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57 things to do in Vancouver this June

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Daniel Chai Jun 02, 2017 3:04 am 3,613

June is here and it has brought a wide variety of fun events to Vancouver. From Father’s Day to Car Free Days, networking events to the WWE, here are 57 things to do around the city this month.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Get outside

Acroyoga – Beginners Class at Trout Lake

  • What: This class is for people of all ages and all skill levels. Play games and learn beginner acroyoga skills in a safe and playful environment. Join the class as a complete beginner or lend your stability to the class as an experienced acroyogi. Led by Jeremy Glen.
  • Where: Trout Lake, Northwest Corner, Vancouver
  • When: Every Thursday at 7 pm (weather permitting)
  • Cost: Free

First Caturday

  • What: First Caturday is the day for sweet and delicious outdoor cat-napping and socializing. Bring your cat (on a leash, or harness) and socialize with other feline lovers and their furry friends.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Park (meet by the cherry blossoms) – 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 3 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Wild Walks with the Fur-Bearers at Capilano Canyon

  • What: A hike for the whole family at Capilano Canyon. Learn about flora and fauna on your guided hike, with educational activities for the kids.
  • Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (meet at Capilano Fish Hatchery) – 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
  • When: June 24 from 10 am to noon.
  • Cost: $10 per adult, up to 3 kids per adult for free

Hands-On Scientist Series: Nocturnal Neighbours with Chris Currie

  • What: ​Delve into the secret lives of park wildlife as local scientists share presentations and hands-on research techniques.
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • When: June 28 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Register: 604-432-6359. $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

Hit the road

RUSH: Race and Urban Scavenger Hunt

RUSH - Race & Urban Scavenger Hunt

  • What: The Amazing Race? Not quite…. but almost. On June 10, the BC Lung Association’s RUSH takes over Vancouver. In teams of two, travel to locations around Vancouver to do a variety of challenges which will be physically and mentally demanding. The first team back wins a trip around the world.
  • Where: All over Vancouver
  • When: June 10

Seek The Peak

  • What: Seek The Peak is 16 km of fitness bragging rights. Test your fitness and overall mental toughness alone or tackle the awe-inspiring 1,400 m climb as a team. Every upward step, from Ambleside Park to the Peak of Vancouver, raises valuable funds for the BC Cancer Foundation’s lifesaving work against breast cancer
  • Where: Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver
  • When: June 11 at 8:15 am
  • Register: At seekthepeak.ca, $55 for solo runners, $50/person for a relay team of up to four. Online registration closes at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 21, in-person registration is available up to and including race day.

Raymond James Father’s Day Walk Run for Prostate Cancer

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Image: Prostate Cancer Foundation BC / Facebook

  • What: A walk/run to raise awareness and funds in the fight against prostate cancer -from helping people facing the disease in the community to ensuring this cancer is a thing of the past for future generations.
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion – 6871 Roberts Street, Burnaby
  • When: June 18 at 9:30 am

Enjoy the water

Environment Week: Wild About Burnaby Lake

  • What: ​Want some wild fun without leaving the city?  Join a weed pull, tour the lake by voyageur canoe or join a guided walk. Enjoy a free hotdog and meet local stewardship groups. Presented by Metro Vancouver with Burnaby Lake Park Association and City of Burnaby.
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion – 6871 Roberts St, Burnaby
  • When: June 10 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: Free, registration required for canoe and walking tours: 604-432-6359

Splash! BC Family Fishing Day

  • What: ​Try your luck at catching rainbow trout at Rice Lake. Enjoy a BBQ, exhibits, face painting and other festivities. Catch the shuttle to visit the dam and fish hatchery and explore the Seymour Valley.
  • Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Meet at Rice Lake Gate – 4900 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver
  • When: June 18 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free activities. BBQ $10 per plate. Proceeds go to Seymour Salmonid Society.

Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day

  • What: A free family-friendly day of fishy fun and prizes during BC’s free fishing weekend – when anglers can fish BC’s waters without a licence. The Lake is stocked for the day and volunteers are available to teach fishing techniques.
  • Where: Lafarge Lake – Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
  • When: June 18
  • Cost: Free

Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival

  • What: The world’s best dragon boaters will race down False Creek in Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival. There will also be live entertainment, a Fan Zone and Family Fun Zone, food and sponsor booths to enjoy on the shore.
  • Where: Creekside Park and the waters of False Creek
  • When: June 23 to 25
  • Register: Online. Free to attend.

Happy Father’s Day

Burnaby Central Railway: Miniature Train Rides

  • What: The longest miniature railway in Canada, with more than 3 km of track, and 11 steam, diesel and electric trains.
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday, Sunday and Stat Holiday from 11 am to 5 pm, April 14 to October 9
  • Cost: $3.50 per single ride ticket, $30 for 10 passes

Greek Bouzouki Night

  • What: Celebrate Greek music – and Greek snacks – in the heart of Vancouver’s Greek neighbourhood.
  • Where: Simpatico Restaurant – 2222 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: June 18 at 6 pm
  • Cost: Free admission

The Skints and Mike Love

  • What: The Skints from London, England team-up with Hawaii’s reggae sensation Mike Love. Both bands are playing in support of their appearances at Victoria’s 18th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival the day before the concert.
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings, Vancouver
  • When: June 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $17.50-$22

Artisans in the Fort

  • What: An intimate shopping event for everyone in Fort Langley. Each vendor is one of BC’s amazing artisan community.
  • Where: Fort Langley Lions Seniors Hall – 23022-88 Avenue, Fort Langley
  • When: June 18 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Admission: Free

The SuperDad Show

  • What: Join Vancouver TheatreSports League on Father’s Day  for SuperDad – a special show in celebration of a special guy – your dad. The SuperDad Show pokes fun at all the foibles and complexities of what it means to be a father today.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 18 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Party in the clubs

Luxxury

  • What: Luxxury, the disco king of Los Angeles brings his live remix show to Fox with Vancouver’s indie-dance stalwarts Terrace. With music spun by DJ Krown.
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 8 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $15

Akon

Akon

Image: Akon / Facebook

  • What: Grammy award-winner and legendary performer
    AKON performs live in concert. He has sold over 35 million albums worldwide and has 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt. Akon has also made a staggering 300 guest appearances for icons including Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, and Eminem.
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: June 13 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$85

Sub Focus

  • What: Synonymous with music that draws from all corners of the electronic landscape, Sub Focus makes his return to Vancouver. With DJs Kempeh and Seb C.
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 22 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $17

DIANA

  • What: Electro pop Toronto band DIANA hits Fortune Sound Club on their upcoming tour with guest Nicholas Krgovich.
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 26 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12

P-LO

  • What: After producing Yo Gotti’s “Act Right” & “Bout Me” for Wiz Khalifa , San Francisco Bay Area born rapper/ producer P-Lo is cultivating the sound of the bay area on a national level.
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 30 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Laugh the night away

SiriusXM Top Comic Auditions

  • What: Thirty comics go mic-to-mic in front of a live audience for the chance to become SiriusXM’s Top Comic and land a $25,000 grand prize. Hosted by Ben Miner.
  • Where: The Comedy Mix (1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver) and Yuk Yuks (2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver)
  • When: June 6 and 7
  • Tickets: The Comedy Mix and Yuk Yuks

Michael Che

Michael Che

Image: Phil Provencio

  • What: Having been named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,” and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics To Watch,” Michael Che is quickly leaving his mark on the media landscape. Che is currently the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s iconic “Weekend Update” segment where he is also a staff writer for the show. He also recently released his first hour-long stand-up special on Netflix.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 22 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Little Mountain Comedy Department Fun(d)raiser

  • What: An evening of laughs to help repair and improve Little Mountain Gallery. Featuring stand-up, improv, sketch and surprises over two shows.
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 24 at 8 pm and 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Improv X Canada aka Maple Madness! (Pt. 2)

  • What: The Fictionals and Friends are celebrating Canada 150 on June 27 at Cafe Deux Soleils with Maple Mayhem. Improv X Canada will be inspired by the newsmakers, sights and history of this great country for a night of comedy.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: June 27 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $7 or $5 for students

Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy, Pre Fringe Edition

  • What: Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy is a storytelling show which shines a light on the path from Mark Hughes’s dark and grim past of street life, addiction, and prison, using introspective and playful tools gleaned from doing stand-up comedy.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: June 29 to July 1 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $15

Make new business connections

Business Council of British Columbia’s Fifth Annual Chair’s Dinner

  • What: BCBC’s vision as “The Place Where Leaders Meet to Unlock BC’s Full Potential”, will be on full display the evening of June 7. At this event attendees will be joined by BC’s fellow thought leaders in business, academia, First Nations and government to gain insights regarding the challenges impacting our competitiveness in the global marketplace. Featuring a talk by Jeffrey Simpson, former national affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail.
  • When: June 7 from 4:45 to 8:45 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

DisruptHR YVR 5.0

  • What: DisruptHR is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower executives, business leaders and people in the HR field. Disrupt talks have been given and attended by C-Suite Leaders, Technologists, Restaurateurs, Students, Politicians and HR Professionals.
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Register: Online, $40-45

Call To Action Conference 2017 

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CTA networking/Facebook

  • What: Learn the best practices in digital marketing from a lineup of industry professionals. Unbounce’s fourth-annual conference covers everything digital marketing-related from copywriting, email, pay-per-click, conversation rate optimization, landing page design, and of course, networking.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street
  • When: June 25 – 27
  • Tickets: $849 Unbounce customer/$999 general attendee/$799 groups of 2 or more – available online

Women in PR Canada – Annual Summer Soiree

  • What: Join Women in PR Canada at their annual summer soiree for an energizing evening of networking at Hycroft. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the organization, enjoy the company of industry friends and meet new women (and men) who are united in their PR careers.
  • Where: The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft – 1489 McRae Ave, Vancouver
  • When: June 28 from 5 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online

BCBusiness Top 100

  • What: This year’s BCBusiness Top 100 features special guest David Foster, a native of Victoria, one of the most successful music producers in history.
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • When: June 29 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $79-$169

Sing your heart out

TWRP

  • What: This synth-rock band from Toronto is on tour to support their latest EP release Ladyworld.
  • Where: The Cobalt – 917 Main St, Vancouver
  • When: June 4 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketweb, or at Red Cat​ ​Main St, Red Cat Hastings St and Zulu, $12

Future

  • What: This Atlanta rapper’s stylish, minimal blend of rap and R&B have made him one of the genre’s brightest rising stars, resulting in collaborations with everyone from Lil Wayne to Ciara.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: June 9 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $49-$617

Tool

  • What: This American alternative metal rock band from Los Angeles are renowned for their visual shows and have won three Grammy awards since the band formed back in the 1980s. Now, after a hiatus, they’re back in Vancouver.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: June 15 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $75-$125

Bonnie Raitt

  • What: Bluesy singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt returns to Vancouver in her first extended tour of Canada in more than 10 years, following the release of her Grammy-nominated 20th album Dig In Deep.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 19 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $49.50-$99.50

Ryan Adams

  • What: Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ryan Adams returns to Vancouver in support of his 15th studio album, Prisoner, a direct transmission from the singer-songwriter’s psyche and soul, right down to the album artwork painted by Adams himself.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 27 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $35-59.50

Branford Marsalis

  • What: NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. He’ll be performing in Vancouver with the VSO and his longtime quartet pianist Joey Calderazzo.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 28 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On VSO, $61-$86

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • What: This local food destination is situated on the corner of Georgia & Hamilton at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Shop fresh weekly to enjoy quality fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and craft, fresh fish, and local craft beer, wine and spirits.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Thursday to October 5 from 11 am to 3 pm

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Granville Island Farmers Market is the oldest of its kind in Vancouver offering customers fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This market also has local craft beer and wine vendors too.
  • Where: Triangle Square (between the Net Loft and the Public Market), Granville Island
  • When: Every Thursday to September 28 from 10 am to 3 pm

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: Tempt yourself with a myriad of vegetables, meat, cheese, seafood and music in Kitsilano.
  • Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday to October 22 from 10 am – 2 pm

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: The market where it all began. Come meet your friends and neighbours, pick up supplies for a picnic by the lake, or just rub shoulders with farmers who care about the future of the land as much as the food they put on your plate.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday to October 21 to 9 am – 2 pm

West End Farmers’ Market

  • What: Located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts.
  • Where: West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday to October 21 from 9 am to 2 pm

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

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Image: Vancouver Farmers Market

  • What: Located just steps from the Skytrain, this convenient Wednesday farmers’ market is ideal for local food fans seeking an easy shop on their commute. Over 85% of the vendors at Main Street Station are primary producers offering an excellent mix of fresh and organic produce, meat, eggs, handmade cheeses, and more.
  • Where: Main Street Station – 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Wednesday to October 4 from 2 to 6 pm

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: You’ll find familiar faces like Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Blue Comet Seafoods and Goldwing as well as new ones like Honest Food Farms, Rai Produce and Urban Digs Farm. You won’t have to elbow your way through lines to get at the cauliflower and there’s plenty of adjacent street parking. It’s also only a couple blocks from the 99 B-line.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday to October 8 from 10 am to 2 pm

Riley Park Farmers’ Market

  • What: Tempt yourself with a myriad of vegetables, meat, cheese, seafood and music in Riley Park neighbourhood.
  • Where: Riley Park – 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday to October 7 from 10 am to 2 pm

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This one-of-a-kind market is the only riverfront market in Vancouver. Come shop for fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and handmade products produced by farmers and artisans. Stay for live music, a delicious meal and enjoy the waterfront, playground and pier.
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza – 8683 Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday to October 14 from 10 am to 3 pm

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market has a wide selection of organic and conventional produce. Prepared food vendors include baking, jams, honey, syrups, salsas and much more. The Ambleside Market has a games table, kids play area, and live music.
  • Where: Ambleside Farmers Market – 1500 block of Bellevue Street, West Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday to October 30 from 10 am to 4 pm

Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market has a great selection of conventional and organic produce. You also will find local artisans with jewellery, pottery, photography, kids clothing, soaps & much more. The market also has a book exchange, newspaper reading area, and live music.
  • Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday to October 29 from 10 am to 3 pm

Sports

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

Image: Mark Blinch / Canadian Olympic Committee

  • What: The Harry Jerome International Track Classic is Canada’s longest running track and field event. Canadian track star Andre de Grasse has confirmed he will race in this year’s event. A winner of three sprinting medals at the Olympics in Rio, de Grasse won both the 100 and 200-m races at the Harry Jerome Classic at Swangard Stadium last year.
  • Where: Perry Percy Stadium, Coquitlam
  • When: June 28 at 5:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$20

WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour

  • What: The WWE LIVE Summerslam Heatwave Tour makes a stop at Rogers Arena. This will be your chance to see your favourite WWE Smackdown Superstars live, including AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Charlotte Flair, Shinsuke Nakamura, and many more.
  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • When: June 24 at 7:30 pm

Whitecaps FC vs. Atlanta United FC

  • What: Watch the ‘Caps take on MLS’ latest expansion team Atlanta FC at BC Place.
  • Where: BC Place
  • When: June 3 at 2:30 pm

Whitecaps FC vs. FC Dallas

  • What: It will be a tough test for Carl Robinson’s team as Dallas FC come to town.
  • Where: BC Place
  • When: June 17 at 7 pm

BC Lions vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders

  • What: CFL is finally back as the BC Lions host the Roughriders at BC Place.
  • Where: BC Place
  • When: June 16 at 7 pm

BC Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos

  • What: More CFL action at BC Place, will this be the year for the Lions?
  • Where: BC Place
  • When: June 24 at 7 pm

Vancouver Canadians vs. Everett AquaSox

  • What: It’s no secret that the Nat bailey is home to one of the best sporting spectacles that Vancouver has to offer, so the city’s baseball fans will no doubt be delighted to see the action get underway again this month.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • When: June 20 and 21 at 7:05 pm, June 22 at 1:05 pm

Vancouver Canadians vs. Spokane Indians

  • What: Grab a beer and a dog and get yourself down to the Nat!
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • When: June 23 and 24 at 7:05 pm, June 25 at 1:05 pm

Vancouver Canadians vs. Eugene Emeralds

  • What: Do you know what goes well with a lazy sunny evening? Baseball that’s what!
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • When: June 29 at 7:05 pm, June 30 at 1:05 pm

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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