Summer fun in the city's 'hoods

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      Hardly a week passes without a business-improvement association holding a summer event. Last weekend, thousands attended the Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival. This weekend, there's a party on the other side of town.

      On Saturday (June 24) and Sunday (June 25), the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce hosts Kits Days on West 4th Avenue, which features family fun and lots of outdoor cooking and culminates on Sunday with the annual Kitsilano Soapbox Derby.

      This Saturday (June 24), the Vancouver Pride Society holds East Side Pride in Grandview Park to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, widely regarded as marking the start of the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgendered movement for equality.

      On July 8, it's Marpole's turn to party, with the sixth annual Marpole Summerfest. Family entertainment includes Peanuts the Clown, the Rainbow Facepainters, and Tiller's Folly. From July 14 to 16, Fraser Fest celebrations take place in New Westminster, including fireworks over Westminster Quay Market.

      The calendar will be crammed for the B.C. Day weekend beginning August 5. There's the seventh annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival on August 5 and August 6. On the same weekend, there's the Tsawwassen Sun Festival, which includes a parade and plenty of fun for the kids. And then there's the Pride parade in downtown Vancouver on August 6, which will undoubtedly attract tens of thousands.

      The next weekend, on August 12, there's the third annual Blueberry Festival in Cloverdale. The party moves onto Davie Street on September 9 for the third annual Davie Day, which includes a pancake breakfast, balloon artists, and buskers and musicians.

      But if you lose track of what's happening where, just head to Kerrisdale. Every Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. until Labour Day, weather permitting, the Kerrisdale Business Association is sponsoring free concerts under the clock at West 41st Avenue and Yew Street. Strings, marimba, rock, soul, wind instruments, swing, jazz, harp, brass, folk, Dixieland, ethnic music, and blues””there's something for almost everyone. Best of all, it's free.