Vancouver is a buzz of activity during the month of July with festivals taking place all over. With the children out on school break, it is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the variety of entertainment on offer. Whether you are a fan of the theatre, outdoor concerts or dance performances, there is something that will tickle your fancy. Many of the festivals are free to enter, simply grab your mates, a blanket, and your sunscreen and soak up the sun and the fun.

40th Annual Harrison Festival of Arts

The 10-day festival leaves nobody wanting. With artists from abroad as well as locally brewed talent, there is something for everyone. A number of special guests are lined up for the occasion and include Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chilliwack, and William Prince to name only a few of the star-studded schedule. The inclusion of the Artisan Market and a variety of workshops and art exhibitions makes this the hip and happening place to be seen. The festival runs from 6 to 15 July and takes place at Harrison Hot Springs. Stroll through the market, enjoy the music or marvel at the art on display, the choice is really yours.

FVDED in the Park

This is the most talked about outdoor music festival this summer. All the big guns have come out to play. Dance, hip hop, R & B, and rap are all featured throughout the festival. The biggest names in the business will be on stage to entertain and delight. Non-stop the music is what you can expect from the three stages available. Expect a new look from the Northwest Stage. If music is your vice, this is your poison. Taking place between 6 and 7 July at Holland Park. With so much on offer, you will be spoiled for choice on what to do next.