What: Celebrate all things Irish at the Celtic Village and Street Market. Taking over Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, the Celtic Village will be filled with music, dance, food, shopping and more! The street fair also features music on the Main Stage and Howe Street Stage, highland games demos, BC’s best pipe bands, street performers, festive vendors, face painting, and more.
Where: Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
What: Dance around, cover yourself with colourful powder, and play with water guns at this year’s UBC HOLI festival. The festival is celebrating equality with colours and UBC’s Indian Students Association wants you to be a part of it. Come to the event dressed in all white and have a ton of fun.
What: Centred around honest and insightful conversations with influential entrepreneurs and trailblazers, the aim of the Real Talk Summit is to provide the truth about what it takes to succeed in business, make an impact and elevate brands. Talks and panel discussions will cover three core themes: solo entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and big thinkers.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
What: An East African army deserter lands in Nova Scotia in hopes of reuniting with his mother, who already has refugee status. Refuge is a story highlighting our suspicions between refugee and terrorist, and the difficult questions about who we let in during these tumultuous times. Based on a CBC Radio documentary, Refuge is “a provocative story of the pitfalls of seeking sanctuary in today’s suspicious world.”
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street
What: Red Hot Chili Peppers are touring in support of their 11th studio album, The Getaway. The Getaway topped the charts in ten different countries while reaching number two in the band’s home country of the United States along with the United Kingdom and Canada. Its first single, “Dark Necessities”, became the band’s 13th #1 single on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: Brian Aylward is the 2016 Canadian Comedy Award Winner for “Best Stand Up Comic”. He is a two time Top 8 finalist on Sirius XM Canada’s Top Comic competition, has performed at JFL42, Halifax ComedyFest and appeared several times on CBC’s The Debaters. Also featuring Simon King and Jane Stanton.
Where: Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse – 403 East Hasting Street, Vancouver
What: March down to BC Place with Whitecaps FC supporters groups and check out live Irish music in Terry Fox Plaza before heading in to watch Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC. After the game, head back to Celtic Village for headline Irish Acts and the Mill Street Beer Garden (free admission with your Whitecaps ticket).