It’s officially summertime in Vancouver, AKA – the most long-awaited, gorgeous time of year marked by warm, sunny beach days, frozen treats, and live events. Here are some amazing things to do in Vancouver from June 24-26 to kick off what is sure to be a beautiful (hot, but not too hot) summer.

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2022

The highly-anticipated dragon boat fest is back, and guests can expect a ton more than just the races on False Creek (although that’s definitely a highlight!) Check out free concerts from local names like The Zolas and Eagle Song Dancers, and load up on a ton of great eats.

When: Friday, June 24th to Sunday, June 26, 2022
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and False Creek, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Squamish Beer Festival 2022

This year’s Squamish Beer Fest is finally here! Geer up for delicious cold brews with selections from 40+ local breweries. Oh, and there will be axe-throwing in downtown Squamish, which sounds like a great day-drinking activity.

When: Saturday, June 25th
Where: Downtown Squamish
Cost: $45

Thrive With Pride

To kick off Vancouver Pride this year, East Side Pride festivities will take place at Grandview Park all-day long. Expect a variety of diverse performances, BIPOC artists, 2SLGBTQAI+ community vendors, and food and drink trucks to peruse. The after-party is sure to be a hit as well, so rally together and meet up at Fox Cabaret to Thrive with Pride!

When: Saturday, June 25th
Where: 2321 Main Street, Fox Cabaret
Cost: $11.32

DJ Tennis

DJ Tennis is a great EDM pick if the vibe is dancing until your feet stop working. This Italian DJ has had multiple Boiler Room sets, thanks to his focus on great mixes, and we’re excited to see him take off in Vancouver this weekend.

When: Friday, June 24th
Where: 1024 Davie Street
Cost: $33+

Oakdale Community Block Party

KYU food truck fest Burquitlam things to do Vancouver June 24-26

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This one’s a bit of a trek, but the delicious lineup of vendors presented by the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is certainly eye-catching. Guests can expect tasty eats from names like Big Red’s Poutine, KYU Grill, Cannoli King, and Kona Ice – as well as a magic show and series of live folk music.

When: Saturday, June 25th
Where: 550 Thomason Avenue, Coquitlam

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Go for a swim

This one’s a no-brainer, and dare we say essential this weekend as temps climb to the high 20s. Make a splash at the New Brighton or Second Beach public pools, or head straight into the ocean. Feeling a little adventurous? Check out a clothing-optional beach and go for a swim in your birthday suit.

Where: Various

Playland 2022


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It’s peak Playland season, baby! Check out the 30+ rides, live music, beloved SuperDogs show, and some primo carnival fare. Playland 2022 is officially open for the season!

When: Every weekend from June 17th to August 19th, full schedule here.
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Cost: $31.50-41.50 online, $33.50-$45.50 in-person GA



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We love a good pop/dance vibe, and BENEE is one of the best new artists around. The Auckland-born singer-songwriter that has topped New Zealand’s charts, as well as the 1B, plays list with ‘Supalonely,’ is coming to Vancouver this weekend. Get ready to dance your butts off!

When: Sunday, June 26th
Where: 918 Granville Street
Cost: $29.50+ GA

Vancouver Whitecaps

The Whitecaps continue the season this month with an exciting home game that is sure to draw huge crowds to BC Place – and for good reason. The Whitecaps will play against New England Revolution on Sunday, June 26th. Be there or be square!

When: Sunday, June 26th
Where: 777 Pacific Boulevard, BC Place
Cost: $30+

Go on a date

No more using the crappy weather as an excuse to bail on plans. Step your game up this season and come in extra hot with plans for a romantic date.

Where: Various

Have a great weekend, Vancouver! Enjoy the gorgeous sunshine!