35 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 5 to 9

Jun 5 2017, 3:50 am

The sun is shining and Vancouver is filled with exciting events to check out! From concerts to board games to World Oceans Day, here are our 35 things to do in Vancouver this week.

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

Monday, June 5

The Cascade Room’s Main Street Cup ll

  • What: The Cascade Room is hosting the second Main Street Cup, a bi-annual cocktail tournament open to any bar within a one-block radius of Main Street, from Crab Park to Marine Drive. The Cascade Room will select a maximum of ten mixologists to submit their own signature cocktail using The Botanist Gin and a mandatory foraged ingredient for their cocktail from anywhere on Main Street. Local band, Bonfire Ballerina, will be performing following the competition around 7:30 pm.
  • Where: The Cascade Room – 2616 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 5 from 4 pm ’til late
  • Cost: Free

Free Zumba Vancouver

Image: Zumba Vancouver / Facebook

  • What: Free Zumba classes presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre’s Plaza – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm to July 24
  • Cost: Free.

RILS Comedy Fundraiser

  • What: The Residences for Independent Living Society has provided accommodations to adults living with disabilities in Vancouver for nearly 50 years. They’re holding a stand-up comedy fundraiser to help raise funds for this amazing humanitarian organization. Featuring headliner Katie-Ellen Humphries, Byron Bertram, Julia Stretch, Andrew Vallance, Emma Cooper and more.
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 5 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Skratch Track: DJ Workshop

  • What: This introductory, two hour, hands-on workshop utilizes the DJ 808 controller recently launched by Roland and Serato. The workshop provides a general overview of the gear and various functions including BPM, SYNC, Mix use of the TR S drum feature and the Sampler. Each participant will have a DJ 808 to work with during the workshop.
  • Where: Wired Studios – #206-1715 Cook Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 5 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Cost: Online, $27

Main Street Monday – A Night Of Games

  • What: Strategies Games and Hobbies will be in the tasting room with board games and party games. They will teach people how to play and run the games.
  • Where: Main Street Brewing – 261 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: June 5 from 7:30 to 11 pm
  • Cost: Free

Roundhouse Sculptors Society Show

Sculptors' Society of BC

Image: Sculptors’ Society of BC / Facebook

  • What: The Sculptors Society of BC presents the art show “Older and Loving It”, commencing June 5 with the opening reception. The Sculptors Society will exhibit a selection of contemporary sculpture illustrating their range of work – from the classic figurative to the abstract, including pop art and electronic artwork.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: June 5 from 6 to 8 pm
  • Cost: Free

WWDC Kickoff & Viewing Party

  • What: Join Lighthouse Labs and ViDIA for a kick off and viewing party of this year’s WWDC. The live stream will be set up for viewing and there will be time after to discuss announcements and news. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about Apple and iOS development.
  • Where: Lighthouse Labs – #350 128 W Hastings, Vancouver
  • When: June 5 from 10 am to 12:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Tuesday, June 6

Def Leppard with special guests Poison and Tesla

  • What: Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard are hitting the road for a three month run across North America.  Most recently, their 2015 self-titled album hit #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Grifftihs Way, Vancouver
  • When: June 6 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online

SiriusXM Top Comic Auditions

  • What: Thirty comics go mic-to-mic in front of a live audience for the chance to become SiriusXM’s Top Comic and land a $25,000 grand prize. Hosted by Ben Miner.
  • Where: The Comedy Mix (1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver) and Yuk Yuks (2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver)
  • When: June 6 and 7
  • Tickets: The Comedy Mix and Yuk Yuks

Marian Hill

Marian Hill

Image: Marian Hill / Facebook

  • What: With mixtures of blues, jazz, heavy bass, and delicate vocals, Marian Hill brings their Down Tour to Vancouver.
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 6 at 8 pm
  • RSVP: Online, 25

RED Academy sampler courses

  • What: RED Academy is offering sampler courses at its West Broadway location, so you can learn about the technology industry and any areas you could potentially work in. The courses cost just $5 each to attend and all of the proceeds raised are going to motionball’s Marathon of Sport event on June 10, in support of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
  • Where: RED Academy – 1490 West Broadway #200, Vancouver
  • When: June 6 to 8
  • Tickets: $5 – sign up via RED Academy

Local Talks No. 13: #BasicBusiness

  • What: Join Fall for Local and experts in the small business field for a dive into the Business Basics. Topics covered include bookkeeping, taxes, and those little legal questions that may come up along they way.
  • When: June 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Mobify – 725 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Online: Online, $15

Miloon Kothari Talk and Tour

  • What: Social housing expert, and former United Nation Special Rapporteur, Miloon Kothari, will host a tour of the Vienna Housing exhibition. Kothari will offer a global and social justice perspective on affordable housing in Vancouver and abroad. Kothari will additionally address progressive public housing initiatives and provide insight into the Vienna public housing model.
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 6 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $13-$15, free for MOV members

Project Broadway Musical

Project Broadway Musical

  • What: A two-act, improvised musical performed by emerging musical improvisers from Vancouver. Every word, character, song and dance move is created in the moment using audience suggestions as inspiration. The show is scriptless, scoreless, and filled with bravery and heart.
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 6 and 7 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Wednesday, June 7

Cocktail & Donut Pairing at Cartems

  • What: Clough Club and Cartems have teamed up for a memorable night of cocktails and donuts. Tickets include an epic three-course savoury and sweet donut-inspired dinner with cocktails and a welcome beverage too.
  • Where: Cartems Donuterie – 534 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 7 at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $45

Alberni Street Project Open House

  • What: Asia Standard and LANDA Global are hosting a public open house for their proposed downtown project on Wednesday, June 7. The one-of-a-kind residential project is located at the site of 1444 Alberni Street and 740 Nicola Street. You can attend the open house to learn about the proposal, view the preliminary design, and provide your feedback to the project team before an application is submitted to the City of Vancouver.
  • Where: Crystal Ballroom West, Empire Landmark Hotel – 1400 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 7 from 5 to 7:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Business Council of British Columbia’s Fifth Annual Chair’s Dinner

  • What: BCBC’s vision as “The Place Where Leaders Meet to Unlock BC’s Full Potential”, will be on full display on June 7 where attendees will be joined by BC’s fellow thought leaders in business, academia, First Nations and government to gain insights regarding the challenges impacting our competitiveness in the global marketplace.
  • When: June 7 from 4:45 to 8:45 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

Surrey Urban Farmers Market

Image: Surrey Urban Farmers Market / Facebook

  • What: Located just steps away from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market is a vibrant gathering place that aims to promote small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.
  • Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
  • When: Wednesdays from 2 to 6 pm until October 4
  • Cost: Free

Mack Gordon’s Family Feud

  • What: Contestants will be chosen from the audience to come up on stage and take part in a raucous game of Family Feud. All survey questions will be gathered in advance by host Mack Gordon on the streets of Vancouver with filmed highlights playing through the night. There may even be some special celebrity guests!
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 7 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

BC’s Funniest Female Competition 2017

  • What: Three nights of competition for BC’s Funniest Female comics. Come out and laugh with the best, and vote for your favourite. Hosted by Jan Bannister.
    All audience members get one voting ballot.
  • Where: Lafflines Comedy Club – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • When: Preliminary rounds on June 7 and 8, finale on June 15. Shows at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12-16

Luke Willson Meet & Greet

Luke Willson

Image: Microsoft Store / Facebook

  • What: An opportunity to meet Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson. Make sure to get there early—the first 100 people in line will get a Meet and Greet with Luke Willson, plus your own autographed photo.
  • Where: Microsoft Store at Pacific Centre- 701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 7. Lineup starts at 5 pm, meet and greet from 6 to 7 pm.
  • Cost: Free

Thursday, June 8

The Walrus Talks Success in the West

The Walrus

Image: The Walrus / Facebook

  • What: Join The Walrus and MLT Aikins for The Walrus Talks Success in the West. Hear leadership perspectives on building success for the next century. An expert line-up will discuss why the west is the key to Canadian success, and how the west will be won. Covering business, technology, resources, community, and much more.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 8 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Mount Kimbie

  • What: This acclaimed English electronic music duo are returning to Vancouver on their North America tour.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main St, Vancouver
  • When: June 8. Doors at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketweb, or at Red Cat​ ​Main St, Red Cat Hastings St and Zulu, $20

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Alumni Brew Night

  • What: A chance to tour the KPU Brew Lab, sample KPU beer, network, enjoy appetizers, and receive a KPUAA growler.
  • Where: KPU Brew Lab – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley
  • When: June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25



Image: Luxxury / Facebook

  • What: Luxxury, the disco king of Los Angeles brings his live remix show to Fox with Vancouver’s indie-dance stalwarts Terrace. With music spun by DJ Krown.
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 8 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $15

2017 Gastown Shop Hop

  • What: The Gastown Shop Hop is a unique social-shopping experience. For one night only, retailers are open their doors until 9 pm to showcase the latest looks for stylish locals. Think eyewear, accessories, shoes and everything in-between, as well décor boutiques that have everything you need to ensure your home is as well dressed as you are. It’s a chance to mix, mingle and maybe reinvent your style.
  • When: June 8 from 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: Gastown
  • Cost: Free

World Oceans Day at Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Celebrate World Oceans Day at Vancouver Aquarium and explore how we can build resiliency in Vancouver and along the coast of British Columbia. Speakers include Angela Danyluk, Sustainability Specialist at the City of Vancouver; John Readshaw, Manager of Coastal Engineering at SNC-Lavalin; and Andy Yan, director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • When: June 8 at 6 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

  • What: An “unauthorized parody”, the play imagines the gang from Peanuts as teenagers in small town America. Dog Sees God shines a light on homophobia, drug use, pedophilia, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sex, mental illness and self identity. And it’s funny!
  • Where: CBC Studio 700 – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 8 to 11
  • Tickets: Online , $10.50-$21

Friday, June 9


  • What: This Atlanta rapper’s stylish, minimal blend of rap and R&B have made him one of the genre’s brightest rising stars, resulting in collaborations with everyone from Lil Wayne to Ciara.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: June 9 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $49-$617


  • What: Velopalooza promotes fun bike rides and events in Vancouver and surrounding areas. A big festival is held each June, with costumed rides, family rides, and the famous Bike Rave.
  • Where: The streets of Vancouver
  • When: June 9 to 25

Langley Relay For Life 2017

  • What: Relay for Life is a huge opportunity to join others and take part in activities while raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society’s research and support services.
  • Where: McLeod Athletic Park
  • When: June 9 from 6 pm to midnight
  • Price: $15 – Register or donate online

Surprise Me – A Comedy Show Fundraiser!

  • What: A comedy fundraiser for Rainbow Railroad, who support, provide information, and help to arrange safe transportation for LGBTQ people looking to escape violence and persecution. Featuring Christine Bortolin, Nima Gholamipour, Sean Devlin, Spencer Lindsay and more.
  • Where: Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 9 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, by donation

Canada’s New Vision for Defence

Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan (Harjit Sajjan/ Facebook)

  • What: Greater Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes Minister of National Defence and MP for Vancouver South Harjit S. Sajjan for a special luncheon address on Canada’s new vision for defence. This is Minister Sajjan’s first major speech to the Greater Vancouver business community.
  • Where: Pan Pacific Hotel-Crystal Pavilion – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: June 9 from 12 to 2 pm. Registation at 11:30 am.
  • Tickets: $69-$138. Table of 8: $662-$1324

BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival

  • What: Enjoy ten days of seafood celebrations during the 11th annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival. This is Western Canada’s largest seafood festival and it features culinary tastings, demonstrations, events, and tours in venues and scenic destinations within the Comox Valley.
  • Where: Many events daily in multiple venues
  • When: June 9 to 18
  • Price: Varies per event

2017 Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival

  • What: The 11th Anniversary Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival features nine diverse and high-quality films and documentaries from Taiwan including three special panel discussions for screening of “Ode to Time” with director Hou Chi-Jan.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 9 to 11
  • TicketsOnline, $12
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