From food truck events to dance festivals, here are 21 Metro Vancouver events you have to check out this weekend.
Metro Vancouver Events
Monday, June 11
Food | Surrey Greek Food Festival
Surrey is holding its 26th annual Surrey Greek Food Festival this June 8th up until the 17th, attracting thousands of people.
There will be mouthwatering Greek food, folk dancing representing various regions of Greece, and performances from around the world!
Live entertainment and a Kids Zone booth will be available for visitors to enjoy on Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM to 2PM.
Art | Body Language
The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, celebrating its 10th anniversary, presents the premiere exhibition, BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, on display June 8th, 2018 – January 13th, 2019.
Guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation traces the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment.
The classes will be held on the North side of the beach, at the corner of Maple Street and Ogden Ave. The location is different than past years, and offers a better view of the ocean and downtown Vancouver.
The daily free yoga classes are organized by Mat Collective. Not to mention, they will feature 1-3 classes each day with a variety of different levels.
Photography | Mattie Gunterman
Presenting the paintings of Emily Carr with forty-eight photographs by US-born photographer Mattie Gunterman, this exhibition draws on the Gallery’s deep holdings of Carr’s work to reflect her engagement and affection for BC’s landscape.
Opened in 2005, Chali Rosso Art Gallery focuses mainly on works from Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Degas, and more.
The Gallery is holding a free Salvador Dali exhibition starting this May up until September. As part of the Definitely Dali Project, two iconic Dali sculptures will be arriving at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery this summer: Woman Aflame and Surrealist Piano.
Exhibit | Haida Now
Guest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, this exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art boasting more than 450 works created as early as 1890.
Culture | Culture at the Centre
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents a groundbreaking collaboration between six First Nations Communities with the illuminating new exhibition Culture at the Centre, on display from Sunday, March 18th – Monday, October 8th, 2018.
Co-curated by Jill Baird and Pam Brown, the collective effort offers insight into the important work Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums in BC are doing to support their language, culture, and history.
Art | Shigeru Ban
Offsite: Shigeru Ban is a new exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location (1100 West Georgia Street) featuring the full-scale version of renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House, on view May 11 to October 8th.
Yoga | Summer Solstice 2018
Get ready to celebrate summer at our annual Summer Solstice Kundalini Yoga Dance Party. This class is FREE for everyone but please RSVP so we can hold space for you.
Leave your yoga mat at home but wear your yoga clothes. This class is a blend of everything from meditation and familiar yoga poses, to a full on dance party.
Tuesday, June 12
Food | Chef Meets Truck
On Tuesday June 12th, the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, in partnership with the Yaletown BIA, is hosting Chef Meets Truck in Yaletown at the intersection of Hamilton and Nelson.
The event will run from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and consists of Vancouver restaurant chefs hopping on board local food trucks to serve up your favourite street food.
Concert | Janelle Monae
American singer Janelle Monae performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets start at $42 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Golf | Tuesday Night Golf Clinics
These “Practice with a Purpose Golf Clinics” provides you with professional instruction tailored to your specific swing flaws and gives you something to work on during future visits to the range.
The cost for this clinic is $22.00 tax included. Each clinic is limited to 8 students and includes close to 90 minutes of range time, professional instruction and range balls.
Wednesday, June 13
Arts | 5X Festival
The City of Bhangra Festival, recently changing its name to 5X, is returning to Metro Vancouver this June. It’ll be holding events in both Surrey and Vancouver.
Events will take place at various venues from Wednesday, June 13th – Sunday, June 17th, 2018. The festival has programming that features a block party, bhangra battles, art nights, workshops and artist talks.
Wine | Pairings
Enjoy mouth-watering gourmet bites prepared by some of BC’s most renowned chefs and restaurants from the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver, paired with a selection of fine wines from Oliver’s Golden Mile Bench.
The event includes an exclusive viewing of Science World’s newest feature exhibition The Science Behind Pixar, a battle for the Best Dish, food and wine pairing demos, a silent auction and fun, hands-on Science World activities.
Awareness | Ingrid Newkirk
On June 14th, PETA President and founder Ingrid Newkirk will bring her new speaking tour to Vancouver – the only Canadian stop on her world tour.
Thursday, June 14
Don’t miss out on your chance to attend Science World After Dark! at The TELUS World Of Science this June 14th. Science World After Dark! is the perfect place to unleash your creative side.
Explore their hands on displays, the Science Park, and their new exhibition, The Science Behind Pixar.
Shopping | Chaand Raat
The annual Chaand Raat event is taking place in Surrey on Thursday, June 14th at Royal King Palace. Its the perfect opportunity to shop for Eid, weddings or any other occasion! You’ll find lots of clothing, jewellery, mehndi, accessories, food, toys and much more at amazing prices!
Friday, June 15
Kayaking | Deep Cove Friday Night Lights
Close your eyes for a second, and imagine the rippling surface of water paired with the illuminated sky. There’s arguably nothing more tranquil or picturesque.
And you can experience this firsthand! Deep Cove Friday Night Lights offers visitors the real thing. It’s a kayaking experience led by a guided tour, starting at dusk and lasting 2.5 hours.
Night market | Shipyards Night Market
Visitors will find fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment every Friday night. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights. In addition, there is live music until 10:00 p.m. on the Shipbuilders’ Stage, showcasing talent from all over BC.
Outdoor Shopping | Richmond Night Market
The wildly popular market always features incredible, mouthwatering cuisine, as well as live performances on their 50 foot stage.
People visit from all over the country for this unique market, similar to the nightlife and delicacies found in Asia.
There’ll be over 100 food stalls, and 200 retail vendors. Sink your tastebuds into the classic tornado potatoes, and try your hand at mango desserts, squid, bubble waffles, dragon’s beard candy, and so many more! Here’s a guide to the must-try food this summer.
Amusement park | Playland
Playland is here! Get prepared for a summer of fun by purchasing a One-Day admission or Season Pass online or at retailers. If you buy online, you’ll save up to $5 compared to purchasing at the gate. Please note that some of the top attractions are currently not in service.
Admission to Playland gives you unlimited access to over 35 rides and attractions, including three of the newest rides!
Come along on their musical journey as they sing about their stories, their idols and icons, their struggles and their triumphs. From Cole Porter and Noel Coward, through Freddie Mercury and the Village People, then Boy George and George Michael right up to Frank Ocean and Sam Smith.
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