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27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: June 1 to 3

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Daniel Chai May 31, 2018 5:00 am 3,645

The first weekend of June is here! Get the party started with our list of 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, June 1, Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3! Enjoy Mat Collective Free Yoga, Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival, UBC Robson Japanese Market, and more.

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Goh Ballet presents Cinderella

Cinderella

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  • What: In honour of its 40th anniversary, Goh Ballet presents the world premiere of the unforgettable classic fairytale, Cinderella, at The Centre on June 1 and June 2. This will be the first time ever that the public will see this rendition of Cinderella choreographed by Maina Gielgud, former Artistic Director of Australian Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. The show will feature Principal Dancers Venus Villa and Rolando Sarabia, courtesy of the Washington Ballet, amongst a cast of almost 100 award-winning dance students from Goh Ballet.
  • When: Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Centre – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $28 to $82, available online.

Heart of Gold Gala 2018

  • What: The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s signature fundraiser supports life-saving research breakthroughs, and by joining the event, you’ll be part of the foundation’s commitment to improving women’s heart health. This year’s theme is New Orleans-inspired and it’s set to delight the senses with delicious food, wine, sounds, and experiences. The evening will commence with a live and silent auction, followed by a raffle, and live entertainment.
  • When: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm reception | 7:30 pm dinner
  • Where: Parq Vancouver – Grand ballroom, 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $350 single tickets | $3,500 table of 10 – Email [email protected] or call 604-683-1513 to secure your tickets

So There I Was…In High School

  • What: A collection of Vancouver’s best and brightest comedians take the stage to share stories from their high school years. Their painful stroll down memory lane is for your entertainment.
  • When: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Distant Worlds: Vancouver

  • What: A celebration of the music of the Final Fantasy video game series. Conducted by GRAMMY Award-winner Arnie Roth, the 100-musician Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus plays alongside video from the popular games.
  • When: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $55-$95

Mat Collective Free Yoga

free outdoor yoga

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  • What: Mat Collective is the largest outdoor yoga program in Western Canada. Aside from offering free outdoor yoga classes all summer long, Mat Collective will also be hosting several special events, including an Acro Jam in partnership with MEC, and a class at BC Place in collaboration with the BC Lions.
  • When: Friday, June 1 to Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Time: Various times, check schedule for details
  • Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street), Downtown (800 Robson Street), Granville Island (Chain and Forge), and Main Street (95 E 32nd Ave.)
  • Admission: Free

55th Annual Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet 

  • What: The Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet was originally founded in 1963 as Canada Cup by legendary swim coach Howard Firby. His vision was to bring elite swimmers to Vancouver to race local athletes, both to inspire the community and to develop international talent right here at home. The meet has since grown to become a fixture in Canadian swimming and the largest of its kind in Western Canada.
  • When: Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: UBC Aquatic Centre – 6080 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $5-$10

Be A Life Saver: Free hands-only CPR and AED Training

  • What: Free hands-only CPR and AED Training led by BC Emergency Health Services. Each session lasts for 30mins and includes videos on how to perform hands-only CPR, how to use an AED and on the PulsePoint Respond App; as well as practical hands-on experience of hands-only CPR and the use of an AED. At the end of the session you will be able to recognize when someone is having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and what you can do and how to increase their chances of survival until professional responders arrive.
  • When: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Saturday, June 2, 2018

5K Foam Fest Abbotsford

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  • What: The 5K Foam Fest boasts 22 of some of the best and most exciting obstacles in the world including the worlds largest inflatable waterslide, slip and slides, and mucky mud pits. Combine these obstacles with 2.5 million cubic feet of foam, live DJs and a vendor village, and chances are you’ll be enjoying an epic summer day. The family fun event supports the Make A Wish Foundation.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Where: Clearbrook Park / Abbotsford Exhibition Park – 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Register online, $65 to $75

Tom Jones

  • What: The iconic singer behind hits such as “Delilah,” “Sex Bomb,” and “Green Green Grass of Home” is set to play the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on June 2. Tom Jones’ 50-year career has remarkably gone from strength-to-strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for five decades, he has garnered – at the age of 77 – the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 6: 30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $49-$125.

Orjan Nilsen and Emma Hewitt

  • What: Norwegian trance producer Orjan Nilsen and Australian singer/songwriter Emma Hewitt bring their beautiful rhythmic patterns and haunting melodies to Celebrities Nightclub for Playhouse Saturdays.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm to 3 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Day of The Honeybee

  • What: Join Honeybee Centre to celebrate Day of the Honeybee. Featuring beekeeping demonstrations, workshops, storytelling, a plant sale, face painting, seed planting, giveaways, and more.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Honeybee Centre – 7480 176th Street, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Doors Open Richmond

  • What: The 11th installment of Doors Open Richmond is a weekend-long, city-wide public celebration of heritage, culture and the arts. Forty sites with an eclectic and exciting blend of destinations will open their doors and offer culturally rich and inclusive experiences for free. These destinations include heritage sites, museums, places of worship, green spaces, specialty business, art galleries and artist studios.
  • When: Saturday, June 2 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Various locations around Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Hats Off Day

  • What: A big street party by Burnaby Heights merchants to celebrate the community and their customers. Enjoy music, food, kids activities, a show and shine, and more.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Heights
  • Admission: Free

Silver Chord Choir & Friends Concert

  • What: As a kick off to Senior’s Week, the Silver Chord Choir & Friends is hosting its annual concert. The free event is open to all ages and includes refreshments after the show.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 t0 3:30 pm
  • Where: Wilson Centre – 2150 Wilson Ave, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free. To register, contact 604.927.7529 referencing barcode 25653.

Out On Screen 30th Birthday Party

  • What: Out On Screen turns 30 and is celebrating with a community birthday party. A party for the LGBT2Q+ community and allies at the Imperial on Main Street will pay tribute to the last three decades of uplifting queer stories at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Featuring performances by Maiden China, Shay Dior, and Indigenous burlesque troupe Virago Nation.
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free, RSVP Online

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival 2018

Beer/Vancouver Craft Beer Week

  • What: Beer and cider lovers are invited to come to the PNE Fairgrounds on June 2 and 3 for the 9th annual year of good times, filled with music, food, art, and of course, tons of craft beer. For 2018 festival-goers can expect 100+ craft breweries and cideries (pouring 300+ beverages), live music, buskers, and more food trucks and washrooms. This festival caps off the 10-day citywide celebration which runs from May 25 to June 3.
  • When: Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: PNE/Playland – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
    Tickets:
    $39-$75; buy online

Public Disco at Alley Oop

  • What: The Public Disco is all about creating a fun, and inclusive environment. This colourful event will feature DJ sets from Niña Mendoza, Neighbour, Wabi Sladi, and Ryan Wells. There will be a glitter station so you can jazz up your outfit or use some sparkly facepaint to get into party mode. Kids are welcome to join, as the event will feature games and toys to keep the little ones busy (if they need a dance break).
  • When: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 9 pm
  • Where: Alley Oop — The bright and colourful laneway at Granville and Pender
  • Admission: Free

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: Shoppers are invited to amble over and pick up some afternoon picnic supplies, groceries for the week, and Sunday dinner fixings from over 25 farms and producers. Each week you’ll find a fresh selection of just-picked seasonal fruits and veggies, ethically-raised meats & sustainable seafood, artisanal bread and prepared foods, craft beer, wine, and spirits, handmade crafts, coffee, and food trucks.
  • When: Every Sunday to Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Still Creek Watershed Tour

  • What: A guided bicycle tour along the Central Valley Greenway and urban trails presented by Still Moon Arts Society and the City of Burnaby. Learn the history of Still Creek and environmental enhancement projects at stops along the way.
  • When: Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am
  • Where: Departing from Renfrew Skytrain Station in Vancouver, ends at Burnaby City Hall
  • Admission: Free, Registration required, space is limited. Contact the Planning Department at 604-294-7420 to register

Steve Hofstetter

June 3

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  • What: One of YouTube’s most popular comics with over 80 million views, Steve Hofstetter is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1. Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of Laughs (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more.
  • When: Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie St
    Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Coho Bon Voyage

  • What: Release coho salmon fry, see the fish hatchery and discover the ecological importance of salmon. Presented by Bowen Island Fish & Wildlife Club.
  • When: Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Crippen Regional Park – Meet at Terminal Creek Hatchery, a 15-minute walk from the ferry dock
  • Admission: Free

Richmond Night Market

  • What: This market draws crowds from across the province, who travel to check out the rows on rows of vibrant cuisine along with the diverse line-up of nightly performances on the 50-foot entertainment stage. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.
  • When: Now to Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Time: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm to midnight; Sundays and holiday Mondays from 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • Price: $3.75 (regular admission)

Bike to Work Week

  • What: Bike to Work Week is a community event to celebrate bike commuting across Metro Vancouver. Visit over 80 Celebration Stations offering free drinks, snacks, quick bike tune-ups, and great prizes.
  • When: Now to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: All over Metro Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

  • What: The Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market is a place for the community to meet farmers and artisans in an open, fresh-air environment. Find fresh locally grown produce, artisan-processed foods, local arts and crafts, music by talented local musicians, ready-to-eat food and refreshments, children’s craft and activities, and entertainment throughout the season.
  • When: Alternate Sundays to September 16, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

UBC Robson Japanese Market

  • What: Vendors and crafters will be putting their work on display for a unique shopping event. The market will feature unique Japanese crafts and products such as jewellery, soap, postcards, notebooks, dry flowers, ceramics, kimono, cute pouches, charms, tabi socks, hair accessories, and much more. There will also be onsite service offering hair styling, massage, aromatherapy, Sato lymph care and reiki, so you can be pampered while you shop.
  • When: Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: UBC Robson Square in Sunroom and Gallery Room across from the ice rink (just down the stairs from the Art Gallery on Robson x Howe Street)
  • Admission: Free. Fees apply for onsite services (hair styling, massage, aromatherapy, etc.)

Hype City 3

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  • What: Vancouver Sneakerheads Group and Vancouver Streetwear Community are bringing Canada’s largest sneaker and streetwear event to the Harbour Convention Centre. From Supreme to Yeezy to Jordan, you’ll find in-demand items from across the world at the event. Not forgetting the limited edition pieces and rare vintage items in pristine condition. You can also take part in interactive activities and learn about the history of sneakers like the Air Force 1 at Hype City. Plus, you’ll be in with the chance of winning prizes with raffles and giveaways happening throughout the event.
  • When: Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 6 pm
  • Where: Harbour Convention Centre – 760 Pacific Boulevard
  • Tickets: $20 early bird tickets, $25 at the door, available via Eventbrite

Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival

  • What: This free event is uber popular for foodies in the Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley area. Each fest will feature around a dozen trucks with food and beverage for purchase, live entertainment, and artisan market vendors. Most events will run from 11 am to 5 pm.
  • When: Saturday, June 2 (Langley and Pitt Meadows) and Sunday, June 3 (Vancouver), 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: June 2 at Douglas Park 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley; June 2 at Airport Days at the Pitt Meadows Airport; June 3 at Concord Pacific 88 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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