Who’s ready to dive into the first week of June? From this year’s Music Waste festival to a beach night market, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (June 3-7).

Jon Batiste: UNEASY Tour

Singer and composer Jon Batiste is bringing his UNEASY Tour to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Tuesday, June 4th.

When: Tuesday, June 4th
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Cost: $142.78

Vegan Night Market

With plenty of summer and fall markets under its belt (including the city’s first beachside night market), the Vegan Night Market by Peaces.ca is back this June, and you won’t want to miss it. The next market takes place on June 6th at Locarno Beach, followed by bi-weekly summer events until August 29th.

When: Thursday, June 6th And bi-weekly until August 29th
Where: Locarno Beach
Cost: $2 minimum donation

Music Waste 


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Music Waste is an independent, non-profit music and art festival originating as a protest against the corporate Music West Festival in 1994. Now, the beloved local event is in its 30th year, hosting a lineup of round 70 to 80 local bands.

Since its creation, organizers have added Art Waste and (sometimes) Comedy Waste, showcasing visual artists and comedians in a variety of experimental formats, according to its website. 

When: Thursday, June 6th to Sunday, June 9th
Where: Multiple venues, map here
Cost: $40 for festival passes

Livingston – A Hometown Odyssey Tour

Rock artists Livingston and Connor Kauffman are performing at the Rio this Thursday, June 6th.

When: Thursday, June 6th
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: Check back soon

Canada Cup 2024 

From June 6th to 9th, one of the most prestigious wheelchair rugby tournaments in the world is taking place in Metro Vancouver, courtesy of the BC Wheelchair Sports Association. Hosted in the Richmond Olympic Oval, this action-packed event is not one to miss!

When: Thursday, June 6th to Sunday, June 9th
Where: 6111 River Road Richmond
Cost: $15 for a day pass, $50 for all three days

Vancouver Short Film Festival 

Here’s one for the film buffs out there: Vancouver’s Short Film Festival, which will feature over 40 films of various genres that are as visually compelling as their narratives are captivating. Examples of Canadian films include Wok Hei (Directed by Joel Salaysay)

Films can be seen in-person at the VIFF Centre from June 2nd to 4th, or streamed online until June 11th.

When: Friday, May 31st to June 9th
Where: 1181 Seymour Street

Showpiece Art & Antique Fair

This week, St. Mary’s Kerrisdale Church is hosting a mus-attend art and antique show for antiquing enthusiasts. Guests will discover a whole host of treasures, rare collectibles, and unique art pieces.

When: Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th
Where: 2490 West 37th Vancouver
Cost: $15 to $25

Steveston Spot Prawn & Seafood Celebration

From now until June 16th, The Steveston Spot Prawn & Seafood Celebration is serving up fresh spot prawns and a variety of seafood, and providing visitors with live cooking demos and family-friendly activities.

From June 1st to 16th, multiple Steveston restaurants will feature special spot prawn dishes on their menu, from Baan Lao to The Story Cafe.

When: Now until June 16th
Where: Fisherman’s Wharf, Steveston
Cost: Varies

Shipyards Night Market

The beloved Shipyards Night Market is every Friday from May 10th to September 13th, so get ready to enjoy the iconic beer garden and outdoor market and peruse many mouthwatering food trucks.

When: Every Friday until September 13th
Where: The Shipyards, North Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

Richmond Night Market

No food fest list (or any list, for that matter) in Vancouver is complete without this inclusion. Home to literally hundreds of vendors, it’s become a must for food and drink lovers to visit at least once during the spring and summer months.

When: Friday, June 7th and every weekend until October 14th
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
Cost: $40 for Zoom Pass, $8.50 for GA

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver! Let’s make it a great one.