Notable Now Vancouver: June 6, 2014

30th Anniversary: Hat’s Off Day (Burnaby’s Hastings Street)
Held on the first Saturday of every June, Hats Off Day is a full day of celebrating where the Heights merchants literally “take their hats off” to the bustling community and customers. This year’s special 80s-themed anniversary promises to be bigger and better than ever with a one-day extravaganza, colourful Main Street-style parade and plenty of real local flavour, followed by a massive street party. For more details and inspiration, click here.

Downtown Bhangra (June 6-7th, Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza)
If you haven’t already taken in earlier parts of the 2014 Bhangra Festival, this weekend is your last chance.  This exciting festival celebrates the dance and music style of Pakistan and India’s Punjab region with this weekend’s biggest event (Downtown Bhangra) set to take over Vancouver. This two-day free cultural showcase is the largest of its kind in North America and features pop-up choreographed performances you don’t want to miss. For more info, click here.

Italian Day on The Drive (Sunday, June 8th)
Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighbourhood is transformed into a huge street festival in celebration of the area’s strong Italian heritage and community. Organized by the Italian Day Festival Society, the event has become one of the city’s largest multicultural showcases featuring performing arts, fashion, food, exhibits and activities. With well over 300,000 people expected to attend, you don’t want to miss it. For details about this free festival, click here.

In the House Festival 2014 (various locations)
Set to celebrate its 11th Anniversary, Vancouver’s In the House Festival launches a weekend of unique performances you’ll never forget. Featuring music, dance, magic, comedy, burlesque and even a circus over the next three days, this festival is truly special. The coolest thing about In the House Festival? Performances take place in the intimacy of one of 13 homes that have opened their doors and yards to the 20 spectacular shows. Learn more and purchase tickets or passes here.

Eat Local (various locations)
Score plenty of locally made and grown goods at one of Vancouver’s farmers markets this Saturday. Plan to make a day of it and head over to the Trout Lake Farmers Market early in the day before heading over to check out the West End and new Kerrisdale farmers markets. With fresh produce delivered daily and hundreds of vendors participating, get fully stocked. For all the details and to learn more about other local markets, click here.

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire (VMMF) June 7th to 8th, 2901 Hastings Street
Now in its fourth year, the VMMF returns to the PNE for the weekend to inspire DIY enthusiasts at Vancouver’s biggest show and tell. The event features over 165 diverse first-time and seasoned makers, hobbyists, and educators who come together as a community to share their passion projects, interactive displays, demonstrations, and crafting opportunities relating to art, electronics, robotics, music, crafts, kinetic sculptures, computer hacking, quilting, farming, engineering, and everything in between. Learn more here.

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