41 things to do in Vancouver in June

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JUNE-EVENTS

June is one of the best months of the year in Vancouver for weather and for city happenings – street festivals, farmers’ markets, night markets, arena concerts and outdoor sporting events. With FIFA Women’s World Cup arriving in Vancouver this month, the city will see an extra boost of celebration and revelry, making June 2015 one for the books.

Mark your calendars with some of these anticipated events:

Street Festivals

Eastside Block Party

  • What: The Eastside Block Party will be located on the outside patio and parking lot at The Waldorf Hotel and will feature live DJs, bands, food trucks, performances and vendors. The 19+ event will also include alcohol, unlike other most outdoor festivals in the city.
  • Where: The Waldorf Hotel – 1489 East Hastings St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 31 to Sunday, August 30; Every Sunday from 2 p.m. until closing

Italian Day Vancouver on Commercial Drive

  • What: Vancouver’s Italian Day is one of the most anticipated events of the summer, bringing delectable food, drink and culture to Commercial Drive for the “oohs and ahs” of thousands of festival goers.
  • Where: 13 blocks of Commercial Drive from Venables to Grandview Highway
  • When: Sunday, June 14; noon to 8 p.m.

Car Free Days: Kitsilano

  • What: As part of Car Free Day, numerous normally car-heavy streets will be closed down and turned into a community party full of food, music and live performances.
  • Where: Instead of closing down West 4th Avenue, residents throughout Kitsilano will host block parties in their neighbourhoods.
  • When: Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21

Car Free Day: West End

  • What: As part of Car Free Day, numerous normally car-heavy streets will be closed down and turned into a community party full of food, music and live performances.
  • Where: Denman Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 20; noon to 7 p.m.

Car Free Day: Main Street

  • What: As part of Car Free Day, numerous normally car-heavy streets will be closed down and turned into a community party full of food, music and live performances.
  • Where: Main Street from Broadway to 30th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 21; noon to 7 p.m.

Car Free Day: Commercial Drive

  • What: As part of Car Free Day, numerous normally car-heavy streets will be closed down and turned into a community party full of food, music and live performances.
  • Where: Commercial Drive from Venables to Grandview St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 21; noon to 7 p.m.

Music

Red Truck Parking Lot Concert Series

  • What: The outdoor concerts will be held over four hot summer afternoons and will feature Canadian radio icons The Trews, the groove juggernauts Five Alarm Funk, blues rockers Head of the Herd and rising country star Logan Mize.
  • Where: Red Truck Brewery Parking Lot – 295 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 13; 4 p.m., concert starts at 6 p.m.

Bette Midler Divine Intervention

  • What: Bette Midler brings her current tour to Rogers Arena.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 2; 8 p.m.

Shania Twain Rock This Country Tour

  • What: Shania Twain’s first major tour in over a decade comes to Vancouver.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 9; 7:30 p.m.

Sufjan Stevens

  • What: Indie musician Sufjan Stevens heads to the Orpheum to promote his new album ‘No Shade From the Shadow of the Cross’.
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St., Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, June 9; 8 p.m.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

  • What: 1800 artists and 35 venues, featuring Buddy Guy, Erykah Badu, Pink Martini and The Roots.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Thursday, June 18 to Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ed Sheeran

  • What: Ed Sheeran plays hits live from his latest album ‘X’.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, June 19; 7:30 p.m.

Food & Drink

Vancouver Craft Beer Week

  • What: VCBW brings a multitude of events highlighting B.C. and international brews, a first-of-its-kind Vancouver Magazine International Craft Beer Awards Gala and a closing festival at the PNE fair grounds.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Friday, May 29 to Sunday, June 7

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market features vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users. Take note of new hours for 2015.
  • Where: 1100 Station St., Vancouver
  • When: Wednesdays, 2 to 6 p.m.; June 3 to October 7, 2015

Oak Street Farmers’ Market

  • What: This young South Vancouver market boasts all Certified Organic produce, meat, and eggs. It’s run by the Unitarian church, with a goal of connecting locals to their food and farmers.
  • Where: Unitarian Church of Vancouver – Oak St. and West 49th Ave., Vancouver
  • When: Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; June 3 to October 14, 2015

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

  • What: This cash-only market is steps from all the great food and vendors, and has been around for over 20 years.
  • Where: Triangle Square, Granville Island – Vancouver
  • When: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; June 4 to late October 2015

Yaletown Farmers’ Market

  • What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly streets of Yaletown welcome vendors and farmers Thursday afternoons and evenings for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station.
  • Where: 1200 Mainland Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursdays, 2 to 6 p.m.; May 7 to October 29, 2015

UBC Farm markets

  • What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming.
  • Where: UBC Farm – 3461 Ross Drive (Tuesdays & Saturdays), UBC Bookstore – 6200 University Boulevard (Wednesdays)
  • When: Tuesdays, 4 to 6 p.m. (June 9 to October), Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (June 10 to October), Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (June 13 to October)

Il Mercato Italian Market

  • What: The market brings together the tastes of Italy with fresh produce grown locally, in addition to delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef and handmade products from local artisans.
  • Where: 3075 Slocan Street, East Vancouver
  • When: Every third Friday of the month, May 15 to November 20, 2015; 3 to 7 p.m.

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: This is the farmers’ market that started up in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 9 to October 24

West End Farmers’ Market

  • What: The West End’s relaxed Saturday market is a great meeting spot for locals. Grab a cup of coffee, peek at the adjacent community gardens, and take a stroll with your purchases at Nelson Park.
  • Where: Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 24; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market lines East Boulevard every Saturday, bringing out the locals in one of Vancouver’s oldest communities. Stroll, shop, and eat at this vibrant weekend gathering.
  • Where: East Boulevard (between 37th and 41st Avenues), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, June 10 to October 13; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kits market takes place Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre, and has a Bike Valet for shoppers on two wheels, and lots nearby for families to do.
  • Where: West 10th Ave (between Larch and Balsam), Vancouver
  • When: Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 10 to October 25

*A note for this summer: During construction on the parking lot at the Kits Community Centre, the Kitsilano Market will temporarily relocate to Riley Park, at the southeast corner of 30th Avenue and Ontario Street. From May 10 to June 7, 2015 the market will run on the same day and time, and have all the same vendors as the Kits market.

Mt Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.
  • Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays, June 14 to October 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Food Cart Fest

  • What: Over 20 of Vancouver’s most popular food carts will gather in one spot every Sunday this summer for the return of the Food Cart Fest in Olympic Village.
  • Where: 215 West 1st Avenue, Olympic Village, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays, starting June 28, 2015 from noon to 5 p.m.

Night Markets

International Summer Night Market

  • What: Each weekend over 20,000 visitors hit up this massive summertime night market in Richmond and experience the diverse array of booths, food and drink vendors, kids’ play area, and live entertainment.
  • Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
  • When: Friday, May 8 to September 27; Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 11 p.m. and Sundays 6 to 10 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

  • What: Drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Night Market is located within easy access of the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station. Roam the aisles to find games, food, and all sorts of wares for sale. Late nighters take note, this is the only local night market open until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays).
  • Where: 8351 River Rd. (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • When: May 15 to October 12, 2015; Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 p.m.

Shipyards Night Market

  • What: The Shipyards Night market features food trucks, live music, numerous vendors and a beer garden.
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: May 1 to September 25; Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.

Surrey Night Market 2015

  • What: Surrey Night Market is an open air event for local residents to sell and consume a variety of local foods, services and goods.
  • Where: Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds – 17726-62 Ave., Surrey
  • When: Friday, May 29 to Sunday, September 20; Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 6 to 11 p.m.

Plaza of Nations Saturday Night Market

  • What: The Plaza of Nations transformed into an outdoor marketplace, complete with food trucks, craft beer, and local bands
  • Where: Plaza of Nations – 750 Pacific Boulevard
  • When: Every Saturday, June 20 to September 12, 2015; 5 to 10 p.m.

Sports

Vancouver Spartan Race

  • What: Spartans from across Canada will compete and defeat this most epic competition. Spartan Race is the only real obstacle race in Vancouver.
  • Where: Mount Seymour, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 6, 2015

FIFA Women’s World Cup Fan Zone

  • What: Vancouver is hoping to rekindle some of its Olympic atmosphere for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup by holding the largest fan zone festival event in Canada.
  • Where: Larwill Park in downtown Vancouver (688 Cambie Street)
  • When: Various dates and times throughout June and July

FIFA Women’s World Cup Games

  • What: The pinnacle event for international women’s soccer hitting B.C. Place in June and July.
  • Where: B.C. Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: Monday, June 8; Friday, June 12; Tuesday, June 16; Sunday, June 21; Tuesday, June 23; Saturday, June 27

Naked Bike Ride

  • What: Hundreds of cyclists will be riding nude through Vancouver for the annual Vancouver Naked Bike Ride.
  • Where: Sunset Beach, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 13; noon to 2 p.m.

Free Yoga at Kits Beach

  • What: Free yoga classes held at Kits Beach Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Kits Beach, between the swimming pool and tennis courts – Cornwall Ave. and Yew St., Vancouver
  • When: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night until August 31, 2015; 7 to 8 p.m.

Free Yoga at Dude Chilling Park

  • What: Yoga instructor Solomon Montijo, along with ten other teachers, hosts free classes daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Dude Chilling Park.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick St., Vancouver
  • When: Daily; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Free Dancing Lessons & Performances at Robson Square

  • What: DanceSportBC’s Robson Square sub-committee will be hosting 10 nights of free dancing, lessons and performances beginning in June.
  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink – 800 Robson St., Vancouver
  • When: Every Friday of the summer, beginning June 26; 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Exhibits & Learning

Night at the Aquarium

  • What: Journey to an enchanting aquatic world at Night at the Aquarium—Vancouver’s most unforgettable philanthropic event of the year. Come face to face with some of the greatest mysteries of the deep while enjoying fine food, wine and incredible live and silent auctions.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park
  • When: Thursday, June 18; 5:45 p.m.

Science World Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

  • What: Ultimate Dinosaurs introduces you to new and unique dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar. The exhibition combines rarely seen specimens with augmented reality technology that transforms full-scale dinosaurs into flesh-covered animated beasts right before your eyes.
  • Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, May 30 to September 7, 2015; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

  • What: Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 6 to Sunday, June 7; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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