Raincouver may be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a ton of fun things to do and check out this weekend. Go to a concert and live out your pre-teen dreams, visit a dog-friendly patio, or check out Car-free Day Surrey. Let’s get the gang together and make the most of the weekend. Hopefully, sunnier days will make their way back to us soon!

Without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend.

“Yappy Hour” at Uncle Abe’s

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The only thing better than a good summertime patio is a dog-friendly one, and Uncle Abe’s in Mount Pleasant is giving us just that. This Sunday, Uncle Abe’s will introduce Vancouver’s first-ever doggie “cocktail” menu, complete with zero-alcohol “Wagermelon” and “Barkberry” drinks to cool down your pooch, and various dog treats and chew toys to enjoy. Of course, there are people-friendly versions of the drinks too, if you want to join in on the fun.

When: Starting Sunday, June 12th
Where: 3032 Main Street

The Talking Stick Festival

June is National Aboriginal History Month, and The Talking Stick Festival has special programming to honour the many contributions, sacrifices, and hardships of First Nations in Canada. Additionally, the event is a celebration of the best of Indigenous arts, including music, dance, theatre, film, stage readings, and more. The 2-week event kicks off this Sunday, June 12th and will go until Sunday, July 3rd.

When: Sunday, June 12th to Sunday, July 3rd
Where: 149 West Hastings Street, SFU Woodwards
Cost: Varies

Kafka’s in the Park 

If it’s not too drizzly, coffee at Vancouver’s newest park sounds like a great way to relax and unwind this weekend. The vibrant, swanky new location features sandwiches on house-baked sourdough, Glory Bowls, pastries, and even soft-serve.

Preview Bard on the Beach

While the official opening dates won’t be until next week, the huge Shakespearean festival is previewing A Midsummer Night’s Dream this weekend, and we think fans of the theatre will definitely want to check it out! There’s still availability on Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th if you act quickly.

When: Saturday, June 11th
Where: 1695 Whyte Avenue
Cost: $27-$69


The iconic sister band of our teenage years is getting together for what is sure to be an amazing live performance at UBC this Friday, June 10th. Be there or be square!

When: Friday, June 10th
Where: 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard
Cost: $39.50+

5 Seconds of Summer


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It’s pretty fitting considering we’ve had about 5 seconds of summer weather so far this year. All jokes aside, superfans of the Australian group are in for a treat. The group that pretty much defined mainstream pop for a good couple of years in the 2010s is coming to our rainy, not-at-all summery city – maybe they’ll bring the sun with them.

When: Saturday, June 11th
Where: 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard
Cost: $79.50+

Global Soundscapes Festival

Located at the Historic Theatre on Commercial Drive, the Global Soundscapes Festival is on from Thursday, June 9th until Sunday, June 12th. The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra will host a myriad of contemporary classical music performances, including ones by the Vancouver Erhu Quartet, 88 Strings, Montreal’s Ensemble Paramirabo, and featured international guest artist Ramiz Guliyev.

When: Thursday, June 9th to Sunday, June 12th
Where: 1895 Venables Street
Cost: $30-$40

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Thanks to Broadway Across Canada, Vancouverites are not only able to catch the iconic Hamilton Musical – but there’s also a chance you could pay as little as $10 for a ticket via their digital lottery. Experience the legendary show without putting a massive dent in your wallet.

Where: 630 Hamilton Street, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
When: Varies
Cost: $10+

Car-free day Surrey 

Ready for some family-friendly fun with food trucks, live music, and artisan vendors? Ready to commute in an effort to reduce carbon emissions? If you answered yes to both of these questions – then you should definitely check out the first-ever Car-free Day Surrey this Saturday, June 11th. Come rain or shine, the festival will wage on!

Where: 137th Street, between 72A and 74th Avenue, Surrey
When: Saturday, June 11th
Cost: Free!

Try out a rainy-day activity

If all else fails, there are always a couple of solid “rainy-day” activities to consider. When plans fall through and people opt to stay indoors, this list has your back.

Where: See our picks above.

Happy weekend, Vancouver! Stay dry & enjoy our beautiful city.