Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for June 2010
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June 2, 2010
Jackie Timothy: First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence. oin us for stories told by VPL's First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence, Jackie Timothy. A storyteller, cultural presenter, master carver and residential school survivor, Jackie Timothy is from the hereditary Chief lineage of his village near Powell River, BC. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. This program is generously supported by Vancouver Foundation and Vancouver Public Library Foundation). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

June 3 to September 25, 2010
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival runs June 3 to September 25, 2010 in open-ended tents on the waterfront in Vanier Park, against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea & sky. On the Mainstage MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Dean Paul Gibson plays in repertory with ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA directed by Scott Bellis. In the Studio Stage, Bard will continue with the second year of The Kings History Cycle. In a new adaptation by Errol Durbach, Henry IV, Parts I & II will be blended as FALSTAFF, which will be directed by Glynis Leyshon. FALSTAFF will play in repertory with the third history play, the powerful HENRY V, directed by Meg Roe. For tickets and information, check out the Bard website at or call 604-739-0559 (Toll Free) 1-877-739-0559.

June 3, 2010
Disciplining Your Kids: Practical Solutions for Parenting Challenges! Disciplining our children is one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. We often feel guilty when enforcing the rules or frustrated at their negative or lack of response. This 90 minute interactive session provides simple techniques for positive discipline and effective boundary-setting and starts parents on a path towards developing capable, independent and self-disciplined children. Award-winning speaker, and author of "It's not a Plot to Drive you Crazy", Fran Kammermayer will help parents navigate the bumps in the road and discover how to achieve a healthy and respectful family environment while having fun. Ticket Price: $15 in advance ($12 each when you purchase 2 or more tkts) or $20 at the door. To reserve tickets in advance email your request to or call 604.315.6002.

June 4 - 6, 2010
In the House Festival. On June 4-6, 2010, the In the House Festival is back with a bang and we're adding a day! Live performances of all kinds are happening right in the homes of Commercial Drive. Living rooms and backyards become intimate and vibrant cultural spaces that are multicultural, multi-disciplinary, and open to all ages. Come celebrate Vancouver's rich variety of cultures, artistic disciplines and communities all in a heart-warming weekend of mind-boggingly great talent. Regale your senses and fill your hearts with music and dance, theatre and magic, joy and laughter. It's 3 days, 19 shows, and over 60 acts in a dozen houses! Time: Box office opens at 5 pm on Friday, June 4th, and at noon on Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th. The first show is at 7:00 pm on June 4th and 2:00 pm on June 5th + 6th. Address: The box office is located on Napier and Victoria. All the venues are in the surrounding neighbourhood. Tickets: Single tickets: $13 adults / $8.

June 4 - 13, 2010
Velopalooza. Velopalooza is 10 days of bikey fun. With over 30 events, most organized by individuals in the community, cyclists of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest. Nearly all events are free. Check out the calendar on our website to find rides to participate in, or post one of your own!

June 5, 2010
Vancouver Landfill Open House.  Visitors will have the opportunity to: Take a guided bus tour of the Landfill | Learn about the Landfills environmental protection systems | Discover how landfill gas generates electricity and heat | See how Metro Vancouver biosolids can be used to create top soil for landscaping at the Landfill | Watch the bird control hawks and falcons in action | Check out informational displays which focus on sustainability and the environment. Activities for children include craft creations with a junkologist, a giant sandbox, balloon twisting, face painting and a hands-on science display. Enjoy free hamburgers & hot dogs | Sit in actual Landfill equipment | Take home a bag of compost. 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. City of Vancouver Landfill, 5400 72 Street, Delta.

June 5, 2010
Hold on to your hats for Burnaby’s biggest festival! Join the Heights merchants and community for a party on the Heights! With more than 50,000 visitors expected, Hats Off Day has become Burnaby’s most celebrated event – and it’s happening Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hastings Street closes down to make way for a colourful parade, our vintage vehicle Show & Shine, and an all]out street festival with music, food, prizes, and fun for all ages! The Hats Off Day parade is one of the largest community parades in the Lower Mainland, showcasing vibrant local talent and celebrating a thriving sense of community. During the street festival, Burnaby’s Hastings Street comes alive with smells of mouth]watering food, sights of energetic street entertainers, and sounds of lively music. This community event boasts a whole day’s worth of fun and activities geared towards children and adults alike. For detailed event information, visit the Hats Off Day web site at

June 5, 2010
Champlain Heights Summer Fair. Families will enjoy an afternoon of performances by Los Memories, a local country rock band, the Diamond Country Dancers and Co-Co the Clown. Activities for kids include pony rides, a bouncy castle, a giant slide, a miniature train, swings,face painting, balloon sculpting and more! Reptile display and community booths are not to be missed! Champlain Heights Community Centre, 3350 Maqunnia Drive, Vancouver; 604-718-6575

June 5, 2010
Divas to Diapers...and back again. Divas to Diapers...And Back Again is a family style picnic raising awareness for Post Partum Depression. Bring the whole family, a bagged lunch and come and enjoy children's entertainment, learn about post partum from the Pacific Post Partum Support Society and have a chance to win the coveted Divas gift basket. Saturday, June 5th from 12-2pm, Covered Picnic Area at Stanley Park by Second Beach. For more info email:

June 6, 2010
Cool Conversions. Churches, a warehouse, schoolhouse & electric substation… VancouverHeritage House Tour   Sunday, June 6, 2010   10 am – 5 pm. LAST TICKETS $35 & GSTat or tel: 604.264.9642. Ticket Sales day of the event at 1438 West 32nd Avenue

June 6, 2010
2010 ChildRun. Join the fight against childhood cancer by participating in the 25th anniversary of ChildRun for BC Childrens Hospital on Sunday, June 6th! Join over 6,000 people in this fun, family-oriented 5k or 1k run or walk. 5K FUN RUN - a scenic return route through Queen Elizabeth Park or 1K FUN RUN - a traffic-controlled route inside hospital grounds featuring fun activities for tots to tweens! It's an all day event with lot's of entertainment. Register on your own, as a part of a community, corporate or school team. Funds raised go directly to childhood cancer research and programs at BC Childrens Hospital. Register now at

June 6 - 11, 2010
Mystery Writers' Retreat.  Imagine spending a week with some of Canada's top mystery writing minds: picking their brains, learning their techniques, and getting the how to of writing a successful mystery novel. Part of the Summer Publishing Workshops offered by the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University, this intensive workshop will guide writers through their own manuscripts with daily lectures, discussions and one-on-one sessions with faculty advisers and editors. SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE for this inaugural residential workshop retreat. Fee is $900 CDN plus accommodations (all course materials and most meals are provided). Please contact Suzanne Norman at 778-782-5241 or to register. For more information visit:

June 6, 2010
Heritage House Tour. Using a 30 page guidebook visitors visit 10 privately owned heritage houses spread throughout the city. Buildings include family homes, shaughnessy estates, converted churches, warehouses and schools. 604.264.9642,

June 6, 2010
Come and join n the Celebration of St Francis of Assisi School. Bouncy Castle, Dunk Tank, games, great food and espresso bar, raffles, flower sale, baskets and lots of prizes!! 2025 Napier Street, Vancouver; For more information call St Francis of Assisi School at (604) 253-7311.

June 6, 2010
SLUGFEST. Get to know slugs! Bring your kids to Slugfest to make friends with some of the most maligned creatures of the backyard. Enjoy carnival games, slime-making workshops, contests and the Great Richmond Slug Race. Take in an appearance from Richmond’s Giant Slug.  BYOS  bring your own slug! Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy. To register go to or call (604) 718-6188 for more information.

June 6, 2010
Rhythm of Life: the Run and Walk for Everyone. Burnaby Hospital Foundation’s annual community run and walk that raises much needed funds for Burnaby Hospital ’s most urgent equipment needs. Features an outdoor stage with live talent and fun activities for the entire family. June 6 at 9 AM at Burnaby Lake Park . Register online at or call 604-431-2823.

June 7, 2010
Susan Juby. How does a bright teenage girl who falls prey to addiction not only regain control of her life but go on to become a widely celebrated writer? Susan Juby, author of the internationally popular Alice MacLeod series, will discuss this completely hypothetical, movie of the week-type scenario and her new memoir, "Nice Recovery." (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Penguin Group Canada). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

June 9, 2010
Charles Demers. Please join us as writer and performer Charles Demers examines the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Vancouver in his new book "Vancouver Special." A love letter to the city, it takes a no-holds-barred look at Lotusland with verve, wit and insight. (Admission is free. Seating is limited.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

June 10, 2010
The Mandolin in History with Carlo Aonzo.  The Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents "The Mandolin in History", a lecture-demonstration by mandolin player and expert Carlo Aonzo, who will explain the history and evolution of the instrument. Thanks to authoritative new research, the mandolin - always regarded as a close relative if not a descendant of the lute - gains its own strong cultural identity based on the details, the similarities and the differences between the two instruments. This talk won't fail to thrill lovers of Italian culture and of the instrument that most represents Italy. For more on Carlo Aonzo, please visit Free admission, no pre-registration required. 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM., 604-688-0809

June 14, 2010
Jacqueline Carey.  oin us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey. She will read from "Naamah's Curse", book two of her lushly imagined trilogy featuring daughter of Alba, Moirin. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by White Dwarf Books.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

June 16, 2010
Goldfish Pacific Kitchen hosts the second annual Summer Splash, proceeds benefit the Vancouver Native Health Society, on June 16 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Featuring live entertainment, free drinks, appies and a high-end swimwear fashion show. Tickets $60 - or 604-689-8318.

June 13, 2010
BIRDS OF PREY TALK. This presentation of live hawks and falcons by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of BC includes an opportunity to have your photo taken with one of these amazing birds. Pre-registration is required. *Children must be accompanied by an adult. Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy. To register go to or call (604) 718-6188 for more information.

June 13, 2010
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR. 175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid-century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day -- Call or Visit Website for Full Details - General Admission $5 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Cafe/Snack Bar.

June 18, 2010
Be Amazed by International Award Winning Magicians! A Magical Evening...Come “Celebrate the Child in All of Us” in loving memory of Jonah Christensen.  L’Ecole Bilingue Gymnasium, 1166 West 14th Avenue. All proceeds will go to Make a Wish Foundation. Doors Open at 6:15 pm. Information/Tickets:

June 19, 2010
KIDS'FEST | Festival d'ete francophone de Vancouver.  The Festival will open its doors to children free of charge from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. for outdoor activities and events. You can take in the show by Kebeko, a cosmopolitan group that brings us world music and songs. There will be two shows, at 1.30pm and 3pm, on the indoor TV5 stage. KEBEKO : $12 / member :$7) 604-736-9806.

June 19, 2010
The West End Seniors’  Network would like to extend an invitation to our annual Strawberry Festival. This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the event  and have planned a day full of activities for the entire community to enjoy. Highlights include, a cake walk, bocce ball and croquet, face painting and children’s activities, live entertainment and of course delicious local strawberries. Admission is free and we will be selling tickets for some great raffle prizes including gift certificates, gift baskets and a Nintendo Wii, both prior to and during the event. Come join us on June 19th at 1447 Barclay street from 1-4 pm  for our 20th annual Strawberry festival and help us continue to support the senior community. For more information about this and other events and more about us visit us at

June 19, 2010
Point Grey Fiesta.  25th annual community celebration. Parade on West 10th starts at 10:00 followed by carnival rides, events & exhibitors in Point Grey Park. Carnival also operates Friday & Sunday. 604-617-0732,

June 20, 2010
Kitsilano Car Free Day Festival.  Block parties are as individual as the people who host them, and everyone enjoys that car-free feeling when they get together with other neighbours and celebrate in the street. You dont have to live in a block of single family homes to host or take part in a block party. People in apartment towers, townhouses and condos have them too! For information on fun party activities, as well as tips to make sure your block party runs smoothly, download the party toolkit or contact John Calimente at Join us for Car Free Day Vancouver Festivals happening in Kitsilano, Commercial Drive, Main Street and the West End on Sunday, June 20, 2010.

June 20, 2010
MEC PaddleFest.  MEC Paddlefest is an urban celebration of kayaking, canoeing and BC's ocean environment. The day will feature learning opportunities on water and on land as well as a Paddleswap. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. Pre-registration starts June 1st. Call: 1.800.663.2667 (toll free number) Jericho Beach - 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver.

June 20, 2010
Commercial Drive Car Free Day Festival.  A street party thrown BY the people of East Van, FOR the people of East Van! This years Street Festival is shaping up to be the best one yet! And what really makes it great? Well it's the people of course! Especially those who help organize and plan the fun! come and be part of the creation of the best time in East Van! Car Free Day Vancouver Festivals will be happening in Kitsilano, Commercial Drive, Main Street and the West End on Sunday, June 20, 2010. For more information about how to volunteer, be a performer or vendor.

June 20, 2010
Bobs & Lolo Summer Concert. Put on your dance pants and join Bobs & Lolo for a fun filled concert for all ages! Featuring hits from their award winning albums, Sea Notes, Musical Adventures and Action Packed, This interactive family concert is sure to get you on your feet, singing and dancing along before the first song is done. For more information about Bobs & Lolo, please visit Tickets; $8/person (2yrs+) or $28/family of four. Purchase in advance to avoid disappointment! Membership is NOT required. Kerrisdale Community Centre

June 20, 2010
Vancouver Interfaith Event. Zawiyah Foundation is pleased to invite you and your family to our 4th annual Vancouver Interfaith event. The topic this year is “Human Rights in the Scriptures”. Mark your calender on Sunday June 20 to attend this special occasion. Come out and enjoy speeches from different interfaith speakers, check out exhibits and displays and socialize with like-minded individuals. Refreshments will be available and the event will conclude with lunch. We look forward to sharing this summer afternoon with you! For more information please check out. Heritage Hall 3102 Main Street Vancouver.

June 20, 2010
Father’s Day River Expedition. Explore the Mighty Fraser River in style on our custom designed jet boat. Learn about the secrets the historic river has kept and at the half way point rejoin the land to stop in on Kilby’s “Black Powder Day”. This extremely popular annual event will have you pulling out your holsters and shining your boots as we journey back to the old west. One never knows what adventure lies around the next bend. This package tour includes lunch, boat tour and of course our entertaining crew. Round trip from Mission - one hour east of Vancouver . Adults $110 Seniors $90 Children $70 (all taxes included) or Toll Free 1-866-348-6877

June 21, 2010
World Poetry Celebrates First Nations. Please join us as we celebrate First Nations, including a memorial tribute to Vera Manuel, a Secwepemc-Ktunaxa playwright, poet, storyteller and healer. (Admission is free. Seating is limited). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

June 24, 2010
Morris Bates.  Meet the world's greatest Elvis impersonator! Morris Bates reads from "Morris as Elvis - Take a Chance on Life", told in cooperation with veteran biographer Jim Brown, the book chronicles Bates' rock & roll rollercoaster ride chock full of road stories, music biz insights and tales of racial stereotyping. Born on the Shuswap Indian Reservation in BC, Morris Bates played the Las Vegas strip for 10 years after the King's death. Upon his retirement in the 1990s, he returned to BC and became a Native liaision and special victims assistance office with the Vancouver Police Department, determined to help kids from northern reserves take a chance on life and realize their dreams. (Admission is free. Seating is limited). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

June 25 to July 4, 2010
Jazz at Canada Place Lunchtime Concerts.  The TD Canada Trust International Jazz Festival will be holding lunchtime concerts at Canada Place from June 25 - July 4 (except July 1). Jazz at Canada Place is presented by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and features a cross-section of musical styles with local and international artists. Admission is free and open to the public. Info:

June 25 to September 5, 2010
SummerFest.  The North Shores favourite waterfront festival is an eleven-week celebration of music, dance, culture and community. Hop on the SeaBus to experience a spectacular outdoor festival featuring local talent, cultural dance, live concerts, Artisan Farmers Market, and kids activities. SummerFest is a free community event and is in support of local charities; donations will be accepted on site. Please visit for complete Festival schedule.

June 26, 2010
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (

June 26, 2010
Firewalk. Fight Fire with Fire! Walk across 10 feet of hot coals at the Canadian Cancer Society's first annual firewalk and Fight Back against cancer! 3 hour confidence building seminar to inspire and motivate you to walk on hot coals unharmed. Mimimum $500 fundraising. Limited to 100 participants only. Benefiting people living with cancer through research, prevention and support.Join us at the life-changing event! 604.215.5460.

July 1, 2010
Celebrate Canada Day at White Rock beach on Thursday, July 1, 2010! Canada Day by the Bay celebrations feature performers on the main stage, artisans along our world famous promenade, kite flyers, and a children’s sandcastle competition. The grand finale is a marvelous fireworks display over Semiahmoo Bay at dusk. Festivities start at 10:00AM. Come early and play all day!

July 5 to August 27, 2010
UBC Botanical Garden - Young Explorers Summer Day Camp. Send your child on an environmental and recreational adventure at Canada's oldest continually operating university botanical garden. Young Explorers Summer Day Camp is a week long environmental and recreational adventure for children aged 7-11. The camp will create life-long connections with nature, wildlife, plants, science, and the environment through games, crafts and exploration in our 44.5 hectare (110 acres) Garden, the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, and the UBC campus.

July 24 - 25, 2010
Come check out Honeybee Centre’s sixth annual Honeybee Festival, July 24 and 25, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily! This free, family-friendly event celebrates honeybees and our community with a host of amazing exhibits and fun activities. With thrilling bee beard and beekeeping demos all weekend long, live musical entertainment, a bustling artisans’ market, fresh honey samples, in-store specials, our Kids’ Zone games tent and bouncy castle, delicious barbeque concession, and awesome exhibitors like the Reptile Rescue Society, there’s something for everyone! Honeybee Centre is located in Surrey , at the corner of 176 street and Fraser Highway . For more info, please call 604-575-2337, or visit us online at . We hope to see you there!

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