There are so many family friendly events this weekend around Vancouver! It’s BC Culture Days which means arts activities galore. No matter whether you prefer to be indoors or out, exploring arts or the natural world, we’ve got it all in the Lower Mainland. Think African dance, the corniest of mazes, the pick of the pumpkin patches, a festival of words downtown, the Interior Design Show with youth workshops for the 8-14 set.
10 family friendly weekend events in Metro Vancouver
BC Culture Days
September 27-29, 2019, CBC Plaza & various locations
This weekend, celebrate arts, culture, and heritage in your community through free interactive events all weekend! Head to the CBC Plaza all weekend for non-stop performances for all ages.
Africa with the Masters Festival *FREE*
Saturday, September 28 & Sunday September 29, Vancouver
Join The African Friendship Society for African music, dance and traditional games this weekend. There are a host of interactive activities and performances lined for the entire weekend, day and night for kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
Word Vancouver *FREE*
Sunday, September 29, Vancouver
Do you love reading and free, kid-friendly fun? Then Word Vancouver, which celebrate 25 years, is the place to be this Sunday. Expose your children to literature and live, in-the-flesh authors without a big outlay of cash or commitment. Think free author readings and kid-friendly events (think readings, stilt walkers, acrobats) all day at Library Square.
Interior Design Show Youth Workshops
September 26-29 2019 Vancouver Convention Centre
Decor fans take note! The IDS is in town, and they’ve got workshops for youth (8-12) to explore the worlds of architecture and design. One is a class on designing an eco-friendly neighbourhood and the other is an introduction to passive houses. Explore the floor while the kids getting creative.
ArtStarts on Saturdays – Andy the Musical Scientist *FREE*
Saturday, September 28, Vancouver & Sunday September 29, New Westminster
Using home-made instruments and humor, Andy demonstrates technology in music, scientific principles of sound, recycling in action, and even transforms a spoon into a guitar! Experience digital looping and beatboxing, chanted rhythms, Lego theremin, and other amazing inventions inspired by instruments from Africa and Asia.
Place des Arts Family Day *FREE*
Sunday, September 29, Coquitlam
Get the whole family immersed and excited about art at the Place des Art Coquitlam Family Day/ Tour the galleries and create your own masterpieces in a variety of drop-in-style art activities related to the artwork on display.
Food Truck Festival
Saturday September 28 2019 Langley
Kick off the Fall season with at Ralph’s Market’s Food Truck Festival. They’ll have 12 local food trucks on location plus live music and local artisans.
Head to the Pumpkin Patch
September 28-October 31 2019, across the Lower Mainland
Most patches are open this weekend so get your dibs in early and enjoy the festive farmyard fun at one of these ten patches around the Lower Mainland. Don’t forget to wear rubber boots and bring a juiced up iPhone for all those cute snaps!
Chilliwack Corn Maze and Festival
Runs until October 31 2019 Chilliwack
Each year the region’s biggest and most elaborate corn maze creates a new design based around a topical theme for their 12 acre maze. Cozy fall lunch items, animals to visit, games, activities for kids and more.
Art 4 Life Opening Reception
Saturday, September 28 2019, Port Moody
Geared toward the young and young at heart, this annual exhibition at the Port Moody Arts Centre encourages creative exploration, imagination, and learning. Join them at the Opening Reception for a fun, interactive arts experience for the whole family.
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).