35 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 11 to 15

Jun 7 2018, 1:14 am

Spring is nearly over, so make the most of it Vancouver! Here are 35 fun events happening around the city that you should check out from Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15. Enjoy BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival, Janelle Monae, and more.

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Ordinary Shadows, Chinese Shade screening

  • What: This video is Wong’s personal exploration of his second-generation Chinese-Canadian perspective on the Chinese here in the new world, Canada, and in the motherland, China. Through his own “family network” and several trips to the People’s Republic of China, the artist gained access to the everyday world of the Chinese. A picture emerges of displaced cultures and traditions in transition. Screening continuously during open hours at the Scholar’s Study at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden.
  • When: Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden – 578 Carrall St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Monday Night Run Group

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New Balance Vancouver

  • What: A weekly run group with New Balance Robson’s Jesse Hooton and run leader Meg Lewis-Schneider meet at 5:30 pm at New Balance Robson’s store for a 5 to 8 km run in Stanley Park. For runners of all fitness levels.
  • When: Every Monday
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: New Balance – 1158 Robson, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

A Conversation with Pink Orchid Studios

  • What: Are you interested in business? Want to know what it’s like starting your own company? Join TILE Vancouver for an evening with speakers like the co-CEOs of Pink Orchid Studios. The event contains a formal interview portion, as well as an extended Q&A session where guests will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers.
  • When: Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Winston Churchill Auditorium – 7055 Heather St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, free

Aperitivo Workshop

  • What: A fun, hands-on workshop to learn the secrets for a perfect Italian Aperitivo. During the workshop, you will learn how to make different Italian finger foods and also learn how to make two classic Italian Cocktails. The class is plant-based. Bring an apron and a clean container.
  • When: Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: IL CENTRO Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $70

Beginners Belly Dance Spring Classes

  • What: Have fun, get fit and explore the world of belly dance. Beginners classes at West End Bellydance are designed for people with no dance experience. Learn how to shimmy and shake.
  • When: Every Monday until June 25, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: West End Community Centre Association – 870 Denman Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

Mah Jong Meet Up

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Mah Jong / FVRL – Tsawwassen Library‎

  • What: Mah Jong has been a popular pastime for centuries, first played in China during the Qing Dynasty. Similar to Rummy, this game uses tiles and involves skill, strategy, and a bit of chance. Learn to play with American rules at Fraser Valley Regional Library – Tsawwassen Branch, then join their members for weekly games at the library.
  • When: Every Monday until August 27, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: FVRL – Tsawwassen Library – 1321A 56 Street, Delta
  • Admission: Free

Pizza Making Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

  • What: Celebrate fresh local food and families coming together with a Pizza Making Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread.
  • When: Every Sunday and Monday
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Rockey Mountain Flatbread – 4186 Main St, Vancouver
  • Register: [email protected], $8.50 children and $13.40 adults

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

International Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup 2018

  • What: The world’s top wheelchair rugby teams come to Richmond to battle it out at the 8th Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. Come cheer on Team Canada as they take on international rivals for the Canada Cup.
  • When: Tuesday, June 12 to Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae Vancouver

Janelle Monae / Facebook

  • What: GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and activist Janelle Monae is making a stop in Vancouver for her North American Dirty Computer Tour. Monae will be joined by special guests Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino, known together as the soulful duo St. Beauty.
  • When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $42.00, $59.50, $85.00, via Live Nation


  • What: Approaching 20 years as a band and boasting a storied album catalogue, Stars returns with their eighth full-length release “There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light.”
  • When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $32.50

BCBC Sixth Annual Chair’s Dinner

  • What: Business Council of British Columbia’s Sixth Annual Chair’s Dinner will feature keynote speaker, David Frum, author, social and political commentator, and Senior Editor at The Atlantic. Hear Frum’s insights on what the Trump Presidency means for Canada’s relationship with our largest trading partner, the future of NAFTA, Canadian competitiveness in light of U.S. tax reform, opportunities for Canadian political and economic leadership, as well as opportunities for Canadian and BC businesses to grow, innovate, and attract talent in an increasingly complex world.
  • When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:45 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel – Waterfront Ballroom – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Chef Meets Truck 2018

Chef Meets Truck


  • What: Chef Meets Truck serves up grub made by local restaurant chefs and food truck collabs. A ticket to this shindig costs $69 and it gets you access to all the food along with wine, beer, and cocktail tasters. Patrons can head to the intersection of Hamilton an Nelson and get in on the epic eats at this event presented by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia.
  • When: Tuesday, June 12, 2019
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Intersection of Hamilton an Nelson (Yaletown)
  • Tickets: $69; buy online

SongBird North

  • What: Variety is par for the course with Vancouver’s longest-running songwriters’ showcase, where listeners can expect to discover talented artists who are new to them, and hear familiar voices in a different way. Featuring Michelle Creber (Vancouver), John Wort Hannam (Alberta), and Christopher Ward (LA / Toronto).
  • When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$18

Suburbia Takes on Main Street

  • What: Join Michelle Kim (Running Through Sprinklers), Charlie Demers (Property Values), and Sam Wiebe (Cut You Down) for readings and conversation with three local authors who’ve found inspiration east of Boundary Road.
  • When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm
  • Where: Book Warehouse Main Street 4118 Main St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Free Yoga in the Park


City of Port Moody

  • What: A Hatha Yoga style class designed for all levels of fitness. Bring a mat, water bottle, and towel. Classes are held weather permitting and advance registration is required.
  • When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Women in Tech Week – BCIT Luncheon

  • What: Network and lunch with Vancouver Women in Tech Week. Featuring panels on Future Face of Tech, C-Suite Luncheon, and Innovation, as well as door prizes.
  • When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Where: BCIT Downtown Campus – 55 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$300

Vancouver Quidditch League


Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com

  • What: Yes, you too can catch that Golden Snitch, as part of the Vancouver Quidditch League (VQL). The sessions are open to anybody ages 16+ and no previous experience needed. The league runs until August 8, and there will be drop-in sessions all summer.
  • When: Alternating Tuesdays (Central Park in Burnaby) and Wednesdays (Connaught Park in Vancouver) until August 8, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Central Park in Burnaby and Connaught Park in Vancouver
  • Admission: Online $2 per session, more info

Pies of Summer

  • What: Bake the best pies with the most flavourful fruits of the summer! The recipes demonstrated are Tomato Tarte Tatin, Peach and Strawberry Lattice Pie, and a Mini Blueberry Pie you’ll make yourself to take home. One glass of wine included.
  • When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Uncommon Cafe, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $69; buy via Eventbrite

L’Abattoir Guest Chef Dinner: ‘From Australia to Canada’s Rocky Mountains and West Coast’

  • What: L’Abattoir chef and owner Lee Cooper will host Australian chef Mark Best (San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants), alongside Calgary-based chef Darren MacLean of Shokunin for a spectacular six-course dinner with wine pairings on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 pm. The guest chef dinner will be held in L’Abattoir’s private room, tucked away in a refurbished 19th-century brick-and-beam heritage building located behind the main dining room.
  • When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $200; to reserve call 1-800-656-0173 or buy online

Tigers Be Still

  • What: Tigers Be Still is a comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who recently earned her master’s degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope.
  • When: Wednesday, June 13 to Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15


  • What: Enjoy mouth-watering gourmet bites prepared by some of BC’s most renowned chefs and restaurants from the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver, paired with a selection of fine wines from Oliver’s Golden Mile Bench. The event includes an exclusive viewing of Science World’s newest feature exhibition The Science Behind Pixar, a battle for the Best Dish, food and wine pairing demos, a silent auction, a charitable tax receipt for $50 and fun, hands-on Science World activities. In support of Science World’s Super Science Club.
  • When: Wednesday, June 13
  • Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $125

Thursday, June 14, 2018


  • What: Chicago rapper CupcakKe brings her brazen and unapologetic verses to Fortune Sound Club with support from Softieshan, My!Gay!Husband!, and Prado.
  • When: Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $17.50

Hands-On Scientist – Smarty Plants

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Kanaka Creek Regional Park (JamesChen / Shutterstock)

  • What: Delve into the secret lives of park plants and wildlife as local scientists share presentations and research techniques then guide a walk to investigate the topic of choice. Learn the basics of BC plant identification. Hear about the threats native plants face and how you can help keep our wild spaces healthy.
  • When: Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per youth/adult 65+. Registration required: 604-432-6359

Elevate Vancouver

  • What: A full day of Microsoft Dynamics GP and NAV training, demos, guided walk-throughs, third-party solutions, access to resources, networking, and more.
  • When: Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Time: 8 am to 5:30 pm
  • Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront – 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $185-$235

Eat. Drink. Play.

  • What: Created to highlight the foodie revolution happening in the Firehall’s own backyard, EAT. DRINK. PLAY. pairs live performance with an incredible assortment of the best food and drink the neighbourhood has to offer. There will be craft beer samples from area breweries, curious collaborative cocktails from Odd Society Spirits & Hoochy ‘Booch Kombucha, wine sampling from AmoVino Distributors Ltd., signatures samples from more than a dozen of the neighbourhood’s hottest restaurants, a silent auction, and more.
  • When: Thursday, June 14, 2018 
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$49

Anza Live Community Showcase 3rd Edition

  • What: Anza Live features 10 participants vying for prizes, based on performances, talent, and professionalism. The grand prize gives the choice of either the Marketing Package or the Artist Development Package from Nimbus School of Recording & Media, the headlining slot at the following Anza Live event in November and a radio spot on Pacific Sound Radio.
  • When: Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: AnzaClub Vancouver – 3 West 8th Ave, Vancouver
  • Admission: By donation


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Arts Club / Facebook

  • What: A Dublin street musician is struggling through heartbreak and frustrated with his songs when he chances upon a girl who challenges him to go for his dream. With a company of actors who all play instruments onstage, this theatrically breathtaking musical is a captivating love song, a foot-stomping melody, and a bittersweet duet.
  • When: Thursday, June 14 to Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Granville Island Stage – 1585 Johnston St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Dan Quinn

  • What: Dan Quinn is founder and member of the hugely popular Snowed In Comedy Tour. He is the winner of The Canadian comedy competition at Just for Laughs, and was chosen Best of the Fest at Moncton Comedy festival and Vancouver Comedy Festival. He has been seen on CBC, CTV and the Comedy Network and heard on XM Radio.
  • When: Thursday, June 14 to Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: the Comedy MIX – 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Friday, June 15, 2018

BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival

BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival

Image: BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival / Facebook

  • What: Enjoy festival bands, dancers, entertainers, whisky tastings and more at the 2018 BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival.
  • When: Friday, June 15 to Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Percy Perry Stadium – 331 Leroy Street, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $5-$35. Children under six are free

Nikita Afonso

  • What: Nikita Afonso is the winner of Best New Talent at the International Portuguese Music Awards (2017), and MTV Cover of the Month (February 2017). She has entertained audiences from intimate settings to regional music concerts such as opening for Paul Brandt and singing with Keith Urban. Featuring special guests Taylor-Rae & The Backseat Drivers, Stetson Road, and Antoinette Libelt.
  • When: Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Railway Stage & Beer Café – 579 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Eastside Flea ICONS Vintage Market

  • What: Eastside Flea’s infamous vintage market is back, featuring heavily curated vendors, all female vinyl Deejays, flash tattoos, food truck, drink specials, and the best vintage in town.
  • When: Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $3

Camelot: The Musical

  • What: A musical take on the age-old story of King Arthur, a man with big dreams, featuring the beautiful music of Alan Jay Lerner and Fredrick Loewe. Presented by Deep Cove Stage Society.
  • When: Now to Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: 4360 Gallant Road, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Jeff Ladouceur: Pearl Path


Image: Jeff Ladouceur

  • What: A new exhibit by Jeff Ladouceur, a prominent figure within Canada’s tradition of contemporary drawing.
  • When: Friday, June 15 to Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Sebastian Bach

  • What: Sebastian Bach is recognized globally as a vocalist, television star, and actor. Bach hit the spotlight in the late 1980’s as the iconic frontman for mainstream heavy metal / hard rock act Skid Row. Bach’s most recent album, Give ‘Em Hell, landed on the U.S. Top Hard Rock and Top 200 Billboard charts.
  • When: Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

WFF Women on Top Keynote Luncheon Series

  • What: Women on Top, an original Whistler Film Festival (WFF) event, returns on June 15 in Vancouver with Academy-Award winning actor Geena Davis. Hear Davis celebrate sisterhood and share why and how being cast in Thelma & Louise changed her life and spurred her into creating a women’s empowerment non-profit and becoming a lifelong advocate for women’s equality in media.
  • When: Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • Where: The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online
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