19 fun and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend (July 12-14)

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It’s time for some weekend fun and there’s plenty going on!

From Fridays on Front to a FREE drone show in downtown Vancouver, here are 19 fun and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend.

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Things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend

Fridays on Front

Fridays on Front

Photo: Downtown New Westminster

About: Summer calls for outdoor street parties and one of Metro Vancouver’s biggest celebrations returns this July. Fridays on Front, a series of weekly block parties located on Front Street Mews in Downtown New Westminster, is back starting Friday, July 12th.

The street parties run every Friday from July 12 to 26, and again from August 9 to 23. The festivities take place from 5pm to 9pm each evening. Organizers are planning a bunch exciting themes like Bollywood, Retro, Pride, Latin, and Video Games night!

Address: Front Street Mews, New Westminster
Date: Fridays from July 12 to 26, and August 9 to 23
Time: 5pm to 9pm
Admission: FREE

Shipyards Night Market

About: The Shipyards Night Market takes place every Friday from May 10th to September 13th, 2024. With a fun and vibrant atmosphere, attendees will come across a beer garden, food trucks, plenty of live performances, and an artisan market.

Date: May 10 to September 13, 2024
Address: The Shipyards – 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: FREE entry

Richmond Night Market

About: Founded in 2002, the popular night market attracts over a million visitors a year with its delicious lineup of international cuisine, entertainment, and more!

Address: 8351 River Road, Richmond

Cypress Mountain Eagle Coaster

About: Departing from the top of Black Mountain, this captivating ride spans over 1700 meters and boasts an impressive vertical drop of 279 meters. Brace yourself for a gravity-fueled escapade that twists and turns, providing an adrenaline-pumping experience like no other.

Address: Cypress Mountain – 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
Date: June 8 to September 2, 2024
Time: Various time slots
Cost: Various prices

Junction Public Market

Junction Public Market

Junction Public Market

About: Junction Public Market is downtown Vancouver’s newest shopping and entertainment destination. Junction Public Market is a unique marketplace created with customized shipping containers featuring rotating pop-ups, local artisans, food vendors, a bar and a live entertainment space.

Address: Granville Square – 200 Granville Street, Vancouver
Date: Tuesdays to Sundays beginning June 28
Time: 11am to 7pm
Admission: FREE

Vancouver Aquarium’s Monster of the Abyss

About: Discover Monsters of the Abyss, an all-new interactive exhibit where today’s most famous and feared aquatic predators clash with their prehistoric ancestors! Come face-to-face with some of the “monsters” still roaming today’s oceans, rivers, and lakes in new, extraordinary live habitats, and dare to get up close during daily expert-led Animal Talks.

Date: February 9 to September 2, 2024
Address: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Cost: $39.95 – $53.95


About: BC’s most iconic amusement park is set to open up this weekend for an exciting 2024 season full of tasty bites, thrilling rides, and entertainment.

Known for its exhilarating rides, midway games, unique attractions, and delicious food options, visitors are invited to ride their new launch coaster, ThunderVolt, for an electrifying experience like no other!

Date: Open select dates from May 18 to August 16, 2024
Address: Playland – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Time: Various times
Cost: Various prices

Big Splash Water Park

About: Big Splash Water Park in sunny Tsawwassen opens for the 2024 season on Saturday, June 29th! The water park features exhilarating rides like the Boomerango, a six-storey vertical drop, hot tubs and more!

Address: 4775 Nulelum Way, Tsawwassen
Date: June 29 to September 2, 2024
Time: 11am to 6pm
 Starting at $31

Sober Hike Rave

hike rave

The Party Scientist / Facebook

About: The Party Scientist is hosting the 5th annual Summer Hike Rave on Friday, July 12th at a location that is being kept a secret until the day of the event. The event combines nature, dancing, and games in a fun environment for everyone to enjoy!

Address: TBD

Date: July 12, 2024
Time: 8pm
Admission: FREE

Greek Summerfest

About: This is a culinary and cultural event you can’t miss! This year’s community fundraiser brings back stage entertainment featuring local bands and cultural performances. Celebrate great Greek food with Vancouver’s expansive and diverse community! Indulge in all your favourites: loukoumades (Greek donuts), souvlaki, BBQ lamb, spanakopita, take a piece of Greece home with you.

Address: St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church – 4641 Boundary Road, Vancouver
Date: July 4 to 14, 2024
Time: Various times
Admission: FREE

Bard on the Beach

About: Experience high-quality performances in a stunning outdoor setting, offering a mix of classic and contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare’s works. This year’s lineup includes productions of “Twelfth Night,” “Hamlet,” “The Comedy of Errors,” and “Measure for Measure.”

Date: June 11 to September 21, 2024
Address: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
Time: Various times
Cost: Various prices

Theatre Under The Stars

About: Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) interweaves a kaleidoscope of elements – setting, scenery, concessions, and quality art – into a fun, encompassing experience much greater than the sum of its parts. Their productions are delivered by over 200 volunteers drawn from the community, requiring a broad variety of skills from board members to ushers to technical crew to cast and musicians.

Address: Malkin Bowl – 610 Pipeline Road
Date: July 5 to Aug 25, 2024
Time: 8pm
Admission: Various prices

Boundary Bay Airshow

City of Delta

About: The annual Boundary Bay Airshow, presented by the City of Delta and Alpha Aviation, is taking place on Saturday, July 13th at the Boundary Bay Airport.

The 2024 event will feature the Northern Stars Aeroteam, The Erickson Aircraft Collection, a family zone and more!

Address: Boundary Bay Airport – 7800 Alpha Way, Delta
Date: July 13, 2024
Time: 11am
Admission: FREE entry

Indian Summer Festival

About: Indian Summer Festival (ISF), Vancouver’s ‘festival for the curious mind’ marks its 14th edition with a 10-day artistic exploration that unravels the beauty of contradictions under the spellbinding theme of “PARADOX.” The festival showcases over 80 artists across a spectrum of arts, from live concerts to thought-provoking discussions and breathtaking visual arts displays.

Address: various locations across Vancouver
Date: July 4 to 14, 2024
Time: Various times
Admission: Various prices

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

About: Presented by Dancey Events and Baza Dance Studios, lessons take place every Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 7pm beginning July 14 and concluding August 18.

Address: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Date: July 14 to August 18, 2024
Time: 3pm to 7pm
Admission: FREE

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

About: The 22nd Vancouver Chinatown Festival takes place this year on July 13 and 14. The 2-day event features live performances, lion dance performances, food trucks, and much more!

Address: Columbia Street and Keefer Street, Vancouver
Date: July 13 and 14, 2024
Time: 12pm to 6pm
Admission: FREE entry

Bootleggers x Pixel Summer Festival

Bootleggers Cocktail

About: Happening in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this vibrant festival promises an eclectic mix of music, art, and community spirit. Prepare to be mesmerized by a spectacular live drone show to cap off the festivities.

Address: Concord Pacific Place and along the False Creek Seawall
Date: July 13, 2024
Time: 12pm to 10pm
Admission: FREE and ticketed activities

Fort Langley Village Farmers Market

About: The Fort Langley Village Farmers Market is back for another season! The market will be open every Saturday until December 7th. The market is pet friendly.

Date: Every Saturday until December 7
Location: 9025 Glover Road, Langley
Time: 9am to 3pm

UBC Farm Saturday Farmers Market

About: Don’t miss the only multi-vendor farmers’ market in Vancouver located on a working farm! It’s our biggest weekly event on the Farm, bringing in dozens of vendors selling local fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, beverages, mushrooms, coffee and food trucks, alcohol, treats, crafts and prepared foods

Address: 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Date: June 1 to November 30, 2024
Time: 10am to 2pm
Admission: FREE

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