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Vancouver Greek Summerfest July 4th to July 14th, 2019

2 Jul

GreekSummerFest2019The Vancouver Greek Summerfest is back for its 33rd consecutive year at the edge of East Van, 4541 Boundary Road.  Vancouver Greek Summerfest kicks off Thursday, July 4th and runs till July 14th.  This is a free fun community event with great Greek food including BBQ Lamb, Loukoumade, souvalaki, gyros and more available for purchase. The event features dozen of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage including belly dancing, folk dancing and Serbian dancing.  Organizers also have a great music line up including performances by bands Zougla, Urban Myth, Asi Somos, Dolphin Jazz and legendary Blues musician Jim Byrnes. If you love George Michael, you may wish to mark July 6th on your calendar, Gotta B George Michael will be performing that day kicking off the fun at 7:30 pm.  When there are not live performances, a DJ will be spinning tunes.   The event takes place in the parking lot behind the Greek Orthodox Community Church of East Vancouver at 4541 Boundary Road which is located on the border of Vancouver and Burnaby.  If you are coming from Vancouver, the intersection is 29th Avenue. If you are coming from Burnaby, it is Moscrop.  The event is free to attend. Note, as there is food and lots of moving bodies, pets are not permitted.  During the week, Monday to Wednesday, activities take place from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and from Thursday to Sunday, things go from Noon to 11:00 pm. To learn more about the event, what’s available for food or which musician is playing on which date, check out Greek SummerFest. Opa! Live and eat like a Greek for a day.

Kiwassa Community Market Friday July 5th

1 Jul
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The Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street (near Nanaimo and Hastings) is hosting a Community Market this Friday, July 5th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  You can expect to find fresh produce, preserves, snacks, seeds, seedlings, coffee, activities for the kids along side local artisans one of which will be Jessica Woo of Perching Art Clay.  Check out some of these beautiful designs she’s created.

What’s On East Van: June 28th Edition

28 Jun

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – The Imperial – This Weekend 

The Vancouver Jazz Festival continues this weekend at The Imperial, 319 Main Street. It’s the last weekend, but you can still catch some amazing talent until July 1st. If you wish to see the full list of performances, visit TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Ocean.net – Havana Theatre – June 28th & 29th

One room, one ocean, four humans and the fate of the world balanced on a raft. Let’s hope everyone knows how to float. The Promethean Theatre Company brings an original piece of theatre to the stage at the Havana Theatre.  Tickets are $16 and $12 for students.

7th Annual Burlesque Long Form – Rio Theatre – June 29th

Looking to be entertained this long weekend? Five of Vancouver’s burlesque performers take the stage with a special guest from Seattle to bring you an evening of burlesque long firm this Saturday night.  You can expect some outlandish props and narratives. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Show gets under way at 9:00 pm.  For tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Vocal Workshop With Coco Love Alcorn – Wise Hall – June 29th 

Love to sing? Need a bit of practice/work?  You are invited to come sing with Coco Love Alcorn this Saturday afternoon at the Wise Hall.  For 2 hours, she will teach you songs, lead improvisation exercises and show you how to do some fun songwriting. Workshop starts at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Family Gardening – River District Neighbourhood Centre – June 30th

Want to learn about gardening and making healthy family meals? River District Neighbourhood Centre is hosting a free workshop this Sunday, June 30th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Registration is requested. For more info, visit River District.

Dano-Korean Festival – Trout Lake Community Centre – June 30th

The 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar is Dano and this Sunday, Trout Lake Community Centre hosts a Dano-Korean Festival from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a free event featuring dumming, dancing, taekwondo and more.

Movie ‘The Shining’ Remastered Edition – Rio Theatre – June 30th

A 40th Anniversary remastered edition of The Shining is showing on Sunday night at The Rio Theatre. This a classic movie best seen on the big screen.  Doors open 9:00 pm and movie kicks off at 9:30 pm. For tickets, visit Rio Theatre.

Canada Day Celebration – Grandview Park – July 1st

Lots of free family fun at Grandview Park July 1st between Noon and 3:00 pm to celebrate Canada Day. The celebration features aboriginal performances, live bands, games and activities for the kid, a giant inflatable slide, community booths, carnival games and much more.

Canada Day Celebration – Sunset Community Centre – July 1st

Sunset Community Centre is hosting a free family friendly Canada Day celebrations between Noon and 4:00 pm that includes a photo booth, dance performances, kids activities and of course birthday cake!

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Car Free Day On Commercial Drive Sunday July 7th

26 Jun

CarFreeDay2019GreenYou are invited to another great street party on The Drive. On Sunday, July 7th Car Free Day happens from Noon to 7:00 pm. The event stretches 15 blocks along Commercial Drive between Venables and The Grandview Cut.  Car Free Day will feature activities for all ages, great food, entertainment, local artisans and advocacy for car free and green spaces.  This is a free family friendly event which is very accessible by bus, Skytrain and cycling all of which are encouraged.

Ready, Set, Recycle! ReycleFest Returns To Trout Lake July 13th

25 Jun

 

On Saturday, July 13th RecycleFest returns to John Hendry Park. You are invited to bring your unwanted small appliances and power tools on this day. They will be accepting over 400 electronic items for recycling. To see the full list of what you can bring, check out ElectroRecycle.  This 5th annual event will also feature a whole lot of free family fun including outdoor yoga, live music by the Milk Crate Bandits, arts and crafts, food, Hoops with HoopDreamer, sustainable vendors, a repair and lending library. So if you have something to repair, maybe it just needs a simple fix, button or hem stitched. Bring it!  RecycleFest happens 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Stop by and learn more about recycling and sustainable living.

Tiki Nights At Odd Society Spirits July 4th & August 1st

24 Jun

TikiNightsSummer is officially here and should you feel like you need a bit of a tropical vibe in your life, you may wish to mark a couple dates on your calendar.  Local distiller, Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street, is hosting Tiki Nights this summer on Thursday, July 4th and Thursday, August 1st.  You are invited to join them for a BBQ, music and refreshing Tiki drinks made by Barman Chad Rivard.  We hear some special Tiki recipes will be available using their spirits. No ticket purchase required, just put on your best tropical dress or Hawaiian shirt and come down between 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm to take a little break from the everyday that’s not very far away.

What’s On East Van: June 21st Edition

21 Jun

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Indigenous Day – Trout Lake/John Hendry Park – June 21st

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day at Trout Lake.  There will be an all day celebration Friday, June 21st that kicks off with a pancake celebration and a friendship walk between 9:00 and 11:00 am.  From Noon to 5:00 pm you can find cultural performances, live music, dancing, canoe tours and activities for the kids.

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – The Imperial – June 21st Onward

The Vancouver Jazz Festival starts this Friday and The Imperial, 319 Main Street, has host to an amazing line of talent until July 1st. If you wish to see the full list of performances during the festival including free ones, visit TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Parallel 49 Brewing Co. 7th Anniversary Party – June 21st 

This Friday, local craft brewer, Parallel 49 Brewing celebrates 7 years and they are having a party.  Beer garden to be exact with food trucks and a variety of $5 beers all the while spinning some tunes.  Fun happens at 1950 Triumph Street from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. No tickets required, just show up with 2 pieces of ID please, no minors at this event.

Corgi Races – Hastings Racecourse – June 22nd & 23rd 

Vancouver’s Hastings Racecourse plays host once again to a corgi dog race this Saturday and Sunday.   To view the races is free of charge. The winning pooch gets $500 in prize money and a Bosley’s prize pack.  The event kicks off at 1:15 pm Saturday and Sunday. There will also be food trucks, live music and food trucks on hand.

East Side Pride – Grandview Park – June 22nd

East Side Pride is a family oriented pride event happening in Grandview Park this Saturday from Noon to 6:00 pm.  You can expect to find local artists businesses alongside burlesque and drag performances. If you get hungry, there will be food trucks on hand. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Vancouver Market – Wise Hall – June 22nd

The Vancouver Market returns to the Wise Hall this Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you are looking for vintage, eclectic, or a new up and coming local maker, this is the place to be. Admission is $2.00.

Grease Sing-A-Long – June 22nd – Rio Theatre

The Rio Theatre is hosting a Grease Sing-A-Long this Saturday night. Lyrics will be on screen so you can follow along and there will be prizes for costumes. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the fun kicks off at 7:00 pm. For advance tickets, visit the Rio Theatre.

Strathcona Street Party – Strathcona – June 22nd

The Strathcona Street Party happens this Saturday, June 22nd from Noon to 9:00 pm at Campbell Avenue and East Hastings Street.  Check out the new mural that’s up, plus food trucks, live music, beer garden and more.

Summer Solstice Coffee House – Britannia Community Centre – June 23rd

Britannia Community Centre plays host to the Summer Solstice Coffee House this Sunday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event features live music, storytelling and, of course, coffee. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Railtown Tailgate BBQ – Railtown Café – June 23rd

Once a month this summer, Railtown Café, 397 Railway Street, a Tailgate BBQ from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.  If you love BBQ, this is a definite spot to check out.  They will be BBQ’ing a variety of meats and offering corn on the cob, corn bread and a few different salads. Refreshments will be available. Cost is $27 per person or $17 for the vegetarian option).  Advance tickets purchased online at a complimentary $6 drink voucher. To get your tickets, visit Eventbrite.

LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDY

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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