Vancouver Summer Events Guide Pt. 1

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last summer we spent most of our time going for walks, down at the pool, and trudging through Stanley Park to get to our beloved Third Beach. Aside from the cheap, free, and simple activities that you can do outdoors in the City here are a few more organized affairs to mark on your calendar.

Photo credit: freedryk on Flickr

Bard on the Beach

A beautiful natural setting, Vanier Park, is once again home to 4 Shakespearian masterpieces with the return of Bard on the Beach this summer.

  • THE TAMING OF THE SHREW: May 31 to September 23, 2007
  • ROMEO AND JULIET: June 13 to September 22, 2007
  • JULIUS CAESAR: June 28 to September 21, 2007
  • TIMON OF ATHENS: July 11 to September 20, 2007
  • Dragon Boat Festival

  • June 16 & 17 at the Plaza of Nations
  • “Dragon Boat racing has its roots in ancient myths and legends. It began more than 2,000 years ago in the valleys of southern China as a fertility rite to ensure bountiful crops.”

    Photo credit: sillygwailo on Flickr

    Aside from the competition, on dry land there will be cuisine from Italy to Japan, demos at a Cooking Stage, samples, teas and music. [Alcan Dragon Boat Festival]

    Vancouver International Jazz Festival

  • June 23 to July 1 – all over Vancouver
  • Big and small names from all over the globe head into Vancouver for this event which takes place at 40 venues across town. This year, there will also be a free “New Orleans-style street festival is held in historic Gastown and at the Roundhouse Community Centre.” [presented by Coastal Jazz]

    Photo credit: dbarefoot on Flickr

    Scotiabank Marathon & 5km

  • June 24 – Stanley Park
  • It being prime running season in Vancouver, the 8th annual Scotiabank half-marathon and 5km comes to town for “Canada’s easiest scenic Half-Marathon—running past beaches, mountains in the background and finishing in Stanley Park—a net drop of 250 feet.” [Canada Running Series]

    More event updates to come, especially the best kind of all – post-event recaps, meaning I actually get out and about.

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    1. fotoeinsSaturday, May 26th, 2007 — 10:53pm PDT

      Aaaaah!!! I almost forgot about “Bard on the Beach”; I also wanted to book something for the hometown trip this summer.

    2. Miss604’s Canuck Life :: A Vancouver Blog » Blog Archive » Vancouver Summer Events Guide Pt. 2Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 — 8:09am PDT

      […] Part 1 of this guide was mostly about events happening on specific dates, things to mark on your calendar and be sure not to miss. Part 2 is for those ongoing activities, some of which you can take part in year-round. […]

    3. Dave DavisThursday, June 7th, 2007 — 7:31am PDT

      Don’t forget to check out our Steveston Events Calendar for upcoming events. Of special note is our 62nd Annual Steveston Salmon Festival coming up on July 1st, Canada Day. Parade, rides, food, trade show and more. Come join us in the village for good, old fashion family fun.

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