School’s almost out and it’s time to start planning activities to fill your summer months, but what is there to do in Vancouver that will please both parents and kids? Festivals are a great way to enjoy family fun, and we’ve got a list of the best in the city to help you start planning.
From the city’s most celebrated wall mural displays, to Shakespeare’s classics performed on an outdoor stage, these festivals found in and around the city are definitely worth adding to your family’s bucket list this summer.
Bard on the Beach Festival
Bard Village, Vanier Park, BC
Celebrating 30 years with four productions on two stages, the Bard on the Beach Festival is a can’t-miss event for lovers of the performing arts. See The Taming of the Shrew, running now until September 21, Shakespeare in Love, running from June 12 – September 18, All’s Well That Ends Well, running from June 26 – August 11, and Coriolanus, hitting the stage from August 21 – September 15.
Whistler Children’s Festival
Fuelled by imagination, creativity, and giggles, the 36th annual Whistler Children’s Festival is the resort’s longest-running event, perfect for families with kids of all ages. Check it out from July 5 – 7.
Harrison Festival of the Arts
Harrison Hot Springs, BC
From the world stage, to local artists, there’s something for everyone at this annual 10-day festival. Find a market featuring goods from local artisans, workshops, and a must-see art exhibit, running from July 12 – 21.
Wind Festival for the Arts
Downtown Squamish, BC
Paddle, play, and soar at this free three-day art and music festival celebrating all things wind and water. From amazing workshops, to works by local artists, to live performances, to the biggest artisan market in town, this is the largest free festival happening in Squamish. Check out this free event from July 18 – 20.
107th Annual Aldergrove Fair Days
Aldergrove Athletic Park, BC
Head to Aldergrove for one of BC’s best small-town fairs, featuring world-class fun for the whole family. Musical performances include headliners Loverboy, a Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show, a chili cook-off, and much more. Admission is by donation, and the event runs from July 19 – 21.
Surrey Fusion Festival
Holland Park, Surrey, BC
This two-day festival showcases and celebrates the cultural diversity of Surrey. The event brings together cultural and community groups from around the world, along with 150+ artists and performers. Live entertainment, food pavilions, and interactive cultural activities will keep you busy throughout the weekend. The event runs from July 20 – 21, and admission is free.
Richmond Maritime Festival
Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Richmond, BC
Discover local lore, visit beautiful wooden boats, create works of art, bring your picnic blanket, and enjoy the tasty treats. Take in music, painters, potters, stilt performers, puppets, storytellers, and much more! The event runs from July 27 – 28, and admission is free.
Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
The Sunflower Festival features more than three acres of the planted giant Mammoth sunflower, that can reach heights of 12 feet and taller, plus 1.5 acres planted in a cut flower orange variety which will reach heights between five and six feet. The fields are completed with an acre of show garden, featuring 15 different varieties of different heights, colours and bloom sizes for guests to enjoy.
Vancouver Mural Festival
Various Locations, Vancouver, BC
The city’s largest annual free public art celebration brings artists and murals to the Mount Pleasant and Strathcona neighbourhoods, as well as a week of events including the Strathcona Street Party. This free event runs from August 1 – 10.
Abbotsford Exhibition Park, Abbotsford, BC
The 109th annual Abbotsford Agrifair includes the popular midway rides, the Demolition Derby, the Laughing Logger Show, 4-H shows, the Country Horse Classic, the Global FMX Motorcross Show, Cannon Top Gun Logger Competition, the pig and duck races, nightly concerts and roving entertainers. New events include a Pirate Ship Show, a Tank car-crush event, a Tractor/Truck Pull Show, Yule Kids and so much more! Check it out from August 2 – 4.
Richmond World Festival
Minoru Park, Richmond, BC
This festival features more than 90 artists on nine stages including headliners K-pop star Verbal Jint, Tokyo Police Club and Dragonette. Other highlights include Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, more than 50 food trucks in the FEASTival of Flavour, a culinary stage and Global Village, an artisan marketplace, the Bamboo Theatre, and much more. Running from August 30 – 31, this event is free to attend.