15 fantastic things to do in Vancouver this weekend: June 24 to 26

Jun 23 2022, 2:00 pm

How is it already the last weekend of June?!

Time flies when you’re having fun and we’re here to help you have the most with our checklist of 15 great events around Vancouver from June 24 to 26. City Centre Block Party, VIMFF Summer Fest, and more!

Vancouver Mural Fest’s City Centre Block Party

Vancouver Mural Festival Public Disco (Gabriel Martins)

Vancouver Mural Festival Public Disco (Gabriel Martins/vanmuralfest.ca)

What: An iconic Mount Pleasant motel is being transformed into a community space for art and social connection in Vancouver, and a huge block party is planned for its official opening weekend.

Vancouver Mural Fest’s City Centre Block Party, happening on June 25 and 26 at the City Centre Motor Hotel building at 2111 Main Street, features a lineup of free entertainment and activities, food trucks, an artist showcase, and more.

When: June 25 and 26, 2022
Time: 2 to 10 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: City Centre – 2111 Main Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2022

What: The continent’s largest dragon boat festival includes the highly anticipated international dragon boat races on False Creek and free concerts and cultural programming on the 102.7 THE PEAK Main Stage.

The family-friendly event features performances by Vancouver indie rockers The Zolas, singer-songwriter Desirée Dawson, Squamish Nation performers Eagle Song Dancers, and Coast Salish song and dance group Coastal Wolf Pack.

When: June 24 to 26, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and False Creek, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Potion Putt

What: Potion Putt, a themed mini-putt golf course, will see you put your magic and golf skills to the test on a course that’s inspired by your favourite wizardly fantasies. The course features nine holes and you can purchase refreshments at the venue if all that golf makes you thirsty.

Plus, the space is family-friendly until 5 pm, after which point it becomes adults-only, so it’s a perfect pick for date night.

When: June 23 to August 7, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: from $18, purchase online

East Side Pride 2022

What: Vancouver Pride Society is kicking off Pride season this weekend in East Vancouver, and it promises to be a day of fun for the whole family.

East Side Pride, happening at Grandview Park on Saturday, June 25, is described by organizers as a “chill afternoon of community, artisans, and free entertainment.” The event will also feature children’s activities, live concerts, and a fundraiser BBQ.

When: June 25, 2022
11 am to 6 pm
 Grandview Park — 1657 Charles Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

BC Halal Food Fest

Taste of Malaysia

Taste of Malaysia/Submitted

What: This month will see British Columbia’s first-ever Halal Food Fest being held at Surrey Civic Plaza, with more than 30 halal food and drink vendors. There will also be fun activities for the whole family, including balloon artists, henna, face painting, a magician, and more.

Organizers hope the event will become an annual festival that will promote and educate British Columbians on the province’s many halal food options.

When: June 25, 2022
Time: 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Surrey Civic Plaza – 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

What: Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo is an annual all-ages event that celebrates everything about old-school video games. Shop the vendor hall, take part in tournaments, enjoy live music and panels, and more. And yes there will be video games to play!

When: June 25, 2022
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: $25, purchase online. Children under 10 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket).

Desert Plant Society Show and Sale

What: The Desert Plant Society of Vancouver is a group of “cactophiles” and its annual show and sale is coming up where you can check out a huge array of cacti, succulents, and other desert plants.

At the show, you could get a chance to talk to cactus lovers and learn more about desert plants and how to take care of them.

When: June 25 and 26, 2022
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday) 10 am to 3 pm (Sunday)
Where: Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden – 251 Oak Street, Vancouver

Greek Day on Broadway 2022

What: Greek Day on Broadway 2022, presented by the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC, will take place on Sunday, June 26 in a five-block stretch from McDonald to Blenheim Street. The beloved celebration will feature a world of authentic Greek food and beverages from local shops and vendors, so bring your appetite. There will be souvlaki, spanakopita, loukoumades, and more to choose from.

The event is the largest one-day Greek festival in Vancouver and it attracts more than 100,000 people every year.

When: June 26, 2022
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: MacDonald to Blenheim Street (Kitsilano), Vancouver
Admission: Free

36th Annual TD Vancouver Jazz Festival

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival


What: The 36th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is presenting over 700 artists in 200 performances at 19 venues across the city. Artists include three-time Grammy Award-winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, acclaimed instrumental trio GoGo Penguin, and more.

Jazz lovers will also want to check out the Innovation Series at The Ironworks, Roundhouse Performance Centre, and the North Shore Jazz Series throughout the festival, as well as over 60 free events throughout the 10-day event.

When: June 24 to July 3, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues across Vancouver
Tickets: Available online

TGS Pavilion Presented by Shaw at The Gaming Stadium

What: The Gaming Stadium and Shaw Communications are partnering to help video gamers of all ages start it off right.

The Richmond-based esports arena is hosting TGS Pavilion Presented by Shaw on Saturday, June 25. The free event features a variety of fun activities and challenges for the whole family and there are even opportunities to win great prizes.

When: June 25, 2022
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: The Gaming Stadium – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Cost: Free, register online

BC Lions

What: Cheer on the BC Lions as they take on Toronto Argonauts this Saturday at BC Place, and arrive early to enjoy the pre-game Backyard Party at Terry Fox Plaza. The latter includes live entertainment, children’s activities, and drink and food specials.

When: June 25, 2022
Time: pre-game party at 4 pm, kickoff at 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: Various, purchase online

Foodstock: A GVFB Fundraiser

What: Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s Foodstock 2022, presented by 102.7 THE PEAK, features eight local bands and artists, lawn games, and plenty of choices for food and drink lovers to discover. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and get ready to enjoy the day on the Swangard Stadium field in support of the GVFB.

Foodstock will feature crowd-pleasing sets from Bend Sinister, Sleepy Gonzales, Generous Thieves, The Noodle Boys, Uncle Strut, Green Alderson, Madelyn Read, and Good Goin’.

When: June 26, 2022
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: $50 plus fees, purchase online

VIMFF Summer Fest

Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor Yoga (DisobeyArt/Shutterstock)

What: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) is hosting Summer Fest on Sunday, June 26 at the Shipyards. The free event is happening the day before Canadian Multiculturalism Day and is also celebrating multiculturalism in the mountains.

Outdoor enthusiasts and film lovers will want to check out the packed program of VIMFF Summer Fest activities, including free award-winning film screenings throughout the day that will inspire you to adventure this season.

When: June 26, 2022
Time: 3 to 9 pm
Where: The Shipyards – 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free

WrestleCore at The Rickshaw Theatre

What: Kobra Kai’s WrestleCore describes itself as a wild, visceral night of high-flying, hardcore wrestling. If that sounds like the perfect evening out to you, then you should head to the Rickshaw on Sunday, June 26th to see local and international stars, Impact Wrestling’s Trey Miguel, Calamity Kate, Adam Ryder, Nicole Matthews, Sebastian Wolfe, and more. Don’t miss the massive 6-pack challenge, debuts, and other surprises during the event.

When: June 26, 2022
Time: 6 pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $30 plus fees. Purchase Online

Vancouver Whitecaps vs New England Revolution

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take the pitch against the New England Revolution on June 26 at BC Place.

When: June 26, 2022
5 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: Various, purchase online

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