Top 10 UBC Events to Check Out in June

June is here, and summer is in full force. This month, events at UBC include a microgreen growing workshop, a seminar on happiness research, a farmer’s market, and more!


June 1 – June 3: 55th Annual Mel Zajac Jr International Swim Meet

The Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet had its humble beginnings in 1963 as Canada Cup, a product of swim coach Howard Firby’s vision of bringing elite talent to Vancouver. Since then, the meet has grown to become the largest of its kind in Western Canada. The 55th annual meet will take place from June 1-3, 2018 at the UBC Aquatic Centre, and will see appearances from legendary Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and Caeleb Dressel!

June 2: UBC Farm Markets

Local, organic, farm-fresh food with a side of positive community impact and live music! Every Saturday from June 2 to October 27, the UBC Farm brings in dozens of local vendors selling meats, baked goods, flowers, crafts, food trucks, and more. Support healthy and sustainable food systems and save money at the same time  – UBC Students can show their student card at any UBC Farm Market stall, and receive 20% off.

June 3: Nature Club Family Days at the Beaty Museum

Drop in to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum between 10:30 am – 1:00 pm on June 3 for its monthly Nature Family Club day! These fun-filled family friendly sessions are designed for children 5-12 years old (with an accompanying adult), and include a special ecosystem activity for families, museum tours, the Raising Big Blue movie, regular museum programming, and more.

June 6: Yoga on the Mall

Spend your sunny study breaks with your yoga mat! Every Wednesday from 12-1 pm, yogis and novices alike take over main mall with this free, all-levels flow yoga class. Bring your own mat, and a water bottle.

June 7: Happy How-to: From Happiness Research to Happier Cities

No longer a simple human emotion, but an entire field of research- studying the key to happiness has become a booming interest in recent years. On June 7, the Vancouver School of Economics will present a public panel on how happiness research can inform public policy, and improve the organization of economic and social affairs.

June 9: Growing Microgreens for Home Consumption

Small, but mighty. Microgreens, such as arugula or swiss chard, are greens picked only when a few days or weeks old. Packed with flavour and nutrients, they are 40 times more nutritious than their mature counterparts. On June 9, you can learn how to grow and use these powerhouse vegetables from your own home in this workshop, held by UBC Farm.

June 13: QPR Suicide Prevention Training

QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide prevention program, pillared by the principles of Question, Persuade, and Refer. Similar to CPR training, QPR is an emergency health intervention,  informing individuals how to best save lives when needed. UBC offers free QPR training for all students, staff, and faculty- join the next session, happening June 13.

June 16 – June 17: Weekend Workshop: Botanical Watercolours

Join botanical painter Alison Watt, as she leads a 2-day introduction to watercolour painting using plants from the UBC garden. These full-day classes will cover watercolour materials, basic techniques, and plant painting. Materials are provided with a $15 lab fee.

June 17: Bumblebee Parade & Picnic

This family-friendly bumblebee event will be held at the UBC Botanical Garden. Learn about the diversity of bumblebees in the lower mainland and identify bumblebee species with ‘Master Beekeeper’ Brian Campbell!

June 21-24 UBC Opera – II Tabarro/Gianni Schicchi

In 1904, Puccini first began planning what would become his famous collection of one-act operas: Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi. This production, held by UBC Opera, will present the first and third operas of the set.

There’s more to check out at UBC in June. To stay up-to-date with all the campus events, follow @UBCevents on Twitter.