Weekender: June 28 through July 1, 2013

We’re more than ready for this upcoming long weekend to celebrate the official start to summer in Vancity – and, of course, Canada Day festivities. Three days away from the office translates to plenty of options guaranteed to help satiate young professionals’ need for plenty of action and relaxing. This Vancouver Weekender edition definitely has your bases covered.

Get things started right by heading out to one of our new favourite new spots for post-work drinks (and then some) by hitting up West Oak. Owned by Notable YED Peter Girges, they recently welcomed media and VIP friends for a soiree worth noting at their swanky new digs. Expect a menu filled with tantalizing bites, upscale comfort food and an array of cocktails. Oh yeah, we’re in Yaletown, so there’s the added bonus of people watching afforded by West Oak’s raised street-side patio.

Saturday, be sure to head out on the early side and beeline your way to one of the (now) many different community Farmers Markets that are open around town. With more than half a dozen to pick from, you’ve all but got the majority of your day set.  Our suggestion is that you grab your bike and pedal your way on over to West Vancouver’s Dundarave market, Kitsilano Farmers Market or trade in two wheels for four and cruise over to UBC Farm Market (all open Saturday).


Also taking place this Saturday (through until July 1) is the Vancouver International Busker Festival. This free, award-winning event boasts an eclectic array of street performers from around the world who will all but transform Granville Street for a multi-day showcase of music, comedy, magic and more. Donate what you can (and be sure to tip these hardworking artists accordingly). 

If you haven’t already had the chance to check out some of the acts in town for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival,  be sure to do so come Sunday (the festival wraps up July 1 for another year). Touted as one of the largest in the city, there is no shortage of musically-infused options to choose from. 

Come July 1, there is no shortage of events up for consideration. Steveston is hosting its 67th Annual Salmon Festival in conjunction with Canada Day celebrations. Complete with craft fair, parade, live music, performances and a massive salmon BBQ, you’ll be more than busy. Also, come Monday, head out to Granville Island on Canada Day and partake in their non-stop festivities to commemorate our country’s big day.  

Also taking place (and worth the drive), the city of Surrey is showcasing a full day of intense fun with a main stage showcasing the talents of Platinum Blond and Sloan on site to entertain attendees. Channel your inner kid and check out the carnival rides as well as the Canada Day Expo; fireworks are planned for the evening. For more info, click here.

If you’re feeling like celebrating Canada Day a little closer to home, perhaps simply heading out downtown to catch the annual Canada Day Parade is more your style. This colourful event heads along Burrard Street and then to West Hastings – bringing out thousands of visitors and patriotic well-wishers every year. Post parade, be sure to score yourself the perfect vantage point at the Coal Harbour Cactus Club location – fireworks will set the sky ablaze starting at around 10pm.

Top photo courtesy Cactus Club