Whether the kids are out of school or you are looking for an excuse to get out of the house on summer weekends, there are plenty of fabulous places to visit in Metro Vancouver to keep you entertained. From heading outdoors to staying cool inside, here are six fun things to do in Greater Vancouver this summer.
Abbotsford International Airshow
This year, the Abbotsford International Airshow is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and they are pulling out all the stops to make this the best year yet! Happening on August 5, 6, and 7, there are events scheduled for folks of all ages, so prepare to get up close and personal with planes and the pilots who fly them during this three-day event.
Can’t wait until August? In that case, there is the added benefit of having S.T.E.A.M. activities on the website so that children can learn over summer break without even realizing it! Incorporate education into your school holidays, from learning about stealth aircraft to instructions on building a straw rocket.
Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Although this event has an online component, the real festivities are in person from May 31 – June 5 for the International Children’s Festival. Even though the kids may still be in school, this event will get them through those last few days until summer break. It’s also filled with multiple performances — such as puppetry, dance, and music — and also hosts evening shows and special pyjama nights so the kiddos can relax and have a fun PJ party. One of the purposes of the festival is to expose children to different art forms so that they can gain an appreciation while having a great time.
Powell Street Festival
Expose yourself to the wonders of another culture during the Powell Street Festival, one of the more unique things to do in Metro Vancouver this summer. July 30 – 31 is a community arts event that celebrates the culture and art of Japanese Canadians. Eat authentic cuisine, enjoy music, and peruse artisan handicrafts that celebrate the fusion between Japan and Canada in the historic neighbourhood of Paueru Gai. In addition, the Powell Street Festival Society holds cultural events and initiatives year-round.
Bard in the Valley
Love Shakespeare? Then head to this Greater Vancouver festival that celebrates the playwright and his works. Bard in the Valley brings the writings of Shakespeare to life at various venues, such as a dairy and winery, during July and August. You can also choose to have a picnic dinner delivered to you so that you can sit outside and eat as you take in a show. Not only does Bard in the Valley offer summer events, but check their website for their future offerings in winter, too.
If you love your pet and enjoy taking them on the go, then save the date of August 28 for Pet-a-Palooza! This event is free (and pet-friendly, of course) and offers a fun variety of activities centered around dogs. Do yoga with puppies, enter your dog — corgi, bulldog, or dachshund — into a breed-specific race, and peruse various vendors that service canines. It’s a fun day for everyone involved and a great excuse to take your pup with you for a day of festivities.
When you need to get outside and disconnect from your devices while reconnecting with your family, head to Camp Latona for one of their family camp sessions. Of course, this is one of the fun things to do outside of Metro Vancouver, but sometimes folks just need to unplug and get away from it all. Various dates are available during July and August, so get ready for great eats, enjoy the water, and experience summer camp again.