Make Music Vancouver - June 21: Starting at 5 p.m., this free, live musical celebration takes place in Yaletown and Gastown. All public spaces become impromptu stages for more than 300 free concerts, but what does it all sound like? You'll have to go to find out. More info at makemusicvancouver.com.
Greek Day - June 23: This all-day event takes place on West Broadway between Blenheim Street and Macdonald Street from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Highlights include a musical main stage, a Kids' Zone, food tents with delicious Greek food and an Agora (marketplace) where merchants sell their wares and customers haggle for prices. More info at greekday.com.
Khatsalano - July 13: This year’s festival morphs 10 blocks of West 4th Avenue into a street fair, with a wide variety of food vendors, patios, street performers and 12 stages showcasing more than 50 musical acts. On West 4th Avenue between Burrard Street and Macdonald Street from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. More info at khatsahlano.com.
Vancouver Pride Festival - August 4: Vancouver Pride began as a small local march, but has grown into a nationally and internationally recognized LGBT event, attracting more than 650,000 people. The fun begins at 12 p.m. at the intersection of Robson and Thurlow streets, before heading to Denman and Pacific streets. More info at vancouverpride.ca
Powell Street Festival - August 3 - 4: An annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage. You should be able to find something for everyone in the family: dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, an amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and of course, tons of scrumptious Japanese food. More info at powellstreetfestival.com.