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Go Indie: Music Waste is on. The annual independent art, music and comedy festival will spread across several city blocks to bring you dozens upon dozens of bands playing at a variety of venues – all within reasonable walking distances from one another. This year's line-up could keep anyone solidly busy from Thursday afternoon straight through to Sunday night with short breaks for food and sleep. Comedy gigs, art exhibits and performance art complement the main event. The Music Waste events are so numerous and so good it's pointless to try to narrow them down.
June 5-8, various times and venues, $15, musicwaste.ca
Culture: In The House Festival brings arts and cultural performances into the living rooms and backyards of East Vancouver homes, and not in the way you'd think (ie. not on the flat-screen). They organize Vancouver artists, musicians and performers to put on intimate live shows in multiple private residences (porches, backyards, garages, kitchens, living rooms) in the Victoria Drive and Napier Street area. This is the 11th year of this community-driven (and hosted) event. Ticket prices range from single-show tickets for adults at $15 to a four show pass ($50), or a full weekend pass for $95.
June 6-8, various times and locations around Napier and Victoria, inthehousefestival.com
Celebrate: If you're curious about how a park the size of a few parking spaces feels, looks and affects a community, head to 21st Avenue and Main Street, where the French Quarter Parklet will officially launch on Friday. And here's the extra awesome bit: it's right beside a chocolate shop. Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France sponsored the development of the parklet and will play a big role in Friday's celebration. Anne-Geneviève Poitras, the shop's owner and chocolatière, has planned an offering of French sweets to compliment the day. Expect gelato, organic cotton candy, chocolates and Liege waffles.
Friday, June 6, 3-9 p.m., 198 East 21st Ave., chocolaterienouvellefrance.com
Maker Faire: Mini Maker Faire hits the PNE Forum this weekend. A cross between a science fair, a community fair and a farmer's market, Maker Faire will have everything from tiny houses and Lego to Makerbrarians and all manner of robots. This is an event that celebrates our power to make, remake and create things, so clear your schedule, snap up a few tickets and roll up your sleeves for a fun day of exhibits, demonstrations, performances and displays. Whether it's pyrotechnics or food growing or something in between, you'll be sure to find something within that inspires.
June 7-8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St.), $15, makerfaire.ca
Italian Day: Italian Day takes over Commercial Drive on Sunday for a car-free street party. Celebrate everything made in Italy, from inventions to food. Festival organizers will install a large, walk-through museum exhibit to show off some of the most profound Italian inventions (items such as the piano, radio, telephone, bicycle, eyeglasses and – most important of all – the coffee machine). Remember to leave the car at home, as driving hereabouts will be impossible.
Sunday, June 8, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Commercial Drive (Venables to Grandview), free, italianday.ca