Summer is in full swing, and there’s a ton of fun to be had in the city. Check out these five family and kid friendly events taking place in Vancouver, North Vancouver and Port Moody. There’s music and dance, food, culture, arts activities and a massive water slide. Most events are free so there’s really no reason not to get out and have some summer fun in the city. Sunday looks like a scorcher so don’t forget your water bottles and hats!
Five things to do this weekend in the city
Slide in the City
Have a little thriller seeker or a water slide lover in the house? Then you may want to take them to North Vancouver so they shoot down this 1,000 foot slide in the middle of the street! It’s all part of the Fun City Festival, which takes place around Victoria Park, including food trucks and music.
ArtStarts Explores *Free*
Plan a day exploring downtown and drop in for this free hands-on art workshop at the ArtStarts Gallery. The workshop centres on the beach using rocks, minerals and seashells to tell a story or express a mood/feeling.
River District Summer Savour event *Free*
This free event down by the Fraser River in South Vancouver features an interactive mural, three concerts including Grooveport, Cory Owens and The Boom Booms AND … wine and cheese sampling!
African Descent Festival *Free*
Celebrate and enjoy Vancouver’s African Community. Head to Thornton Park on Saturday for Mr Fantastic, who is exactly that. On Sunday afternoon, hear the amazing Missy D, stalwarts, Alpha YaYa Diallo and Eddy Kenzo and The Ghetto Kids.
Port Moody Ribfest *Free*
Bring your dancing shoes and your appetite for this Port Moody Rib extravaganza with 16 bands, live music, and a whole lotta BBQ. And yes, there’s a Kids Fun Zone which will likely boast a climbing wall, bicycling, interactive stations, golf, face painting, henna tattoos and more.
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).