Summer events in the Lower Mainland

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By Lauren Kelly, News Editor

With the hot, beautiful weather we’ve experienced this summer, we need to remember to take a break from school work and take in some events around the area. Most of these are free or very cheap, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to have fun!

Queen’s Park: There are many fun events at Queen’s Park this summer for adults and kids alike! Every Friday night at 9 p.m. there is a free movie screening, with films such as Big Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and a Grease sing-along. The park also has a water park and petting zoo running all summer.

Royal City Farmer’s Market: The Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from 3–7 p.m. at Tipperary Park, just four blocks east of Douglas College at Fourth Street and Royal Avenue. There is plenty of farm fresh food, as well as crafts and live music to enjoy!

Westminster Savings Free Swim: Various Coquitlam pools will be offering free swims this summer. The Coquitlam Aquatic Centre will be hosting events sponsored Westminster Savings on July 17 and August 12, while Poirier will be hosting one on August 2.

Vancouver Water Fight: The largest water fight in Vancouver will be taking place at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park on August 8 at 1 p.m. Dress accordingly and bring your water guns—this will be a great way to cool off!

Khatsalano Music and Art Festival: On July 11, the largest free music festival in Vancouver will be taking place on West 4th Avenue. It will feature bands such as Yukon Blonde, the Belle Game, and the top 12 performers from the Peak Performance Project. There will also be fashion shows, a beer garden, and the Etsy marketplace, as well as many other attractions.