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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, May 25th, 2017 — 9:27am PDT
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There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you’re in Vancouver and you see a weekend forecast full of sunshine. This weekend Miss604 is proud to support the Surrey International Children’s Festival, there’s also cooking classes, art walk, orchestra, farmers markets, outdoor dancing, fishing, and craft beer — something for everyone to enjoy!

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, May 26, 2017
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey International Children’s Festival
Barn Burner 2017
Music Heals Presents: Shred Kelly
Karen Goodfellow at Place des Arts
Furniture Artisan Expo, Surrey
ROVE Mount Pleasant Arts Walk, Free
VSO Pops: Sophisticated Ladies
The Labyrinth at St. Paul’s
Little Black Dress Gala
Free Outdoor Dance Series Downtown
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Richmond Night Market
Vancouver Craft Beer Week
New Works at Night: OURO Collective
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
rEvolver Festival
Arts Umbrella Expressions Theatre Festival
Wen Wei Dance
Staircase Theatre Presents The Hunger Room
The Arts Club Presents: Million Dollar Quartet
Pacific Theatre Presents: Outside Mullingar

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey International Children’s Festival
Vancouver Drone Day
Coquitlam’s City-Wide Garage Sale
WhitecapsFC v DC United
Bike in Movie
Free Outdoor Dance Series Downtown
River District Farmers Market
ArtStarts: Eco-Logical Show! L’école-logique! with CréaSon
Trout Lake Farmers Market
Hard Rubber Orchestra Variety Show
West End Farmers Market
West of Main Art Walk
Furniture Artisan Expo, Surrey
Place des Arts: Art After Dark
Ridge Meadows Beer Festival
European Festival at Swangard Stadium
Vancouver Craft Beer Week
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Richmond Night Market
rEvolver Festival
Arts Umbrella Expressions Theatre Festival
Wen Wei Dance
Staircase Theatre Presents The Hunger Room
The Arts Club Presents: Million Dollar Quartet
Pacific Theatre Presents: Outside Mullingar

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Como Lake Fishing Derby, Coquitlam
P2L: Spring into Summer Community Clearout
Friends of the Grove Fundraiser & Cocktail Party
Italian Cooking Class:Gnocchi
The Walking School Bus
Zealous Art Paint at Ricky’s in Mission BC
KidPreneur Market Day
ArtStarts: Eco-Logical Show! L’école-logique! with CréaSon
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
West of Main Art Walk
International Metal Writers Conference
European Festival at Swangard Stadium
Vancouver Craft Beer Week
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Richmond Night Market
rEvolver Festival
The Arts Club Presents: Million Dollar Quartet
Pacific Theatre Presents: Outside Mullingar

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Vancouver Canadians Fireworks and Family Fun This Summer


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 — 12:45pm PDT
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The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd! The Vancouver Canadians start their season on June 15th with their first game at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium on June 20th. Fans can expect a post-game fireworks extravaganza presented by Whistler Brewing. The first 2,500 fans to the ballpark will also receive a magnetic schedule giveaway also presented by Whistler Brewing.

This year, on top of affordable family fun cheering on our hometown boys, fans can enjoy 8 Fireworks Extravaganzas, 7 A&W Family Fun Sundays, 6 Scotiabank ‘Nooner at the Nat days, 3 Superstar Series Appearances and much more!

Here is the full promotional calendar for the Vancouver Canadians.

June 2017

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 HOME OPENER: Fireworks Extravaganza/Magnetic Schedule Giveaway (first 2,500 fans) Presented by Whistler Brewing.
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Fireworks Extravaganza Presented by Rogers.
  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 Scotiabank ‘Nooner at the Nat in support of Pacific Autism Family Network.
  • Friday, June 23, 2017 Presented by Waste Management.
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 Fireworks Extravaganza/Seat Cushion Giveaway (first 500 fans). Presented by Cloverdale Paint.
  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 A&W Family Fun Sunday/Pennant Giveaway (first 1,000 kids 12 and under).
  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 Cooler Bag Giveaway (first 500 fans). Presented by Developmental Disabilities Association.
  • Friday, June 30, 2017 Scotiabank ‘Nooner at the Nat. in support of Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.

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July 2017

  • Saturday, July 1, 2017 Canada Day Fireworks Extravaganza Presented by Scotiabank.
  • Sunday, July 2, 2017 A&W Family Fun Sunday/Adjustable Cap Giveaway (first 500 kids 12 and under).
  • Monday, July 3, 2017 Autographs – Fergie Jenkins & Gaylord Perry/Card Giveaway (first 1,000 fans). Presented by VIA Rail.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Presented by Vancouver Coastal Health.
  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 Dog Day Of Summer Presented by Petcurean Pet Nutrition.
  • Friday, July 14, 2017 Scotiabank ‘Nooner at the Nat in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity.
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 Fireworks Extravaganza/hey y’all! Cowboy Boot Koozie Giveaway (first 1,500 fans, 19+) Presented by hey y’all! Southern Style Hard Iced Tea.
  • Sunday, July 16, 2017 A&W Family Fun Sunday/Youth Jersey Giveaway (first 500 kids 12 and under).
  • Monday, July 17, 2017 Presented by The Yale Saloon.
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Superstar Appearance by David Justice/Card Giveaway (first 1,000 fans) Presented by BC Sports Hall of Fame/Blakes.
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Scotiabank ‘Nooner at the Nat. in support of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 Presented by The Salvation Army.
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 Fireworks Extravaganza Presented by Scotiabank.
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 A&W Family Fun Sunday/Photoball Giveaway (first 1,000 kids 12 and under).

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August 2017

  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Superstar Appearance by Corey Koskie/Card Giveaway (first 1,000 fans). Presented by BC Sports Hall of Fame/Blakes.
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Kevin Pillar Bobblehead Giveaway (first 1,000 fans). Presented by Scotiabank.
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 Scotiabank ‘Nooner at the Nat in support of Easter Seals BC
  • Friday, August 11, 2017 Superstar Appearance by Fred McGriff/Card Giveaway (first 1,000 fans). Presented by BC Sports Hall of Fame/Blakes.
  • Saturday, August 12, 2017 Fireworks Extravaganza Presented by Carter Honda.
  • Sunday, August 13, 2017 A&W Family Fun Sunday/Batting Helmet Giveaway (first 1,000 kids 12 and under).
  • Monday, August 14, 2017 Noah Syndergaard Bobblehead Giveaway (first 1,000 fans). Presented by The Keg Steakhouse + Bar.
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Presented by Vancouver Board of Parks and Rec.
  • Sunday, August 20, 2017 A&W Family Fun Sunday/Kevin Pillar Superhero Cape Giveaway (first 500 kids 12 and under).
  • Monday, August 21, 2017 Coors Snapback Cap Giveaway (first 500 fans, 19+).
  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 Presented by Coors Light Fireworks Extravaganza Presented by Holborn.
  • Sunday, August 27, 2017 A&W Family Fun Sunday/Umbrella Giveaway (first 500 fans).
  • Monday, August 28, 2017 Team Photo Giveaway (First 2,500 fans). Presented by Van Houtte Coffee Services.
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Scotiabank’ Nooner at the Nat in support of Heart& Stroke Foundation

Tickets are on sale now starting at just $14! Follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and use the tag #AtTheNat.

Parenting Paradise in Parksville


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 — 12:54pm PDT
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Guest post contributed and written by Jen Murtagh

I have often joked with fellow moms that there is no such thing as “vacation” when you have young children. The sheer amount of work it takes to pack, travel, plan and unpack with little ones isn’t really my idea of relaxation. However, this past weekend in Parksville, I felt like I was winning at parenthood.

Parksville is a short drive from Departure Bay or Duke Point in Nanaimo, about half-hour and the traffic actually moves quickly off the ferry. I have always enjoyed taking BC Ferries and my kids love it too. We often sit up on the top deck when I can tear them away from the kids play area and watch for whales and dolphins. They love grabbing a traditional White Spot lunch, followed by some Uno and colouring. My happy place is being on the water and even traveling on my own with the kids, I found some moments to relax this weekend.

Top 5 Things To Do in Parksville with Kids

1. Beach it up!
Parksville has the most amazing beaches. The beach in front of the Beach Club Resort reminded me of California where the tide goes out for miles and the sand is a dream for sandcastle creations. We spent about three hours building, playing, collecting sand dollars and picnicking out on the sand bars. Each summer, Parksville is home to the incredible Canadian Open Sand Sculpting competition and exhibition.

2. Park and Play
The community park is the jewel of Parksville including a beautiful waterfront boardwalk, skate park, water park and playground. My children spent hours here, moving from the water park to the playground. The playground is surrounded by a fantastic picnic area with benches, a grassy area and delicious food trucks in case you forgot to pack a picnic. My kids loved the mini waterslide, tire swing and zipline.

3. Mini Golf
Parksville boasts two mini golf courses – Paradise Fun Park and Riptide Lagoon. We tried out the courses at Riptide Lagoon and stayed for Island Farms ice cream after. I even managed to get a few hole in ones and the kids loved all the different obstacles.

4. Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Morningstar Farms
Where can you go and sample about twenty different types of delectable cheeses and your kids can go on a scavenger hunt around a farm spotting (and allowed to pet) donkeys, rabbits, horses, cows and goats? Look no further than this quaint farm and local, ethical and sustainable farmstead cheese. We also spent some time in the “Calfe” for a hot chocolate and their famous Mars Bar rice krispie squares. Only about 10 minutes drive out of downtown Parksville.

5. Goats on the Roof
Coombs Old Country Market is a must when staying in Parksville. It is a quick 12 minute drive and worth at least an hour of your time (with kids) and likely more if you have more patient people in your party. I loved spending time in the market looking at all the amazing local food including some delicious local candied wild salmon and the kids quickly found some great little trinkets to remember their weekend.

Where to Stay & Eat


Photo courtesy Beach Club Resort

The Beach Club Resort has perfect positioning in Parksville, just a five minute walk to the playground along the waterfront boardwalk. The property itself is beautiful and has all the amenities you need when travelling with children. The kids couldn’t get enough of the indoor pool and hot tub! But when they did and we were all starving, they squealed with delight over room service.

Our server brought up the kids menus and crayons and colouring sheets so they could get the whole experience. The rooms, service and entire experience was outstanding. They also offer babysitting services if you want to enjoy a kid free dinner overlooking the sunset at Pacific Prime Restaurant on site. We are rebooking another trip for the summer soon before they sell out!

Also, give Cuckoo Italian Restaurant at Coombs Market a try for traditional Italian. My kids loved their wood-fired pizzas and I had a heavenly dinner including the best Caprese salad I have ever had and mouth watering pasta dish with seafood. We all enjoyed sharing the famous “Peanut Butter Stack” for dessert. Very kid friendly and the Italian music, patio lights and water features make this my most peaceful dining experience with kids yet.

Tips for Traveling BC Ferries

  1. Make reservations – I don’t know about you but standing by for multiple ferries over the long weekend with children, isn’t my preferred way to travel. We booked two weeks out with no problem.
  2. Take advantage of the kid friendly activities – Tsawwassen terminal has an awesome kids play park. I practically had to drag my children into the car when our departure was announced.
  3. Pack some extra jackets – on sunny days, we always hit the decks but it can be a lot cooler so to avoid meltdowns, pack some layers.
  4. If all else fails – kids zone. All the ferries I have travelled on to Nanaimo have the kids areas and I make it a habit to provide my kids with a 30 minute max so we can have some downtime of games and White Spot.

Plan your own Parksville getaway with resources from Destination BC and find more Vancouver Island articles here »

A Miss604.com guest post by Jen Murtagh

Jen Murtagh

Guest post by Jen Murtagh CEO Minerva BC. Founder NetworkinginVan. People philanthropist. Loud laugher. U2 Superfan. Dominator of boggle. Follow Jen on Twitter @JenU2.

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Free Festivals in Metro Vancouver This Summer


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 — 8:21am PDT
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Are you looking for live music, dancing, family fun, and a ticket price of zero dollars? You are in luck! There is a handful of festivals around Metro Vancouver this summer and you won’t have to pay a thing to get in.

Free Festivals in Metro Vancouver This Summer

Burnaby Heights Hats Off Day

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Where: Hastings between Boundary & Gamma
Highlights: Hats Off Day is a huge, one-day extravaganza featuring a colourful main-street style parade followed by a big street party. The street is packed with nearly 100,000 families, friends, neighbours, and merchants each year!
More Info: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Surrey Fusion Festival

When: July 22 & July 23, 2017
Where: Holland Park, Surrey
Highlights: Nelly Furtado will be headlining this year’s festival and the full lineup will be announced soon. Enjoy activities, crafts, food, and demos from dozens of vendors and over 40 cultural pavilions. Over 70 performances will be scheduled on 4 stages throughout the two-day festival.
More Info: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Car Free Day in Vancouver

When: June 17 & June 18, 2017 and July 9, 2017
Where: Main Street, West End, Kitsilano, and Commercial Drive
Highlights: 4 festivals, 3 days, 2 weekends of community block parties, live music, and more. Main Street spans 21 blocks and will have 15 stages; West End will be all along Denman from Robson to Davie, and there will be block parties all throughout Kitsilano.
More Info: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Khatsahlano Street Part

When: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Where: Along West 4th Ave in Kitsilano
Highlights: Lineup and full details coming soon!
More Info: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Celebration of Light & Park Stage at Second Beach

When: Saturday, July 29; Wednesday, August 2; Saturday, August 5
Where: Second Beach, Stanley Park
Highlights: New this year! The Celebration of Music at Second Beach in Stanley Park taking place all 3 days of the Celebration of Light. The Park Stage at Second Beach will host areas to view the fireworks at English Bay and an array of performers along with food and drinks. Programming announcements coming soon.
More Info: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Where: Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Highlights: Featuring Bif Naked, The Matinee, and more live entertainment. Savour the flavours of the local food truck and craft brew scene, enjoy the very best of mucic and dance, and check out the handiworks at the artisan fair.
More Info: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Have more to add? Send in your event and festival info for a free listing in Miss604’s monthly event roundup or to be included in this post.

Win Tickets to Soul Gospel 2 with Warren Dean Flandez


Thursday, May 18th, 2017 — 6:09pm PDT
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Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir (“GNVGC”) presents Soul Gospel 2, the second concert uniting two influential and inspiring genres on June 3rd at Christ Church Cathedral.

Vancouver’s own JUNO-nominated vocalist Warren Dean Flandez lends his dark, rich tone, and silky, smooth falsetto to the 90 voices of Good Noise, performing his own original works as well as hits made famous by such stars as Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and more.

  • What: Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir presents Soul Gospel 2 with Warren Dean Flandez
  • Where: Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St, Vancouver)
  • When: June 3, 2017 @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Tickets: Available online now for the 3:00pm show and the 7:30pm show or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

An artist described as “soulfully charged”, Warren Dean Flandez continues on his trajectory to fame thanks to his 2017 JUNO nominated album, Eternally Grateful. The record, which was in the running for ‘Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year’, earned praise across the country by critics who were charmed by the singer’s “wide vocal range and killer beats.” In March 2017, Flandez also scooped up two Covenant Awards given by the Gospel Music Association of Canada, winning ‘Urban Song of the Year’ for Never Dim My Light and ‘Gospel Song of the Year’ for Joy!

Flandez’ enigmatic sound and undeniably funky style garnered him further recognition by the industry. In 2011, he released his debut album, Vintage Love, a collaborative effort with award-winning producer Mike Southworth featuring contributions from R&B songstress Divine Brown, Printz Board (Black Eyed Peas), Andrea Martin (Roc Nation), and other acclaimed artists. Flandez returned to his gospel roots in 2016 with the EP, What the World Needs Now. Upon its release, the record shot to No. 2 on the iTunes Inspirational Charts Top 100.

The 90-voice GNVGC has a membership that includes singers from across the Lower Mainland, from the North Shore to Abbotsford and every town in between. Members of the choir come from a diversity of faith traditions (or none at all) sharing a common love of singing gospel and popular music. GNVGC is currently choir-in-residence at one of downtown Vancouver’s finest historic venues, Christ Church Cathedral.

Win Tickets to Soul Gospel II with Warren Dean Flandez

I have a pair of tickets to give away to the evening performance at 7:30pm. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Whitecaps FC #BuckUp for Mental Health in Support of Covenant House Vancouver


Thursday, May 18th, 2017 — 4:16pm PDT
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Two of my favourite local organizations are teaming up for an amazing initiative! Vancouver Whitecaps FC has launched the 4th annual #BuckUp for Mental Health campaign in support of Covenant House Vancouver. The campaign started this week and it will culminate at the match on Saturday, June 3rd when Whitecaps FC take on Atlanta United FC at BC Place.

#BuckUp for Mental Health

This year, the ‘Caps are aiming to raise $50,000 in support of Covenant House Vancouver and their mental health programs. There are more ways than ever to get involved in #BuckUp for Mental Health:

  1. Raffle: New this year is a raffle with only 1,000 tickets available at a cost of $20 each. The grand prize is a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere WestJet flies. Order raffle tickets online here.
  2. Auction: Fans can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences and unique items with all proceeds benefitting the campaign and Covenant House Vancouver.
  3. Donate: At the match on June 3 or online.

“A few dollars may not seem like much,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi, “but when we all come together for this worthwhile cause, we can make a big difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable youth in our community.”

Funds raised through #BuckUp for Mental Health will be donated to Whitecaps FC community partner Covenant House Vancouver, which serves more than 1,300 homeless youth who access their services every year, many of whom struggle with mental illness.