15 Great Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend: June 24-26

How come it’s already the last weekend of June?!

Time flies when you’re having fun and we’re here to help you get the most out of it with our checklist of 15 Great Events in Vancouver June 24-26. City Center Block Party, VIMFF Summer Fest, and more!

Downtown Vancouver Mural Fest Party

Vancouver Mural Festival Public Disco (Gabriel Martins)

Vancouver Mural Festival Public Disco (Gabriel Martins/vanmuralfest.ca)

What: An iconic Mount Pleasant motel is being transformed into a community space for art and social connection in Vancouver, with a huge block party planned for its official opening weekend.

Taking place June 25-26 at the City Center Motor Hotel building at 2111 Main Street, the Downtown Vancouver Mural Fest features a lineup of free entertainment and activities, food trucks, an exhibit of artists and more.

When: June 25 and 26, 2022
Weather: 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday), 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Where: Downtown: 2111 Main Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival 2022

What: The continent’s largest dragon boat festival includes the highly anticipated international dragon boat races on False Creek and free concerts and cultural programming on the 102.7 THE PEAK main stage.

The family-friendly event features performances by Vancouver indie rockers The Zolas, singer-songwriter Desirée Dawson, Squamish Nation artists Eagle Song Dancers, and the Coast Salish Coastal Wolf Pack song and dance group.

When: June 24 to 26, 2022
Weather: Repeatedly
Where: Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park and False Creek, Vancouver
Admission: Free

potion putt

What: Potion Putt, a themed mini-putt golf course, will see you test your magic and golf skills on a course inspired by your favorite magical fantasies. The course has nine holes and you can buy refreshments on the spot if all that golf makes you thirsty.

Plus, the space is family-friendly until 5:00 pm, after which it becomes adults-only, making it a perfect choice for a date night.

When: June 23 to August 7, 2022
Weather: Repeatedly
Where: Vancouver Alpine Club, 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: from $18, buy online

My dad wrote a porn world tour

What: The team behind the award-winning podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno will bring their new show live to Vancouver in June. Featuring never-before-heard footage from the mind of Rocky Flintstone, interactive segments and a party atmosphere, the World Tour will see hosts Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine continue to explore the Belinda blinked erotic saga.

When: June 25, 2022
Weather: Doors 7 p.m., shows 8 p.m.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theater – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Various, buy online

BC Halal Food Festival

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Taste of Malaysia/Sent

What: This month, British Columbia’s first Halal Food Fest will be held at Surrey Civic Plaza, with more than 30 halal food and drink vendors. There will also be fun activities for the whole family including balloon artists, henna, face painting, a magician and more.

Organizers hope the event will become an annual festival that promotes and educates British Columbians about the province’s many halal food options.

When: June 25, 2022
Weather: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Surrey Civic Square – 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Vancouver Retro Games Expo

What: Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo is an all-ages annual event celebrating all things old-school video gaming. Shop the vendor lounge, enter tournaments, enjoy live music and panels, and more. And yes, there will be video games to play!

When: June 25, 2022
Weather: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Anvil Center – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: $25, buy online. Children under 10 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket).

Desert Plant Society Show and Sale

What: The Vancouver Desert Plant Society is a group of “cactophiles” and its annual exhibit and sale is coming up, where you can see a wide variety of cacti, succulents, and other desert plants.

At the fair, you might have the chance to talk to cacti lovers and learn more about desert plants and how to care for them.

When: June 25 and 26, 2022
Weather: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday)
Where: Floral Show at VanDusen Botanical Garden – 251 Oak Street, Vancouver

Greek Day on Broadway 2022

What: Greek Day on Broadway 2022, presented by the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC, will take place on Sunday, June 26, on a five-block stretch from McDonald’s to Blenheim Street. The beloved celebration will feature a world of authentic Greek food and drinks from local shops and vendors, so bring your appetite. There will be souvlaki, spanakopita, loukoumades and more to choose from.

The event is the largest one-day Greek festival in Vancouver, attracting more than 100,000 people each year.

When: June 26, 2022
Weather: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: MacDonald to Blenheim (Kitsilano) Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

36th Annual TD Vancouver Jazz Festival

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

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What: The 36th annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival features more than 700 artists in 200 performances at 19 venues across the city. Artists include three-time Grammy Award winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, acclaimed instrumental trio GoGo Penguin, and more.

Jazz lovers will also want to check out the Innovation Series at The Ironworks, Roundhouse Performance Center and the North Shore Jazz Series throughout the festival, as well as more than 60 free events throughout the 10-day event.

When: June 24 to July 3, 2022
Weather: Repeatedly
Where: Various locations in Vancouver
Tickets: Available online

TGS Pavilion presented by Shaw at The Gaming Stadium

What: Gaming Stadium and Shaw Communications have partnered to help video gamers of all ages get off to a good start.

The Richmond-based esports arena will host the TGS Pavilion Presented by Shaw on Saturday, June 25. The free event features a variety of fun activities and challenges for the whole family and there are even opportunities to win great prizes.

When: June 25, 2022
Weather: 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: The Game Stadium – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Cost: Free, sign up online

Stargazer: an immersive universe

What: Stargazer: an immersive universe at Tsawwassen Mills is a world premiere exhibit that gives visitors a new visual and sensory perspective on our universe. Live all your astronaut dreams inside the immersive room with symphonic sound and video projected on the wall and floor in 270 degrees. You’ll also be able to get up close to scale replicas of historic rockets, space stations and satellites.

Don’t forget to check out an excellent recreation of the Apollo Lunar Module before donning your VR goggles to take part in the “Search for Apollo 11.” Astronomer it will also feature the Space to Spoon exhibit from the Canadian Space Center and the Ingenium Center. The hands-on interactive zone will reveal how space technology helps Canadian farmers and supports sustainable agriculture.

When: Now through August 31, 2022
Times: Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission), Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission), Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission)
Where: Tsawwassen Mills Mall (Entrance #3 off Restaurant Row)
Tickets: Online

Foodstock: A GVFB Fundraiser

What: Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s Foodstock 2022, presented by 102.7 THE PEAK, features eight local bands and artists, lawn games and plenty for food and drink lovers to discover. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and get ready to enjoy the day on the pitch at Swangard Stadium in support of the GVFB.

Foodstock will feature crowd-pleasing sets from Bend Sinister, Sleepy Gonzales, Generous Thieves, The Noodle Boys, Uncle Strut, Green Alderson, Madelyn Read and Good Goin’.

When: June 26, 2022
Weather: 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: $50 plus fees, buy online

VIMFF Summer Festival

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Outdoor yoga (DisobeyArt/Shutterstock)

What: The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) is hosting Summer Fest on Sunday June 26 at the Shipyards. The free event takes place the day before Canadian Multiculturalism Day and also celebrates multiculturalism in the mountains.

Outdoor enthusiasts and movie buffs will want to check out VIMFF Summer Fest’s full schedule of activities, including free all-day screenings of award-winning films that will inspire you to adventure this season.

When: June 26, 2022
Weather: 3 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Shipyards – 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free

WrestleCore at the Rickshaw Theater

What: Kobra Kai’s WrestleCore describes itself as a wild and visceral night of high-flying wrestling. If this sounds like the perfect evening for you, then you should head to the Rickshaw on Sunday June 26 to see local and international stars, Impact Wrestling’s Trey Miguel, Calamity Kate, Adam Ryder, Nicole Matthews, Sebastian Wolfe and more. Don’t miss out on the massive 6-pack challenge, debuts, and other surprises during the event.

When: June 26, 2022
Weather: 18:00
Where: Rickshaw Theater – 254 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $30 plus fees. Purchase online

Surrey Heritage Railway

What: Take a trip back in time on the Surrey Heritage Intercity Car. The 50-minute drive goes from Cloverdale to Sullivan and back. Guests can also enjoy a tour before or after the train ride.

When: Saturdays and Sundays until October 2, 2022
Weather: First train at 10 am, last train at 3 pm
Where: Cloverdale Station – Hwy 10 and 176A Street, Surrey
Cost: $13.98 for children ages 3-11, $19.59 for students and seniors, and $26.98 for adults, plus fees. Free for children under 2 years. Purchase online

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