We all know that Vancouver is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in North America, but there is no better place to be in the summer if you want FREE fun! Do you want perfect summer activities that are outside in the sun, with a lot of people, a lot of music, a lot of action, and FREE? No, your demands are not too high – check out this Summer Events SmartSaver with all FREE happenings!
Summer is Vancouver’s season for festivals! You can see some of the best music events and celebrations at no cost.
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
There still are some free events at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Listen to awesome jazz at the David Lam Park Jazz Weekend and North Shore Jazz:
David Lam Park Jazz Weekend
Place:David Lam Park (Roundhouse Mezzanine, David Lam Park Stage, David Lam Park – Exhibition Hall, David Lam Park Family Zone)
Time: Saturday, June 30th, concerts take place between noon and 9pm
North Shore Jazz
Place: North Shore Jazz, Civic Plaza (14th & Lonsdale)
Time: Saturday, June 30th, 1pm
Carnaval del Sol
Carnaval del Sol is coming to downtown’s Granville Street! Granville will be closed to traffic from Hastings to Smithe Streets and filled with Latin music, food, dancing, and performances! One of the biggest summer parties, outdoors and free!
Place: Granville Street, Downtown Vancouver
Time: Saturday, June 30th, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
East Side Pride
Another street festival with free live entertainment, food vendors, and lots of community fun is Vancouver Pride Society’s summer event East Side Pride.
Place: McSpadden Park, Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Time: Saturday, June 30th, start 11am
Surrey Fusion Festival
Join Surrey’s biggest two-day multicultural celebration! The Surrey Fusion Festival is free and offers 40 international pavilions celebrating music, food and culture, a World Music Stage and a Celebrations dance stage!
Place: Holland Park, Surrey
Time: Saturday, July 21 – Sunday, July 22
Caribbean Days Festival
Experience tropical cuisine, Caribbean culture, music and more at the Caribbean Days Festival in North Vancouver. The free events include a Multicultural Parade and a Waterfront Party concert with live music.
Place: Waterfront Park & Lonsdale Quay Plaza, North Vancouver
Time: Saturday, July 28 – Sunday, July 29
Along with the festivals more free events are happening in Vancouver:
Canada Day celebrations
Canada Day is always a huge free party all around the city with a lot of street festivals, parades and fireworks! Join the INTERNeX crew for Canada Day celebrations and a fun day without any costs! Check out our event on Facebook.
Place: All Vancouver! We will start our celebration at Spanish Banks
Time: All day! Meet us at Spanish Banks Loop at 10am
Sunday Afternoon Salsa dances
Are you a good dancer or want to be one? Attend these free outdoor Sunday Afternoon Salsa dances in Robson Square, open to everyone, regardless of skill level. There is dancing throughout the afternoon, free lessons at 3pm and dance performances at 5pm!
Place: Robson Square, across from the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Time: Sundays, July 1 – August 26
Richmond Night Market
Enjoy some food and action at the Richmond Night Market with over 300 vendors, live entertainment, and nightly crowds of thousands. This Asian-style night market is a must-see and admission is free!
Place: 8351 River Rd, Richmond BC
Time: Friday & Saturday 7pm – 12am; Sunday & Holidays 6pm – 11pm, May 18 – October 8, 2012
Summer is beach time and Vancouver has a lot to offer! Barbecuing, volleyball or sunbathing: these beaches are right around the corner, beautiful and free:
English Bay Beach, Kitsilano Beach, Spanish Banks, Jericho Beach, Wreck Beach
Place & Time: up to you! Watch out for INTERNeX beach events on our blog and facebook.
Have a nice time and save your money!