LiVrent and Vantastic VA have teamed up yet again to come up with a summer bucket list for newcomers to our city. Vancouver summers are the best! After months of grey skies, the city is ready to celebrate the sun. Here are 50 things that will help fill your June, July and August!
Italian Day on the drive is back this Sunday, June 9th!
Head over to "The Drive" for some irresistible Italian eats, live music and fun in the sun! You will forget that you are in Vancouver when Commercial Drive has transformed itself into Italy for the day!
"Italian Day on The Drive is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community. The event includes over 120 street participants, comprised of partners, vendors, community organizations – and an estimated 300,000 attendees of all ages and cultures. The festival is held on Commercial Drive, home to Little Italy, where the street is transformed into a lively 14 block festa. Since Italian Day’s return in 2010, the event today represents the largest one-day cultural street festival in Vancouver. A festive community embrace, The Drive comes alive in green, white and red with piazza-style animated zones, live music, food vendors, patios, lifestyle attractions, family fun activities and more."
Sunday, June 9, 2019
12pm – 8pm
Ciao! See you there.
Vantastic VA has collaborated with our dear friends at Livrent yet again, to share some key insights, tips and tricks to help newcomers establish themselves in our fair city. This post deals with the logistics of moving to Vancouver!
Check out the full blog post here
Vantastic VA is very honoured to be featured in our friend LivRents post this week on "16 Things You Need To Know About Living in Vancouver"
Have a look at the full blog post here
2019 Bike The Blossoms returns tomorrow! What better way to enjoy your Saturday than cycling under a canopy of pink fluffy cherry blossoms under a clear blue sky?
The cycle goes from 11AM- 1PM starting at John Hendry Park - See you there!
March 20th marks the First Day of Spring and you know what that means? -- Cherry blossom time!!!
Queen Elizabeth Park is getting geared up for it's annual Big Picnic event on April 13th from 12:00PM-3:00PM. Mark the occasion by enjoying your lunch under a stunning cherry blossom canopy, while listening to music, playing games and meeting new friends.
Welcome Spring! We love you ♥
Shona Lá Fhéile Padraig Duit!
(Happy Saint Patrick's Day)!
Look below for Vantastic's guide to the very BEST places to go and have a VANTASTIC Saint Patrick's Day 2019!
Blarney Stone -
Doors at 10am for an Irish Brunch Buffet. Entertainment both indoors and outdoors ALL DAY long! 10am-2am!
Brunch Buffet – Must enter before 11am – $25
Before 2pm entry – $35
Minors allowed before 5pm with their legal guardian
If online tickets sell out after 2pm. tickets will be available at the door while supplies last!
Donnellan's Irish Pub - Drink specials, live music, prize giveaways. Dj's AND Irish Dancers! - $15 Cover.
Donnellan's Irish Chipper - Looking for an authentic Irish meal? This is your spot to get some soakage with your Saint Paddys Day watering. Add a Pint to any meal for ONLY $5 and with every pint of Magners Irish Cider you will be entered to win a trip for 2 to Ireland.
Dubhlinn Gate Irish Pub - The Doolins, Chris Witoski and Chronicles of False Creek will all be performing throughout the day. $15 Cover
Johnnie Foxes Irish Snug - Live music , food and drink specials all day long! - No cover.
Dublin Calling Vancouver - is Hosting a "Shamrock Shake Down" party - $30 gets you all-building access, in and out privileges, plus line bypass!
Mahony & Sons - Two beautiful waterfront locations on Stamps and Burrard landing - $10 Cover gets you live music and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and North Shore Mountains all day long!
The Beaver Bar in the Samesun Hostel - Jameson and Guinness will be on special all day long! - No cover.
Malone's Lounge & Taphouse - Live music all day long, served up with a pint of Guinness and a hearty bowl of Guinness stew.! - No cover
Cambie Bar & Grill - GREEN beer, DJ's spinning all day long and No cover.
With all the pancake posts showing up today, Vantastic VA is thinking - why not spread some more pancake love, all while supporting a good cause?
Whether you celebrate "Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday" or not, I think we can all agree on one thing - We love pancakes!
IHOP is serving up free pancakes on Tuesday, March, 12th, 2019 all day long! On IHOP Free Pancake Day, visit any IHOP restaurant and get a FREE short stack of Original Buttermilk Pancakes. Then donate to help children battling critical illnesses. Each stack served on IHOP Free Pancake Day helps "flip it forward" for kids in need.
Doing good never tasted so good.
The ISSC are running an introductory six week academy for all adults (18+) that want to learn, or relearn, the skills of Gaelic Football, Camogie and Hurling. The academy is a fantastic social and fun way to introduce yourself to Gaelic Games and meet new people in the city!
Starts: Tuesday, February 26th.
Duration: February 26th - April 6th 2019.
Time: Between 6pm-8pm (TBC).
Venue: Trout Lake Community Centre Pitch.
Cost: $35 for the full 6 week program (Rental of Camogie/Hurling equipment will also be available)
- One hour sessions per sport focused on teaching the skills of each sport through a games based approach.
- Fully qualified GAA coach.
Gaelic Football and Hurling/Camogie sessions will be separate. In
Please indicate which academy you would like to sign up for when you get in contact.
To confirm your place please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Waitangi Day to all Kiwis near and far!
Kia Ora Vancouver is putting on an event to remember – epic prizes, kiwi kai/beer/tunes and a kapa haka performance.
The best $12 you will ever spend to hang out with a bunch of tu meke New Zealanders living in Vancouver. This year will include a silent auction with proceeds going to charity and back into the Kia Ora community.
Where: The Blarney Stone – 216 Carrall St, Vancouver
When: February 9th, 2019 - 3pm – 9pm
Tickets: $12 online tickets $15 door sales. Tickets guarantee entry till 5pm. Subject to capacity after.
Details: Children allowed until 7pm with adult supervision. After 7pm 19+.
Ticket Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1951486511553605/
Kiwi wine and beer will be available with Steinlager and New Zealand wine offerings. Expect a hearty kiwi themed menu from the crew at The Blarney Stone – rumour has it pies and watties tomato sauce, Pavlova and kiwi burgers will make an appearance.
This year they will be supporting two amazing charities with proceeds from the event; with a focus on native New Zealand birds in the Blue Penguin and our national animal and mascot – the Kiwi.
Kiwis for Kiwi: https://www.kiwisforkiwi.org/donate/
The West Coast Penguin Trust: https://www.bluepenguin.org.nz/donate
Silent Auction Prizes
3pm – Doors Open
3.50pm – Welcome
4pm – Te Tini a Maui – Kapa Haka Performance
5pm – Early Bird Raffle Draw
5.30pm – Live Music Alex Maher (1st Set)
6.10pm – Mid way Raffle Draw
6.20 – Live Music Alex Maher (1st Set)
7pm – Minor Prize Draw
8pm – Major Prize Draw
9pm – Close for official activities, but the pub is open until 3AM!