Events in Vancouver and Around Town

Although the weather lately would beg to differ, SUMMER IS NOT OVER! We’ve created a list below of great events in vancouver and attractions around town to attend. Enjoy!

April 30 – September 25 – Playland at the PNE

Playland offers rides to excite every fairgoer from the most timid children to the most extreme thrillseeker. The midway games offer a different kind of fun and so do the amazing variety of food venues! For those who do like a wild ride, check out this year’s new ride, ATMOSFEAR!

May 20 – September 11 – Chinatown Night Market

No need to travel to Richmond, the street market in one of North America’s largest Chinatowns awaits you with booths of different merchandises on sale including artistic crafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD’s, VCD’s, DVD’s, delicious snacks & ethnic food. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6:30pm to 11:00pm @ Keefer Street/Main Street.

June 1 – October 5 – Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, this market is exceptional at this central location, offering a great selection of everything from produce, to meat and cheese, baked goods, flowers, ready-to-eat delights, chef demonstrations and more! Find the market vendors lined up along the sidewalk on Station Street. Every Wednesday from 3pm – 7pm.

June 2 – September 24 – Bard On The Beach 2011 – 21st Anniversary Season

Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy AS YOU LIKE IT, the classic drama THE MERCANG OF VENICE, the triligoy of Henry VI blended into a single play, HENRY VI: THE WARS OF THE ROSES, and RICAHRD III. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core. Staged in two open-air performance tents, the productions are set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline.

For schedule and ticket information visit

June 4 – October 22 – West End Farmers’ Market

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s busy West End on the 1100 Block of Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow, the West End Farmers Market looks onto beautiful newly renovated Nelson Park and community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee on-site as well. Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm.

June 4 – September 18 – Robson Square Artisan Market

Visit the Robson Square Artisan Market for Art, Crafts, Jewelry, Gifts and more. FREE LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT every weekend – see the schedule on their website of amazing performances & come enjoy a show in the sun with a latte & healthy snack from the concession! Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 3pm.

July 4 – August 26 – CBC Musical Nooners: 40 Free Outdoor Concerts in 40 Days

CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners offer an amazing FREE concert on their outdoor stage from noon to 1 pm everyday! Listen to some of the West Coast’s favourite local and even international artists. From blues legends Jim Byrnes & Colin Linden to Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Greg Sczebel to the New Pornographers’ Kathyrn Calder. Just grab your lunch and head down to the outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street.


Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) presents its 65th season with two award-winning family musicals under the stars at Malkin Bowl in beautiful Stanley Park! This season, watch Bye Bye Birdie, a hilarious musical about an Elvis-like rock star named Conrad Birdie set in the 1960’s. Also showing is Anything Goes, a romantic comedy about an unusual group of passengers sailing from New York to England on the S.S. American.

To see the schedule and reserve your seat, visit

July 10 – August 28 – Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is a series of FREE, outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. The dances are open to everyone and you are welcome even if you’ve never danced a day in your life. Try the free lessons at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is! Event is every Sunday afternoon in July and August!

July 10 – August 28 – All Over the Map

All Over the Map brings you the best in free, outdoor cultural events in Vancouver. Experience exhilarating local dance and music with roots from all around the globe. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes – these lively, all-ages performances have been known to get the crowd moving! Sundays, 2pm performances, Ron Basford Park, Granville Island (Excluding July 31).

July 23 – July 24 – Caribbean Days

The Caribbean Days Festival is a family event full of exuberant fun-lovers parading, dining and dancing in the sunshine in North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park at Lonsdale Quay. Enjoy a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival & culture as only the Caribbean can offer.

July 30 – August 6 – Celebration of Light

Vancouver’s summer signature event – the city’s annual free musical fireworks festival is a competition held over four evenings at English Bay. The 2011 event is scheduled for July 30, August 3, and August 6 with Performances by China, Spain, and Canada respectively.

Aug 5 – August 14 – MusicFest Vancouver

Concert venues throughout Vancouver play host to unforgettable musical experiences that bring enthusiastic and adventurous music lovers together with some of the most talented artists in the world playing classical, jazz and world music. Ten days, over 40 concerts and events, and diverse musical repertoire that spans both the centuries and the planet: MusicFest Vancouver offers you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the broadest range of live music performed with passion, skill and creativity.

Details at Tickets at Ticketmaster.

Hope you enjoy these Events in Vancouver! If you are planning on staying in the city, be sure to check out our great specials at . Summer only comes once a year so don’t miss out!

Some Recent Reviews for Moda Hotel

One of the most sincere tokens of appreciation from our guests is when they write reviews about their stay the Moda Hotel. We want to share a few with you as well:

“So Chic! comfy & cute”
I went to stay at Moda for a week and it was my first time to Vancouver. The location was PERFECT ! downtown Van was only a few blocks away, there a good walk to gastown too. Overall, my stay was great. Everyday I came back to my hotel room and it looked brand new ! Now, I do admit the walls are a bit thin so you can hear a little bit of hallway noise but nothing that was enough to bother us. Ohh and a greattt bed too ! Nice linens and clean bathroom.
Uva bar has greatttt drinks ! The Hotel was a great price and a good stay. I would def stay again. Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple.

“Favorite Vancouver Hotels”
This is our 3rd or 4th time staying at the Moda Hotel. Living in Seattle, we usually go to Vancouver at least 1 or more times a year. We have stayed at many hotels in Vancouver ranging from 3-5 stars. Currently Moda is our very favorite. The Moda is a great little boutique hotel in a great location. Just a few block away from Robson street shop, Yaletown, Chinatown or Gastown. As always we spent part of the evenings at UVA sipping one of their fantastic cocktails, it is great to have such a chic bar with great handcrafted cocktails just downstairs. The bartender at UVA was, as always helpful, friendly and gave a laundry list of other great bars to try. We had lunch /snack at Red Card there we also found a great atmosphere and good food. The hotel rooms are small, but clean and stylish. The rates are usually relatively cheap compared to other hotels in the same class. Probably can’t do better for price, location and amenities. Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple.
Room Tip: Have a drink at UVA. 

“Great hotel, good value”
Great value and location.  Friendly staff and very clean room. Located in the heart of downtown and there is a Starbucks next to hotel. Room size is not large but functional. Nice decor and LCD tv with lots of channels. FREE INTERNET. Stayed April 2011.

“The Best Customer Service from Front Desk Guest Clerk, Philipe”
My boyfriend and I decided to stay over night in Vancouver after our flight back from San Franscisco before we headed home to Langley. He was suffering from really bad allergies on the night we stayed, Philipe from the front desk was amazing. He went from room to room with us to so we could have a room that didn’t have fumes from the recent renovation he gave us the perfect room, brought up new keys and an usb cable for our laptop!! Amazing I have stayed at 5star hotels and I had the best experience here, even if the hotel was 3 star!! WOW!! Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple.
Room Tip: Be authentic and treat people kindly!

Thanks again! We hope to you see again soon.

The Mural Mural on the Wall Photo Contest

The Mural Mural on the Wall Photo Contest

THE BACK STORY. Once upon a time, clinic a unique little boutique hotel and its charming establishments–Red Card, ed Uva Wine Bar, diagnosis Cibo Trattoria, Viti Wine–located in the heart of downtown decided it wanted to be remarkable. Though it shined brilliantly with its ultra-stylish rooms and interiors on the inside, it wanted to glow with zeal and zest for all of Vancouver to admire. And so, Moda took action. Read more.

How it works | Photo deadline: Mar 31, 2011