Rock out at BC Place’s first mega-concert since the stadium got its half billion-dollar reno as Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters performs The Wall Live – a massive multimedia show that was created to mark the classic album’s 30th anniversary ( Saturday).
Shake a tail feather as glittery genre-bender Santigold plays her first-ever Vancouver show ( at the Commodore Saturday). And don’t miss indie rock favourites Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at the Electric Owl, Duluth folkies Trampled by Turtles at the Vogue, and Quebec darling Coeur de Pirate at Venue – or hop the border and see all the big names at the Sasquatch! Music Festival in Washington.
UBC Alumni Weekend
Take in free tours at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, the Chan or the MOA, learn about everything from housing affordability to African drumming to hockey violence, stroll through the Nitobe Memorial Garden, then enjoy a tall cold one at the beer garden at the UBC Alumni Weekend ( Saturday). More great minds? Catch more than100 exhibits and presentations at SFU’s Open House.
David Foster Miracle Concert
See a star-studded show as Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Kenny G, the Canadian Tenors and more play the David Foster Miracle Concert in Victoria – a huge fundraiser for kids in need of organ transplants ( at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Saturday).
Charity Walks and Runs
Want charity to go? Hit the pavement for great causes at the World Partnership Walk in Victoria and Vancouver Sunday, the PMC Science Fair Fun Run ( at the Athletes Village Sunday), the Spring Sprint for brain tumour research ( in Victoria and Vancouver Sunday), and the Walk for Rape Relief ( Sunday).
Surrey Children’s Festival
See high-flying acrobats from China, francophone music from Quebec, theatrical mini-masterpieces from Vancouver, hilarious physical comedy from Toronto and more at the Surrey Children’s Festival. For kid-friendly fun in the interior, head for the Rotary Okanagan International Children’s Festival in Penticton Saturday.
Portobello West Summer Market
Need a new frock or two for summer? Head for the Portobello West, where you’ll find stylish duds, housewares, jewellery, kids’ stuff and more by top local designers at their two-day summer market. Then pick up more hipster treasures at the Scout Handmade and Vintage Market ( Saturday).
Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters
Get a rare up-close look at dozens of works by some of the art world’s greatest masters including Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir and more at Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore, the new summer show at the VAG. More the contemporary kind? See photo-based works by Kevin Schmidt, Julia Feyrer, Christopher Brayshaw, Ron Tran and more at Presentation House.
Get your socks knocked off as Russian-born, London-based piano superstar Yevgeny Sudbin performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra ( through Monday). For more music to your ears, don’t miss The Beethoven Project at the Chan ( through Sunday), and renowned Vancouver pianist Jane Coop performing her final concert as a UBC prof ( Saturday).
Swiftsure International Yacht Race
Dream of sailing into the sunset as you watch the 69th annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race in Victoria, where 182 boats carrying an estimated 1,200 sailors will vie for the Swiftsure Trophy. Landlubbers can also enjoy a pancake breakfast, inflatables for kids and a sunny beer garden ( through Monday).