Events in Vancouver: June 2013

Events in Vancouver: June 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June, June, June. The beautiful month of June. Struggling so hard to become summer, still plaguing us with rainy days… This year, June is spectacular just for events alone. There is SO MUCH going on, like: street parades, farmers markets, runs, races, and relays, meat festivals, car-free festivals, dragon boat festivals, and a whole lot of other fun things. Plan your month with our handy list below:

Saturday, June 1, 2013

  • Hats Off Day Parade & Street Party - Held on the first Saturday of every June, Hats Off Day is when Heights merchants “take their hats off” to their community and their customers, and the entire Heights community celebrates together. It’s a huge, one-day extravaganza featuring a colorful main-street style parade with real local flavor, followed by a big street party. Hastings Street between Boundary Road and Gamma Avenue is shut down, and our streets are packed with families, friends, neighbors, and merchants!
  • Terminal City Roller Girls Roller Derby - The Terminal City Rollergirls will host what is sure to be Vancouver’s most unforgettable night of derby: a WFTDA-sanctioned (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association), intercontinental bout that’s sure to rock your stripy knee socks right off right from the very first whistle.
    London calling? Nope. It’s London Brawling, London (UK) Rollergirls’ All-Star travel team, here to play the first WFTDA-sanctioned bout of their nine-day Pacific Northwest tour. $20 for tickets at the Minoru Arena in Richmond.
  • Vancouver Mini Maker Faire - Vancouver Mini Maker Faire was founded by the combined skillset of local Makers from Vancouver Hack Space (VHS), and supported by eatART and the Vancouver Community Lab. In their inaugural year, there were close to 3 000 attendees and nearly 100 Makers located at the Great Northern Way Campus. Members from the Maker community have come together to form Maker Foundation, a non-profit society aimed at curating Maker events, and facilitating Maker projects around the city of Vancouver. Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is going to back in full steam for 2013 on June 1st and 2nd, at the PNE Forum.
  • Dunbar Block Party - Community Celebration! Celebrate with live music, BBQ (proceeds to local food bank), Family activities, Community mural painting, Urban market and special Dunbar deals! The event will take place in the Dunbar community (between 39th and 41st street)
  • Saturday Farmer’s Markets – At Trout Lake, West End (1100 Block of Comox Street) and Kerrisdale Village. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .
  • Spartan Race Vancouver – A 5KM run that is sprinkled with “fun” obstacles. Race will be held up on Mount Seymour. It’s an event of pure primitive craziness that you’ll never forget!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

  • Vancouver Mini Maker Faire - Vancouver Mini Maker Faire was founded by the combined skillset of local Makers from Vancouver Hack Space (VHS), and supported by eatART and the Vancouver Community Lab. In their inaugural year, there were close to 3 000 attendees and nearly 100 Makers located at the Great Northern Way Campus. Members from the Maker community have come together to form Maker Foundation, a non-profit society aimed at curating Maker events, and facilitating Maker projects around the city of Vancouver. Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is going to back in full steam for 2013 on June 1st and 2nd, at the PNE Forum.
  • Sunday Farmer’s Market - At Kitsilano Community Centre. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .
  • Slut Walk Vancouver - Third annual march against victim-blaming and sexual violence also includes a series of guest speakers.

Monday, June 3, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013

  • After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium - Join us for the next After Hours, the adult-only evening, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of Jelly Invasion and enjoy these spectacularly beautiful and surprisingly complex creatures. Plus, explore the galleries and exhibits in peace and tranquility without kids underfoot.
  • Letter Writing Club at the Assembly of Text - Not only does this event allow you play around on old-school typewriters (so loud-so fun!), but you can also chat with like minded strangers, play with stamps, and enjoy tea and cookies for some much needed refreshment.
  • Music Waste Vancouver - Music Waste is Vancouver’s premier independent music festival highlighting the region’s most exciting and innovative bands. Art Waste is a series of exhibitions taking place at independent galleries across the city. Comedy Waste is a series of comedy revues featuring Vancouver’s best alternative comics, improvisers, and sketch groups. With all the venues kept within walking distance and full festival passes costing only $15, Music Waste is the easiest way for fans to see more local music is one week with little effort.

Friday, June 7, 2013

  • 10th Annual In the House Festival - On June 7-9, the In House Festival is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Experience intimate and extraordinary life performances of all kinds right in the homes of Commercial Drive. Living rooms and backyards become intimate and vibrant cultural spaces that are multicultural,multidisciplinary and open to all ages. Come celebrate Vancouver’s rich variety of cultures, artistic disciplines and communities in a heart-warming weekend of mind-boggingly great talent! It’s 3 days, 20 shows and over 60 acts in thirteen houses!
  • Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre: Old Boy - The late night movies at The Rio Theatre are the place to be on Friday nights with admission only costing $8 or $6 in costume and with BEER. Today, the movie being shown is Old Boy, Park chan-Wook’s 2004 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner OLDBOY is a thrilling story of an average man who is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation.
  • Perogy Night in Vancouver - Don’t miss our Friday Night Ukrainian Suppers (Perogy Night in Vancouver) held on the first Friday of the month from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 154 E. 10th Ave, Vancouver.
  • Music Waste Vancouver - Music Waste is Vancouver’s premier independent music festival highlighting the region’s most exciting and innovative bands. Art Waste is a series of exhibitions taking place at independent galleries across the city. Comedy Waste is a series of comedy revues featuring Vancouver’s best alternative comics, improvisers, and sketch groups. With all the venues kept within walking distance and full festival passes costing only $15, Music Waste is the easiest way for fans to see more local music is one week with little effort.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

  • 10th Annual In the House Festival - On June 7-9, the In House Festival is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Experience intimate and extraordinary life performances of all kinds right in the homes of Commercial Drive. Living rooms and backyards become intimate and vibrant cultural spaces that are multicultural,multidisciplinary and open to all ages. Come celebrate Vancouver’s rich variety of cultures, artistic disciplines and communities in a heart-warming weekend of mind-boggingly great talent! It’s 3 days, 20 shows and over 60 acts in thirteen houses!
  • The 38th Annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival -  Come join the British Columbia Kitefliers Association for two days of kite flying at the 30th annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival! Activities include Kids Kite Making Workshop, Candy & Teddy Bear Drops, Face Painting, Kite Displays & Demonstrations, Music & Refreshments.
  • Red Bull Divide & Conquer - A multi-discipline endurance race on Vancouver’s breathtaking North Shore is back for a second year on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Teams of three participants will be challenged by a course that will include mountain running, mountain biking, and kayaking, and they will push their limits in a mix of locations on the North Shore of Vancouver, including Grouse Mountain.
  • The Perfect Wedding Show - Bringing you the best wedding product and service providers in the lower mainland. The show is filled with hand picked exhibitors who are selected based on their unique offerings, expert product knowledge and great customer service. They offer products and services that we have or would choose for our own weddings, thus making them perfect exhibitors for you to meet.
  • Hustle for Canuck Place - Canuck Place Children’s Hospice hosts its 1st annual Hustle for Canuck Place in Vancouver where participants walk/run 5km on the Sea wall in Coal Harbour, looping around the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The event has a groovy disco theme and participants “hustle” their way around the 5km loop!  This is a family friendly event featuring local entertainment, a delicious barbeque and a fun festive environment great for everyone!
  • North Shore Relay for Life - Relay is fun, fulfilling, and your participation gives strength to our mission to eradicate cancer. Walk with us in this inspirational 12 to 24 hour event as we come together and fight to make cancer history. There will be laughter and fun, joy and sorrow but mostly, conviction that cancer can be kicked out of our lives and communities — if we act together.
  • Saturday Farmer’s Markets - At Trout Lake, West End (1100 Block of Comox Street) and Kerrisdale Village. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .
  • Music Waste Vancouver - Music Waste is Vancouver’s premier independent music festival highlighting the region’s most exciting and innovative bands. Art Waste is a series of exhibitions taking place at independent galleries across the city. Comedy Waste is a series of comedy revues featuring Vancouver’s best alternative comics, improvisers, and sketch groups. With all the venues kept within walking distance and full festival passes costing only $15, Music Waste is the easiest way for fans to see more local music is one week with little effort.
  • The Eastside Flea – June Market –  The Eastside Flea is a fresh new monthly flea market in East Vancouver featuring a diverse array of vendors from handmade goods, vintage clothing & antiques, art, craftsmen items, garage sale, and more! Admission into the market is by donation, and is all ages! Please bring the family, friends, anyone you know… we’ll have something for everyone!! This is a community-oriented event, and we would like to encourage all types of vendors to participate, from people with extra knick-knacks around the house to local businesses.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

  • 10th Annual In the House Festival - On June 7-9, the In House Festival is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Experience intimate and extraordinary life performances of all kinds right in the homes of Commercial Drive. Living rooms and backyards become intimate and vibrant cultural spaces that are multicultural,multidisciplinary and open to all ages. Come celebrate Vancouver’s rich variety of cultures, artistic disciplines and communities in a heart-warming weekend of mind-boggingly great talent! It’s 3 days, 20 shows and over 60 acts in thirteen houses!
  • The 38th Annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival -  Come join the British Columbia Kitefliers Association for two days of kite flying at the 30th annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival! Activities include Kids Kite Making Workshop, Candy & Teddy Bear Drops, Face Painting, Kite Displays & Demonstrations, Music & Refreshments.
  • Italian Day on Commercial Drive – Italian Day on The Drive embraces everything that is Italian: food, music, fashion, dance, art, sport, history and community.  And for Italian Day 2013 – the Italian Day Festival Society is excited to offer ‘a first’ in the form of a street festival to the city of Vancouver: the world famous ‘Carnevale di Venezia’ when the event’s ‘dolce vita’ signature extends itself to Venice. In the heart of Vancouver’s ‘Little Italy’, The Drive will come alive ‘Venetian style’ with masks, costumes, street entertainers, music, food, fashion, contests and more!
  • Sunday Farmer’s Market - At Kitsilano Community Centre. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .
  • Music Waste Vancouver - Music Waste is Vancouver’s premier independent music festival highlighting the region’s most exciting and innovative bands. Art Waste is a series of exhibitions taking place at independent galleries across the city. Comedy Waste is a series of comedy revues featuring Vancouver’s best alternative comics, improvisers, and sketch groups. With all the venues kept within walking distance and full festival passes costing only $15, Music Waste is the easiest way for fans to see more local music is one week with little effort.

Monday, June 10, 2013

  • Meatless Monday (Officially) – The Vancouver Food Policy Council is excited to let you know that the City of Vancouver will be proclaiming Monday June 10th, 2013 as Meatless Monday.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

  • Hive: the New Bees 3 - 11 exciting emerging theatre companies have come together to each simultaneously perform a 10 minute piece in the various nooks and crannies of Vancouver’s Chapel Arts gallery. On until June 15th.
  • Art Battle #57 at Fan Club - This month’s event is the LAST CHANCE for painters to qualify for the Vancouver Finals, when one painter will be elected to represent the West at the 2013 Art Battle National Championships in Toronto. Last year, Vancouver’s Yared Nigussu won both the Vancouver and National Championships! We are so proud of every painter who steps to the easel with Art Battle.  Your talent and courage are truly inspiring!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • Art Battle 30 at Raw Canvas - Art Battle is live competitive painting. A thrilling event of artist creation and audience participation, Art Battle brings painter and patron together for an exciting live arts experience. Art Battle 30 features 8 local and international artists who will have 20 minutes to create their best possible work. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. Artists work freestyle (no reference materials) and the theme is open.
  • Hive: the New Bees 3 - 11 exciting emerging theatre companies have come together to each simultaneously perform a 10 minute piece in the various nooks and crannies of Vancouver’s Chapel Arts gallery. On until June 15th.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • The 24th Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver Since 1990, every year in June, LeCentre culturel francophone de Vancouver organizes the Vancouver’s summer festival, one of the most important cultural and musical francophone events in the west part of Canada. Discover more than a week of concerts under the banner of international francophone music. On until June 21, 2013.
  • Transforming Human-Robot Interaction - Robots. Fast. Strong. Accurate. But do robots make ideal co-workers? They do not communicate well with humans nor are they always designed for safety when in close proximity to people. Dr. Elizabeth Croft (UBC) speaks on finding ways to help humans and robots work together effectively and safely. Join us for this edition of the Women in Science speaker series at HR MacMillan Space Centre, Thursday, June 13, 7:00pm. By donation. Doors open at 6:30pm.
  • Hive: the New Bees 3 - 11 exciting emerging theatre companies have come together to each simultaneously perform a 10 minute piece in the various nooks and crannies of Vancouver’s Chapel Arts gallery. On until June 15th.

Friday, June 14, 2013

  • Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - Bueller? Bueller? The late night movies at The Rio Theatre are the place to be on Friday nights with admission only costing $8 or $6 in costume and with BEER. Today, the movie being shown is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a classic that reminds us all that sometimes creating an elaborate plan to take a sick day is really worth it in the end. Although, be careful when stealing your father’s really expensive car.
  • The 7th Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival: “HOME” - What do you consider your home? There are as many answers to this question as there are stars in the sky. Be it a country, a birthplace, a building, or your loved ones, home is a place where you feel a sense of belonging. UBCLE proudly presents the 7th Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival: “HOME”. We’ll be playing six award winning Taiwanese Films with English subtitles from June 14-16th at the Vancouver International Film Centre on Seymour.
  • Hive: the New Bees 3 - 11 exciting emerging theatre companies have come together to each simultaneously perform a 10 minute piece in the various nooks and crannies of Vancouver’s Chapel Arts gallery. On until June 15th.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

  • MEC Bikefest Vancouver – Bikefest is a community celebration of all things bike related. It’s got skills clinics, demos, and workshops. You can try out gear and test ride a new bike from vendors on site. There’s something for everyone. Join your local event, and celebrate everything on two wheels. Held from 10-3pm at Athlete’s Village.
  • Vancouver Draw Down - The Vancouver Draw Down celebrates creativity and challenges everyday ideas about what drawing is and what it can do. Over 35 FREE drawing workshops will take place across the city in community centres, museums, art galleries, neighbourhood houses and public parks.
  • Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay - The Money Mart Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of corporate and recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise money towards their collective team totals.
  • Seek the Peak Relay at Grouse Mountain – Back for its 10th anniversary year complete with 16 kilometers of ultimate fitness bragging rights and a challenge that is guaranteed to leave you breathless. With an awe inspiring and 4100ft climb Seek The Peak will test your fitness, stamina, strength and overall mental toughness but the camaraderie will keep you powering onwards and upwards.
  • The RUSH: Race & Urban Scavenger Hunt - Teams of 2 will scour the city of Vancouver, deciphering clues to help them complete a predetermined number of Checkpoint Challenges at unknown locations. The challenges are designed to test teams’ limits, both mentally and physically, while also being fun and entertaining. The first team to complete the race wins a trip for two around the world; but The RUSH is about more than crossing the finish line – it is about the journey and the chance to save lives and change your own!
  • Midnight Crew 24 hour tabletop gaming event - June 15th 6:00pm to June 16th 6:00pm. Featuring an assortment of classic and modern tabletop games, vendors offering a wide selection of games and accessories, and food and drink fit enough for a king. For the convenience of our members, Midnight Crew is open 24hrs, to allow for only the epicest of campaigns, the gruelingest of CCG tournaments, and the most intense games of Jenga… or almost enough time for a single game of Risk.
  • North Shore Clothing Swap –  Wear to Care will be hosting a Clothing Swap in the Carson Graham Secondary School Atrium from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Wear to Care is a not-for-profit organization that promotes green recycling of clothing while collecting donations for homeless youth on the downtown Eastside. Bring your clothes and get something ‘new’ in return! For every 3 items you donate, you are allowed to take 1 ‘new’ item home. Donations can be made ahead of time or on the day of the event.
  • The 7th Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival: “HOME” - What do you consider your home? There are as many answers to this question as there are stars in the sky. Be it a country, a birthplace, a building, or your loved ones, home is a place where you feel a sense of belonging. UBCLE proudly presents the 7th Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival: “HOME”. We’ll be playing six award winning Taiwanese Films with English subtitles from June 14-16th at the Vancouver International Film Centre on Seymour.
  • Extravagant Signals: 7 Nights of Exhibition – On from June 15 – 22 at Gallery 1965 at 1965 Main St. Extravagant Signals is a seven night cultural mash-up that celebrates the vitality of Vancouver’s indie arts communities. For one week in June, Gallery 1965 will host shows by a group of artists that includes Juno-winning musicians, ballroom dance instructors, poetry slam champions, folk singers, internationally touring tap dancers and local accordion lovers. The performances will run alongside “Found in Translation”– an exhibit of new paintings and sculptures by local artist Oli K.
  • Hive: the New Bees 3 - 11 exciting emerging theatre companies have come together to each simultaneously perform a 10 minute piece in the various nooks and crannies of Vancouver’s Chapel Arts gallery. On until June 15th.
  • World Naked Bike Ride - Join tens of thousands of happy naked cyclists in the greatest celebration of human powered happiness the world has ever seen. Dress code: Bare as you dare. If you want you can come wearing scuba gear. Body painting and performances will take place before the ride. Arrive between 12 Noon and 2:00pm to catch some of the action and some of the paint! A picnic following the ride will be hosted by niftynude.org. The ride, pre and post-ride activities are all free.
  • Saturday Farmer’s Markets - At Trout Lake, West End (1100 Block of Comox Street) and Kerrisdale Village. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .

Sunday, June 16, 2013

  • Father’s Day!
  • Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay - The Money Mart Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay is an annual community based fundraising event that challenges groups of people to run or walk Relay-style for 24 hours. Teams of runners and/or walkers made up of corporate and recreational groups collect individual pledges or organize team fundraising events to raise money towards their collective team totals.
  • Car Free Day Kitsilano - The grassroots street party known as Car Free Days turns neighbourhood thoroughfares into community festivals. On June 16, Kitsilano does something different for Car Free Day: Instead of closing off a major street, people throughout Kits host block parties with their neighbours. The block parties are as individual as the people who pull them together. Some have dancing, some have music, some have couches, chairs and carpets in the middle of the street and some share chips and a drink together! All of them are a fun, relaxing chance to hang out with the people who live on your street.
  • Car Free Day Main Street – Come celebrate with us on June 16th, 2013 12pm-7pm for what is shaping up to be the biggest street party ever held on Main Street from Broadway to 30th Ave. A 21 block festival composed of several mini-festivals, over a dozen community supported stages with dozens of bands, a full kids zone and other kids activities throughout the site. Things like kids’ yoga, button making, art zones, bike lessons, and chalk art. Three full artisan markets, a fashion show, roller derby, dance zones, as well as hundreds of non-profits, local artisans and businesses.
  • Car Free Day Commercial Drive - Frying fish over fire, parading drummers, healing gardens, DJs spinning beats and all of your friends and neighbours hanging out. Commercial Drive is the birthplace of Car Free Vancouver Day — thank you, you lovely rebels, you! We’re getting back to the roots of this festival this year which means less planning from us and more involvement from you. This is YOUR day to bring yourself to your community. Bring your PASSIONS, your ENERGY and your CREATIVITY to the street!
  • Car Free Day West End - The West End is one of the more diverse neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Car Free Day gets us all out on the street: young, old, families, couples, single folks. We all get together and celebrate our community and the things we love about it. And no cars makes it even funner! Did we mention all the music is acoustic? Oh ya!!!!
  • Brewery & the Beast: A Festival of Meat – Is it a coincidence this event is being held on Father’s Day? We think not! Our regions finest chefs demonstrate their skill and passion for meat through a wide variety of inspired creations. Whole pig & lamb roasts, house-made sausage, charcuterie, smoked meats, ethnic-inspired dishes, classic BBQ, and other full-flavored exotic foods will be featured at Brewery & The Beast.
  • The 7th Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival: “HOME” - What do you consider your home? There are as many answers to this question as there are stars in the sky. Be it a country, a birthplace, a building, or your loved ones, home is a place where you feel a sense of belonging. UBCLE proudly presents the 7th Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival: “HOME”. We’ll be playing six award winning Taiwanese Films with English subtitles from June 14-16th at the Vancouver International Film Centre on Seymour.
  • 15th Annual Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer -
    This event attracts people of all ages and is for serious runners, casual walkers and families. This is a celebration with a BBQ lunch, prizes and entertainment.
  • Sunday Farmer’s Market - At Kitsilano Community Centre. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .

Monday, June 17, 2013

  • Spur Festival – The Literary Review of Canada and Diaspora Dialogues are pleased to launch Spur, Canada’s first national festival of politics, art and ideas. Spur is an annual festival designed to engage Canadians in a feisty, nation-wide search for ways forward on the most current of issues. It is multi-partisan, forward-looking and solutions-oriented—spurring ideas into action. From June 17-June 19 2013, Spur will be coming to Vancouver’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street). The theme is Global Power Shift: The Rise, Fall and Re-imagination of Societies. Tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door, or free with advance registration.
  • Extravagant Signals: 7 Nights of Exhibition - On from June 15 – 22 at Gallery 1965 at 1965 Main St. Extravagant Signals is a seven night cultural mash-up that celebrates the vitality of Vancouver’s indie arts communities. For one week in June, Gallery 1965 will host shows by a group of artists that includes Juno-winning musicians, ballroom dance instructors, poetry slam champions, folk singers, internationally touring tap dancers and local accordion lovers. The performances will run alongside “Found in Translation”– an exhibit of new paintings and sculptures by local artist Oli K.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Spur Festival - The Literary Review of Canada and Diaspora Dialogues are pleased to launch Spur, Canada’s first national festival of politics, art and ideas. Spur is an annual festival designed to engage Canadians in a feisty, nation-wide search for ways forward on the most current of issues. It is multi-partisan, forward-looking and solutions-oriented—spurring ideas into action. From June 17-June 19 2013, Spur will be coming to Vancouver’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street). The theme is Global Power Shift: The Rise, Fall and Re-imagination of Societies. Tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door, or free with advance registration.
  • Extravagant Signals: 7 Nights of Exhibition - On from June 15 – 22 at Gallery 1965 at 1965 Main St. Extravagant Signals is a seven night cultural mash-up that celebrates the vitality of Vancouver’s indie arts communities. For one week in June, Gallery 1965 will host shows by a group of artists that includes Juno-winning musicians, ballroom dance instructors, poetry slam champions, folk singers, internationally touring tap dancers and local accordion lovers. The performances will run alongside “Found in Translation”– an exhibit of new paintings and sculptures by local artist Oli K.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • Spur Festival - The Literary Review of Canada and Diaspora Dialogues are pleased to launch Spur, Canada’s first national festival of politics, art and ideas. Spur is an annual festival designed to engage Canadians in a feisty, nation-wide search for ways forward on the most current of issues. It is multi-partisan, forward-looking and solutions-oriented—spurring ideas into action. From June 17-June 19 2013, Spur will be coming to Vancouver’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street). The theme is Global Power Shift: The Rise, Fall and Re-imagination of Societies. Tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door, or free with advance registration.
  • Improv Against Humanity - Fans of horribly twisted comedy unite! The Fictionals Comedy Co. are bringing their hit interactive comedy show Improv Against Humanity to The Rio Theatre starting on Wednesday, June 19th. Inspired and officially endorsed by the popular party game Cards Against Humanity, Improv Against Humanity brings to life some of the most bizarre comedy creations ever to be showcased in front of an audience. From “Harry Potter Erotica” to “A Windmill Full of Corpses”, nothing is off limits for Improv Against Humanity. This fun and interactive comedy event features some of the city’s hottest comedians and amazing prizes to be won.
  • Extravagant Signals: 7 Nights of Exhibition - On from June 15 – 22 at Gallery 1965 at 1965 Main St. Extravagant Signals is a seven night cultural mash-up that celebrates the vitality of Vancouver’s indie arts communities. For one week in June, Gallery 1965 will host shows by a group of artists that includes Juno-winning musicians, ballroom dance instructors, poetry slam champions, folk singers, internationally touring tap dancers and local accordion lovers. The performances will run alongside “Found in Translation”– an exhibit of new paintings and sculptures by local artist Oli K.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

  • Firehall Arts Centre 30 Year Celebration - The Firehall Arts Centre celebrates 30 years of theatre, dance, and art with the 30 Ways to Party (Party) on June 20, 2013 at 7pm. The evening of food, fun, and friends marks the culmination of the longstanding organization’s 30th season. Featuring audience-favourite performers, including dance artists Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Amber Funk Barton, storyteller David Adams, and musician Beth Southwell, as well as an excerpt from Working Spark Theatre’s “I Am the Bastard Daughter of Engelbert Humperdinck.” Tickets are $30 online.

Friday, June 21, 2013

  • Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2013 – The Creekside Community Centre, Creekside Olympic Village and the waters of False Creek will come alive with the 25th Anniversary of the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21, 22 & 23, 2013. Created 25 years ago as a showcase of Vancouver’s growing cultural diversity, this first-of-its-kind event has grown to become a grand celebration of Canada’s unique multicultural heritage with exciting programs and professional performances by well- known entertainers. Visual arts displays and activities from local community groups, and of course, the world-class dragon boat races makes Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival Vancouver’s most anticipated and prestigious summer event.
  • Make Music Vancouver – An entirely free live music event that brings the local community together on June 21st, the first day of summer. On Make Music day, Water Street is shut down to traffic and is transformed into sidewalk stages and dance floors, showcasing Vancouver’s incredible cultural and artistic diversity. This grassroots event is being made possible entirely by volunteers, from organizers to performers. It showcases hundreds of amateur and established musicians, and celebrates music in all its diversity.
  • Vancouver Jazz Festival - On until July 1, 2012 the Vancouver Jazz Festival works to connect, transform and nurture artists and audiences through the joy, passion and power of jazz. Various concerts and jam sessions will be held across Downtown Vancouver and surrounding areas to showcase popular jazz artists.
  • Point Grey Fiesta - The Point Grey Fiesta is the community’s annual start-of-summer event for families and friends. Starting with a Saturday parade on West 10th avenue, the Saturday celebration continues in Trimble Park with stage performances, activities and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate from Friday to Sunday. With the exception of the carnival rides and midway games, Fiesta entertainment and children’s activities are free of charge.
  • Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas - The late night movies at The Rio Theatre are the place to be on Friday nights with admission only costing $8 or $6 in costume and with BEER. Today, the movie being shown is Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, a classic that reminds us all of the drug and alcohol fueled gonzo-journalism that Hunter S. Thompson seemed to love.
  • Extravagant Signals: 7 Nights of Exhibition - On from June 15 – 22 at Gallery 1965 at 1965 Main St. Extravagant Signals is a seven night cultural mash-up that celebrates the vitality of Vancouver’s indie arts communities. For one week in June, Gallery 1965 will host shows by a group of artists that includes Juno-winning musicians, ballroom dance instructors, poetry slam champions, folk singers, internationally touring tap dancers and local accordion lovers. The performances will run alongside “Found in Translation”– an exhibit of new paintings and sculptures by local artist Oli K.
  • National Aboriginal Day at Trout Lake Park - It’s a community-based full day of events that celebrates the diversity of Aboriginal people from across Canada. First Nations, Métis & Inuit peoples gather to share their experiences, stories, songs, traditional games, dances & spirit with each other & the general community.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

  • Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2013 - The Creekside Community Centre, Creekside Olympic Village and the waters of False Creek will come alive with the 25th Anniversary of the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21, 22 & 23, 2013. Created 25 years ago as a showcase of Vancouver’s growing cultural diversity, this first-of-its-kind event has grown to become a grand celebration of Canada’s unique multicultural heritage with exciting programs and professional performances by well- known entertainers. Visual arts displays and activities from local community groups, and of course, the world-class dragon boat races makes Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival Vancouver’s most anticipated and prestigious summer event.
  • Point Grey Fiesta - The Point Grey Fiesta is the community’s annual start-of-summer event for families and friends. Starting with a Saturday parade on West 10th avenue, the Saturday celebration continues in Trimble Park with stage performances, activities and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate from Friday to Sunday. With the exception of the carnival rides and midway games, Fiesta entertainment and children’s activities are free of charge.
  • Tough Mudder Vancouver - Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide and raised more than $3 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. But Tough Mudder is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.
  • Scandinavian Midsummer Festival – On stage enter­tain­ment, Viking Vil­lage Cul­tural Dis­plays, Shop­ping Kiosks, Danc­ing, Bon­fire, Beer Gar­den, Music, Mid­sum­mer Pole, Tra­di­tional Scan­di­na­vian Foods, Volvo Club, Wife Car­ry­ing Contest
  • Whistler Water One Climb -  The One Climb is an inspiring one-day event to raise money to bring clean water to over 10,000 people in Kenya.  Wear blue and join the party at the base of the Grouse Grind, then Climb with hundreds of others. The dance party continues at the top, ending with the amazing Spencer West.
  • Extravagant Signals: 7 Nights of Exhibition - On from June 15 – 22 at Gallery 1965 at 1965 Main St. Extravagant Signals is a seven night cultural mash-up that celebrates the vitality of Vancouver’s indie arts communities. For one week in June, Gallery 1965 will host shows by a group of artists that includes Juno-winning musicians, ballroom dance instructors, poetry slam champions, folk singers, internationally touring tap dancers and local accordion lovers. The performances will run alongside “Found in Translation”– an exhibit of new paintings and sculptures by local artist Oli K.
  • Saturday Farmer’s Markets - At Trout Lake, West End (1100 Block of Comox Street) and Kerrisdale Village. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .

Sunday, June 23, 2013

  • Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2013 - The Creekside Community Centre, Creekside Olympic Village and the waters of False Creek will come alive with the 25th Anniversary of the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, June 21, 22 & 23, 2013. Created 25 years ago as a showcase of Vancouver’s growing cultural diversity, this first-of-its-kind event has grown to become a grand celebration of Canada’s unique multicultural heritage with exciting programs and professional performances by well- known entertainers. Visual arts displays and activities from local community groups, and of course, the world-class dragon boat races makes Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival Vancouver’s most anticipated and prestigious summer event.
  • Point Grey Fiesta - The Point Grey Fiesta is the community’s annual start-of-summer event for families and friends. Starting with a Saturday parade on West 10th avenue, the Saturday celebration continues in Trimble Park with stage performances, activities and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate from Friday to Sunday. With the exception of the carnival rides and midway games, Fiesta entertainment and children’s activities are free of charge.
  • Tough Mudder Vancouver - Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide and raised more than $3 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. But Tough Mudder is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.
  • Scandinavian Midsummer Festival - On stage enter­tain­ment, Viking Vil­lage Cul­tural Dis­plays, Shop­ping Kiosks, Danc­ing, Bon­fire, Beer Gar­den, Music, Mid­sum­mer Pole, Tra­di­tional Scan­di­na­vian Foods, Volvo Club, Wife Car­ry­ing Contest
  • Greek Day on Broadway – Opa! Musicians, foods, things to buy, potatoes, souvlaki, feta cheese… The Greek Day on Broadway is a long-standing tradition that takes up over five blocks in Kitsilano. Eat, listen to music, and celebrate the Greeks on June 23rd.
  • Sunday Farmer’s Market - At Kitsilano Community Centre. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .

Monday, June 24, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • Swap-o-Rama-Rama - A clothing and craft supply swap in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. A series of DIY stations will be on-hand to unleash your creativity including screen printing byBlim and sewing stations by Plush On Main. Take as little or as much as you like! All remainders will be donated to local charities. $6 at the door – held at the Museum of Vancouver.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013

  • Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre: The Graduate - The late night movies at The Rio Theatre are the place to be on Friday nights with admission only costing $8 or $6 in costume and with BEER. Today, the movie being shown is The Graduate, a classic that reminds us all that sometimes its alright to fall for the older woman…..
  • Critical Mass Vancouver - Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 6pm to join other bikers on a ride around town. Get a bike!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

  • Vancouver Jazz Festival - On until July 1, 2012 the Vancouver Jazz Festival works to connect, transform and nurture artists and audiences through the joy, passion and power of jazz. Various concerts and jam sessions will be held across Downtown Vancouver and surrounding areas to showcase popular jazz artists.
  • My Community and Me – Making Comics with Julian Lawrence: Free workshops for kids - Create an original 8–page mini-comic describing yourself, your family and your culture. An avid cartoonist since childhood, Julian Lawrence is an award-winning artist and illustrator specializing in comic books and filmmaking. Free! No pre-registration necessary. Recommended for ages 6 to 12.
  • Vancouver International Busker Festival - Award-winning street performers from all over the world converge on Granville Street for three days of music, magic, acrobatics and comedy. See one-of-a-kind shows held right in front of you for the low, low price of nothing! No tickets — it’s free and open to everyone, but bring tips! (On until July 1st)
  • Saturday Farmer’s Markets - At Trout Lake, West End (1100 Block of Comox Street) and Kerrisdale Village. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .

Sunday, June 30, 2013

  • Vancouver International Busker Festival - Award-winning street performers from all over the world converge on Granville Street for three days of music, magic, acrobatics and comedy. See one-of-a-kind shows held right in front of you for the low, low price of nothing! No tickets — it’s free and open to everyone, but bring tips! (On until July 1st)
  • Sunday Farmer’s Market – At Kitsilano Community Centre. Expect to see farm vendors with fruits and veggies, prepared food vendors with baked goods and various jams and sauces, as well as craft vendors.  Eating local is “always in season” :) .