From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from June 12 to June 19, 2019. Note that you can now get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.
SCORE | ‘Tis the season of the garage sale! Cruising alleys and driveways for quality sales can be a hit and miss activity (sometimes you find the first edition Hemingway or the perfect coffee mug of your dreams, but other times it’s a castaway shit show of headless barbies and DVDs). Increase your chances of scoring the good stuff by hitting the community-wide Grandview Garage Sale. With over 200 participants, the area between Clark & Nanaimo north of 12th promises a healthy spectrum of choice. That mug is out there somewhere!
CLEAN | Looking to unload some of your stuff? A drop off at Value Village will leave you feeling lighter, freer and cleaner. But what about those items that no one wants like broken electronics, hole-riddled shoes, stained sweaters and CDRom collections? Good news: the Zero Waste Reuse and Recycling Drop-Off at Hillcrest Centre can help. These recycling heroes will accept everything from popcorn makers that haven’t worked in a decade to old bath mats, spent batteries and 90’s flip phones. Zero Waste Reuse and Recycling Drop-Off takes place in the gravel parking lot located on the south side of Nat Bailey Stadium from 10am to 1pm on Saturday. Find out more.
PARTY | Now that you’ve cleaned house and responsibly disposed of junk, you deserve to relax. Good news: Strange Fellows is having a shin-dig. “Strange Friends and Odd Neighbours” is a midsummer tap takeover and parking lot BBQ focused on cold beer, good times and community – all important things. Not only will refreshing Strange Fellows beer be available but Boombox, Brassneck, Dageraad, Luppolo, Main Street, Parkside, Powell St, Storm AND Superflux will also be flowing. All of that, plus a Peckinpah BBQ? Always love a Strange Day! Find out more.
LOUD AND CLEAR | Trevor Noah is in town. The South African comedian and host of The Daily Show takes the stage at the QE on Friday and Saturday nights (two shows per night) and tickets are somehow still available. Get sorted here.
PARK THE CAR | Car Free Day hits the streets this weekend. The West End casts out cars along Denman (Robson to Davie) on Saturday from 12-7pm and Main Street follows suit on Sunday from 12-7pm (Broadway – 30th). Both will fill their freed blocks with live music, spoken-word performances, dancing, street hockey, more live music, bike and skateboard demos, good food, cold drinks, and generally happy people roaming the pavements in place of automobiles. Bonus: sunshine is expected! Find out more.
FILM | The Life Aquatic is playing at Vancity Theatre this Sunday. Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and elusive man-eating Jaguar Sharks? Grab your red toques, kids…this is obviously a must-do!
FATHER’S DAY | Looking for something to do with Dad on Sunday? How about a nice cold beer and some quality conversation? From sunny patios to quiet corners, the always evolving Craft Beer Atlas of Vancouver is a good resource for finding the perfect place for a pint. Feel like going big this year? Father’s Day Côte de Boeuf at The Mackenzie Room looks pretty good (and definitely big). Get the delicious details on that here. Also, Big Day BBQ is building a cinderblock pit BBQ in the parking lot behind Powell Brewery (details). And, because some Dad’s like veggies, we suggest snagging a table at the The Arbor (brunch on the back patio and a nice bottle of wine says “I Love You” with style).
FISH | Whether you’re an old pro or are picking up a rod for the first time since childhood, this is the weekend to go fishing. Head for a stretch of coastline (or your favourite beach, lake, river or pier) with a free, three-day fishing licence compliments of the Federal and Provincial Government in recognition of Family Fishing Weekend. Kick back to enjoy a quiet afternoon of casting a line without forking over the dough. Perfectly timed to coincide with Father’s Day, this could also be a great way to spend some quality time with Dad. Try Rice Lake for the Seymour Salmonid Society-hosted event (details) that involves food trucks, face painting, and releasing trout into the lake. Bonus: this event is free and rods are available to borrow. Find out more.
STRAWBERRIES | Look for them in cocktails, juices, desserts and salads…Strawberries are officially in season. Grab some at the Farmer’s Markets or take your favourite bucket out to a farm and pick your own. Lots of farms have pick-your-own situations. We suggest making a day of it by heading out to Westham Island. Westham Island has numerous u-pick berry farms (as well as roadside egg and vegetable stands) AND it’s also home to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Take your own buckets for easy post-picking transportation. Try Emma Lea Farms – open daily 10am – 7pm.
MOON | Speaking of Strawberries… The “Strawberry Moon” will reach full phase this Sunday/Monday. Weather permitting – this is a great excuse to head to a patch of open space (a beach or park will do nicely), lie down on the ground, and turn your eyes to the sky. From The Farmers Almanac: “This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. It has also been known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe.” Strawberries, honey, mead and roses – sounds like a fine line-up of summer sweetness. Drink it in!