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20 things to do in Vancouver this week

DH Vancouver Staff May 09, 2016 3:22 pm

The sun seems to be back for good in Vancouver, but there’s still plenty to do in the city aside from the beach, BBQs and biking the seawall.

Here’s a rundown of 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, just in case you get bored of enjoying our glistening waters and gorgeous sunsets.

Monday, May 9

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

  • What: This year’s festival of independent and innovative documentaries include a host of panels and Q&As with directors alongside a myriad of screenings across the city.
  • Where: Various venues, full schedule here
  • When: Until Sunday, May 15
  • Tickets: Available from

James Ehnes in Recital

  • What: One of Canada’s greatest classical artists, and one of the world’s top violinists, James Ehnes performs solo as part of his 40th birthday recital tour.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: 8 to 10:10 p.m.

Watch the Northern Lights

  • What: The aurora borealis, nature’s most dazzling light show, bathed Vancouver skies in a kaleidoscope of colours on Sunday night – and could appear again on Monday night.
  • Where: Good vantage points include Jericho Beach and Porteau Cove – just look up to the skies and see!
  • When: Darkness will help you make out the Northern Lights the best, although they can actually be active at any time.

Tuesday, May 10

Speed Dating in Vancouver

  • What: Try some mingle, mix and match speed dating – ladies remain seated, gents do the rounds, and everyone keeps scorecards!
  • Where: The Emerald East Van Supperclub and Lounge – 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: 8 p.m.


  • What: Three years ago, Rolling Stone claimed this five-piece American pop band was the “Best Band You’ve Never Heard Of.” Now they’re touring their latest album Good Grief. Tickets $20 from TicketWeb.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Doors at 8 p.m.

Unceded Territories

  • What: Vancouver artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun confronts the colonialist suppression of First Nations peoples, and the ongoing struggle for indigenous rights, through hard-hitting, polemical, but also playful artworks.
  • Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 N.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Opening party Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., exhibition open until October 16.

Wednesday, May 11

Taste of the States

  • What: Mamie Taylor’s regional longtable dinner is back, introducing guests to the traditional flavours of a chosen American culinary region with a native welcome cocktail and a four-course menu. Diners at the sit-down meal will be rewarded with a South Carolina Seafood Boil prepared by Chef Tobias Grignon.
  • Where: Mamie Taylor’s, 251 East Georgia Street
  • When: 6:30 p.m.
  • Price: Tickets are priced at $45 per person (taxes and gratuity not included). Reservations are a must and can be made online at

Coal Harbour Liquor Store Spring Patio Wine Tasting

  • What: Enjoy 100 wines from all over the world along with carefully selected local craft spirits and beers, served on a spectacular waterfront patio. Tickets $49.95.
  • Where: Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company – 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
  • When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Chicago Fire

  • What: Catch the ‘Caps as they take on Chicago Fire at BC Place.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available via Ticketmaster

Thursday, May 12

Yaletown Farmers Market

  • What: Every Thursday starting today, you can meet vendors and farmers for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station.
  • Where: 1200 Mainland Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursdays throughout May, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Indian Summer Supper Club

  • What: Open to Indian Summer Arts Society members, patrons and artist alumni, the Urban Tea Merchant will be serving up a sumptuous four-course tea-pairing menu – including a guided tea tasting with their in-house certified Tea Sommelier.
  • Where: The Urban Tea Merchant – 1070 West Georgia, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from, $75

Ballet BC: Program 3

  • What: Ballet BC’s 30th anniversary goes out with a spectacular bang, with work by two audience favourites and a newcomer who is making waves around the world.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, May 12 – Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from, $30- $90

Truffle-Making Class at Purdys Chocolatier

  • What: Learn from experienced Purdys Chocolatier connoisseurs how to make your own decadent chocolate truffles. Choose your own flavourings, liqueur and toppings for unique and delicious combinations.
  • Where: Purdys Chocolatier South Granville – 2705 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Yoga + Beer = Brewga

  • What: Ideal if you’re interested in exploring yoga and craft beer in a different social setting! Ticket includes a 45-minute yoga session followed by your choice of a pint of Big Rock beer or 4 x 5 oz. samples. Bring your own mat.
  • Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery – 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Class starts at 6 p.m.

Friday, May 13

Paddle Together

  • What: Celebrate the remarkable diversity of paddle craft in Vancouver, including at least five First Nations canoes, dragon boats, kayaks, voyager canoes and outriggers.
  • Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre – 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
  • When: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


  • What: Kick off your Friday evenings with a new fitness program combining cardio, resistance and stretch fitness with loads of fun and spicy Bollywood dance moves!
  • Where: BC Dance – 877 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Spot Prawn Festival Gala

  • What: The Spot Prawn Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a gala to benefit Oceanwise. Includes Moët champagne reception and six-course dinner. Tickets $217.98.
  • Where: The Vancouver Club – 915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Little Black Dress Gala

  • What: Mingle with Canadian Men In Suits and ladies in cocktail dresses at this charity fashion and fundraising event drawing attention to emerging designers in Vancouver.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • When: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Wild Fruit – LGBTQ Dance Party

  • What: From old-school throwbacks to 80s/90s/present dance, hip-hop and R&B, this is one night that doesn’t take itself too seriously – and includes all your secret guilty pleasures.
  • Where: Playhouse Nightclub – 1240 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
  • When: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Friday The 13th

  • What: The original Friday The 13th, the 1980 sleepaway camp slasherfest that started it all. On the big screen. On… Friday, May 13.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, May 13, doors 11:30 p.m., movie 11:55 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from the Rio Theatre, $6 advance or in costume, $8 at the door and not in costume, 19+
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