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Happy Father’s Day! It’s the weekend to celebrate dad and there’s a ton of awesome activities happening all over Metro Vancouver in honour of everyone’s favourite guy. Take dad to the Highland Games, enjoy geocaching together, eat a pancake breakfast or sing along at a Father’s Day music class. Dads get in free at the zoo and can play catch at Nat Bailey Stadium before a Canadians game. If you are looking for less dad-centric events, head to Point Grey for a Fiesta, or Langley for a Community Day Festival. There’s the Lynn Valley Fair, and National Aboriginal Celebrations in Fort Langley and in Vancouver. We’ve listed out just a few of the fantastic events happening this weekend in Metro Vancouver. For more, remember to check out our interactive events guide.

Looking for more great family activities? Take a look at all the month-long events happening in June!

BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival
Saturday, June 17th, 8 am – 8 pm, Percy Perry Stadium at Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Get ready for the swirl of the kilts and skirl of the pipes as the BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival comes to Town Centre Park. This year celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the contribution of Scots to this great nation. Don’t miss the excitement of the games, including the heavy events, highland dancers, massed bands, whiskey school and more!

Father’s Day Geocache Hunt
Saturday, June 17th, 10 am – 3:30 pm, Hawthorne Park & Bakerview Park, Surrey
Get outdoors and celebrate Father’s Day on a treasure hunt like no other! Navigate to specific GPS coordinates and find hidden caches around several Surrey parks. No experience necessary. GPS units provided.

Point Grey Fiesta
Saturday, June 17th, Trimble Park, Trimble & West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
The Point Grey Fiesta is the community’s annual start-of-summer event for families and friends. Starting with a Saturday parade on West 10th Avenue, the Saturday celebration continues in Trimble Park with stage performances, activities, and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate from Friday to Sunday. With the exception of the carnival rides and midway games, Fiesta entertainment and children’s activities are free of charge.

Father’s Day Music Class
Saturday, June 17th, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm, Bravo Music, 1028 W. 67th Avenue, Vancouver
Inviting all fathers, grandfathers & uncles to a special music class with your little ones! Father’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than to spend quality time together singing and dancing!!

Bee Open House
Saturday, June 17th, 12 pm – 1 pm, Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Visit the new BEES! Cassie from Hives for Humanity will open up the colonies, do an inspection, and answer all your questions.

Day Fly-Tying Workshop
Saturday, June 17th, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Mackin House Museum, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Calling all fathers! In conjunction with their Man’s World exhibit, Mackin House invites you for a fly-tying workshop sponsored by Sea-Run Fly & Tackle. Learn the basics of fly-tying from a knowledgeable instructor and take home new flies for your next fishing trip. Dads may sign up on their own or with a child aged 12 to adult. Entry is by donation. Visit Coquitlam Heritage Society to register (required).

Free Family Skate
Saturday, June 17th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Moody Park Arena, New Westminster
Have a skate on Thrifty Foods! All skaters will receive FREE admission and free rental equipment. So bring the family and have a great skate sponsored by our valued community partner.

Father’s Day Old Car Sunday in the Park
Sunday, June 18th, 9 am – 5 pm, Fraser River Heritage Park, 7494 Mary Street, Mission
Food trucks, vendor displays, live entertainment, beer garden. kid’s activities – this is a great family event and the perfect place to bring dad!

Father’s Day at the Zoo
Sunday, June 18th, 9 am – 7 pm, Greater Vancouver Zoo, 5048 – 264th Street, Aldergrove
Join us this Father’s Day for a fun day at the zoo! The first 150 dads to enter the zoo will get free admission & at 2:00 pm families can join in building mini airplanes to take home!

Sunday in the Park
Sunday, June 18th, 9 am – 12 pm, Boundary Bay Regional Park, Tsawwassen
Celebrate Father’s Day with a pancake breakfast, entertainment and nature displays.

Father’s Day at Burnaby Village Museum
Sunday, June 18th, 11 am – 4:30 pm, Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
A day out for dad and the rest of the family too! Explore the Village with the new Adventure Guide. $6 per guide (includes a carousel ride). Climb on board the electric tram at the Interurban Tram Barn. Enjoy a ride on the Carousel (last ride at 4:15 pm). Be sure to pick up a clue sheet at the Main Gate or Carousel Entrance for the scavenger hunt activity.

Vancouver Canadians’ Annual Father’s Day Catch
Sunday, June 18th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club invites families from across the Lower Mainland to its annual Father’s Day Catch at Nat Bailey Stadium on Sunday, June 18 from 1-3 PM. Enjoy dad’s special day outside by warming up the field for our city’s baseball heroes with a good old fashioned game of catch. Get excited about summer at the Nat by sporting the Canadians’ patriotic colours of red and white while enjoying some quality family time. Participants are encouraged to bring their own baseballs and gloves to make this event a real hit! Entrance to the event will be along the third-base side of the stadium.

If you’ve got an event you think we should know about please send us all the details! Looking for your event to be featured? Email us for more information.

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

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