Five things to do after class this summer

June 27, 2017
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By Maika Nguyen

Whether it’s long days in the office or attending to back to back classes, it’s tough to enjoy “fun in the sun through a window” in the nicest weather of the year. We know you want to stay on top of your grades, but you also want to make the most of your summer in the city. Here are five free activities you can enjoy regardless of the 9 to 5 time constraints

  1. Check out a summer market: From the Vancouver Farmers Market to the famous Richmond Night Market, Vancouver hosts many different markets throughout the summer. If you are unable to attend the Vancouver Farmers Market during the day, use your U-Pass and hop on the Seabus down to the Shipyard Market in North Vancouver. This market runs until September 29 and is open from 5-10pm on Fridays. Enjoy the sunset, a bite to eat, or simply a nice walk near the water.

  2. Peruse local art: In Vancouver art is all around us. Street art especially is found in almost every alleyway. At SFU’s Vancouver campus, you can visit three art galleries across campus. These galleries are either free or discounted for students. Another affordable art opportunity is the by-donation night at the, Vancouver Art Gallery every Tuesday until 9pm.
Audian Gallery retrieved from @SFUGalleries Instagram

3. Enjoy an outdoor movie: Enjoy a movie and the outdoors at the same time with free outdoor summer movies in Stanley Park. After sunset, every Tuesday from July 4th August 22 Fresh Air Cinema will be screening free movies outdoors. For the list of films featured check out their website.       

4. Explore new music: Explore Vancouver’s robust music scene by attending the free music festivals our city has to offer. From Jazz to alternative, discover new, local and  international music you can add to your summer playlists. Music with your lunch? CBC’s outdoor plaza hosts their Musical Nooners series beginning on July 7. Many festivals are walking distance from campus, so you’re always close to a fun after class activity.

5. Venture into the wild! Walk down the sea wall or challenge yourself to the Grouse Grind. For a great list of hikes and walks in B.C click here. Remember to always let someone know before you go and pack the essentials if you're exploring outdoors.

Granville and West Hastings retrieved from @SFUVan Instagram

Studying in the summer can understandably be a challenge, but knowing all the exciting options you have as a study break in this city can help keep you motivated. Enjoy your summer term!