks, this night market is for you. Featuring a great selection of awesomeness to choose from, including takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls), dragon’s beard candy, deep fried Mars bars, and more. This year, the market has also added some new feature attractions, including a water walker and Richmond’s only mini-golf course. Open every Friday-Sunday through September 14.

Richmond Night Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Rd, next to River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Richmond’s biggest night market is back with this year’s theme: Candyland (and the giant rubber duck). Featuring over 125 vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs. On through every Friday-Sunday and holiday Monday nights through October 13. We recommend taking public transportation (Canada Line to Bridgeport Station) instead of driving!

Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Art Deco Walking Tour; 10:00AM-12:00PM, meet @ Christ Church Cathedral’s patio (690 Burrard St at W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$15; pre-registration required
The Art Deco style exploded worldwide after the First World War, as a lively and joyful counter to the previous years of constraint and conflict.  Come enjoy some of the fine examples of this impressive style in the downtown core, ending with a lobby tour of our pièce de résistance, the Marine Building.

Uwi Twins Fashion Label | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Uwi Twins Fashion Label (facebook)

U.T.F.L. Uwi Twins Fashion Label Pop Up Launch; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ 730 Richards St, downtown Vancouver
Meet the Uwi Twins, designers Reuben and Lévi Uwi, at their exclusive Pop Up Shop on July 4-6.  Shop the limited edition Spring/Summer 2014 collection, with pieces especially designed for the event.

 

 

 


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Saturday July 5th

 

Jericho Sailing Centre 40th Anniversary; 11:00AM-5:30PM @ Jericho Sailing Centre (1300 Discovery St), Jericho Beach, Vancouver
Free admission
Live music, balloons, clowns, a BBQ, cake and wake: the Jericho Sailing Centre is celebrating 40 years as Vancouver’s ocean community centre and everyone is invited to this family friendly, face painting, ice cream eating, wave lapping, ocean festival! More info at the link.

Doburoku Making Workshop | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Mogu Mogu Gouté

Doburoku Making Workshop; 7:00PM-8:30PM @ District Main (4453 Main St), Vancouver
$40; pre-registration required
Learn to make traditional farmer’s style saké/rice ale, “doburoku,” in this demonstration-lecture workshop.  Participants will be introduced to the craft of preparing sake from rice, and be able to take the starter kit home in a jar to watch and tend as it ferments.  More info at the link.

Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM; times vary @ The Big White Top, Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Blvd), Vancouver
$50+, other pricing in effect; VIP packages available
A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. On select days through July 6; use Tickets Tonight‘s special promo code TT10 for an exclusive discount!

ScotDance Canada | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Opening Ceremonies 2013 – Photo Credit – ScotDance Canada (facebook)

40th ScotDance Canada Highland Dance Championship Series; 8:30AM @ Richmond Olympic Oval (6111 River Rd), Richmond
$10; other pricing in effect
Over 800 competitors from around the globe are competing in the world’s largest highland dancing competition this weekend. Male and female dancers from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States will be at this world class event that comes to B.C. only once every six years.  See the schedule for more; on through July 6.

6th Annual Carnaval Del Sol, 11:00AM-8:00PM @ Granville St at Robson St, downtown Vancouver
Immerse in Latino culture with a Latin American plaza, where the community comes together to share their talents through live performance, art, culture, food, sport, and colour.  On through July 6.  Check the website for the full event schedule!

Stanley Park Young Naturalists - Quack Snacks | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Wood ducks at Stanley Park – Photo Credit – John Schwarz – birdspix.com

Stanley Park Young Naturalists: Quack Snacks, 10:00AM-12:00PM @ Stanley Park Nature House (foot of Alberni St), downtown Vancouver
$25 family membership; pre-registration required
Should ducks and geese in Stanley Park be eating bread and other “people” snacks?  Nope! Come observe these birds feeding around Lost Lagoon and learn what they naturally eat to keep healthy.  Kim Hunter, a local artist, will lead a fun art workshop on the topic.  For accompanied children ages 5-14.

13th Annual Sunrise Summer Kickoff, 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Sunrise Square (2500 block Franklin St), Vancouver
Free admission
This amazing community event features all day street hockey for kids K-Gr. 9, live performances, face-painting, games, pony rides, and more. See the website for more info.

Surrey Night Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Surrey Night Market

Surrey Night Market Opening Weekend; 6:00PM-11:00PM @ Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds (17726 62 Ave), Surrey
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
An open air summer market for local residents to sell and enjoy a variety of foods, services, and goods.  A multicultural family friendly event for all!  Don’t miss the live entertainment nightly on the main stage.  On every Friday and Saturday night through August 3o.

Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Rd, next to River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Richmond’s biggest night market is back with this year’s theme: Candyland (and the giant rubber duck). Featuring over 125 vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs. On through every Friday-Sunday and holiday Monday nights through October 13. We recommend taking public transportation (Canada Line to Bridgeport Station) instead of driving!

Dancing On The Edge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

What Belongs To You – Photo Credit – Ben Didier – Dancing On The Edge (facebook)

26th Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
By donation and ticketed events; festival passes available
Featuring over 30 different choreographies from more than 70 dance artists over 10 jam-packed days of dance.  Don’t miss these exhilarating and inspiring dance performances at Canada’s longest running contemporary dance festival!  On through July 12.  Full event schedule on the website.

25th Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; times vary @ Vanier Park, Vancouver
$33-47, other pricing in effect; multi-show passes available
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June 11 through September 20. This year features A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Cymbeline, and Bill Cain’s Equivocation!

Hawkers Market - Main Streat Food Party | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Hawkers Market

Hawkers Market: “Main Streat” Food Party, 5:00PM-11:30PM @ Maker Labs (196 Kingsway), Vancouver
$10
Don’t miss the new installment of Hawkers Market, with more music, more food, more lights, and more tech!  See the website for more details.

SummerFest 2014; 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay (123 Carrie Cates Ct), North Vancouver
Free admission
SummerFest is back! Bring the whole family for zumba, face painting, balloon designs, mehndi and henna tattoos, dance demos, interactive dance lessons, and live concerts. On through August 31. This week’s music feature: EnHarmoniq (pop covers trio).

East Van Summer Jam | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – The Boom Booms

East Van Summer Jam, 1:00PM-9:00PM @ Strathcona Park (857 Malkin Ave), Vancouver
Show $25; afterparty $20
The East Van Summer Jam is the long awaited progression of the Boom Boom Block Party.  A day of live bands, soccer and basketball tournaments, a skate demonstration, and some of the city’s finest food trucks, the East Van Summer Jam is a celebration of East Vancouver community, music, and culture.  Profits from the East Van Summer Jam will be donated to Music Tree charitable initiatives.

International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
If you like late night snacks, this night market is for you. Featuring a great selection of awesomeness to choose from, including takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls), dragon’s beard candy, deep fried Mars bars, and more. This year, the market has also added some new feature attractions, including a water walker and Richmond’s only mini-golf course. Open every Friday-Sunday through September 14.

UBC Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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UBC Farmers’ Market, 9:00AM-1:00PM @ UBC Farm (3461 Ross Drive), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market
; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ East Blvd (between W 37th & 41st Ave), Vancouver
West End Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-2:00PM @ 1100 block Comox St, across from Nelson Park, West End, downtown Vancouver
Burnaby Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-2:00PM @ North Parking Lot at Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Parkway), Burnaby
River District Farmers’ Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ 8683 Kerr St, Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay (123 Carrie Cates Court), North Vancouver
Trout Lake Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-2:00PM @ John Hendry Park (13th Ave between Lakewood & Templeton), Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s fresh summer produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets every Saturday through October for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

 

 


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Sunday July 6th

 

Midsummer Fete | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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5th Midsummer Fete, 1:00PM-5:00PM @ Colony Farm Regional Park (Colony Farm Rd), Port Coquitlam
Free admission
A modern-day interpretation of a village summer fête. Motivated by the unique perspective of the artist in nature, the event was crafted to be celebratory, informative and inspirational.  Guests will enjoy story telling, music, ephemeral art installations, roving characters, a giant labyrinth, and a wildly colourful tea party.  Come wearing your finest tea time attire and be prepared to have fun!

Fragmented Forests, 1:30PM-3:30PM @ Stanley Park Nature House (north foot of Alberni St), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
Stanley Park is an island on the edge of a city, surrounded by ocean, and isolated from other forests.  Learn about the challenges faced by fragmented forests like this one, their management, and what you can do to help.

Richmond Olympic Oval | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – ScotDance Canada (facebook)

40th ScotDance Canada Highland Dance Championship Series; 8:30AM @ Richmond Olympic Oval (6111 River Rd), Richmond
$10; other pricing in effect
Over 800 competitors from around the globe are competing in the world’s largest highland dancing competition this weekend. Male and female dancers from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States will be at this world class event that comes to B.C. only once every six years.  See the schedule for more.

Food Cart Fest; 12:00PM-5:00PM @ 215 W 1st Ave (between Cambie St Bridge & Olympic Village), False Creek, Vancouver
Free admission with a non-perishable food donation to Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
A gathering of over 20 of the city’s most delicious food carts! Food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, ping pong, urban gardening, and more. Check the link for details.

Dancing On The Edge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Inner City Sirens Park II – Photo Credit – Joseph Michael Photography – Dancing On The Edge (facebook)

26th Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
By donation and ticketed events; festival passes available
Featuring over 30 different choreographies from more than 70 dance artists over 10 jam-packed days of dance.  Don’t miss these exhilarating and inspiring dance performances at Canada’s longest running contemporary dance festival!  On through July 12.  Full event schedule on the website.

Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM; times vary @ The Big White Top, Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Blvd), Vancouver
$50+, other pricing in effect; VIP packages available
A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. On select days through July 6; use Tickets Tonight‘s promo code TT10 online for a discount!

Carnaval Del Sol | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Carnaval Del Sol (facebook)

6th Annual Carnaval Del Sol, 11:00AM-8:00PM @ Granville St at Robson St, downtown Vancouver
Immerse in Latino culture with a Latin American plaza, where the community comes together to share their talents through live performance, art, culture, food, sport, and colour.  On through July 6.  Check the website for the full event schedule!

25th Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival; times vary @ Vanier Park, Vancouver
$33-47, other pricing in effect; multi-show passes available
Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June 11 through September 20. This year features A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Cymbeline, and Bill Cain’s Equivocation!

Brockton Point's Secrets | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

First Nations and dug-out canoes at Brockton Point, 1897 – Photo Credit – City of Vancouver Archives CVA 371-2213

Brockton Point’s Secrets Historical Walking Tour; 1:00PM-2:30PM, meet at @ Totem Poles, Brockton Point, Stanley Park
$10 cash, drop in only
This popular tour features hidden histories and forgotten stories about this famous point, its monuments, memorials, landmarks and tales about the people who lived there and visited its shores.  A few of the highlights include: Pioneer Cemetery, families of Fisherman’s Cove, the Chehalis disaster, Deadman’s Island’s Pest House, 9 o’clock gun, totem tales, the bicycle craze of the 1890′s, Vancouver’s first sawmill site, the gun club’s 1908 Crow Shoot and much more.

Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ 8351 River Rd, next to River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Richmond’s biggest night market is back with this year’s theme: Candyland (and the giant rubber duck). Featuring over 125 vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs. On through every Friday-Sunday and holiday Monday nights through October 13. We recommend taking public transportation (Canada Line to Bridgeport Station) instead of driving!

International Summer Night Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – VanCityBuzz

International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
If you like late night snacks, this night market is for you. Featuring a great selection of awesomeness to choose from, including takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls), dragon’s beard candy, deep fried Mars bars, and more. This year, the market has also added some new feature attractions, including a water walker and Richmond’s only mini-golf course. Open every Friday-Sunday through September 14.

SummerFest 2014; 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay (123 Carrie Cates Ct), North Vancouver
Free admission
SummerFest is back! Bring the whole family for zumba, face painting, balloon designs, mehndi and henna tattoos, dance demos, interactive dance lessons, and live concerts. On through August 31.

Vancouver Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Farmers Market (facebook)

Ambleside Farmers Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Ambleside (1500 block Bellevue), West Vancouver
Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
Kitsilano Farmers Market; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ 2690 Larch St at W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Guelph St (between 7th & 8th Ave), Vancouver
Coquitlam Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-1:00PM @ Dogwood Pavilion (624 Poirier St at Winslow Ave), Coquitlam
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s fresh summer produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets on Sundays through October for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

 

 


More events on our events calendar here and here. Where will you be this weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!

 


 

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