Family-Friendly BC Day Events in Vancouver — Celebrate August Long Weekend

Published Jan 30, 2017

It feels so long since Canada Day and we didn’t even get a proper long weekend! Not to worry, because here comes BC Day, with three fantastic days of family-friendly entertainment spread over a glorious summer long weekend!

There’s tons of great BC Day events taking place in Vancouver this year, from the Honda Celebration of Lights to one of the biggest pride parades in North America. Check out our listings below for tons of great ways to enjoy the August long weekend with your little ones this year.

BC Day Events in Vancouver

Vancouver Pride Parade

Join one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status last year in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events!

Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world.

Find your place along one of the most beautiful and diverse parade routes in the world! Some of the best spots for viewing include the three MC locations; The Unstoppable Conni Smudge at Safeway on Robson; Caryl Dolinko at Denman Place Mall; and Joan E! at the Boathouse.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
Time: 12 p.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Downtown Vancouver


Honda Celebration of Light

The Honda Celebration of Light is not only Vancouver’s biggest event, but it’s also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world and attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening. Owned by the Not For Profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2014 marks the 24th consecutive year of the event, which contributes in excess of $39 million in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year.

2014 will bring 3 new countries to Vancouver, guaranteed to put on world class Pyro-Musical performances each night.

Date: Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
Time: See listing
Location: English Bay, Vancouver


White Rock Sea Festival 65th Anniversary

Held every year for 65 years, the White Rock Sea Festival is a fun, family event that attracts up to 100,000 visitors to White Rock’s waterfront for the August long weekend. The captivating colours, engaging sounds, and enticing smells of a bustling market, the annual parade and entertainment and our renowned Kidz Zone creates a vibrant atmosphere along the promenade

Date: Aug. 1–3, 2014
Time: See listing 
Location: City of White Rock


38th Annual Powell Street Festival 2014

The Powell Street Festival is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that features something for everyone: dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and of course, tons of scrumptious Japanese food.

PSF is the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running community arts festival in the Lower Mainland. We provide a much-needed venue for emerging and established, professional and amateur, and traditional and contemporary artists in the Japanese Canadian and Asian Canadian communities.

Date: August 1–3
Time: See listing

Location Oppenheimer Park, 400 Powell St, Vancouver

powell street

Harmony Arts Festival

Enjoy kids’ art workshops, art exhibitions, concerts and family-friendly activities. There is plenty of family fun for children of all ages. The Harmony Arts Festival brings a wide array of visual arts experiences to West Vancouver every summer. Free outdoor movies, Art Market, Art exhibitions and more!

For food lovers, there is no better way to wind down from a wonderful day at the Harmony Arts Festival than to attend on of the many culinary events.

There will be many free outdoor concerts featuring some of the country’s most memorable performers on two outdoor stages in West Vancouver.

Date: Aug. 1–10, 2014
Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location Waterfront, West Vancouver


SummerFest 2014

Lonsdale Quay Market is proud to present their annual summer festival! SummerFest 2014 is the Market’s 10 week-long festival featuring live music, dancing, fitness, fun, and more!

Head down to Lonsdale Quay Market to enjoy some of the free community events in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful outdoor spaces—the South Plaza at the Market. Feel Good Fridays *now open late until 8pm!

Date: June 27–Aug. 31, 2014
Hours: 12:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver


Squamish Days Festival

This year the community is celebrating 100 years of Squamish. Join us for a special edition of the Squamish Days Festival, including new events and some favourites from our past!

Squamish Days is a weekend full of excitement, fun and action aimed to make every member of the family smile. There are music & art events, children’s activities, a parade, wacky bed races, a 10K run, pancake breakfast and two world class Loggers Sports Shows with competitors from all around the world. This event showcases not only Squamish’s rich heritage, but also it’s strong and vibrant community spirit.

Date: July 31–Aug. 1, 2014
Hours: 12:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds, Squamish


International Summer Night Market 2014 at Richmond

The International Summer Night Market is just as big as the competing River Rock Casino night market location. It features over 60 food stands serving Asian cuisine and close to 200 retail vendors. Both the River Rock Casino and Vulcan Way locations offer a North American take on the night markets of Asian cities like Hong Kong and Taipei.

Date: May 9–Sept. 13, 2014
Hours: See listing
Location: #12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond

summer night market

Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo

The Abbotsford Agrifair truly is “the best little country fair!” providing the community with what everyone wants – an affordable family-fun time!

Kid-friendly attractions include go karts and face-painting, Lego displays and build-and-play areas, and family-friendly entertainment like pro wrestler Ted DiBiase and Tickles the Clown.

Tickets are $10–15, but kids under 10 are free.

Date: Aug. 1–4, 2014
Time: See listing

Location: 32470 Haida Dr., Abbotsford


Food Cart Fest Surrey

Food Cart Fest Vancouver is a gathering of over 20 of the city’s top Food Carts presented by Vancity, Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. Join us every Sunday in the Summer at the Olympic Village for food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, ping pong, urban gardening, and more. Always free to Vancity and Car2go members, this year is also free with a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Date: Aug. 2–30,
Time: 12–5 p.m.

Location: 13450 104 Ave., Surrey

BC Day Chess Open

Why not celebrate BC Day by watching or participating in a chess tournament? The Vancouver Chess School is giving 40 participants the chance to win a $1500 grand prize!

Date: Aug. 2–4,
Time: 12–5 p.m.

Location: 252 – 4255 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

First Annual Vancouver Startups Foosball Tournament

Wishpond, the online marketing platform for SMB’s that makes it easy to generate leads and sales, is hosting the First Annual Vancouver Startups Foosball Tournament. The tournament aims to bring together the local Vancouver startup community – with names like Unbounce, Mobify, SocialShoppers and Recon Instruments already set to participate – but only one team will win!

Date: Aug. 1, 2014
Time: 5:00–11:30 p.m.

Location: #1150-1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

For even more family-friendly BC Day long weekend activities, check the events page on ChatterBlock.

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