Special events

Events for Kids Under $5 this weekend: June 1 – 2

Six Community Festivals this Saturday!

Saturday is the day for celebrating your community. No matter where in Vancouver you live, there’s bound to be something that fairly accessible to you. Bring the family and get to know your fellow Vancouverites while joining in the fun of a street festival. Each one has it’s own flavour… The two outside Vancouver limits are particularly large with parades and larger-scale performances!

When: Saturday, June 1st, all Vancouver locations starting at 11:00 am

Where and What:


Celebrate Mount Pleasant – 11 am – 3 pm
Guelph Park and Mount Pleasant Elementary School grounds, E. 7th Ave. and Prince Edward St., Vancouver

Including: Parade (at 11am), pony rides, a dunk tank, bouncy castle, live music, garage sale, plant sale, silent auction, community mural painting, stilt walkers and free bike helmet inspections for kids.




Marpole-Oakridge Community Day – 11am – 3pm
Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, 990 W. 59th Ave. (near Oak St.)

Includes: Free amusement rides, interactive games and activities, a Family Fitness Circuit, mural painting, silent auction, stage performances and entertainment such as a Taekwondo demonstration and musical acts. (See a detailed performance schedule)



Dunbar Block Party – 11 am – 2 pm
Dunbar St. (between W. 39th Ave. and W. 41st Ave.)

Includes: Live music, family fun activities, community mural painting, BBQ, urban market, special Dunbar deals.

summer fair
Champlain Heights Summer Fair  – 11 am – 3 pm
Champlain Heights Community Centre, 3350 Maquinna Dr
Includes: Amusement rides, a giant slide, bouncy castle, cake walk, clowns, live entertainment and concession.

More Community Festivals in the Lower Mainland:

Hats Off Day Festival and Parade (Burnaby) – 9 am – 4 pm
Hastings St. (between Boundary Rd. and Gamma Ave.), Burnaby
Includes: A parade (starts at 10:00am), games, prizes, kids activities, music, dancing and treats by participating vendors. You can see a full list of events here.
West Vancouver Centennial Community Day Celebration – 10 am – 3 pm
Ambleside Park, Marine Drive & 13th Street, West Vancouver
Includes: A parade (starts at 10:00 am), bouncy slide, Classic Car show, games and activities, dance stage, live music stage, craft market and community vendors. See a condensed schedule of events here.
Hats ON? Maybe he's singing about his enormous sombrero...

Hats Off Day in Burnaby. Maybe he’s singing about his enormous sombrero…

YMCA Healthy Kids Day – Free Family Games and Activities

bouncycastle1When: Sunday, June 2, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


  • Langara Family YMCA, 282 W. 49th Ave., Vancouver, BC
  • Robert Lee YMCA, 955 Burrard St., Vancouver
  • (plus three other locations outside of Vancouver… see YMCA Healthy Kids Day site for more details)

What: If the stats posted on the YMCA site are correct, over 90% of youth don’t meet the requirements for a healthy, active, lifestyle. Their answer is Healthy Kids Day, a fair with fun activities and information for families about healthy living. It’s free, and both locations in Vancouver feature a bouncy castle and family activities.

Check out the Calendar for many more events!

(Posts will feature highlights for the next few months while I’m in back-to-work mode. Thanks for being patient! 🙂 )


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