B.C. Adventures: Our Picks for June

From wine festivals to spring markets and more, here’s what to add to your calendar this month

1. The Fraser Valley Wine Passport – Until Sunday, June 30

Tourism Richmond

‘Tis the season for spring wine tastings! To showcase the diverse wine region in the Fraser Valley, this program gives visitors access to local wine tastings at 18 wineries for one set price. This partnership between Tourism Langley, Tourism Abbotsford, Tourism Richmond and Discover Surrey gives wine passport holders a complimentary tasting experience (one tasting per winery) at wineries throughout the Langley, Abbotsford, Richmond and Surrey areas. Some tastings may include daily pours and tasting flights for added variety! Wine passports are available for purchase at all participating wineries. Click here for the list!
Various locations; Passports cost $50; Details online.


2. Athiana Acres Seasonal Farm Market – Saturday, June 15 to November 

Nina LaFlamme

Local Richmond farm Athiana Acres is hosting a seasonal farmers’ market, featuring a variety of freshly harvested products and exclusive collaborations with local small businesses. The market is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and is offering walking farm tours every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Head over to learn more about local agriculture and regenerative farming practices! They  will also be offering a rotation of community events like ‘Yoga on the Farm’, so be sure to check their website for the most recent updates!
12800 No. 2 Road, Richmond; Free entry; Details online


3.TASCHEN Author Event: Jessica Hundley – Wednesday, June 19

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Want to hear more about the beauty of TASCHEN, or what exactly makes this publisher so enticing? This event featuring author Jessica Hundley will delve into the world of TASCHEN and answer all your pressing questions. TASCHEN is a globally renowned publisher founded in the 80s, known to be the publisher of “the most beautiful books on the planet.” We happen to have a library entirely dedicated to its books at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim! This event is hosted at that library, and includes welcome cocktails and an author discussion at the Discovery Theatre before a three-course meal at Botanist. Hundley will be delving into her three works from the ‘Library of Esoterica’ series, Plant Magik, Tarot and Astrology. Be prepared for a night of good food, good drinks, and most importantly, invigorating conversation about literature.
Fairmont Pacific Rim – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver; Tickets from $148; Details online.


4. Dancing on the Edge Festival – Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 22

David Cooper

This contemporary dance festival is back for its 36th annual run! As one of the most anticipated events in the province’s dance scene, this year’s festival will feature over 30 performances across 10 days. Some performances audiences can expect include world premieres, Western Canadian debuts and never-seen-before choreography from notable Canadian choreographers. The festival showcases the diversity of dance and its cultural influences across the country. Whether you’re in the industry or simply enjoy the art, head over to immerse yourself in rhythmic pulsations.
Various locations; Tickets from $30; Details online.


5. Doors Open Richmond – Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9

Richmond Museum

Richmond Museum is hosting this event for its 17th annual run, offering free access to over 40 museums, local businesses and cultural institutions across Richmond. Doors will (literally) open for visitors to sample traditional dishes at restaurants, participate at art studios across the city and explore civic services like Richmond Public Works and Richmond Recycling Depot. This is a great way for visitors and locals to explore the history and cultures that make up the city. Explore the list of participating partners and available activities online!
Various locations; Free entry; Details online


6. Alice in Wonderland & Dance Showcase – Saturday, June 1

Mission Dance Centre & Company

Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice at Mission Dance Centre’s year end showcase. Prepare to be wow’d by this musical performance that will be brought alive on stage by MDC students. The first half of the afternoon will follow Alice through her encounters with the giant Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. Audiences can enjoy a showcase of varying dance styles during the second half of the afternoon. Free beverages and a post-show reception is included in the ticket price.
Evangel Church Theatre – 3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna; Tickets from $22.63; Details online.


7. Okanagan Spring Wine Festival – Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, June 23 

Okanagan Wine Festivals

Visit the Okanagan Valley this spring season and indulge in B.C.’s wine country! A variety of events and tasting series are available to explore, all of which are centered around wine, of course. Some ongoing notable events include the ‘TASTE Series’, which offers tastings for wines from various regions; and the ‘Blind Tiger’s Live in the Vineyard’ concerts, featuring a variety of local musicians. Head over to the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival website to find out which events suit your “taste.”
Various locations; Ticket prices vary; Details online.


8. Siyaten Festival – Saturday, June 15

Sncewips Heritage Museum

The Sncewips Heritage Museum is presenting the 2024 Siyaten Festival, a celebration of community, culture and collaboration. There will be vendors, live performances, food trucks and giveaways throughout the day. Some performances include the ‘Women of Turtle Island Drum Group’, Cultural Ballet by Maria Derickson and Hoop Dancing by Dallas Arcand. Stop by to celebrate local Indigenous arts and culture as you enjoy a day in the sun!
Pine Stadium – 1900 Quail Lane, Westbank; Free entry; Details online.