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Date Through September 2021Venue BC PlacePrice From $65wingsandwizards.com
This 7,000-square-foot nerdy dreamscape is a walkthrough audiovisual experience devoted to the magical world of wizards. A ticket purchase comes with a magic wand you can use to “cast spells, solve riddles and move through space and time”… technology, eh?
Date June 16 to September 30Venue Vancouver Convention Centre and Vancouver Art GalleryPrice Freevanvaf.com
Here’s a real breath of fresh air—this weekly outdoor event features live music and local artists showing off their work (including some painting right before your eyes).
Date June 17 to July 17Venue Online and in-personPrice Variesindiansummerfest.ca
This mostly virtual fest also offers food delivered to your door (the menu includes Vij’s,of course) and special gift boxes, plus a self-guided walking tour of the Punjabi Market. Catch the online musical performances every Thursday and Saturday.
Date June 25 to September 5Venue The Polygon GalleryPrice By donationthepolygon.ca
Normal is hard to define, and these artists did just the opposite. Interior Infinite is an art exhibition that embraces the humour and chaos of identity through sculpture, photography and video. It’s carnivalesque, grotesque and wonderfully weird.
Date July 1 to 24Venue Online and in-personPrice Variescarnavaldelsol.ca
The largest Latin American festival in the PNW is hosting a hybrid fest this year, with both online events and live outdoor performances. The 2021 Carnaval is focused on reconnecting through art and food—something we’re definitely hungry for.
Date July 24 to August 13Venue VariousPrice Variesqueerartsfestival.com
This year’s theme is it’s not easy being green, and it’s all about turning apocalyptic fear into art. The lineup includes BYOB (bring your own blanket) rooftop film screenings, performance art in a cemetery, a pillow-making workshop and more.
Date July 24Venue Pacific Institute of Culinary ArtsPrice $220picachef.com
PICA alum chef Rebecca Chen teaches this beginner’s class on chocolate. Participants will get an intro to tempering techniques and methods, and make truffles, mendiants and more. Definitely don’t let your dog eat this homework.
Date July 31 & August 1Venue OnlinePrice Freepowellstreetfestival.com
The 45th annual Powell Street Festival’s virtual events include taiko drumming, dance and a martial arts showcase, but the celebration of Japanese Canadian culture isn’t all on screen: there’s also takeout available from local vendors and cool festival merch for sale.
Date August 4 to 15Venue VariousPrice Freevinesartfestival.com
This arts festival was outdoors before it was cool—it celebrates site-specific works at local Vancouver parks, so every play, dance and musical performance on offer is designed to take place outside.
Date August 19Venue OnlinePrice $175 for a Harvest Dinner Box for twofreshroots.ca
This dinner benefits Fresh Roots, a local nonprofit that runs urban schoolyard farm programs for kids and teens. Feast on the splendours of the summer at home and get a to-go box of locally grown goods, then join their virtual event.
Date September 15 to May 15Venue OnlinePrice $10artsclub.com
The Arts Club’s audio play series continues with this show by Tai Amy Grauman. It follows Rose, a Métis country singer with roots in Alberta, as she journeys home to uncover her father’s past.
Date September 29 to October 3Venue Firehall Arts CentrePrice From $15firehallartscentre.ca
A combination of dance and theatre, this show tells the story of an active young artist grappling with a devastating collision of events. Get ready to feel a lot of feelings.
Date All summerVenue Gulf of Georgia CanneryPrice $12gulfofgeorgiacannery.org
This national historic site’s newest exhibit features stories and interactive displays (think: a boat you can row) that tackle the commercial fishing industry. It highlights the voices of Indigenous, Chinese Canadian and Japanese Canadian fishers and cannery workers, and the impact the industry had on them and their families.