27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: June 7 to 9

May 25 2019, 7:32 am

Get into the weekend groove with these 27 Vancouver events happening on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9. Check out the BC Lions, Italian Day, and more!

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

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Friday, June 7

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Season Finale: Zarathustra

What: As the VSO’s 100th anniversary season draws to a close, Maestro Otto Tausk celebrates the VSO centenary in a concert that looks to the past, present, and future: Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture was the very first piece performed by the VSO in January of 1919; the North American première of renowned Dutch composer Michel van der Aa’s Concerto for Violin and Cello is performed by VSO Concertmaster Nicholas Wright and Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh; and also sprach Zarathustra, a grand orchestral showpiece that shines a light on the talents of the incredible musicians of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

When: Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: Doors 6:45 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

BC Lions vs Calgary Stampeders

What: The BC Lions start their new CFL season with a pre-season matchup against Calgary Stampeders on June 7 at BC Place.

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


Chromeo/Live Nation

What: Montreal’s electro-funk duo Chromeo are coming to Vancouver with a live band this summer. David “Dave 1” Macklovich and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel will be taking to the stage at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park on Friday, June 7. Special guests will be joining the pair who were recently nominated for the 2019 Juno for Group of the Year award. At the concert, you can expect to hear tracks like “Bad Decision” and “Don’t Sleep” from Chromeo’s fifth studio album Head Over Heels, which dropped last year.

When: Friday, June 7, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
Tickets: $58 plus service charges — available via Ticketmaster

The Cake

What: Della believes that the secret to a good cake and a good life is simple: just follow the rules. When her best friend’s daughter asks her to make her wedding cake, she is overjoyed… until she learns that there will be not one bride, but two. Suddenly, Della is working without a recipe as her previously-unquestioned beliefs and emotions come into sharp conflict.

When: Various dates from now to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver TSS Rovers vs Victoria Highlanders

What: In partnership with TSS Rovers and Parallel 49 Brewing, Charitable Impact (CHIMP) is giving away free soccer tickets (worth $10 each) to see the Vancouver TSS Rovers take on the Victoria Highlanders at Swangard Stadium on June 7.

When you claim your free tickets, you will also get $5 credit to donate to your favourite cause through your Impact Account. And once you have claimed your two free tickets, you will be able to send another two free tickets and a $5 charity gift-card to a friend, simply by entering their email address.

When: Friday, June 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Swangard Stadium — 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, Free

Versace Sample Sale

Versace shoes/The Sample Sale Guys

What: Due to popular demand, The Sample Sale Guys and Versace are bringing back the official Versace Sample Sale — with even more inventory this time. Shop from a selection of Versace men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery, robes, sweaters, dresses, ties, scarfs, belts, accessories, hats, jackets, watches, bedding, and more — all at up to 80% off. Admission to the event will be free, and no strollers, jackets, or hoodies will be allowed inside the sale. For security reasons, you will also not be allowed to wear Versace clothing to the event.

When: Now to June 9, 2019
Time: 11 am to 10 pm (Friday), 11 am to 9 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 6 pm (Sunday)
Where: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel – 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Price: FREE – RSVP via Facebook

Hosanna by Michel Tremblay

What: Hosanna by seminal French Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay shines light on the fear of change, identity, and the reluctance to release the illusion of self. Aging drag queen Hosanna, a man wanting to be a woman, wanting to be Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra, with her live-in partner Curiette, a going-to-seed leather stud, faces a Halloween night feeling like an outsider in her own skin. Presented by UBC Theatre and Film. 

When: Now to Saturday, June 8.
Time: 8 to 10:15 pm
Where: Dorothy Somerset Studio – 6361 University Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saturday, June 8

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival 2019

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival


What: Beer and cider lovers are invited to come to the PNE Fairgrounds on June 8 and 9 for the 10th annual year of good times, filled with music, food, art, and of course, tons of craft beer. This year’s festival-goers can expect 100+ craft breweries and cideries (pouring 300+ beverages), live music, buskers, and 20+ food trucks.

When: June 8 and June 9, 2019
Time: 2 to 7 pm (Saturday), 12 to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: PNE/Playland – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $39-$75; buy online

Eco-Centre Open House

What: As part of Burnaby’s Environment Week, head to the City’s Eco-Centre Open House and learn about what they accept, where materials go, and help close the loop on Food Scraps Recycling by picking up a bag of free compost. Limit of 2 bags of compost per residential property (proof of Burnaby residency required). Limited supplies available, first come, first served.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Eco-Centre – 4855 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Surrey Doors Open 2019

What: Surrey Doors Open is an annual one-day event for organizations to invite community members to “discover the story behind every door”. This free event at 27 venues offers fun activities for all ages, behind-the-scenes guided tours, entertainment, contests, prizes and more.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Venues across Surrey
Admission: Free. Some venues may offer additional experiences or goods for a fee.

Eternal Theatre Collective presents: bare

What: Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “bare” is a contemporary pop opera about coming out and growing up. The story follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. “bare” is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.

When: Various dates to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Times: 7:30 pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Vancouver – 949 49 Ave W, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Steveston Wine Fest 2019

What: The sixth annual wine fest by O’Hare’s GastroPub & Liquor Store will feature over 80 boutique wines from local and international wineries, as well as delicious food samples from local Steveston Merchants. This year will have a focus on interesting and hard to find wines from BC and beyond. Part proceeds from this event goto The Richmond Christmas Fund and other local charities.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Tickets: Online, By donation

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 8, June 15, June 22 and June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Capilano Mall – 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Paella and Rosé Patio Party

Ancora Paella And Rose

Photo courtesy Ancora.

What: Ancora will be hosting al-fresco events at both of its locations on June 8 that will feature paella and six different kinds of rosé. Both the False Creek and Ambleside restaurants will offer patrons a spread of Peruvian-style seafood paella and Mediterranean-inspired tapas on their patios.

When: June 8, 2019
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Ancora False Creek – 1600 Howe St #2, Vancouver;  Ancora Ambleside – 1351 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
Tickets: $61.25; buy online

18th Annual Rotary Wine and Food Fest

What: Enjoy an evening of wine sampling, craft beer and small plates from local restaurants. Win great prizes in the silent auction or raffle. Then dance the night away to the sounds of Hastings.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Maritime Museum – 60th Anniversary Celebration

What: Celebrate 60 years of maritime history and beyond at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Enjoy live entertainment, attractions, and free admission to the Museum.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Port Moody Children’s Art Festival

What: Featuring over 400 mixed media, oil paintings and drawings, and 150 young artists. There will also be live art demonstrations on June 8 from 9 am to 4 pm

When: Now to June 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Port Moody Civic Centre Gallery – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Sunday, June 9

Italian Day 2019

Italian Day 2019


What: Join thousands of Vancouverites in a celebration of all things Italian as Commercial Drive will transform into a vibrant 14-block car-free zone, featuring over 120 merchants, food vendors, and entertainment.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: 12 to 8 pm
Where: Commercial Drive – from Venables Street to Grandview Cut, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Pop-up Roller Rink at Robson Square

What: The good times start at 3 pm with the All-Ages Family Skate, a roller derby bout presented by Rolla Skate Club at 5 pm. Then, from 6 pm to 9 pm, there will be Prom Night themed adult-skate, featuring tunes from DJ K-Tel. Rental skates will be available, provided by the Rolla Skate Club truck, but sizes are limited. Skaters are encouraged to purchase tickets and reserve skates in advance

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: 3 pm to 9 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online. Adults $15, Kids 12 & under $10, skate rentals $10

Coho Bon Voyage

What: Release coho salmon fry, see the fish hatchery and discover the ecological importance of salmon. Presented by Bowen Island Fish & Wildlife Club. Free for all ages.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019 
11 am to 2 pm
Crippen Regional Park – Meet at Terminal Creek Hatchery, a 15-minute walk from the ferry dock

Canada Comedy Jam Live in Vancouver

What: Matt Baker, Velina Taskov, and Andrew Verge bring the Canada Comedy Jam Live tour to Yuk Yuks in June. They’re joined by Vancouver comics Steve McGowan, Stuart Jones, Patrick Maliha, Brett Martin and Simon King.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver,
Tickets: Online

Festival Coquitlam’s Grand Parade and Teddy Bear Picnic

What: Bring your teddy bears to watch as the parade marches up to the Teddy Bear Picnic at Town Centre Park. Then join in the teddy bear picnic, featuring storytelling, puppet shows, rovers, gymnastics and more. Fun for all young children.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: 9:45 am to 4 pm
Where: Parade along Burlington Drive and Pinetree Way. Picnic at Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: Free for the Parade, Free for the Picnic. Children 3 and under are free

Lions Club Sockeye Run Car Show

Muscle car (kitzcorner/Shutterstock)

What: The 29th Annual Sockeye Run Car Show features classic cars, music and entertainment. With hundreds of cars, free entertainment, a variety of vendors, and yearly crowd pleasers, this event is an annual favourite.

When: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Times: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Steveston Park – 4111 Moncton St, Richmond
Admission: By donation

The 2019 Royal Canadian Family Circus

What: The internationally-renowned event is kicking off its 2019 Canadian tour with shows across the Lower Mainland.  Expect explosive circus acts like the Flying Cortes Trapeze, the Wheel of Destiny, chair balancing, and aerialists, to name a few.

When: Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Showtimes vary based on date and location
Where: Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street, Surrey
Tickets: Available online starting at $25 for general admission

Arts Alive 2019

What: Arts Alive is an annual showcase of collaborative student works held in collaboration with the Burnaby School District featured in the Lower Gallery. This year’s 37th edition presents a selection of artworks from elementary schools across the city. Math & Art is this year’s theme to act as inspiration for elementary students.

When: Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Closed Mondays and statutory holidays
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Suggested donation is $5

Magnetic North Festival 2019

What: The festival features shows in development where the audience becomes part of the progression of the work through their participation. There are also premieres of local productions from independent companies and artists to stimulate and provoke senses and emotions. Includes Me Love Bingo at the Culture Lab, Unscripted: Kuroko at PL 1422, and HIVE at Presentation House Theatre.

When: Various dates from now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

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 9 and 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

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