It’s Celebration Season in Vancouver – See What’s Going On!

Summer in Vancouver | Photo credit: Lindsay Elliott

You can feel it on your skin with the warming sun. You can smell ocean air, barbecue and tropical sunscreens. You can see it as you watch people riding their bikes, carrying dewy growlers, and walking their dogs and sun-hatted kids onto the nearest swath of grass in parks across the city. It’s Celebration Season in Vancouver, and the Canada Day festivities were only the beginning!

Check out the Tourism Vancouver events page for a list of outdoor theatre, summer festivals, art shows, Canada 150+ events, and concerts happening from now until the end of September. (Bonus – you can even enter to win a trip to the Rockies!)

Opa! Greek Day Takes Over Broadway, June 24

Greek gyro. Photo credit: Flickr user jeffrey w

Shouts of “Opa!” and dancing will fill West Broadway in Kitsilano on Greek Day, June 24. This free, family-friendly festival is a homage to the Greek community’s 100-year presence in Vancouver and Greek contributions to international civilization. I think the Greek deserve a little credit, don’t you?

With over 23 food vendors, a Greek wine tasting tent and an Olive Iliad tasting bar, it’s easy to sum up the exuberant celebration as a foodie event. But Greek Day also boasts music, art and tons of culture.

Linger by one of the live music stages. Shop in the Athenian Agora. Make a mosaic or an olive wreath in the Kids’ Zone. Take load off in the Family Picnic Area.

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Opa! Greek Day Takes Over Broadway, June 24

Car Free Day Transforms Vancouver into a Block Party, June 16-17

Photo credit: Car Free Day Vancouver

Which block party will you attend? Once a year Car Free Day festivities fill the streets in four Vancouver neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive, Main Street, West End and Kitsilano.

This year, Car Free Day parties take place both June 16 and June 17 (Father’s Day). The pedestrian/bike/skateboard/unicycle/transit-friendly events are completely volunteer run, and designed to build community whilst reducing car dependency.

With creative and family-friendly draws like roller disco, street hockey, kids’ bike rodeo, knit ins, live music, and even a pie station,  it’s not hard to see why more than 50,000 Vancouverites take to the streets.

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Car Free Day Transforms Vancouver into a Block Party, June 16-17

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in June 2012

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June escorts in the official start of summer and the packed line up of events, from concerts to street parties and festivals, reflects the city’s overwhelming urge to get out and have fun.

I’m particularly looking forward to the line-up for Italian Heritage Month, including the EuroCup Breakfast and Commercial’s Italian Day on the Drive – one of the largest community events of the year dedicated to celebrating la dolce vita with food, music, entertainment and more.

But the street parties don’t stop there. Expect mass community participation and entertainment during Car Free Days, Velopalooza bike fest and Make Music Vancouver – a remarkable, free concert where 200 musicians take to the historic Gastown and Yaletown streets.

The annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival (pictured above) puts Vancouver on the world map with its longstanding tradition of vibrant multicultural heritage and, of course, vigorous boat racing. Venus makes a rare trek across the heavens this month. Get out and watch; the next opportunity is 100 years away. Oh and Bryan Adams is bringing his old school, sexy-scratchy vocals to town.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in June 2012