5 Free Things To Do In Vancouver Now

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Did you blow your entertainment budget on a Mother’s Day gift? A new spring wardrobe? A pre-booked summer getaway? No worries. I’m sure someone deserved it. Toward the end of May, the weather starts behaving (sun, sun, sun) and the jam-packed Vancouver summer event schedule begins. The result? A multitude of free events and activities for local adventurers.

So what are you waiting for? From stunning hikes, to summer night markets and admission-by-donation gallery days, get out and experience Vancouver’s best cheap fun. Continue reading:
5 Free Things To Do In Vancouver Now

Signs of Summer: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Launches Friday, May 17

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The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market revamp is one of the most anticipated events on the 2013 Vancouver calendar. As you’ve probably heard from the buzz around town, Vancouver creative Ken Tsui and Bao Bei owner Tannis Ling have teamed up with the Vancouver Chinatown Merchant’s Association to revitalize the beloved 18-year-old market that takes place every summer, attracting 100,000 visitors to Keefer Street between Main and Columbia.

The grand opening is scheduled for June 1; the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market soft opening takes place this Friday, May 17. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wait any longer to check out the new program.

What’s different about Vancouver Chinatown Night Market 2013? The organisers have worked hard to curate something distinctly Vancouver. While there’s no denying the super-size appeal of Vancouver’s younger summer night markets (Richmond Night Market and the International Summer Night Market) Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is going for a more original community flavour.  Expect a heady mix of old-meets-new including elements from traditional Chinatown markets, along with fresh vendors, an outside-of-the-box entertainment schedule, food trucks and more.

On the shopping front, Chinese artisan trinkets and assorted cheap knick knacks will appear along side stalls purveying vintage goods, records, artsy books/mags and other eclectic offerings. On the entertainment front, there’s Chinatown-themed storytelling via Rain City Chronicles, Mahjong Socials, Street Fighter II showdowns, ping pong, hip hop karaoke, Chinese opera, outdoor movies and a Night Vision Chinatown photography show. On the food front, the market will feature a regular food cart pod with Roaming Dragon, Vij’s Railway, Le Tigre, Tacofino, and Mogu. Beo Bei is organizing a Dumpling Cook Off.

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Signs of Summer: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Launches Friday, May 17

New Designers on Show at Portobello West Fashion + Art Market, May 26 – 27

New Portobello West designer Marian + Hazel. Photo credit: Marian + Hazel

It’s market season in Vancouver. Dana covered the recent Chinatown Night Market opening and the battle between the two Richmond Night Markets. I’ve blogged about the slew of Vancouver farmer’s markets openings in late May and early June.

Now it’s time for Portobello West Fashion + Art Market May 26 – 27,  featuring fresh, local talent in a variety of design forms from jewellery to art.

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New Designers on Show at Portobello West Fashion + Art Market, May 26 – 27

Prizes, Discounts & More at Summer Night Market’s ‘Finale Weekend’

Photo: Summer Night Market in Richmond / Lions Communications Inc

Everyone in the Lower Mainland knows what an amazing attraction the Summer Night Market in Richmond (SNM) is; that’s why this Asian-style night bazaar attracts thousands nightly and is one of Vancouver’s most beloved summer traditions. But it may come as a surprise that the whole world is catching on to SNM’s greatness: the BBC recently rated it one of the Top 10 Night Markets in the World!

Whether you’ve been to the Summer Night Market a dozen times this summer or haven’t been at all (yet), this upcoming weekend is a must-visit. September 16 – 18 is the 2011 ‘Season Finale,’ and each night is packed with special events (along with the usual 300+ vendors), including discounts, prize giveaways and live performances.

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Prizes, Discounts & More at Summer Night Market’s ‘Finale Weekend’

5 Vancouver Summer Events Still Going in September

Butterfinger Deep Fried Cheesecake at the Summer Night Market in Richmond. Photo: Summer Night Market in Richmond / Lions Communications Inc.

Just as our summer weather is continuing past Labour Day (thankfully), so are a handful of Vancouver’s best summer events and activities. If you haven’t been to Bard on the Beach or the Summer Night Market in Richmond yet, you still have time to catch these summer favourites before they end for another year.

5 Vancouver Summer Events Still Going in September

1. Bard on the Beach
One of the Vancouver’s most famous summer traditions, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival—which stages its plays against the gorgeous backdrop of English Bay–continues through September 24, 2011.

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5 Vancouver Summer Events Still Going in September