21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Jun 10 2016, 9:43 pm

While this weekend isn’t set to be the most beautiful – rain is in the forecast on Saturday – that’s no excuse to sit on your couch.

Here are 21 exciting things happening in Vancouver this weekend, June 11 and 12.

Saturday, June 11

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • What: The cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show is playing at The Rio Theatre in June. Don your favourite costumes from the film and sing along to the famous tracks.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 11; 10:45 pm

Eat Rich Food Truck Festival

  • What: Richmond gets its very own food truck festival this summer. Rolling into town on June 11, the Eat Rich Food Truck Festival will bring with it a smorgasbord of delicious eats.
  • When: June 11, July 30, August 27 from 11 am to 7 pm
  • Where: South Arm United Church, 11051 No.3 Road, Richmond
  • Price: $2.50 admission or free admission with a non-perishable food item for the Richmond Food Bank (one item per person), free for kids under 10

Negroni Week 2016

  • What: More than 30 Vancouver restaurants are taking part in Negroni Week this year! Choose your favourite venue, and sip on the famous Campari, gin, and vermouth-based libation.
  • When: June 6 to 12
  • Where: Participating venues

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 11 and Sunday, June 12
  • Where: Address provided after booking
  • Price: Tickets range from $119 to $137.35 and can be purchased online here

Horseshoe Bay Annual Craft Beer Festival

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  • What: Featuring a range of craft beers, the Horseshoe Bay Annual Craft Beer Festival returns to West Vancouver for its third year. In attendance this year: Townsite Brewing, Parallel 49, Moodyales, Howesound Brewing, Postmark Bewing, Bridge Brewing, Central City, Hopping Mad Cider, Persephone Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Russel Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Dirftwood Brewing, and Deep Cove Brewery.
  • When: Saturday, June 11 from 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Sewell’s Floating Breakwater – 6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver,
  • Price: Tickets are priced at $40 per person 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. This Saturday, June 11, is Romeo and Juliet.
  • When: June 3 to September 24. Click here for a full schedule.
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

RUSH: Race & Urban Scavenger Hunt 

  • What: Solve clues, complete challenges, and conquer your city – you’re guaranteed to try something totally new in this one-day amazing race. Plus, it’s for teams of two, so you get to experience it all with a friend.
  • When: Saturday, June 11
  • Website: bcla.convio.net

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Code-Free Hackathon for Innovation in Breast Cancer Awareness.

  • What: ProtoHack’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Code-Free Hackathon for Innovation in Breast Cancer Awareness allows designers, developers, entrepreneurs and other industry leaders to come together to connect, collaborate, and create innovative solutions through prototyping and pitching.
  • Where: Launch Academy – 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 11; 9:30 am to 11 pm

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

Slavic Weekend 

  • What: Slavic cuisine and culture are coming to Kitsilano this weekend, when the Palmes Performing Society hosts a weekend of Slav and Russian heritage.
  • Where: Palmes Performing Society – 2114 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Slavic Day on Saturday, June 11, from noon to 7 pm; Russian Day on Sunday, June 12, from noon to 7 pm
  • Tickets: Available on the door, priced $15 for each day, including $10 food coupon

Railtown Tailgate Summer BBQ Series

  • What: In celebration of the warmer weather Railtown Cafe has re-launched their street-side Tailgate Summer BBQ Series. On June 11, Railtown Cafe’s chefs and co-owners Dan Olson and Tyler Day will fire up their custom-built, 12-foot smoker/barbecue barrel from 4 to 10 p.m and dish up heaping plates of 35-hour Texas-style slow-smoked brisket, applewood pork shoulder, beer-brined Fraser Valley chicken, jalapeño cornbread, plus a choice of enticing side plates, which include creamy potato salad and Farmers’ Market field greens.
  • When: Saturday, June 11 from 4 to 10 pm
  • Where: Railway Cafe, 397 Railway Street
  • Price: Tickets are priced at $19 for meat lovers and $13 for vegetarians, and can be bought online here

Sunday, June 12

Italian Day Vancouver 2016

  • What: Italian Day is Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, with more than 300,000 people expected to fill 13 blocks along the Drive, to celebrate Italian food, drink, music and more.
  • Where: 13 blocks of Commercial Drive from Venables to Grandview Highway
  • When: Sunday, June 12; noon to 8 pm

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 those opening in May – 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 those opening in May – for full details check our guide to night markets in Vancouver.

Building Fashion: 100 Years of Architecture and Attire

  • What: Renowned Vancouver fashion historian Ivan Sayers will pair a century of fashion with a decade-by-decade look at Vancouver’s iconic architecture. Specializing in the study of women’s, men’s and children’s fashions from 1650 to the present, Mr. Sayers has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of historic clothing in Canada.
  • Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 12; 2 pm

Wild B.C. Spot Prawn Boil

  • What: Local food lovers are counting down to the launch of Wild BC Spot Prawn season, a favourite of YEW Executive Chef Ned Bell. On May 29, June 5 and June 12 a limited number of guests will be able to book a seat at YEW’s communal table for an interactive, get-messy feast. 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 12; 6 to 9 pm


  • What: Streetfight is a hilarious hour of head to head short form improv that you don’t want to miss. Every week we get ten of the funniest improvisers in town (or amazing special guests!) who compete back and forth with short improvised scenes vying for your laughter! Audience suggestions, participation and votes will crown one sole improviser as that night’s Streetfight Champion. Join us to laugh along and see your favorites battle for supremacy!
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 12; 7:30 pm

Comedy at Big Rock

  • What: Sunday, June 12, Big Rock Urban Brewery presents a jam packed evening of comedy! Celebrate Sunday with a pint of locally brewed craft beer, share some deep fried olives or a charcuterie board, and bid farewell to the weekend in style with some of Vancouver’s hottest comics.
  • Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery – 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 12; 8 pm

Dance Allsorts: Mandala Arts &Culture Society

  • What: or this Dance Allsorts presentation, Jai Govinda will introduce this dance style with performances by the best of his company dancers. Originally performed as an offering to the gods in the temples of South India, bharata natyam has survived abolition and near extinction to be revived and brought to the stage some 100 years ago.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 12; 2 to 4:30 pm

Naturally Deep Sleep: Restorative Yoga

  • What: We will experience Yoga Nidra, also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness. Yoga Nidra is a systematic method for complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to three to four hours of restful sleep.
  • Where: Semperviva Lifestyle Store – 2608 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 12; 1 to 3:30 pm

Russia Day

  • What: Taste the best Russian food and see the best Russian performers in town for Russia Day 2016.
  • Where: Russian Community Centre – 2114 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 12; noon to 7 pm
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