June 2016's don't-miss festivals--including Car-Free Festivals, the Dragon Boat Festival, and, of course, the International Jazz Festival--are just a few of the great events happening in and around Vancouver this month.
Ongoing through June 5
Vancouver Craft Beer Week
What: Vancouver's popular Craft Beer Week is back with 60 participating breweries, over 30 venues, and more beer events than you can imagine.
Ongoing through June 5
Vancouver International Children's Festival
What: A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the Vancouver International Children's Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences since 1978. The week-long festival features music, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry, circus acts, and more.
Where: Granville Island, Vancouver
Cost: Various; see site for details
Ongoing Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays through September 11
Panda Night Market (formerly International Summer Night Market)
What: Richmond's amazing night market (formerly just the International Summer Night Market) is a don't-miss summer tradition, with 300 vendors, tons of food, and thousands of visitors.
Where: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond
Ongoing Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, through October 12
Richmond Night Market
What: Richmond's other amazing night market features with 80+ food vendors, 250+ retailers, live entertainment, and carnival rides.
Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond
Cost: $2.75 admission; free for kids 10 and under and seniors over 60
Friday, June 3 - Saturday, September 24
Bard on the Beach
What: Every summer, Bard on the Beach, one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals, features Shakespeare plays, related dramas, operas and arias, lectures, and several special events, all in scenic Vanier Park.
Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver
Cost: $30 - $43, or all plays for $145
Sunday, June 5
Vancouver Heritage Foundation Annual Heritage House Tour
What: The annual Heritage House Tour is a one-day self-guided tour of 10 unique heritage homes in Vancouver. Proceeds go to the VHF.
Where: Various locations; see site, for details
Saturday, June 11 – Saturday, June 18
City of Bhangra Festival
What: In honour of Asian Heritage Month, the Bhangra Festival includes free outdoor concerts, live music and dance performances, art exhibits and more.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Various, see site for details.
Sunday, June 12
Italian Day on Commercial Drive
What: The Drive celebrates its "Little Italy" heritage with a day of free festivities, including food, live music, fashion shows, sports, kids' activities and more.
Where: Commercial Drive, between Venables and Grandview
Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
What: The annual Dragon Boat Festival is a multicultural event designed to bring Vancouverites together for fun, food, boat racing, music and more. Over 100,000 attendees are expected, as well as over 180 dragon boat teams from around the world.
Where: Concord Pacific Place (next to Science World), 900-1095 West Pender St., Vancouver
Saturday, June 18 - Sunday, June 19
Car-Free Community Festivals
What: Since 2005’s first Car-Free Festival and street party (on Commercial Drive) was such a success, Vancouver now hosts four community Car-Free Festivals: street parties with fun for the whole family. This year, the West End Car Free Festival will be on Saturday, June 20, with the other festivals held on Sunday, June 21.
Where: Various locations on Commercial Drive, Kitsilano, Main Street, and West End.
Monday, June 20 - Saturday, August 20
What: It's the 81st annual Kitsilano Showboat, which brings a variety of performers--including Flamenco and Tango dancers--to Kits Beach.
Performances start at 7pm every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through August 20.
Where: 2300 Cornwall Ave., Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver
Cost: Free / by donation
Thursday, June 23
Night at the Aquarium Annual Fundraising Gala
What: The Vancouver Aquarium's annual fundraising gala is one of the highlights of the Vancouver social calendar. Enjoy gourmet food, B.C. wines, and a great party with 100% of the proceeds going to the Aquarium's education and conservation activities.
Where: Vancouver Aquarium
Friday, June 24 – Sunday, July 3
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
What: Called the “best jazz festival in the world” by The Seattle Times, this year’s festival is the 30th anniversary and includes 1800 musicians, 400 concerts, and 40 Venues across Vancouver.
Where: Various locations, see site for details.
Cost: Various, see site for details; many events are free.
Fridays, June 24 - September 2
Free Ballroom Dancing in Robson Square
What: Organized by DanceSport BC, this summer Dance Series offers ballroom dance lessons every Friday at 8pm, show dances at 9pm and 10pm, and a chance to dance the night away under the Robson Square dome, in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Where: Robson Square, Vancouver
Sunday, June 26
Greek Day on Broadway
What: Celebrate all things Greek at this free Broadway Street Festival, packed with live entertainment and, of course, lots of food.
Where: W Broadway; see site for details
Thursdays, June 30 – August 25
Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden
What: Enjoy Thursday night concerts in the gorgeous, tranquil Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden in Chinatown.
Where: Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St., Vancouver
Cost: $35 - $45
Sundays, 2016 Dates TBA
Summer Food Cart Fest - Sundays
What: Held every Sunday from 12pm - 5pm, the summer Food Cart Fest includes 24 top Vancouver food carts, community markets, DJs, and kids' activities.
Where: 215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $2.50; free with a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society