10 things to do in Burnaby this May

Apr 24 2019, 9:13 am

Lots to see and do around Burnaby in May, including Arts Alive 2019, Burnaby Blooms, and more. Here are 10 things to do around the city this month.

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

Arts Alive 2019

What: Arts Alive is an annual showcase of collaborative student works held in collaboration with the Burnaby School District featured in the Lower Gallery. This year’s 37th edition presents a selection of artworks from elementary schools across the city. Math & Art is this year’s theme to act as inspiration for elementary students.

When: May 3 to June 9, 2019
Time: Tuesday-Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Suggested donation is $5

Burnaby Blooms

What: Burnaby Blooms (formerly Rhododendron Festival) is being re-imagined for 2019. View figures dressed in flowers, plants and foliage by floral designers as they create unique floral ladies. Returning in 2019 will be the popular plant sale and auction hosted by the Burnaby Rhododendron and Garden Society. Also on site will be the popular Burnaby Eco-Sculptures, floral installations, workshops, market vendors, entertainment, and more.

When: Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2019
When: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts –  6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

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: Saturday, May 4 to Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Admission: Free

Walk with the Doc

What: Join Dr. Davidicus Wong for an inspirational 30 to 45-minute talk on living a healthy and active lifestyle. Then join local physicians for a community walk at the Confederation Park track.

When: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Confederation Community Centre – 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby
Register: Online, Free

Mother’s Day at Burnaby Village Museum

What: Special activities and crafts 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 12, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm. Last Carousel Ride at 4:15 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free, Carousel Rides: $2.65 each

Old School Comedy Jam


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What: A night of comedy featuring Headliner Ralph Porter, Host Sunee Dhaliwal, Ola Dada, Ed Hill and Lorna. After Party Music by Dj El Nino & Earl da Pearl.

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby Conference Centre – 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

The Thrilla at The Villa

What: A stacked night of boxing at Grand Villa Casino. The main event will feature Jose de Jesus “El Changuito” Macias, who has 36 professional boxing fights under his belt with a winning record facing some of the best boxers in the world and was fellow sparring partner to the great Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

When: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 11 pm
Where: The Grand Villa Casino 4331 Dominion St, Burnaby
Tickets: Online


What: OURO Collective and Tangible collaborate to create a multi-disciplinary dance experience. Alex Beim is the creative director and founder of Tangible, an experiential design firm whose public art and interactive installations have been displayed around the world. OURO is an eclectic dance collective that uses hip-hop, waacking, breaking, and contemporary dance as the foundation for the creation and production of new work. The show aims to engage the public and to break down the separation between performers and audience by creating an interactive and playful environment.

When: May 22 to May 25, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Sound Bites: Blackthorn


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What: A Little Lunch Music has changed to a new format with a new name: Sound Bites! This concert series features local musicians in all genres of music including folk, classical, jazz and pop. Enjoy a different musical performance each month, along with coffee and dessert.

When: May 28, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $5

Walt Whitman Animated

What: Walt Whitman Animated showcases a number of hand-printed animations honouring Walt Whitman’s love of printing in celebration of his 200th Birthday.

When: May 31, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
More Info: Online

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