128 things to do in Vancouver in June

May 7 2019, 7:03 am

Summer is just around the corner! Fill your June with our checklist of 128 things to do in Vancouver this month! Invite a friend and check out Car Free Day, Vancouver Canadians, and more.

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

Explore the great outdoors

Vallea Lumina

Lumina Experience

Whistler, BC/Vallea Lumina/Moment Factory

What:  Vallea Lumina the interactive experience is presented by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” Through the use of emotive lights, video, soundscape, and scenography, guests are “transported” to another world with opportunities to touch, play, and explore their new environment.

When: Weekend operations on June 1 and June 2, 2019, and nightly operations begin June 7, 2019
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
Tickets: Online, Adults: $39.99, Kids $34.99

Glades Garden – Sounds of Summer Music Series

What: Surrey’s free Sounds of Summer concert series brings toe tapping tunes to Glades Garden. Bring blankets or folding chairs to enjoy each performance.

When: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: The Glades – 561 172 St, Surrey
Admission: Free

Lazuli Bunting Walk

What: ​Search for migratory birds including spectacular Lazuli Buntings on a guided birding walk.  Bring binoculars if you own them. Presented by Colony Farm Park Association, for all ages.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Where: Colony Farm Regional Park – Meet in front of community gardens, end of Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

5K Foam Fest Surrey

What: The 5K Foam Fest boasts 22 of some of the best and most exciting obstacles in the world including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, slip and slides, mucky mud pits, and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam. This year, the event takes place in Surrey, and foamy runners will get to enjoy live DJs and a vendor village.The family fun event supports the Make A Wish Foundation.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Where: Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition, Surrey
Tickets: Register online, $45 to $64.99

Walk for Arthritis

Participants celebrate at the end of the 2018 Walk for Arthritis In Vancouver/Arthritis Society

What: Since its inception, the Walk for Arthritis has raised more than $11 million to help fund world-class research into the disease. It has also provided one million Canadians with access to information and support programs in their local communities.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 10 am
Where: Village Plaza — 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver (as well as locations in Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Parksville)
To register or donate: Visit walkforarthritis.ca

Coho Bon Voyage

What: Release coho salmon fry, see the fish hatchery and discover the ecological importance of salmon. Presented by Bowen Island Fish & Wildlife Club. Free for all ages.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019 
11 am to 2 pm
Crippen Regional Park – Meet at Terminal Creek Hatchery, a 15-minute walk from the ferry dock

Casual Birding Walk

What: ​Check out shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and more on this 2.5-hour birdwatching amble. Presented by Delta Naturalists. Bring binoculars. Ages 9+.

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Cammidge House via Centennial Beach entrance on Boundary Bay Road, Tsawwassen
Admission: Free

Walk Richmond – Shell Road Trail

What: Stroll along this rural trail lined with tall trees and shrubs for a unique walking experience in an urban city centre. For all ages and is dog-friendly.

When: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Shell Road Trail along the Shell Road corridor from Alderbridge Way to Williams Road. Meeting spot: Parking lot at the East end of Francis Road and No. 4 Road (parking is limited).
Admission: Free

Seek the Peak 2019

What: Think you’ve got what it takes to climb 4,100 feet. Whether you’re a seasoned Grouse Grind veteran or just willing to try anything out for a good cause, the 15th annual Seek the Peak is for you. Racers who wish to test their fitness, stamina, and mental toughness can either tackle the race on their own or split up the 13 km race amongst a team.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 8:15 am
Where: Ambleside Park to Grouse Mountain, West/North Vancouver
Registration: Available online

National Indigenous People’s Day: Community Paddle and Feast

What: Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day in a canoe or watch from the pier as Ta-ah Amy George and Cultural Leader Charlene Aleck lead a water blessing ceremony for the Burrard Inlet. Hear the different songs and witness the traditional ocean-going canoes from neighbouring First Nations. Share in a community feast, and enjoy live entertainment and a giveaway.

When: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Walk Richmond – London Farm

What: Begin at the historic London Farm House, which includes a fully restored heritage house, barn and old farm equipment that illustrates Richmond’s rural history, and continue through the Britannia Shipyards.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Meeting spot is parking lot across from the London Heritage Farm House, 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Wonderful Water Creatures

What: Take a close look at the fantastic underwater realm of invertebrates and microbes in a pond and under a microscope. Drop by anytime, all ages.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park – Meet at the pond, 20285 8th Ave, Langley
Admission: Free

Explore the city

Britannia Mine Museum

What: More than just a museum, the Britannia Mine Museum is a hub of activities for all ages and interests. Located along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway on the way to Whistler, the museum provides an authentic and unique look at British Columbia’s rich mining history.

This summer, visitors can look forward to the launch of the museum’s new live-action experience, BOOM!. The multi-sensory, special-effects-filled adventure, which will have its grand opening on June 1 and 2, will bring the 1920s Mill building thundering back to life. Visitors can also enjoy a truly Canadian experience in The Underground, where you will board an underground train and ride into an authentic mining tunnel. While inside, experience live mining machinery demonstrations and discover what life for a miner was really like in the 1920s, including a taste of total darkness.

When: Open daily year round
Time: 9 am to 5 pm (time changes according to season)
Where: Sea-to-Sky Highway, between Vancouver and Whistler
More Info: Online and by calling 604-896-2233 (dial 0)

Public Disco Laneway Series 2019

public disco

Crowd outdoors/Public Disco

What: Vancouver’s Public Disco pop-up events will make its return this summer, transforming outdoor spaces into daytime dance parties. The 2019 Laneway Series is an all-ages summer concert series in partnership with Creative BC, Downtown Vancouver, FACTOR, and Granville Island Brewing. The Disco will be most similar to past events held by the group, showcasing feel-good music from up-and-coming artists and curated dance performances. The Laneway Cabaret will feature live music acts ranging from folk to hip hop, with DJs throughout the day.

When: June 1, July 6, August 10, August 31, and September 29, 2019
Time: Hours vary based on the date
Where: Alley Oop (June 1, July 6 and August 31), Mt. Pleasant (August 10), and the Flats (September 29)
Admission: Free of charge

Hats Off Day

What: A big street party by Burnaby Heights merchants to celebrate the community and their customers. Enjoy music, food, kids activities, a show and shine, and more.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Hastings Street, from Boundary Road to Gamma Avenue
Admission: Free

West Vancouver Bridge Festival

What: West Vancouver’s long-standing Community Day is being transformed into Bridge Festival —  a two-day multicultural event taking place on May 31 and June 1 at Ambleside Park. This new festival will include interactive cultural pavilions, live musical performances, a parade, delicious food from around the world, and much more.

There will be two full evenings of free concerts at the main stage in Ambleside Park, a number of food trucks, and showcases of culture by West Vancouver residents who will share the customs and traditions of their diverse ethnic identities.

When: Friday, May 31 to Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Friday 4 to 9:30 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
Admission: Free

House of Vans — Vancouver

What:  You can enjoy skating at a custom indoor skatepark designed in partnership with the skateboard community, listen to live music, check out art installations, join a workshop, play games (ring toss, anyone?), and much more. From May 30 to June 2, Vans will be bringing their legendary House of Vans pop-up to Vancouver — for the first time ever. Taking place at the Harbour Event Centre, the densely-packed, four-day celebration is somewhere that you can let your imagination loose and find creative inspiration around every corner.

When: Now to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Harbour Event Centre — 750 Pacific Boulevard
Admission: Free

The Japan Market Early Summer Fair

What: The Japan Market Early Summer Fair will heavily focus on crafts and Japanese merchandise, plus offer lots of delicious food options. Market-goers can expect even more food vendors, packaged sweets and food, and even Japanese cultural workshops and a live Koto performance.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Price: Admission by donation

Great Bear Rainforest Free Screening

What: Science World is hosting a free screening of Ryan Reynold’s IMAX documentary Great Bear Rainforest.  The free event at Science World on June 4 will also feature a panel discussion about the state of BC’s wildlife.

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Science World
Admission: Free

Trial by Media: 2019 Speaker Series

What: Vancouver Police Museum & Archives’ 7th annual Speaker Series. Go behind the headlines and discover what really happened inside Vancouver’s most notorious scandals, murders and sensational stories as told by local authors, historians, officers and professors. All tickets come with free admission to the museum on the day of the presentation, plus a 2 for 1 admission coupon given upon check-in at the front desk.

When: Wednesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Police Museum & Archives
Tickets: Online, $10

Vancouver Maritime Museum – 60th Anniversary Celebration

What: Celebrate 60 years of maritime history and beyond at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Enjoy live entertainment, attractions, and free admission to the Museum.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Lions Club Sockeye Run Car Show

Muscle car (kitzcorner/Shutterstock)

What: The 29th Annual Sockeye Run Car Show features classic cars, music and entertainment. With hundreds of cars, free entertainment, a variety of vendors, and yearly crowd pleasers, this event is an annual favourite.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Times: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Steveston Park – 4111 Moncton St, Richmond
Admission: By donation


What: If you’re ready to reacquaint yourself with the rolls, drops, spins, and thrills that only Playland can offer, then you’re in luck! The always-popular amusement park located in East Vancouver is open for another fun year. In total, there are 35 rides and attractions to enjoy, 14 of which offer an extreme experience for those who dare to ride them.

When: Open on weekends, until June 14, 2019, when it will open up during the week
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Playland at the PNE – Hastings Street just off Highway #1 West – Exit #26
Tickets: Available online

Eastside Flea

What: Eastside Flea is a modern-day outdoor flea market that takes place monthly in Vancouver in the summer, as well as indoor events year-round Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade independent maker wares to vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, artisan eats and more. You’ll also find food trucks, outdoor bar, live entertainment, and more.

When: June 14 and 15, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm (Friday), 11 am to 5 pm (Saturday)
Location: Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Admission: $3, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Mark Manson Everything is F*cked Tour

What: Mark Manson, the number one New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, is coming to Vancouver. His mega-bestseller has been translated into over 50 languages and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Manson will be promoting his new book Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope (published on May 14), at the Rio Theatre.

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre — 1660 East Broadway
Price: Starting at $45 — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

The Price is Right Live

What: The live edition of one of North America’s longest-running game shows is coming to Vancouver and you could be their next contestant. Contestants will get the chance to play games like Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel, and the fabulous Showcase. Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations, and possibly even a new car.

When: Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Times: Various times
Where: The River Rock Casino –  8811 River Rd, Richmond
Tickets: Online

The 88th BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival

BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival

BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival / Facebook

What: The 88th annual BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival features a Friday night beer garden with live Celtic music, a kilted/tartan run, and open pro piobaireachd. Then enjoy a full day on Saturday with piping, dancing, caber tossing, live Celtic music, kids activities, artisans, food and the massed pipe bands.

When: Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 5 to 9:30 pm (Friday), 8 am to 9 pm (Saturday)
Where: Lafarge Lake – Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online, Free for Friday Night, $5-$35 for Saturday. Children under six are free.

Surrey Fest Downtown 2019

What: The annual Surrey Fest Downtown promotes and celebrates community pride through a day of fun and entertainment for all ages while providing a venue for groups and organizations to inform the community of their services. There is always something new or different for pre-schoolers, children, youth, adults and seniors at the festival. As many as 4,000 people visit the festival each year to view the exhibits and enjoy food and live entertainment.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
WhereHolland Park – 13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey
Admission: Free

41st Annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival

What: Join the British Columbia Kitefliers Association for two days of kite flying at Garry Point Park in Richmond. Enjoy individual and team kite demonstrations, Rokkaku kite battles, teddy bear and candy drops, kite flying demonstrations, and more. Children can make their own kite at the Children’s Kite Making Workshop. Rain or shine.

When: Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Ave, Richmond
Admission: Free

Car-Free Day: West End, Main Street and Commercial Drive

What: Vancouver’s ever-popular Car Free Day is returning for another summer in several of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods. Enjoy community booths, food trucks, live entertainment and more. As per usual, attendance to the three events are free, and visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, or transit to get to the festivities.

When: Saturday, June 15, Sunday, June 16 and Sunday, July 7, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Denman Street between Robson Street and Davie Street (West End); Main Street between Broadway and 30th (Main Stree), Commercial Drive between Grandview and Venables (Commercial Drive)
Admission: Free

The Girls Are Coming!

What: The Girls Are Coming!: A visual voyage of Bride Ship Tynemouth. As they once did off Vancouver Island a century and a half ago, sails appeared in Tracy McMenemy’s vision of an exhibition. Her research on the Bride Ship Tynemouth and the journey of its young passengers inspired her own journey. Her departure point was a single bride’s dress. Its symbolism drew her deeply into a story of the human struggle between freedom and containment, courage and futility, hope and disappointment.

When: Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (open until 8 pm on Thursdays)
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

What: Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo is an all-ages licensed event that celebrates everything retro gaming. Shop the vendor hall, take part in tournaments, meet special guests, plus enjoy music, panels, gaming, and more all day.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
Tickets: At vancouvergamingexpo.com or in-person at Game Deals Video Games

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

What: Thousands of people visit the Scandinavian Community Centre every year to celebrate the traditions and festivities of Scandinavian Midsummer. In 2019, it will be the 24th time a Midsummer Festival is held, with fun-filled activities, living history and non-stop entertainment for the whole family.

When: Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 10 am to 11 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby
Tickets: $10, free for children under 16

Dog Days of Summer at Hastings Racecourse

What: The Dog Days of Summer series is returning to Hastings Racecourse. Next up on the weekend of June 22 and 23 are the heartwarming Corgi Races. Last year, we saw the inaugural corgi races bring adorable (and hysterical) moments to the North Renfrew race track, with four-legged athletes competing for the “Top Corgi” prize. On the weekend of July 13 and 14, you can take in all of the action at the iconic Wiener Dog Races at Hastings Racecourse. Enjoy a pack of incredibly excited Dachshunds racing.

When: June 22 and 23, and July 13 and 14
Time: Various times
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Price: FREE admission

Oprah Winfrey

What: The one and only Oprah Winfrey is embarking on a multi-city Canadian tour, where she’ll be sharing her key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. Winfrey will speak about the moments throughout her life that helped direct her on her path before being joined on stage by a special guest who impacted her journey for a unique one on one conversation.

When: Monday, June 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way
Tickets: Online

Surrey Pride Party In The Plaza

What: Surrey Pride Party In The Plaza celebrates its 20th anniversary with drag performances, spoken word, vendor booths, live music, kids and family zone, cultural and literary Xpo inside of SFU, and lots more activities.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Central City Shopping Plaza, Surrey
Admission: Free

Golden Spike Days Festival

Golden Spike Days Festival

Golden Spike Days Festival / Facebook

What: The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest running family events in BC. The festival is held at Rocky Point Park around Canada Day, attracting upwards of 40,000 people of all walks of life with live entertainment, special events and activities for all ages.

When: Friday, June 28 to Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm (Friday), 11 am to 11 pm (Saturday and Sunday), 11 am to 6 pm (Monday)
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: By donation

Museum of Anthropology presents Shadows, Strings and Other Things

What: Over 250 puppets, old and new, from 15 countries, are illuminated in MOA’s new exhibition. From graceful Vietnamese water puppets and comical British hand puppets to the captivating stop-motion puppet animation of the award-winning Indigenous artist Amanda Strong—the full spectrum of human resilience and creativity is on display. With a focus on Asia, Europe and the Americas, the exhibition draws from MOA’s stunning international collection of puppets—the largest in Western Canada­—and reveals new acquisitions from China, Brazil, Sicily, Java, the UK and France.

When: Now to October 14, 2019
When: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Laugh the night away

All You Can Eat Laundry

What: A comedy variety show hosted by Maddy Kelly. It’s Maddy’s birthday, and she’s celebrating by throwing a party for the whole audience. Plus another episode of the AYCEL sitcom, Popcorn for Dinner.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Doors 10 pm, show 10:30 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

“What Are You?” – A Comedy Show Featuring Multiethnic Comics

What: A hilarious evening presented by Hapa-palooza Festival featuring some of Vancouver’s most talented multiethnic comedians delivering comedy sets on identity. Hosted by Julie Kim with headliner, Patrick Maliha. Featuring comedians Cory Lupovici, Ashlee Ferral, Savannah Erasmus, Steve Sidi, Desmond Williams, and Erin Offer.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: the Kino – 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10

Canada Comedy Jam Live in Vancouver

Simon King

Simon King

What: Matt Baker, Velina Taskov, and Andrew Verge bring the Canada Comedy Jam Live tour to Yuk Yuks in June. They’re joined by Vancouver comics Steve McGowan, Stuart Jones, Patrick Maliha, Brett Martin and Simon King.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver,
Tickets: Online

Story Story Lie: Championships

What: All the winners from this past season of Story Story Lie compete for the championship at the Rio Theatre. Featuring Graeme Duffy, Melanie Rose, Montana Roselle, Ashlee Ferral, Andrew Lynch, and Claire Pollock. Hosted by Jo Dworschak and assistant Matt Loeb.

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Theo Von

What: Comedian and podcast host Theo Von is on the rise as he continues to sell out theatres worldwide while gaining millions of downloads per month of his popular podcast This Past Weekend. Theo Von will be at the Vogue Theatre as part of his Dark Arts Tour.

When: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Trevor Noah Loud and Clear Tour

What: South African comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is coming to Vancouver as part of his 28-performance, North America-wide, Loud and Clear Tour. Noah is known around the world for his insightful and authentic take on politics and current events. In 2016, Noah released his first book Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which became an instant New York Times bestseller.

When: Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Improv X Canada aka Maple Magic! (Pt. 2)

What: The Fictionals and Friends are celebrating Canada 152 at Cafe Deux Soleils with a special edition of Maple Magic Comedy. Improv X Canada will be inspired by the newsmakers, inventions, and history of this great country for a night of laughs. Plus take part in the trivia challenge for the chance to win some prizes.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: $7 or $5 for students

Sean Devlin Live Comedy Album Recording

What:Vancouver-based comedian and filmmaker Sean Devlin is recording a comedy album on June 28 and June 29. As a stand up he has performed as an opening act for Hari Kondabolu, Aamer Rahman, Reggie Watts, Kyle Kinane and Tig Notaro – as well as musical acts Of Montreal and MGMT. Previous festival appearances include the Bumbershoot Music Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Sled Island and Just For Laughs Northwest. His comedy has also been featured on CBC Radio, Upworthy.com and in the CTV mini-mini series The Party. In 2018 the Director’s Guild of Canada presented Sean with the prize for Emerging Canadian Director at the 37th Vancouver International Film Festival for his feature film When The Storm Fades.

When: Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 8 and 10 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Improvised Firefly

What: Instant Theater presents the adventures of a rag-tag crew, inspired by the cult TV show, Firefly. Based off a single audience suggestion, the crew will head out in search of their next big score, while avoiding fellow criminals and the government alike, all so they can live to fight another day and hold onto their most precious possession of all: their freedom.

When: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: 8 to 9 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $12

Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day at Burnaby Village Museum

What: Celebrate a day out with Dad and the rest of the family at Burnaby Village Museum.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
More Info: Online

Father’s Day at Historic Stewart Farm

Historic Stewart Farm

Image: Historic Stewart Farm / Facebook

What: Take Dad out for a memorable date at Historic Stewart Farm. Bring the whole family for locomotive fun, featuring the Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club and their display model trains, train rides courtesy of the Pacific Trackless Trains (by donation), sack races with Dad on the lawn, baked treats made on the wood burning stove in the farmhouse kitchen, and more.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Admission: Free

Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day

What: A free family-friendly day of fishy fun and prizes during BC’s free fishing weekend – when anglers can fish BC’s waters without a licence. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will be stocking the lake with rainbow trout in the morning, kids are welcome to assist the hatchery staff during the stocking. There will be a netted area for new fishermen who have no experiences in catching trout. Experts will be on site to teach participants new techniques on catching rainbow trout. Other activities include fly tying, casting lessons and salmon raffle. Some fantastic prizes will be given away at the end of the event.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Lafarge Lake – Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Sunday in the Park

What: Celebrate Father’s Day by taking dad to the beach. Learn about animal ‘fathers’ and nature at Boundary Bay, fill up on a pancake breakfast, enjoy live music and more. Presented by Boundary Bay Park Association & Tsawwassen/Boundary Bay Lions Club. All ages.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 9 am to 12 am
Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Centennial Beach
Admission: Free activities, breakfast $3 per child, $6 per adult.

The SuperDad Show 2019

The SuperDad Show / Vancouver TheatreSports

What: A special matinee performance in celebration of an often unsung hero – dear ol’ Dad. Vancouver TheatreSports’ SuperDad Show pokes fun at the foibles and challenges of what it means to be a modern Dad these days. Ticket includes either a glass of House Wine or Beer on Tap or non-alcoholic beverage.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Price: $25 – Tickets available via VTSL

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Whitecaps

vancouver whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

What: Vancouver Whitecaps face off with the Colorado Rapids at BC Place in MLS action.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

BC Lions

What: The BC Lions start their new CFL season with a pre-season matchup against Calgary Stampeders on June 7, and the season kickoff against Winnipeg Blue Bombers on June 15 at BC Place.

When: June 7 and June 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canadians

nat bailey stadium

Image: Vancouver Canadians / Twitter

What: Vancouver Canadians face off with the Spokane Indians from June 14 to 16 and June 28 to 30, and Eugene Emeralds from June 17 to 20 in MIIB action at Nat Bailey Stadium.
When: June 14 to 16, 2019, June 17 to 20, 2019, June 28 to 30, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

2019 Harry Jerome International Track Classic

What: 2019 marks the 36th anniversary of the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic. Since 1983, the event has provided an opportunity for top Canadians to compete against athletes from around the world. This one day competition is an important step in meeting critical Olympic and World Championships qualifying standards.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 5 to 9:30 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Vancouver TSS Rovers

What: The Vancouver TSS Rovers men will be playing in USL League Two NW division and the Vancouver TSS Rovers women are playing in the NW Conference of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Rosters are 100 per cent made up of Canadian under-23 players working toward the national team, the Canadian Premier League, and MLS.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Terminal City Roller Derby Seawall Brawl

roller skate

Woman roller skating/Shutterstock

What: Come celebrate summer in Vancouver and watch Team Terminal City take on the Smokin’ Laces at this free outdoor bout! There will be beach blanket bleachers and a lawn chair penalty box. Whistle at 10:30 am. Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen and smiles.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Sunset Beach Seawall, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Open year round on Saturday (except December 28)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market on May 10, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

Granville Island Public Market (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

What: Open year-round and boasting stalls of fresh, colourful produce, homemade products, and some tasty must-try eats. From the ocean, oven, or field — Granville Market has got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market, you’re going to leave happy and full.

When: Open year round 7 days a week
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free

Richmond Country Farms

What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce and prepared goods.

When: Open Thursdays to Sundays until December 2019
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Surrey

What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products.

When: Every Saturday to June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Richmond

What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products.

When: Every Tuesday to October 8, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: Free

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

What: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is an authentic BC Farmers’ Market and features local farmers and Certified Safe Prepared food vendors bringing in fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits & flowers, fresh baking, fruit pies, cupcakes & cookies, local craft beer, varietal wines, tasty prepared foods from our Fraser Valley, the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Andrews Historic Church – 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

What: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday from May through October.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

What: This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site and a variety of vendors selling all things food.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market

The exterior of Lonsdale Quay Market. (Quay Property Management)

What: Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

What: This friendly get-together, also known as the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.

When: Every Sunday until October 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

White Rock Farmers’ Market

What: Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.

When: Every Monday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
Admission: Free

Poirier Street Market

What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland.  The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.

Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market now takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday from May through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.

When: Every Sunday from May 5 to October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market / Facebook

What: Returning for its eleventh year, the Steveston Farmers’ and Artisans Market will be operating in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, the market will feature a mix of stalls, including food vendors, artists, and craftspeople.

When: June 2 and June 16; July 7 and July 21; August 4 and August 18; September 15 and September, 29, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

What: The Clayton Community Farmer’s Market will showcase local farmers, crafters and artisans. The market will also have a Family Fun Zone, live music and food trucks.

When: Every second Sunday until October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
Admission: Free

Haney Farmers’ Market

What: A vibrant outdoor Saturday market in downtown Maple Ridge, Haney Farmers’ Market sells fresh farm produce, locally-grown fruit and veg, preserves, baked goods, artisan crafts, fine art, and more.

When: Weekly until Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Memorial Peace Park – 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

What: Explore the dozens of local makers, bakers, and growers at two weekly locations of Langley Community Farmers’ Market.

When: Wednesdays until October 9, 2019, and Saturdays until October 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 4:30 pm (Wednesdays), 10 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley (Wednesday), Timms Community Centre – 20339 Douglas Crescent, Langley (Saturdays)
Admission: Free

New West Farmers Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Tipperary Park – 315 Queens Ave, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Cloverdale Market Days

What: One of the largest open-air markets in the Fraser Valley showcasing unique items from local BC Artisans and treasures from downtown Cloverdale merchants. With Cloverdale Market Days featuring more than 120 vendors as well as live entertainment and food trucks, you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family.

When: June 22, July 27, Aug 24, September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 176 Street between 56A and 58 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

What: The West End’s charming, community-minded farmers’ market is open Saturdays. Grab a coffee, peek at the adjacent community garden, and stock up on a vast array of locally grown foods.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 100 Comox Street, Vancouver between Bute and Thurlow
Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

What: You’ll find fresh groceries, locally-sourced produce, as well as artisanal food offerings at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block.

When: Every Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

UBC Farm markets

What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This market now accepts cash, credit, and debit.

When: Every Saturday from June 1 to November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus) – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

What: See, taste, and indulge at this bustling weekday market. With vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, the Main Street Station Farmers’ Market is within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users.

When: Every Wednesday from June 5 to October 2, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

What: The Granville Island Farmers’ Market is the oldest of its kind in Vancouver offering customers fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This market also has local craft beer and wine vendors too.

When: Every Thursday from June 6 to September 26, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Chain & Forge (under the Granville Street Bridge, across from The Keg), Granville Island
Admission: Free

Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market

What: Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society, the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural, and heritage programming.

When: Every Thursday from June 6 to October 10, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Downtown Farmers’ Market

What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly Hamilton Street welcomes vendors and farmers Thursday mornings and afternoons for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

When: Every Thursday from June 6 to October 3, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Time

Ladner Village Market

What: The Ladner Village Market takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.

When: June 9 and June 23; July 14 and July 28; August 11 and August 25; September 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
Admission: Free

Il Mercato Italian Market

What: This market brings together the tastes of Italy with fresh produce grown locally, in addition to delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef and handmade products from local artisans.

When: June 14 and November 29
Time: 4:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, East Vancouver
Admission: Free

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

What: Located just steps away from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market is a vibrant gathering place that aims to promote small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.

When: Every Saturday from June 15 to October 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
Admission: Free

Tsawwassen Farmers’ Market

What: Stock up on fresh local produce, along with artisanal foods, at Tsawwassen Farmer’s Market. A handful of food trucks will also be in attendance.

When: Every Saturday from June 22 to September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 5360 12th Avenue (at 53A Street), Tsawwassen
Admission: Free

Shop and dine at Night Markets

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

What: Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly until 10 pm. Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors. Attendees can expect to chow down on grub from 40+ food trucks in “hot food alley” and enjoy live entertainment all summer long. The Friday Night Market will also feature a 19+ beer garden, serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.

When: Every Friday until September 27, 2019,
Time: Starts at 5 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Richmond Night Market

Weekly Vancouver food events


What: Running until October 14, this wildly popular event is gearing up for another season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.

When: Now to October 14, 2019. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and stat holidays
Time: 7 pm to 12 am (open to 11 am on Sundays after September 2 and stat holidays)
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near Bridgeport Station)
Admission: TBD

Bon Appetit

NOSH Foodie Fest

What: NOSH Foodie Fest is a weekly, food-centric event taking place in the parking lot at Capilano Mall every Saturday in June. This free to attend event centered around food truck-hopping will tempt one’s taste buds, fill one’s belly, and no doubt put all foodies into a legit food coma. Rounding out the tantalizing event menu will be other activities including the “PB & Jam” DJ Booth and “There’s A Little Something On Your Face” Face Painting Station.

When: June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22 and June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Capilano Mall – 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival 2019

What: The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is back for its sixth year featuring delicious grub-on-wheels, drinks, and more. This year brings drool-worthy events from the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association, each featuring 28 trucks to enjoy.

When: June 2, June 15, and June 16, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Locations across Greater Vancouver
Admission: Free

18th Annual Rotary Wine and Food Fest

Wine glasses, cheers

(Lucky Business/Shutterstock)

What: Enjoy an evening of wine sampling, craft beer and small plates from local restaurants. Win great prizes in the silent auction or raffle. Then dance the night away to the sounds of Hastings.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Paella and Rosé Patio Party

What: Ancora will be hosting al-fresco events at both of its locations on June 8 that will feature paella and six different kinds of rosé. Both the False Creek and Ambleside restaurants will offer patrons a spread of Peruvian-style seafood paella and Mediterranean-inspired tapas on their patios.

When: June 8, 2019
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Ancora False Creek – 1600 Howe St #2, Vancouver;  Ancora Ambleside – 1351 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
Tickets: $61.25; buy online

Steveston Wine Fest 2019

What: The sixth annual wine fest by O’Hare’s GastroPub & Liquor Store will feature over 80 boutique wines from local and international wineries, as well as delicious food samples from local Steveston Merchants. This year will have a focus on interesting and hard to find wines from BC and beyond. Part proceeds from this event goto The Richmond Christmas Fund and other local charities.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Tickets: Online, By donation

Newfoundland Kitchen Party

What: Experience a traditional East Coast style lobster dinner without leaving the West Coast. Traditional maritime music will be performed by the band the Navvies. Beers from local breweries will be available for purchase and coolers for those that do not like beer. There will also be hot dog dinners for guests that do not want a lobster.

When: Saturday, June 22
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Port Moody Station Museum – 2734 Murray St., Port Moody,
Tickets: Lobster Dinner $50, Hot Dog Dinner $20. For tickets call 604 939-1648 or email [email protected]

Chef Meets Truck 2019

Food events Chef Meets Truck


What: The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, in partnership with the Yaletown BIA, is hosting the event Chef Meets Truck in Yaletown at the intersection of Hamilton and Nelson. The event will run from 6:30pm-9:00pm and consists of Vancouver restaurant chefs hopping on board local food trucks to serve up the foodie event of the season. Tickets include food from the participating food trucks, as well as tastings of wine and beer. Plus don’t miss the corn throw tournament hosted by chef Tret Jordan.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Intersection of Hamilton and Nelson (Yaletown)
Tickets: Online

Michelin on the Road at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

What: Celebrated and award-winning Vancouver restaurant Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will be hosting a Michelin on the Road event. Boulevard’s Executive Chef, Roger Ma, will welcome Melissa Rodriguez, Chef/Partner of New York City’s Michelin-starred Del Posto, (a former colleague of his) on June 27 for a six-course collaborative dinner. The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm with a cocktail-and-canapé reception followed by a multi-course feast with wine pairings by Jackson Family Wines.

When: Thursday, June 27 , 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $225; buy online

VCC Chef’s Table Pop-Up Restaurant

What: Vancouver Community College’s Culinary Arts program presents the next edition of their pop-up restaurant The Chef’s Table. Enjoy a five-course, fixed menu with optional wine pairings served in an intimate setting with only 20 seats available per night.

When: Tuesdays to Thursday until July 17, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Community College – Downtown Campus JJ’s Restaurant – 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $22-$55

Treat yourself to Arts and Culture

Port Moody Children’s Art Festival

What: Featuring over 400 mixed media, oil paintings and drawings, and 150 young artists. There will also be live art demonstrations on June 8 from 9 am to 4 pm

When: June 3 to June 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Port Moody Civic Centre Gallery – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Thursday Artist Talk: Doreen Brust Johnson, “A Dream is to Write”

What: Canadian historical fiction novelist Doreen Brust Johnson tells her story of writing novels while having no formal education beyond grade eleven. She will take you through her early years growing up on a small farm in Saskatchewan to where she is now: a published author with three books titled Walking Barefoot in my ShoesSounds in My Shadow, and Momma, Momma, the Preacher’s Comin’.  In addition to sharing her writing journey and how she navigated the publishing world, Doreen will tell stories of northern prairie life, making history come alive. Copies of her books will be available to purchase at the talk.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

The Cake

What: Della believes that the secret to a good cake and a good life is simple: just follow the rules. When her best friend’s daughter asks her to make her wedding cake, she is overjoyed… until she learns that there will be not one bride, but two. Suddenly, Della is working without a recipe as her previously-unquestioned beliefs and emotions come into sharp conflict.

When: Various dates from now to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Eternal Theatre Collective presents: bare

What: Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “bare” is a contemporary pop opera about coming out and growing up. The story follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. “bare” is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.

When: Various dates to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Times: 7:30 pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Vancouver – 949 49 Ave W, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Arts Alive 2019

What: Arts Alive is an annual showcase of collaborative student works held in collaboration with the Burnaby School District featured in the Lower Gallery. This year’s 37th edition presents a selection of artworks from elementary schools across the city. Math & Art is this year’s theme to act as inspiration for elementary students.

When: Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Closed Mondays and statutory holidays
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Suggested donation is $5

Matilda the Musical

What: The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Matilda the Musical. Armed with an outsize wit and a vivid imagination, precocious Matilda takes a stand to change her destiny. Even cruel parents and a hardened headmistress can’t get in her way. From the wonderfully subversive imagination of Roald Dahl, this fun family musical will bring out the child in everyone. In partnership with Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

When: Now to July 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – Arts Club 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Burnaby Chalk Art Experience

What: Watch local and international street painters create masterful chalk art as they transform the pavement into a colourful gallery. Also featuring live musical performances throughout the day. Rain or Shine.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex – 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Undertones of Green: Paintings by June Yun

What: An exhibition of Undertones of Green: Paintings by June Yun at Lipont Place. Free admission with artworks available for purchase.

When: Saturday, June 22 to Friday, July 19, 2019
Times: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday to Fridays), weekend by appointments
Where: Lipont Place – 4211 Number 3 Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Ivan Coyote: Chest Air

What: With the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted storyteller, Ivan Coyote grapples with complex and intensely personal issues such as gender identity, family, class, social justice, and queer liberation—always with a generous heart and a quick wit. Ivan’s stories remind the audience of their own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring them to change the world. Audience advisory: strong language.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Surrey Youth: Street Dance Showcase

What: Surrey’s first outdoor street dance competition at City Hall Plaza. There will be battles, performances, prizes, food and refreshments. Food and refreshments will be provided by the SAFE program and other community partners. Registration will open June 1.

When: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Sing along to your favourites

Billie Eilish

What: Los Angeles music sensation Billie Eilish brings her When We All Fall Asleep World Tour to Vancouver with special guest Finneas.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: PNE Amphitheatre – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Portland electronic band Chromatics bring the Double Exposure Tour to Vancouver with Desire and In Mirrors.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Season Finale: Zarathustra

What: As the VSO’s 100th anniversary season draws to a close, Maestro Otto Tausk celebrates the VSO centenary in a concert that looks to the past, present, and future: Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture was the very first piece performed by the VSO in January of 1919; the North American première of renowned Dutch composer Michel van der Aa’s Concerto for Violin and Cello is performed by VSO Concertmaster Nicholas Wright and Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh; and also sprach Zarathustra, a grand orchestral showpiece that shines a light on the talents of the incredible musicians of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

When: Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: Doors 6:45 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Montreal’s electro-funk duo Chromeo are coming to Vancouver with a live band this summer. David “Dave 1” Macklovich and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel will be taking to the stage at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park on Friday, June 7. Special guests will be joining the pair who were recently nominated for the 2019 Juno for Group of the Year award. At the concert, you can expect to hear tracks like “Bad Decision” and “Don’t Sleep” from Chromeo’s fifth studio album Head Over Heels, which dropped last year.

When: Friday, June 7, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
Tickets: $58 plus service charges — available via Ticketmaster

VSO presents Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

What: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Harry Potter concert series is making a return this summer. Audiences will get to relive tha magic of the sixth film installment  — Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, with music composed by Nicholas Hopper. Those who attend this concert series will be able to view the film on a high-definition screen while theme songs from the movie are performed live.

When: Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm (Thursday and Friday), 2 pm (Saturday)
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Shawn Mendes

hawn Mendes at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Forum in Inglewood, USA on August 27, 2017.


What: Supporting the release of his self-titled third album, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes will hit the road in 2019 on a global arena tour.  “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” will mark his third global headline tour, following his sold out 2017 arena trek.

When: Friday, June 14, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: ASAP Rocky and Rae Sremmurd will be headlining the all hip-hop festival, which returns to the PNE Amphitheatre on June 15 and 16. Joining the headliners this summer are Lil Baby, Gunna, Rich the Kid, Lil Skies, Ybn Cordae, Saweetie, Night Lovell, Yung Tory, Lil Berete, Illyminiachi, Ninetyfour, Angst, and Anklegod.

This year’s festival is an all-ages event. Attractions include a VIP section, a food truck area, 19+ bars, and an alcohol-free zone. According to organizers, festival tickets will also include access to Playland.

When: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: Doors 2 pm, show 3 pm
Where: PNE Amphitheatre – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: ASAP Rocky and Rae Sremmurd will be headlining the all hip-hop festival, which returns to the PNE Amphitheatre on June 15 and 16. Joining the headliners this summer are Lil Baby, Gunna, Rich the Kid, Lil Skies, Ybn Cordae, Saweetie, Night Lovell, Yung Tory, Lil Berete, Illyminiachi, Ninetyfour, Angst, and Anklegod.

This year’s festival is an all-ages event. Attractions include a VIP section, a food truck area, 19+ bars, and an alcohol-free zone. According to organizers, festival tickets will also include access to Playland.

When: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: Doors 2 pm, show 3 pm
Where: PNE Amphitheatre – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online March 8 at noon and 2 day passes range from $149 to $269. Payment plans are also available.

Anderson .Paak


Anderson Paak/Shutterstock

What: American recording artist and music producer Anderson .Paak and his band The Free Nationals are bringing their “Best Teef in the Game” Tour to Vancouver. .Paak, best known for his mix of 60s funk, 70s soul, hip-hop, R&B, electronic music, and rock ‘n’ roll, won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance, and a slot on Saturday Night Live performing “Tints” with Kendrick Lamar.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm / Show 7:30 pm
Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Price: $59.59 via Live Nation

Ultimate 90s Dance Party: Vengaboys, Right Said Fred, and Alice DJ

What: The ’90s are alive at Abbotsford Centre on Wednesday, June 19 when Vengaboys, Right Said Fred, Alice DJ and special guest Drum N DJ take the stage for an epic dance party.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

Imperial Series

What: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society has announced the Imperial Series, which is a series of performances taking place at The Imperial at 319 Main Street during the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The full lineup during the Imperial Series will include a number of performers, including The Comet Is Coming on June 21, Jonathan Wilson with guest Ben Rogers on June 22, The Suffers on June 24, Makaya McCraven with guests Eli Davidovici’s Shapes on June 26, Thus Owls, Jo Passed, and Unnatural Ways featuring Ava Mendoza on June 27, Anteloper, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, and Gordon Grdina’s Haram on June 29, and Jacob Collier on June 30.

When: June 21, June 22, June 24, June 26, June 27, June 29, and June 30, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street
Tickets: Available online from $25

Wu-Tang Clan

What: This summer, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan will be coming to Vancouver for a concert as part of the 34th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The festival takes place from June 21 to July 1, 2019, at multiple venues across the city. The Wu-Tang Clan first entered the music scene 25 years ago, quickly becoming recognized for their diverse personalities and talents. They went on to sell more than 40 million albums worldwide, as well as have a handful of albums go platinum.

When: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available to the general public on Friday, May 3 at 10 am, starting at $69

Terri Clark

What: With over 5 million albums sold, and induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and three-time JUNO Award winner, Terri Clark also holds the honor of being the only Canadian female member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. She has been named CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year five times and has taken home eight CCMA Fan’s Choice Awards; in total, Terri has had the honor of receiving 19 CCMA Awards.

When: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 5 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Thorgy Thor at the Orpheum Theatre

What: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 star and classically trained violinist, Thorgy Thor, will be performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) on June 25. Thorgy Thor’s summer performance in Vancouver coincides with the Queer Arts Festival and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Jamila Woods

What: Chicago-based singer, songwriter and poet Jamila Woods performs at the Biltmore with special guests.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Black Pistol Fire

What: Black Pistol Fire is a high-octane rock duo based out of Austin, Texas by way of Toronto, Canada; composed of Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums.

When: Friday, June 28, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Laketown Shakedown

What: Laketown Shakedown is a three-day festival held across three stages at the spectacular Laketown Ranch. The 172-acre site, located in Cowichan Valley, is Canada’s largest permanent outdoor stage, according to festival organizers. Headliners include West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg, Grammy Award-nominated rock band Incubus, ska punk group Sublime with Rome, and all-star pop band Smash Mouth, to name a few. In addition to the three days of live music, the event will include a festival village with food and other vendors, multiple full-service bars, a VIP area, flush toilets, and showers.

When: Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, 2019
Where: Laketown Ranch – 648 – 8811 Youbou Road, Lake Cowichan
Tickets: Online

Symphony in the Park

What: A program of classics and popular favourites by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Arrive early, bring a blanket, and a picnic basket and settle in for a wonderful evening of symphonic music in the park.

When: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free


What: Dido’s first tour in 15 years is in support of her new album, Still on My Mind. Featuring special guest Ria Mae.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Queen Latifah with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah/Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

What: This June, Grammy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated singer and actress Queen Latifah will be performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO). The famed artist has won a Grammy award and six nominations for albums in jazz, pop, and rap, as well as an Oscar nomination for her role in Chicago and dozens of other film and television roles.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Park Drive, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

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