Continually ranked as one of the best places to visit in Canada, Vancouver – other than being the epitome of a picturesque postcard – has a lot to offer. This vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis is reflected in the host of activities available in the summer. From unique cultural experiences to lively and social athletic programs, Vancouver can bring out the spirit and vigour of any visitor.
Summer days are the best time to take advantage of any city. Get the most out of your visit to Vancouver with our recommendation on the best things to do this summer!
Vancouver TheatreSports™ League – Improv Comedy
With six International Improv Comedy Awards, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is the theatrical experience that will keep you brilliantly entertained and laughing for years to come. Their shows this summer include anywhere from an elimination-based comedic firestorm titled Throne and Games to an edgy, fast-paced Improv After Dark show for adults with a fully stocked bar. Intrigued? See for yourself how Vancouver TheatreSports™ League has managed to bring laughs and unforgettable experiences to their audiences since 1980!
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Bard on the Beach is a creation born from a mission to perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare. Continually have sold out performances, their productions change every summer yet consistently achieve critical and audience acclaim. Bard on the Beach manages to bring the magic and brilliance of Shakespeare to the modern era with their entrancing plays. This summer features The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Shakespeare’s Rebel by C. C. Humphreys.
Vancouver Jazz Festival
Every summer, Vancouver attracts musicians and audiences alike for weeks in an event that celebrates music, sound, and artistic ventures. The Vancouver Jazz Festival brings some of the best jazz, blues, world, and creative musicians together for a variety of individual performances – some of which are free to attend!
Free Salsa Dancing at Robson Square
Everyone has a little dancing fire within them, and there is no better time than a Sunday afternoon in Vancouver’s downtown core to discover that passion – for free. This annual outdoor summer event is a community favourite, with attendees consisting of both pros and people who have never danced ever before. Free lessons begin at 3pm, and it doesn’t take much to start – everyone is welcome and no registration or notification is required, just an enthusiastic attitude and a comfortable pair of shoes. At 5pm, performances and demonstrations from the pros begin, but the dance floor is open until 7:30pm for a truly enjoyable summer day.
Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park
A warm night out in nature surrounded by stars, relaxing with a bag of popcorn and watching a movie is only fantasy for some. Let those dreams come alive in Vancouver with their free outdoor summer movie nights hosted by FreshAirCinema. With massive 3 story inflatable movie screens, this event attracts crowds of eager audiences. Movies change annually and range from age-old classics to some of the most popular movies today, so there is no excuse to be missing out on what is guaranteed to be a fantastic night.
Whether you prefer to spend the summer relaxing or getting active, Vancouver manages to hit all the requirements. Complement your stay in a perfectly furnished apartment with a perfectly planned summer!