Summer Family Fun in Vancouver in July

Vancouver in July - SavvyMom

July has already arrived – and it seems the summer weather has come with it. Vancouverites are accustomed to a grey, wet spring but this year brought more than the average, leaving plenty of folks ready to get out and about and have some fun. With the sunshine here at last, and school out for the summer break, it’s an ideal time to check out some of the fun happening around the region, from festivals to fairs, shows to markets. These are some great events in and around Vancouver in July:

Events & Fun Things to Do in and Around Vancouver in July

Golden Spike Days

When: Friday June 30 – Monday July 3
Where: Port Moody

One of the longest running events in BC returns on Canada Day weekend at Rocky Point Park with live entertainment, events, and activities for all ages. The event commemorates the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its original western terminus point in Port Moody, which was the site of the last spike in the line. There’s plenty for both kids and adults alike (bands 54-40 and Platinum Blonde will be taking the stage.)

Carnaval del Sol

When: Friday July 7 to Sunday July 9
Where: Jonathan Rogers Park, Vancouver

The Pacific Northwest’s largest Latin American festival returns to Vancouver this month with Latin artists, food, music, a beer garden, a kids’ plaza area and fun for everyone. Celebrate the richness of Latin American culture, and its presence in British Columbia.

Bard on the Beach

When: Until September 30
Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver

Returning for their 33rd season, Bard on the Beach may not be a great choice for the littlest ones, but for older kids and teens, this is a unique theatre experience unlike any other. The festival is Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit professional Shakespeare series. This year’s lineup includes As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Henry V, and the unique interpretation Goblin:MacBeth. The program also runs year-round opportunities for youth and emerging artists.

Aldergrove Fair Days

When: July 14 to 16
Where: Aldergrove

Classic summer fair with a show-and-shine, tractor pull, fair food and much more. For the kids there will be midway games and live entertainment. Don’t miss out on the popcorn and cotton candy.

Honeybee Festival

When: July 15 and 16
Where: Surrey

Check out all things buzzy and sweet at the Honeybee Festival at the Honey Bee Centre  at the corner of Fraser Highway and Highway 15. This unique site offers education about the importance of bees and a shop with plenty of sweet treats for fans of honey. The festival will include live entertainment, local vendors and much more.

Surrey Fusion Festival

When: July 22 and 23
Where: Holland Park, Surrey

Surrey welcomes the world at the 15th annual Fusion Festival. Celebrating food, music and culture from around the glob, this festival showcases more than 40 cultures in pavilions offering international foods, textiles, crafts and art, along with a variety of stages with musical and dance performances.

Boom! at Britannia Mine

When: on now through September
Where: Britannia Beach

This summer, Britannia Mine is hosting a unique exhibition called, BOOM! It’s an immersive, multi-sensory live-action experience telling the story behind the architectural marvel, Mill No. 3. BOOM! introduces audiences to the story, sights and sounds behind the architectural marvel, Mill No. 3, with an immersive live-action experience with multiple screens, over thirty speakers, and leading-edge special effects — bringing all 20-storeys back to life. Reawakened with the magic of special effects, BOOM! reveals the captivating story behind the Mill as a beacon of economic community prosperity. Visitors discover first-hand the historic Mill’s purpose, the giant machines that made it work, and the thunderous roar of a working Mill.

Spring and summer Farmers’ Markets

When: Varied dates and times
Where: throughout the region

Use the search feature on the BC Farmers Market website to search for the local winter markets in your neck of the woods, or check out the upcoming spring and summer versions. From fresh veggies to locally crafted artisan goods, BC farm markets are known for their diverse offerings, all year round.


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