This coming weekend is jam-packed full of great family-friendly activities and events! Enjoy a special Harry Potter VSO concert, celebrate French Culture at the Bastille Festival, or go for a paddle in Bedford Channel. Explore the wonderful world of the honeybee with bee beards and honey extraction demos at the Honeybee Festival, or hit the midway and watch a tractor pull at the Aldergrove Agricultural Fair.
Looking for more great family activities? Take a look at all the month-long events happening in July!
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Thursday, July 13th & Friday, July 14th, 7 pm – 9 pm, Saturday, July 15th, 2 pm – 3 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Get ready to encounter a Dementor, ride the Knight Bus, and discover just who Sirius Black really is. CineConcerts is inviting fans back to the Wizarding World for an evening of music and magic in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban In Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ unforgettable score live on the Orpheum stage.
Aldergrove Agricultural Fair
Friday, July 14th – Sunday, July 16th, Aldergrove Athletic Park, 26770 29 Avenue, Aldergrove
Head to Aldergrove for the 105th Annual Aldergrove Fair Days. This year’s theme will be “Flower Power”! Come on down to the fair! From 4H animals to a tractor pull and from midway rides to a show and shine, there is a lot to see and do! Enjoy live music, great food, and a wonderful atmosphere all weekend long.
Bastille Day Festival
Friday, July 14th, 11 am, Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, 808 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Celebrate the French National Day at Bastille Day Festival on July 14th. The French community invites Vancouverites to enjoy an afternoon of French food, culture, and entertainment. Experience a taste of France on the Canadian West Coast and discover why France is so attractive. And don’t miss the Wine & Cheese party at 4:30 pm!
Bats of Burvilla
Friday, July 14th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Deas Island Regional Park, 6090 Deas Island Rd, Delta
As dusk descends, watch and learn about bats as they head out to feast on a buffet of insects. Ages 6+. $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+. Registration required.
Bedford Channel Paddle
Saturday, July 15th, 10 am – 12 pm, Brae Island Regional Park, 9451 Glover Road, Langley
Celebrate Canada’s Parks Day with a paddle. Try your skills in a kayak or be part of a group in a 12-seat voyageur canoe. All equipment provided. Presented by Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association. Meet at 10 am in day-use parking lot by park entrance. Free and for all ages!
Saturday, July 15th – Sunday, July 16th, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm, Honeybee Centre, 7480 176 St, Surrey
The annual Honeybee Festival has become a classic, offering amazing and educational entertainment for everyone! If you love fun (and we have a feeling you do) you’d be crazy to miss the excitement! Sure, there will be face painting, concessions, and live musical entertainment like any of your other favourite community events – but, here at Honeybee Centre, we love to go that extra mile. There will be a honey extraction demo, bee beards, Zumba, and Urban Safari is also stopping by!
Family Summer Art Party
Saturday, July 15th, 11 am – 3 pm, Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Drop in and get creative with clay, chalk, collage, and more! Join us for our first ever Family Summer Art Party! There will be artmaking activities and an interactive storytelling show that all explore the theme, “Maps, Making & Me!” Everyone is welcome—children must be with an adult. Please note this event happens on a Saturday.
ArtStarts Explores: String
Saturday, July 15th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Get all tied up thinking, playing and making things with string. You’ll “knot” want to miss this workshop! ArtStarts Explores is a hands-on drop-in workshop series for creative and adventurous families held from 11 am to 12 pm every Saturday (except the last Saturday of each month, when we present ArtStarts on Saturdays events). Explore creativity with your family through hands-on investigations and discover a wide variety of materials and artistic mediums. These process-based explorations invite families to experiment together through observing, touching, drawing, moving, assembling and listening to ignite their creative learning. Ages 12 and under. Free! Donations welcome.
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