The Father’s Day weekend in Vancouver usually includes street parties, live music events, ScotFestBC and other family-friendly festivals and activities.
Exceptional events taking place this year include ScotFestBC in Coquitlam and Community Day in Langley. Playland at the PNE starts up for the season on the Father’s Day weekend and Kilby Historic Site in the Fraser Valley also has special activities on June 18th and 19th.
Continue reading to learn about these and other events. Or, for suggestions on what to give Dad, see our article about Father’s Day Gift Ideas.
Below is information about the following Father’s Day Events:
Langley Community Day | ScotFest & BC Highland Games | Kilby Historic Site | Improv Centre Theatre | Sasquatch Days | Old Car Sunday | Burnaby Village | Surrey Fest Downtown | Hats Off Day | Other Father’s Day Activities | Past Father’s Day Festivals | Other Information |
Father’s Day in the Lower Mainland
Below is a list of festivals and events that take place on the Father’s Day weekend in 2022.
In addition to festivals, there are also lots of fun activities for dads to do with their families in the Lower Mainland. Top choices include Whale Watching Adventures, walking tours with Forbidden Vancouver or Historical Chinatown Tours, outdoor adventure games with Vancouver Mysteries, and ziplining and ropes course opportunities with WildPlay in Maple Ridge.
For lovers of Shakespeare and live theatre, there are also the plays Midsummer Night’s Dream and Harlem Duet at Bard on the Beach.
Langley Community Day
Community Day is a free event with family-friendly activities, live music, food trucks and artisan vendors. In 2022 the event happens at Langley’s Douglas Park on Saturday, June 18th, which is the day before Father’s Day. Admission is free.
ScotFest & BC Highland Games
ScotFestBC is an exceptional cultural event that happens on the Father’s Day weekend in June most years. Last year it got postponed until September because of COVID. In 2022, however, it’s back in its usual format at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park on the Friday and Saturday of June 17th and 18th.
ScotFestBC features a wide variety of events and things to see. There is live music, dancing, a beer garden, market vendors, pipe bands, workshops and family-friendly activities. Also at the event are the BC Highland Games where athletes compete in all kinds of sports including the Stone Putt and Caber Toss.
Kilby Historic Site
Father’s Day Rendezvous happens at Kilby Historic Site on the Saturday and Sunday of June 18th and 19th in 2022. The event runs from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm both days. Activities include axe throwing, black powder gun shooting and bannock making. There are also roving actors in costume plus the venue’s regular things to see like the museum and farm animals.
To learn more, see our article about Kilby Historic Site.
Pops & Hops at the Improv Centre
The Improv Centre on Granville Island is closed on other Sundays in June in 2022, but not on the Father’s Day Sunday of June 19th. That’s because on that date they have a special Pops & Hops Father’s Day-themed show where all the jokes are about dads. The place also hopes to sell lots of beer on the day!
To learn more, see our article about Granville Island’s Improv Centre.
THE CIRCUS IS COMING!
The Royal Canadian Circus is in the Lower Mainland with shows in Surrey and Richmond between June 23rd and July 3rd. It’s a great circus and very affordable. Also, if you use the promo code VANSBESTPLACES when booking general admission tickets online you can get two tickets for the price of one!
Sasquatch Days is a 2-day community festival at Harrison Hot Springs. At the event there are war canoe races and a salmon BBQ. Live entertainment and craft activities are included as well. Admission to the event is free.
The 2020 and 2021 events didn’t take place due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s happening, however, in 2022. The dates for this year are June 18th and 19th.
Click Sasquatch Days for more information.
Old Car Sunday in Mission
Old Car Sunday in the Park takes place most years in Mission. The exact address is Fraser River Heritage Park at 7494 Mary Street. It usually happens on Father’s Day Sunday from 9 am until 4 pm. The event attracts hundreds of collectible and vintage automobiles and their owners, and thousands of car fans.
Admission for spectators is by donation. To participate with your vehicle costs about $20 if paid online in advance.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, the event didn’t happen in 2020. In 2021 the event at the park was cancelled and a drive-by parade happened in its place. In 2022 Old Car Sunday happens in its usual in-person format on June 19th.
Click Old Car Sunday to learn more about the car show.
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 usually have vintage motorcycles and classic cars on display.
The place is open from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm on Father’s Day in 2022. Admission is free.
Click Burnaby Village for more information about the attraction.
WHALE WATCHING EXCURSIONS
Looking for an amazing gift and way to treat your father and the entire family? Prince of Whales offers exceptional whale watching and sightseeing tours that depart from Granville Island. For full details and for tickets click princeofwhales.com.
Surrey Fest Downtown
Surrey Fest Downtown is a community event at Holland Park. On the day community organizations set up stalls in the park and there is live entertainment on a stage. In 2022 the event happens on Saturday, June 18th.
To learn more about this event see our article about Surrey Fest Downtown.
TREAT DAD TO AN EVENING WITH SHAKESPEARE!
The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival runs from June 8th until September 24th in 2022.
This year’s plays include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Harlem Duet. The shows are usually amazing (and a great way to treat dads)! See our article about Bard on the Beach for details.
Hats Off Day in Burnaby
Hats Off Day is a street party-style event along Hastings Street in Burnaby. It normally includes a parade, but not in 2022. The event takes place in a scaled-back format this year on Saturday, June 18th.
For more information about the event see our article about Hats Off Day in Burnaby.
Other Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day
In addition to all the above special events, there are many other ways to celebrate Father’s Day including the following:
- 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. Popular spots include White Rock, Jericho, Kitsilano, Boundary Bay, Stanley Park and more.
- 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.
- 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 (or at least order take-out or delivery).
- Spend Time with Dad on a Boat – rent paddleboards, 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 and in West Vancouver off the pier at either Ambleside or Dundarave. Many of the Lower Mainland’s other waterfront locations are great places too.
Father’s Day Activities in Past Years
A number of other festivals and events have happened on the Father’s Day Weekend in past years (pre-COVID). Some of them aren’t happening in June in 2022, however, but might (hopefully) do so again in a future year.
Events that have traditionally taken place on the Father’s Day Weekend in the past, but not this year (at least not to our knowledge), include the following:
- Maple Ridge Car Free Day
- Surrey Greek Food Festival (There is a tiny chance a small version of the event will happen later in the summer, but exact details are to be confirmed.)
- Main Street Car Free Day (Happening in August in 2022 instead of in June.)
- Denman Street Car Free Day (Happening in August in 2022 instead of in June.)
For ideas on things to do at other times in the month, see Vancouver’s Calendar of Events.
For a list of great kid-friendly activities throughout the year, check out our article about Best Places for Children.
To learn more about what’s happening in the Lower Mainland on the Father’s Day weekend see the following articles:
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Lower Mainland Summer Activities
- Outdoor Swimming Pools
- Vancouver’s Best Beaches
- Hiking in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver Festivals and Events