35 things to do in Vancouver this week: June 25 to 29

Jun 13 2018, 7:18 am

The sun is shining and Vancouver is filled with great events this week! Here are 35 things to do around Vancouver from Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29. TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Harry Jerome International Track Classic, and more.

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

Monday, June 25, 2018

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

Let’s Hear It For Yaletown/Yaletown BIA

  • What: One of Vancouver’s favourite neighbourhoods is about to get a whole lot more musical. Yaletown Business Improvement Association (BIA) is hosting its annual Let’s Hear It For Yaletown jazz festival at Bill Curtis Square. Curated by Vancity Hot Jazz Society, the free outdoor concerts will feature lunchtime and after work jazz, so you can take a stroll by whenever it suits you.
  • When: Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 1 pm and 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Bill Curtis Square (behind the Canada Line Station)
  • Admission: Free


  • What: Bonobo’s rise has been stealthy but unstoppable, and Si Green, the man behind it all, is now one of the biggest electronic artists of our time. His place in the pantheon was cemented further by two 2018 Grammy nominations.
  • When: Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $34-$50

Italian Card Games Classes

  • What: Learn the traditional card games that everybody plays in Italy in this series of four classes. Those who pre-register to all classes will receive a free deck of Italian cards.
  • When: Every Monday to Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$35

Michelle’s – A Night of Improv Comedy & Elegance

  • What: Join the cast and crew of the new web series “Michelle’s – a Canadian Soap Opera” for a fundraiser featuring a cheesecake bar, silent auction, cocktails, and comedy.
  • When: Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Improv Comedy Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street
  • Price: $25 – Tickets available via VTSL

Jerry Granelli feat Robben Ford, Bob Lanzetti, J.Anthony Granelli & Horns

  • What: A dynamic force in jazz and improvisation for 60 years, Halifax-based drummer Jerry Granelli is a national treasure who’s played with Ornette Coleman, Sly Stone, and Vince Guaraldi.
  • When: Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 11 pm
  • Where: Performance Works —1218 Cartwright St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, from $28

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

Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee Echo Painting/TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

  • What: Composer and cellist Peggy Lee creates artful music and she’s going to be joined by Vancouver’s most active and interesting improvisers for Echo Painting on June 25, where together, they’ll draw connections between generations of creative musicians in the city.
  • When: Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: The Ironworks – 235 Alexander Street
  • Price: $23 – Tickets available via Coastal Jazz

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

Image: Canadian Olympic Committee

  • What: 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic and to celebrate, the race will be held over two days for the first time. The expanded format of Canada’s longest-running track meet will see the annual event be held in conjunction with the Team Sprint Challenge, a ten-event dual meet between the fastest sprinters from Canada and China.
  • When: Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online

Dave King Trucking Company

  • What: King is known as a “wonderfully aggressive, disruptive, driving drummer” who melds jazz percussion with his love of rock music.
  • When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 9 pm, show at 9:30 pm
  • Where: The Ironworks—235 Alexander Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, from $23

I Am Not A Girl

  • What: I Am Not A Girl is the story of Erica, born into a large family in the 1970s 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: Now to Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

The Temporal Drum Set

  • What: This performance will investigate real and imagined percussion sounds beyond the hearing spectrum.
  • When: Tuesday, June 26 to Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times, check website for detail
  • Where: Western Front—303 E 8th, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, from $10-$15

Sons of Kemet plus Missy D

  • What: Sons of Kemet is led by UK saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings to create a unique sound. The band has been known to blur the lines between genres, with music that can be classified as everything from rock to jazz to Afrofuturist.
  • When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online, $23

Vancouver Canadians vs Tri-City Dust Devils

Vancouver Canadians

Vancouver Canadians/Twitter

  • What: Vancouver Canadians take on the Tri-City Dust Devils in MiLB action at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • When: Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28, 2018.
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Freaks and Geeks Night! A #SavetheRio Fundraiser at the Rio

  • What: Get ready to #SavetheRio with a special screening of the upcoming Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, featuring a live Sype Q&A with the film’s director Brent Hodge, a special pre-recorded message from Seth Rogan, and more surprises.
  • When: Tuesday, June 27, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Mary Margaret O’Hara & Peggy Lee: Beautiful Tool

  • What: Vocalist Mary Margaret O’Hara and cellist Peggy Lee join forces for ‘Beautiful Tool,’ a wide-ranging collaboration of incredible vocals and jazz sounds. Now you have the chance to see this extraordinary show live at Granville Island’s Performance Works.
  • When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street
  • Price: $28 – Tickets available via Coastal Jazz

Ritchie Bros. Financial Services Hiring Fair

Team photo/Ritchie Bros. Financial Services

  • What: One of BC’s Top Employers for 2018, Ritchie Bros. Financial Services (RBFS), is now hiring. The firm is seeking account managers and they’re hosting a sales hiring fair on Wednesday, June 27 at their BC headquarters in Burnaby. The Financial Services team specializes in equipment financing solutions for construction, transportation, agriculture, and other industries.
  • When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
  • Time: 9 am (arrival time 8:30 am)
  • Where: Ritchie Bros BC Headquarters – 9500 Glenlyon Parkway, Burnaby
  • Register: Online


  • What: Singer Genevieve Artadi and drummer/producer Louis Cole are the duo behind funky and futuristic KNOWER. Their “live band house sesh” video amassed 3.5 million views in one week so you’ll want to see their Vancouver concert with Kai Basanta during this year’s Jazz Festival.
  • When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street
  • Price: $23 – Tickets available via Coastal Jazz

Kizuna: Japanese Culture

  • What: A weekly, seminar-style course at Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre that discusses Japanese culture – what it is, and what we could learn from the past and present for our future Kizuna. June 27’s session is a look at poetry.
  • When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • Time: 2 to4 pm
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Gentle Yoga in the Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden / Facebook

  • What: Taking a stroll through VanDusen Gardens is a serene experience, but now you can say “namaste” amongst the flowers as you stretch your way to relaxation. Led by Nadine Spitteler.
  • When: Every Wednesday until August 22
  • Time: 10:15 am
  • Where: VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Member $18,  Non-member $20, First class is free

Rooftop Gardening Sessions

  • What: Learn about how to garden in your community at Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s rooftop gardening sessions. The event is free, tools are provided, and the event is accessible for all.
  • When: Every Wednesday
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Collingwood Neighbourhood House – 5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

ACAM 390: The Heritage of Chinese Migration Community Showcase

  • What: UBC’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program presents four student research projects produced in ACAM 390: The Heritage of Chinese Migration. The projects cover a range of topics related to Chinese migration, with a focus on food, public space, and intangible heritage.
  • When: Wednesday, June 27
  • Time: 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Collective Soul

June 28

Collective Soul / Facebook

  • What: Born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-platinum quintet has been making music for two decades since then and has a catalogue of #1 hits under their belts. Featuring special guests The Static Shift.
  • When: Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm / Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

BC Business Top 100 – An Afternoon with Ian Telfer

  • What: BC Business marks the release of the Top 100 issue, the definitive list of BC’s largest companies. Featuring special guest Ian Telfer, who will recount his journey building Vancouver-based Goldcorp into one of the world’s largest gold mining companies.
  • When: Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

Queer Arts Festival

  • What: An annual artist-run multi-disciplinary summer arts festival at the Roundhouse in Vancouver, BC. QAF produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring challenging, thought-provoking work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. Each year, the festival theme ties together a curated visual art exhibition, performing arts series, workshops, artist talks, panels, and media art screenings.
  • When: Now to Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: Rusko presents a massive bass show at VENUE with support from Inkredamine and Jubnar.
  • When: Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Teen Quiz Night

  • What: Relax with friends and answer general interest questions to win prizes at Coquitlam Public Library’s annual Teen Quiz Night. For teams of 2 to 6 teens in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12.
  • When: Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: City Centre Branch, Rooms 136 and 137 -1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Register: Free. Contact librarian Chris Miller at [email protected] or 604-554-7339

Macy Gray

Macy Gray/TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

  • What: Macy Gray’s debut album On How Life Is peaked in the fourth spot on Billboard’s Top 200 back in 1999. Renowned for her raspy, soulful vocals, Gray will be performing classic tracks like ‘I Try’ and ‘Love Is Gonna Get You’ at her Vancouver International Jazz Festival concert.
  • When: Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre –  630 Hamilton Street 
  • Price: Starting at $50 – tickets available via Coastal Jazz

Moor Mother

  • What: Philadelphia musician, poet, and visual artist Camae Ayewa is politically charged and her debut album Fetish Bones made it to many year-end lists from NoisyRolling StoneSpin, and Pitchfork. You don’t want to miss her performance at The Ironworks.
  • When: Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: The Ironworks –  235 Alexander Street
  • Price: $23 – Tickets available via Coastal Jazz

Friday, June 29, 2018

Golden Spike Days Festival

Golden Spike Days Festival

Image: 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 29 to Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: By donation

Wild Rumpus Adult Summer Camp

  • What: The Wild Rumpus ensures you will get the full camp experience, including boating to an island, bunking in cabins, eating in a dining hall, zip lining, kayaking, slip and slide kickball, and much more to keep you entertained all weekend. Of course, there is an adult twist with themed parties, music, and plenty of adult beverages.
  • When: Friday, June 29 to Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Where: Gambier Island, BC
  • Tickets: $485, click here for registration details.

Bill Clinton

  • What: Former president Bill Clinton is coming to Vancouver this summer, as part of his latest book tour to discuss his forthcoming fictional novel, The President is MissingClinton’s Vancouver appearance is one of just two Canadian city stops on his tour, the other city being Toronto a week earlier. In writing The President is Missing, Clinton collaborated with author James Patterson and this novel marks the first time a president has collaborated with a bestselling novelist on a work of fiction.
  • When: Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: 4:05 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online


  • 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: Now to Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Granville Island Stage – 1585 Johnston St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Beaver Wetland Paddle


Burnaby Lake (JamesChen / Shutterstock)

  • What: Join a leisurely paddle to the headwater of the Brunette River. Enjoy the sunset and watch for beavers and other wildlife.
  • When: Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • Admission: $21.25 per youth/adult/adult 65+. Registration required: 604-432-6359

Sick Boss

  • What: A band straight out of Vancouver, Sick Boss puts together the sax, drums, bass, trumpet, and FX for their own unique and unforgettable sound.
  • When: Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: (Drip Audio Night) The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online, $23


  • 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: Now to Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Annex – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online
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