20 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 20 to 24

Jun 19 2016, 6:09 pm

The sun is shining again! In between getting back to the beach or just basking in the park, there’s a whole heap of events going on in Vancouver for you to check out.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from learning the basics of 3D printing to kicking back to some of the best freestyling hip hop artists in our city.

Monday, June 20

3D Printing for Beginners Workshop

  • What: A workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about 3D printing, 3D printers and how they work. It will also discuss ways that artists are using 3D printing for their creative projects and look at ways to incorporate it into other artforms.
  • Where: International Centre of Arts and Technology – 1012-207 W Hastings St – Dominion Building, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 20, from 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite, priced $40; bursaries available, contact [email protected] for an application form.

Pecha Kucha

  • What: The Vancouver Park Board and Made in BC present a free Pecha Kucha Night – 11 dancers present simultaneously with 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre, Multi-Media Room – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 20 at 8:30 to 9:30 pm
  • More info: vancouver.ca

Creative Weaving with Debra Sparrow

  • What: The first of a six-part free workshop series led by accomplished Musqueam weaver, Debra Sparrow. Help co-design and co-create a blanket to reflect our community’s multicultural heritage.
  • Where:  Dunbar Community Centre Association – 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 20, from 4 to 6pm
  • More info: facebook.com

istandard producer showcase

  • What: The premier live event for music producers to spotlight their tunes live, featuring Focus, Swiff D and Chin Injeti.
  • Where:  Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 20, doors 8:45 pm, show runs from 9 pm to 1 am
  • Tickets: At Eventbrite, priced $20

Tuesday, June 21


  • What: This Oscar-nominated Turkish film tells of the fallout when five sisters’ harmless horseplay on the beach with a group of boys is misinterpreted as some form of sexual adventurism by the adults charged with raising them “correctly.”
  • Where:  VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 21, at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: From VIFF, priced $12 for adults, or $10 for students

Om the Pier

  • What: A free mass yoga session on the North Shore with Clara Roberts-Oss, Christie Baumgartner and lululemon, to celebrate the International Day of Yoga. All abilities welcome, just bring your own mat.
  • Where: Burrard Dry Dock Pier – 15 Wallace Mews Road, North Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • More info: On Eventbrite, totally free.

Pop-Up City Hall at Trout Lake

  • What: Join Pop-Up City Hall at Trout Lake to celebrate National Aboriginal Day. Expect a big celebration of culture, music, and dance.
  • Where: Trout Lake – 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 21, from noon to 5 pm
  • More information: vancouver.ca

Open Level Dance Class

  • What: A free, ladies-only street jazz dance class aiming to empower women in a safe space. Open to all levels – beginners are especially welcome! Wear comfortable workout attire – running shoes, sneakers, wedge sneakers or combat boots work great.
  • Where:  Public Myth Kitsilano – 2005 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 21, from 6:15 to 7:15 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Wednesday, June 22

Introduction to Drone Video

Drone quadcopter Dji Phantom 3 Professional with digital camera High quality 4K (Sarawut Chamsaeng/Shutterstock)

Drone quadcopter Dji Phantom 3 Professional with digital camera High quality 4K Sarawut Chamsaeng / Shutterstock.com

  • What: This two-hour workshop organized by DOC BC will feature a case-study of drone videography by Grant Baldwin, a director, cinematographer, editor, and composer based in Vancouver.
  • Where:  InFocus Film School – 306 Abbott Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $25 full or $10 for students; free for DOC BC members

Clothing Swap & Potluck

  • What: An all ages inclusive evening of community building and resource sharing, sharing clothes and dinner. Bring food to share, your own plate and cutlery and your contribution of clothes for the swap. All leftover clothes will be donated to charity. 
  • Where:  The Hub Space – 251 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

New St. Paul’s Hospital phase 2 open house

  • What: See the preliminary design concepts for how the new St. Paul’s Hospital and integrated health campus could be developed and tell Providence Health Care and their designers what you think. You could help inform the end design.
  • Where: Thornton Park (tents near the Farmers Market) – 1166 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 22, from 4 to 7 pm
  • More information: vancouver.ca

The Glory of Italian Opera

  • What: Join soprano Shadan Saul, mezzo Barbara Towell, tenor Sunny Shams, baritone Andrew Greenwood, pianist David Boothroyd, and narrator Tom Durrie for a wonderful evening of great Italian opera.
  • Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, June 22, from 7:30 to 9 pm.
  • Tickets: On the door, priced $20
  • More info: facebook.com

Thursday, June 23

When We Were Kings

  • What: In honour of the extraordinary life lived by athlete, activist and cultural icon Muhammad Ali, the Rio are screening this Oscar-winning portrait of “The Greatest,” covering events leading up to his infamous fight against George Foreman.
  • Where:  Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 23, doors 6:30 pm, movie at 7 pm
  • Tickets: At the Rio, priced $10 in advance or $12 on the door

BECOMING, a co-exhibition of new artwork

  • What: A free showcase for abstract painter Charlotte Spafford and Flory Huang, who is currently working primarily in 2-dimensional media with ink and paint. Refreshments will be available, as will the artwork to buy.
  • Where: thisopenspace – 434 Columbia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 23, from 5:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Visit the Herons: Thursday Evening Walk

  • What: June is a special time of the year for herons in Stanley Park – the chicks have hatched and it’s getting noisy. Join the evening walk as the hatchlings bed down. 
  • Where:  Lost Lagoon Nature House on the south east shore of Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 23, from 6 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $10 for adults, $5 for Stanley Park Ecological Society members, or free for Adopt a Heron Nest program participants – contact [email protected] for details.

Designer Trunk Show

  • What: Shop and support emerging Canadian fashion talent at this trunk show featuring Vancouver labels Vestige, MUSE by Lauralye, Park and Fifth Co., and Noctex bags, plus Diamonds by Astranova and gold jewelry by The Cut at wholesale prices.
  • Where: The Cutting Room – 1888 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 9 pm; also on Saturday, June 25, from 1 to 5 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite or email [email protected]. Totally free.

Friday, June 24

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

  • What: The Jazz Festival kicks off Friday, with a whole host of events and shows. Artists playing this year include Joe Jackson, the Larry Fuller Trio featuring Lewis Nash, and the Rossi Gang, plus much much more – and many of the shows are free.
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • When: Festival runs Friday, June 24 until Sunday, July 3
  • More info: coastaljazz.ca

CycleHack Vancouver 2016

  • What: Listen to speakers, get prototype ideas, and design new ways to improve cycling for everyone – in 48 hours. All ideas can then be shared on the CycleHack Open Source Catalogue for the world to see, share and use in their own cities.
  • Where: The HiVE – 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: From Friday, 24 June, at 6:30 pm to Sunday, 26 June at 6 pm
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, priced $20 for the whole weekend or $15 for Friday Night Show & Tell and the Sunday Afternoon Showcase.

Vancouver Pride Summer Wine Series Launch

  • What: Taste this year’s featured wine, enjoy a selection of cheese, and meet fellow community members, to raise funds for the Pride Youth Scholarship program.
  • Where: Marquis Wine Cellars – 1034 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm; stop in any time between those times
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

The Cypher

  • What: A positive conscious hip hop event that will showcase some of the best vocal improvisers in the Vancouver area. Featuring 16 artists, including Prevail, Emotionz, and Evan The Pirate, in 20-30 minute sets, plus a late night chill closing hip-hop set.
  • Where: Red Gate Arts Society – 855 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: From Friday, June 24, at 9 pm until Saturday, June 25, at 4 am
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, priced $12.50-$25
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