21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Jun 17 2016, 10:17 pm

It’s going to be a rainy weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19.

Saturday, June 18

Garibaldi Lake Photography Hike

  • What: Take a hike and some photos at one of the most scenic destinations in BC.
  • Where: Meeting at the Burrard SkyTrain station – 635 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 18; 9 am to 6 pm

Tonko House Masterclass: Production Design for Animated Feature Films

  • What: Formed in 2014 by former Pixar artists Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, along with business partner Zen Miyake, Tonko House has already produced one Oscar-nominated short film The Dam Keeper, which also won the inaugural Best Animated Short award at SPARK ANIMATION in 2014, and their second short film Moom is currently making the festival rounds.
  • Where: Emily Carr University of Art and Design – 1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 18; 9 am

Point Grey Village Fiesta Pancake Breakfast & Parade 2016

  • What: Bring a small donation for the 29th St. Helen’s Scouts and the West Point Grey Girl Guides, who will be preparing the pancakes. Then watch Point Grey Village come alive with the sounds and sights of the RBC Fiesta parade. Led by the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team, the parade includes marching bands, decorated floats, community groups, sports teams, decorated bikes and much more.
  • Where: Safeway – 4500 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 18; breakfast starts at 8:30 am, parade at 10.

Tropical Boat Cruise Glow Party

  • What: Take a cruise aborad the MV Brittania, with DJs Daddy Mikey, DJ Kemo, Redemption Sound, and DJ Rexx.
  • Where: MV Brittania, North end of Denman Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 18; boarding at 8 pm

Ghostly Vancouver Tours: Gastown

  • What: Step back into Vancouver’s past to learn the haunted history of the Gastown area. On this 90 minute walking tour you will learn about a town renown for its wild west legacy of drinking, gambling, and harsh justice in the form of hangings. Our guides will share with you the stories of the infamous Gassy Jack, the Great Fire, Blood Alley, Gaoler’s Mews and many other ghost encounters ranging from the friendly and interesting to bone-chilling scares.
  • Where: Angel of Victory Statue – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 18; 7:30 pm

Vancouver Aquarium 60th Anniversary

  • What: This year, Vancouver Aquarium is celebrating six decades of ocean conservation, vital research, curriculum-based education and public engagement. Anniversary festivities will take place the weekend of June 18-19 and members of the community are encouraged to join us.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 19

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

  • What: Thousands of people visit the Scandinavian Community Centre every year to celebrate the traditions and festivities of Scandinavian Midsummer. In 2016, it will be the 21st time a Midsummer Festival is organized, with fun-filled activities, living history and non-stop entertainment for the whole family.
  • Where: Scandinavian Community Centre – 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby
  • When: Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 19; 10 am

West Coast Jazz Invitational 2016

  • What: Enjoy seven amazing local jazz bands, including The Other Big Band, Bruce James Orchestra, South Van Big Band, and more.
  • Where: Northwood United Church – 8856 – 156 Street, Surrey
  • When: Saturday, June 18; noon to 7 pm

Family Day at Western Front

  • What: Join us for a day full of art and music activities designed and led by artists for kids. The special event will highlight the work of local artists and youth working in music, media and visual art. There will be performances, a screening of animated films, hands-on activities and workshops, a BBQ and lots more. Free and open to all.
  • Where: Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 18; noon to 5 pm

Summer Solstice Celebration

  • What: Come and celebrate the arrival of the summer season with us for our third annual Summer Solstice Party! From sunset yoga offering a mountain view to listening to live music on our scenic deck, there’s a little something for everyone including a full solstice experience with a natural vibe.
  • Where: Sea to Sky Gondola – 36800 Hwy 99, Squamish
  • When: Saturday, June 18; noon to 11:45 pm

Relay For Life

  • What: Any age or fitness level is welcome – it is up to you how far to push yourself. Whether you want to walk 5 km or 15 km, you will be supporting everyone in your life who has been affected by cancer. Go the distance and join the thousands of Canadians making a difference for people with cancer and their families.
  • Where: Minoru Park – 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond
  • When: Saturday, June 18; 4 to 10 pm

Vancouver Whitecaps Vs. New England Revolution

  • What: After two very long weeks off, the Vancouver Whitecaps are back in action this Saturday afternoon when they play host to the New England Revolution.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 18; 4 pm

Raise Awareness for Mental Health at the Second Annual Ryan Donaldson Memorial Tournament

  • What: Hockey fan? Pack up your skates and register for the Second Annual Ryan Donaldson Memorial Tournament that aims to raise awareness on mental health issues and break down the stigma associated with mental health within the hockey community.
  • Where: Langley Sportsplex – 20165 91a Avenue, Langley
  • When: Saturday, June 18; all day.

Sunday, June 19

Celebrate Father’s Day

Whether you’re going for brunch or dinner or just hanging with Dad at home, don’t forget about your father on Sunday!

Exclusive Sushi Making Class

  • What: “Sushi and the City” invites you to attend an exclusive two-hour sushi and sashimi making class with Charlie Lee, a master sushi chef who was trained by two-Michelin-starred sushi chef Matsumoto Mizuho. In this unique class, attendees will learn the how to make restaurant quality sushi and sashimi using the latest techniques in Japanese gastronomy.
  • When: Various dates and times throughout June (please check here)
  • Where: Address provided after booking
  • Price: Tickets range from $119 to $137.35 and can be purchased online here

Bard on the Beach 2016

  • What: Get ready to see the festival’s familiar tents dotting Vanier Park as Bard on the Beach returns to Vancouver for its 27th year, running from June 3 to September 24.
  • When: June 3 to September 24. Click here for a full schedule.
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons

  • What: The “Battle of the Seasons” tour, now in its third consecutive year of growth, will again be hosted by series judge Michelle Visage and includes an all star cast of past winners, runners up and fan favourites from each season of RPDR
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 19; 9 pm

UN International Day of Yoga 2016

  • What: It’s not quite Om The Bridge, but this year B.C. Premier Christy Clark is inviting you to celebrate the UN’s International Day of Yoga with a free yoga session at Holland Park. The mass yoga session on Sunday, June 19, will be lead by renowned Yogi Swamiji Dr Satya Prakash.
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey
  • When: Sunday, June 19, from 10 am to midday

Farmers’ Markets

Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Vancouver’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few – for full details check our guide to Vancouver farmers’ markets.

Night Markets

In addition to a variety of farmers’ markets, the city and surrounding areas boast a collection of night markets that showcase the city’s best food trucks, bakers, and artisans. These night markets bring together communities for entertainment, shopping, and wonderful food. Here’s a shortlist of a few – for full details check our guide to night markets in Vancouver.

Take a hike

Hiking season is in full swing, so strap on some runners (or even better, actual hiking boots) and get out there. From easy hikes for lazy people, to harder hikes for the less lazyjaw-dropping scenic hikes around Vancouver or even some epic hikes around B.C. – there’s something out there for everyone!