22 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Dec 19 2017, 11:32 pm

Here are some of the top events to check out in Vancouver between June 5 and 7. For a complete list of events, check out the Vancity Buzz calendar here.

Downtown Bhangra

  • What: VIBC is throwing Vancouver the biggest backyard bhangra party of the year: a two-day open-stage party with non-stop bhangra and entertainment in the heart of Downtown Vancouver.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St., Vancouver
  • When: Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6; noon to 10 p.m.

Il Mercato Italian Market

  • What: The market brings together the tastes of Italy with fresh produce grown locally, in addition to delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef and handmade products from local artisans.
  • Where: 3075 Slocan Street, East Vancouver
  • When: Every third Friday of the month, May 15 to November 20, 2015; 3 to 7 p.m.

Vancouver Craft Beer Week

  • What: VCBW brings a multitude of events highlighting B.C. and international brews, a first-of-its-kind Vancouver Magazine International Craft Beer Awards Gala and a closing festival at the PNE fair grounds.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Friday, May 29 to Sunday, June 7

Free Yoga at Kits Beach

  • What: Free yoga classes held at Kits Beach Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Kits Beach, between the swimming pool and tennis courts – Cornwall Ave. and Yew St., Vancouver
  • When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night until August 31, 2015; 7 to 8 p.m

International Summer Night Market

  • What: Each weekend over 20,000 visitors hit up this massive summertime night market in Richmond and experience the diverse array of booths, food and drink vendors, kids’ play area, and live entertainment.
  • Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
  • When: Friday, May 8 to September 27; Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 11 p.m. and Sundays 6 to 10 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

  • What: Drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Night Market is located within easy access of the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station. Roam the aisles to find games, food, and all sorts of wares for sale. Late nighters take note, this is the only local night market open until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays).
  • Where: 8351 River Rd. (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • When: May 15 to October 12, 2015; Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 p.m.

Shipyards Night Market

  • What: The Shipyards Night market features food trucks, live music, numerous vendors and a beer garden.
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: May 1 to September 25; Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.

Surrey Night Market 2015

  • What: Surrey Night Market is an open air event for local residents to sell and consume a variety of local foods, services and goods.
  • Where: Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds – 17726-62 Ave., Surrey
  • When: Friday, May 29 to Sunday, September 20; Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 6 to 11 p.m.

Free Yoga at Dude Chilling Park

  • What: Yoga instructor Solomon Montijo, along with ten other teachers, hosts free classes daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Dude Chilling Park.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick St., Vancouver
  • When: Daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Watch a FIFA Women’s World Cup match

  • What: The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off Saturday, June 6 with four games happening this weekend. Check out when and where you can find the match on TV.
  • Where: Your living room!
  • When: Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7; various times

FIFA Women’s World Cup Fan Zone Experience

  • What: Head to the FIFA fan zone on Saturday to watch Canada play China.
  • Where: Larwill Park – 688 Cambie St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 6; noon to 7 p.m.

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: This is the farmers’ market that started up in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 9 to October 24

Vancouver Spartan Race

  • What: Spartans from across Canada will compete and defeat this most epic competition. Spartan Race is the only real obstacle race in Vancouver.
  • Where: Mount Seymour, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hats Off Day 2015

  • What: Hats Off Day on Hastings has been a community festival where merchants of the Heights in Burnaby take their hats off to celebrate their neighbours and customers on the first Saturday of every June.
  • Where: Hastings Street between Boundary Road and Gamma Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: Saturday, June 6; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

18th Annual Plywood Cup

  • What: With just nails, a hammer and some duct tape corporate teams will be asked to build a boat and have one brave captain race it across False Creek. All money raised goes to the Special Olympics and Small Talk Society.
  • Where: Granville Island – 661 Duranleau St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 6; 1 to 4 p.m.

Relay for Life Coquitlam

  • What: Raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society by walking or running in this 12 hour long relay.
  • Where: Percy Perry Stadium – Coquitlam
  • When: Saturday, June 6; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

  • What: Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 6 to Sunday, June 7; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SlutWalk Vancouver

  • What: A march to end victim-blaming, slut-shaming and rape culture; “SlutWalk” returns to Vancouver on June 7.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 7; 2 p.m.

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kits market takes place Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre, and has a Bike Valet for shoppers on two wheels, and lots nearby for families to do.
  • Where: West 10th Ave (between Larch and Balsam), Vancouver
  • When: Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 10 to October 25

*A note for this summer: During construction on the parking lot at the Kits Community Centre, the Kitsilano Market will temporarily relocate to Riley Park, at the southeast corner of 30th Avenue and Ontario Street. From May 10 to June 7, 2015 the market will run on the same day and time, and have all the same vendors as the Kits market.

Eastside Block Party

  • What: The Eastside Block Party will be located on the outside patio and parking lot at The Waldorf Hotel and will feature live DJs, bands, food trucks, performances and vendors. The 19+ event will also include alcohol, unlike other most outdoor festivals in the city.
  • Where: The Waldorf Hotel – 1489 East Hastings St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 31 to Sunday, August 30; Every Sunday from 2 p.m. until closing

Shania Twain Rock This Country Tour

  • What: Shania Twain’s first major tour in over a decade comes to Vancouver.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 9; 7:30 p.m.
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