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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend – Events June 14-16

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This weekend around Metro Vancouver enjoy free admission to the Burnaby Village Museum, some Father’s Day fun with the Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey, and the Kickoff to the BC Lions season. Find these events and many more things to do around the region listed below:

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Foodstock Food Bank Fundraiser Festival

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Good music and good times for a great cause! The Foodstock Food Bank Fundraiser Festival features live performances from Yukon Blonde and The Matinee, food trucks, and local craft beverages at Swangard Stadium – and you can enter to win tickets!

Photo courtesy Foodstock 2023 - Said the Whale.
Photo courtesy Foodstock 2023 – Said the Whale.

Foodstock Food Bank Fundraiser Festival

  • When: Sunday, June 23, 2024 12:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Where: Swangard Stadium (6100 Boundary Road, Burnaby)
  • Tickets: On sale now for $35 each (plus fees and taxes). Each ticket includes one full sized beverage from one of our drink partners.
    • This is a 19+ event. All attendees will be required to show appropriate identification before accessing the venue.

The full entertainment lineup includes Yukon Blonde and The Matinee with support from the winners of the Foodstock at Night: A Battle of the Bands Fundraiser which was held at the Cobalt earlier this spring. Battle of the Band winners Mivule, a Reggae, Afrobeat and Dub band, The Hausplants, an indie punk band, and the fan favourite winner, Suppertime, a mix of classic rock, punk, indie and psychedelia, will open the stage.

The field will be filled with games and you can also shop local at the marketplace featuring A Healthy Beginning, Burnaby Art Gallery, Liberum Studio, Shoebox Art, The Candy Curio, Euonoia Naturale, The Not So Early Bird, Hail Claytan, Rach Crochets, Iron Mountain Ventures, MAGS and KRU and INK Temporary Tattoos.

Beverage Boulevard, sponsored by Zipby, will feature Luppolo Brewing Company, Dageraad Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing, Main Street Beer, Kits Beach Beer and Pacific Breeze Winery. Food trucks include Ay! Mamacita, Food Daddy, Chickpea, and Munchu Picchu.

50% of beer sales, 10% of marketplace sales, and 10% of food truck sales will be donated to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and their clients.

Enter to Win

I have a 4 pack of tickets to give away so that you can enjoy this fun-filled afternoon with friends. Here’s how you can enter to win:

Win Tickets to Foodstock with Yukon Blonde, The Matinee and More!

About the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB)

he GVFB is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide healthy food to those in need. The GVFB provides assistance to over 16,000 people each month through direct distribution in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore. 28% of their clients are children, and 15% are seniors. The GVFB also provides food support to 130+ community agencies throughout these communities, such as housing agencies, women and children’s shelters, transition houses and after-school programs, which in turn provide meals and snacks to thousands of people each week.

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The Path Forward – Free Concert Celebration with VSO Indigenous Council

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The Path Forward is free concert celebration aligning with and honouring National Indigenous Peoples Day, curated by the VSO Indigenous Council. The event features performances by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in collaboration with Indigenous artists and musicians from the Coast Salish Territory of the Musqueam; Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations along with a special guest from Tla’amin Nation.

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The Path Forward

  • Dates: Thursday, June 13, 2024
  • Times: 5:00pm festivities, concert at 7:00pm
  • Location: The Orpheum (601 Smithe St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: This is a free community event and no ticket is required. Please arrive early to enjoy the family zone, a selection of Indigenous food, and to secure the best seating.

Hosted by Geena Jackson (creator of Bears’ Lair), festivities will begin at 5:00pm with a Family Zone and selection of Indigenous food. The atrium will open at 6:30pm and the free concert will begin at 7:00pm. At 8:00pm there will be a fashion show with designer Himikalas (Pamela Baker), and music with DJ O Show to round out the evening.

For those who can’t attend in person, The Path Forward event will be streamed for free online and you can view last year’s event online here as well. Follow the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) on Facebook for more information.

About the VSO Indigenous Council: In seeking reconciliation, the VSO has established an Indigenous Council made up of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) nations, as well as an elder, youth, Metis, and Urban Aboriginal representative.

Related: National Indigenous Peoples Day Events 2024

Free Outdoor Movies in North Vancouver at Deckchair Cinema

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The Polygon Gallery presents Deckchair Cinema – free outdoor movies in North Vancouver every Thursday night at sunset from the end of June to the end of August, 2024.

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Photo courtesy of the Polygon Gallery/Deckchair Cinema

Free Outdoor Movies in North Vancouver

  • When: Every Thursday from June 27 until August 29, 2024
  • Where: Cates Deck (The Shipyards), Spirit Trail, North Vancouver. In front of The Polygon Gallery.
  • Admission: Admission to Deckchair Cinema is by donation, courtesy of BMO Financial Group, and includes access to the Gallery’s summer exhibitions

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and make themselves comfortable by bringing their own blankets or low chairs. A concession stand will feature drinks from local breweries, which can be enjoyed on Cates Deck, a public zone for alcohol consumption.

Film Schedule

  • June 27 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
    • Music By Katayoon Yousefbigloo Begins at 7:00pm
    • Film Starts At 9:30pm
  • July 4 The Harder They Come
    • So Much To Say: A Bob Marley Celebration With Dj Leroy Hikwa Starts at 7:00pm
    • Film Starts at 9:15pm
  • July 11 Stop Making Sense
    • Music By Niña Mendoza Begins at 7:00pm
    • Film Starts at 9:15pm
  • July 18 Night Raiders
    • Film Starts at 9:15pm
  • July 25 Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
    • Music By Paisley Eva Starts at 7:00pm
    • Film Starts at 9:00pm
  • August 1 Death Becomes Her
    • North Shore Pride Night
    • Film Starts at 9:00pm
  • August 8 Close-up
    • Film starts at 8:45pm
  • August 15 Supercop
    • Film Starts at 8:45pm
  • August 22 Phantom Of The Paradise
    • Film Starts at 8:30pm
  • August 29 The Warriors
    • Music By Rhek Begins at 7:00pm
    • Film Starts at 8:30pm

July 11th is also the Opening Night for Anti-Icon Apokalypsis at the Gallery, admission is free. The new, landmark series Anti-Icon: Apokalypsis, by acclaimed photographer Martine Gutierrez, refuses ready understandings of identity, gender, and culture. Across seventeen self-portraits, Gutierrez embodies a pantheon of legendary figures – all female or feminized – from across the world’s legends, histories, and myths. Follow the Polygon Gallery for more information about the film series and their exhibits.

Find more free outdoor movies around the region this summer.

Free Outdoor Movies in Downtown Vancouver

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Enjoy free outdoor movies in Downtown Vancouver with the return of Summer Movie Nights at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) on Thursdays this July and August.

Free outdoor movies in Downtown Vancouver
Photo courtesy of Downtown Van

Free Outdoor Movies in Downtown Vancouver

  • When:  Every Thursday from July 4 to August 15, 2024
    • Activations start at 5:00pm each night, with the film screenings starting at sundown
  • Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
  • Admission: Free! Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating.

Movies are played on a 16-foot inflatable screen and begin at sundown (around 9:00pm). As a warm-up to each feature film, the plaza will host several activations and activities starting at 5:00pm. Enjoy games, trivia, chalk art, music from DJ Chip$, Canada’s Got Talent’s Ola Dada, and a rotating selection of food trucks like Shameless Buns, Roasted Revolution, and Taco Nori.  

Film Schedule – Every Thursday

  • July 4th – Barbie 
    • For opening night, Pop Queen Cardio will host a dance workshop for those eager to learn the choreography from the film. During the movie, Canada’s Drag Race star, Synthia Kiss and Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar winner Atondra will perform iconic dance sequences from the film alongside the talented Quill Collective dance team. Attendees will also be invited to wear their best Barbie-themed attire and walk the “Pink Carpet” for their chance to win some awesome prizes. A life-sized Barbie Box photobooth will also be on-site for movie-goers to enjoy.  
  • July 11th – The Devil Wears Prada 
  • July 18th – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  
  • July 25th – The Princess Bride 
  • August 1st – Mamma Mia! (PRIDE) 
  • August 8th – Knives Out (Audience Pick)  
  • August 15th – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse  

Follow Summer Movies Nights on Instagram for updates, along with Downtown Van to find out more about their free community events like the Granville Block Party in August.

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