In the next two weeks there is an extraordinary number of community events taking place. Guess that means summer festival season is underway. Now if the weather can just get with the program, that’d be great. Thanks. Anyway, here are some of the things I’m looking forward to (some of which overlap! Oh no!)

Northern Voice 2012 — Personal Blogging & Social Media ConferenceNorthern Voice 2012
One my favourite annual conferences—Northern Voice is all about personal blogging and social media. It has a new home this year at W2 and I’ll be volunteering for part of it (my first time volunteering!).

I was just a conference attendee in 2010 and then an attendee/ moderator last year (which was nerve-wracking) so I’m excited to try a new role as a volunteer/attendee. Northern Voice 2012 is this Friday and Saturday, June 15 & 16, 2012.

World Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIP)
WWKIP Day falls on June 16, 2012 this year. There are a few local events happening, including Baaad Anna’s Yarn Shop at the Hastings Racetrack (horses, booze, and fibre, what more could a knitter want?). Unfortunately for me, this conflicts with Northern Voice, but I’m sure the local knitbloggers attending NV12 will pull out their needles and KiP with me!

Car Free Day — Vancouver 2012Car Free Day
Vancouver’s annual street festival—Car Free Day—takes place in several neighbourhoods around the city including Commercial Drive, Main Street, and the West End. Music, street performers, recreational activities (skateboarding, street hockey), vendors, and community groups are all part of the festival.

I’ve been to the Main Street one before and it was lots of fun. This year, Car Free Day coincides with Father’s Day—so show your dad you love him and take him to the festival!

Maker Faire Vancouver
Last year was the inaugural Mini-Maker Faire Vancouver, which I missed due to a schedule conflict (both days!). I intend to make it down to the Faire at least one of the two days it’s on, June 23 & 24, 2012.

Maker Faires happen all over the world as “a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.” Ranging from “tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors.”

Maker Faire sounds like an incredibly inspiring, exciting, educational event—and if the photos from last year’s Vancouver event are any indication, it’s true to it’s word.

A Midsummer Fête 2012A Midsummer Fete
This is another event that always takes place the last Sunday in June, now in its fourth year. Unfortunately I have always had a conflict in scheduling, but it sounds like a lovely family-friendly event focusing on art, nature, community, and education.

It’s organized by one of my favourite local non-profit groups, Public Dreams Society, who also put on Illuminares (July) and Parade of the Lost Souls (October). A Midsummer Fete takes place on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival
This was one of the schedule conflicts with Maker Faire last year, and it is again this year! The BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival takes place on Saturday, June 23, 2012. I went last year (in my newly sewn skirt) and it’s a fun festival, a bit low key between events, processions, and performers.