Vancouver’s Front and Companyhas always been a hot spot for fashionable finds, but this summer they'll also be throwing some stylish parties. Summer Nights at Front and Company take place on the last Thursday of every month with a different vendor at each event. June’s feature vendor is Sons of Vancouver Distillery, which means free vodka tastings and craft cocktails at their cash bar. Shop till you drop at the curated vintage pop-up shop by Hocus-Rocus, and take your chances on their lottery where you could win 40 per cent off your purchase.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Front and Company, 3772 Main Street, Vancouver
East is meeting west for Fratello, a trans-Canada foodie event that’ll have two of the best pasta chefs in the country collaborating. Campagnolo’s Chef Robert Belcham is teaming up Chef Basilio Pesce of Porzia, an Italian eatery in Toronto. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception to start off the night, and then dig in to a five-course community-style dinner. The “alla famiglia-style feast” is an exclusive affair with only 60 lucky guests. Tickets are still available online, but move fast before they’re sold out.
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Campagnolo, 1020 Main Street, Vancouver
Festival season is officially in full swing and Car Free Day is the next big one to add to your calendar. Car Free Day will be taking over the West End on June 20, Commercial Drive and Main Street on June 21, and Kitsilano all weekend. Every neighbourhood is celebrating a little differently with events ranging from roller disco to kids’ zones. Check online for specific event details.
West End (Davie to Robson on Denman Street), 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Commercial Drive (Venables to Grandview on Commercial Drive), 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Main Street (Broadway to 30th on Main Street), 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Kitsilano, various local block parties
Plaza of Nations Concerts + Food Truck Festival – Saturdays from June 20 to September 12
Vancouver’s newest night market is a dream for foodies and music fans alike. Starting this weekend, Plaza of Nations will be the site of can't-miss concerts and mouth-watering food trucks every Saturday. Local soul pop band Love Coast and singer songwriter Adam Woodall are kicking off the festival on opening night (June 20). The outdoor beer garden is the perfect place to enjoy the tunes and local craft beer all in one spot.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Courtesy of Vancouver Draw Down
Vancouver Draw Down – June 20
Artists, pick up your pencils. Draw Down is about celebrating drawing and encouraging everyone to make their mark. Over 30 workshops will take place in local venues like community centres, galleries and even on the streets, and every workshop is free and open to the public. The workshops will explore different techniques – everything from blindfolded drawing to mural painting – in order to help Vancouverites discover their creative sides.
Surrey’s Central City Brewing is pouring from some of the best casks in the Lower Mainland this weekend. With 23 different breweries already confirmed (33 Acres, Bomber Brewing, Deep Cove Brewing + more), the festival will be nothing short of a foamy beer wonderland. Onsite will also be food and music to add to the fun. For true craft beer aficionados, there's also the chance to win tickets to the brewmaster's dinner after the event. The dinner is open exclusively to brewery staff and a few lucky winners who will get to drink and chat about their favourite beers.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Central City Brewpub and Restaurant, 13450 102nd Avenue, Surrey
While watching the races at the Rio Tinto Dragon Boat Festival is a guaranteed good time, there are also plenty of other festivities to take in all day. Catch some live music or people watch from the comfort of the Granville Island Brewing Beer Garden. If you get hungry, cruise the Spice Islands Food Festival where vendors will be serving up favourites like beaver tails, donairs, barbeque and more.
Friday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Born and raised in Vancouver, Kirsty is currently studying Creative Writing at the University of Victoria. When she’s not studying (which is more often than it should be), she can be found discovering new music or planning her next trip.