Vancouver Weekend Events (June 14 - 16)

The biggest events going on this weekend is car free day! A day to leave your car behind and join the party at Commercial, Main or West End! It is also Father's Day the same day so make sure to treat your dad to something special!

Friday, June 14, 2013

ERMAHGERD: The HiVE Vancouver Second-Year Anniversary Party
7pm - 11:30pm
HiVE Vancouver, #210 - 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Time sure flies when we're having fun! Last year, we had a Black and Yellow affair, this year, we're going for a MEME-THEMED PARTAY! Save the date! JUNE 14TH, 2013 for some ermahgerdness with your favourite HiVE bees! You don't want to miss it! #YOLO  Bees, invite your friends and make sure they register, because one does not simply walk to the HiVE... they dance into the HiVE! BOOM.   *There will be DJs and a magician. Appies and cashbar. You are also more than welcome to bring in food or snacks that you would like to share with everyone.

7:30pm - 2:00am
The Beaumont Studios Gallery, 316 West 5th Ave, Vancouver
Join us on Friday, June 14, 2013 as we celebrate the official launch of our photo contest! Everyone is welcome – please bring your smiling faces, good energies, open hearts and dancing shoes! Get ready for some great prizes, entertainment, food, refreshments, new friendships and an evening filled with inspiring speakers and stories. Tickets include one free drink, food, bar access, live music live DJ and a chance to win one of many prizes! *First 50 tickets are entered into 3 door prize giveaways*

Video Game Orgy - $15 online, $20 at door
6pm Fri - 6am Sat
1965 Main Street, Vancouver, BC 
VIDEO GAME ORGY is your chance to try your hand at an impressive selection of vintage video game systems and games. Come to VIVO's most popular FUNDRAISER  to play all night and to experience a rare selection of media art based on video game culture and early computer graphic systems. The event raises funds for Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre and its commitment in supporting independent media artists, activists and community-based makers.  Raffle prizes from EA Games, Mount Pleasant's own Kerberos Productions, EXP Restaurant and Bar, The Storm Crow Tavern, The Shameful Tiki Room,  Gamedeals Video Games and more.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Nintendo Experience
1pm - 5pm
Cambie Best Buy & Richmond Best Buy
Check out the hottest Nintendo Wii U games newly annouced at E3 2013. Visit select Best Buy Canada stores this Saturday for your chance to play Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker! Nintendo staff will have sign-up sheets available in-store at 12:30pm, make sure to put your name down to secure a time to play. Gameplay will be available from 1:00-5:00pm. 

From Silence to Embrace
2pm - 7pm
165 W 4th Ave. (NE Corner of 4th and Columbia- 2nd floor), Vancouver
Join a block party celebration in honour of National Aboriginal Day. This year, the block party will be on Saturday, June 15 from 2-7pm, and will include a salmon barbeque, First Nations dancers and drummers, dignitaries, children’s activities, and artisans’ booths. As in previous years, we will be closing off the entire block between 3rd and 4th avenue on Columbia St., and inviting leaders from the Aboriginal community, churches, neighbours, politicians, and artists to experience an Aboriginal celebration and to consider what deeper reconciliation could look like. 

Make Garden Signs and Learn How to Make a Mason Bee House
3pm - 5pm
1st and Trafalgar Block Party 2601 West 1st Avenue Vancouver
This workshop is on Kits Car-free Days and we will provide ideas and materials to make (friendly) garden signs. We'll also have a demo of how to make a mason bee house for your garden.

Vancouver Draw Down
Check the full schedule of events on the website.
Various venues across the city.
The Vancouver Draw Down celebrates creativity and challenges everyday ideas about what drawing is and what it can do. On June 15 over 35 FREE drawing workshops will take place across the city in community centres, museums, art galleries, neighbourhood houses and public parks.

Car Free Vancouver Day - Kitsilano
Saturday and Sunday
Various locations around Kitsilano
Kitsilano is doing something different for Car Free Day. Instead of closing off a major street, people throughout Kits are hosting individual block parties with their neighbours on both Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th (Father’s Day)

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - Happy Father's Day!

East Van Garden Tour - $12
10am - 4pm
Figaro's Garden Centre (1896 Victoria Drive at 3rd Avenue)
This self-guided tour will take you into some of the more creative and special areas of East Vancouver. Participants will have the opportunity to visit about a dozen gardens, as well as to see examples of public spaces which have been "greened" by residents of East Vancouver. You can sign up through Britannia, in person, by phone using a credit card (604-718-5800), or online (, or you can purchase tickets in person any time between now and June 16th at Figaro's Garden Centre, 1896 Victoria Drive (at 3rd Avenue).

Shangri-La Farmers Market
every other Sunday, 11am to 3pm
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, 1128 W Georgia St Vancouver
Join us in the plaza between the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver and Urban Fare for the Shangri-La Farmers Market. Sample fresh local produce and products every second Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Live cooking demos at 12 noon by Executive Chef Wayne Harris. In celebration of Father's Day, our Executive Chef Wayne Harris will be joined by his loyal Sous Chef, his 5 year old son Josh for a Father's Day edition of the cooking demo. Chef will select products from our market vendors to create a special dish for the crowd to sample. After you have finished shopping join us at MARKET by Jean-Georges Restaurant for a special Farmers Market Brunch inspired by products straight from the Farmers Market!

Western Front 40th Anniversary Open House
12pm - 6pm
Western Front 303 E 8th Ave Vancouver
The Western Front is 40! Join us on June 16 for a day of anniversary celebrations.   League, a project by Germaine Koh, with Cedric Bomford, Ian Verchere, and Bruce Emmett, will take place in and around the building and artist collective Instant Coffee will be serving up snow cones. Scrivener's Monthly, a 'periodical that talks', will be presented inside The Tent Shop. Our interactive music installation Sonic Playground will be on site with new projects by Publik Secrets and Leslie Ross with Square One. Fancy Dress Party, a celebratory screening of works from the Archive and beyond, evokes the history of costume at Western Front with works by Kate Craig, Spartacus Chetwynd, General Idea and many others.   Come by for BBQ! Balloons! Music! Cake! Hat making with Collage Collage! And much more!

Festa Italiana
12pm - 5pm
Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street Vancouver
Our traditional summer outdoor festival with children and adult entertainment, Italian food prepared by our chefs and our volunteers, a Friends of Ferrari race for children, music and dancing! From 12:00pm until 4:00pm. Come out, sit under the sun with some nice food and let life be “dolce” to you!

Car Free Vancouver Day - Commercial Drive
12:00pm - 7:00pm 
Commercial Drive from Venables St. to North Grandview Hwy/Central Valley Greenway Bike Lane
Frying fish over fire, parading drummers, healing gardens, I support Car Free DJs spinning beats and all of your friends and neighbours hanging out. Commercial Drive is the birthplace of Car Free Vancouver Day – thank you, you lovely rebels, you!  From a renegade road hockey game, to a legitimate street festival, this year Car Free Vancouver Society is doubling the Drive festival footprint!

Car Free Vancouver Day - Kitsilano
Saturday and Sunday
Various locations around Kitsilano
Kitsilano is doing something different for Car Free Day. Instead of closing off a major street, people throughout Kits are hosting individual block parties with their neighbours on both Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th (Father’s Day)

Car Free Vancouver Day - Main Street
12:00pm - 7:00pm
From Broadway to 30th on Main St.
Come celebrate with us for what is shaping up to be the biggest street party ever held on Main. We expanded our footprint to 21 blocks and are currently in the process of filling those blocks with as many awesome things as we possibly can. Several mini-festivals, over a dozen community supported stages with dozens of bands, a full kids zone and other kids activities throughout the site. Things like kids’ yoga, button making, art zones, bike lessons, and chalk art. Three full artisan markets, a fashion show, roller derby, dance zones, as well as hundreds of non-profits, local artisans and businesses.

Car Free Vancouver Day - West End
12:00pm - 6:00pm
2pm - 4pm - Pet Parade @ Barclay & Denman
on Denman Street between Davie and Robson

The West End is one of the more diverse neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Car Free Day gets us all out on the street: young, old, families, couples, single folks. We all get together and celebrate our community and the things we love about it. And no cars makes it even funner! Did we mention all the music is acoustic? Oh ya!!!!

Russian Day - $10
12pm - 8pm
Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Entertainment for kids, Russian food, Russian dancers and singers, fashion show, beauty contest


9:00am - 2:00pm every Saturday from May 11 - October 19
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake, Vancouver
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake Between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley Please note: There is no parking in the North Lot and no parking on 13th Avenue. Please park away from the area & walk in. Or better yet: walk, cycle or take transit if you can!

River District Farmers Market
10:00am - 3:00pm every Saturday from May4 - Oct26
Kerr Street Plaza – on Kerr Street, one block South of SE Marine Drive, Vancouver
This one-of-a-kind farmers market is the only riverfront market in Vancouver. Come shop for fruits and veggies, prepared foods, and handmade products produced farmers and artisans. Enjoy the waterfront, playground and pier.

9:00am - 2:00pm each week from June1 - October 19
1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill
Buy fresh produce from local farmers!

10:00am - 2:00pm every Sunday from May 12 - October 20
2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre
Shop for organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts while being entertained by local musicians. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.

Chinatown Night Market
6pm - 11pm Fri, Sat, Sun May 17th to Sept 8
Keefer Street between Main & Columbia, Vancouver
This summer, the Chinatown Night Market is bringing a heady mix of time-honoured tradition and new school flavour to the festivities on Keefer Street. Live music, storytelling, and Mahjong; new vendors, more food, and some other stuff that wasn’t here last year like outdoor classic movie screenings and epic ping pong tournaments. See some photos from last year here.

Richmond Night Market - $2
Fri-Sat  7PM - 12AM 
Sun & Stat Holidays  6PM - 11PM 
Sat (Jul & Aug) 7PM - 1AM
8351 River Road, Richmond BC
Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors. $2 fee for regular admission (Subject to changes). FREE admission for children 10 & under and FREE admission for Seniors 60 & up. $10 and $20 Zoom Passes are available for purchase.  Check out my photos from last year here.

International Summer Night Market
7pm - 12am Fri, Sat, Sun, May 10 - Sept 8
12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond BC
6th annual Summer Night Market in Richmond starting May 10, 2013! Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors. Check out my photos from last year here.

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