Vancouver has a plethora of different runs to offer. Whether you’re looking for a 5km, a 10km, a half or full marathon, there’s something out there for everyone from beginners to seasoned runners. Check out our rundown here.
What: Help bring clean water to families in Guatemala through Gwatermala’s fourth annual RunForH2O fundraising event here in Vancouver. The event is family-friendly, with musical performances and lots of fun activities to take part in after the run along the Fraser River. Eat some snacks, and enter to win some cool prizes.
Where: Riverfront Park – 2750 East Kent Street South, Vancouver
What: This is a little far flung – literally – but if you’re a wannabe lumberjack or lumberjill and you’re free Thursday afternoons you could try axe throwing on Bowen Island. No experience necessary, all equipment provided.
Where: Doc Morgan’s Pub & Restaurant – 437 Bowen Island Trunk Road, Bowen Island
When: Every Thursday at 3 p.m. until July 14
Register: Drop in fee for casual Have-A Throws is $15 for 10 throws
Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Vancouver’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of those opening in May – for full details check our guide to Vancouver farmers’ markets.
In addition to a variety of farmers’ markets, the city and surrounding areas boast a collection of night markets that showcase the city’s best food trucks, bakers, and artisans. These night markets bring together communities for entertainment, shopping, and wonderful food. Here’s a shortlist of those opening in May – for full details check our guide to night markets in Vancouver.
What: Learn how to cook Lebanese Tabbouleh, Chicken Lemon Tagine and Coconut Mousse & Mango Coulis. You’ll get a snack on arrival, then get to eat everything you make during the class, while enjoying wine, chosen to pair with the food.
Where: The Uncommon Cafe – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
What: Le Tigre, Super Thai Food, and Meet2Eat food trucks will be going head-to-head in a recipe challenge to get the word out about a new line of Uncle Ben’s Rice and Grains products, which feature ancient grains like bulgur and quinoa.
When: Tuesday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: “Sushi and the City” invites you to attend an exclusive two-hour sushi and sashimi making class with Charlie Lee, a master sushi chef who was trained by two-Michelin-starred sushi chef Matsumoto Mizuho. In this unique class, attendees will learn the how to make restaurant quality sushi and sashimi using the latest techniques in Japanese gastronomy.
When: Various dates and times throughout June (please check here)
Where: Address provided after booking
Price: Tickets range from $119 to $137.35 and can be purchased online here
What: Featuring a range of craft beers, the Horseshoe Bay Annual Craft Beer Festival returns to West Vancouver for its third year. In attendance this year: Townsite Brewing, Parallel 49, Moodyales, Howesound Brewing, Postmark Bewing, Bridge Brewing, Central City, Hopping Mad Cider, Persephone Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Russel Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Dirftwood Brewing, and Deep Cove Brewery.
When: Saturday, June 11 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Sewell’s Floating Breakwater – 6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver,
Price: Tickets are priced at $40 per person and can be purchased online here
What: This unique international food festival and annual fundraiser for UBC Farm celebrates home-cooked dishes from around the world. Vij’s, Terra Breads, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and UBC Food Services will bring together fifteen cooks of various ethnicities, traditions, and professions to share samples of their favourite family meals.
When: Saturday, June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive
Price: Tickets are available at $55 and can be purchased online here
What: Perhaps the biggest, most influential heavy metal band of the new millennium, Lamb of God are back from hiatus after a troublesome few years, touring the aptly titled VII: Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) album.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
When: Wednesday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Available on Ticketmaster, priced from $46.50 to $96.50 plus fees
What: This multi-Grammy-nominated alt rock band are coming to Burnaby, touring their new album Cleopatra, sure to be a great followup to their platinum-plus self-titled debut album, which featured huge hits “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love.”
Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
When: Wednesday, June 1, doors 5:30 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
What: The alias of Canadian singer songwriter Dallas Green, City and Colour’s melodic acoustic and folk music is full of soft lilting vocals and delicate guitar. In Vancouver, he’s playing with Shakey Graves, who brings his own mix of blues, folk and rock and roll.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
When: Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Available at Ticketmaster, priced $35 to $65 plus fees
What: Plants and Animals are a Montreal-based trio that began playing together as kids, emerged on the international scene in 2008 and have developed a varied cult following ever since, built this on the shoulders of their self-produced records, their intense live show, or both-depending on who you ask.
What: Marlon Wayans is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director. His films have grossed more than $736-million in domestic box office, an average of nearly $50-million per outing. As a standup comedian, he is selling out gigs nationwide and adding shows every weekend.
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: The “Battle of the Seasons” tour, now in its third consecutive year of growth, will again be hosted by series judge Michelle Visage and includes an all star cast of past winners, runners up and fan favourites from each season of RPDR
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Have your say on the future of your city at the kickoff event for the redesign of Blood Alley Square and Trounce Alley in Gastown. Learn about the project and tell the city what you want to see in the Square.
Where: Blood Alley Square, Vancouver (nearby Salt Tasting Room and Tacofino Taco Bar)
When: Wednesday, June 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., drop by anytime during the event
What: Solve clues, complete challenges, and conquer your city – you’re guaranteed to try something totally new in this one-day amazing race. Plus, it’s for teams of two, so you get to experience it all with a friend.
What: Have a beer as panelists remember Expo 86, the prototype SkyTrain and the Highway 86 installation and enjoy music by Gamelan Bike Bike, a group of Vancouver cycle enthusiasts who turn old bike parts into instruments.
Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
When: Thursday, June 2, bar opens at 6 p.m., music, presentations and discussion at 7 p.m., until 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: From MOV, priced $15 for adults, $11 for concessions, or free for MOV Members
What: ProtoHack’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Code-Free Hackathon for Innovation in Breast Cancer Awareness allows designers, developers, entrepreneurs and other industry leaders to come together to connect, collaborate, and create innovative solutions through prototyping and pitching.
Where: Launch Academy – 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: It’s not quite Om The Bridge, but this year B.C. Premier Christy Clark is inviting you to celebrate the UN’s International Day of Yoga with a free yoga session at Holland Park. The mass yoga session on Sunday, June 19, will be lead by renowned Yogi Swamiji Dr Satya Prakash.
What: Hockey fan? Pack up your skates and register for the Second Annual Ryan Donaldson Memorial Tournament that aims to raise awareness on mental health issues and break down the stigma associated with mental health within the hockey community.
What: Geekenders brings you the fourth instalment of their epic burlesque adventure saga, as seen on Chris Hardwick’s @midnight, with a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy, dance, showgirls, vaudeville, nostalgia, and space.
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Every Friday M.I.A. gets #FVDED with International DJ’s & Producers supported by local residents. Join Dunham, Dr.Seiz, Krusha, Barlee, Kempeh, Baffoon, T!G3R WOOD$ & Vibe Selektaz as they push the boundaries of open format bass music.
Where: M.I.A. – 350 Water Street, Vancouver
When: Every Friday
Lauren is a former staff writer at Daily Hive. She's a graduate of BCIT's Broadcast and Online Journalism program.