We say goodbye to May and hello to June this week, and let’s have some fun while doing so. From Vancouver International Children’s Festival to Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, here are 34 things to do in Vancouver this week.
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What: The 40th annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival inspires young minds with top-notch professional artistic experiences, across theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and storytelling. The multi-disciplinary programming is always culturally diverse and representative of both local and international artists.
What: Young Ideas is excited to host Cooking With, an interactive cooking workshop led by Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Chef Peter. At Cooking With you’ll learn how to cook a delicious meal from scratch with seven of your neighbours. Afterwards everyone will sit down at a long table to enjoy the meal together.
Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House – 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver
When: May 29 from 6:30 to 8 pm
Tickets:$2 and are limited to 8 participants. Reserve your spot by calling 604-683-2554, or paying in person at the Gordon Neighbourhood House front desk.
What: Each spring and fall, Bike to Work Week encourages everyone to try cycling the daily commute. Throughout the week stop by celebration stations for free bike repairs, snacks, drinks, maps and information – and be entered to win one of five daily bike giveaways, trips and other station prizes.
What: ManTalks is an international community building better fathers, husbands and leaders around the globe. Speakers will share insights on how to hustle, stay healthy and maintain a sense of balance while pursuing your dreams.
Where: Audi Downtown Vancouver, 1788 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver
What: How to Be Everything, the new book by Emilie Wapnick, helps you channel your diverse passions and skills to work for you. Wapnick provides a practical framework for building a sustainable life around all of your passions. Event will feature a short reading followed by Q&A and signing.
What: Vancouver comedian and cartoonist Jacob Samuel launches his latest book featuring 200 of his best cartoons from the last three years. Jacob’s cartoons have been featured in The New Yorker and Harvard Business Review.
What: Chris Gethard is a comedian, actor, writer, and the host of the hit podcast Beautiful/Anonymous. His recent one man show, Career Suicide, aired on HBO after a successful off-Broadway run. He’s the host of The Chris Gethard Show on truTV, and has also been seen on Broad City, Parks and Recreation, Don’t Think Twice, and The Other Guys.
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
What: Named in honour of Vancouver’s very own ‘King of Swing’ and VAM supporter, Mr. Dal Richards, School of Swing students join Vancouver Legacy Jazz Orchestra for an evening of jazz and swing classics.
Where: Koerner Recital Hall at Vancouver Academy of Music – 1270 Chestnut Street,Vancouver
What: Drawing on current research in sustainable agriculture and food systems, this talk presents practical personal choices and government policy changes to help promote a just, resilient, ecologically-integrated food system.
Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
When: May 30 at 7 pm
Admission: Free but seating is limited. Register Online.
What: Join Pacific Immigrant Resources Society and host Bal Brach for an inspiring evening of storytelling about belonging. Featuring writer and actor Carmen Aguirre and filmmaker Crisanta Sampang sharing stories exploring and celebrating what belonging means, why it matters, and how we get there. Includes dinner at the New India Buffet and a charitable donation to support PIRS programs.
Where: New India Buffet & Restaurant – 805 W Broadway #105, Vancouver
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 from 2 to 6 pm, May 31 to October 4
What: Three comedic historians – one First Nations actor, one female actor and one Francophone actor – try to jam 15,000 years of Canadian history into just one hour. Featuring Justin Beaver, the comedy team of Cabot and Costello, Jacques Cartier Puppets and every Canadian Prime Minister. The Canada Show is updated with new material and promises inclusivity and diversity to go along with its irreverence and hilarity.
Where: Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver
What: The Film and Media Showcase is a public forum for members of Cineworks, WIFTV and DOC BC. It provides filmmakers with an opportunity to share their work with other artists and the public, across genres and in a variety of lengths, in a space dedicated to discovery, discussion and inspiration. Each screening will be followed by a question and answer session with creators, with informal conversation and networking.
Where: Cineworks – 1131 Howe Street #300, Vancouver
What: Eyes On Walls presents Flaming Heart, a Multi-City Art Show by Lora Zombie. Lora is a top seller on the urban art scene and in recent years has exhibited in Los Angeles, Toronto, London, New York and Russia. She has also completed collaborations with HBO, Warner Brothers, Lollapalooza, Blackmilk Clothing, Perrier, Urban Nation, The Hundreds, and Sony/AMC.
What: Union Jacked is Jeff Cooper, Laurence Chong, Chris Wood, Beth Rudkin, and Rachelle Lachland. The comedy troupe presents an evening of improv with special guests Channel 73 ¾ and music by singer-songwriter Jess Vaira.
Where: The Woods Studio – 7 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
What: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s 65-city tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of the record-breaking Soul2Soul II tour, the highest-grossing country music tour of all time. It is also the first time that Faith Hill has toured since 2007.
What: Acclaimed, multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, and 10x Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter John Legend will be in the city as part of his Darkness and Light Tour. This show is bound to be legendary.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
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 from 11 am to 3 pm, June 1 to October 5
What: Music Waste is an independent music and art festival held annually in Vancouver. Happening over four days at the beginning of June, Music Waste is entirely volunteer-run and organized, and showcases over 70 local bands.
What: Returning for its second year, Mat Collective started as a yoga mat recycling program. Now, the program will offer free yoga indoor and outdoor classes every day all summer long. Mat Collective offers five classes: Hatha, Flow, Power, Kundalini, and Yin. The classes are designed for all levels.
What: SHIFT Theatre presents the tenth annual iteration of their signature event. Three diverse Passion Projects are presented nightly, and their universal thread of “Fierce Truth Telling” reflects SHIFT’s move to collaborate with more experienced artists and activists, driven to create works that reflect our conflicted times.
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on the West Coast Trail, BC (Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup/Facebook)
What: The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is Canada’s largest conservation-based cleanup program, an initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada. Learn firsthand about the lasting impact litter has on our turtles, seabirds, whales and otters while cleaning out shorelines.
What: Midnight Oil is more than just a rock & roll band. From the beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they’ve stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, and broken new ground. Now they’re on The Great Circle tour, stopping in Vancouver.
Where: Malkin Bowl opposite Stanley Park Pavilion – Stanley Park, Vancouver
What: Take a trip back in time to The Roaring 20s at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club in support of Zajac Ranch for Children. Each room will fully immerse you in the revelry of the era, with food and drink, live music, DJs, and lively entertainment. Flapper dresses, Gatsby-inspired suits, hats, headbands, feathers – come 20s inspired or just as you are.
Where: Terminal City Club – 837 Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: At ICONS you will find the best local vintage clothing vendors, with some cool flea market collectors & vintage enthusiasts thrown into the mix. Discover psychedelic posters, antiques & curiosities, records, taxidermy, retro lamps & small furniture, and much more!
Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
What: An evening of five short dance pieces created by local choreographers Carolina Bergonzoni, Naomi Brand, Alana Prochuk, Cheyenne Seary and Rianne Švelnis All Bodies Dance is an inclusive dance company that explores the meaning of movement and limitation with dancers of all abilities. VocalEye is partnering with All Bodies Dance to provide live dance description for audience members with vision loss
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
What: A showcase, expression, and celebration of the work of Van Slam’s writers of queer poetry. Featuring Jillian Christmas, the winner of 2016’s Capturing Fire Queer Summit. This slam will determine which poet will have the chance to officially represent Vancouver Poetry Slam in Washington, DC at this year’s Capturing Fire festival.
Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
What: Young People’s Opera Society of BC kicks off it’s 13th season with Scenic Adventure, showcasing some of BC’s up-and-coming young opera singers performing recitatives and arias from around the world.
Where: Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey