This weekend brings plenty to do and new things to see.
From street festivals to live music, here are 27 Metro Vancouver events you have to check out over the next few days.
Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend
Friday, June 15
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Market | Eastside Flea Market
Come out and sort through 50+ local vendors, rotating food trucks, seasonal drink specials, artisan showrooms, pinball, door prizes and more!
Concert | Laila Biali
Canadian artist Laila Biali performs at Bez Arts Hub. Tickets start as low as $25.
Concert | Pierce Brothers
The Pierce Brothers from Australia come to perform at The Imperial. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 8:00 p.m.
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.
Party | Brazilian Party
It’s time to party! Come to MagnetiQ Club Lounge this Friday night and dance all night with your fellow Zouk and Samba lovers.
Saturday, June 16
Festival | West End Car Free Day
West End will be celebrating its 11th anniversary with West End Free Car Day on Saturday June 16th. The West End brings together artists, volunteers, organizations, and the community.
There will be art exhibits, music stages, food trucks, and places to grab a drink all in ode of building a better, more liveable city.
Arts | Queer Arts Festival
Queer Arts Festival (QAF) marks its landmark tenth anniversary with the multi-disciplinary summer celebration DECADEnce, running June 16th to 28th, 2018 at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.
The annual festival, which also commemorates Pride in Art’s 20th year as an artist-led organization, features a boundary-pushing, dialogue-igniting array of creators that amplify artistic risk-taking and incite creative collaboration and experimentation.
Music | Truck Stop Concert Series
Red Truck Beer Co. is hosting its fourth annual Truck Stop Concert Series with three exciting events planned this year. On June 16th, July 14th, and August 11th, music fans can enjoy the music festival experience without having to travel far from Downtown Vancouver.
The first show will have a indie/guitar showcase that will be headlined by Coleman Hell.
Junk | Surrey Pop-Up Junk Drop
Do you have an access of junk lying around, but don’t want to take an arduous and costly trip to the dump? The City of Surrey allows residents to dispose of their unwanted items completely free of charge at the Pop-up Junk Drop events.
To gain entry, however, you must present a valid government issued identification that proves you are a Surrey resident. No valid ID means no entry.
Comedy | Kevin Hart
Following the success of his latest film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” alongside The Rock, the comedian has announced plans to return to Vancouver with “The Kevin Hart Irresponsible World Tour”.
Hart will hit the stage at Rogers Arena on Saturday, June 16.
Culture | Scottish Festival
Come to the Games at the End of the Train.
Take the Skytrain Evergreen Line to the last stop: Lafarge Lake-Douglas station for a full day of piping, drumming, singing, dancing, whisky tasting, British food, cultural displays & children’s activities.
Art | South Granville Art Walk
Vancouverites and visitors are all invited to this fabulous, creative event, where they can wander up and down South Granville Street and partake in artist talks, have refreshments, and attend over 10 different art exhibitions, all on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. With the diverse range of galleries on the row, there is truly a medium, style and artwork for everyone.
Sunday, June 17
Street festival | Main Street Car Free Day
Mount Pleasant’s biggest street festival is coming back for its 11th year. Main Street Car Free Day is returning on Sunday, June 17th, 2018. The party kicks off at 12:00 p.m. on Main Street between Broadway and 30th.
The biggest of Vancouver’s Car Free Day festivals spanning 21 blocks, Main Street has 15 stages and mini festivals along the entire street.
Music | Krystle Dos Santos
Join host Ian Cromwell and get a peek behind the music scene, and discover the human beings behind the microphone. This month it’s their pleasure to be joined by the multi-talented soul singer/songwriter Krystle Dos Santos.
Golf | Las Vegas Putting Contest
Come out for some great golf, great food and a chance to go to Las Vegas and putt for thousands of dollars!
They have an exclusive deal for you. Just $62.50 for 18 holes of championship golf, Guildford burger, ice cold beer and sudden death MSOP pre-qualifier putting contest.
June 22 | Playland Adult-Only Nights
This summer, Playland is bringing back their popular adults-only nights.
Every Friday from June 22nd to July 27th, Playland is going to be hosting six evenings that will be 19+ amusement, complete with food, drinks, midway games, and of course, the thrilling rides. More than 30 rides will be open, including The Beast and the Hellevator.
June 22 | Team Canada Basketball
Team Canada will be facing off against China in the Pacific Rim Basketball Classic!
Canada’s roster will feature some of the country’s biggest and brightest stars, including players playing professionally in the NBA, NBA G League and several of the top professional leagues overseas.
For more Vancouver events, please check out our events calendar.