35 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 26 to 30

Jun 25 2017, 1:08 am

The last week of June is here, so let’s get out and make the most of it! From YVR Food Fest to Vancouver Art Gallery’s Fuse, here are our picks for 35 things to do in Vancouver this week.

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

Monday, June 26

Britannia Carving Pavilion Naming Ceremony

  • What: A family friendly event with food and cultural activities to honour this shared space in our community. Featuring live performances, cultural sharing, and an off the grill feast.
  • When: June 12
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Brittania Community Services Centre – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free



Image: Yaletown / Facebook

  • What: Enjoy five days of free outdoor jazz music in Yaletown. Let’s Hear it for Yaletown is taking place in the week leading up to Canada Day and you’ll be able to hear jazzy beats from 11 am to 1 pm. If you’re working at that time don’t worry, you’ll have another chance to hear the band again between 5 and 7 pm.
  • When: June 26 to 30
  • Time: 11 am to 1 pm and 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Various locations throughout Yaletown
  • Price: Free


  • What: Electro pop Toronto band DIANA hits Fortune Sound Club on their upcoming tour with guest Nicholas Krgovich.
  • When: June 26
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

35th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards And Party

  • What: Celebrate 35 years of The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and all the artists, technicians, and everyone in between who put their creativity on stage and show their dedication to outstanding professional theatre.  Hosted by Jacqueline Breakwell and Munish Sharma, halftime entertainment by Cause and Effect Circus, and dance party following the awards with DJ Oker Chen.
  • When: June 26
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29.50

Greasy Spoon Diner Vol. 28

  • What: Get your tickets to this one of a kind charity event that will be featuring Chef Chris Whittaker’s (Forage, Timber) set menu inspired by diner food. Enjoy cocktails, craft beer, and wine. Money from the Greasy Spoon Diner series goes towards A Better Life Foundation , which aims to empower those struggling with addictions and mental illness.
  • When: June 26
  • Time: 5:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Save On Meats – 43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $95; buy via Eventbrite

June Youth Poetry Slam featuring the 2017 Youth Team

  • What: This month’s feature is the Poetry Squaddd aka the 2017 Vancouver Youth Slam Team. The team included Charity Ywaya, Nadia Alikashani, Ana Monfared, Andrew Warner and our grand slam champ, Emma Field.
  • When: June 26
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $4 for 18 and under, $6-$10 for 19 and up

Ziggy Marley

  • What: Pop/reggae superstar Ziggy Marley just took home another Grammy—his eighth—for his sublime new self-titled recording. Thirteen albums into his legendary career, his uplifting message of hope in the face of adversity is stronger than ever.
  • When: June 26
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $71-$76

Tuesday, June 27

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Cyrus Chestnut (Coastal Jazz)

Cyrus Chestnut (Coastal Jazz)

  • What: First-call pianist for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and both The Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestras, Cyrus Chestnut absorbed years of experience as a sideman with Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, and scores of other great players. Now, he’s stepped into the spotlight as a charismatic and thought-provoking composer and bandleader. Blending contemporary and traditional jazz with gospel and hints of Latin and samba, some call Chestnut the greatest jazz pianist of his generation.
  • When: June 27
  • Time: 7:30 and 9:30 pm
  • Where: Pyatt Hall – 843 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $40

YVR Food Fest

  • What: Arrival Agency’s sixth installation of their popular summertime food festival (formerly known as Food Cart Fest) will offer not only their signature Street Food Showdown, but expanded foodie programming that will include a long table dinner, a huge outdoor brunch, a Canada Day BBQ with live music, and the speaker series Food For Thought.
  • When: June 27 to July 3
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues around Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Ryan Adams

  • What: Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ryan Adams returns to Vancouver in support of his 15th studio album, Prisoner, a direct transmission from the singer-songwriter’s psyche and soul, right down to the album artwork painted by Adams himself.
  • When: June 27
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $35-59.50

Improv X Canada

  • What: The Fictionals and Friends are celebrating Canada 150 on June 27 at Cafe Deux Soleils with Maple Mayhem. Improv X Canada will be inspired by the newsmakers, sights and history of this great country for a night of comedy.
  • When: June 27
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $7 or $5 for students

Elaine Quehl – A Design Journey

  • What: Award-winning Canadian quilt artist, teacher and designer, Elaine Quehl offers a digital presentation and trunk show of her recent work. Elaine is best known for colourful, nature-themed art quilts featuring luscious foliage, flowers and trees. She was the Canadian Quilter’s Association Teacher of the Year in 2015.
  • When: June 27
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Richmond Cultural Centre – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Cost: $5

Unite! A celebration of Canadian multiculturalism

Canada Place

Image: Canada Place/Shutterstock

  • What: Engage with artisans and roaming performers, participate in a variety of interactive experiences, workshops, and creation stations as you make your way to the North Point for the main event. The stage on the North Point will be programmed throughout the day with a variety of acts – popular performers including musicians, dancers and drummers. The day will finish off with a free concert on the stage at the North Point, featuring Alex Cuba and headliners Delhi 2 Dublin.
  • When: June 27
  • Time: 10 am to 8 pm
  • Where: Canada Place – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free


  • What: Newly formed Bokanté is the brainchild of Snarky Puppy founder Michael League, bringing together eight musicians from four continents to create a diverse ensemble rich in groove, melody and soul.
  • When: June 27
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $45-$50

Wednesday, June 28


  • What: High-tech artwork along the entire undersurface of the Cambie Street Bridge meant to represent the “life blood” of the West Coast will be officially unveiled to the public on June 28. Uninterrupted by director Nettie Wild, producers Betsy Carson and Rae Hull and editor Michael Brockington it is meant to tell the the story of Wild Pacific Salmon’s life journey.
  • When: 25 minute shows nightly from Tuesdays to Saturdays
  • Time: June 28 to August 14 at 10 pm (Note: no shows on Celebration of Light fireworks nights); August 15 to September 24 at 9 pm
  • Where: Viewed from North Side of Cambie Street Bridge at Coopers Park
  • Cost: Free

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

Image: Mark Blinch / Canadian Olympic Committee

  • What: The Harry Jerome International Track Classic is Canada’s longest running track and field event. Canadian track star Andre de Grasse has confirmed he will race in this year’s event. A winner of three sprinting medals at the Olympics in Rio, de Grasse won both the 100 and 200-m races at the Harry Jerome Classic at Swangard Stadium last year.
  • When: June 28
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: Perry Percy Stadium, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$20

Hands-On Scientist Series: Nocturnal Neighbours with Chris Currie

  • What: ​Delve into the secret lives of park wildlife as local scientists share presentations and hands-on research techniques.
  • When: June 28
  • Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • Register: 604-432-6359. $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

Women in PR Canada – Annual Summer Soiree

  • What: Join Women in PR Canada at their annual summer soiree for an energizing evening of networking at Hycroft. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the organization, enjoy the company of industry friends and meet new women (and men) who are united in their PR careers.
  • When: June 28
  • Time: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft – 1489 McRae Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Branford Marsalis

Image: Palma Kolansky

  • What: NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. He’ll be performing in Vancouver with the VSO and his longtime quartet pianist Joey Calderazzo.
  • When: June 28
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On VSO, $61-$86

Our Home and Native Bloom: The Art of Ikebana with Judie Glick

  • What: Join Judie Glick from the Vancouver Ikebana Association who will give a presentation on Ikebana and the Japanese art of arranging local plant material. Participants will create their own small arrangement to take home at the end of the workshop.
  • When: June 28
  • Time: 12:10 to 1:15 pm
  • Where: Richmond City Hall – 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Cost: Free, RSVP by email to Elisa Yon at [email protected]

From Baja to Chiang Mai – YVR Food Fest

  • What: A four course meal by chefs Angus An from Vancouver and Jair Tellez from Mexico City. Angus An is the celebrated local chef behind Maenam and Fat Mao Noodles. Jair Tellez has emerged as one of Mexico’s most important and progressive chefs. His restaurants Laja, MeroToro, and Amaya have been featured in the New York Times and listed among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. He is also a partner at host restaurant Fayuca.
  • When: June 28
  • Time: Seatings at 6:30, 7, and 7:30 pm
  • Where: Fayuca – 1009 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $76 (including food and gratuity)

Thursday, June 29

Vancouver Canadians versus Eugene Emeralds

  • What: Do you know what goes well with a lazy sunny day? Baseball that’s what! The Vancouver Canadians face off with the Eugene Emeralds.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium
  • When: June 29 to July 3
  • Time: Season runs until September 3
  • Tickets: Online, $14-$25

Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny

Oh Canada, the True North Strong and Funny/VTSL

  • What: It’s Canada’s 150th birthday and Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL) is celebrating with a humorous look at what makes Canadians, well…Canadian. The improv comedians will be highlighting the stereotypes associated with Canada and leaving audiences laughing until their sides hurt at The Improv Centre with their brand new show – ‘Oh, Canada – The True North Strong and Funny’.
  • When: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until September 2
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street
  • Tickets: Staring at $10 – tickets available through VTSL online

BCBusiness Top 100

  • What: This year’s BCBusiness Top 100 features special guest David Foster, a native of Victoria, one of the most successful music producers in history and the founder of the David Foster Foundation.
  • When: June 29
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $79-$169

Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy, Pre Fringe Edition

  • What: Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy is a storytelling show which shines a light on the path from Mark Hughes’s dark and grim past of street life, addiction, and prison, using introspective and playful tools gleaned from doing stand-up comedy.
  • When: June 29 to July 1
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $15

Food for Thought – YVR Food Fest

  • What: Food For Thought will be in its sophomore year this summer, and for 2017 they’ve put together a diverse lineup of food folks offering their own take on food-related topics sure to delight and inspire. You’ll get to have your say too; Food For Thought includes a panel discussion with audience participation.
  • When: June 29
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $17, available online

Thievery Corporation

Image: Coastal Jazz

  • What: They aren’t exactly jazz per se, but DJ collective Thievery Corporation are sure to be one of Jazz Fest’s most popular draws. Even without the support of a major record label, Eric Hilton and Rob Garza have managed to sell millions of records and have amassed an incredibly loyal fanbase. Celebrating the release of this year’s The Temple of I & I, the D.C. duo will perform tracks new and old while accompanied by a massive live band.
  • When: June 29
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 884 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online from $95 to $110 (All ages)

Westside Community Food Market

  • What: The Westside Community Food Market gives small scale and new local vendors an opportunity to sell their produce directly to customers, while also helping low-income and vulnerable populations access local foods that are close to home through a coupon program. Vendors this year include Charmmala, The Lemon Square, and Crow & Co.
  • When: Every Thursday during the summer
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Kits House – 2305 West 7th Avenue. Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Friday, June 30

FUSE: 2167

  • What: An eclectic array of unexpected happenings and surprise encounters at the Vancouver Art Gallery. FUSE: 2167 will feature a diverse lineup of performances and live music, as well as artful interventions by local and international artists who will transport guests to another time.
  • When: June 30
  • Time:  8 pm
  • Tickets: $24 at the door, free for Gallery Members. Cash bar only


  • What: After producing Yo Gotti’s “Act Right” & “Bout Me” for Wiz Khalifa , San Francisco Bay Area born rapper/ producer P-Lo is cultivating the sound of the bay area on a national level.
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 30 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Golden Spike Days Festival

Golden Spike Days Festival

Image: Golden Spike Days Festival / Facebook

  • What: The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest running family events in BC. The festival attracts upwards of 40,000 people of all walks of life with live entertainment, special events and activities for all ages. The event commemorates the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the original western terminus in Port Moody where the last spike was driven.
  • Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 Murray St, Port Moody
  • When: June 30 to July 3
  • Cost: Entrance by donation, all proceeds go to the Golden Spike Days Society.

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

  • What: Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly. Shipyard Plaza in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market every Friday night.
  • When: Every Friday until September 29
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Location: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Asteroid Day

  • What: Visit the Space Centre to take part in this global celebration. The Pacific Museum of Earth will be in the house to show you asteroids, meteorites, and explain how space rocks differ from rocks found on Earth. Also, enjoy a special screening of the Little Prince.
  • When: June 30
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: All activities included in regular admission rates

Buster Williams & Something More

Buster Williams (Coastal Jazz)

Buster Williams (Coastal Jazz)

  • What: One of jazz’s most versatile and esteemed bassists, Grammy Award-winning Buster Williams brings his highly refined technique and deep tone to collaborations with a vast range of vocal, post-bop, and progressive jazz artists. Williams co-founded the great jazz combos Timeless All-Stars and Sphere, has worked with Betty Carter and Nancy Wilson, and is revered for his exploratory playing in Herbie Hancock’s legendary Mwandishi Sextet.
  • When: June 30
  • Time: 7:30 and 9:30 pm
  • Where: Pyatt Hall – 843 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $40

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

  • What: Postmodern Jukebox is the brainchild of pianist Scott Bradlee, who got his start by shooting videos with college friends in a tiny apartment in Queens. In 2012, Bradlee put together a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to finish an album of Motown-inspired Nickelback covers and earned his first-ever slot at a major arts festival: BC’s own Squamish Valley Music Festival.
  • When: June 30
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 884 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online from $54 to $70 (all ages)
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