Here are all of Gastown’s free summer events

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      In what feels like a long time coming, Vancouverites can finally start to enjoy warm weather wonders like patio dining, al fresco markets, and outdoor concerts. And Gastown has it all.

      Making the most of its walkable neighbourhood, the Gastown Business Improvement Society (GBIS) has unveiled its summer events calendar, featuring family-friendly activations that are free to attend.

      As an added incentive to visit the iconic Vancouver neighbourhood, Gastown is offering up to three hours of free parking per week at the lot at 151 West Cordova, bike valets on select days, and free one-zone TransLink passes that available at select retailers. Plus, Water Street’s car-free pilot project is officially underway, meaning you can cross the street without being worried about being honked at by a taxi.

      “Our summer events calendar is designed to reflect the unique spirit and creativity of Gastown,” says Elise Yurkowski, director of marketing for GBIS, in a statement. “We invite everyone to join us in celebrating our community, supporting local businesses, and enjoying the rich cultural experiences that Gastown has to offer. This summer is about bringing people together and creating lasting memories.”

      Summer events include:

      From now until September 5, 4:30pm to 7:30pm - Gastown Thursday Nights

      Live music is performed throughout Gastown across four stages. See here for the lineup.

      July 10, 5pm to 9pm - Gastown Grand Prix: Global Relay

      Cyclists from across the globe flock to Vancouver to participate in a road cycling event.

      July 13 and August 10, 12pm to 4pm - Maker’s Public Market

      An outdoor market featuring local businesses and vendors at Maple Tree Square.

      August 1, 4pm to 8pm - Pride Kickoff Party

      The official kickoff party for Vancouver Pride features drag, music, dancing, and more.

      August 8, 4:30pm to 7:30pm - Aeriosa Vertical Dance Playground

      Aeriosa aerial dancers will take over 21 Water Street to create a vertical dance floor, performing on walls, ledges, and rooftops. 

      For the full list of events in Gastown, go here.