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Fun events to check out in Vancouver this weekend: June 14 - 16

Here are the "don't miss" events in Vancouver this weekend.
The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s 35th season kicked off this week in Vancouver and will run into the end of summer in 2024 with daily performances. 

Vancouverites can see everything from Shakespeare plays on the beach to zombies in virtual reality this weekend...or they can enjoy sipping cider with friends. 

The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival kicked off this week in Vancouver, offering live entertainment in the city's breathtaking Vanier Park daily through the summer. 

While it is expected to rain on the weekend, locals can also head inside (and stay active) while battling zombies or robots in virtual reality.

Are you not up for battling scary monsters? Theatre Sports on Granville Island offers a variety of indoor shows that will have your sides hurting from laughter (rather than your heart palpitating in fear).

The BC Cider Festival will also offer sips for cider fans, while the Richmond Night Market has hundreds of food options to sample.

Here are the "don't miss" events in Vancouver over this weekend, June 14 - 16, 2024:

BC Cider Festival

The fifth annual BC Cider Festival takes place this Sunday, June 16 in North Vancouver. Attendees can sip selections from cideries across B.C., the Pacific Northwest, and abroad.

The Pipe Shop is easily accessible via the Seabus.

When: Sunday, June 16 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Pipe Shop - 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Cost: $59. Get tickets.

Richmond Night Market

The annual Richmond Night Market invites attendees to enter the enchanting world of “Summer Sweet Dragon" at the largest night market in North America.

Visitors can enjoy over 600 international food options and 110 retail booths featuring trendy fashion, unique finds, and artisanal crafts. 

Live performances include musicians, dance troupes, martial arts demonstrations, and more.

When:  April 26 to Oct. 20, Fridays through Sundays

Where: 8351 River Road – One block from Canada Line's Bridgeport Station, Richmond

Cost: General admission: $8.50; Zoom pass (fast pass): $40. Seniors and kids under seven are free. 

Bard on the Beach

The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s 35th season kicked off this week in Vancouver and will run into the end of summer with daily performances. 

The festival's white tents house guests in Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park where they can see a few of the Bard's most beloved plays, including Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, and Measure for Measure. 

The festival will also feature special events, including family nights, Wine Wednesdays, Talkback Tuesdays, a Relaxed Performance, and more.

When: Daily from June 11 - Sept. 21

Where: Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park - 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver

Tickets: Regular prices range from $30 to $88 but cost more for special events. Get tickets.

To Be Seen, To Be Heard: First Nations in Public Spaces, 1900–1965

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC has re-opened following a year-and-a-half closure. A new exhibition To Be Seen, To Be Heard: First Nations in Public Spaces, 1900–1965 premiered at the museum this week, showcasing a "multimedia exhibition of large-scale archival photographs and film" that explores how First Nations people represented themselves during the potlach prohibition and "other forms of erasure in Canada," including at parades, protests, royal visits, tourist markets, civic jubilees and intertribal gatherings.

Tickets are available at the door. 

When: Daily through March 30, 2025, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: The Museum of Anthropology - 6393 North West Marine Drive, Vancouver

Cost: Adult (19-64) $25; Seniors (+64) $22; Students (+19 with ID) $22; Youth (6-18) $10; Indigenous people, UBC staff, MOA members are free. 

Pawsitive Yoga: Yoga with Your Furry Friend

The Dog Society welcomes friendly, well-behaved dogs who are up to date with their vaccinations to join Pawsitive Yoga: Yoga with Your Furry Friend at Stretch Studio on Saturday, June 15. The event is ticketed and the size limit is 60 pounds for participating pooches. 

"We will make exceptions on an individual basis for larger dogs if the owners email us," says one of the organizers.

The event will start with a 15-minute mingle and meet-and-greet followed by 45 minutes of yoga. 

Attendees will get a free goody bag with dog treats, toys, and more.

The Dog Society aims to bring canine owners from the Lower Mainland together for fun and informative activities, such as yoga, hikes, brunches, and paint nights.

When: Saturday, June 15, from 4 - 5 p.m.

Where: Stretch Studio - 180 E Pender St

Cost: $33.28. Get tickets.

An Evening with Eckhart Tolle

Best-selling author Eckhart Tolle will discuss his works and teachings about "living in the in the moment" which has received international praise.

Tolle's fans include Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama and Deepak Chopra and his books The Power of Now and A New Earth have sold millions of copies worldwide.

When: Saturday, June 15, from 7 - 9 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building (Ballrooms ABCD) - 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Cost: $57 – $227. Get tickets.

Theatre Sports on Granville Island

Enjoy Camp What’s-It-Called and/or Theatre Sports on Friday and Saturday nights or check out House Teams on Sundays at the popular improv theatre venue on Granville Island.

Shows are 90 minutes long including an intermission.

Tickets are $85 and include all drink tastings.

When: Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2 (various showtimes)

Where: The Improv Centre - 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver

Cost: General $33.50 Student/Senior $28.50. House Teams tickets are $8.50. 

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Discover everything from the "dark secrets" of Stanley Park to where to get the city's sweetest treats to secrets of the Penthouse adult entertainment club. You can even arrange a private walking tour explore Vancouver's hidden history. 

When: Friday, May 31 to Sunday, May 2 (various times)

Where: Various locations and venues across Vancouver

Tickets: Prices vary based on tour and group (private versus shared).

Battle Zombies at Virtual Latency 

Experience top free-roam Virtual reality games with the "latest 5K headset" and battle zombies or robots completely untethered with no wires or walls getting in your way.

The Vancouver location has over 1500 square feet of VR room to play, and treat yourself and up to eight friends. 

When: Friday, May 31 to Sunday, May 2

Where: Virtual Latency BC -  Kingsgate Mall, 370 E Broadway Vancouver

With files from Lindsay William-Ross and Mina Kerr-Lazenby, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter.