What: The A.R.C. Gloria, a sailing vessel owned and operated by the Colombian Navy, has made its return to Vancouver. The public will be able to board and tour the A.R.C. Gloria during select times on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. No passes are required. A.R.C. Gloria’s visit also coincides with Sunday’s Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Parade at the Sailors’ Memorial at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. The parade is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 am.
Where: Burrard Dock (15 Wallace Mews Road, North Vancouver) next to Lonsdale Quay
What:The Health & Sports Expo is a free three-day event to kick off BMO Vancouver Marathon week! Checkout all the latest health and sports products at Vancouver Convention Centre West, plus chances to win amazing prizes including Whitecaps tickets from BMO, Seahawks Training Camp VIP passes, Saucony Shoes, Air France flights to Paris and more. Open to the general public.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place
When: May 5 from 11 am to 8 pm, May 6 from 10 am to 6 pm
What: Best described as Christmas for comic book fans, the annual event sees stores give away a selection of 50 free comics up ranging from Animal Jam to Zelda and just about everything else in-between. In Vancouver, a number of shops will be celebrating with free books, special events, and guest appearances by creators.
What: Get ready for a fiesta as the largest Cinco de Mayo party in Vancouver returns to Robson Square. Feast on gourmet tacos, ceviche, churros, and other handheld Mexican street-style foods at four stations from the teams from Savoury Chef and Buena Onda. The event is also fully licensed and there will be a wide array of signature Mezcal and Tequila cocktails along with your favourite Mexican cervezas to sample, all available in the beverage garden. And no fiesta is complete without some Luchador wrestling, Mariachi bands, and traditional folk dancers.
Where: Robson Square (Plaza) – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
When: May 6 from 3 to 11 pm
Admission: Tickets start at $18.95. Visit ticketzone.com for Saturday tickets.
What: William So will perform many of his smash hits from his over 30 years in the music industry and he will take the audience down memory lane during his charity concert. Net proceeds will be contributed to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Where: Hard Rock Casino – 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
What: The market where it all began. Come meet your friends and neighbours, pick up supplies for a picnic by the lake, or just rub shoulders with farmers who care about the future of the land as much as the food they put on your plate.
Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
When: Every Saturday, 9 am – 2 pm, May 6 to October 21
What: Miranda Sings presents a hilarious night filled with comedy, hit songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail, and never before seen videos. The quirky superstar has over a billion views on YouTube and has performed her one-woman show to sold-out crowds all over the world.
What: If you’ve ever had questions about medicinal cannabis, now you can have them answered. The 3rd Annual Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo features 13 panels, four hands-on workshops, a product expo, international and national keynote speeches, and much more.
What: Head to the Granville Room on May 6 for their first annual Kentucky Derby Party. This event will feature a complimentary bourbon sampling and feature derby brunch menu. Mint Juleps will also be on special for $7. Doors open at 1 pm and the race begins at 3 pm.
Where: Granville Room – 957 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Playland officially opens for the season on May 6 at 10 am. And alongside all their favourite attractions, this year visitors will even have the opportunity to enjoy three all-new rides. In total there are 35 rides and attractions to enjoy, 14 of which offer an extreme experience for those who dare to ride them.
Where: Playland at the PNE – Hastings Street just off Highway #1 West – Exit #26
When: Open on weekends until June 25 when it will open up during the week.
Tickets:Online, $25-$33 for one day, $56-$94 for season. Children under 3 and seniors enter free.
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.