Vancouver is kicking off the summer season with a ton of street parties, music festivals, and food & drink events, and there are a handful happening this very weekend! So we’ll get right to it: From the Pinoy Festival to Greek Day on Broadway, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (June 21-23).

Carnegie Centre Street Party 

Friday, June 21st marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, and the City of Vancouver is celebrating with a free cultural event at the 400 block of Main Street with crafts, cultural sharing, smudging, and pop-up performances. Here, guests can learn about and celebrate the rich heritage, traditions, and knowledge of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.

When: Friday, June 21st
Where: 401 Main Street
Cost: Free

Jesse Roper 

Canadian blues artist Jesse Roper is taking the stage at Vancouver’s Hollywood Theatre this Friday, so consider adding it to your weekend itinerary!

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 to August 5th
Where: 25 participating locations in Metro Vancouver
Cost: Varies per location

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Pinoy Festival 

 

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Filipino Heritage Month is coming up this June, and this year’s Pinoy Festival in Burnaby invites all to experience a taste of the Philippines right here in Metro Vancouver.

Visitors can peruse a variety of Filipino street food vendors and food trucks, enjoy traditional dances and cultural performances, and dance along to live Filipino bands in the Pinoy rock scene.

When: Saturday, June 22nd
Where: 6100 Boundary Road, Burnaby
Cost: Free to attend

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival 

The Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival is a celebrated tradition in Vancouver dedicated to the Chinese sport of dragon boat racing. Best of all? The series of races are free to attend!

This year, there will be over 200 teams from around the world competing in the festival, according to its website. Visitors can also enjoy live music on the main stage and check out a variety of local vendors and food trucks.

When: Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd
Where: Olympic Village
Cost: Free

Westward Music Festival

If you’re looking for a festival with a capped capacity, Westward Music Fest is for you! Playing host to 1,000 attendees, the Mount Pleasant festival will be headlined by rapper Mick Jenkins and indie pop star Cherry Glazerr this weekend.

Taking place at the City Centre Artist Lodge, the event will transition to events at the nearby Fox Cabaret, Biltmore Cabaret, and Red Gate Arts Society once nightfall arrives.

When: June 22nd and 23rd
Where: 2111 Main Street
Cost: $109.50 

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! So whether you’re hoping to see him live or catch a free jazz show sometime this weekend – you’ve got options.

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

Greek Day on Broadway

Hosted by the Hellenic Canadian Congress of BC (HCCBC), the 50th anniversary of Greek Day on Broadway promises to be bigger and better than ever, spanning multiple blocks throughout Kitsilano in the heart of Vancouver’s Greektown.

When: Sunday, June 23rd
Where: West Broadway, Kitsilano
Cost: Free admission

Foodstock 

A massive food truck festival and fundraiser is returning to Burnaby this weekend, and it will be headlined by Kelowna-born indie rock band Yukon Blonde and roots rock group The Matinee.

In addition to music, the annual event features local breweries, food trucks, a marketplace, and yard games provided by Knotty Games.

When: Sunday, June 23rd
Where: 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Cost: $38.61

Iron & Wine 

Last but not least, we come to a final concert by Iron & Wine – an indie singer-songwriter with 6 studio albums and several more EPs under their belt.

When: Sunday, June 23rd
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $101.15

And that’s a wrap on the weekend, Vancouver! Enjoy the first few days of summer!