The Father’s Day weekend in Vancouver this year will be amazing with Car Free Day street parties, live music and multiple festivals throughout the region.
Father’s Day Festivals & Events
Father’s Day in 2018 takes place on Sunday, June 17, which is the same weekend as the Denman Street Car Free Day, Main Street Car Free Day and Surrey Greek Food Festival. The BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival also takes place on the Father’s Day weekend, as does Lynn Valley Day in North Vancouver and Sasquatch Days at Harrison Hot Springs.
Below is information about some of the best things to do on the Father’s Day weekend in the Lower Mainland.
Click on any of the following links to jump to a specific topic, or continue reading to learn about all of the region’s top activity options for the weekend of June 16-17 in 2018.
Denman Street Car Free day | Main Street Car Free Day | Father’s Day at Burnaby Village | Surrey Greek Food Festival | BC Highland Games & Festival | Lynn Valley Day | 5X Festival | Sasquatch Days | Old Car Sunday in Mission | Other Father’s Day Activities
Several Car Free Day events take place in Vancouver, including two major ones on the Father’s Day Weekend.
Denman Street Car Free Day
The West End Car Free Day takes place from noon until 7 pm on the Father’s Day Saturday on Denman Street between Robson Street and Davie. The dozen or so blocks of this trendy neighbourhood are full of pedestrians, market vendors, street entertainers and musicians.
Click Denman Street Car Free Day for more information.
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Main Street Car Free Day
The Main Street Car Free Day event takes place from noon until 7 pm on Sunday, June 18, and runs along Main Street from East Broadway to about 30th Avenue. It too is a massive event attracting tens of thousands of people.
For more information on the Sunday Car Free Day event, click Main Street Car Free Day.
In addition to the Car Free Day events on Denman Street and Main Street, on both the Saturday and Sunday there are also smaller individual block parties throughout the Kitsilano region celebrating pedestrians too. Click Car Free Days for details about all of Metro Vancouver’s various car free day events.
Father’s Day at Burnaby Village
Burnaby Village Museum is always an interesting place to visit in the summer months, especially because it’s free! Father’s Day is an especially interesting time to visit though as they have vintage motorcyles and classic cars on display.
The place is open from 11 am until 4:30 and the day finishes with a small procession of cars at 3:30 pm.
Click Burnaby Village for more information about the attraction.
Surrey Greek Food Festival
The Surrey Greek Food Festival is a cultural event involving food and the performing arts. It runs from June 8th to the 17th, which means the Father’s Day weekend is your last chance to check it out in 2018.
Admission to the festival is free, but you pay for your food.
The event takes place at the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church at 13181 96th Avenue in Surrey and it runs from 4:00 to 10:00 pm on Friday and from 12:00 to 10:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Click Surrey Greek Food Festival for more information.
BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival
The BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival takes place at Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium on Saturday, June 16 (so the day before Father’s Day).
The event features live music, dancing and a wide variety of Celtic sporting competitions.
See the BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival website for further details.
Lynn Valley Day
Lynn Valley Day is a free family-friendly event in North Vancouver on Saturday, June 16th, 2018. It includes a pancake breakfast, parade and community fair. There is also a free outdoor movie at Lynn Valley Village in the evening. The show is Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner and it starts at dusk.
Click Lynn Valley Day for more information.
The 5X Festival used to be called the City of Bhangra Festival. It’s still an arts festival. The focus is now slightly less on the culture of the Punjabi though (but only slightly), and more on the culture of South Asia in general.
5X Festival events on the Father’s Day weekend include the 2 Vs 2 Bhangra Competition which involves over 30 Bhangra dance groups competing from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at Surrey City Hall on Saturday, June 16. The competition then continues on the Sunday from 1:00 until 3:00 pm but at Central City Plaza. The dancing both days is free to watch.
Another 5X Festival event is the free 5X Block Party which again takes place at Surrey’s Central City Plaza, this time from 3:00 to 9:00 pm (so right after the Bhangra competition). At the 5X Block Party expect DJ music, more Bhangra dancing and food vendors. No doubt there will also be a good number of East Indian father’s with their families!
Click 5X Festival for more information.
Sasquatch Days is a 2-day community festival at Harrison Hot Springs on the Saturday and Sunday of June 16-17 in 2018.
At the event there are war canoe races, a salmon BBQ, live entertainment and craft activities.
Click Sasquatch Days for more information.
Old Car Sunday in Mission
Old Car Sunday in the Park takes place in Mission at Fraser River Heritage Park at 7494 Mary Street from 9 am until 4 pm.
Admission for spectators is by donation. To participate with your vehicle costs $10 if paid online in advance or $15 (cash only) at the gate.
See the District of Mission‘s website for further details.
Other Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day
In addition to all the above special events on the weekend of June 16-17, 2018, there are many other ways to celebrate Father’s Day including the following:
- Surrey Fest Downtown – a free family-friendly community festival with bouncy castles, crafts, community info booths and live music at Holland Park in Surrey.
- Paddlewheeler Cruise – 2-and-a-half-hour cruises and buffets in New Westminster on Sunday, June 17. The brunch trip departs at 11:30 am and the BBQ trip leaves at 5:00 pm. Cost is around $66 for adults and youth and $48 for children (ages 6-12). Kids under 6 years of age are free.
- Spend the Day at the Beach – if the weather is good then a fabulous way to spend the day is at one of Vancouver’s best beaches, including those in White Rock, Jericho, Kitsilano, Boundary Bay, Stanley Park and the list goes on.
- Father’s Day Walk/Run – a 2K, 5K and 10K walk or run at Burnaby Lake on the Sunday benefiting the BC Prostate Cancer Foundation. (June 16, 2019)
- Father’s Day: Black Powder – Father’s Day activities at the Kilby Historic Site at 215 Kilby Road in Harrison Mills.
- Go for a Hike – take Dad and the family on any of Vancouver’s Best Hiking Trails at some of the region’s best parks.
- Take Dad out to a Restaurant – go out for brunch, lunch or dinner at any of Vancouver’s Best Restaurants.
- Take Dad Boating – rent paddle boards, kayaks or canoes at Alice Lake, Cultus Lake, Deep Cove, Deer Lake or any one of numerous other places in Metro Vancouver and the surrounding area.
- Take Dad Fishing – great fishing spots include North Vancouver’s Rice Lake, in West Vancouver off the pier at either Ambleside or Dundarave, or in any of the Lower Mainland’s other great waterfront locations.
For ideas on things to do at other times in the month, see Vancouver’s Calendar of Events.