7 things to do in Vancouver today: Friday, June 23

Jun 20 2017, 2:16 am

Happy Friday! Yes it doesn’t get better than this! Get your day ready with our rundown of seven events to check out around Vancouver, incuding Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, Pink Floyd the Sea Wall, and more.

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

Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2017

Dragon boat racers sprinting down False Creek for the Dragon Boat Festival (Dragon Boat Festival)

Dragon boat racers sprinting down False Creek for the Dragon Boat Festival (Dragon Boat Festival)

  • What: The popular festival is set to include ‘The World Beat Stage’, featuring top Canadian musical talent over three days. Street performers and circus acrobats will also roam throughout the festival’s site at Concord Pacific Place and Creekside Park along False Creek near Science World. All while the dragon boat races are in action.
  • When: June 23 to 25, 2017
  • Time: Friday from 5 to 9 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek
  • Tickets: Not required – free event

Walk Pop-Up Shop: Stay Fresh

  • What: The Strathcona BIA wants to see East Hastings make a comeback as a vibrant pedestrian destination. As part of their Most Walkable Street 2021 initiative, they’re popping off with a Walk Strathcona Summer Series featuring exclusive pop-up shops and a sweet treasure map of the area.
  • When: June 23 to 25
  • Time: Friday at 5 pm to Sunday at 6 pm
  • Where: 649 E Hastings St, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

7th Annual Pink Floyd the Sea Wall

  • What: On November 30 1979 Pink Floyd released an album called The Wall. 37 years later on June 23rd, 2017 a group of elevated individuals will ride the Sea Wall during the entirety of the album which is 1 hour and 21 minutes.
  • When: June 23
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Meet at Creekside Park – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: Free

Jurassic 5

  • What: Part of the new underground rap of the late 90s, this legendary American alternative hip-hop group had a huge hit with Concrete Schoolyard and released four albums before splitting in 2007. Now they’re back to bring on the beats once more.
  • When: June 23 and 24
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $45

Vancouver International Guitar Festival 2017

  • What: The first ever Vancouver International Guitar Festival is an international conference and exhibition celebrating the art and craft of contemporary guitar making, both acoustic and electric. Take part in the  Luthier Conference, then enjoy the VIGF Exhibition, Master Classes and concerts.
  • When: June 23 to 25
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$175


  • What: Conceived in Mexico City and born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, Antibalas is rooted in Afrobeat. Their live shows are the stuff of legend—hot, sweaty, dance marathons set to a tight, infectious groove.
  • When: June 23
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $63

Hamilton Night Out

  • What: One of Hamilton Community Centre’s biggest events of the year. Enjoy carnival inflatables, games, local entertainment, plus Beauty and the Beast at 9:30 pm.
  • When: June 23
  • Time: 6:30 to 11 pm.
  • Where: McLean Park, Richmond
  • Cost: Movie viewing free, all-access pass to play games $10 in advance, $12 on the day
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