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A beachside Black culture celebration, a cosmic queer arts festival and a no holds barred comedy roast
Your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Black Culture Celebration is back, and it’s turning Sunset Beach into the ultimate Juneteenth party spot. This all-day beach party celebrates black culture, music, art, food and fashion. The lineup includes Kardinal Offishall, Rascalz, Maestro, Choclair, Checkmate and Concise, and local Vancouver artists as well as a marketplace filled with BIPOC vendors and food trucks serving up flavours from around the world—it’s a cultural feast you won’t want to miss. Fancy a beer with your beats? Opt for the VIP ticket ($60 plus taxes) and gain access to the exclusive beer garden.
When: June 17
Where: Sunset Beach
Cost: From $40
More Info: blackcultures.ca
QAF 2023: Queers in Space is a cosmic carnival of queer creativity. Start with the ArtParty! gala, a celebration of all things queer and artistic. Dive into the bumfuzzled monachopsis: innerspace out visual art exhibition, and journey through Indigenous pasts and futures with Cosmic Connections. Don’t miss Love After the End, a showcase of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer fiction. Grab a festival pass and blast off into the queer cosmos.
When: June 17-28
Where: Various venues
Cost: From $69
More Info: queerartsfestival.com
Brace yourself for a night of heavy-hitting hilarity at Roast Battle Vancouver. It’s a verbal slugfest where Vancouver’s funniest comics trade jabs, jests, and jibes. Watch as reigning Undercard Champion, Jackie Agnew, squares off against long-time champ, Rachel Schaefer, in a battle of wits and wisecracks. This comedic clash of titans that’ll have more sick burns than a sunbathing session on English Bay.
When: June 15
More Info: eventbrite.ca
This Father’s Day, forget the ties and socks and treat Dad to a night of fabulousness at the Pantry Drag Show. It’s a drag variety show that promises to be as entertaining as it is eclectic. With a lineup that includes Mx Bukuru, Count Cupid, Skim, and Doobie Howser, it’s a night of non-binary brilliance served with a side of boozy diner milkshakes. And with Fable Diner’s specialty cocktails and feature menu, it’s a feast for all the senses.
When: June 18
Where: Fable Diner
More Info: eventbrite.ca
Make it a night of enchantment with Jinkx Monsoon’s Everything at Stake concert tour. The two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race winner and Broadway star is set to dazzle with a mix of covers and original music, all performed with a full rock band. Known for her electrifying performance style, Jinkx weaves together tales from her life in a show where music, comedy, witchy magic and camp-fantasy collide. It’s a spellbinding, bombastic and revolutionary experience that promises to be as unforgettable as the “internationally tolerated” superstar herself.
When: June 18
Where: Orpheum Theatre
Cost: From $93
More Info: destinationvancouver.com