June in Vancouver is when the city moves outside! From markets that take advantage of the sunshine during long summer nights, to street parties, jazz in the park, and yoga sessions on the waterfront, it’s time to grab the sunglasses and the sunscreen and enjoy Vancouver’s outdoor urban adventures.
Richmond Night Market
Friday to Sunday through October 14
Now the largest of its kind in North America, the Richmond Night Market is the place to cool down and chill out on a summer’s evening! Food is a big focus, with over 120 vendors offering up more than 600 different items, including a highly-Instagrammable rainbow grilled cheese sandwich! Of course, you’ll also find your favourite midway games, a rainbow maze, and a main stage with dance teams, musicians and martial arts displays.
Car Free Day: West End and Main Street
June 15 & 16
Two multi-block street parties on consecutive days offer a great way of getting out and reclaiming Vancouver’s streets from cars, and having a lot of fun at the same time! On Saturday, June 15, Car Free Day in the West End sees Denman Street—between Davie and Robson—jam-packed with vendors, food trucks, entertainment and crowds from 12 pm to 7 pm. The next day, you can expect the same thing, as the action hits Main Street between Broadway all the way to East 30th Avenue!
International Day of Yoga
Back in 2014, the United Nations declared June 21 the International Day of Yoga. Around the world, you’ll find events celebrating the practice, with free yoga classes aimed at bringing the benefits of the discipline to as many people as possible. In Vancouver, the Consulate General of India sponsors an event down at Yaletown’s David Lam Park, but you’ll find other yoga sessions sprinkled through the city’s public spaces, waterfront and gardens.
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
June 21 – July 1
Vancouver’s annual jazz festival is one of North America’s largest, with 1,800 artists, 300 shows and 35 venues across the city. The line-up is not just strictly jazz—this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival headliners include Wu Tang Clan, Herbie Hancock and The Roots. And with over 150 free performances, this festival truly is accessible to everyone.
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Feature Image: West End Car Free Day from Car Free Day Vancouver website
Rainbow Grilled Cheese: Richmond Night Market Instagram account
Main Street Car Free Day: Peter Xu via Car Free Day Vancouver website
Kits Beach Yoga: International Day of Yoga Vancouver website
Marquis Hill: Vancouver International Jazz Festival website