21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Jun 4 2016, 3:54 am

A sunny, gorgeous weekend is on the cards, and that means you have no excuse to sit around at home. Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend.

Saturday, June 4

Facebook / Marlon Wayans

Image: Facebook / Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans

  • What: Marlon Wayans is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director. His films have grossed more than $736-million in domestic box office, an average of nearly $50-million per outing. As a standup comedian, he is selling out gigs nationwide and adding shows every weekend.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 4; 8 pm


  • What: Help bring clean water to families in Guatemala through Gwatermala’s fourth annual RunForH2O fundraising event here in Vancouver. The event is family-friendly, with musical performances and lots of fun activities to take part in after the run along the Fraser River. Eat some snacks, and enter to win some cool prizes.
  • Where: Riverfront Park – 2750 East Kent Street South, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 4 at 9 am

Vancouver Name Tag Day

  • What: Name Tag Day aims to make the process of meeting new people easier by encouraging everyone in the city to wear – well – a name tag.
  • When: Saturday, June 4; 11 am
  • Where: Denman and Davie Streets, Vancouver
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Go to Playland

  • What: Playland has officially opened for the season, so connect with your inner child and hop aboard the famous wooden roller coaster for a little throwback fun.
  • Where: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

The 3rd Annual Back Alley Artists Night

  • What: The Back Alley Artists Night is an annual, one night showcase brought to you by The Purple Stapler. It features the work of visual artists, filmmakers, slam poets, performance art and musicians from the Lower Mainland and provides an opportunity for cross discipline networking while celebrating amazing artists.
  • Where: CBC Studio 700 – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 4; 7 pm

Tinder Tales

  • What: Professional/Amateur Daters/Storytellers, Comedians, and everyday people share their most outrageous Tinder Tales and online dating stories live on stage.
  • Where: The Emerald – 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 4; 6:30 pm
Sushi in the City

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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: Saturday, June 4; 8:30 pm
  • Where: Address provided after booking
  • Price: Tickets range from $119 to $137.35 and can be purchased online here

National Anthem

  • What: They’ve won the Cagematch Tournament 2015, they’ve performed in festivals all over, including our very own Vancouver International Improv Festival. And now, they’re here with their own monthly show, it’s NATIONAL ANTHEM! Kerri, Allie, Andy, Geoff, Ronald, and Patrick are here to bring you an hour of hilarious improvised comedy.
  • Where: Havana – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 4; 10:30 pm

Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra

  • What: Featuring guest artist Dominic Woo, a native of Korea and an active solo violin player both in Canada and Europe.
  • Where: Shaughnessy Heights United Church – 1550 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 4; 8 pm

Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket

  • What: Comedy Bucket is the show that gives you a different look at some of your favourite performers. We throw the prepared material out and bring you comics in their most vulnerable state… making it up as they go.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City Gallery – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 4; 8 pm

Sunday, June 5

Image: Grouse Mountain / Facebook

Image: Grouse Mountain / Facebook

Do the Grouse Grind

Get your hiking legs ready, it’s time to tackle Mother Nature’s Stairmaster for another year. The Grouse Grind trail at Grouse Mountain is now open for hiking from 6:15 am to 7 pm

Join a sports league

If a little friendly competition is your bag, join a sports team this summer. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of six fun leagues of all kinds that you can join – click hereto take a gander.

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!

Image: Running / Shutterstock

Image: Running / Shutterstock

Do a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon

Vancouver has a plethora of different runs to offer. Whether you’re looking for a 5km, a 10km, a half or full marathon, there’s something out there for everyone from beginners to seasoned runners. Check out our rundown here.

Battle of the Barbers 2016

  • What: Battle of the Barbers is throwing down the gloves for the fourth year running, inviting Vancouver’s best barbers to a showdown at the Fortune Sound Club on June 5.
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 5, doors open at 2:30 pm and first competition begins at 3 pm
  • Register: Available only in person at the London School, on the door, or over the phone at 604-685-4122. Competitor entry is $25 per category. Spectator tickets are $18 each. 19+

Jamaica Farewell The Play

  • What: The Canadian Jamaican Medical Assistance Society, is pleased to announce that Playwright Debra Ehrhardt has agreed to bring her One Woman Play, Jamaica Farewell, to Vancouver BC’s York Theater on the 5th of June at 3 pm.
  • Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 5; 3 to 6 pm

Coffee Potluck Sundays

  • What:  Offering exciting coffees from Hong Kong, Portland, and more!
  • Where: The Mackenzie Room – 415 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 5; 1:30 pm

Image: Spot prawn / Shutterstock

Image: Spot prawn / Shutterstock

Wild B.C. Spot Prawn Boil

  • What: Guests will tie on a bib (yours to keep) and raise a glass of Hatch wines before digging in. Hands stretch across the table to enjoy family style Poached BC Spot Prawns, Steamed New Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus and Green Butter Beans best enjoyed with White Cheddar & Jalapeno Scones.
  • Where: YEW seafood + bar – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 5; 6 to 9 pm

BC Schizophrenia Society Annual General Meeting

  • What: As part of B.C. Schizophrenia Society’s 2015/16 Annual General Meeting, there will be a special discussion between government and other local not-for-profits on housing.
  • Where: SFU Harbour Centre – 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 5; 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Tasting Notes

  • What: Celebrating the conclusion of the 10th anniversary season, Turning Point Ensemble along with L’Abattoir is presenting a special artistic collaboration Tasting Notes. Integrating the excellence of both Turning Point Ensemble and L’Abattoir provides an all-embracing experience of tasting extraordinary musicianship with exceptional wines and delicious appetizers, providing a sumptuous magical evening.
  • Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 5; 5 pm

East Van Showcase

  • What: The second year of the Showcase begins with a bang and an exciting new selection of short films made in and around the Lower Mainland as well as some great work from other parts of Canada and the world. Come and celebrate the creative culture of Vancouver.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 5; 6 pm
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