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

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Special Events for June 2011
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June 1 - 5, 2011
Embark on A Journey of Discovery with the 34th annual Vancouver International Children's Festival at its new home on Granville Island, May 30-June 5, 2011. Featuring acclaimed performances from Canada and around the world including Australia’s Circa with their hilarious hit show “46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes”, the kicks, stomps, claps and chants of “Step Afrika!” (USA), the wondrous light and movement spectacle “Farfalle (Butterflies)” from Italy, the heel kicking folk’n’roll from Québec’s Mauvais Sort, plus favourites Marnie Grey and her “Music with Marnie Band”, Norman Foote and much, much more.  Tickets 604.873.3311. Visit for details.

June 1 - 25, 2011
The Improvised Musical at 8pm at the new Second Storey Theatre, 201-2550 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam (Above the Dairy Queen).  A comedy musical 100% made up on the spot by a fantastic cast and live band.  Show is inspired by audience suggestions each night (PG).  Tickets $10 Adult / $8 Student.  Tickets available at door or purchase ahead by calling 604-927-8400.  More info at

June 1 - 26, 2011
WICKED. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz.  One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete - and completely satisfying - new musical in a long time” (USA Today). On Broadway and around the world, WICKED has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and “the defining musical of the decade” (The New York Times). Please note for Wicked: The recommended age is 8 and up, as some parts may be scary and/or long for young children.  Children 4 and under will not be admitted into the theatre. Tickets on sale now. Tickets 1-855-985-5000 QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE

June 2 - 19, 2011
Velopalooza.  Two weeks plus of Bike Fun in Vancouver. Over 60 themed, sociable bike rides, plus Kick-off and Wrap-up parties. Details on our website at:

June 3 - 5, 2011
2011 MEC NORTH SHORE BIKEFEST.  FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL !!! A celebration of all things cycling: Free clinics & workshops, Guided Bike Rides, Bike Demos, Kid friendly activities. Make sure you join us Saturday for a special performance by Ryan Leech. Bikefest weekend races include: June 3rd Prologue Race only; June 4th 10am-6pm, X Country Race; June 5th 10am -5pm, Super D Race. Who & What you will see at the Bikefest: Bike shops, Cycling clubs, Non profit & charity organizations, Bike gear & Riding supplies. Check out the website for latest updates on the Bikefest weekend program. Don't forget to bring a little cash for food, beverages & any product you may wish to purchase. This will be a cash only event. RIDE YOUR BIKE TO THE EVENT - there will be a Bike Valet at the event for you to keep your bike in while exploring the festival.

June 4, 2011
St. George Creek Parade & Workshop.  Celebrating St. George Creek! 11 am: Parade - Join the Carnival Band and storyteller Naomi Steinberg in a parade tracing the historical creek beneath St. George Street. Water themed costumes are encouraged. Meet in the field of St. George St. and 7th Ave. We'll end the parade with lunch at Mount Pleasant Elementary. 1 pm - 3 pm: Community Design Workshop - Join Julien Thomas (community member, facilitator), Branca Verde (City of Vancouver - Community Planning), and more local citizens to share ideas for how to green and blue our neighbourhood (Mount Pleasant Elementary lunchroom). All are welcome to these free events. Please invite folks who might be interested. For more info, please email Rita, or look for St. George Blueway on Facebook.

June 4, 2011
Come out and watch some family friendly roller derby action this Saturday June 4th in support of Big Brothers. Cloverdale Curling Rink. Tickets available at Contact for additional information at

June 4, 2011
Hats Off Day.  Hold on to your hats for Burnaby's biggest & favourite festival! With more than 50,000 visitors expected, Hats Off Day has become Burnaby's most celebrated event. 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. 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. Fun for all ages! This community event boasts a whole day's worth of fun and activities geared towards children and adults alike.

June 4, 2011
West Vancouver Community Day, 10am-3pm. The parade starts at Ambleside Park moves west along Marine Drive to 22nd St. Festivities include entertainment, foods & crafts, kids and youth activities. Ambleside Park and West Vancouver Community Centre.

June 4, 2011
YMCA Healthy Kids Day at Langara Family YMCA, 282 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver.  Tricycle derby, climbing wall, pony rides, giant inflatables, magic show, scouts Canada ropes course, and more.  10-3pm

June 4 - 5, 2011
FAB FAIR 7th Annual Spring Sale.  FAB FAIR THE SPRING SHOW on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th, 45 fabulous and funky local Jewellery and Fashion accessory designers will come together to display and sell their wares at the historic Heritage Hall. This show offers the most eclectic mix of jewellery you will find city wide as well as a mix of handcrafted handbags, hats, hair accessories, belts and so much more. Famished fashionistas can indulge in treats available from Simply Beautiful Baking. Heritage Hall is located at 3102 Main Street at 15th avenue in Vancouver. $2.00 Admission, Kids free. 11:00am to 5pm daily. For more information, or email

June 4, 18, July 2, August 6, 20, September 3, 2011
Familiar Five Series, Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Join a park interpreter for a short walk to get to know five familiar plants or animals. Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 am. June 4 Songbirds, June 18 Aquatic Insects, July 2 Berries, August 6 Animal Signs, August 20 Shrubs, September 3 Ferns. Meet at the Nature House at 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.

June 4, July 9, July 23, 2011
Tri-Cities Baker’s Community Market Dedicated to Connecting Local Bakers with Community.  Activities at the market include contests, samples, family baking demos and meeting passionate bakers and artisans. Youth may also participate as vendors with a sponsored table and learn about baking and commerce. The Community Market will being on Saturday, May 28th, and run on June 4, July 9, July 23, August 6 from 10am - 2pm at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.

June 5, 2011
26th Annual ChildRun. As the third largest run in Vancouver, ChildRun inspires participants to raise funds for childhood cancer research and programs at BC Children’s Hospital.  On Sunday June 5th, 2011, the 26th Annual ChildRun presented by the Wilson Family will host runners and walkers of all ages and abilities on an exciting run, where participants can choose between a scenic 5 km route through Queen Elizabeth Park or the Thrifty Foods 1 km Fun Run, followed by a carnival celebration.

June 5, 2011
Italian Day on the Drive! 12 - 8 pm Sunday, June 5, 2011!  Come celebrate 'all that is Italian' from Venables to the Grandview cut on Commercial Drive, Vancouver's original 'Little Italy'. Join over 50,000 attendees on June 5th 2011 from noon until 8pm as 'La Dolce Vita' hits the street in style to include food, entertainment, fashion, specialty products, activities and much more. Share the spirit, pride and tradition as we pay tribute to the Italian community and the contributions made to this city as Vancouver celebrates its 125th birthday and Italians commemorate Italy's 150th anniversary of unification. Viva l'Italia e benvenuti a tutti!.

June 5, 2011
Love Vancouver Love Your Planet. A green arts, music and lifestyle festival that comes alive on June 5, 2011 in the Olympic Village along the beautiful seawall in False Creek. The free festival celebrates and encourages Vancouverites to build a more sustainable future for the city, by bringing communities together to share ideas and celebrate innovations. Love Vancouver, Love Your Planet celebrates a fun, green and healthy Vancouver in many ways, including outdoor concerts, sustainable art installations, eco-fair, local food stalls, eco- stewardship showcase and much more. Love Vancouver, Love Your Planet coincides with UN World Environment Day (June 5) and kicks off Canadian Environment Week (June 5- 11).

June 5, 2011
St Francis of Assisi School Community Carnival.  11:00am - 4:00pm. Come and join in the Celebration of St. Francis of Assisi School. **Bouncy Castle, Dunk Tank, games, great food and espresso bar, raffles, book sale, and lots of Prizes!!** 2025 Napier Street, Vancouver.  For more information, call St. Francis of Assisi school at 604-253-7311.

June 5, 2011
World Ocean Day. Discover the world’s oceans at this free, fun-filled festival.  Enjoy live music, marine touch tanks, nature walks and much more.  Hosted by the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society and the City of Surrey.  Please drop in.  For more info 604-502-6065 or visit

June 6, 2011
On Monday, June 6th, we will be hosting one of Afghanistan's most senior female politicians and 2014 Presidential candidate Fawzia Koofi, for an engaging and timely conversation that evening. She will be talking about the ongoing battle for human rights in the Middle East and speaking to her own experiences as a woman struggling under the influence of the extremist Taliban regime. Tickets are only $35, with an additional option available to meet the speaker prior to the event. Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver; We've written more information about Fawzia and her story on our blog at

June 6 - 10, 2011
International Gas Turbine Institute.  The International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of ASME is dedicated to supporting the international exchange and development of information to improve the design, application, manufacture, operation and maintenance, and environmental impact of all types of gas turbines, turbomachinery and related equipment. Vancouver Convention Centre;

June 7, 2011
Chance to Dance & Perform Variety Show.  Chance to Dance & Perform Variety Show Showcases Vancouver Community Centres performing Seniors. 1:00-3:15pm at the Roundhouse Performance Centre. FREE. 604-257-8388

June 9 - 12, 2011
Russia Day: Festival of Russian Culture in Vancouver 2011.  Three days of celebration!  June 9 & 12: Russian Community Centre (2114 West 4th Ave, Vancouver) June 11: Serbian Cultural Centre (7837 Canada Way, Burnaby);

June 10 - 12, 2011
2011 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.  Recognized as North America’s biggest and best, the 23rd annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver will be a true celebration of our diverse and beautiful city, attracting over 100,000 people and close to 180 dragon boat teams from across the Lower Mainland and around the globe. Admission is free to the general public so what’s stopping you? Come on down to  the waters of False Creek and celebrate with us!

June 11, 2011
Family Streetwise bike workshop.  the VACC is a non-profit cycling organization that works to make the Lower Mainland more bike friendly, and we have responded to demand to create a 4 hour cycling course designed to provide the skills and knowledge that families need to ride together safely on city streets. This fun, family orientated course is for parents who would like to be more comfortable riding on city streets with their children. The goal is to help you as a parent feel more secure riding with your children, and ensuring that they learn the right skills from the beginning. Through classroom and on-road training your kids can learn about the basics of safe road riding, gain confidence with bike handling skills, and about the importance of respecting the rules of the road! As a parent, you’ll gain the ability to ride safely alongside your kids, and you and your children will gain the skills and confidence you needs to enjoy riding in the city together as a family!,

June 11, 2011
Burma Night for the Lady.  You are cordially invited to Burma Night, an evening of cultural dances and dinner to celebrate the ethnic diversity of Burma and to commemorate the peoples continued struggle to overcome 5 decades of oppression by a violent authoritarian government. More than 2000 prisoners of conscience continue to languish in jails under the hands of a brutal government, punished only because of their peaceful dissent. All proceeds will be donated to help their families undergoing immense hardships. There will be ethnic food, dances and prizes to give away. Oakridge Center Auditorium.  Visit for more information

June 11, 2011
Henry Charles: First Nations Storyteller in Residence. Please join us for a storytelling event by Henry Charles, Vancouver Public Librarys third First Nations Storyteller in Residence. Henry Charles is the last surviving member of the Musqueam Nation to have lived in the endowment lands adjacent to the University of British Columbia. Today, Mr. Charles is a Musqueam Speaker and Aboriginal Greeter and he has welcomed numerous visitors and dignitaries to traditional Musqueam territories speaking his native language. Admission is free. Seating is limited. This program is generously supported by The Vancouver Foundation and The Vancouver Public Library Foundation. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

June 11 - 12, 2011
36th AnnualPacific Rim Kite Festival Sponsored by the British Columbia Kiteflyers Association. Kids Kite Making Workshop, Candy & Teddy Bear Drops, Face Painting, Kite Displays & Demonstrations,  Music & Refreshments. Vanier Park, Vancouver. British Columbia Kitefliers Association,

June 11 - 12, 2011
Polish Parish Days.  Annual Polish Parish Days. FREE Admission, FREE Entertainment, Good Polish Food, Bouncy Castle, Great Prizes. St. Casimirs Parish 1187 East 27th Ave., Vancouver; 778-668-0799

June 11 - 12, 2011
Solutions from the Underground: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.  1-250-931-5336 or,

June 12, 2011
Invasive Plant Removal at Jericho Park.  Join the Lower Mainland Green team, the Jericho stewardship group and Evergreen to pull invasive plants at Jericho Park. For more information, to join the Lower Mainland Green Team and to register to participate in this event please visit: Website:

June 15 to October 31, 2011
Maan Berry Farms Abbotsford.  Come visit award winning Maan Farms and start your new family tradition! In Summer enjoy U-pick/We pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, plus local veggies, corn, 100% fresh berry pies & ice cream. In Fall, try your luck at Papa Jo’s corn maze. We also feature wagon rides, a pumpkin patch & farm animals. Family fun on weekends from - mid June to Oct 31. School & group tours by pre-bookings. Mon-Sun 9 - 6 at 790 Mckenzie Rd.  604-852-5722 |

June 16, 2011
Smoke Signals.  Please join us for a screening of Sherman Alexie's award-winning film, "Smoke Signals." Last year Alexie's novel "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" was the close runner up in our One Book One Vancouver city-wide vote. In honour of National Aboriginal Day and in celebration of Sherman Alexie's work, we are pleased to present this critically acclaimed film based on short stories from his book "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven." Admission is free. Seating is limited. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

June 16 - 25, 2011
MACHiNENOiSYs plaything.  Plaything is a vividly imaginative new solo dance piece created and performed by MACHiNENOiSYs Co-Artistic Director, Delia Brett in collaboration with puppeteer Tamara Unroe, animator Jay White, painter/scenographer Jordan Bent and composer Chris Kelly. Inspired by the contrasts of motherhood and violent childs play, the work employs MACHiNENOiSYs multilayered approach to performance to create a dream-like world where beauty emerges from the mundane and the subversive topples the sublime. Tickets Tonight 604 684 277, (service charges apply) Prices: $26 - regular, $20 Students, Seniors and Dance Centre & MACHiNENOiSY members (at the door with appropriate membership card) $20 Groups of 10 or more (Call Dance Centre to arrange 604 606 6400).

June 17, 2011
Join us June 17th between 3:30 & 5:30 during our Father's Day party to see our beautiful school & learn more about our enriched curriculum for babies and children aged 8 months to Kindergarten. Please RSVP to  To enroll your child now or learn more please visit

June 17, 2011
Marpole Meander.  Sociable Bicycle Ride around some of the cultural and recreational high points of Marpole. Details at: Part of Velopalooza,

June 17, 2011
Wines of Chile presents Dish n’ Dazzle!  The BC Hospitality Foundation and Wines of Chile is pleased to present Dish n’ Dazzle, on Friday, June 17, 2011 from 6:30PM - 9:30PM at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Featuring more than 20 wineries from Chile, 12 restaurants and a “sour-themed” cocktail competition, this dazzling night is sure to delight! (Tickets, $99 (or $90 for groups of 6 or more) at

June 18, 2011
Saturn 5 Saturday at the Space Centre.  Saturn 5 Saturday returns to the Space Centre. Bring a 2-Litre plastic pop bottle and get ready to BLAST OFF! Event included in price of daytime admission. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. (604) 738-7827

June 18, 2011
26th Point Grey Fiesta, community start-of-summer celebration.  Watch our Saturday parade with VPD Motor Cycle Drill Team, marching bands and community groups. Enjoy stage performances, kids day camp with a wading pool and roving entertainers in the park. Carnival rides operate Friday 3pm, all day Saturday and Sunday noon - 6pm. On Fathers Day, Dads ride free with paying child.

June 18, 2011
Bagpipes By the Beach.  The West Vancouver Fire Fighters Charitable Society will once again be holding their primary fundraiser this June. The International Association of Fire Fighters (L1525 - West Vancouver) "Bagpipes by the Beach" (formerly known as Pipes by the Sea) begins at 6 pm; gates open for early seating at 5 pm. Entry to the event is by donation & all funds received go to our Charitable Society to continue to provide funds, bursaries & donations to various individuals & programs in our community. Ambleside Park, 604-329-6084;

June 18, 2011
Community Day Parade & Celebration.  Saturday, June 18 marks our 28th Annual Community Day Parade & Celebration. Beginning at 10:00 am, our exciting parade travels down Fraser Highway between 200th and 206th Streets. Come cheer on the floats, marching bands, horses and some special surprises as well! At noon you are invited to join us for an afternoon that provides free fun for the whole family. This community party takes place in Douglas Park and is our way of saying thanks to our community and our very welcome visitors. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, activities for everyone and our special Firefighter Challenge.

June 18, 2011
SPEND A LITTLE TIME IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. On Saturday June 18th spend a day in the Fraser Valley and join Neck of the Woods Winery for an open house. Sample wines, including their newest releases, enjoy some Fraser Valley cheeses and take a complimentary tour of the state-of-the art winery. Neck of the Woods Winery, 604-539-9463.

June 18 - 19, 2011
Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Thousands of people visit the Scandinavian Community Centre every year to celebrate the traditions & festivities of Scandinavian Midsummer. In its 16th year, it is a weekend of fun-filled activities, living history & non-stop entertainment for the whole family. 604-294-2777

June 18 - 19, 2011
The 37th annual North Shore Folkfest will take place on June 18 & 19, 2011 at Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Ave). This multi-cultural extravaganza showcases some phenomenal talent from across the north shore. Some of the groups performing are: Ambleside Orchestra, Squamish nations, Delbrook Scottish Country Dancers, Na Keiki Polynesia:Spirit of the South Seas, Korean Drums, Spanish flamenco, French Canadian Dancers, Egyptian Dancers, Iranian dancers, RNB.. Admission is free, by donation for some great door prizes. (Folkfest is a non-profit organization). 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver; 604-986-5185.

June 18 - 19, 2011
Vancouver / Richmond Relay For Life.  Join the Relay Nation!!! The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is an inspiring event that brings together more than 200,000 people throughout Canada to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loves ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against cancer. People are at the heart of our mission they are our focus and they are the power behind our success. Relay brings people in your community together who have a common goal of fighting cancer. Join us in the inspirational 12-hour, overnight, non-competitive event as we come together and fight to make cancer history. Build your own team! For more information, and to sign up, please go to or call 604-253-8470. One day, one night, one community, one fight!

June 19, 2011
BC Oldsmobile Car Show.  Come join us for a fabulous display of Oldmobiles! Waterfront Park (North Side), 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver; 604-987-8272

June 19, 2011
Black Powder Event - Father's Day - Kilby Historic Site. Annual Black Powder Father's Day event. Enter the old west, with black powder gun enthusiasts, cowboy action show & Trader's Row. Enjoy live entertainment & a country-style BBQ feature in the Harrison River Restaurant. Dress in black powder garb & get free admission; otherwise regular admission applies.

June 19, 2011
Bloom Market. Bloom is an independent artist and designer market held in the heart of historic Fort Langley. Held quarterly at the Fort Langley Community Hall, Bloom will bring together an eclectic mix of 40+ artists, crafters and designers from around the Lower Mainland and beyond. Discover some of the area's most creative talents and find one-of-a-kind fashion, art, accessories, jewelry, children's items, vintage and more. Shop Bloom in Fort Langley on the third Sunday of March, June, September and November at the Fort Langley Community Hall.

June 19, 2011
Car Free Vancouver Day. The first annual Car-Free Vancouver Day on Sunday June 15, 2008 ushered in the next phase in this bold experiment that had been gradually happening in Vancouver for many years. It took the car-free meme to the whole city, and represented the next level in our evolution toward healthy communities, authentic cultural celebrations, and car-free streets. On that day, FOUR communities presented their own Car-Free Festivals: Kitsilano, West End, Main Street, and Commercial Drive. Each Festival was envisioned and organized by the local core organizers, and each had a unique flavour. Visit for more for information about Car Free Vancouver Day, upcoming events, and how you can get involved!

June 19, 2011
Father’s Day jet boat adventures for everyone of all ages. Come exploring in style on the custom designed 22 passenger tour boat. Re-discover the amazing Fraser River with this award winning Company and at the half way point join in on an event like no other. This Safari takes in Kilby’s “Black Powder Day”, a popular annual celebration that has folks pulling out the holsters and shining up the boots. One never knows what adventure lies around the next bend. For more information visit or call Toll Free 1-866-348-6877

June 19, 2011
Fathers Day Special Trip.  4 hour jet boat tour from Hope to Hells Gate.   1-855-223-5453,

June 19, 2011
Fathers Day Sturgeon or Vancouver Salmon Fishing. 1-855-223-5453,

June 19, 2011
How will you use your bike? CAP-AIDS partners in East and Southern Africa use their bikes to provide medical care in rural areas. Bike to CAP AIDS is a family-friendly bike-a-thon happening in Vancouver on Sunday, June 19th in support of CAP-AIDS. To register, visit or contact the Organizing Team at

June 19, 2011
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, holiday ornaments, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day Call or Visit for Full Detail. Croatian Cultural Centre.

June 19, 2011
Royal Canadian Legion 85th Anniversary.  OPEN HOUSE: The Legion helps many community programs, come see what RCL Branch #179 does in your community. All are welcome, Bar will not open until after the Open House closes. Children are welcome. There will be hotdogs and drinks and lots of information. 2205 Commercial Drive; 604-215-8476

June 20, 2011
World Refugee Day.  Amnesty International, The Canadian Red Cross, Rainbow Refugee Society, Settlement Orientation Services (SOS) and the Vancouver Public Library host a free community event on June 20 to mark World Refugee Day. Join us in learning more about refugees through our interactive activities and information booths from the refugee serving community. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

June 21, 2011
Aboriginal Day At Fort Langley. Taste, see and hear the traditions of BC's Aboriginal communities that played a key role at Fort Langley. Join us to share in the rich culture, history and traditions that live on in BC today.

June 22 - 26, 2011
2011 North American Kagyu Monlam.  Join in the auspicious spreading of genuine love and compassion emanating from the heart of the Kagyu lineage on the 900th anniversary of the birth of Dusum Khyenpa, the first Karmapa.  Thrangu Monastery, 8140 No. 5 Road, Richmond;

June 23, August 27, September 16, 2011
Powell Street walking tours.  Walking tour fee is $10 and reservations can be made by calling 604.777.7000.  National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000,,

June 24, 2011
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 24 to July 3, 2011
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

June 24, July 29, August 26, 2011
Artisan Market at the YARROW ECOVILLAGE from 4PM-9PM.

June 25, 2011
Save Your Skin Patient Information Symposium.  The event will offer various information stations, each providing valuable information on melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers and current available treatments and support options. There will also be short presentations and Q&A opportunities with top skin cancer specialists. Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver. For more information please visit our website at:

June 25, 2011
SERF Squamish Party at the Beach. SERF's Up at the Beach for 2011. Mark Saturday June 25th on your calendars Sea to Sky folks, to kick off the summer of 2011. SERF is heading back to the beach to host its annual party on the Squamish Oceanfront. Now in it's fifth year, SERF (the Squamish Equinox Rock Festival) started as a way to gather the community to enjoy our newly accessible oceanfront land, an amazing natural resource, and celebrate the changing of the season. Check the website for details and tickets.

June 26, 2011
Carnaval Del Sol Latin American Summer Festival 2011.  The 3rd Annual Carnaval del Sol is Vancouver’s feature Latin American Festival, presented by LatinCouver. This one-day, highly publicized cultural celebration attracts more than 10,000 children and adults and will take place on Granville Street, the most popular pedestrian mall in Vancouver.

June 26, 2011
Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon.  The most scenic Half-Marathon you'll ever run! Starts at 7:00am, June 26 at UBC Thunderbird Arena and finishes in Stanley Park. 5K Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:15am from Stanley Park Fish House.

July 1, 2011
Canada Day Celebrations.  As Western Canada's largest Canada Day celebration, the party will include live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and a kid zone. All concerts are free, in addition to many special attractions, including amusement rides, a full range of family-oriented performers and interactive games for the kids! Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre,

July 1, 2011
Steveston Salmon Festival. The day begins at 10:00 am with a parade through historic Steveston village. After the official opening, the stage bursts with great entertainment all afternoon. Festival highlights include attractions such as the Japanese Cultural Show, Craft Fair, Trade Show, an awesome Children's Festival, Funtastic Inflatables & Mini Midway, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Youth Rock Fest, Food Fair plus an Art Show & Exhibit. The main attraction is our famous salmon barbecue where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits.

July 2 to August 27, 2011
Cates Park Concert Series.  Original bands will be performing free concerts on Saturdays throughout July and August in Cates Park. Looking for a way to spend a great day outside in the summer? Come to Cates and spend the day with us enjoying the immense local talent that Vancouver has to offer! Bands should submit their demos to DCM by May 31, 2011. For inquiries and information please call.

July 3, 2011
3rd Annual Canada Day Parade.  Celebrate Canada Day in the heart of Vancouver! On Friday July 1, 2011 at 7:00pm, the 3rd Annual Canada Day Parade in Downtown Vancouver will bring communities together to commemorate our nation’s birthday and to celebrate the greatest country in the world. The 3rd Annual Canada Day Parade runs from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The parade begins at Georgia & Broughton Streets. Heads east to Granville Street, proceeding north down Granville Street with dispersal at Hastings Street.

July 3, 2011
BC Corvette Show 'n Shine.  Come join us for a fabulous display of Corvettes!  Waterfront Park (North Side), 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver; 604-987-8272.

July 4 to August 5, 2011
Summer Fun! Art Camps for Middle School Kids at Place des Arts.  Youth ages 12 to 14 are invited to immerse themselves in a variety of visual and performing art intensives during Place des Arts’ Summer Fun! art camps. Week-long, three-hour classes designed specifically with this age group in mind allow youth to fully explore the art form. This summer features two weeks of the popular Summer Clay Intensive and one week each in Jewelry Design, Fantasy Writing, Inspired Writing, Stage Combat, Songwriting, Fibre Arts, Musical Theatre and Digital Photography. For more information and to register online, visit or register in person at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam

July 4 – September 2, 2011
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents our Summer Camps for Kids!  Join us all summer long where students explore a different theme each week through fun art projects taught by professional art instructors.  Show your child the magic of creativity this summer! Camps take place at: Maplewood House, 399 Seymour River Pl. North Vancouver (next to Maplewood Farm). Classes are limited to 10 children per class. For a full description of each day camp, instructor bios, and registration, please visit us at or call 604.988.6844.

July 7 - 17, 2011
INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL.  The inaugural Indian Summer Festival brings the best of India to Vancouver, July 7 to 17, 2011, in celebration of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and the official ‘Year of India in Canada.’ The Indian arts & ideas festival will showcase top contemporary and classical Indian talent across music, dance, theatre, literature, film, visual arts, yoga and cuisine – pairing some of India’s internationally renowned artists and performers with local Vancouver counterparts. Don’t miss 10 days of exciting programming, 20+ events, workshops and more. SFU Woodward’s, downtown Vancouver, 149 W Hastings. Tickets start at just $8. Full festival line up available and tickets on sale May 30 at

July 8 - 10, 2011
The Tour de Delta is a community event held in North Delta, Ladner and Tswassen over the weekend of July 8,9 and 10 2011. New this year!  The MK Delta Land Criterium!  Dhol Nation will open this exciting new event featuring a 1.3km criterium loop around the Social Heart area of North Delta where riders travel in a pack, reaching breakneck speeds and fighting it out for cash prizes.  Spectators will experience the thrill of competition as riders reach more than 70km/hr!  This event will also feature entertainment and fun for the entire family with Purple Pirate and lots of fun and games for children in the adjacent Richardson Elementary. For more information visit us at

July 8 - August 19, 2011
CircusWest Summer Camps at Bayview.  Week long camps running from July 8 - August 19. Ages 7 & up. At the Bayview Community School, 2251 Collingwood St. Extended hours are available until 5:00pm at an additional cost for $15.00 per week, per student. Children will learn unicycle, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, mini-tramp and more. Every Friday afternoon the kids will demonstrate their new skills by performing in a showcase for friends and family.

July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011
Beaver Wetland Paddle at Burnaby Lake Regional Park.

July 10, 17, 24,  August 14, 21, 28, 2011
All Over the Map is back for its eighth year on Granville Island, bringing you the best in free, outdoor cultural events in Vancouver. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes – our lively, all-ages performances have been known to get you moving!   Sundays, 2pm performances, Ron Basford Park, Granville Island, 604.893.8875,

July 10 to August 28, 2011
Enjoy free jazz, rhythm and blues concerts... every Sunday at Rocky Point Park, Port Moody, this summer (2011).

July 16, 2011
Tynehead East Perimeter Trail Opening.  Tynehead regional Park. Celebrate the opening of this new 5km,fully accessible bike and pedestrian trail. Join in the ribbon cutting ceremony, check out new picnic facilities and visit stations along the route as you take in the beautiful rolling hills and scenery. 604-520-6442

July 23 - 24, 2011
Each July, the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This family event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver's Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining and dancing in the sunshine.  This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar, drawing tens of thousands of attendees; it is among the very largest cultural events in BC, Canada. For more information please go to .

August 5 - 14, 2011
MusicFest.  The popular annual summer festival returns August 5 – 14, 2011 with forty exciting live music performances and a lineup that includes some of Canada and the world’s best classical, world music and jazz performers. Eight city venues will be filled with glorious music over the multi-genre festival’s 10-day run. Full concert details and performers’ video and audio samples are on the festival’s website at

August 20 - 21, 2011
The 2nd Annual LIVE at Squamish music festival. Rock out in the outdoors!  LIVE at Squamish is back and bigger than ever.  With a line-up boasting some of the best names in music, LIVE at Squamish is slated to be this summer’s most unforgettable music experience. Hendrickson Fields & Logger Sports Ground. More information:

Ongoing until June 30, 2011
Vancouver Biennale. The Vancouver International Biennale is a free 22-month open air exhibition featuring the world’s most prominent sculptors and New Media artists. The Biennale is a bi-annual public art event featuring monumental public sculpture installations along the beaches, walking and bike pathways surrounding Vancouver and West Vancouver’s 12 waterside neighbourhoods and urban plaza’s while showcasing New Media installations via billboards, transit shelters and rapid transit. In this New Media component we have partnered with Pattison Outdoor, Canada’s largest billboard advertiser, and CBS/Viacom, to expand the Biennale’s reach throughout the province. Please visit for a list of self-guided walking tours.

Ongoing until July 26, 2011
Learn to Fish programs all over the lower mainland (from Abbotsford to North Vancouver).  Over the summer we are offering programs at Rice Lake (North Van) Lafarge and Como Lake (Coquitlam) Green Timbers (Surrey), Hicks and Rolley Lake (Mission), as well as programs at our own ponds here at the Trout Hatchery!  If it's at a program we already have set up it's just by donation, and if they want to plan a new one with their family it's only 5$ a person. We provide all the materials needed (Rods, bait etc) and teach them how to fish.  (604) 504-4716,

Ongoing to September 11, 2011
Chinatown Night Market. A shopping extravaganza featuring traditional Asian crafts, fashionable gifts & ethnic foods. The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic crafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD's, VCD's, DVD's, delicious snacks & ethnic food.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6:30pm to 11:00pm @ Keefer Street/Main Street.

Ongoing until September 4, 2011
Klahowya Village and Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park.  Stanley Park’s miniature railway plaza has been reborn as Klahowya Village and the Spirit Catcher Train. All summer long enjoy authentic Aboriginal cultural performers, carvers, artisans, storytelling, traditional cuisine and a themed miniature railroad that celebrates Aboriginal cultures from across British Columbia. Visit for more information

Ongoing until September 5, 2011
Burnaby Village Museum.  Forty & free, the museum's celebrating its 40th anniversary. Joins us, gate admission is FREE.

Ongoing until September 18, 2011
Steveston Farmers' & Artisans' Market. The Steveston Farmers' and Artisans' Market will open Sunday, May 22nd and operate bi-weekly until September 18, 2011. The Market will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Parking Lot, Gulf Of Georgia Cannery; 604-729-7326,

Ongoing until September 18, 2011
The Summer Night Market. The Summer Night Market is a fun place for the whole family. It will be opening from May 13th, 2011 to September 18th, 2011. Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday. Summer Night Market features more than 200 vendors. The venue includes unique merchandise from around the world and delicious foods and drinks. Plus entertainment, street performers, exhibitions, eating contest, dog show, baby crawling contest, Play Zone for kids and multicultural performances. Each night, more then 20,000 people visit The Summer Night Market. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy your summer at The Summer Night Market. 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond;

Ongoing until September 24, 2011
Bard On The Beach 2011 - 21st Anniversary Season.  Every June through September, Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s great plays. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core. Staged in two open-ended performance tents, the productions are set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline. Vanier Park, Kitsilano;

Ongoing until September 25, 2011
The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art. The Colour of My Dreams will mark the largest presentation of Surrealist art ever shown in Canada.  Tapping directly into dreams and the unconscious mind to explore the human psyche, the Surrealists created works in a staggeringly diverse range of media and had a profound effect on the way we imagine the world. Vancouver Art Gallery,

Ongoing to September 25, 2011
Playland at the PNE.  Playland offers rides to match the most extreme thrillseeker to the slightly queasy stomach fairgoer. If it's games you seek, Playland's midway games section will keep your brain and hand/eye coordination busy. Interested in an adrenaline rush? Check out the Climbing Wall, Pacific Adventure Golf, Glass Maze or the Haunted Mansion. Need a break from all the excitement? Grab a tasty treat from any of the different food venues at Playland. There's something for everyone. Sit back and let the good times roll!

Ongoing until September 30, 2011
Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. Take a drive in the beautiful countryside, experience something new and connect with our friendly people and their agricultural roots on the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. The Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour has something that will appeal to everyone...young and old. Maybe you will enjoy sampling some of the best ice cream you will ever taste, or how about learning the inner secrets of growing award winning perrenials. For the more action oriented you can pick the best halloween jack-o-lantern out of a real pumpkin patch and best of all you can end your tour with some fine cold climate wines and dinner made from products grown on local farms.

Ongoing until September 30, 2011
Dundarave Farmers' Market. As we try to reduce our carbon footprint, we offer fresh, locally grown or homemade products as they become available during the season. We offer fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers perennials, herbs, baked goods, pickled items and much more. Our farmers market also takes pride in supporting local crafters with their homemade items: jewellery, ceramics, wooden toys, silk handbags and more. Market runs from April to September.  Dundarave Village, West Vancouver;

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Agassiz – Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour. This is where it all began! Agassiz – Harrison Mills started the Mighty Fraser Country Circle Farm Tour in 2003. This tour is packed with history, fabulous gourmet food products, and lots of interesting venues for the kids to explore.

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour. From an award winning storybook farm to pro rodeo, there a lot of “buzz” about this tour! Learn all about bees, shop for many different honey products, fill up on artisan bread and fresh cheese, pick your own apples, visit a potter’s studio, and see spectacular show gardens! In late summer, early fall, the corn is a-maze-ing!

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Langley Circle Farm Tour. Come visit some of what Langley’s farm community has to offer you … Take an interactive tour on a dairy farm; sample award-winning wines; eat at a bistro; taste home-grown exotic herbs and tomatoes; see rare alcapas; choose from the largest selection of plant specimens and rare trees in the area; visit the largest equestrian centre on the West Coast; sample luscious berries; buy your free-range turkey for that special occasion.

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Circle Farm Tour. This is an adventure packed tour that includes sky diving, horseback riding and canoeing. You can also learn all about bees and how they make honey, wind your way through a corn maze, and of course, find some wonderful fresh eats!

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Mission Circle Farm Tour.  Celebrate the legacy of our fore fathers on the Mission tour as you explore a 100 year old working heritage farm, nose around Canada’s largest dahlia nursery founded in 1920, and catch a Rainbow at the oldest and largest trout farm in BC. Pick up some of grandma’s favourite elixir, Apple Cider Vinegar, and sample succulent Heirloom apples. Enjoy the drive through a majestic forest of West Coast Cedar to find exotic cattle, llamas, and alpacas. Get free landscaping ideas from a tree and shrub expert, and shop for fresh produce, preserves, baked goodies, crafts and local art at the farmers’ market.

Ongoing to October 1, 2011
The Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to present Monogatari Tales of Powell Street (1920-1941).  We invite you to discover the many monogatari (tales) of Powell Street - the vibrant pre-war commercial and residential district of the Japanese community in Vancouver. By 1921, most of Vancouver’s 4000 Japanese residents lived in or within walking distance of the area. The street bustled with vegetable and fish markets, businesses, traditional Japanese bath houses and food stores. It was a unique mingling of traditional Japanese culture with contemporary Canadian convenience. Labourers found inexpensive accommodations in boarding houses. Baseball fans packed Powell Grounds to watch the Asahi Baseball Team play. Families lived and worked in the area. Children walked in groups to Strathcona School and then on to the Japanese Language School in the afternoon. In 1942, due to racism, political and economic opportunism, almost 22,000 people of Japanese ancestry were uprooted from their homes in BC – almost half of those people came from the Powell Street area. Only a few Japanese Canadians ever returned to the area. National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000,,

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Haney Farmers' Market.  This popular summer event is held every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning May and ending October in Memorial Peace Park. The market features locally made, baked or grown products. Visit our website for more details.

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market. Every Saturday from May through October, Artisan Farmer's Market is in a wonderful location right by the water, shaded by trees on the East Plaza at North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. We have a great selection of organic & conventional produce, fruits & berries. Our prepared food vendors sell baking, jams, honey, preserves, salsas, sauces, pickles & pastas to name a few. Our crafters have jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, soaps, botanical prints, herbal skincare & much more. The Farmers' Market also features a book swap, kids play area & featured entertainment.

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Sins of the City Walking Tour.  Come experience the world of a cop in the 1920's. Walk the beat in Gastown and Chinatown, while on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This two hour walk takes you through the oldest parts of the city, exploring the rich history of vice in early Vancouver. This unique tour is a must-see for anyone wanting to learn about the edgier side of this great city. Price includes admission to the museum on tour day. Tour runs on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays through until October. Some additional tours may be offered; call for our current schedule.

Ongoing October 5, 2011
Main Street Station Farmers' Market.  Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, this market will replaces the previous market located at Riley Park Community Centre. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish.  Every Wednesday.

Ongoing until October 22, 2011
Trout Lake Farmers Market.  Visit the Trout Lake Farmers Market located in the parking lot of Trout Lake Community Centre on Saturdays, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Ongoing until October 22, 2011
West End Farmers Market.  Located in the heart of Vancouver's busy West End, the West End Farmers Market looks onto beautiful newly renovated Nelson Park and community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee on-site as well. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy a market in your urban backyard!  1100 Block of Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow across from Nelson Park in Vancouver's West End. 604-879-FARM

Ongoing until October 23, 2011
Kitsilano Farmers' Market.  Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week. 604-879-FARM,

ArtStarts presents:Drumming with Fana Soro.  Don't miss your chance to learn the infectious rhythms of West Africa at this hands-on workshop with master drummer and balafon player, Fana Soro. Drums will be provided. Cost: Free. No registration necessary. 808 Richards St (at Robson),

MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.

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