5 things to do on the North Shore this weekend

This weekend is your last chance to take in the fabulous Harmony Arts Festival, which runs until Sunday. The 28th annual festival has been taking place along West Vancouver’s waterfront on Argyle Avenue between 14th and 16th streets. The festival includes a fantastic mix of live music, cinema, art, food and kids’ activities. A full schedule of events can be found by vising harmonyarts.ca.

Speaking of the arts, the inaugural Shipped Waterfront Festival, a free-of-charge community waterfront music festival for all age featuring four stages, a kids’ activity zone, zip line, artisan market and beverage garden, is running this from noon to 10 p.m. at The Shipyards and Lonsdale Quay at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue. Before going, read our story on event headliners Humans, an electronic music duo.

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If all that live music hasn’t tired you out too much, why not celebrate the Commonwealth? The 19th annual RoyalTea-by-the-Sea is taking place this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dundarave Park, where for a $5 donation guests can enjoy tea and cookies, listen to bagpipes, and view memorabilia honouring Queen Elizabeth II. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their favourite monarchical stories and wear fancy hats. Visit the event website for more information or to reserve a spot.

It’s hot outside, but a bike ride in the name of a great cause is worth braving the heat. The 11th annual Glotman Simpson Cypress Challenge is this Sunday, a fun and rigorous cycling challenge benefiting the BC Cancer foundation and pancreatic cancer research. The five-kilometre route kicks off at 8:45 a.m. and the 12-km route starts at 9 a.m., both at Cypress Bowl Road. Visit the event website for more information

And for all you perennial thrill seekers out there, Grouse Mountain’s aerial ropes course, called Mountain Ropes Adventure, is opening on Saturday with daily operation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. After stepping off the platform, guests will encounter a variety of suspended elements, such as bridges, ziplines, ladders and nets, while they journey through the area’s tree canopies. Bookings costs $39 per person and can be made online.


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