27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: June 21 to 23

May 26 2019, 7:44 am

Summer has officially arrived! Kick things off with these these 27 events happening in Vancouver on Friday, June 21, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23. National Indigenous Peoples Day, Wu-Tang Clan, and more!

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

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Friday, June 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day at Trout Lake

What: Celebrate National Indigenous Day at Trout Lake with a community-based, full day of events set to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous people across Canada. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people gather to share their spirit, experiences, stories, songs, and other activities with the general community – with a whole day of entertainment, activities, and fun planned for the whole family. Everyone welcome.

When: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 9 am to 12 pm (Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society), 12 to 5 pm (Trout Lake)
Where: Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society – 1607 E Hastings St, Vancouver; Trout Lake at John Hendry Park – 3300 Victoria Drive
Admission: Free


What: Grammy-Award winning superstar Shaggy bring his Wah Gwaan?! Tour to River Rock Casino.

When: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: River Rock Casino Resort  – 8811 River Rd, Richmond
Tickets: Online

National Indigenous People’s Day: Community Paddle and Feast

What: Celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day in a canoe or watch from the pier as Ta-ah Amy George and Cultural Leader Charlene Aleck lead a water blessing ceremony for the Burrard Inlet. Hear the different songs and witness the traditional ocean-going canoes from neighbouring First Nations. Share in a community feast, and enjoy live entertainment and a giveaway.

When: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival

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The 2018 Concord Dragon Boat Festival in East False Creek, Vancouver. (Shutterstock)

What: North America’s flagship dragon boat festival returns to Vancouver. Kick start your summer with three days of free live music concerts and the continent’s best racing all on BC’s biggest outdoor patio. Discover entertainment and cultural performances for all ages at Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and False Creek.

When: Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and False Creek
Admission: Free

National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

What: This event brings together First Nations, Metis and Inuit families through a celebration of the culture and traditions of Indigenous PeopleSurrey’s National Indigenous Peoples Day includes traditional games, crafts, activities and sports; traditional and non-traditional food sampling; cultural sharings, conversation and stage performances; and a variety of exhibitors offering health and wellness opportunities to the community

When: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 3 to 8 pm
Where: Holland Park – 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
Admission: Free

Imperial Series

What: Coastal Jazz & Blues Society has announced the Imperial Series, which is a series of performances taking place at The Imperial at 319 Main Street during the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The full lineup during the Imperial Series will include a number of performers, including The Comet Is Coming on June 21, Jonathan Wilson with guest Ben Rogers on June 22, The Suffers on June 24, Makaya McCraven with guests Eli Davidovici’s Shapes on June 26, Thus Owls, Jo Passed, and Unnatural Ways featuring Ava Mendoza on June 27, Anteloper, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, and Gordon Grdina’s Haram on June 29, and Jacob Collier on June 30.

When: June 21, June 22, June 24, June 26, June 27, June 29, and June 30, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street
Tickets: Available online from $25

Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival 2019

Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival 2019

What: Now in its 30th year, the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver (Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival) is one of the most important cultural and musical francophone events in Western Canada and has taken place every June since its inception in 1990.

At the festival, experience more than a week of concerts where thousands of people will come together to hear artists from across Canada and around the world. You don’t have to be a Francophone enthusiast to attend, eithe

When: Now to Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Saturday, June 22

Dog Days of Summer at Hastings Racecourse


What: The Dog Days of Summer series is returning to Hastings Racecourse. On the weekend of June 22 and 23 are the heartwarming Corgi Races. Last year, we saw the inaugural corgi races bring adorable (and hysterical) moments to the North Renfrew race track, with four-legged athletes competing for the “Top Corgi” prize. On the weekend of July 13 and 14, you can take in all of the action at the iconic Wiener Dog Races at Hastings Racecourse. Enjoy a pack of incredibly excited Dachshunds racing.

When: June 22 and 23, and July 13 and 14
Time: Various times
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Price: FREE admission

East Side Pride 2019

What: Celebrate Pride at the annual free and all-ages East Side Pride Festival. Take in an array of diverse performances, visit the Community Market with over 30 vendors and Community Partners, and grab a bite to eat at a food truck. East Side Pride is directly beside a large playground and mini water park, and features several activities for children. Families welcome.

East Side Pride is also partnering with Saige Community Food Bank who will be firing up the grill and dishing out veggie and meat hot dogs at affordable prices – all proceeds support Saige Community Food Bank. Visit their bbq, play games for a chance to win prizes, learn how you can access resources year-round, and support Saige.

When: June 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Grandview Park – 1657 Charles Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society Open House

What: Free fun for the whole family. Tour PADS’ training facility, watch assistance dog demonstrations, and meet the PADS Puppies. Plus enjoy the BBQ lunch and meet the guest speakers Assistance dogs welcome. Please no pets.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Pacific Assistance Dogs Society – 9048 Stormont Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Terminal City Roller Derby Seawall Brawl

What: Come celebrate summer in Vancouver and watch Team Terminal City take on the Smokin’ Laces at this free outdoor bout! There will be beach blanket bleachers and a lawn chair penalty box. Whistle at 10:30 am. Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen and smiles.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Sunset Beach Seawall, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Newfoundland Kitchen Party

What: Experience a traditional East Coast style lobster dinner without leaving the West Coast. Traditional maritime music will be performed by the band the Navvies. Beers from local breweries will be available for purchase and coolers for those that do not like beer. There will also be hot dog dinners for guests that do not want a lobster.

When: Saturday, June 22
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Port Moody Station Museum – 2734 Murray St., Port Moody,
Tickets: Lobster Dinner $50, Hot Dog Dinner $20. For tickets call 604 939-1648 or email [email protected]

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

What: Thousands of people visit the Scandinavian Community Centre every year to celebrate the traditions and festivities of Scandinavian Midsummer. In 2019, it will be the 24th time a Midsummer Festival is held, with fun-filled activities, living history and non-stop entertainment for the whole family.

When: Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 10 am to 11 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre – 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby
Tickets: $10, free for children under 16

Undertones of Green: Paintings by June Yun

What: An exhibition of Undertones of Green: Paintings by June Yun at Lipont Place. Free admission with artworks available for purchase.

When: Saturday, June 22 to Friday, July 19, 2019
Times: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday to Fridays), weekend by appointments
Where: Lipont Place – 4211 Number 3 Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Park Play Palooza

City of Surrey

What: Since 2006, Park Play Palooza is the annual kick-off event for Surrey’s free Park Play drop-in summer program for kids. Dance to live entertainment by the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, watch a dazzling magic show at 12 pm. play games, meet the Park Play staff and friendly bird mascot, Pip, and more. Plus get your Park Play summer passport and enter the prize draw.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Francis Park – 15951 83 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Cloverdale Market Days

What: One of the largest open-air markets in the Fraser Valley showcasing unique items from local BC Artisans and treasures from downtown Cloverdale merchants. With Cloverdale Market Days featuring more than 120 vendors as well as live entertainment and food trucks, you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family.

When: June 22, July 27, Aug 24, September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 176 Street between 56A and 58 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

NOSH Foodie Fest

What: NOSH Foodie Fest is a weekly, food-centric event taking place in the parking lot at Capilano Mall every Saturday in June. This free to attend event centered around food truck-hopping will tempt one’s taste buds, fill one’s belly, and no doubt put all foodies into a legit food coma. Rounding out the tantalizing event menu will be other activities including the “PB & Jam” DJ Booth and “There’s A Little Something On Your Face” Face Painting Station.

When: June 22 and June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Capilano Mall – 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

What: Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo is an all-ages licensed event that celebrates everything retro gaming. Shop the vendor hall, take part in tournaments, meet special guests, plus enjoy music, panels, gaming, and more all day.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
Tickets: At vancouvergamingexpo.com or in-person at Game Deals Video Games

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids

What: Vancouver Whitecaps face off with the Colorado Rapids at BC Place in MLS action.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

We Are the Body

What: Inspired by the life and faith of Richard Wurmbrand, We Are the Body follows the stories of Elsie, Micah and Richard, three prisoners of conscience confined in a Soviet jail in post-war Romania. As they communicate through the walls of their cells via Morse code, memories of the past and visions for the future provide temporary relief from the brutal reality of their existence, yet force them to question what they truly believe. An abridged version of Canadian playwright Andrew Kooman’s script, produced by Pacific Theatre apprentice Kira Fondse, and directed by Mikayla Wust. Presented in association with Pacific Theatre as part of the Stone’s Throw Festival Apprentice Series.

When: Now to Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver,
Tickets: Online

Sunday, June 23

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan (Coastal Jazz & Blues)

What: This summer, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan will be coming to Vancouver for a concert as part of the 34th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The festival takes place from June 21 to July 1, 2019, at multiple venues across the city. The Wu-Tang Clan first entered the music scene 25 years ago, quickly becoming recognized for their diverse personalities and talents. They went on to sell more than 40 million albums worldwide, as well as have a handful of albums go platinum.

When: Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available to the general public on Friday, May 3 at 10 am, starting at $69

Terri Clark

What: With over 5 million albums sold, and induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and three-time JUNO Award winner, Terri Clark also holds the honor of being the only Canadian female member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. She has been named CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year five times and has taken home eight CCMA Fan’s Choice Awards; in total, Terri has had the honor of receiving 19 CCMA Awards.

When: Sunday, July 23, 2019
Time: 5 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Greek Day on Broadway 2019

What: This event is the largest one day Greek festival in Vancouver and it attracts more than 100,000 people every year. This year it’s taking place on June 23 in a five-block stretch from McDonald to Blenheim Street.

When: June 23, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: MacDonald to Blenheim Street (Kitsilano), Vancouver
Admission: Free

Ladner Village Market

What: The Ladner Village Market takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. It’s a phenomenal market, with live music, tons of vendors, and much to see and taste.

When: June 23; July 14 and July 28; August 11 and August 25; September 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
Admission: Free

Vancouver Rock N’ Gem Show

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Precious Gems (Anna Soelberg/Shutterstock)

What: Silver Cove’s Rock n’ Gem Show Vancouver is taking over the Hillcrest Centre for the ultimate gem and mineral experience. Check out crystals, minerals, fossils, gemstones, cabochons, jewelry, beads, specimens, home décor and more.

When: Now to Sunday, June 23, 2019
Time: 10 am to 8 pm (Friday and Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Hillcrest Centre – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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 Friday, June 28, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: The Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver; Sum gallery – 268 Keefer St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Westbank Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series 2019

What: There are more than a dozen vendors this year at Westbank’s second annual Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series and the roster includes notable brands in food, health, and fashion. The container will showcase one vendor at a time and hours will vary by retailer, so be sure to check their social channels and get all the details.

When: Daily from now to September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (may vary by vendor)
Where: Shaw Tower – West Plaza, 1067 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vallea Lumina

What: Vallea Lumina the interactive experience is presented by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” Through the use of emotive lights, video, soundscape, and scenography, guests are “transported” to another world with opportunities to touch, play, and explore their new environment.

When: Now to October 13, 2019
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
Tickets: Online, Adults: $39.99, Kids $34.99

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time

What: This unique exhibition is focused on the art of Alberto Giacometti, renowned in the twentieth century for his sculpture, painting, drawing and design. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to examine the breadth of his practice and to see Giacometti’s place among his contemporaries in Paris and London in the post-war period.

In addition to Giacometti, featured artists include Francis Bacon, César, Lynn Chadwick, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Elisabeth Frink, Henri Michaux, Eduardo Paolozzi, Isabel Rawsthorne, Man Ray, Germaine Richier, Jean-Paul Riopelle and William Turnbull, among others.

When: Now to Sunday, September 29, 2019
Time: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market now takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday from May through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.

When: Every Sunday from now to October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
Admission: Free

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