5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (June 19-25)

A summer tailgate BBQ series, an evening of laughs and climate change with Bill Nye, and an Indigenous Day Eve DJ party.

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 kdonaldson@canadawide.com.

1. Get in Some Laughs at a Stand-up Comedy and Drag Show

June 22

This is your sign to get more silly, campy fun in your life. And what better way than with a monthly comedy show that’s got it all? It’s got 1) funny and charming hosts (Sasha Mark and Savannah Erasmus),  2) a stellar rotating cast of local and touring comedians, and 3) an iconic drag performance to close out the show. The laughs start at 8 p.m. at the Fox Cabaret.

When: June 22
Where: Fox Cabaret
Cost: From $14
More Info: eventbrite.ca


2. Celebrate Indigenous Day Eve with DJ Kookum Live at Performance Works

June 20

Get ready for an unforgettable Indigenous Day Eve. This is your formal invitation to join the party this Tuesday for a night of electrifying beats and powerful connections as DJ Kookum, alongside an incredible lineup of Indigenous artists, takes the stage. Experience the fusion of hip-hop and Indigenous traditions at its finest. Don’t miss out on this epic celebration of indigenous arts and culture, grab your tickets now (or risk it all and buy them at the door) and let’s all party the night away on Granville Island. And make sure you check out the rest of the Talking Stick Festival lineup so you can keep the party going all month long too.

When: June 20
Where: Performance Works
Cost: From $15
More Info: fullcircle.ca


Credit: billnye.com

3. Spend an Evening Nerding Out on Climate Change With Bill Nye At Queen Elizabeth Theatre

June 20

From making science cool in the ’90s to tackling climate change now, the Nye Guy has got this. Bill Nye, the one and only Science Guy, is taking the stage at Queen Elizabeth Theatre for “An Evening with Bill Nye The Science Guy,” presented by Science World. It’s a fun-filled night of scientific sass titled The End Is Nye! But don’t worry, it’s all about tackling climate change with a dose of family-friendly humour. Wit, charm and a wide array of bow-ties, you can expect tons of laughs, learning and maybe even a rap battle against global warming. He’s like the Weird Al of science! Let’s show Science Dad our support and join him at Queen E. See you there, nerds!

When: June 20
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Cost: From $70
More Info: scienceworld.ca


4. Enjoy Some Mind-Bending Theatre at the World Premiere of Truth and Lies

June 22-25

Do you like performances that make you question reality? If not, fair enough, keep scrolling past. But if so, and you like the kind of experimental theatre that makes you think: read on. Pi Theatre presents this world premiere play, Truth and Lies at the Vancouver Opera Rehearsal Hall. It’s three captivating short plays and a 4-D virtual reality experience combined to take you on a journey through the tensions and desires of our “post-truth” era. Sinister online relationships, internet clean-up crews, climate change warnings (that aren’t from Bill Nye) and a virtual reality interrogation based on Shakespeare’s Othello are just some of what you can expect. That, and you question your own perception of truth. And maybe some popcorn.

When: June 22-25
Where: Vancouver Opera Rehearsal Space
Cost: From $25
More Info: pitheatre.com

Photo by Leila Kwok

5. Ignite Your Summer BBQ Season With This Summer Tailgate Party Series

June 25

Grill-seekers, meat lovers and BBQ buffs, get ready to fire up your appetites and mark your grillendars! Chefs Dan Olson and Tyler Day are back with a bang, bringing you the legendary Railtown BBQ series. Join this June 25 at Railtown Cafe for a finger-licking feast with two seatings at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pack your wettest Wetnaps and napkin-est napkin bibs because this tailgate’s got it all: slow-smoked briskets, succulent pork shoulder, beer-brined chicken, bratwurst sausage, corn on the cob, jalapeño cornbread and your choice of sides. And hey, vegetarians, they’ve got you covered too, with vegan bratwurst and Beyond Meat burgs. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, two more tailgates are happening on July 23rd and August 20th. See you at the front of the line (look for the chic napkin bib)—let’s grill it up!

When: June 25
Where: Railtown Cafe
Cost: From $27.96
More Info: www.eventbrite.ca