18 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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Here are some of the top events to check out in Vancouver between June 12 and 14. For a complete list of events, check out the Vancity Buzz calendar here.

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

FIFA Women’s World Cup: Switzerland vs. Ecuador & Japan vs. Cameroon

  • What: A double-header at BC Place for the FIFA Women’s World Cup sees four nations take the pitch in one night.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: Friday, June 12; 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Fan Zone Experience

  • What: Head to the FIFA fan zone to catch matches from the Women’s World Cup on the big screen.
  • Where: Larwill Park – 688 Cambie St., Vancouver
  • When: Friday, June 12; noon to 9 p.m.

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

  • 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.

Red Bull Around the Strait Sailing Race

  • What: The event, held at the Jericho Sailing Centre, will feature three different race formats: Blitz, Cup and Hull. Registration costs $50 per boat, both double and single-handed, which will include a Helly Hansen race jersey, event merchandise and admission to the Saturday night welcome party.
  • Where: Jericho Beach – 3837 Point Grey Road, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 13 & Sunday, June 14; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Naked Bike Ride Vancouver

  • 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 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 at 10 a.m. and 6 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

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.

Meet the Makers – Strathcona

  • What: Meet the Makers hopes to get people interested in the unique and innovate businesses working to revitalize the Strathcona neighbourhood.
  • Where: MakerLabs – 780 East Cordova St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, June 13; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

Seek the Peak

  • What: Seek the Peak is back for its 12th year with 16 upward kilometres guaranteed to challenge your fitness and renew your inner strength.
  • Where: Ambleside Park to the top of Grouse Mountain
  • When: Sunday, June 14; 8:15 a.m. to noon

Italian Day Vancouver 2015 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.

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.

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