Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for June

From a Broadway smash to much-needed support for Ukraine and more, here are our top picks for June

From a Broadway smash to much-needed support for Ukraine and more, here are our top picks for June

1. Hamilton – Until Sunday, June 19

Broadway Across CanadaFacebook/Broadway Across CanadaSing-along with Hamilton’s hip-hop-, jazz- and R&B-inspired hits when Broadway comes to town with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated story of America’s Alexander Hamilton. Enter the digital lottery here to get your hands on $10 tickets, available for every performance.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver; Weeknights at 8 p.m., plus weekend matinees; $10 lottery, $128+ for standard tickets; Details here

2. Poetry Project Exhibition and Book Launch – Until Sunday, June 26

ParkerInstagram/ParkerartsalonArt meets poetry at the second Poetry Project Exhibition and Book Launch, held at the new Gallery George at 1502 East Hastings. A collaborative project between Beedie Luminaries and ParkerArtSalon, half the proceeds or art sales will go to the Beedie Luminaries foundation. Beedie Luminaries students were invited to submit a work of poetry, inspired by a selection of art provided by the ParkerArtSalon. The poems will be exhibited with the corresponding artwork by the Parker artists. Books will be available for purchase at George Gallery for $25 each. 
Gallery George, 1502 East Hastings Street; Wednesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment; Free; Details online

3. Vancouver Farmers Markets – Until end of October

Vancouver Farmers MarketsFacebook/Vancouver Farmers MarketsFill up on fresh fruit and veggiesand other locally-made treatsat farmers markets this month. Saturdays see the return of the Riley Park, Trout Lake and West End markets, with Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant ones popping up on Sundays and a Wednesday market starting downtown at 750 Hornby Street on June 1st, plus False Creek’s Thursday market starting on June 14th. 
Various locations; Details online

4. Black Music Month Pop-up Market – Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5

Elbo Jamaican PattieFacebook/Elbo Jamaican PattiePresented by Fade to Black Entertainment, Black Music Month Vancouver (BMMV2022) focuses on bringing the community together and showcasing music, dance, arts and culture from established and emerging talent. On Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th, Art Soul Methods hosts a fun pop-up market featuring live music while you shop and an exciting vendor line-up, featuring local BIPOC artists and artisans. There will also be hot Jamaican patties available from Elbo Jamaican Patties.
The Beaumont Studios, 316 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver; Weekend passes for music and markets from $20; Details online

5. Momentum – Saturday, June 4

BalletFacebook/Ballet BCBig fan of Ballet B.C.? Momentum is a high-end fundraising event that aims to raise $300,000 to help the 35-year-old company have a bright future. Hosted by media personalities Fred Lee and Tamara Taggart, the night will feature luxurious auction items, incredible cuisine, and all-new live performances by Ballet B.C. company artists under the direction of Medhi Walerski. Dress to impress in creative cocktail attire and dive into the inner workings of one of the most exciting and innovative contemporary dance companies in the world. To preview or participate in the silent auction and more, click here.
Rocky Mountaineer Station, 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver; Tickets from $400; 6.30 p.m.; Details online

6. Bard on the Beach – Wednesday, June 8 to Saturday, September 24

BardFacebook/Bard on the BeachBack at Sen̓ákw/Vanier Park for 2022, the waterside thespian experience returns with Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece A Midsummer Night’s Dream being performed in the tented stage. Follow four young lovers and a troupe of stumbling actors into an enchanted wood full of elves, goblins and talking trees on a journey of discovery to find out who they are, whom they love and why it matters. 
Tickets from $27; Details online

7. 7 Generations Cup – Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12

Credit photographer Ryan ClarkPhoto Credit: Ryan ClarkTaking inspiration for its name from the Kwantlen First Nations’ seven laws of life: health, happiness, humbleness, generations, generosity, forgiveness and understanding, the 7 Generations Cup is an Indigenous-hosted pro-skateboarding event. This new event features a variety of events across its three-day span, including an all-terrain contest, a freestyle cup, trick battles, and a competition marking the 35th anniversary of the historic Mini-ramp Challenge, a first-of-its-kind event that took place in Richmond in 1987. There will also be Pow wow dancers, Indigenous drummers and singers, a basket repatriation ceremony, Indigenous vendors and more. 
Langley Events Centre, 7888 200 Street, Langley; Single-day tickets start at $26, 3-day passes start at $78; Details online

8. Community Big Bands for Ukraine – Saturday, June 11


Unite for Ukraine with an evening of music, fun, food and dance. Organized by the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians and the Polish Friendship “Zgoda” Society, this fundraiser for Ukraine features performances from the Vancouver Folk Ensemble, the Fat Jazz Big Band, the Ikuko May Quintet, the Mighty Fraser Big Band, the Dovbush Dancers, the South Vancouver Big Band, the Lesley Branton Trio and the All-star Swing Dance Band. 
Polish Friendship Zagoda Society, 4015 Fraser Street, Vancouver; $43.45; 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Details online

9. Queer Arts Festival: Hauntings – Wednesday, June 18 to Friday, July 8

Queer Arts FestivalFacebook/Queer Arts FestivalThe Queer Arts Festival celebrates 15 years with ‘QAF 2022: Hauntings’, a playful and profound exploration of Queer existence throughout time and place. Experience thought-provoking visual art, performance, music and literary events in a range of venues, from the depths of the Sun Wah Centre to the rooftop overlooking historic Chinatown and other locations.
Details online

10. Golden Spike Days – Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3

Golden Spike Days FestivalFacebook/Golden Spike Days Festival Create some golden memories and head to Port Moody for free fun at one of the oldest and longest-running events in B.C. (now in its 45th year). Commemorating the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the original western terminus in Port Moody where the last spike was driven, the Golden Spike Days Festival features a weekend of live entertainment, tasty food, arts and crafts, a youth talent competition and craft beer vendors.
Details online