5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (May 31 – June 6)

Credit: Di Beppe

1. Di Beppe’s Festa della Polenta

June 1 to 30

Second time’s the charm (this event was originally supposed to return in April, but was postponed to June due to restaurant closures). Di Beppe’s annual polenta fest is back with a menu that includes pork cheek and polenta fritters (pictured above), Tuscan black pepper short ribs with polenta rustica and olive oil cake with red currant preserves and whipped Marscapone. The full menu is available as a prix-fixe set for $49 each, but you can get each dish a la carte, too. 

When: Tuesday, June 1 to Wednesday, June 30
Where: Di Beppe
More Info: dibeppe.com

Credit: Felix Russell and Tony Tran

2. TESSEL Collaborative Dance Film

Premieres June 1

This digital short dance film is a collaboration between 14 Black Canadian dancers. Each artist filmed their own part of the project individually, and the pieces (which include ballet, street dance, West African, tap and more) were edited and woven together to create one cohesive work. Watch for local dancers Livona Ellis, Kevin Fraser, and Gabrielle Martin.

When: Premieres Tuesday, June 1
Where: Online
Cost: Free
More Info: tessel.film

Credit: Museum of Vancouver

3. That Which Sustains Us

Opens June 3

This new exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver examines how we interact with our natural environment—forests, in particular. From traditional ecological knowledge to the consequences of deforestation to sustainable solutions, That Which Sustains Us is all about how culture impacts the trees, and vice versa.

When: Opens Tuesday, June 3
Where: Museum of Vancouver
Cost: $10 for adults
More Info: museumofvancouver.ca

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4. One Girl Can’s Be in Kenya Fundraiser

June 3

This immersive online event raises funds for One Girl Can, a local charity that provides scholarship and mentorship opportunities for girls in rural Africa. There’s a virtual tour of Nairobi’s Kibera settlement plus special guest appearances from Mackenzie Davis and Dan Levy.

When: Thursday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Online
Cost: By donation starting at $25
More Info: onegirlcan.com

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5. Doors Open Richmond

June 5 to 12

Explore some of the greatest cultural sights in Richmond online this week—Doors Open Richmond is a great preview for a suburban day trip you can take anytime. The virtual event showcases iconic landmarks and institutions including the gorgeous Lingyen Mountain Temple (pictured above), Britannia Shipyards and more—look up the #DoorsOpenRichmond hashtag on Instagram to see all participating venues.

When: Saturday June 5 to Saturday June 12
Where: Online
Cost: Free
More Info: richmondmuseum.ca