Enjoy vegan eats, toast with local beers, dance some disco in the alleyways + more
1. Matilda the Musical – Until July 14
Facebook/The Arts ClubBased on the acclaimed children's novel by Roald Dahl, this charming musical proves that sometimes "you have to be a little bit naughty to find your happy ending!" A fun family outing, the production runs through the summer at Vancouver's classic Stanley Theatre.
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver; Various dates and times; Tickets from $39
2. Archive Consignment – Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1
Pick up pre-loved clothing from all seasons, featuring women's, men's and children's apparel, ranging from contemporary to designer luxury brands.
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free admission, with early bird and VIP passes ($10 to 25) available online
3. Vancouver Craft Beer Week – Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 9
Facebook/Vancouver Craft Beer WeekCelebrating 10 years, this year’s VCBW includes a range of brewery-based events and a two-day festival, where you’ll find over 100 craft breweries and cideries pouring more than 300 beers and ciders, as well as live music, DJs, food trucks, games and live art
4. Boom! – Saturday, June 1
Boom! is a new live-action, sensory-thrilling, special effects show that sheds light on the mystique of the 20-storey building and national historic site at the Britannia Mine Museum. Boom! transports visitors back in time to the 1920s when the mine was "booming" as the largest copper producer in the commonwealth. The show shares the magical story of the architectural marvel that created one of North America’s last gravity-fed concentrator mills. More than 130 artists worked on the show, along with show designers and producers Vista Collaborative Arts and Dynamic Attractions from Port Coquitlam, renowned for international projects including rides at theme parks such as Universal Studios.
Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; Tickets from $31.45 per adult online
5. Skoden Indigenous Film Festival – Saturday, June 1
Facebook/Skoden FestSkoden is a one-day film festival, featuring the works of British Columbia-based Indigenous talent. Created by two Simon Fraser University film students, Carr Sappier (Wolastoqiyik) and Grace Mathisen, the festival showcases Indigenous filmmakers with two short film programs and special events, celebrating Indigenous voices and cultivating more active discussions about reconciliation.
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver; Various times; Sliding scale tickets from $0 to $20 online
6. Simply Smashing – Saturday, June 1
United Girls of the World Society, a registered charity, presents Simply Smashing, an "ungala" in support of G Day. Inspired by Boulder’s Women Breaking Plates, attendees will smash plates and raise funds to launch an online leadership program in 2020 that will enable UGW to scale beyond the five Canadian cities where G Day has taken place 11 times and welcomed over 2,200 people. Guests can enjoy food and tunes by DJ Slade, and safety goggles will be provided. Plates will be available by donation.
The Pace, 520 Alexander Street, Vancouver; 5 p.m. to 9 pm..; Tickets $50
7. West End Summer Art Market – Saturday, June 1 to Saturday, September 28
Facebook/WE Arts VanBringing together the artists and artisans of the West End, this weekly market features work from local vendors, as well as live music and art workshops for the community.
Jim Deva Plaza, Vancouver; 11 a.m to 5 p.m. every Saturday except August 3rd; Details online
8. Public Disco Laneway Series – Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, September 29
Vancouver’s travelling party comes to downtown’s Alley Oop, the new public laneway space at 688 West Hastings Street, as a first stop in five music, cabaret and dance events that will take place across the city over the summer. These free events are licensed and this weekend’s disco will feature a glitter station, DJs and plenty of dancing.
Alley Oop, 688 West Hastings Street, Vancouver; 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Details online
9. Japan Market – Sunday, June 3
Facebook/Japan Market VancouverShop for Japanese crafts and products, from jewellery and dry flower, to kimonos and cute pouches. There will also be hair styling, reike, massage and aromatherapy services, as well as workshops in notebook binding, basic Japanese, calligraphy and yukata dressing.
Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Details online
10. Vegan Night Market – Thursday, June 6
Head to the Waldorf’s patio for an evening of vegan food and fun, including live music and giant Jenga under the twinkling lights. Proceeds raised go to WISH Drop-In Centre Society.
The Waldorf, 1489 East Hastings, Vancouver; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 19 and up; Admission $2 or canned food donation; Details online