13 Unique Places To Go On A Date For Free In Vancouver

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13 Unique Places To Go On A Date For Free In Vancouver

Vancouver was recently ranked as one of the most expensive cities to have a simple romantic picnic date. Relationships can be pricey especially in Vancouver, but they don't have to be. There are plenty of free options that can provide a fun change up to a typical dinner and movie date night.

Here are unique 13 Vancouver date ideas that will cost you pretty much absolutely nothing:

Khatsahlano // West 4th Avenue

It's Vancouver's biggest free music + arts festival! Khatsahlano has music and street performances, food, patios, giveaways, special activities, and beer gardens! This year Hannah Georgas, Mounties, and We Are The City are headlining. Don't miss out on this free 10-block street party on Saturday July 9th, 2016.

Night Markets // Shipyards Night Market, International Summer Night Market

Admission to both the Shipyards, and the International Summer Night Market is free. The Shipyards is in North Vancouver on Friday nights from 5 to 10 from May 6th to September 30th. It features great food, a beer garden, art, music, entertainment and shopping. The International Summer Night Market is from April 29th to September 11th on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays from 7 pm.

Rennie Collection // 51 East Pender Street

Admission to this stunning private art gallery in Gastown is free to the public through booking a guided tour. The next exhibition is from June 18th until October 15th.

Outdoor Movies

Each Vancouver summer brings free outdoor movies. With locations all throughout the lower mainland, you have a wide range of options for where you want to cozy up. For example, Stanley Park by second beach has a new movie every Tuesday night as part of the Evo Summer Cinema Series. Canada Place also hosts free outdoor movies. All you need is a blanket and each other. Check out Fresh Air Cinemas for listings of outdoor movie events in BC.

Cliff Jump

Adrenaline can bring something new and exciting to your relationship. BC has got so many cool ways to experience exhilaration in your relationship.

Free Salsa Lessons // Robson Square

Experience your life partner become your dance partner during free salsa lessons on Robson Square every Sunday in July and August at 3pm. There are also performances at 5 pm.

Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel // 6501 Deer Lake Avenue

Admission is free to this outdoor historic museum. Go back in time and stroll together down the streets of the museum's 1920s-style community. There is also a cute 1912 fairground carousel and an ice cream parlour.


Although Vancouver beaches are beautiful, they sadly lack waves big enough for surfing. However, skimboarding can be a fun alternative. There are so many different and fun ways to ride a wave when skimboarding. Try it out at Kits or Jericho.

Walking Tour

Go for a romantic stroll around the city and discover different spots and history about Vancity. The Tour Guys offer free and informative walking tours of Vancouver. Tours are offered in locations such as Gastown, Chinatown, and Granville Island. Tipping is recommended.

Tube Along A Lazy River

Experience tranquillity together as you float along the many pristine rivers around Vancouver.

Car Free Day // Commercial Drive, Main Street, Denman Street, Kitsilano

The celebration is happening on the weekend of June 18th and 19th. Communities around Vancouver including Commercial Drive and Main Street will go car free in support of this event.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park // 578 Carrall Street

Admission is free to the park at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park, which is a part of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The garden park boasts a lovely pond full of colourful fish, and traditional Chinese architecture, bridges, and pavilions.


Conquer a mountain together. There are so many free and incredible options for hiking around BC.

Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.