Summer activities in Vancouver


Summer is finally here! And at this time of the year, the City of Vancouver offers many activities that will dazzle all its citizens, whether they’ve lived here all their lives or if they’re new to this country, looking for a better life.

Some of these activities are yearly events, so everyone looks forward to them. You can’t enjoy summer in Vancouver without participating in one of them.

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Richmond Night Market

The renowned Richmond Night Market, North America’s largest outdoor market, is already open, since April 29, running through to Oct 10, 2022.

Offering over 500 international food items, including rice burgers, Thai-style rolled ice cream, and more, you’re bound to satisfy all your culinary needs at this festival.

This year, they expanded their open seating and eating area, so you can socially distance and enjoy yourself with more peace of mind.

Find more information head on to Richmond Night Market official website.

PNE Fair + Playland

The long-standing PNE Fair will be open from August 20 through September 5.

Attendance capacity restrictions will continue to be in place, as last year due to Covid, because that way fair-goers can enjoy more personal space and shorter lineups, something they were thankful for in 2021.

Also, the Summer Nights Concert will return, including performances by The B-52s, The Beach Boys, Chicago, TLC and many more.

Playland, the amusement park, just opened up on June 18, running through August 19, and has announced a new game: Skybender, “a new thrill ride featuring dynamic action sequences, with a combination of gravity drops and accelerations.”, which will be open on July 1, 2022.

Some days and evenings are already sold-out, as Playland has limited assistance, as well.

Find more info about both events at Pacific National Exhibition website.

Evo Summer Cinema Nights

Summer nights are to be enjoyed and movies are to be seen with a crowd on a big screen, those are facts! And you can prove these facts at the yearly EVO Summer Cinema festival held at Stanley Park every Tuesday from July 5 to August 23, 2022. And even better, it’s FREE!

The movies are always big crowd pleasers that aim at all range of spectators, no matter the age. The movies this year are The Lion King, Zoolander, Top Gun, Jurassic Park, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dirty Dancing, and Grease. And people can vote online for the movie to be shown on August 2, which could be Spice World, Bohemian Rhapsody, or Rocketman.

Make a date, picnic or friends gathering out of it, lay down on the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach or maybe on one of the free first-come, first-serve lawn chairs, and enjoy the stars on the big screen and in the sky.

Movies and tickets info at Summer Cinema website.

Carnaval del Sol

This Latin-themed event will happen from July 8 to 10, and as usual, it’ll showcase the best of Latin America´s food, dance, music and artisans plus family and children´s activities.

In its new location at Jonathan Rogers Park, it’s expected to attract 15,000 people during the weekend.

More info at Carnaval del Sol website.

Which one of these activities is calling you right now?

Honda Celebration of Lights 2022

The nights on the final week of July will be filled with fireworks, as the crowds will descend upon English Bay to watch the return of Honda’s Celebration of Lights after a 1-year hiatus due to Covid.

This FREE event will be holding its 30th-anniversary edition on July 23, 27 and 30, with the main event starting at 10 PM each night, after some pre-fireworks activities.

Learn more at Honda Celebration of Lights website

Scholarships available

Talk to one of our advisors for more information!