27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: June 15 to 17

Jun 12 2018, 12:52 am

The last weekend of Spring has arrived, so let’s make the most of it! Check out our list of 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17! Enjoy Car Free Day, Father’s Day, and more.

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018

BC Lions vs Montreal Alouettes

bc lions

Image: CFL / Twitter

  • What: BC Lions kick off their 2018 season against Montreal Alouettes at BC Place.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Kevin Hart

  • What: One of comedy’s biggest stars, Hart has been going non-stop since his career first began. Along with this year’s tour, Hart’s memoir I Can’t Make This Up debuted at Number One on the New York Times Bestseller list and remained there for ten consecutive weeks. Hart voiced a lead character in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. He also appeared in the Sony reboot of the classic film Jumanji with Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6 pm, show at 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: via LiveNation

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: Saturday, June 16 to Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Surrey Fest Downtown

  • What: Surrey Fest Downtown (originally known as the Whalley Community Festival) promotes and celebrates community pride through a day of fun and entertainment for all ages while providing a venue for groups and organizations to inform the community of their services. As many as 4,000 people visit the festival each year to view the exhibits and enjoy food and live entertainment.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Rd, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

40th Annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival

  • What: Join the British Columbia Kitefliers Association for two days of kite flying at Garry Point Park in Richmond. Enjoy individual and team kite demonstrations, Rokkaku kite battles, teddy bear and candy drops, kite flying demonstrations, and more. Children can make their own kite at the Children’s Kite Making Workshop. Rain or shine.
  • When: Saturday, June 16 to Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Ave, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Burnaby Chalk Art Experience

  • What: Watch local and international street painters create masterful chalk art as they transform the pavement into a colourful gallery. Also featuring a performance by  Bobs and Lolo. Rain or Shine.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex – 6550 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Official Shambhala Vancouver Pre Party

Crowds at the Shambhala Music Festival. (Shambhala Music Festival)

  • What: The Official Shambhala Music Festival Pre Party for Vancouver at SUBculture Saturdays. Featuring a lineup of five artists playing this year’s festival: Mat the Alien, Bryx, Def3. Levrige, and Metafloor.
  • When: 
  • Time: 10:30 pm
  • Where: The Red Room – 398 Richards, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

West End Car Free Day 2018

  • What: New for this year, there will be four stages curated by newly-acquired partners. West End has partnered with Blueprint Entertainment, one of the largest lifestyle, concert, and event companies in Canada, as well as WE Arts, a non-profit arts and culture community.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 7 pm
  • Where: Denman Street from Robson to Davie
  • Admission: Free

Wonderful Water Creatures

  • What: Take a close look at the fantastic underwater realm of invertebrates and microbes in a pond and under a microscope.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where:  Campbell Valley Regional Park – meet at the pond – 20285 8th Ave, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Kitten Yoga

  • What: A handful of adorable kittens will be roaming around during your lesson to add some much-needed cuteness and bonus stress relief to your routine. All proceeds from this event will go to VOKRA – Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Yoga Spirit and Wellness, 5681 Goring Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: $50, available online

The Ultimate Sneaker Show Vancouver

  • What: In the market for a new pair of kicks? Dubbed the “premier sneaker event for all sneaker lovers, enthusiasts, and aficionados,” The Ultimate Sneaker Show is set to take over the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 16, 2018.
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 6 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place
  • TicketsOnline, $15.75 to $104

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Main Street Car-Free Day Festival 2018

  • What: Spread across 21 blocks with “mini-festivals” along the route, the event features numerous activities, as well as performances on 15 different stages, and a wide variety of food vendors. This year, there will be stage performances at the Biltmore Cabaret, skateboard demos and activities courtesy of Anti-Social Skateboards, and a street hockey tournament presented by Collingwood Community Police.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
  • Where: Main Street – Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Father’s Day at ‘The Nat’

Fathers Day

Image: Vancouver Canadians / Twitter

  • What: Vancouver Canadians annual Father’s Day catch is fun for the whole family. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring their own baseballs and gloves, as well as sport the traditional Canadians team colours of red and white.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

The SuperDad Show 2018

  • What: A special show in celebration of a special guy – your Dad. The SuperDad Show pokes fun at all the foibles and complexities of what it means to be a father today. Warning: The SuperDad Show may contain dad jokes.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: The Improv Comedy Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street
  • Price: $25 – Tickets available via VTSL

Father’s Day at Historic Stewart Farm

  • What: Take Dad out for a memorable date at Historic Stewart Farm. Bring the whole family for locomotive fun, featuring the Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club and their display model trains, train rides courtesy of the Pacific Trackless Trains, sack races with Dad on the lawn, baked treats made on the wood burning stove in the farmhouse kitchen, and more.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Father’s Day at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Celebrate a day out with Dad and the rest of the family at Burnaby Village Museum.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • More Info: Online

2nd Annual Rock for Autism

  • What: Enjoy 7 hours of pro-Rock and Roll to increase awareness and raise funds for adults with autism. Funds go to help train companies that hire persons on the ASD spectrum. Presented by Autism BC and Lindsay Music.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 8 pm
  • Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Bard on the Beach

  • What: Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the festival offers Shakespeare’s plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. The lineup this year includes As You Like ItMacbethTimon of Athens, and Lysistrata.
  • When: Now to Friday, September 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

FUBAR Roller Jam 2018

  • What: The return of the second FUBAR (Friends United Beyond All Race) Roller Jam, a charity event that sees proceeds benefit the BC & Yukon Make-A-Wish foundation. DJ Alibaba, DJ Dave, DJ Relik, Earl Da Pearl, DJ Jial 14, and the Table Tutors will all be on site, spinning old-school soul, funk, and R&B through the duration of the event. In addition to the skating and live music, the event will feature special performances, food vendors, face painting, prize draws, and 50/50 draws.
  • When: Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 6 pm
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: By donation, $10 minimum

Seafood Boil at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

  • What: Guests are invited to pull up a chair and tuck into a true, East Coast-inspired communal seafood spread piled high on butcher’s paper and served with all the fixings, including Boulevard’s signature bacon cornbread and sweet Beignets for dessert.
  • When: Sunday, June 17 and Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • When: 6 pm
  • Where: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $65; buy online

Surrey Greek Food Festival

  • What: The Surrey Greek Food Festival invites guests of all ages to celebrate Greek culture and experience Greek food. Featuring folk dancing representing various regions of Greece, and performances from around the world. Hosted by St. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church.
  • When: Now to Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: St. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church -13181 96 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free
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