Metro Vancouver Spring & Summer Night Markets for 2018

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Night markets are back in Metro Vancouver for the 2018 spring and summer season.  Metro Vancouver will have three night markets return for another year.  

Night Markets are a favourite summer activity for locals and a must-do activity.  They are inexpensive to attend, with some even offering free admission!  Overall, night markets are an affordable, low-cost night of fun where you can enjoy a night of delicious food (seriously, mouth-watering), great deals on merchandise and great entertainment, all in one place.  But that’s not all that you’ll find at the night markets, some of them offer kids games, beer gardens (19+),  organic foods including produce and meat, and so much more! 

If you haven’t been before, be prepared with cash, good shoes (because you’ll want to spend all night there), and an empty stomach.  Each and every market differs from the next, so make sure to check them all out this summer!

Here is Penny Lavish’s guide the spring and summer 2018 night markets in Metro Vancouver!

Shipyards Night Market 

The Shipyards Night Market believes in local lifestyles, showcasing BC artisans, bakers, farmers, and talent.  While there, you can enjoy live music, delicious food, entertainment, art, and shopping!  At the market, you can shop for products such as, jewelry, clothing, kids wear, bakers, produce, preserves, soaps, organic meats, honey, plants, chocolates, and much more!  You can also bring your dog as dogs are allowed on a leash at the Shipyards Night Market.  The market also has a beer garden (must be 19+) that features local craft beer, ciders, vodka and gin.  Visit the Shipyards Night Market for more information.

Where: 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: Fridays 5 pm-10 pm; May 4 – September 28

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from around the world, enjoy games, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the info visitor info booth for coupons.  They also offer free admission and a t-shirt if your birthday is in May or June and show up on the day of your birthday with I.D.  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $4.25 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 11 – October 8

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The market will feature artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music from the New Westminster Arts Council, strength from Strong Side Conditioning, and food trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest.  Visit the Downtown New Westminster website for more information.

Where: 600 Block of Front St., New Westminster, BC

Admission: Free

When: Fridays 5 pm-9 pm; July 6 – August 24

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Free Admission to Taste of Barbados in Surrey this Spring

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free festival is coming to Metro Vancouver this April.  The Barbados Cultural Association of BC will be bringing a Taste of Barbados to Surrey.

On Sunday, April 8 from 2 pm-8 pm, you can enjoy the free festival at the Bear Creek Pavilion in Surrey. Taste of Barbados will have Barbadian food, drinks, music, and culture.  This is a family friendly event, so there will also be kids activities.  While there, you can play dominoes, eat some tasty food, and dance to the music.  Food and drinks at the festival will be an additional cost.  

For more information, visit the Barbados Cultural Association of BC or the Taste of Barbados event page.

Where: 13750 88 Ave, Surrey, BC at Bear Creek Pavilion

Admission: Free

When: Sunday, April 8 from 2 pm-8 pm

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Meet the Trailer Park Boys for Free in Maple Ridge this April 2018

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Meeting celebrities from our favourite shows seems impossible.  Thanks to Black Sheep Public House & Liquor, you can meet the Canadian actors from Trailer Park Boys for free.

The Trailer Park Boys will be coming to the Black Sheep Public House & Liquor on Wednesday, April 4.  The meet and greet takes place from 2 pm-4 pm.  The Black Sheep Public House & Liquor is located in Maple Ridge on 12968 232 street.

Trailer Park Boys, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles will be there to sign autographs and take photos with fans.  The liquor store will be stocked with the Trailer Park Boys Liquormen’s Whiskey and Freedom 35 beer, along with merchandise to buy that you can take to be signed.

For more information, visit the Black Sheep Public House & Liquor Facebook page.

Comment below and share your experience meeting a celebrity.  We’d love to hear from you!

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Where: 12968 232 St., Maple Ridge, BC at Black Sheep Public House & Liquor

Price: Free

When: Wednesday, April 4 from 2 pm-4 pm

Bassjackers Performing Free on Saturday March 31, 2018 in Vancouver

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Easter long weekend is coming up quick.  To celebrate the long weekend, Solid Events are hosting a free show on the long weekend.

The free show will be performed by the Dutch mega duo, Bassjackers.  Bassjackers will perform at the Harbour Event Centre on Saturday, March 31 at 10 pm.  Limited tickets are completely free, but you must RSVP online beforehand.  You must be 19+ to attend the show and bring I.D. that matches your RSVP.  On another side note, RSVP’s can’t be transferred so make sure to get all of your friends to commit beforehand.

Bassjackers have chart-topping hits and collaborations with Martin Garrix, Afrojack, KSHMR, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, R3hab, and Showtek, as well as remixes for A-list artists including Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, Moby, and Ne-Yo.  To listen to some of Bassjcakers music, visit the Bassjackers music page.  They’ve got some great music, so this is a must-see show.

For more information, visit the Solid Events website.

Where: 750 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC at Harbour Event Centre

Admission: Free

When: Saturday, March 31 at 10 pm

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Free Snowshoe and Ski Trail Access for Kids at Whistler Olympic Park this Spring Break 2018

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Spring break in Vancouver is here for the kids.  Finding things to do with the kids around Metro Vancouver, can get expensive quick.  Thankfully, there are lots of free events and activities for kids this Spring break.

Whistler Olympic Park is offering free snowshoe and ski trail access for kids 12 & under.  The trail access is available for free on weekdays from Monday, March 19 until Friday, March 30.  Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who have purchased a day pass or has a seasons pass for the park.  Rentals are not included in this deal, but you can rent equipment at the Whistler Olympic Park.  The deal is only available in person at the gate the day of and not online.

For more information, visit the Whistler Olympic Park Facebook page.  If you like this deal for Spring Break, there are other free deals for kids this Spring Break, including, Kids Ride Free on the Sea to Sky Gondola and Junior JUNOS.  Before you go though, please comment below and share your favourite free Spring Break event for the kids.

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Free Event: Junior JUNOS Presented With CBC Kids on March 24, 2018 in Vancouver

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Vancouver is hosting the JUNO Awards later this month, which is bringing lots of free music events around the city.  The JUNO Awards and CBC Kids is inviting families to attend the free Junior JUNOS at Let’s Hear it! Live – Vancouver.

The event takes place on Saturday, March 24 from 9 am-12:30 pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza.  There will be live performances by JUNO Award nominees for Children’s Album of the Year.  The performers at this event include Big Block Singsong, Bobs & LoLo, The Moblees and Splash’N Boots.  The Junior JUNOS will be hosted by CBC Kids friends Tony and Gary the Unicorn.

The event will also have crafts, interactive activities, and the opportunity to meet favourite CBC Kids friends PJ Masks for hugs and photos.

For complete details, visit the official website for the JUNO Awards or visit the Facebook event page for Let’s Hear it! Live – Vancouver or visit the Let’s Hear it! Live website.

Where: 750 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Art Gallery – North Plaza

Admission: Free 

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9 am-12:30 pm

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Free Two-Day Outdoor Music Festival, “Let’s Hear it! Live” in Vancouver on March 23, 2018 & March 24, 2018

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The JUNO Awards is coming to Vancouver on Sunday, March 25, 2018.  With this event on its way, there are lots of free music events happening around the city.  The latest event to be added is a two-day music festival called Let’s Hear it! Live – Vancouver.

On Friday, March 23 from 12 pm-9 pm and on Saturday, March 24 from 12:50 pm-9 pm, you can enjoy the two-day music festival at the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery in Downtown Vancouver.  The festival is presented by CBC Vancouver and CBC Music, and supported by Creative BC & The Province of British Columbia.  The event will feature top talent from around BC in various music genres and will be hosted by CBC favourites Dan Burritt, Gloria Macarenko, Julie Nesrallah, Stephen Quinn, and Lien Yeung.

The festival performers will include:

  • The Funk Hunters
  • Little Destroyer
  • Desi Sub Culture
  • Khanvict
  • Mob Bounce
  • Peach Pit
  • Astrocolor
  • Conro
  • The Boom Booms
  • Fionn
  • Horsepowar
  • DJ Kookum
  • Fintan O’Brien
  • Chersea
  • I M U R 
  • Shawn Austin
  • MusiCounts StarBand with Dear Rouge
  • Fox Glove
  • Bukola 

This two-day event features lots more fun and it’s all for free! For complete details, visit the Let’s Hear it! Live – Vancouver Facebook event page or visit the Let’s Hear it! website.

Where: 750 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Art Gallery – North Plaza

Admission: Free 

When: Friday, March 23, 2018 from 12 pm-9 pm and Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 12:50 pm-9 pm

If you like this event, be sure to check out other free JUNO events, including JUNO Fan Fare. If you know of any other free and cheap events around Metro Vancouver, tell us by commenting below!  If you would like to be the first to know all of the latest deals and events, subscribe to our blog by e-mail, RSS feed or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Sea to Sky Gondola Free For Kids Ages 12 & Under From March 17, 2018 – March 29, 2018

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Spring is almost here.  It brings sunny weather and lots of free events.  This Spring, the Sea to Sky Gondola has a free event that starts this weekend.

The Sea to Sky Gondola is offering free rides for up to three children 12 & under when they are accompanied by an adult or senior.  The Secret Spring Break Deal is happening from Saturday, March 17 to Thursday, March 29 during business hours.  To receive free ride tickets for children, an adult or senior must purchase a day ticket along with mentioning the Secret Spring Break Deal at the ticket window.

The Sea to Sky Gondola has lots of activities, including snowshoeing, tubing, playgrounds and exploring.  Some of these activities are at an additional cost.  In addition to these activities, there will be children’s activities at the summit.

For more information, visit the Sea to Sky Gondola website.

Where: 36800 Highway 99, Squamish, BC

Admission: Free for up to three children 12 & under with the purchase of one adult or senior ticket

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 10 am-5 pm (last ride down at 6 pm)

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Free Event: JUNO Photography Exhibition From March 12, 2018 – April 7, 2018

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Vancouver is hosting the JUNO Awards on Sunday, March 25, 2018.  With this event approaching soon, there are a lot of other JUNO events happening around the city to enjoy.  One of the other events that is happening is the JUNO Photography Exhibit and it’s completely free.

From March 12 until April 7, you can check out the photography exhibit at the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver.  The event runs Monday to Friday from 9 am-5 pm.  The exhibit showcases the past 40+ years of Canadian music and the JUNO Awards.  It features photos that capture candid moments backstage, performances on-stage, the JUNO Awards’ 40th Anniversary book photos, and never before seen photos taken by Canada’s foremost rock roll photographers.  Some of the photos featured in the exhibit were taken by iPhoto Inc., Barry Roden, Bruce Cole, Grant Martin, Tom Sandler, George Pimental, Alex Urosevic, and Ryan Bolton.

For complete details, visit the official website for the JUNO Awards.

Where: 885 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Pendulum Gallery

Admission: Free 

When: March 12, 2018 – April 7, 2018; Monday to Friday from 9 am-5 pm

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Free Event: JUNO Fan Fare Presented by CBC Music on March 24, 2018

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Vancouver is hosting the JUNO awards later this month.  With this award show, there comes lots of celebrations leading up to the big event, including some free shows.  CBC Music will be presenting a free event called JUNO Fan Fare on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The JUNO Fan Fare is your chance to take a selfie with your favourite artist.  There are three time slots from 12 pm-3 pm on Saturday, March 24 at Metropolis at Metrotown, where you can take a selfie with your favourite artist from one of the six groups you choose from.  The artists that will be at the event, include, Aaron Pritchett, Arkells, Chad Brownlee, Dallas Smith, Dan Davidson, Daniel Caesar, High Valley, James Barker Band, Jess Moskaluke, Marianas Trench, Lights, Ria Mae, Ruth B., Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, Theory, Tim Hicks and Virginia to Vegas.

At the event, there will be live performances by Jess Moskaluke, High Valley, Ria Mae, Scott Helman, and Tim Hicks.  The event will also have a live DJ, DAVE (Dave Ritter of The Strumbellas).  The entire event will be hosted by CBC Music’s Odario Williams, Amanda Parris and CBC Vancouver’s Anita Bathe.  While there, you also have a chance to win giveaways, including JUNO Awards merchandise and 2018 JUNO Awards Red Carpet passes.

The event is completely free, but you must order a ticket online beforehand as this is a first-come, first served basis event.

For complete details, visit the official website for the JUNO Awards.

Where: 4700 Kingsway St., Burnaby, BC at Metropolis at Metrotown

Admission: Free 

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 12 pm-3 pm

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