I originally complied this list and posted it on Couchsurfing at the beginning of the spring (and received some info from other members too). Seeing as there is a plethora of fun events around town I decided to share it here as well. Summer in Vancouver is fantastic. Generally the weather is agreeable, outdoor activities abound and patios beg for attention. If you are planning a trip to Vancouver this summer, I hope this list finds you. If you live here, I hope to see you out and about at one or many of these activities.
RICHMOND SUMMER NIGHT MARKET – May 10 – Sep 8, 2013
One of 2 night markets in Richmond; enjoy entertainment, food and various vendors
RICHMOND NIGHT MARKET – May 17 – Oct 14, 2013
The other night market in Richmond! Enjoy the food, vendors and entertainment
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL TEQUILA EXPO – May 24, 2013
Held at the Hyatt Regency, learn all you need to know about tequila (like the good stuff actually tastes good). Tickets required.
IN THE HOUSE FESTIVAL – Jun 7 – 9, 2013
Enjoy comedy, music, art, magic and much more in the comfort of someone’s home. Reservations required.
Make Music Festival – Jun 21, 2013
A free music festival where musicians will participate all over Yaletown and Gastown areas of Vancovuer.
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – Jun 21 – July 1, 2013
Enjoy everything Jazz at various venues in Vancouver. Some events are free, some required tickets.
STEVESTON SALMON FESTIVAL & CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS – July 1, 2013
Take in the music, arts & crafts, parade, salmon BBQ and much much more in the Steveston Village in Richmond.CANADA DAY @ CANADA PLACE – July 1, 2013
3 stages with live music and entertainment and many exhibitors, enjoy Canada’s birthday here.
CANADA DAY IN SURREY – July 1, 2013
Enjoy great music (Sam Roberts Band, Hannah Georges), cultural shows, dance shows and much more at the Cloverdale Ampitheatre
SUNDAY AFTERNOON SALSA @ ROBSON SQUARE – Every Sunday in July & Aug, 2013
Learn salsa for free and then have time to practice every Sunday afternoon.
Vancouver Folk Music Festival – July 19 – 21, 2013
Head to Jericho Beach for one of the best music festivals in town. Tickets required.
SURREY FUSION FESTIVAL – July 20 -21, 2013
Head to Surrey’s Holland Park for 2 days of food, culture and music. All shows are free. Line up for 2013 to be announced.
CARIBBEAN DAYS FESTIVAL – July 27 – 28, 2013
Head over to North Vancouver for the largest Caribbean Festival and enjoy music, entertainment, food and much more
POWELL ST FESTIVAL – Aug 3 – 4, 2013
Celebrating Japanese culture & art
VANCOUVER ZOMBIE WALK – Aug 17, 2013
Live out your dreams of being a zombie at this awesome annual event
LATIN FESTIVAL – Aug 18, 2013
Trout Lake Park is the venue for this family fun festival celebrating Latin music & culture
VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE – Aug 4, 2013
The biggest and most fun parade in Vancouver – a must see!
Squamish Valley Music Festival – Aug 8- 10, 2013A weekend of music and fun. Tickets required.
Burnaby Blues Festival – Aug 10, 2013
A celebration of Canadian and International Blues musicians.
PNE (PACIFIC NATIONAL EXHIBITION) – Aug 17 – Sep 2, 2013
Carnival midway (Playland), games, exhibits, food (mini donuts)!! Tickets required.
There you have it. An impressive list of Vancouver summer events. This is by no means exhaustive but does cover the main events. Happy summer.