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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: June 24 and 25

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Daniel Chai Jun 23, 2017 6:20 am 3,082

The first weekend of summer is here and it is jam packed with fun activities!

From Vancouver Mural Festival to Greek Day, here is our checklist of 20 things to do this weekend, Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25, 2017.

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden exhibit

  • What: Imagine being able to see the greatest works of a famous French painter right here in Vancouver. Starting June 24 you’ll be able to with Claude Monet’s Secret Garden exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. There’s going to be a whopping 38 paintings from his epic collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. By looking at them you’ll be taken on his artistic journey throughout the Parisian countryside and views of the River Thames.
  • When: June 24 to October 1
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Price: Included in Art Gallery admission price

Vancouver Mural Festival 2017 

Vancouver Mural Festival

Vancouver Mural Festival

  • What: The Vancouver Mural Festival is the city’s largest display of street art, which features murals that have transformed the city’s blank walls into incredible pieces of artwork. Take a guided tour of all the art pieces around the city to learn more about the artists and their work. The tours will connect you with the artists’ vision and creative process, and give you behind the scenes information about how the murals were designed. 25% of each ticket purchased will go directly to support the festival.
  • When: June 24 to August 12
  • Where: Various locations around the city, check website for details
  • Cost: Tickets available online. One walking tour $25. Two walking tours $40. Student and senior discount: $20 for one tour or $35 for both.

Kimono History Talk By Hitomi Harama

  • What: This exhibit showcases the beauty of Japanese culture through the lens of kimono. Guest curator Hitomi Harama, a resident of Victoria, comes from a family of kimono artisans and collectors from Japan. Exhibit highlights include the philosophy of kimono, the art of kimono, and the ecological aspects.
  • When: June 24
  • Time: 2 to 5 pm
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, 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.
  • When: June 24
  • Time: 10 am to noon
  • Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (meet at Capilano Fish Hatchery) – 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
  • Cost: $10 per adult, up to 3 kids per adult for free

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.
  • When: June 24
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$115

Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2017

  • What: The popular festival is set to include ‘The World Beat Stage’, featuring top Canadian musical talent over three days. Street performers and circus acrobats will also roam throughout the festival’s site at Concord Pacific Place and Creekside Park along False Creek near Science World. All while the dragon boat races are in action.
  • When: Now to June 25, 2017
  • Time: Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek
  • Tickets: Not required – free event

BC Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos

  • What: CFL action takes over BC Place when the Lions face off with the Eskimos
  • When: June 24
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place
  • Tickets: Online, $5-$138.50

Doors Open Vancouver 2017

The Orpheum/Doors Open Vancouver

  • What: Doors Open Vancouver is a free all-ages public event offering exclusive behind-the-scenes access to interesting and unusual buildings in Vancouver. Explore hidden gems and architectural treasures within the city. From design, history, heritage to function, each site displays a significant part of Vancouver’s evolving story.
  • When: June 24
  • Time: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Where: 16 buildings across Vancouver
  • Price: Free

2017 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

  • What: Whether you’re a huge jazz fan or just getting into it, there’s something for everyone at the 32nd annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. This year’s highlights include a new initiative called Spotlight on Italy, as well as the festival’s first-ever collaboration with the VSO, courtesy of Branford Marsalis. More than 1,800 artists are slated to perform across 35 venues.
  • When: Now to July 2, 2017
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: coastaljazz.ca. Many free shows to enjoy.

T&T Supermarket beauty blogger event

  • What: T&T Supermarket is bringing local bloggers together for a makeup demo and skincare sampling event at Metropolis at Metrotown. The event at the Metropolis Mall Atrium court features makeup tips from industry pros, covering everything from primer to contouring.
  • When: June 24
  • Time: 1 to 5 pm
  • Where: Metropolis Mall Atrium court – 147-4800 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Price: Free

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Greek Day

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  • What: A five block stretch on Broadway, from McDonald to Blenheim, is closed off to traffic to make room for this award-winning festival, offering a world of delicious Greek food and drink, market vendors, entertainment, and live music.
  • When: June 25
  • Time: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Where: 3200 West Broadway, Vancouver (between McDonald and Blenheim)
  • Cost: Free

Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5 K

  • What: An annual 5 km run/walk or the Scotiabank Vancouver Half – Marathon, known as Canada’s most scenic half-marathon. More than 6,000 participants run past beaches and mountains, finishing in Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park.
  • When: June 25
  • Time: 7:30 am
  • Where: UBC East Mall (West of Thunderbird Arena)

Ladner Village Market

  • What: 2017 marks the 21st season for the Ladner Village Market, which takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.
  • When: June 25
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village

Vancouver Canadians vs. Spokane Indians

  • What: Grab a beer and a dog and get yourself down to the Nat! The Vancouver Canadians are facing off with the Spokane Indians.
  • When: June 25
  • Time: 1:05 pm
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • Tickets: Online

The Boom Booms

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28th Annual Bullhead Derby

  • What: Spend the morning at Garry Point Park at the Bullhead Derby. Pack your fishing gear, including barbless hooks and a picnic basket. It’s a perfect occasion to bring your family for a fun day of fishing. There are two categories: kids 12 and under and seniors 65+.
  • Where: Garry Point Park, Steveston
  • When: June 25 from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free

Hand to God – Arts Club

  • What: This new Broadway show has swept across the States since its debut in 2015, and Arts Club has scored the Canadian premiere. Sarcastic hand puppets, suburban Texas life, and Sunday service rehearsals all feature prominently in the black comedy. Like Book of Mormon, Hand to God deals with faith and what happens when we lose it.
  • When: Until June 25
  • Where: Goldcorp Stage (BMO Theatre Centre) – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Arts Club; $29-$54

Seek the Peak 2017

  • What: Since 2004, the Seek the Peak event has raised more than $400,000 in support of cancer research in BC, and that trend is on track to continue this year. The awe-inspiring 4,100ft climb from Ambleside Park to the Peak of Grouse Mountain tests participants’ fitness, stamina and overall mental toughness. Racers can face the 16 km course alone or tackle it in a relay team, splitting up the climb’s sections, including the famous Grouse Grind.
  • When: June 25
  • Time: 8:15 am
  • Where: Ambleside Park (West Vancouver) to Grouse Mountain –  6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
  • 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.

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

Canada 150: A Celebration of Canadian Singer-Songwriters

  • What: Adele M. Wilding pays tribute to some of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters, many of whom influenced Adele’s formative years as a budding musician. The event also features a special gospel tribute to one of Canada’s most beloved rock bands. Joining Adele will be a stellar line-up of Vancouver musicians, including Saul Berson, Miles Black, Mark Bender, Buff Allen, with cameos from guest vocalists LJ Mounteney and Linda Szentes.
  • When: June 25
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Sanctuary in Brentwood – 1600 Delta Avenue, Burnaby
  • Cost: Entry by donation

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

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