TAKE-OUT: Things to do in Vancouver, June 2014
June is when Vancouver takes it OUTSIDE! If you’re looking for things to do when you’re in the city in June, you’re going to have to slop on some sunscreen, find the shades and wear the comfy shoes. There are some notable exceptions, of course, but June is the month when we start to get our summer on!
HONKY TONK SATURDAYS AT FOX CABARET
Staying out until 4 am is a thing of the past for some of us, so when we see the words “early show,” we take note. Vancouver’s alt-country rocker Rich Hope has built a cult-like following, and his monthly “Honky Tonk Saturdays” at Mt. Pleasant’s Fox Cabaret are our idea of a good time. Doors open at 7 pm with the show starting at 8 pm; factor in an après-concert cocktail or two and you can still be in bed in time to catch Weekend Update.
June 7 at The Fox Cabaret
INTERNATIONAL SUMMER NIGHT MARKET
Located just south of Vancouver in the suburb of Richmond, the International Summer Night Market will bring back memories of that post-college trip bumming around Asia, when your idea of dinner was something from the “deep-fried things on sticks” category and a frosty bottle of Singha. Along with an array of stalls selling everything imaginable, they also have awesome entertainment and events including a scooter rally and hip hop dancers.
Through September 14 in Richmond
CAR-FREE DAY VANCOUVER
Exactly what it sounds like, Car-Free Day Vancouver sees several of the city’s neighbourhoods stage community festivals and take over the streets. Each has a different flavour, but expect to see street-side stages, food trucks, neighbourhood vendors, lots of people hanging out in their ‘hood, and every non-vehicular form of transportation imaginable.
June 15 in the West End, Main Street and Commercial Drive neighbourhoods
SOUTH GRANVILLE ARTWALK
The Shaughnessy stretch of Granville Street (just south of the bridge) has been known as “Gallery Row” since the 1960s with good reason. For the annual ArtWalk event, 18 of the area’s private galleries will throw open their doors for a day of artist talks, exhibitions and a little wine and cheese. Works range from emerging artists to seasoned masters, and span all mediums. Spend the day walking the route, or just pop by for an hour. It’s all good with them.
June 21 on Granville Street