As school winds down, our thoughts are switched over to summer mode. Lots of great events and festivals celebrating and reflecting the many cultures in our city this month!

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Bard on the Beach
Where: Vanier Park
BardLogo_Stacked_wRedTent_2016When: June 3 – Sept 24
Price: Starting at $20, special prices for students
In it’s 27th season, Bard on the Beach is one of the biggest events during the summer. This year’s plays include Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello and Pericles! One of my favourite events to attend – it’s a great show for the entire family/

Playland at the PNE
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
When: Until September 16 (weekends now till June 17, afterwards every day)
Price: Regular – $36 at the gate, $32.50 on the website, Junior (under 48” tall) $24.75 at the gate, $22.75 online
A summer staple in Vancouver, Playland is now open with it’s iconic wooden roller coaster, The Beast, Pirate and Music Express (among many more stomach flipping rides).

2016 Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Where: Granville Island
When: May 30- June 5, 9-5pm
Price: $22 adults, $12.50 children
Performances and activities at Granville Island to delight kids of all ages.

Uncle Ben’s Food Truck Challenge
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (West Georgia and Hamilton)
When: June 7, 11-2pm
Price: FREE
UncleBens_InviteSocialShare-VANCOUVERFREE lunch as three local food trucks (Le Tigre, Super Thai Food and Meet2Eat) will go head-to-head in a recipe challenge sponsored by Uncle Ben’s Rice and Grains. Sample all offerings and vote for your favourite!

Science World After Dark: Top Secret
Where: Science World
When: June 17, 7pm
Price: $29
Explore Science World after dark – featuring their Top Secret: License to Spy exhibition!

Car Free Days
Where: Multiple sites: West End, Commercial Drive, Kitsilano, Main Street
When: June 18-19
Price: FREE
Join in on the food, live music and street entertainment throughout the city on Car Free Days! Happening in the West End, Commercial Drive, Kitsilano and Main street.

City of Bhangra Festival
Where: Multiple events around the city
When: June 11-18
Price: Varies
The lively, bright and beautiful culture of Bhangra is back for 8 days this June! If you’ve never experienced Bhangra, it definitely is a must!

Night at the Aquarium
Where: Vancouver Aquarium
When: June 23, 6pm
Price: $350
Celebrating Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s 60th anniversary, a six-course, small-plate seated dinner and wine will be served along with auctions and mingling with the marine life! All proceeds supports conservation, education and research initiatives.

Greek Day on Broadway
Where: Macdonald to Blenheim Street on Broadway
When: June 26, 11am – 9pm
Price: FREE
Sharing the rich Greek culture, the day is the grand finale event that celebrates over 2500 years of history. Get your food, drink and entertainment on.

Italian Day on the Drive
Where: Commercial Drive
When: June 12, 12pm – 8pm
Price: FREE
The Drive is known for being Vancouver’s Little Italy – what better way to celebrate it than with 13 blocks full of Italian eats and culture!

Philippine Days Festival
Where: The Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
When: June 11-12, 9am – 6pm
Price: FREE
Celebrate the fun and delicious eats that make up the Philippines in North Vancouver!