Your Guide to Vancouver’s Best Summer Events

  • Celebrate 150 years of Canadian culture with a summer full of activities throughout the Lower Mainland. Fun for the whole family, put the cell phones and social media away for an afternoon and play tourist in your own town. From Vancouver’s East Side to Point Grey and everywhere in between, as your real estate experts it’s our duty to let you know what this great city has to offer. Enjoy! Here is our list of the Vancouver’s Best Summer Events!

    Live Theatre For the Whole Family at Bard on the Beach

    Our favourite summer theatre festival is back! Bard on the Beach has a whole new season, featuring Shakespearean classics Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale, and Shylock. This year’s twist: a 50’s style Much Ado, and a modern Merchant. Set against the horizon in Vanier Park under open-air tents, Bard on the Beach is always a breathtaking experience.

    Theatre Under the Stars is another Vancouver-must. Smack-dab in the middle of Stanley Park, pack a blanket and be prepared to enjoy beautiful live theatre. Take the kids to see Mary Poppins, or catch musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone.

    Shop at Your Local Market

    Find your market on this all-inclusive site to shop — and eat! — local now through October. Eatlocal.org is your comprehensive guide to finding your closest neighbourhood Farmer’s Market, what vendors will be there, and which produce is freshest that week. Got a green thumb? There’s even info on how you can get involved! From Kitsilano to Mount Pleasant, come out and get to know your community vendors and eat fresh from farm to table.

    Tourist in Your Own Town: Discover Vancouver’s Secrets

    We particularly like the Secrets of Stanley Park tour, that explores the history of Vancouver’s legendary park. From totem poles to murders; you’ll never look at Stanley Park the same way again. From prohibition to a Gastown ghost tour, check out Forbidden Vancouver for other tours that explore our town.

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    Support the Vancouver Canadians while enjoying an afternoon out with the family; complete with tasty stadium treats, people watching, and of course, baseball! Check out the Canadians’ schedule here to get tickets.

    Honda Celebration of Light

    Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom show off their pride with an explosion of fireworks set to music in the inner harbour at BC’s largest live event. Make an afternoon of it too: food trucks will be set up in English Bay on fireworks’ days and local bands will perform. Check out the dates and details at hondacelebrationoflight.com. This is definitely one of Vancouver’s best summer events! 

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