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28 Metro Vancouver Events You Have To Check Out This Weekend (June 1-3)

Foam Fest

Photo: 5k Foam Fest Fun Run / Facebook

Did June spring up on you quickly too?

This weekend has no shortage of events happening across the region.

From sneaker conventions to foam runs, here are 28 awesome Metro Vancouver events you have to check out this weekend.

Metro Vancouver Events Taking Place This Weekend


Friday, June 1

Beer | Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival

Photo: Vancouver Craft Beer Week / Facebook

The Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival returns to the PNE Grounds this weekend from Friday May 25th to Sunday June 3rd, 2018.

Over the past 9 years, it has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week into a cultural engine that showcases music, food, art, and craft beer at events across the city, from the last weekend of May to the first weekend of June every year.

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 8.

Night market | Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market
Photo: @yvonneming88 / Instagram

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.

Art | 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.

Outdoor Shopping | Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market Food
Deep Fried Squid – Sweet Chilli

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.

Crafts | Crafted Vancouver

With more than 40 events during May, featuring opportunities from Irish quilting workshops, woodworking studio tours, Korean pottery classes, leathermaking, architecture tours, metal arts, and fine spirit tastings, there is an experience for every craft enthusiast.

Art | Definitely Dali

dali exhibition
Photo: paulisson miura/flickr

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 in Vancouver 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 this weekend and until Monday, October 8th, 2018.

Amusement park | Playland

Photo: Jimmy Yargeau/Flickr

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!

Performances | Pecha Kucha

Ten presenters from a range of fields share their interesting projects, inspirations and passions. Presenters get 20 images x 20 seconds each, making for a 6 minute and 40 second shot of ideas and inspiration.

Food | Jazz Summer BBQ

Come out to Hycroft this summer for their jazzed up BBQ series! The first of three performances will feature a mix of jazz, blues, and R&B from the Weaver Werth band. Come enjoy a delicious pre-concert BBQ dinner with friends and family before dancing the night away on our beautiful terrace.

Concert | Camaro 67 & Coco Jafro

Camaro 67 & Coco Jafro are both releasing their latest albums at a release party this weekend at the Rickshaw Theatre. Tickets are $15.

Ballet | Goh Ballet Presents: Cinderella

Photo: Goh Ballet

For their 40th Year Anniversary Gala, Goh Ballet presents Cinderella on June 1st and 2nd. An unforgettable fairytale brought to life on stage at The Centre in Vancouver.

A world-premiere of choreography staged by dance luminary Maina Gielgud and music by Sergei Prokofiev, witness a cast of local talent and special guest artists dance their way to the Spring Ball and follow the journey of the infamous glass slipper after the stroke of midnight.

Dancing | Square Dance

Learn moves from Paul Silveria, with live music by the Heretics of Old Time! Tickets are $15.

Concert | Joe Satriani

American guitarist Joe Satriani performs at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $69.50 and doors open at 8:00 p.m.


Saturday, June 2

Playground | Pop-Up Adventure Playground

Pop-up adventure playground
Photo: Leo Rivas

Just in time to celebrate spring, Springfree Trampoline and Earth Day Canada have come together to host a Pop-Up Adventure Playground.

The event will be hosted by Springfree Ambassador and two-time Olympic Gold Medal-winning trampolinist, Rosie MacLennan. Further, MacLennan will be showing off her Gold Medals and signing autographs!

Art | West of Main Art Walk

The 26th West of Main Art Walk gives you a unique insight into 60+ talented visual artists . Admission is free.

Collectibles | Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show

Sort through 40 tables of rare items at the Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show this weekend. Admission is $2.

Charity | Relay For Life

Relay For Life
Photo: Canadian Cancer Society – Relay For Life / Facebook

The Tri-Cities Relay For Life event takes place this Spring at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam.

At Relay For Life, no one faces cancer alone. This event will bring together teams of family, friends and colleagues to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those we’ve lost and commit to raising funds to fight all types of cancer.

Market | Eastside Flea

See more than 50 local vendors, artisan showrooms, rotating food trucks, a bar, am outdoor courtyard, pinball & more! Admission is $3.

Hair | 4th Annual Vancouver Facial Hair Competition

The Vancouver Facial Hair Club’s 4th Annual Beard and Moustache Competition will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at Lamplighter Pub in Gastown. This year they are very proud to be supporting Working Gear, a fantastic local charity.

Race | 5k Foam Fest

Foam Fest
Photo: 5k Foam Fest Fun Run / Facebook

The 5k Foam Fest returns to the Abbotsford Exhibition Park on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018.

It’s a one-of-a-kind obstacle course that is based on pure fun. It has 22+ obstacles, including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, mud pits and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam!

Comedy | Kathy Griffin

American Comedian Kathy Griffin performs on her Laugh Your Head Off Tour at the Orpheum Theatre.

Concert | Tom Jones

Pop-rock singer Tom Jones performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets start as low as $48.

Sunday, June 3

Market | Japan Market

Japan MarketJapan Market will take place this weekend on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018. You’ll find it set up in the Sunroom and Gallery Room across from the ice rink (just down the stairs from the Art Gallery).

You can expect to find unique Japanese crafts and products, such as jewelry, soap, postcards, notebooks, dry flowers, ceramics, kimono, cute pouches, charms, tabi socks, hair accessories, and much more.

Charity | RBC Race for the Kids

Since its inception in 1986, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s signature run, and largest family fun run in Vancouver, has raised over $13 million in support of childhood cancer research and treatment and, as of 2016, pediatric mental health initiatives.

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate and to start their own fundraising page to help raise much-needed funds and awareness for child health in BC.

Sneakers | Hype City 3

Hype CityVancouver Sneakerheads Group and Vancouver Streetwear Community are bringing Canada’s largest and most active sneaker and streetwear convention to town this June.

Connoisseurs in streetwear fashion come from around the globe to see limited edition items, rare vintage pieces and other highly sought after gear.

Upcoming Metro Vancouver Events

June 6 | Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams is considered of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain.

The tour will see Adams perform new music from Ultimate, and his incredible back-catalogue including “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started”, “Summer of ‘69”, “Heaven” and more.

June 8 | 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!


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