It’s time for a new month and a whole new list of awesome things to do in Metro Vancouver. June brings sunshine and summer (hooray!) plus lots of great outdoor fairs and festivals. There are fishing days, kids concerts, and a teddy bear picnic. Enjoy Shakespeare on the beach, dragon boat races, and awesome street festivals too. Take a look at our round up and start planning some memorable family fun. If you like learning about great family-friendly activities happening in Metro Vancouver, make sure you sign up to receive our weekly emails.
Festivals, Fairs, Markets & Expos
image via Car Free Day Vancouver
Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Monday, May 29th – Sunday, June 4th, Granville Island, Vancouver
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is right around the corner! This annual Festival in celebration of all things kid is something we look forward to every year. This year they are celebrating their 40th Festival, so they are pulling out all the stops to make it the best Festival yet! The Festival runs from May 29th to June 4th on Granville Island and features a ton of fabulous performers like Charlotte Diamond and Fred Penner. There are theatrical performances, puppetry, storytelling, circus acts and dance performances too — something for every kid!
Children’s Art Festival
Thursday, June 1st – Monday, June 12th, 9 am – 5 pm, Port Moody Civic Centre Galleria, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Over 300 mixed media and oil paintings created by 130 young artists. Live art demonstrations of drawing and painting on Saturday, June 6 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Coquitlam’s Grand Parade and Teddy Bear Picnic
Saturday, June 11th, Coquitlam Town Centre, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Bring your teddy bears to watch as the parade marches up to the Teddy Bear Picnic at Town Centre Park! Grande Parade – Bring your teddy bears to watch as the parade marches up to the Teddy Bear Picnic at Town Centre Park! The parade runs from 9:45 am – 11 am, picnic from 11 am – 4 pm.
Sapperton Day Street Festival
Sunday, June 11th, 10 am – 5 pm, 400 Block East Columbia Street, New Westminster
The 2017 Sapperton Day Street Festival is a non-profit community event put together by the Sapperton Business Association with some help from local businesses and its friends in the community. Come celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! There will be live street performers, musical groups, bouncy castles, clowns, games, mini donuts, pancake breakfast, rock climbing wall, marketplace vendors, and much, much, more. All proceeds raised on the day of the event will be donated to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation to raise funds for critically needed equipment, research, and innovation and to ensure the best medical standards for the future.
BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival
Saturday, June 17th, 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 your clan is invited to 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! Take the new Evergreen Line to the BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival at the end of the train. The Lafarge Lake station in Coquitlam is the last stop on the new line, but the first stop for a day of fun, entertainment and culture.
Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival
Friday, June 23rd – Sunday, June 25th, Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver
It’s time for Dragon Boat racing fun! Head to the Concord Pacific Fan Zone to watch all of the races throughout the weekend. This seated area offers a great view of the finish line and is conveniently located close to the beverage garden and food truck area. You can find the Concord Pacific Fan Zone in the North East corner of False Creek. Come and cheer on your favourite teams! The festival goes all weekend with two days of non-stop entertainment on the World Beat Stage, fabulous food, children’s activities, barbeque installations, the Interactive Circus performances, shopping, and of course, dragon boat racing of the highest caliber.
Saturday, June 24th – Sunday, June 25th, Harrison Hot Springs
Sasquatch Days has a long history in Harrison Hot Springs — dating back to 1938! This intercultural celebration includes canoe races, traditional barbecue, medicine walks, cultural boat tours, arts & craft activities, games, entertainment and most importantly talks on the Sasquatch from Sts’ailes experts and local Harrison Hot Springs Sasquatch investigators.
Environmental Extravaganza Surrey
April – June, Various Locations in Surrey
It’s the Environmental Extravaganza’s 20th birthday – come out and celebrate with us! We’ve got over 100 free programs and events happening throughout Surrey from April 22 to June 11, 2017. There’s something for everyone!
2017 Burnaby Environment Week
Saturday, May 27th – June 11th, Burnaby
Burnaby Environment Week is an annual two-week long program of environmentally-themed community activities held in late May and early June to coincide with Canadian Environment Week and United Nations World Environment Day on June 5. City staff and community partners aim to deliver activities that are family oriented, informative and encourage community participation. Enjoy tons of great family fun outdoors!
Hats off Day
Saturday, June 3rd, 9 am – 5 pm, Hastings Street, Burnaby
Hats Off Day is a day where local businesses take their “hats off” to the community. Reaching from Gamma Avenue to Boundary Road, Hastings Street will be shut down to traffic, and filled with excitement, music, street performers, kids activities, delicious food, yummy treats, and much more. With multiple activities and attractions for all ages, each block has something to experience. This is a free event. The parade begins with the Police Motorcycle Drill Team at 9 a.m. Hats Off Day Parade will begin at Beta Avenue and continue all the way to Boundary Road.
World Oceans Day
Sunday, June 11th, 11 am – 3 pm, Blackie Spit Park, South Surrey
Celebrate our World Ocean – along the Crescent Beach Promenade and at Blackie Spit you will find 6 exciting booths of free, fun nature activities for all ages. Enjoy a marine touch tank, guided beach walks, and birdy fun. Dress for the weather, bring water and a hat. Don’t forget your camera!
Splash! BC Family Fishing Weekend
June 16th – 18th, various lakes around British Columbia
In addition to encouraging youngsters to come out and fish, The BC Family Fishing Weekend events are an excellent opportunity to share the importance of fish and their fragile habitat. The goals of the Society and of the event are to increase angler participation, promote BC’s world-class freshwater and tidal (saltwater) sport fishery, plus develop greater public respect for our outdoor resources. Find an event near you at bcfamilyfishing.com.
Vancouver Car Free Days
Saturday, June 17th, 12 pm, Denman Street, Vancouver
Sunday, June 18th, 12 pm, Main Street, Vancouver
Car Free Day celebrates the vibrancy of Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods by organizing a multi-site annual arts and culture festival that reclaims traffic thoroughfares as community focused public spaces. This allows artists, local residents, performers, artisans, non-profits, and businesses to interact, engage, and re-imagine spaces normally reserved for vehicle traffic. Enjoy Car Free Days on Denman and Main Streets in June. July 9th the fun heads to Commercial Drive!
Plays & Shows
Alexandra Lainfiesta and Steven Greenfield as the Sun and Moon for Good Day and Good Night, Carousel Theatre for Young People – Photo credit: Faye Campbell
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
June 1st – September 23rd, Vanier Park, Vancouver
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s 28th season runs from June 1 to September 23, 2017, in modern theatre tents in Vancouver’s waterfront Vanier Park. The stylish romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, directed by John Murphy (Measure For Measure, 2013), opens the season on the BMO Mainstage. It plays in repertory with a classic staging of The Winter’s Tale, a moving and magical drama directed by Dean Paul Gibson (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2014). On the Howard Family Stage, the thought-provoking classic, The Merchant of Venice, (director, Nigel Shawn Williams), alternates with a light-hearted romantic drama, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (director, Scott Bellis). Tickets and information: bardonthebeach.org
Good Day and Good Night
June 6th – 18th, Bee Stage at Carousel Theatre for Young People, 1411 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
The beloved Bee Stage returns with a brand new play for little ones under three. A gentle, interactive show for the very young, Good Day and Good Night introduces infants, toddlers, and their caregivers to storytelling and live music in an intimate drama experience that allows them to enjoy theatre on their own terms. Good Day and Good Night is recommended for newborn to age 3.
VSO Tiny Tots: Let’s Have a Playdate
Friday, June 9th, 10 am & 11:30 am, Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Saturday, June 10th, 10 am & 11:30 am, The Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
The 4-concert VSO Tiny Tots series features professional musicians and music educators Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda in their own musical presentations for the little ones, from toddlers to age five. For the 2016/17 season, the Friday concerts are in Vancouver at the Playhouse Theatre, and the Saturday concerts are in New Westminster at the Anvil Centre.
Don’t forget to check out our list of 50 low-cost and free activities to do with you family this spring and our list of must-do summer activities for Metro Vancouver families.
We hope this big giant list has inspired you and your family to get out and enjoy everything Metro Vancouver has to offer in June! For more great family fun make sure to join our mailing list to receive weekly Metro Vancouver events right in your inbox.
By: Michelle Hughes