Prepare to eat, dance, and crawl your way through this week. From dessert crawls to the start of the International Jazz Festival, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (June 17-21).

Vampire Weekend – ‘Only God Was Above Us’ Tour

Iconic rock band Vampire Weekend is headed by lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig who is taking the stage at Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park this month alongside multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer Chris Tomson, and bassist Chris Baio.

When: Tuesday, June 18th
Where: Deer Lake Park
Cost: $76.99+

The Ultimate Vancouver Dessert Crawl 

From 6 pm to 10 pm on Wednesday, June 19th, those with a sweet tooth can go on a dessert crawl in Vancouver, hopping from restaurants to doughnut shops, to ice cream parlours. Each participating venue will be serving up sweet and savoury treats for guests to enjoy!

When: Wednesday, June 19th
Where: Multiple participating venues
Cost: $43.75

Sponsored pick: Mine & Yours Closing Sale

After more than a decade, Mine & Yours is closing its iconic Howe Street location in Vancouver. Starting June 14, over 1,000 designer pieces from brands like Gucci, Dior, and Jimmy Choo will be on sale, with prices starting at $25. The store will remain open until the end of June, so don’t miss your last chance to snag luxury deals & follow @mineandyoursco on Instagram for updates and announcements!

When: June 14 to Jun 30th
Where: 1025 Howe Street
Cost: $25+

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival 

Every year, Coastal Jazz hosts a slew of local and international talent at venues across the city. And this year, Grammy-winning rapper, advocate, and entrepreneur Killer Mike is headlining the festival!

Mike will perform on June 29th at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and you can snag tickets ($69 to $99 plus fees) to the performance starting at 10 am on Thursday, March, 14th.

When: Friday, June 21st to 30th
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Cost: Ticket prices vary

Babak Amini Ensemble with Flamenco Dance


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Iranian-Canadian composer Babak Amini is renowned across the globe for his musical talent and leadership, and he’s bringing his unique fusion of Jazz, Flamenco, Latin, and Persian music to North Vancouver’s BlueShore Centre this Friday.

When: Friday, June 21st
Where: 2055 Purcell Way
Cost: $40 to $80

Jesse Roper 

This blues artist hails from Victoria, and will be in town on Friday, June 21st, when he’ll perform at the Hollywood Theatre. It’s not too late to snag tickets!

When: Friday, June 21st
Where: Hollywood Theatre
Cost: $37.14

Vancouver Ice Cream Festival

Vancouver’s self-guided Ice Cream Fest is back this summer with 25 participating ice cream spots across Metro Vancouver, from BETA5 to Glenburn.

So if you’re looking to beat the heat between June 21st and August 5th, it’s worth checking out some new exclusive cold treats!

When: June 21st and August 5th
Where: 25 participating locations in Metro Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

Camp What’s-It-Called at The Improv Centre

With comical performances six nights a week, The Improv Centre on Granville Island is prepared to scratch your itch for comedy all month long. Their Summer Camp Shows are on all week, with a brand new ‘camp’ at every show as performers navigate classic ‘summer camp woes’ like rival campers and crushes.

When: Friday, June 21st and every Friday and Saturday until July 27th
Where: 1502 Duranleau Street
Cost: $26.50

Science World – Earth Matters: Rethink the Future

Science World’s latest exhibition kicked off last month, and now’s a great time to check it out if you haven’t already. Earth Matters” Rethink the Future immerses guests in our connection with the natural world, allowing participants to engage in interactive challenges and large-scale visualizations of our planet as it undergoes climate change.

When: Now until January 9th, 2025
Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $34.85 per adult

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Bard on the Beach is officially back for its 35th season at Kits Beach, with two productions kicking off the Shakespearean festival: “Twelfth Night” and “Hamlet.”

When: Now until September 21st
Where: Vanier Park
Cost: $30 to $44 per person

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver!