What: One of the city’s biggest street parties returns, taking over 10 blocks along Kitsilano’s 4th Avenue. There will be main stages at both Burrard Street and MacDonald Street, with performances by Hannah Georgas, Mounties, We Are The City, Jordan Klassen, and more.
Where: Along 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald
What: Corsets, vintage prosthetic limbs, pinball machines – these are just a few of the wacky collections curated by Vancouverites on display at the Museum of Vancouver. All of the collections have an interactive component.
Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
When: On display from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017
What: If you’ve ever wanted to try kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or dragon boating, now’s your chance. Reserve a spot and on Community Day, knowledgeable paddlers will provide you with coaching before you head out on to the water.
Where: Creekside Community Centre – 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver. Meet outside, by the sea wall, just southwest of Science World and the Main Street SkyTrain station.
What: Book of Mormon and Hamilton might get all of the headlines, but Disney’s Newsies is no slouch. The cult following of the underdog film of New York newspaper delivery boys took home Best Score and Best Choreography at the Tony Awards in 2012.
What: Musical fans! Tassle fans! Musical tassle fans? Local cabaret act The Wet Spots is bringing back SHINE: A Burlesque Musical to Vancouver. Hailed as the Muppet Show for grown-ups, the original musical features 18 songs and is filled with sexy, bawdy bits.
What: Where most theatre shows this month adopt lighter themes or settings, Movements No. 1 & 2 is a “dream-like exploration into the personal and collective ideas of revolution.” The first full-length feature from local playwright James Gordon King, the performance is held at a found space in East Van – an run-down, million-dollar listing by the looks of it.
What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will play popular classics from a host of composers including Gershwin and Tchaikovsky, plus the themes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek: Into Darkness – all for free.
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
What: Whereas other successful improv troupes in Vancouver are comprised of dozens of performers, these guys opt to keep it simple – the Sunday Service is five top-notch performers that have been nationally recognized so many times they’ve lost count (just kidding, it’s 21). They perform every Sunday at the Fox Cabaret in Mount Pleasant and never fail to bring down the house, making it a popular spot for comedians and regular folk alike to take in a night of guaranteed laughs.
Whatever you’re looking for, the Eastside Flea probably has it. With over 50 vendors, five artisan showrooms, DJs, and even a pinball machine, it’s a great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon. It’s now open for the season.
Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Vancouver’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few – for full details check our guide to Vancouver farmers’ markets.
In addition to a variety of farmers’ markets, the city and surrounding areas boast a collection of night markets that showcase the city’s best food trucks, bakers, and artisans. These night markets bring together communities for entertainment, shopping, and wonderful food. Here’s a shortlist of a few – for full details check our guide to night markets in Vancouver.