28 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 24 to 27

May 26 2019, 7:55 am

June is zooming by! Start the last week of the month with these 28 Vancouver events happening Monday, June 24 to Thursday, June 27. Oprah Winfrey, TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and more!

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

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Monday, June 24

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

Imperial Series – The Suffers

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Kam Franklin from The Suffers/Vancouver International Jazz Festival

What: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society’s Imperial Series 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 Suffers on June 24.

When: June 24, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street
Tickets: Available online from $25

Let’s Hear It For Yaletown, curated by Vancity Hot Jazz Society

What: Let’s Hear It For Yaletown, a vibrant jazz festival curated by Vancity Hot Jazz Society and hosted by Yaletown Business Improvement Association (BIA), will be taking over Bill Curtis Square from Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28.

This is your chance to hear Canadian hot jazz bands perform live during your lunch break (12 to 2 pm) or after work (5 to 7:30 pm), right in the heart of Yaletown. There’s also going to be free swing dance lessons taking place so you can hone your two-step skills in between live jazz sessions.

When: June 24 to 28, 2019
Time: 12 to 2 pm | 5 to 7:30 pm daily
Where: Bill Curtis Square (Canada Line Station at Mainland and Davie)
Price: Free

Free Music Workshops – TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

What: The Jazz Festival has lots of opportunities to learn more about music, musicians, techniques, and the artistic process through its carefully curated series of free workshops. Workshops take place from June 24 to 28 at Tom Lee Music at 728 Granville Street at 1 pm daily. Workshops include Montreal-based guitarist Vicky Mettler, NY pianist Angelica Sanchez, NY guitarist Ava Mendoza, NY pianist and vocalist Patricia Barber, and London-based pianist Alexander Hawkins.

Later that week, the action moves the Roundhouse Community Art and Recreation Centre, with Workshops at the studio beginning at 1:30 pm on Saturday, June 29 and continuing Sunday, June 30. Artists include Ingrid Laubrock, Tomas Fujiwara, Jeff Younger, Malcolm Goldstein, Keir Neuringer, and member of In Love With.

When: Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 2019 (Tom Lee Music), Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 (Roundhouse Community Centre)
Time: 1 pm (Monday to Friday), 1:30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Tom Lee Music – 728 Granville Street, Vancouver; Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
More Info: Online, Free

Vancouver Negroni Week 2019

Negroni Week Vancouver 2019

Classic Negroni from Boulevard (Courtesy Boulevard)

What: Vancouver Negroni Week 2019 officially kicks off June 24 and runs until June 30, which means bars around Canada will be celebrating the classic cocktail while raising money for some charities at the same time. There are 73 Vancouver bars and restaurants participating in this year’s celebratory week.

This event takes place worldwide, where establishments around the globe donate a portion of the sales of Negroni cocktails and related items to over 40 charities. Negroni Week first launched in 2013 and it has raised well over $1 million since.

When: Monday, June 24 to Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

Jesse – an ASL opera workshop reading

What: Jesse – An ASL Opera is a workshop reading by Landon Krentz, Heather Molloy & Paula Weber resulting from a two-week experimental process that gathered Deaf and Hearing artists to explore how poetry, music, English and ASL intersect. Bi-cultural and bilingual, this experience reflects a creative process that was both riveting and uncomfortable. Part of Queer Arts Festival.

When: Monday, June 24, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Pay What You Can

Célébration de la Saint Jean-Baptiste

What: Société francophone de Maillardville invites you to celebrate St. Jean Baptist day on Monday, June 24. Music, games and a nice atmosphere will be waiting for you! Feel free to bring your own instruments. Hot dogs and cakes will be served.

When: Monday, June 24, 2019
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: Société francophone de Maillardville – 938 Brunette avenue, Suite 200, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Tuesday, June 25

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

Chef Meets Truck 2019

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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

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

Tri-Cities Poetry/Open Mic with feature poet Susan McCaslin

What: Western Sky Books hosts local poets for a Poetry Slam and Open Mic night. All styles and genres are welcome. Poets are welcome to bring their books and chapbooks or zines for sale. The June edition of Tri-Cities Poetry/Open Mic features local poet Susan McCaslin. Open Mic starts at 6:45 pm.

When: The last Tuesday of every month – Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 6:45 to 9 pm
Where: Western Sky Books – 2132-2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

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)

Minami Presents: Summer Garden Omakase Dinner

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Guests can enjoy Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi with jalapeño and Miku sauce on this eight-course menu. (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

What: One of Vancouver’s all-time best sushi spots, Minami, is hosting its first-ever omakase long table feast. The feast will take place on Minami’s stunning outdoor garden terrace on June 25. Guests can expect an eight-course dinner paired with wines. It will feature tons of fresh seafood, seasonal produce, and of course, some amazing signature Minami aburi sushi.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
Where: Minami – 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $155; buy online

Corey Hart

What: Canadian rock legend Corey Hart brings his Never Surrender Tour 2019 to Rogers Arena with very special guests Glass Tiger.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, June 26

Westbank Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series 2019

What: There are more than a dozen vendors this year at Westbank’s second annual Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series and the roster includes notable brands in food, health, and fashion. The container will showcase one vendor at a time and hours will vary by retailer, so be sure to check their social channels and get all the details.

When: Daily from now to September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (may vary by vendor)
Where: Shaw Tower – West Plaza, 1067 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free




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 daily
Time: 11 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday), 10 am to 3 pm (Monday to Friday)
Where: Playland at the PNE – Hastings Street just off Highway #1 West – Exit #26
Tickets: Available online

Mat Collective Free Yoga

What: Mat Collective’s 2019 outdoor summer yoga series features free classes at Kits Beach, on Main Street and in East Van throughout the week. In addition, there will be special events held throughout the summer.

When: Mondays to Fridays at Kits Beach, Tuesday to Saturday on Main Street, and Wednesdays in East Van
Time: Various times, check schedule for details
Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street), Main Street (95 E 32nd Ave.) and East Van (520 East 1st Ave.)
Admission: Free

Imperial Series – Makaya McCraven with Eli Davidovici’s Shapes

What: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society’s Imperial Series is a series of performances taking place at The Imperial at 319 Main Street during the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. On June 26 check out Makaya McCraven with guests Eli Davidovici’s Shapes.

When: June 26, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street
Tickets: Available online from $25

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 to October 2, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Ava Mendoza

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Ava Mendoza/Vancouver International Jazz Festival

What: The thing that stands out most about Ava Mendoza is her rocker guitarist vibe, with her bed-head hair, a cool expression, and a chill attitude. Mendoza’s sound is experimental and she’s a guitarist, vocalist, and composer. Lucky for you, she’s performing and giving a workshop on three different nights: a solo at The China Cloud, at The Imperial with Unnatural Ways, and a workshop at Tom Lee.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Time: 11 pm
Where: The China Cloud – 524 Main St, Vancouver
Price: $15 at the door only

Eyeing the Eaglets

What: Spot the young eagles of Stanley Park on this walking exploration to visit resident nesting families. Navigating their way through the canopy, these young and sometimes clumsy eagles are strengthening their wing muscles in preparation for life on their own. Come learn about these soon-to-be graceful predators that call Stanley Park home.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: #19 Stanley Park Bus Loop – Rose Garden Lane, Vancouver
Register: Online

Thursday, June 27

2019 Rope For Hope Vancouver

What: The Make A Wish Foundation of BC and Yukon’s 6th annual Rope for Hope urban rappelling challenge is aiming to raise money to help sick kids achieve their dreams. To be a part of this years event, first, you must sign up with your friends, family or by yourself and begin your journey to raising a minimum of $1,500. When you reach this goal, the Make-A-Wish foundation will fulfill your dream of rappeling down the side of the 36-storey Hyatt Regency in Downtown Vancouver.

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: Fundraise a minimum of $1,500 – register online

Tacofino Hastings X Strange Fellows Collaborative Dinner

Tacofino Dinner Series

Tacofino offerings (Photo: Amy Ho)

What: This collab dinner offers two seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm where guests will enjoy a five-course menu with beer pairings.

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 6 to 10:30 pm
Where: Tacofino Commissary – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $55; buy online

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

Cibo Wine Dinner Series: Wines of Trentino

What: Guests will enjoy a multi-course Italian-inspired menu plus an informative overview of the wines that will pair with it. This is one of three wine dinners Cibo will host this season.

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $113; buy online

Jamila Woods

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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

Imperial Series – Thus Owls, Jo Passed, and Unnatural Ways featuring Ava Mendoza

What: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society’s Imperial Series is a series of performances taking place at The Imperial at 319 Main Street during the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Thus Owls, Jo Passed, and Unnatural Ways featuring Ava Mendoza take the stage on June 27.

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street
Tickets: Available online from $25

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

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