Forget must-see TV – Summer is no time to be watching TV! It’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and the outdoors ARE the greatest on Vancouver’s North Shore. Here’s a full programme of events to add to your summer bucket list this summer.
Featuring over 30 cideries from BC, the American Northwest and abroad, the 4th annual BC Cider Festival sets up at the Pipe Shop in The Shipyards on June 3rd. They’ve added food vendors this year and your ticket includes samples from each of the ciderists, many of whom will be on hand to discuss all things cider.
Celebrate the colourful history of the North Shore at Lynn Valley Days, a coming together of families, friends and neighbours that have been going annually since 1912. Presented by the Lynn Valley Lions Club, who will also celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, the two-day party includes a parade, fair and glamorous gala fundraiser under the stars on June 23rd and 24th.
Celebrate Canada Day all over the North Shore. In West Vancouver, past years have marked the day with the Red & White Picnic at John Lawson Park, featuring live music and entertainment all day until fireworks in the evening. Over at The Shipyards in North Vancouver, family-friendly activities begin at noon, and don’t forget about the Roaming Street Party at the Shipyards Brewery District! Each of the district’s 7 breweries, cidery, distillery and winery will host their unique Canada Day event outside of their venues. Just follow the music and the crowds and get ready for great drinks, tasty eats and good vibes!
Slip into a mellow afternoon at The Shipyards on Saturday, July 29. The Smooth Grooves of Summer presents up-and-coming BC smooth jazz artists, giving them new exposure through an open contest. Come and say you heard them when!
Pride at the Pier 2023 is a free, all-ages 2SLGBTQIA+ family event at the picturesque Shipbuilder’s Square held on August 4th. We welcome you to come down and enjoy live DJs, food trucks, drag performances and good vibes.
Celebrate 10 days of the visual and culinary arts of West Vancouver against a beautiful natural backdrop. All along the waterfront on Argyle Avenue from August 4th to 13th, local artists will present their pieces as well as hold workshops, talks and demos. Two stages will present live music, and the beachside patio promises to be one of the most picturesque places to grab a bite all summer.
Somebody tell Portland the dream of the 90s will be alive in Ambleside Park on August 19th & 20th. Weezer, Third Eye Blind, Bran Van 3000, and more will be taking you back to scrunchies, tube tops and flannel shirts on the outdoor stage next to the ocean.
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Held every year on the second Sunday of September, the Coho Festival honours the Coho salmon as they make their way back from the ocean to spawn in the Capilano River. This full day of fun kicks off with the Coho Run Race and Breakfast and continues with a salmon BBQ and live music on the shores of Ambleside.
The Shipyard Festival is back for another year! Mark your calendars because you are not going to want to miss out on this festival on September 23rd. You can expect this full day of live music, family-friendly activities, food trucks, a beer garden and a ton of fun; we’ll see you there!
From Friday to Sunday, 11 to 9 all summer long, you can pop into the new Brewyard at The Quay Market and Food Hall for your one-stop sampling of great things happening in the Shipyards Brewing District. Weekly rotating taps, delicious cocktails and endless good vibes make this must-do-more-than-once.
Friday nights rock at The Shipyards when the Night Market takes over the boardwalk every week until September 15th. Live music and DJs keep the party up while you explore market stalls full of vibrant crafts by local artisans, fill your belly at the food truck fair and put your feet up at the outdoor beer garden featuring the best of local craft breweries.
On Wednesday evenings in August, starting at 9 p.m., enjoy classic family flicks from the comfort of your picnic blanket or lawn chair in The Shipyards Commons. It’s free of charge to introduce the kids to your favourites like Jumanji or E.T.
Take in classic films and innovative cinema under the stars on Cates Deck out in front of the Polygon Gallery. Every Thursday until mid-August, DJs set the mood with music at 7 p.m. and films start when the sun goes down. Snacks and beverages are available from the concession stand to enjoy on the publicly licensed deck.
For more information on these and other summer activities on Vancouver’s North Shore, visit vancouversnorthshore.com.