10 things to do in Burnaby in May

Apr 25 2018, 12:56 am

May is here and there are so many fun events happening in Burnaby! From Rotary Wine and Food Fest to Move for Health Day and more, here are 10 things to do around the city this month.

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

Youth Week

  • What: Youth Week is a week of fun, cool interaction and celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province. There will be art and music showcased by Burnaby youth. Check out the schedule of events.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1 to Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • More Info: Online

Fleurs De Villes at Metropolis at Metrotown

  • What: Fleurs De Villes Mannequin Series combines high fashion and fresh florals through inventive and artful displays showcased at Metropolis at Metrotown. Each exhibit features a collection of floral-dressed mannequins, in a gallery-like setting, which grows from a partnership between a local florist and a leading brand.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2 to Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Time: Regular Mall Hours
  • Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

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  • What: Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market features locally grown conventional and organic produce, prepared foods and crafts. There will also be live music every week, a used book exchange, a children’s play tent, games table and sitting area with local newspapers. Plus there are also food trucks featuring all kinds of delicious foods to eat right at the market.
  • When: Every Saturday from May 5 to October 27, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
  • Admission: Free

17th Annual Rotary Wine and Food Fest

  • What: An evening of wine tasting, culinary delights, and live jazz music to benefit Rotary Coats for Kids Campaign and other community projects. There will also be a silent auction, 50-50 draw, and local craft beer.
  • When: Saturday, May 05, 2018 
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online

Rhododendron Festival

  • What: The City of Burnaby in collaboration with the Burnaby Rhododendron & Gardens promotes the long-term sustainable, ecological health of our communities. It presents a unique venue for both horticulture and arts groups. Events will be held at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Burnaby Art Gallery.
  • When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • When: 11 am to 3 pm (Shadbolt Centre for the Arts), 1 to 3 pm (Burnaby Art Gallery)
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts –  6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby; Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free (Shadbolt Centre for the Arts), by donation (Burnaby Art Gallery)

Burnaby Festival of Learning

  • What: The Burnaby Festival of Learning celebrates lifelong learning in creative, unconventional ways, and features a week-long series of free events for everyone that will inspire, engage and spark creativity. Enjoy a variety of events happening throughout Burnaby, including performances, lectures, discussions, tours, and more.
  • When: Sunday, May 6 to Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • Admission: Free

Move for Health Day

  • What: Free activities are taking place all over Burnaby and everyone is invited. Enjoy the outdoors with an introductory kayak or tennis lesson. Stay indoors and challenge yourself with a TRX class or shake and shimmy your way through a fun belly dancing class. Being active begins with learning how to move and live well, and if you aren’t sure of where or how to start, Dr. Davidcus Wong will be leading an inspirational talk on the benefits of exercise and living an active, healthy lifestyle. Check out the schedule of events calendar.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • Admission: Free

Mother’s Day at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Special activities for the whole family are planned to celebrate Mom at Burnaby Village Museum. Don’t forget to go for a ride on the carousel.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • More Info: Online

40 Days and 40 Nights

  • What: The project was inspired by a challenge to live for 40 days and 40 nights making all choices based in love, and draws on the magical poetry of Hafez, the philosophy of Alain Badiou, Hindu festivals, Biblical tales, and countless other ruminations on the word “love.” This immersive theatrical experience inspires you to believe, even for a moment, that love is something active and alive in the world. Presented by Electric Theatre Company.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22 to Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $33-$36. $15 opening night

Live Music at the Shadbolt

  • What: A Little Lunch Music for the lunch crowd, and then a Jazz Jam with musician Cory Weeds in the evening.
  • When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 1 pm, 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue Burnaby, BC
  • Admission: Free
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