28 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 3 to 6

May 25 2019, 7:25 am

The first full week of June is here, so let’s get out and have some fun! Enjoy these 27 Vancouver events happening Monday, June 3 to Thursday, June 6. Stop by a farmers’ market, see Because We Are Girls, and more!

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

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Monday, June 3

Pop-Up Craft: Upcycled Wooden Key Chains

What: Join Craft Council of British Columbia and Downtown Vancouver for Pop-Up Craft: a series of free workshops in summer 2019.Billy Would Designs teaches attendees to make Upcycled Wood Keychains. You will be able to use ‘scrap’ pieces of wood to sand and decorate their own keychain or pin. Decorations will include cut up newspapers, glitter and various other craft supplies.

When: Monday, June 3, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Lot 19 – 855 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Magnetic North Festival 2019

What: The festival features shows in development where the audience becomes part of the progression of the work through their participation. There are also premieres of local productions from independent companies and artists to stimulate and provoke senses and emotions. Includes Me Love Bingo at the Culture Lab, Unscripted: Kuroko at PL 1422, and HIVE at Presentation House Theatre.

When: Various dates from now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Activate! Wellness Fair 55+

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What: Find information and resources all in one spot to stay safe, health and well. Visit over 40 booths of local organizations and companies offering programs, products and services specifically for those 55+ years. Drop-in for blood pressure checks by Wellness Clinic retired Registered Nurses, bone density scans and dietitian consultations and health and wellness resources and information. Then take part in over 20 workshops throughout the day with a focus on transportation, mobility and health in order to stay connected to community. This event is for 55+ and registration is required.

When: Monday, June 3, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Minoru Centre for Active Living – 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free, register online

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

Avatar: Country World Tour

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What: Swedish heavy metal band Avatar brings their Country World Tour to Vancouver with guests Devin Townsend (acoustic), Dance With The Dead, and ‘68.

When: Monday, June 3, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Hosanna by Michel Tremblay

What: Hosanna by seminal French Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay shines light on the fear of change, identity, and the reluctance to release the illusion of self. Aging drag queen Hosanna, a man wanting to be a woman, wanting to be Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra, with her live-in partner Curiette, a going-to-seed leather stud, faces a Halloween night feeling like an outsider in her own skin. Presented by UBC Theatre and Film. 

When: Now to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 8 to 10:15 pm
Where: Dorothy Somerset Studio – 6361 University Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, June 4

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

Great Bear Rainforest Free Screening

A Kermode bear (Daisy Gilardini)

A Kermode bear (Daisy Gilardini)

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

Luminesque Dance Company Presents – BARE

What: BARE is an unfiltered, uncensored and unapologetic showcase of Luminesque Dance Company dancers’ artistic, technical and personal journeys this year. From overcoming adversity to embodying their best lives, their choreography invites you to follow their path to self discovery. 

When: June 4, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: The Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Global Civic Policy Society Public Salon

What: Each of the eight Public Salon speakers, thinkers and doers from across the city, share their ideas, thoughts and passion in seven short minutes. Speakers include Dr. Shuhk Brar on the life of an anesthesiologist, Holly Peck on human robot interaction, and Lana Suthere the co founder of Tealeaves, on tea and collaboration. Hosted by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan.

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, event from 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Herbs for Digestion

What: This informative talk by Medical Herbalist Katolen Yardley will cover how certain herbal medicines can assist digestive health through various actions. Explore the benefits of some common spices and carminative rich herbs, and understand the effects of bitter and demulcent herbs. Participants will sample a digestive tea and demulcent mixture and will take home a small bag of a carminative digestive spice blend. Presented by the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association.

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cloudscape Comics Witching Hours Book Launch

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What: Join Cloudscape Comics at The Roundhouse as they premier their latest comic anthology: The Witching Hours as a part of Women Deliver 2019 Conference. The Witching Hours is a 124 page, duo-tone, anthology of comics about magical women written, illustrated and edited by women and non-binary artists currently residing in the Lower Mainland. Artist bios and art pages from the book will be on display in the Exhibition Hall, and artists and editors will be on hand for questions and signings.

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Killers Compartment – Roman adapted to the cinema – Projection + Debate

What: A screening of Costa-Gavras’s film “Compartment Killers” with Simone Signoret, Yves Montant, Michel Piccoli, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Catherine Allégret followed by a discussion of Sebastien Japrisot’s novel and his film adaptation, with Laurent Sagalovitsch, author, and Thierry Garrel, producer and film buff.

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm, event at 7 pm
Where: Studio 16 – 1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, June 5

Festival of Ocean Films – Vancouver

What: Georgia Strait Alliance presents the 10th annual Festival of Ocean Films. Screenings in Vancouver happen on June 5 and 6 in celebration of World Oceans Day, with a variety of short films and Q&A with the filmmakers as well.

When: June 5 and 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Patagonia Vancouver – 1994 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market


Image: Vancouver 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

I Heart Yaletown 6th Annual Community BBQ


Roundhouse Arts & Recreation Centre / City of Vancouver

What: Head to the Roundhouse’s Turntable Plaza on Davie Street for a community BBQ. Many local community businesses and partners come together to celebrate the Yaletown community. Includes free BBQ, fruit and drinks, hosted by Urban Fare, bike registry with  Vancouver Police Department, tour a Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services fire engine, live music, arts and crafts, and more.

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Times: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Queer Art Night

What: Join Mpowerment YVR at their Art Night, where attendees will be making flower crowns to wear during the summer. Materials will be provided, as well as dinner from Baghdad Café. This event is free and open to youth ages 19-29 years old.

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Mpowerment Headquarters – 568 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Long Beach Dub Allstars

What: Dub/ska/rock band Long Beach Dub Allstars bring their summer tour to Vancouver with with guests The Aggrolites and Bad Seeds

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Laugh Your Draft Off

What: A night of laughs with Mixed Nuts Comedy. Featuring Johnny Perrotta, Chris Gaskin, Ray Morrison, Tania Taylor, Nina Dosdall, Mario Miceli, and Curtis Pyke.

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Steamworks Brewery & Taproom – 3845 William Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Thursday, June 6

The Vegan Night Market

Vegan Market

Eating Green

What: The Vegan Night Market returns to The Waldorf with tasty food, local artisans, drinks, music and chill vibes, all with the purpose of giving back to animals and humans. The event is raising funds for The Save Movement, with proceeds also going to WISH Drop-In Centre Society.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: The Waldorf – 1489 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Canned food, Pet Food, Clothing or min. $2 Donation to Hearts On Noses Sanctuary


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

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

Festa della Repubblica

What: A celebration of the Italian National Day. The historical Italian liscio group, Orchestra Casadei, will be performing at 6 pm in the Ballroom, followed by the celebrations for Festa della Repubblica at 7 pm. Orchestra Casadei will also perform one more set before Italian-Canadian Societies will offer regional specialties to all the guests. This event is organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Because We Are Girls

What: Reel Causes presents a screening of Because We Are Girls. A conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters decide to come forward—not only to protect other young relatives, but to set an example for their daughters as well. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with filmmaker, Baljit Sangra, and film subjects Jeeti, Kira and Salakshana.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: SFU Woodward’s – 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Comedy Waste: Secret Identity Improv

What: Secret Identity Improv is presented by The HERO SHOW and Comedy Waste, with warm up games and a long form second half with Colin Edward Cowan, Ashley Ferral,, Andrew Barber, Julia Helen Church, Cameron Macleod and Nima Gholamipour.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: Doors 8:30 pm
Where: China Cloud Studios – 524 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $10 at the door, Comedy Waste passes accepted.

Amanda Palmer – There Will Be No Intermission Solo Piano Tour

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What: Amanda Palmer brings her song and storytelling tour, There Will Be No Intermission, to the Chan Centre on June 6. Enjoy a journey of Amanda’s last six years as she plays songs from the new record.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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