35 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 18 to 22

Jun 12 2018, 12:53 am

Summer is just around the corner, and we’re here to help get you there! Here are 35 great events happening around Vancouver from Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22. Enjoy the Kitsilano Showboat, National Indigenous Peoples Day, and more.

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

Monday, June 18, 2018

International Picnic Day Picnic


City of Surrey / Facebook

  • What: Invite your friends and neighbours out to celebrate International Picnic Day at the new Forsyth Park. Jump in a bouncy castle, play mini golf, dance to the music of DJ Freshlee Cut, enjoy a free picnic in the park (while supplies last), and climb on the new natural playground.
  • When: Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Forsyth Park – 10635 140 St, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Mural Festival Directors + Curators Info Session

  • What: The early evening talk will feature new news from VMF Executive Director and Crew, as well as the four curators. There will be plenty of information to share and opportunities to pose questions and chat.
  • When: Monday, June 18th, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Sound Salutations: Yoga N Da Hood Fundraiser w/Ebony Smith + Tank Gyal

  • What: A special edition of Vancouver’s original sound-powered yoga experience with guest teacher Ebony Smith, founder of Yoga N Da Hood from Dallas, Texas.
  • When: Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, by donation

World Refugee Day: Standing Together

  • What: Hear first-hand experiences of refugees, learn about different programs and supports available in Surrey, make connections and strengthen the relationship between refugee and indigenous communities, and discover how you can support new families in the community. This event will include panel presentations and discussions, information tables, refreshments, and more.
  • When: Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 6 pm
  • Where: Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus – WestStone Group Grand Hall – 250-13450 102 Avenue, Surrey
  • Register: Online, Free

Kitsilano Showboat 2018 Season Opening Night

  • What: Opening night of Kitsilano Showboat’s 83rd season. Featuring music, dance ,and entertainment on the historic stage next to Kitsilano Pool.
  • When: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until August 18
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Kitsilano Showboat – 2300 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Ocean Matters – Return of the Sea Otter

A sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Gabriel Lam / Meimento)

  • What: In his newest book about rare wildlife, Todd McLeish journeys along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters. He will share stories of his adventures and outlines the natural history of these marine mammals. Todd will also share insights on how he came to write his new book, Return of the Sea Otter, and will sign copies.
  • When: Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

Will Stroet – Festival d’été francophone

  • What: Will Stroet, star of ”Will’s Jams” on CBC Kids, will present a show in French at the Norman Rothstein Theatre as part of the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver. Through songs and music, Will inspires kids from 0 to 10 years old to be active, healthy, creative, and engaged in the world.
  • When: Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Where: The Norman Rothstein Theatre – 950 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $5 for children, free for adults

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sunflower Bean

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Sunflower Bean / Fox Cabaret

  • What: New York rock band, Sunflower Bean is on tour to support their latest release, Twentytwo In Blue. Featuring special guests The Paranoyds.
  • When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

WIFTV Spotlight Awards Gala

  • What: Since 1999, the Women In Film and Television Spotlight Awards have annually honoured individuals in the B.C. film community. This year will celebrate 12 women who lead by example through their outstanding work, commitment, or contributions to advancing opportunities for women in screen-based media.
  • When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40-$50

RFG 2018 – Movie Night – KONELĪNE: Our Land Beautiful

  • What:A beautiful and thought-provoking cinematic experience, revealing the complexity of relationships with the wild lands of the northwest and the people who live and work there – the Tahltan, drillers, geologists, hunters and powerline workers. The movie will be followed by a discussion with Nettie Wild, the Vancouver-based filmmaker.
  • When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Reina Del Cid

  • What: After building a devoted online following as a solo artist, Del Cid teamed up with talented musicians Toni Lindgren, Zach Schmidt, and Andrew Foreman to develop a sophisticated sound with broad appeal. Their music has recently been featured in Paste Magazine, on NPR, and Baeble Music.
  • When: Tuesday, June 19, 2019
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Bez Arts Hub – 102 – 20230 64 Ave, Langley
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Lay of the Land

  • What: An annual soirée of erotic literary readings, curated this year by Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee), UBC Indigenous Professor and co-editor of Sovereign Erotics, the first and only published collection of Two-Spirit literary erotic writing.
  • When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Admission: Pay what you can

VINTAGE: A Celebration of Vancouver’s Top 30 Mom Bloggers

Hycroft Mansion at 1489 McRae Avenue in Shaughnessy. Today this is home to the University Women’s Club of Vancouver, but in 1924 it was the home of General AD McRae.

Hycroft Mansion

  • What: The announcement of Vancouver’s top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers. Presented by PDG Pediatric Dental Group and featuring a wine-tasting from the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association.
  • When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: The University Women’s Club of Vancouver At Hycroft – 1489 McRae Ave., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Selina Martin and Tom Holliston

  • What: An intimate night of solo performances and stories from indie musicians Selina Martin and Tom Holliston.
  • When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: LanaLou’s – 362 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Vancouver Canadians vs Everett Aquasox

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Image: Vancouver Canadians

  • What: The defending Northwest League champions Vancouver Canadians start their MIIB home season against the Everett Aquasox.
  • When: Wednesday, June 20 to Friday, June 22, 2018.
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver

Improv Against Humanity: Maple Madness at the Rio Theatre

  • What: In honour of Canada 151, The Fictionals and friends are celebrating an early Canada Day at The Rio Theatre on June 20 with Improv Against Humanity: Maple Madness. They’re breaking out the Canadian CAH cards for the live audience tournament, awarding sweet prizes, and holding a live brainstorming session for the next #IAHatRIO Expansion set.
  • When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Kill All Politicians

  • What:Vagrant Players Theatre Society presents the Canadian premiere of “Kill All Politicians” by Thomas Yungerberg. The award-winning, dark comedy is about two roommates in their late twenties who, fed up with the current political climate, decide to take matters into their own hands.
  • When: Wednesday, June 20 to Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20


  • What: Art and life become disturbingly interchangeable when a sculptor of baby dolls meets a woman desperate to recreate the past. This dark comedy takes an unsettling look at work, latex, loss, and the power of creation.
  • When: Wednesday, June 20 to Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Annex – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Girls Rock Camp Karaoke Fundraiser

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(Ink Drop / Shutterstock)

  • What: Croon your favourite tunes to help support Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, a project for female and non-binary youth ages 8-17. They provide young women and non-binary youth the opportunity to explore, access and create music with the guidance of positive mentors.
  • When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Admission: Suggested donation $10, no one turned away.

Edible Wall and Fence Gardens

  • What: Learn which vertical gardening methods are most suitable for edibles, while taking into consideration challenges with sun, wind, soil and irrigation. Discover some of the most suitable types and combinations of vegetables and herbs for your location and taste.
  • When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Member $40.50 / Non-member $45

Tuning In: Trends on Millennials, Masculinity & Gender Equality

  • What: YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Annual General Meeting features Shachi Kurl, Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, delivering a keynote that will examine trends on millennials, masculinity and gender equality.
  • When: Wednesday, June 20
  • Time: 5:45 to 7 pm
  • Where: UBC Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Thursday, June 21, 2018

National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • What: A celebration of the unique cultural diversities of Indigenous Communities, through the engagement and inclusion of Local Land Based Nations and local service providers. A free community barbeque will take place from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm along with several traditional cultural activities and performances combined with outreach and engagement from a variety of service providers working with the Urban Indigenous population in Surrey.
  • When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 8 pm
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Family Board Game Night

  • What: Free family fun at Spirit Square. Enjoy an evening of board games and light refreshments. Borrow one from the games library, or bring your favourite ones from home.
  • When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Spirit Square – 3000 Burlington Drive, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Dylan Moran – Grumbling Mustard Canada Tour

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Dylan Moran / Facebook

  • What: Dylan Moran, star and co-writer of cult TV comedy, Black Books, returns to Canada on his Grumbling Mustard Tour.
  • When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $42

I Am Not A Girl

  • What: I Am Not A Girl is the story of Erica, born into a large family in the 1970’s who questions who she is, including her gender. The journey of self-discovery takes her through a world of drugs, lesbian encounters, failed relationships, and finally the revelation that Erica can transition to become fully male. With this promise and the incredible loving support of her Mother, Erica faces the gauntlet of the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual challenges of becoming Eric.
  • When: Thursday, June 21 to Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

UBC Botanical Garden Amphitheatre Summer Series – Dianna David

  • What: Dianna David is a unique storyteller, with their TedxTalk “Have the Balls to Follow Your Dreams” presentation inspiring people to follow their “Red Ball”. As their passions start rising, Dianna David’s Red Ball Movement is getting rolling for a world-wide tour for 2018-19.
  • When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: UBC Botanical Garden, Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre – 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $5.25-$9.45

Downtown Farmers’ Market

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  • What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly Hamilton Street welcomes vendors and farmers for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • When: Every Thursday to October 4, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Peggy Herring – Book Presentation and Reading

  • What: Author Peggy Herring talks about and reads from her new novel, Anna, Like Thunder.
  • When: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Included with paid museum admission.

Friday, June 22, 2018

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

  • What: The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is British Columbia’s biggest music and arts event with hundreds upon hundreds of musicians participating in over 300 concerts at 35 indoor and outdoor venues. Among this accessibility options are the 150 free concerts, which feature local, national and international artists, and take place throughout the city in locations like at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church, Ironworks Afternoon Sessions, Granville Island in the afternoons (and all day on Canada Day), and at several venues on the North Shore.
  • When: Friday, June 22 to Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues throughout the city
  • Tickets: Available online

Pacific Rim Basketball Classic


Image: Canada Basketball / Twitter

  • What:Canada’s senior men’s national team will face China in the Pacific Rim Basketball Classic. Canada’s roster will feature some of the country’s biggest and brightest stars, including players playing professionally in the NBA, NBA G League and several of the top professional leagues overseas.
  • When: Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, starting at $20

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival

  • What: Community, culture, and competition, all in one boat. That’s the name of the game during the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival. The event features three days of music, activities, and world-class racing. This year, the festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary and everyone is invited to come check out the festivities.
  • When: Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek
  • Admission: Free

Indigenous Opportunities Forum 2018

  • What: The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s 8th annual Indigenous Opportunities Forum will explore the important role that Indigenous peoples play in British Columbia’s economy. This year’s theme is Creating Balance, with a focus on partnerships, procurement and progress. The forum will feature case studies of businesses and Indigenous communities working collaboratively for mutual prosperity and progression.
  • When: Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 am
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – BC Ballroom – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $179-$229

Hart House Long Table Dinner

  • What: Guests will gather around a shared long table to join an al fresco dinner paired with wines from the Okanagan Valley’s LaStella Winery.
  • When: Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Hart House Restaurant – 6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $139

Playland Nights


Playland at night / Facebook

  • What: Playland Nights features multiple bars, several DJs, live performances, and VIP experiences. New for this year, attendees can check out a brand-new Virtual Reality racing experience, as well as burlesque shows featuring nostalgic carnival glamour, and atmospheric entertainment throughout the park. This year, Playland Nights is introducing a VIP ticket option to provide exclusive benefits for discerning guests looking for an elevated experience.
  • When: Every Friday, from June 22 to July 27, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm to midnight
  • Where: Playland Amusement Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $31 online/in advance until 5 pm on the day of the event $34 onsite, day-of. VIP tickets available for $81 online/in advance until 5 pm on the day of the event, or for $84 onsite, the day-of.

12 North Sports Classic

  • What: The 12 North Sports Classic brings together celebrities and professional athletes from various sports to British Columbia every summer for a series of unique, fun events. The event raises funds and awareness for local causes, expose and inspire youth to be active and participate in sports, while showcasing British Columbia’s scenery and culture.
  • When: Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Redwoods Golf Course – 22011 88 Ave, Langley Township
  • Tickets: Online, $40
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