10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, June 17

Jun 16 2017, 5:27 am

Welcome to your weekend, Vancouver! From festivals to flea markets, Whitecaps to boardgames, here are our 10 things to do this Saturday, June 17.

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

Downtown Eastside Women’s Summer Fair & Flea Market

  • What: The summer fair provides safe income opportunities for women in the Downtown Eastside, and hosts more than 25 vendors and artisans from within the community. Each Saturday throughout the duration of the market, there will be lively entertainment from local performers, an area for children to play, information booths about the different resources available in the community, and a wide variety of goods and services for purchase.
  • When: Every Saturday until September 30
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre – 200 block of Columbia, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Nothing But Games Surrey 2017

  • What: Whether you’re a video gamer or a boardgame enthusiast, this event will be a mecca for gamers with 32-hours of non-stop action alongside topical workshops, panel discussions, and even a spot of LARPing.
  • When: Saturday, June 17 to Sunday, June 18
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Sheraton Hotel Guildford – 5269 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10-$40

West End Car Free Festival

  • What: The West End brings together business owners, community organizations, artists and volunteers to seed the idea of building a better, more livable city. There are music stages and jam sessions to listen to, art being exhibited and created live on the street and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink.
  • When: Saturday, June 17
  • Time: Noon to 7 pm
  • Where: Denman Street from Robson to Davie
  • Admission: Free

Whitecaps FC vs. FC Dallas

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  • What: It will be a tough test for Carl Robinson’s team as Dallas FC come to town.
  • When: Saturday, June 17
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $29.50-$142.50

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

  • What: Thousands of people visit the Scandinavian Community Centre every year to celebrate the traditions and festivities of Scandinavian Midsummer. In 2017, it will be the 22nd time a Midsummer Festival is held, with fun-filled activities, living history and non-stop entertainment for the whole family.
  • When: Saturday, June 17 to Sunday, June 18
  • Where: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: $10, free for children under 16

Surrey Doors Open

  • What: Surrey Doors Open is a free event for all ages providing a unique opportunity for Surrey residents and visitors to experience the cities rich culture, history, art and architecture. This year, 21 venues across City Centre, Cloverdale, Newton and South Surrey are being showcased. The venues will feature a mix of historic sites, modern architecture, public art and green spaces.
  • When: Saturday, June 17
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Venues across Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Kitsilano Block Parties

  • What: Kitsilano does something different for Car Free Day. Instead of closing off a major street, people throughout Kits host block parties with their neighbours. The block parties are as individual as the people who pull them together. Some have dancing, some have music, some have couches, chairs and carpets in the middle of the street and some share chips and a drink together. All of them are a fun, relaxing chance to hang out with the people who live in the neighbourhood.
  • When: Saturday, June 17 to Sunday, June 18
  • Where: Various streets around Kitsilano

Surrey Relay For Life 2017

  • What: Join others and take part in activities while raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society’s research and support services. You don’t have to be running to participate in the event. It’s easy to walk the track, pass the baton to your teammate, and join in on fun activities.
  • Where: Bill Reid Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Ave, Surrey
  • When: Saturday, June 17, from 11am to 11pm
  • Register: Online, $15

Great Grandview Garage Sale 2017

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  • What: The event features scores of stalls stretching from Broadway to Burrard Inlet and Clark Drive to Nanaimo. From records to retro furniture, there’s something for everyone to bargain-hunt for at Vancouver’s biggest garage sale event.
  • Where: Grandview Woodland, check out a map of all of this year’s sales here.
  • When: Saturday, June 17 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Admission: Free

2017 Downtown Bhangra Festival

  • What: The day-long celebration of Bhangra culture will feature world-class headliners like singer Zora Randhawa and rapper Fateh, who topped the charts with their recent hits. More than 250 local and international artists will be part of the Downtown Bhangra festival.
  • Where: Surrey City Hall Plaza – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • When: Saturday, June 17, from noon to 8 pm
  • Admission: Free
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