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21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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DH Vancouver Staff Jun 24, 2016 7:57 am

You’ve made it through another work week – you deserve to indulge. With a plethora of fun things to do around the city this weekend, why not kick back and enjoy yourself?

Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, June 25 and 26.

Saturday, June 25

Joy of Feeding

  • What: This unique international food festival and annual fundraiser for UBC Farm celebrates home-cooked dishes from around the world. Vij’s, Terra Breads, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and UBC Food Services will bring together 15 cooks of various ethnicities, traditions, and professions to share samples of their favourite family meals.
  • When: Saturday, June 25 from 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive
  • Price: Tickets are available at $55 and can be purchased online here

Bard on the Beach 2016

  • What: Get ready to see the festival’s familiar tents dotting Vanier Park as Bard on the Beach returns to Vancouver for its 27th year, running from June 3 to September 24.
  • When: June 3 to September 24. Click here for a full schedule.
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Chastity Belt

  • What: American alternative band Chastity Belt hits Fortune Sound Club this Saturday.
  • When: Saturday, June 25; doors open at 7 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver

Camp Tech: Intro to Google Analytics

  • What: In this 3-hour Intro to Google Analytics class, you’ll learn how to get Google Analytics set up and installed properly, create custom views, create segments to compare data and configure simple goals for your website.
  • When: Saturday, June 25; 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: HiVE – 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Queer Noise

  • What: Queer Noise is a program of Canadian media art which combines presentation and dialogue to explore political intention in contemporary queer work.
  • When: Saturday, June 25; 7 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

Kitsilano Walking Tour

  • What: Kitsilano, or “Ki-Chi-Ra-No” to the locals, was home to the second largest Japanese Canadian community in Vancouver. From 1904-1942, over one thousand people settled here and built housing: kyabins (cabins), storefronts, a church, a Japanese Language School, and a public bath.
  • When: Saturday, June 25; 10 am to noon
  • Where: Livingspace Interiors parking lot – 1706 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Fana Soro: West African Music for Kids

  • What: Through interactions with individuals of diverse cultures, Fana Soro believes that young people build their understanding and appreciation for art and culture. Join Fana for an interactive workshop to explore the social and cultural significance of West African instruments and music.
  • When: Saturday, June 25; 11 am and 1 pm
  • Where: ArtStarts Gallery – 808 Richards Street, Vancouver

Vancouverite: A Comedy Show

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  • What: Brent Constantine and Amber Harper-Young present a comedy show featuring some of the city’s best local comedians stories about Vancouver, adjusting to life here, and leaving home.This month’s guests are Roman Mancini, Ryan Gunther, San Aung, Joey Commisso and more.
  • When: Saturday, June 25; 7:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! Vancouver

  • What: No matter your gender, age, or skill level, Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is for you! These 4on4 street hockey tournament festivals offer recreational and competitive street hockey tournament divisions for all. Anybody can play!
  • When: Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26; 8 am to 5 pm
  • Where: YPK Integrated Training Centre – 18200 Ford Road, Pitt Meadows

Seymour Triple G Road Cycling Fundraiser

  • What: Raising a child with autism in this society, like road cycling, can be a test of endurance. The goal of this event is to raise public awareness and funding for the free online videos that ACT – Autism Community Training provides to families.
  • When: Saturday, June 25; 8 am to noon
  • Where: Mount Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver

Race for Resources VIP Fundraiser 

  • What: Attendees can expect hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a buffet style lunch, and an exciting day of race horses that you’ll experience with a fun-loving crowd. Gather under the Hastings Park Racetrack’s Marquee tent where you’ll find live music between races, a roaming photographer, and an exclusive betting kiosk for guests.
  • When: June 25, 12:30 to 5 pm
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse under the Marquee – 188 North Renfrew Street

Sunday, June 26

Go to Playland

  • What: Playland has officially opened for the season, so connect with your inner child and hop aboard the famous wooden roller coaster for a little throwback fun.
  • Where: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Exclusive Sushi Making Class

  • What: “Sushi and the City” invites you to attend an exclusive two-hour sushi and sashimi making class with Charlie Lee, a master sushi chef who was trained by two-Michelin-starred sushi chef Matsumoto Mizuho. In this unique class, attendees will learn the how to make restaurant quality sushi and sashimi using the latest techniques in Japanese gastronomy.
  • When: Various dates and times throughout June (please check here)
  • Where: Address provided after booking
  • Price: Tickets range from $119 to $137.35 and can be purchased online here

This Sandwich, That Beer Throwdown!

  • What: This Sandwich, That Beer Throwdown! returns to The Portside Pub in Gastown on June 26, where places like Calabash Bistro, Cascade Room, 33 Acres, and Powell Street Brewing will churn out delicious provisions to benefitBackpack Buddies — a foundation that provides food for hungry inner-city children.
  • When: Sunday, June 26; 1 to 5 pm
  • Where: The Portside Pub – 7 Alexander Street, Vancouver

Ride Don’t Hide 2016

  • What: Ride Don’t Hide is raising funds for mental health programs in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The rides will take place in 6 provinces across the country with the goal of raising over $1,500,000.
  • When: Sunday, June 26; 7 am
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby

CycleHack 2016

  • What: Cyclists, developers, designers, enthusiasts, makers and anyone interested in biking is invited to listen to speakers and get ideas, then design, build and test their prototypes.
  • When: From Friday, 24 June, at 6:30 pm to Sunday, 26 June at 6 pm
  • Where: The HiVE – 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Just For Cats Festival 2016

  • What: This weekend, Vancouverites can celebrate their love for feline films with a carefully curated selection of the best cat videos the internet has to offer at the Just for Cats film festival.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street
  • When: Sunday, June 26; 3 to 7:45 pm

Find some nicknacks at the Eastside Flea

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.

Visit the Vancouver International Jazz Fest

  • What: With Sarah McLachlan headlining the event, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival is a great spot to listen to some smooth music from amazing local, national, and international jazz musicians.
  • Where: Various venues. Click here for more.
  • When: Friday, June 24 to Sunday, July 3

The Sunday Service

  • 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.
  • Price: $7
  • Time: Sundays at 9 pm
  • Address: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street

Check out Surrey’s first ever Pride parade

  • What: The City of Surrey is hosting its first ever Pride parade to show solidarity to the city’s LGBTQ community.
  • When: Sunday, June 26; 11:30 am
  • Parade Route: Starts at Surrey City Hall, goes along University Boulevard, and finishes at Holland Park

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