Summer Live in Stanley Park: 3 Days of Free Music + Fun, July 8-10

Daniel Wesley

What a summer for free music in Vancouver!  Free performances as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival; free Canada Day concerts across the city and – coming up July 8-10 – a free weekend of music and festivities in Stanley Park.

Summer Live, a special celebration at Brockton Point in Stanley Park in honour of Vancouver’s 125th birthday, will feature more than 180 performances and activities over three days.

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Summer Live in Stanley Park: 3 Days of Free Music + Fun, July 8-10

Celebrate Vancouver 125 in Stanley Park with Summer Live

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Full event schedule now available.

The full schedule of events was released today for Summer Live in Stanley Park — a free, three-day festival hosted by the City of Vancouver on July 8, 9 and 10, 2011 to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary.

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Celebrate Vancouver 125 in Stanley Park with Summer Live

Spend 2 Nights in Vancouver and Family Fun is Free! $125 gift card giveaway

Photo Credit: Remy Scalza

In 1886, the tiny coastal city of Vancouver, home to fewer than 5,000 hardy settlers, was incorporated.  Fast-forward exactly 125 years and Vancouver is now a bustling cosmopolitan centre, with more than two million inhabitants, a world-class dining scene and one of the most stunning natural settings of any city in the world.

To celebrate the city’s 125th birthday, an innovative promotion is underway.  Visitors booking two-night stays at participating hotels between now and September 30 will automatically receive a $125 gift card.

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Spend 2 Nights in Vancouver and Family Fun is Free! $125 gift card giveaway

Circus West: A Stanley Park Circus Adventure May 12 – 15, 2011

CircusWest, the non-profit circus arts centre that is most famous in Vancouver for its youth training and performance program CirKids, is celebrating Vancouver’s own Stanley Park this weekend, in honour of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary.

Journey to Lost Lagoon: A Stanley Park Circus Adventure is a “magical and mystical circus tour through Stanley Park over the last 125 years.”  The show tells the story of the journey of Lord Stanley and his companions as they travel from major Park landmarks along the Seawall and “interact with animals and super natural forces along the way.”

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Circus West: A Stanley Park Circus Adventure May 12 – 15, 2011

Free Money: Tourism Vancouver’s $125 Giveaway

Anyone who showed up at Vancouver’s 125th birthday bash earlier this week was treated to free cake, free music and lots of great free performances.  On the heels of that party, the city is rolling out another birthday-themed initiative.  And this one promises the best gift of all:  free money.

Here’s how it works.  Anyone booking a two-night stay at one of 28 participating Vancouver hotels gets a free $125 gift card.  That’s it.  No strings attached.  The gift cards are redeemable at the Tourism Vancouver visitor centre, located  downtown at 200 Burrard Street.  A list of hotels is available at TourismVancouver.com/125.

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Free Money: Tourism Vancouver’s $125 Giveaway