Last Weekend in May 2015
There are many ways to celebrate the last days of May this weekend in Metro Vancouver, including the European Festival, Children’s Festival and Lynn Valley Day. All three of these events are fantastic places to take the kids or grandchildren, as are the Richmond Night Markets and North Vancouver Friday Night Market which are all now in full swing for the summer. Check out any of these 5 great activities, and explore their neighborhoods while you’re there.
The European Festival takes place at Swangard Stadium at 3883 Imperial Street in Burnaby both Saturday and Sunday, with the gates opening each day at 11 am and entertainment continuing into the evening.
Admission is $8 online in advance, or $10 at the gate. Children under 12 are free.
Click European Festival for more information.
While at the European Festival, if you aren’t too tired afterwards, check out beautiful Central Park and its walking trails. You’ll be right there anyways.
Vancouver International Children’s Festival
The Children’s Festival takes place on Granville Island from May 25th to 31st and features all kinds of kid-friendly activities, including theatre, music, dance and storytelling performances.
A 1 Show Day Pass costs $15 for children and $25 for adults, and includes one performance and an activity wristband.
Click Vancouver International Children’s Festival for more details.
While at the Children’s Festival explore Granville Island, and maybe even go for a walk or bike ride along the False Creek seawall.
Lynn Valley Day in North Vancouver
Lynn Valley Day is a free small town community carnival-type event in North Vancouver taking place on Saturday, May 30. It features a pancake breakfast, parade, bouncy castle-type attractions, crafts and other family-friendly entertainment, and runs from 9 am until 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
For more information, click Lynn Valley Day.
While in Lynn Valley, consider going for a hike around nearby world-famous Lynn Canyon Park, or take your fishing rod and try your luck at beautiful Rice Lake. You’ll want good walking shoes, and access to both places starts just up the road from the Lynn Valley Day festivities.
Also, after the community festival is over, there’s the North Vancouver Night Market to check out (see below), or a performance by the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir at West Vancouver United Church, still on the North Shore and less than a twenty minute drive away. And finally, right in Lynn Valley at the Lynn Valley Plaza at 9:30 pm there will be a free outdoor showing of the movie Big Hero 6.
North Vancouver Shipyard Night Market
North Vancouver’s Night Market takes place Friday evenings from 5 to 10 pm in Shipbuilders’ Square, just a short walk from the Lonsdale Quay Seabus terminal.
At the market you can expect live music, lots of food trucks and stalls, and dozens of artisans selling everything from art to jewellery, organic produce and baked goods.
While at Shipbuilders’ Square go for a walk out onto the pier or check out the Lonsdale Quay Public Market, which is open until 7 pm. A number of great restaurants are also right in the area. See our list of North Vancouver Restaurants for ideas.
Click Shipyard Night Market for more information on the market.
Richmond Night Markets
Richmond has two great giant night markets, both with over 100 market stalls, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and not far from the River Rock Casino at the Bridgeport SkyTrain Station.
Check out Richmond Night Markets for more information.