5 Free, Fun Things To Do in Vancouver In June 2013

5 free fun things to do in Vancouver

Photo credit: Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Fest

Happy first day of summer, folks. Looking for free summer activities in Vancouver? Browse our list of the top 5 free things to do in Vancouver in June below. From street festivals, to outdoor sporting events and romantic date nights, we’ve got your fun covered.

5 Free Fun Things To Do in Vancouver In June 2013

1) Shout “opa” and dance at Greek Day on Broadway, June 23
Don’t miss this free Vancouver summer festival produced by Vancouver’s longstanding Greek immigrant community in Kitsilano. Every year the party draws over 100,000 Vancouverites to West Broadway between MacDonald and Blenheim. Expect tasty Greek food, wine and olive oil tasting, cooking demos, folk dancing, live music, art, a kids’ zone with craft stations and an Athenian Agora with handicrafts for sale. Don’t worry, you’ll burn off the honeyed loukoumades by dancing in a circle.

2) Cheer on the competitors at Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21-June 23
From Remy’s round-up of free Vancouver summer festivals: Even though this fest is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, it’s still a bit of a hidden gem.  For two days, the shores of False Creek around Science World are packed with spectators taking in North America’s largest dragon boat race.  While paddlers in brightly painted boats churn up the water, landlubbers enjoy free live music and soak up the sun in the beer garden. Continue reading:
5 Free, Fun Things To Do in Vancouver In June 2013

10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in July

Caribbean Days. Photo credit: Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC

They say there’s no such thing as free lunch, but there are plenty of enticing, free Vancouver summer events to add to your July bucket list.

From free outdoor movies to free live music festivals and the highly anticipated Celebration of Light fireworks show, there’s something exciting going down every weekend that doesn’t require ticket coordination or plastic.   Continue reading:
10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in July

Free Vancouver Water Parks for Kids: Granville Island & Stanley Park

Granville Island Water Park. Photo: Dana Lynch

As usual, summer weather is taking a while to heat up in Vancouver. But even if the weather isn’t super hot, beautiful sunny days are warm enough for most kids to have fun running, splashing, sliding, and getting soaking wet at Vancouver’s two free water parks for kids.

Open in the summer season only (June 1 – September 3), Vancouver’s free kids’ water parks are both located in hotspots that are full of other kid- and family-fun activities, making it easy to enjoy a day full of outdoor play.

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Free Vancouver Water Parks for Kids: Granville Island & Stanley Park

Too Hot? 5 Ways to Cool Down Fast

Cooling off at English Bay Beach

Feeling the heat? Love it or hate it (Are there really people who hate it?), Vancouver’s hot summer weather has finally arrived. So what to do when it gets too hot to handle?

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Too Hot? 5 Ways to Cool Down Fast

Granville Island Water Park – Free Summer Fun for Kids

Granville Island Water Park. Photo by Dana Lynch

Remember when you were a kid and you cooled off on hot summer days by running through the sprinkler in the front yard? Now imagine the biggest, most awesome sprinkler and a yard complete with slides and pipes and brightly-coloured fountains—that’s the Granville Island Water Park.

The largest free water park in North America, the Granville Island Water Park is just one of Vancouver’s free water/spray parks (there’s another in Stanley Park by Second Beach Pool), but it’s by far the best.

Not only is it huge, its equipped with a water slide, gushing geysers, and water pipes. Plus, it’s on Granville Island, which means a few hours at the water park can easily expand into an entire day of free and cheap fun: Families can explore the Granville Island Public Market and the jam-packed Kids Market, take a boat ride on the Aquabus, or walk/bike east along the seawall (Island Park Walk) for fabulous views of the downtown core.

The complete Granville Island Water Park is open June 29 – September 6, 2010; the Spray Park & yellow slide are open weekdays June 21 – August 25, 2010.

Love Vancouver’s free water parks? Have more ideas for free summer activities for kids? Please tell us in the comments!