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Free Outdoor Dancing in Vancouver for Summer 2019

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 — 11:02am PDT
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The city comes alive in the summer with a lineup of affordable festivals, concerts, and events. One of the most vibrant, is free outdoor dancing in Vancouver! Take a lesson, watch some pros, enjoy music and movement at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s plazas, Robson Square, and Jim Deva Plaza. Here are the two main organizers:

Free Outdoor Dancing in Vancouver

Salsa Dance Robson Square
Salsa at Robson Square – Photo by John Bollwitt

Dance in Transit Schedule

When: Fridays and Saturdays, July 5 to August 9, 2019
Where: Robson Square, VAG South Plaza, VAG North Plaza (šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square) and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie
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July 5 @ 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Jim Deva Plaza
The first outdoor event of this season features the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on July 5th at Jim Deva Plaza. Warm up with some Zumba and DJ MiXXX playing Top 40, some oldies, and some requests.
July 6 @ 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Robson Square
Carnaval del Sol Bachata edition
July 12 @ 7:00pm to 10:00pm at VAG South Plaza
Tango edition
July 13 @ 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Robson Square
Kizomba edition
July 19 @ 7:00pm to 10:00pm at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square
Bhangra edition
July 20 @ 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Robson Square
Salsa edition
July 27 @ 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Robson Square
August 9 @ 7:00pm to 10:00pm at at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square
Urban Kiz edition with Zumba warmup

Salsa Dancing @ Robson Square, Aug. 7, 2011

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

When: July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019
Where: Robson Square
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of FREE outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver (since 2006) during the summer months of July and August.

Each event starts with a free beginner dance lesson at 3:00pm, followed by social dancing 3:30pm to 5:00pm and performances 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Then it’s a free dance for all from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest 2019

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 — 10:02am PDT
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The largest North American food truck festival, Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, is back again! On July 27th, it will feature over 100 food vendors, live entertainment, and awesome local shopping in Downtown New Westminster.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

Columbia Streat Food Truck Festival

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Downtown New Westminster
Admission is free for this festival of food along the riverfront with live music, beer garden, fashions, and more.

Food Truck Lineup and More

Aloha PokeLemon Heaven
Arturos Mexico 2 Go Lenny’s Lemonade
BC Taco Los Guerreros Mexican Foods
Beljam’s Waffles Mama’s Fish and Chips
Betty’s Greek Honey Ballz Meat and Bread Food Truck
Brazilian Roots Truck Memphis Mike’s BBQ
Bread & Cheese Mini Donuts and More
Cannoli King Mo bacon
Cazba Express Mr. Arancino
Chouchou Mr. Tube Steak
Come Arepa Old Country Pierogi
Cravings Kettle Corn Porkmafia
Dim Sum Express Porky’s Food Truck
Dogs’n’Roses Praguery Food Truck I
Dolce Amore Praguery Food Truck II
Don Churro Prebak Cookie Dough
Fat Duck Mobile Eatery Ltd. REEL Mac and Cheese
Fijian Fusion Catering Inc. Rico & Lalo Frozen Fruit Bars
Flying Fish N Chipper Roasted Revolution
Fratelli On Wheels Rocky Point Ice Cream
Frying Pan Rolling Cashew
Fusion Icy Sarcastic Bean
Govindas Veggie Bomb Slavic Rolls
Greek On The Street Super Thai
Green Coast Cafe Taco’N Todo
Guerilla Q Tacofino Pink Truck
Holi Masala Taters – The Baked Potato Co.
Hugs by Mollie’s Minis Teapressu
Hunger Management The JerkShack
Ice Cream by Mario’s Kitchen The Original Hurricane Potato
Iron Dog Books The Reef Runner
Island Time Food Truck The Schnitzel Shack
It’s All About Grill The Snow Cloud Shavery
Japanese Teriyaki Express Twisted Creamery
JJ’ Hot Cobs Ltd. Vancouver Fashion Truck
Juicy Green Express Vick & Jas’ Kitchen
Kampong – Taste Of Malaysia Watermelon Mojito Bike
Whatafood – Brazilian Street Food Whistler Wood Fired Pizza Company

Enjoy live music, brought to you by Westminster Savings and curated by the Arts Council of New Westminster. Visit the numerous beer gardens along the street hosted by our famous pubs and restaurants. Feel like shopping? Drop into the Anvil Centre’s Artisan Market for unique handmade items or visit the New West Farmers Market for delicious local eats. Looking for even more? Check out the Bubble Zone by Bobacabana, dance with Royal City Swing or find the Mexican Fiesta.

Delicious downtown restaurants will be open too, in case you’d like to stay around even longer and savour the flavours of the royal city. Follow the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest on Facebook and Twitter for more info. Check out Fridays on Front for more fun in Downtown New West this summer.

Kitsilano Showboat, 84 Years of Free Seaside Entertainment in Vancouver

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 — 3:25pm PDT
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The Kitsilano Showboat returns for its 84th season of free seaside entertainment in Vancouver! Performances run every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from June 17 to August 17, 2019.

Kitsilano Showboat

Kitsilano Showboat

Since 1935 this summer staple has featured musical acts, plays, and dancers all near the pool at Kitsilano Beach. Here are just a few of the performances, which take place at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted:

Monday, June 17, 2019
Opening Night with the West Vancouver Concert Band
Friday, June 21, 2019
Dance to the Beat of Greece
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Special Thursday Show June 27th: Multiculturalism Day
Saturday, June 29, 2019
South Van Big Band

Click here to see what will be on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday »

Performers include Sambacouver, Vancouver School of Highland Dance, LiveWire4, Brazilian Swag, Top Line Vocal Collective, Heart and Sole, Royal City Concert Band, All for Dance, Studio Cloud 30, Wailele Wai Wai, 6oh4 Band, Bella Domingo Polynesian Dancers, Mexican Dance Ensemble… and many, many more!

Kitsilano Showboat History

In 1935, the Kitsilano Showboat was founded by Bert Emery. That same year the new Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce organized its first evening of events which included swimming, diving, acrobatics and other entertainment. As the Showboat began during the depression, performers also benefitted as they were not able to secure jobs during those hard times. Made up completely from volunteers, the Showboat has provided free entertainment for almost 70 years. The iconic outdoor stage, built in 1954, represents a Mississippi River showboat. [Source]

This summer, visit the Kitsilano Showboat at 2300 Cornwall (at Kitsilano Beach) in Vancouver, and online on Facebook and Twitter.

Best Patios in Vancouver

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 — 2:39pm PDT
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It’s patio season in Vancouver, and whether you’re under an awning next to the bustling thoroughfare or soaking up the sunshine by the water, nothing beats sipping and savouring some of the city’s best drinks and bites outside. Open Table recently released its list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining and 30 BC eateries made the list. Here are the 10 best patios in Vancouver that made the nation-wide list:

Best Patios in Vancouver

Arms Reach Bistro
Arms Reach Bistro
  • Arms Reach Bistro (4390 Gallant Ave #107c, North Vancouver)
  • Black & Blue Steakhouse (1032 Alberni St, Vancouver)
  • The Boathouse at Kits Beach (1305 Arbutus St, Vancouver)
  • Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company (1253 Johnston St, Vancouver)
  • Glowbal (590 W Georgia St, Vancouver)
  • Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House (777 Thurlow St, Vancouver)
  • The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
    • 1011 Mainland St, Vancouver
    • 1121 Alberni Street, Vancouver
  • Miku Restaurant (200 Granville St # 70, Vancouver)
  • Provence Marinaside (1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver)
  • Robba da Matti (1127 Mainland St, Vancouver)
  • The Teahouse Restaurant (7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver)
  • The Victor – Parq Vancouver (39 Smithe St, Vancouver)

Personally, I would also add Stanley’s Bar and Grill to the list, located at the historic Stanley Park Pavilion and surrounded by the lush natural scenery of the park. You can book a reservation on Open Table there as well.

Provence Marinaside
Provence Marinaside

Across Canada, 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar in West Kelowna was ranked #1 followed by 529 Wellington in Winnipeg, Alloy in Calgary, Amsterdam Brewhouse & Restaurant in Toronto, and North Vancouver’s Arms Reach Bistro was #5 nation-wide.

New Free Tourist Shuttle in Richmond

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 — 2:29pm PDT
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Ever since the Canada Line opened up, I have enjoyed exploring Richmond more than ever and now it’s even easier to get around to all reaches of the city! The new Richmond Discovery Shuttle officially launches on June 15th, providing tourists with a new, free transportation mode to easily visit some of the city’s hottest spots.

New Free Tourist Shuttle in Richmond

New Free Tourist Shuttle in Richmond

Presented in partnership by Tourism Richmond, the City of Richmond and the Richmond Hotel Association, and operated by Landsea Tours. The complimentary Richmond Discovery Shuttle will pick up at the following locations:

  1. Lansdowne Canada Line station
  2. Sheraton/Marriott/Hilton
  3. The Richmond Olympic Oval
  4. Steveston Village
  5. Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

The Discovery Shuttle will run on weekends and statutory holiday from June 15 through until September 2, 2019. Full shuttle schedules and trip planning resources are available online.

“I believe the Richmond Discovery Shuttle bridges many gaps. This partnership is a great example of organizations coming together to grow our visitor economy,” said Nancy Small, chief executive officer of Tourism Richmond. “Our Visitor Volume Study has shown that the more activities a tourist does in our city, the more they loved Richmond. Let’s get them exploring.”

Ride the shuttle to the Steveston Salmon Festival (July 1), to Music at the Cannery, the Steveston Heritage Tour, and much more in Richmond this summer.

Free Outdoor Movies in Downtown Vancouver for Summer 2019

Monday, June 10th, 2019 — 12:57pm PDT
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Walking back home from a Whitecaps game last August, we passed a venue with live music as the aroma of charcoaled street food wafted through the warm summer air. We came across the free outdoor movie in Downtown Vancouver, screening in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her” echoed across West Georgia street. I turned to John, “and they say we have a No Fun City!”

Downtown Vancouver Movies
Photo via Downtown Vancouver BIA on Facebook

This year’s lineup of free outdoor movies in Downtown Vancouver, at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square has been announced so pack up your lawn chair and have some free fun in the heart of city this summer.

Free Outdoor Movies in Downtown Vancouver

  • Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – Clueless
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – Pitch Perfect 1
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – Zoolander
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 – Paddington Bear
  • Monday, July 29, 2019 – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – Inside Out
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – Crazy Rich Asians

Movies begin at sundown each night (in front of the art gallery, between Howe, Hornby and Georgia) but there are activities and festivities beginning at 5:00pm and continuing until the show begins.

Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza

For more tips, news and regular updates on shows and schedules, visit Downtown Vancouver online, and Outdoor Movies BC on Facebook and Twitter.