It’s officially the start of summer this week, which means we’re gearing up for the return of hot sunny days, afternoons patio-hopping, and dips in the ocean. From a vegan night market at Locarno to the start of Vancouver’s celebrated International Jazz Fest, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (June 19-23).

Tasting Plates North Vancouver

This June, Vancouver Foodster is hosting another massive food-tasting event, at a mystery location in North Van. Come with an empty stomach and enjoy food from a bunch of restaurants, cafes, and local vendors at Angry Otter Tap & Forno Brewery.

When: Wednesday, June 21st
Where: 1015 Marine Drive, Angry Otter Tap & Forno Brewery
Cost: $51.45+

Vegan Night Market at the beach

Vegan foodies, you’ll want to mark your calendars for next week, because Vancouver is getting another vegan night market by Peaces – and this time, it’s at the beach, making it the city’s first oceanside market. From boozy kombucha and Chickpea fries to plant-based tacos and desserts, there will be a ton of options when it comes to delicious eats and drinks.

When: Thursday, June 22nd
Where: Locarno Beach
Cost: Free admission

Sponsored: Dine at Moxies new flagship store in the heart of Vancouver 

Vancouver foodies, brace yourselves! The beloved Moxies just opened its second location in the heart of downtown Vancouver at 180 West Georgia. Their new flagship store is nothing short of amazing. With a modern take, lush greenery and lots of natural light, this new resto that has almost 300 seats is the perfect spot to hit up while indulging in some delicious summer drinks and dishes.

When: Opens Monday, June 5th at 11 am
Where: 180 West Georgia

An Evening with Nye the Science Guy

Believe it or not, there are still tickets left to see the legendary scientist and beloved performer Bill Nye onstage. His new multimedia show is based on his Peacock series, “The End is Nye,” which looks into the challenges we’re facing in building a sustainable future.

Get ready for an evening that’s equal parts funny and informative, with the Emmy-winning engineer, comedian, author, and inventor that has stolen all of our hearts.

When: Tuesday, June 20th
Where: 630 Hamilton Street
Cost: $99.70+

Queer Arts Festival

The annual artist-run celebration in Vancouver celebrating queer arts and culture is back in town, and this year’s event is themed “Queers in Space.” The festival is on until June 28th, and will feature multiple events at different locations, including readings, concerts, drag performances, and much more.

When: June 17th to June 28th
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre, SUM gallery, James Black Gallery, and VAG North Plaza
Cost: Free and ticketed events

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 

It’s hard not to get jazzed up about the return of the Vancouver International Jazz Fest this summer! Especially because it’s coming back in a big way, with a huge lineup spread over an entire week of fun. Now in its 37th year, the Vancouver International Jazz Fest is a great opportunity to enjoy both local and international talent. Venues across the city are joining in, including spots downtown, on Granville Island, and some of the city’s most notable venues.

When: Friday, June 23rd to July 2nd
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Cost: Ticket prices vary

Vancouver FC

The Canadian Premier Soccer League is headed to Willoughby Community Park at the Langley Events Centre on June 20th, and they’re facing off against Forge FC. The game will commence at 7 pm!

When: Tuesday, June 20th
Where: Willoughby Community Park, Langley
Cost: $55-$68

James Cameron’s “Challenging The Deep”

The renowned Oscar-winning film director is bringing his new “Challenging The Deep” exhibit to Science World on Friday, June 23rd, and visitors will get to see his journey as a deep-sea explorer up close. The event will dive deeper into the Earth’s oceans through the lens of Cameron’s underwater cameras and other tech he’s created.

When: Friday, June 23rd
Where: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Cost: $33.20 (GA to Science World) 

See what’s on at The Cultch

Meanwhile, The Cultch also has a great lineup for the season. Their options are more for the classic play experience, but of course, expect some contemporary premises and tour-de-force performances from them.

When: Showtimes throughout June
Where: Online and in-person options
Cost: Varies per show

Shipyards Live

North Van’s free outdoor music fest and beer garden has several dates in June, so why not take advantage and come by one Friday? Each week, Shipbuilders Square comes alive with the hustle and bustle of guests looking to enjoy live music and local brews at their beer garden.

As well, the market is bringing back live music and DJs – so consider your Friday night plans made!

When: Every Friday from May 12th to September 15th
Where: The Shipyards, North Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver! Now get out there and enjoy it.