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.

3) Rock the legendary Vancouver Jimi Hendrix Shrine, June-September
The Jimi Hendirx Shrine, one of Vancouver’s most fascinating urban curiosities, is now open for summer. Why does the American musician have a Vancouver place of worship? Jimi’s grandmother Nora Hendrix lived in Vancouver’s often overlooked African-American neighbourhood, Hogan’s Alley, in East Vancouver. During his boyhood, Jimi spent many summers in Hogan’s Alley with Nora, who worked as the cook at the former Vie’s Chicken and Steakhouse where the shrine is located. The shrine doesn’t have museum-level of history inside, but the effort to commemorate Hendrix and the neighbourhood history makes it worth the visit. It’s admission by donation.

4) Water fight at Granville Island Water Park, June-September
The Water Park at Granville Island is the largest free attraction of its kind in North America, offering wet fun for kids of all ages. Put on your bathing suit, grab a towel and slather on the sunscreen. Features include a rolling expanse of painted pavement with water pipes, fire hydrants, jet sprays, slides and special area for toddlers. Check the schedule to plan your visit. It changes from weekend hours to daily hours in late June.

5) Take an evening stroll through historic Chinatown at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, weekends through September
Date night sorted! Chinatown’s young creatives have teamed up with the Vancouver Chinatown Merchant’s Association to breathe new life into the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, which is set in Canada’s largest Chinatown. Find the old school food and trinket vendors alongside a mish-mash of eclectic stalls selling and handmade wares, vintage clothing, stationary, home accessories and kids’ books. Come hungry. There’s a Vancouver food truck pod every Saturday including Roaming Dragon, Vij’s Railway, Le Tigre, Tacofino, and Mogu. Find the full schedule of cultural events ranging from outdoor movies to storytelling in my post on the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market soft launch. The market takes place every Friday through Sunday from 6pm to 11pm through September 8, rain or shine. It’s located on Keefer Street between Main & Columbia.

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