Vancouver Weekender: June 27 through 29, 2014


The North Vancouver Night Market is the place to be on the North Shore, so grab the Seabus and make your way over for an evening of fun. They’ve got more than 80 different vendors, live music, artisans, 30 different food trucks to score a feast and even a beer garden. Once you land at Lonsdale Quay, simply head East toward the Shipyards – you can’t miss it. Best part is it’s free.

Bombay Sapphire is kicking off the long weekend with the first of its ‘5-7 o’clock’ sampling sessions taking place at Notable favourite The Parlour Restaurant in Yaletown. Head over and celebrate the newly-instated Happy Hour laws and toast to Canada Day a few days early.

Sunset Beach Social sets up shop for the season on Friday starting at 5pm until sundown in the heart of the city’s West End. Grab your beach blanket and make your way down for the night and be sure to bring your appetite (they’ll have a score of food trucks on hand to feed you). Also on site: a curated artisan market courtesy of BLIM, roller disco, sand castle competition with $500 up for grabs, and live drag performances for added entertainment.  

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Richmond Night Market is worth checking out over the weekend (on every night). With more than 300 different vendors to visit, plenty of food to sample, live entertainment and a giant duck worth seeing, put it on your must-see list. Explore all 10 acres of the marketplace located at 12631 Vulcan Way.

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival marks its final weekend and is not to be missed. Take advantage of the great weather in store and scout out a concert or two to attend. Our picks: Saturday, head to Granville Island’s outdoor Public Market Stage and catch Poetrio or Bestie, and The Belle Game at David Lam Park (Yaletown) on Sunday night. Sneak in a flask, grab your blanket, and make it a night. 


Off The Eaten Track launches a brand new tour centred around Vancouver’s craft distilleries as of this Saturday. Nab a $75 ticket (includes spirits, private transportation to each distillery, tour guide, food and taxes); starts at 3pm. You’ll get an inside look at a handful of the city’s popular new micro-distillers (The Long Table Distillery, Yaletown Distillery and The Odd Society are all part of this new tour). Stick around for a private after-party and plenty more cocktails. 


The Vancouver Food Truck Festival is where you want to head on Sunday afternoon. Grab your bike and work up an appetite getting there by cycling along the Seawall to its Olympic Village location. There are more than 20 different trucks to satisfy any and all of your cravings, DJs on site to entertain, and local wares for purchase. 


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Top photo courtesy The Parlour Yaletown