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TGIF! YVR Comes Alive with 5th Annual Take-Off Fridays

Everyone’s favourite summer airport party is back, and for a fifth consecutive year. YVR’s Take-Off Fridays is Now firmly established as a summertime tradition for locals and travellers alike, YVR Take-Off Fridays transforms the airport into a hub of family fun every Friday from July 4 to August 29. Running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday, YVR will come alive with fun activities, free entertainment, delicious food samples and great deals. Paper airplane competition 2013

As in years’ past, some of Metro Vancouver’s hottest DJs and homegrown performers will entertain crowds in each of the terminals. For the little ones, caricaturists and balloonists will be onsite, complemented by face painting and photos ops with the beloved YVR mascots.

Satisfy your airborne curiosity with a tour of the Public Observation Area where interactive displays, quizzes and videos offer a behind-the-scenes look at Canada’s second busiest airport. Test out one of the high-tech telescopes; discover Sea Island through an interactive model; and learn interesting facts about YVR, the history of flight in B.C. and all things aviation-related.

Back for a second consecutive year is the popular YVR Take-Off Fridays’ Paper Airplane Competition, scheduled for Friday, July 11th at 11 a.m. Participants of all ages are invited to vie for the chance to scoop up huge prizes, as they square off to create an airplane that will soar past its competitors. Paper airplane expert Ralph Heldt will coach participants on the aerodynamics of paper airplanes and which folding methods will yield the farthest flights.

Visitors can enjoy a special Take-Off Fridays parking rate of $5 for up to four hours in YVR’s parkade, or begin your adventure on the Canada Line and get to the airport in 26 minutes or less.

Check back on our Shopping, Dining & Services page for detailed Take-Off Friday schedules.



  • Eugene Sayson wrote on Jun 06 2015 AT 11:12 PM

    I would like to include your event in my listing of free events in Metro Vancouver:
    Could you please email me the updated information for 2015?  Do you have the link to the website with the current information?
  • Rochelle Gounder wrote on Jun 29 2015 AT 10:31 AM

    Good morning!!

    I came across your event at the Canadians game that I attended on Jun. 27th and wanted to know if you'd be interested in having a henna artist at one (or more) of your Take Off Friday events.

    I'm a self-taught henna & nail art artist and I would love to be able to participate in this event! I charge $5-14 per design to the client for henna; all depends on the size of the design. I'm also available at an hourly or flat rate if you wish to provide my services for free to your attendees. I generally avoid doing anything too big at these types of events since it can become fairly time consuming, but it can be arranged. I also avoid doing nails at these events just for sanitary reasons but henna alone gets a great response and I think I'll do great at this event.

    Please check out my website and social media outlets to see pictures of my work:
    FB: roamingartistvancouver
    IG: roamingartistvancity
    T: @RoamingVancity

    If you could please let me know either way, that would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    the Roaming Artist
    (604) 644-2659
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