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

15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in June 2013

Vancouver International Busker Festival. Photo credit: Vancouver Busker Fest

Vancouver International Busker Festival. Photo credit: Vancouver Busker Fest

June in Vancouver is one of the best months for festivals, many of which are free.

Italian Day (June 9) on Commercial Drive is a free Venetian-style street party honouring Vancouver’s Little Italy. Fanfare includes grape stomping, pizza tossing, bocce and a vespa show. Over in Kitsilano, Greek Day (June 23; also free) means shouting “opa!” while dancing with strangers on a belly full of spanakopita.

Each Vancouver neighbourhood, from Main Street to the West End, celebrates community by shutting down a stretch of road for a (free) block party on Car Free Day June 16.

Vancouver turns out in droves for TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival starting June 21. With 150 free soul, jazz, roots and R&B concerts, it’s easy to have fun without splurging on tickets. Still, the international talent performing at the ticketed Jazz Fest shows may prove too tempting to turn down.

Finally, the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival (June 21-23) and Vancouver International Busker Festival (June 29-July 1) are two of the most striking and unique (free) spectator opportunities of the year. Cheer on the competitors as they race their vibrant dragon boats through False Creek in North America’s largest dragon boat festival. And prepare to be amazed by circus-freaks and dare devils at Busker Fest 2013–150 wild, free street performances on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver.

Find the full June list after the jump. Continue reading:
15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in June 2013

For the Love of Chinatown – Don’t Miss the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Grand Opening June 1!

Vancover Chinatown Night Market. Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Instagram

Vancover Chinatown Night Market. Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Instagram

Something good is brewing in Chinatown. Can you feel it? Chinatown’s young creatives have teamed up with the Vancouver Chinatown Merchant’s Association to breathe new life into the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market. We don’t have to wait much longer to experience the revamp. The official Chinatown Night Market Grand Opening takes place this Saturday, June 1 from 6-11pm, on Keefer Street between Columbia and Main.

For those who grew up attending the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, set in Canada’s largest Chinatown, many of usual food and trinket vendors are returning. The new vendors joining them are adding a mish-mash of eclectic and handmade wares including vintage clothing, stationary, crafts, artisan ice cream and soap.

Foodwise, come hungry. There’s a Vancouver food truck pod every Saturday including Roaming Dragon, Vij’s Railway, Le Tigre, Tacofino, and Mogu. You can expect fried rice balls, Indian street food, dim sum 2.0, fish tacos and pork miso katsu sliders, respectively. Other food vendors of note include Winner Winner Chicken on Rice, who sell exactly what it sounds like they sell (plus special sauce), and The Pie Shoppe with seasonal sweet pastries.

To me, the most game-changing element to the revitalized Chinatown Night Market is the summer event schedule. You can read more about the full schedule of cultural events ranging from outdoor movies to storytelling in my post on the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market soft launch.

On June 1, the big event is the Chinatown Ping Pong Club. There will be tournaments, demonstrations and free play for all levels of experience. Continue reading:
For the Love of Chinatown – Don’t Miss the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Grand Opening June 1!

15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

May in Vancouver is full of decadent food and drink events, fine entertainment, and multicultural festivals. From the annual BC Spot Prawn Festival to sudsy Vancouver Craft Beer Week, titillating Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the launch of the revitalized Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, we’ve got your must-attend May events below.

Don’t forget, all this sunshine cues the launch of annual Vancouver outdoor summer traditions, including opening day for the outdoor swimming pools at Kitsilano and Second Beach, as well as the start of the Vancouver Farmers Markets. And now for the list:

15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

1) Lounge on one of Vancouver’s best new patios
The sun is in town for a little while. Help launch patio season 2013 by hanging out at the  the best new patios including The Fish Shack on Granville, the roof at Black + Blue, Cactus Club in Coal Harbour, and Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village–the roof is for wine buffs, ground level is for craft beer lovers. Both have a sea view.

2) Try out lululemon’s new, free Om Finder app for iOS
Think of it as a PA who will find the best yoga and fitness classes for your schedule/needs. You can also use it to invite friends. Continue reading:
15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

Vancouver’s Chinatown Night Market gets a makeover

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When Ken Tsui decided to take on the revamping of the Chinatown Night Market, he was clear in his vision: It had to be its own thing. While he enjoyed spending time at other night markets, like the gigantic one in Richmond, he was confident and determined to create something unique to Vancouver. Set to re-launch in May, the Vancouver Night Market will be an event that not only celebrates the richness of Chinatown and traditional Chinese-style markets, but will also incorporate distinctly Vancouver culture that can’t be found anywhere else. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Chinatown Night Market gets a makeover

5 Summer Events Still Going in September

Richmond Night Market runs until October 8, 2012. Photo credit: Richmond Night Market

Labour Day has come and gone but the sun is still shining and some of the best Vancouver summer events and activities are still taking place.

If you haven’t had a chance to explore the tale of the two night markets in Richmond, check out the giant Douglas fir zipper at VanDusen Botanical Garden or watch Shakespeare on the beach, there’s still time.

5 Summer Events Still Going in September

1) Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, until Sept. 9
Of all the summer markets, the Chinatown Night Market has the most intimate, neighbourhood feel, set in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. From Dana’s coverage: “The colourful awnings of the Chinatown Night Market lead visitors from the bustling commercial districts of Chinatown to some of its most beloved landmarks, Continue reading:
5 Summer Events Still Going in September

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.

Get the scoop on the newest Portobello West designers after the jump. Continue reading:
New Designers on Show at Portobello West Fashion + Art Market, May 26 – 27