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10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, May 27

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Daniel Chai May 27, 2017 12:30 am 978

The sun is shining and so are we! From a bike-in movie night to a retro gaming expo and more, here are 10 things to do in Vancouver this Saturday, May 27.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Art in the Garden 2017

  • What: The 2017 tour will feature 16 gardens, located in various neighbourhoods in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Local visual artists and artisans are offered the opportunity to use these natural spaces as the ‘gallery walls’ on which to display their work. Individual musicians and small bands are also programmed to perform at each garden throughout the weekend.
  • Where: Various neighbourhoods in North Vancouver and West Vancouver
  • When: May 27 and 28 from 12 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: $2 per garden or $20 all-garden pass. Passes will be available in May 2017 for pre-purchase online, by phone at 604-988-6844, or in person at CityScape Community Art Space. Tickets will also be available at all gardens on the tour during the event weekend.

Microsemi Science Fair Fun Run

  • What: The Annual Science Fair Fun Run is the largest timed 5 km fun run in the province and one of the largest fundraising events in BC’s technology sector. It is a family-oriented event with balloons, free giveaways from run sponsors, free admission for registrants to TELUS World of Science on race day and prizes for the fastest runners and largest teams.
  • Where: Athletes Way between Salt & Manitoba, Vancouver
  • When: May 27 at 9 am
  • Registration: Online

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

  • What: ​Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo celebrates everything about classic video games, with concerts, comedy, vendors, panels, and more. One of this year’s special guests is Terry Diebold with his Nintendo PlayStation Console Prototype, an early version of Sony’s PlayStation from when Sony and Nintendo were still in collaboration.
  • Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
  • When: May 27 from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online or in-person at GameDeals Video Games, $25

West of Main Art Walk

  • What: Artists in Our Midst, a group of artists dedicated to bringing public awareness to art created in Vancouver, will celebrate their 25th anniversary with the annual West of Main Art Walk. Festivities stretch across Vancouver from Point Grey to Main Street, and from Granville Island to 41st Avenue. More than 50 artists will share their work in garden studios, cafes, shops, and community centres.
  • Where: Full list of locations here.
  • When: May 27 and 28 from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free

The Richmond Singers – We Call It Home

  • What: For their final performance of the season, The Richmond Singers, directed by Natasha Neufeld, present “We Call It Home”. Join in a celebration of our country’s 150th birthday, and go on a musical journey across our great land. With special guests, Sweet Scarlet.
  • Where: Broadmoor Baptist Church 8140 Saunders Road, Richmond
  • When: May 27 from 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $18-$20. Children under 12 free

20th Annual European Festival

  • What: A weekend of cultural and culinary delights. Every year EuroFest BC Society organizes the European Festival to highlight the best of European innovation, culture and tradition.
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • When: May 27 to 28
  • Tickets: Online, $8 for weekend pass. Children under 12 free.

The Shins

The Shins (Image: Benoit Daoust / Shutterstock)

  • What: Multiple Grammy-nominated band The Shins are returning to Vancouver in support of their fifth album Heartworms.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 27 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $36.50-$56.50

Coquitlam Get Outside Day

  • What: Find out about outdoor opportunities in the community and let the experts tell you how to be prepared. Active outdoor games, climbing wall, sports, face painting and nature crafts for the children.
  • Where: Mundy Park, Picnic Area – 641 Hillcrest Street, Coquitlam
  • When: May 27 from 10 am to noon
  • Cost: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

  • What: Located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts.
  • Where: West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, May 27 to October 21

Vancouver Bike-In Movie Night

  • What: Ride your bike to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza to watch the Steven Spielberg classic E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial under the stars. The event is being hosted by Vancouver Civic Theatres and HUB Cycling who are teaming up to host their first Bike-in Movie Night. Alongside the opportunity to watch a great movie with great people; there will also be snacks, a bike valet, and prizes on offer.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza – 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver.
  • When: May 27 from 8 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Free, but you need to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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