June is here and summer break from school is just around the corner. But before we get into full summer mode, there’s still a few more weeks of the usual schedules – along with a great variety of upcoming local events for children of all ages. From stage productions for little ones up to Shakespearean dramas for the teens and older, along with food trucks, classic cars, and more, there’s heaps to see, do, and enjoy over the coming weeks in Vancouver in June.
Events & Fun Things to Do in and Around Vancouver in June
Family Sunday at Surrey Museum
When: Sunday June 4
Be inspired by the spring exhibitions, try new art activities, and see a live performance in the Studio Theatre. Learn about artist Charles Campbell and Enable: Art Society artists who consider community and connection through dynamic art and sculpture.
Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS
When: Thursday June 8 – Saturday June 10
Where: New Westminster
Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns.
In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it’s up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, and his band of swingin’ jazz cats to save the day. Ages 5+
Bard on the Beach
When: June 8 to September 30
Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver
Returning for their 34th season, Bard on the Beach may not be a great choice for the littlest ones, but for older kids and teens, this is a unique theatre experience unlike any other. The festival is Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit professional Shakespeare series and is held in Senakw/Vanier Park. Bard’s blockbuster As You Like It, brimming with Beatles hits, is back on the BMO Mainstage. This season will also feature Shakespeare’s thrilling political drama, Julius Caesar, as well as Henry V on the Howard stage with Goblin:Macbeth, created by a team of acclaimed Canadian theatre-makers.
Fraser Valley Classic Car Show
When: Sunday June 11
Take in a day of classic cars and motorcycles and help raise funds for the Chilliwack General Hospital. Event entrance is by donation and goes to the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. Participants pay $10 per car in advance to pre-register their vehicles, or $15 on the day of the event. All cars with collector car status are eligible. Door prizes and food food trucks on site.
Fraser Valley Children’s Festival
When: Sunday June 11
Check out the 27th annual Fraser Valley Children’s Festival at Fraser River Heritage Park, starting at 10 am. and running until 4 pm. The day will feature hands-on activities, including music and local vendors. The event is free and parking is by donation.
Teddy Bear Picnic
When: Saturday June 10 & Sunday June 11
Don’t miss the annual Teddy Bear Picnic at Towne Centre Park with booths, roving artists, face painters, demos and more! Bring your teddies for this epic picnic in the park after the parade! Featuring Mr I and the Musical Rainbow Students from Place des Arts, Music with Marnie, Club Aviva, The MomBop Group, the Great Gordini, and Penny Pom Pom.
River Basin Day
When: Sunday June 10
Where: Jerry Sulina Park, Maple Ridge
The Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster hosts monthly “discovery days” and up for June is Jerry Sulina Park in Maple Ridge to build our very own nature boats! We’ll explore what kinds of objects float, scavenge for building materials, and learn a few simple boat-making techniques. Then, we’ll watch our boats set sail on their inaugural voyage! There is minimal shade along the trail in Jerry Sulina Park, so please come prepared for the weather.
Surrey Block Party
When: Saturday June 3 & Sunday June 4
The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Fest moves to Surrey this month with more than 25 incredible food trucks, local artisan market vendors, local beers, and talented local musicians. You’re not going to want to miss out on this one. Food options range from the simple to the gourmet, with donair, ice cream, cotton candy, hot dogs, and much much more.
More Than a Mine at Britannia Mine
When: on now through November 5th
Where: Britannia Beach
This summer, Britannia Mine is celebrating 100 Years of Mill #3. Designated as a National Historic Site, the 20-storey Mill No. 3 building was an architectural feat of engineering at its time, built on the side of Mount Sheer at Britannia Beach over a period of 18 months, and completed in 1923. The exhibit delves into how Mill No. 3 served as the heartbeat of the Britannia community, its history, technological innovations, and impact as an icon of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Mill No. 3 played a significant role in providing for the Britannia Beach and Mount Sheer mining communities, contributing to BC’s economic well-being until the Mine’s closure in 1974.
Vancouver Children’s Festival
When: May 30 to Sunday June 4
Where: Granville Island and Online
The annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival is back at Granville Island this year. The longest-running professional performing arts festival for young audiences and the first of its kind in North America and Europe, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival presents the world’s finest music, theatre, dance, puppetry, acrobatics and storytelling, as well as creative arts activities for the entire family
Spring and summer Farmers’ Markets
When: Varied dates and times
Where: throughout the region
Use the search feature on the BC Farmers Market website to search for the local winter markets in your neck of the woods, or check out the upcoming spring and summer versions. From fresh veggies to locally crafted artisan goods, BC farm markets are known for their diverse offerings, all year round.
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