There are only a couple weekends left before the kids are back in school! Soak up the remainder of the summer with a weekend full of awesome family-friendly activities. Learn about wooden boats, dragon boats, and salmon. There’s a Polynesian festival, pony rides in the park, and lots of arts and crafts activities. Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Port Coquitlam, or head to head to Campbell Valley Park in Langley for a lesson on species at risk. There are markets, summer festivals, and tons of other awesome events too, so get out of the house and have a great time with your family!
Looking for more great family-friendly fun? Check out the events happening all month long.
Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival
Thursday, August 24th – Sunday, August 27th, Public Market Dock, 1689 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Immerse yourself in Vancouver’s rich marine history as the Wooden Boat Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary. Come down to Granville Island for the boat building challenge, children’s festival and the famous Spruce Cup Race.
Steveston Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, August 26th, 8 am – 5 pm, Steveston Village, Richmond
The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival is one of the fastest growing Dragon Boat festivals in Canada and North America. Every year they welcome near to 100 teams from western Canada and the United States, during one day of live entertainment on the World Beat Stage, kid’s arts and crafts, great vendors, mouth watering food, and of course, exciting dragon boat races. The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival promises to be a great day of fun, entertainment, and paddling. The event begins at 8 am with dragon boat racing beginning and then food, activities and vendor booths open at 9 am. By 11 am great entertainment on the main stage begins to celebrate a sizzling summer.
Saturday, August 26th, 10 am – 2 pm, Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge, Cost: Free
It’s time for the 3rd annual Polynesian Festival!! It is a free public event – come visit the tropical market, take a free hula lesson and performances, and do some crafts!
Ponies in the Park
Saturday, August 26th, 11 am – 4 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, Cost: $10 / ride
Kids aged 4 – 12 can ride through the woods on ponies at the Richmond Nature Park. Cost is $10/ride, cash only.
ArtStarts presents “Fuzzy Bees and the Food Forest” with Renée Sala
Saturday, August 26th, 11 am & 1 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Sunday, August 27th, 11 am & 1 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, Cost: Free
Artist Renée Sala from Crafty School of Art in Victoria uncovers the history and magic of wool. Your kiddos will be using colourful unspun wool, lots of soap and water, and their own energy to create cute and cuddly, fuzzy bees! Groups of 8 kids at a time will be lead through the process, and the audience gets to learn, too. Ages 5 and up. ArtStarts is a monthly series for families, featuring free, fun, 45-minute creative arts workshops with some of the best children’s artists. Sessions at 11am & 1pm. Free! Donations welcome.
Canada 150 in Port Coquitlam
Saturday, August 26th, 12 pm – 4 pm, Lions Park, 2 pm – 9 pm, Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Port Coquitlam celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday on Aug. 26 with Canada 150: Celebrate Our Journey – a free arts, music and nature festival headlined by Vancouver international recording and touring sensations Delhi 2 Dublin.
Species at Risk
Saturday, August 26th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley, Cost: Free
Species at Risk is a fun and illuminating mobile museum housed in an inventively re-made trailer. The interactive exhibition consists of many species of flora and fauna. Learn which species are at risk and what the difference between red and blue species are; which species are unique to British Columbia; why it’s important to care; and what can you do to help.Presented by Metro Vancouver with the Royal BC Museum. FREE. Drop by anytime. Meet at the Campbell Valley Nature House, located at 20285 8th Ave, Langley, via South Valley park entrance.
Home is Where the Habitat Is
Saturday, August 26th, 2 pm – 4 pm, Stanley Park Nature House, Vancouver
Stanley Park is an island of forest on the edge of a city, surrounded by ocean, and isolated from other woods. Learn how Stanley Park provides habitat for many different animals amid these boundaries. From nest cavities in a trunk to burrows underground, thousands of animals call this unique park their home.
Seymour Hatchery Open House
Sunday, August 27th, 10 am – 3 pm, Seymour Hatchery, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver
Come celebrate the Seymour Salmonid Society’s 30th anniversary with hatchery tours, live music, food trucks, games, and giveaways. Find out what’s been going on at the hatchery and learn about the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and watersheds from Metro Vancouver’s Watershed Education Team. Seymour Hatchery FREE transport from Rice Lake Gate at 4900 Lillooet Road.
Pink Salmon Festival
Sunday, August 27th, 12 pm – 4 pm, Vanier Park, 1000 Chestnut St, Vancouver
With returns of about 9 million pink salmon forecasted to flood the Fraser River in August, the Pacific Salmon Foundation is asking the public to ‘think pink’ when it comes to making seafood choices. The Foundation’s fifth biennial festival will feature pink salmon samplings by donation prepared by renowned sustainable food advocate Robert Clark (The Fish Counter, Ocean Wise), Garret Schack (Chateau Victoria) and Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk Canada’s leading southern barbeque proponent. Scheduled for Sunday, August 27 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at Vanier/ Hadden Park in Vancouver, the festival will also feature interactive storytelling, educational displays, and other family-friendly activities. All proceeds will support wild salmon projects in B.C.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes