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29 Metro Vancouver Events You Have To Check Out This Weekend (June 8-10)

Italian Day On The Drive

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Let the fun times begin!

This weekend is going to be a busy one across Metro Vancouver with numerous festivals happening.

From food festivals to outdoor yoga, here are 29 Metro Vancouver events you have to check out this weekend.

Metro Vancouver Events Taking Place This Weekend

Friday, June 8

Kayaking | Deep Cove Friday Night Lights

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Photo: Stewart Butterfield/Flickr

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.

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.

Charity | Negroni Week

Between June 4th and June 10th, participating bars and restaurants across Canada will come together over the classic, Campari-based, Negroni cocktail to raise money and awareness for great causes.

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.

Food | Surrey Greek Food Festival

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Photo: Don McLaughlin/Flickr

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.

Yoga | Free Outdoor Yoga At Kits Beach + Riley Park

Kits Beach
Photo: Mat Collective / Facebook

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.

Outdoor Shopping | Richmond Night Market

Sawadika – Thai Fried Ice Cream

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.

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.

Art | Definitely Dali Exhibition

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.

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.

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.

Movie | Hot Tub Cinema Movie Night

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Photo: Hot Tub Cinema Club

The long awaited hot tub cinema screenings are finally here. The event description states that there’ll be servers around, so you can order booze comfortably from your hot tub.

For six nights in June from 7 to 9:30PM, there will be a nightly screening of numerous movies.

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.

Food | BC Seafood Festival 2018

Don’t miss the largest seafood and ocean celebration on the West Coast of Canada! The Signature Weekend will feature day events (June 16 & 17) showcasing the biggest line-up of renowned guest Chefs and Chef Demonstrations, new and enhanced competitions, incredible seafood & beverage tasting stations, live entertainment and interactive sea-life touch tanks.

Music | Gays of Our Lives

Join the Vancouver Men’s Chorus to idolize and lionize, honour and remember, as we celebrate the Gays of Our Lives.

Amusement park | Playland

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Photo: Pamela Saunders / 604 Now Flickr Pool

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.

Shopping | Tenth & Proper Warehouse Sale

Save up to 70% off at their Pop-up Warehouse Sale! There will be lots of gorgeous styles from seasons’ past.

Bartending | Introduction to Bartending

Do you know what bad habits that bartender might have when making your drinks? If you pay $20 for a drink, are you really getting your money’s worth? In just a few hours, our Introduction to Bartending class will give you many of the answers you didn’t realize you had questions for. Our special class instructor points out just what a bar, pub or restaurant might be serving you, plus what you really should be drinking instead.


Saturday, June 9

Music | Breakout Festival

BREAKOUT FestivalThe BREAKOUT festival takes place Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th at PNE Amphitheatre. The all ages event will feature some of the biggest names in music today as well as some up and coming local talent. This includes Migos, Tory Lanez, 6Lack, Lil Pump and many more!

Music | Mud Bay 40 Years

Celebrating 40 years of making music, Mud Bay bring their high intensity Roots / Rock / Rhythm & Blues to The Flamingo Lounge, Saturday, June 9th.

Renowned worldwide as trailblazers and true Soul Survivors, Mud Bay features classic influences – Blues, Country, Cajun, Rock, Soul – finding fresh expression inside innovative songs showcasing dynamic vocals and solid musicianship.

Plants | Cactus Show & Sale

This spine-tingling event has a great selection of plants — both for show, and sale. Many knowledgeable cacti & succulent enthusiasts will be on-hand — bring in your problem cacti & succulents, or plants that need identifying.

Shopping | Truvelle Sample Sale

Photo: Truvelle

Truvelle’s annual Sample Sale is here! Head to their Garment Studio on June 9th and 10th to shop discounted styles from all collections, including gowns from their sister label LAUDAE as well as some never before seen original designs.

Nature | Surrey Nature Centre 10th Anniversary Celebration

oin us as we celebrate the past ten years at the Surrey Nature Centre and the many more to come! Activities include live music featuring the Pat Chessell Band, Face painting and henna, guided nature walks, story times, O.W.L. (with birds of prey) and cake and other refreshments!

Concert | Xavier Rudd

Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd performs at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. Tickets are $39.50

Concert | Eric Nam

Korean-American pop singer Eric Name comes to Vancouver for a performance at the Rio Theatre. Tickets are $32.50

Sunday, June 10

Italy | Italian Day On The Drive

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Photo: Italian Day / Facebook

Italian Day on The Drive is back for another big event on Sunday, June 10th, 2018. This year’s theme is Musica; music is seen as a huge centrepiece in Italian culture.

Italian Day on The Drive is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community with over 150 street participants, comprised of partners, merchants, vendors and community organizations – and an estimated 300,000+ attendees of all ages and cultures.

Antiques | Retro Design & Antiques Fair

These fun Sunday fairs feature 185 tables of fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode — 175 different vendors equals a super selection to suit every taste and budget! Come see why so many designers, collectors and antiques dealers consider this the place to buy.

Charity | Princess & Superhero Tea Party

Superhero Tea Party
Photo: Children’s Wish Foundation, BC & Yukon Chapter / Facebook

You’re cordially invited to the 7th Annual Princess & Superhero Tea Party on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 and Cascades Casino Resort in Langley, BC.

Your ticket includes royal makeovers, delicious treats & high tea, meet and greets with your favourite princesses & superheroes, a dance party, silent auction and more!

Art | Mid-Main Art Fair

Each year, invited artists show works of art produced in a variety of media and styles during the fair. Abstracts, landscapes, florals, still life and figurative works are rendered in watercolour, oil, acrylic, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

The 3300 square foot main floor of Heritage Hall is the perfect location to show fine art work with plenty of room for guests to view the work from a distance as well as close up. Admission is free.

Upcoming Events

June 12 | Chef Meets Truck

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.

This collaborative event brings Vancouver’s hottest restaurants and food trucks chefs together back to Yaletown!

June 13 | 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.


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