27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: May 31 to June 2

Apr 30 2019, 1:54 pm

June is here and so is the weekend! Celebrate both by checking out these 27 Vancouver events happening on Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. Steven Page, West Vancouver Bridge Festival, and more!

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

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Friday, May 31

Steven Page

What: Canadian Music Hall of Famer alongside his ex-bandmates in Barenaked Ladies, singer-songwriter Steven Page performs in Vancouver in support of his latest album, Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II. Featuring guests Port Cities.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

West Vancouver Bridge Festival

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Bridge Festival/City of West Vancouver

What: West Vancouver’s long-standing Community Day is being transformed into Bridge Festival —  a two-day multicultural event taking place on May 31 and June 1 at Ambleside Park. This new festival will include interactive cultural pavilions, live musical performances, a parade, delicious food from around the world, and much more.

There will be two full evenings of free concerts at the main stage in Ambleside Park, a number of food trucks, and showcases of culture by West Vancouver residents who will share the customs and traditions of their diverse ethnic identities.

When: Friday, May 31 to Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Friday 4 to 9:30 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
Admission: Free

Bob Saget

What: Bob Saget is renowned for his family-friendly work on hit TV shows Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos, but it’s his unconventional stand-up comedy that he’s bringing to the River Rock Show Theatre. The Grammy-nominated comedian has been entertaining audiences for thirty years with his provocative stand-up comedy, including his HBO special That Ain’t Right to scene-stealing cameos in Entourage and The Aristocrats.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
Times: 8 pm
Where: River Rock Casino – 8811 River Rd, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Lil Comedy

What: A new weekly stand up show at Instant Theatre hosted by Andrea Jin and Alistair Ogden. This week features Ari Matti Mustonen, Randee Neumeyer, Sean McDonnell, and Tin Lorica.

When: May 31, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Instant Studios – 529 East Broadway Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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: May 31 to June 9, 2019
Time: Showtimes vary based on date and location
Where: Guildford Town Centre (May 31 to Jun 9) – 10355 152 Street, Surrey
Tickets: Available online starting at $25 for general admission

Colin Mochrie with Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Canadian comedy icon Colin Mochrie, Vancouver TheatreSports alumnus, and star of Whose Line is it Anyway, returns this Spring for three laugh-packed performances to benefit VTS and the Colin Mochrie Scholarship Fund. Includes two shows at The Improv Centre and a performance at the Vogue Theatre.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019 (The Improv Centre), Saturday, June 1, 2019 (Vogue Theatre)
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver, Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dunkirk Special Screening at Science World

Dunkirk. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

What: In honour of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation that occurred between May 26 and June 4, Science World is showing Christopher Nolan’s epic action thriller Dunkirk, directed from his own original screenplay.

When: Now to Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm, show from 7 to 9:15 pm including a 20 minute intermission
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saturday, June 1

HypeCity 5

What: The Vancouver Sneakerheads Group (VSG) and Vancouver Streetwear Community (VSC) present HypeCity 5, one of Canada’s largest sneaker and streetwear conventions with more than 70 vendors, stemming from Metro Vancouver, Alberta, Seattle and Portland, and Eastern Canada. Visitors can expect a wide range of sneakers and streetwear apparel and some of the most coveted brands in the game, including Jordan, Nike, Yeezy, Supreme, and Off-White, to name a few. Some of Vancouver’s largest sneaker and streetwear retailers will be at the event as well, including names like Bred, Heatvault, #NFS, Stay Fresh, Dipt, and Hotbox. The day will also feature Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournaments throughout the day.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm (11 am for VIP)
Where: The Vancouver Convention Centre – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Walk for Arthritis

Participants celebrate at the end of the 2018 Walk for Arthritis In Vancouver/Arthritis Society

What: Since its inception, the Walk for Arthritis has raised more than $11 million to help fund world-class research into the disease. It has also provided one million Canadians with access to information and support programs in their local communities.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 10 am
Where: Village Plaza — 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver (as well as locations in Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Parksville)
To register or donate: Visit walkforarthritis.ca

Billie Eilish

What: Los Angeles music sensation Billie Eilish brings her When We All Fall Asleep World Tour to Vancouver with special guest Finneas.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: PNE Amphitheatre – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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. You can spend the day food truck-hopping, tempting your taste buds and socializing in-between bites. 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 1, 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

Lazuli Bunting Walk

What: ​Search for migratory birds including spectacular Lazuli Buntings on a guided birding walk.  Bring binoculars if you own them. Presented by Colony Farm Park Association, for all ages.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Where: Colony Farm Regional Park – Meet in front of community gardens, end of Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Public Disco Laneway Series 2019

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Crowd outdoors/Image: Public Disco

What: Vancouver’s Public Disco pop-up events will make its return this summer, transforming outdoor spaces into daytime dance parties. The 2019 Laneway Series is an all-ages summer concert series in partnership with Creative BC, Downtown Vancouver, FACTOR, and Granville Island Brewing. The Disco will be most similar to past events held by the group, showcasing feel-good music from up-and-coming artists and curated dance performances. The Laneway Cabaret will feature live music acts ranging from folk to hip hop, with DJs throughout the day.

When: June 1, July 6, August 10, August 31, and September 29, 2019
Time: Hours vary based on date
Where: Alley Oop (June 1, July 6 and August 31), Mt. Pleasant (August 10), and the Flats (September 29)
Admission: Free of charge

All You Can Eat Laundry

What: A comedy variety show hosted by Maddy Kelly. It’s Maddy’s birthday, and she’s celebrating by throwing a party for the whole audience. Plus another episode of the AYCEL sitcom, Popcorn for Dinner.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Doors 10 pm, show 10:30 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Hats Off Day

What: A big street party by Burnaby Heights merchants to celebrate the community and their customers. Enjoy music, food, kids activities, a show and shine, and more.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Hastings Street, from Boundary Road to Gamma Avenue
Admission: Free

Doors Open Richmond

What: The 12th installment of Doors Open Richmond is a weekend-long, city-wide public celebration of heritage, culture, and the arts. Forty sites with an eclectic and exciting blend of destinations will open their doors and offer culturally rich and inclusive experiences for free. These destinations include heritage sites, museums, places of worship, green spaces, specialty business, art galleries, and artist studios.

When: Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Various locations around Richmond
Admission: Free

Vallea Lumina

What:  Vallea Lumina the interactive experience is presented by 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: Weekend operations on June 1 and June 2, 2019 and nightly operations begin June 7, 2019
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
Tickets: Online, Adults: $39.99, Kids $34.99

5K Foam Fest Surrey

What: The 5K Foam Fest boasts 22 of some of the best and most exciting obstacles in the world including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, slip and slides, mucky mud pits, and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam. This year, the event takes place in Surrey, and foamy runners will get to enjoy live DJs and a vendor village.The family fun event supports the Make A Wish Foundation.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Where: Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition, Surrey
Tickets: Register online, $45 to $64.99

Sunday, June 2

House of Vans — Vancouver

Joey Larock/House of Vans

What:  You can enjoy skating at a custom indoor skatepark designed in partnership with the skateboard community, listen to live music, check out art installations, join a workshop, play games (ring toss, anyone?), and much more. From May 30 to June 2, Vans will be bringing their legendary House of Vans pop-up to Vancouver — for the first time ever. Taking place at the Harbour Event Centre, the densely-packed, four-day celebration is somewhere that you can let your imagination loose and find creative inspiration around every corner.

When: Now to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Harbour Event Centre — 750 Pacific Boulevard
Admission: Free

The Japan Market Early Summer Fair

What: The Japan Market Early Summer Fair will heavily focus on crafts and Japanese merchandise, plus offer lots of delicious food options. Market-goers can expect even more food vendors, packaged sweets and food, and even Japanese cultural workshops and a live Koto performance.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Price: Admission by donation

Soi Dog Canada Mutt March: “Fixin to Save Lives” 

What: The purpose of this fun family 2k or 5k walk is to raise awareness and support for spaying/neutering hundreds of thousands of street dogs and cats, and to raise funds for several spay/neuter programs across Canada and for Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand. There will be fun for the whole family, with lots for the kids to do including games at the “Kids Corner”. Pet service providers on-site with information. Face painting, prizes, food, dog contests, and other petcentric activities throughout the day.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Ave, Richmond
Register: Online, $25

2019 Vancouver International Children’s Festival


Image: Vancouver International Children’s Festival / Facebook

What: Head down to Granville Island for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival May 27 to June 2, 2019! Enjoy  performances from around the globe for children and families of all ages. Acrobatics, puppetry, theater, music and lots of arts activities.

When: Now to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around Granville Island
Tickets: Online

“What Are You?” – A Comedy Show Featuring Multiethnic Comics

What: A hilarious evening presented by Hapa-palooza Festival featuring some of Vancouver’s most talented multiethnic comedians delivering comedy sets on identity. Hosted by Julie Kim with headliner, Patrick Maliha. Featuring comedians Cory Lupovici, Ashlee Ferral, Savannah Erasmus, Steve Sidi, Desmond Williams, and Erin Offer.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: the Kino – 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10

Pints & Paws

What: An annual pub night in support of the BC SPCA Tri-Cities Education & Adoption Centre, Join fellow animal lovers at Pints & Paws for a great meal and a drink at the John B Neighbourhood Pub in Coquitlam. There will be a silent auction along with fun games and activities. Tickets are $25 each and include your choice of a vegan, veggie or fish burger with fries and a beer, highball or glass of wine plus a chance to take home some wonderful prizes. All proceeds from Pints & Paws support abandoned, neglected or abused animals in the care of the BC SPCA Tri-Cities Education & Adoption Centre.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Moody Ales — 2601 Murray Street, Port Moody, BC
Tickets: Online, $25

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival 2019 – Coquitlam

What: The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is back for its sixth year featuring delicious grub-on-wheels, drinks, and more. This year brings drool-worthy events from the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association, each featuring 28 trucks to enjoy.

When: June 2, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Richmond Night Market

What: Running from May to October, this wildly popular event is gearing up for another season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.

When: Now to October 14, 2019. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and stat holidays
Time: 7 pm to 12 am (open to 11 am on Sundays after September 2 and stat holidays)
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near Bridgeport Station)
Admission: $4.75, children under 8 and seniors over 60 free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

What: Check out over 50 farms and producers, food and coffee trucks,and more every week at the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market,

When: Every Sunday until October 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

2019 Heritage House Tour

What: Join The Vancouver Heritage Foundation to explore the evolution of Vancouver’s heritage and character homes. The self-guided tour offers a look inside homes across Vancouver, varying in age and style, each with a unique story to tell.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Various locations around Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Writers Fest Book Sale Spectacular

What: Thousands of books from the Vancouver Writers Fest’s archives are being sold, including paperback and hardcover titles from the past 30 years. Pick up your favourite bestsellers, local favourites and award-winners across fiction, nonfiction and YA/youth categories. Books are $5 or four books for $20. Plus enjoy beer, wine and refreshments, scrabble, pop-up shows and more.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Heritage Hall Vancouver – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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