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Family events and festivals this June

Family events and festivals this June

Vancouver is expensive. We all know that. But we love it for its natural beauty, eco-friendly vibe and local foodie scene. Still a few freebies don’t hurt. Here are some family friendly activities that are long on fun and short on dollars spent … in fact totally free.

 Kids and family events this June in Metro Vancouver

Italian Day on the Drive

-June 9, 2024 – 12-9pm
The Drive is the epicentre of Italian culture in the city, and this fest is the largest one-day cultural street festival in Vancouver with a 14 block party. A festive community embrace, The Drive comes alive in green, white and red with piazza style animated zones, live music, food, patios, fashion, retail vendors, vehicles, activities, children’s zones and more.

Doors Open Richmond

June 8 & 9, 10am – 4pm, Richmond Cultural Centre

Gather the whole family for a unique behind-the-scenes experience at 40 diverse organizations, local businesses, and cultural sites in Richmond.

Although the Highway to Heaven and Faith bus tours are now full, there’s still plenty of fun to be had! Most sites are open from 10 AM to 4 PM, with some requiring pre-registration.

Vancouver Chinatown Storyteller’s Family Saturday

June 15 , 11am – 1pm, Chinatown Storytelling Centre 

Dive into the enchanting sounds of ancient Chinese instruments at the Vancouver Chinatown Storyteller’s Family Saturday. Enjoy a captivating performance featuring traditional instruments like the erhu, suona, and guzheng, led by Juno-nominated singer Ginalina and the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

Youth of all ages can try playing these instruments too! Drop in anytime between 11 am and 1 pm. Admission is free for youth (17 & under), with adult participation requiring admission or free for Storytelling Centre members.

After the event, enjoy 10% off your meal at Chinatown BBQ or DD Mau Chinatown as a Family Saturdays attendee!

Pinoy Festival 

June 22nd, 830am – 930pm, Swangard Stadium

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Philippines right in the heart of the Lower Mainland. Join them in Burnaby for a celebration filled with colorful parades, traditional music, and dance performances. Indulge in authentic Filipino cuisine, from savory adobo to sweet halo-halo, and explore artisanal crafts and goods at the bustling market stalls. This event is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to experience the warmth and hospitality of Filipino culture. 

National Indigenous Day 

June 21st, Carnegie Community Centre, 1-4pm

Celebrate National Indigenous Day at Carnegie Community Centre with a community-based, full day of events. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people gather to share their spirit, experiences, stories, songs, art and dance with each other and the general community – with a whole day of entertainment, activities, and fun planned for the whole family.

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Greek Day on Broadway

June 23

Opa! The food alone is a reason to go to this all Greek all the time fest in the heart of Greek Vancouver on West Broadway, but there’s also fully costumed Greek dancing, bouncy castles and kids activities, and all kinds of festive fun.

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival Free Stages

June 21-June 30

Get ready for summer in the city with the 39th Vancouver International Jazz Festival, featuring over 140 performances spanning 10 days. Enjoy a mix of free and ticketed shows, starting with the lively Downtown Jazz event outside the Vancouver Art Gallery during the opening weekend. The festival will wrap up in style on Canada Day weekend with exciting performances across Granville Island. Don’t miss this incredible celebration of diverse music and culture!

For more events (or to submit an event), head over to our Family Events Calendar!

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