20 things to do in Vancouver this week

Dec 19 2017, 9:39 pm

The sun is shining again! Let’s all throw culture to the wind, head down to the beach and spark up the BBQ!

Still though, on the off chance the weather changes – or you get bored of all those burgers and beaches – here are a few more things to do in Vancouver this week.

Monday, May 2

Party like it’s 1986!

  • What: To celebrate a new exhibition about Expo ’86, the Museum of Vancouver is turning back the clock for a day of special 1986 pricing – admission will be just $4.00!
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • More: museumofvancouver.ca

Hot Copy

  • What: A “Publicity Workshop for Fringe Artists and Creative Types” with fringe veteran Deb Pickman, followed by a mingler, happy hour and cheap pizza.
  • Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery – 310 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Workshop runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Faust Plays Bartok

  • What: Renowned violinist Isabelle Faust performs Bartok with Kazuyoshi Akiyama conducting a concert that includes Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: 8 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.

The Heavy

  • What: British indie rockers The Heavy are in town, promoting their album Hurt & The Merciless – and they’re known to put on a great show. Tickets are $25, 19+
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Doors 7 p.m., show 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3

Classroom to Boardroom

  • What: With opening remarks from Barb Berg, Director, Western Public Sector at Microsoft Canada, this Young Women in Business event will give you a leg up in applying for jobs and career growth and connect you with like-minded women.
  • Where: Microsoft – 1111 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Double bill at the Rio

  • What: A double bill to celebrate A Tribe Called Quest and The Beastie Boys, featuring documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest then Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That, a Beastie Boys concert film shot by fans on cameras given out by the band.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Doors 6:30 p.m., first movie 7:00pm, second movie 9 p.m.

Piece of Mind

  • What: Opening night for this new art exhibition showcasing pieces of work that answer the question: What does psychological health mean to you?
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Pearl Button

  • What: With its mountains, glaciers and volcanoes, Chile’s Patagonian Archipelago seems practically supernatural. In this award winning doc, admired filmmaker Patricio Guzmán explores the region’s stunning scenery – and tumultuous history.
  • Where: Vancouver International Film Centre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4

Locked Up and Innocent!

  • What: If you’re a fan of Serial or Making a Murderer, you’ll be fascinated by these real, local stories of wrongful convictions and exonerations, as told by attorney Mark Gervin, of the UBC chapter of the Innocence Project.
  • Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 E Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from vancouverpolicemuseum.ca, $10

Public Salon

  • What: Short presentations by Vancouver’s leaders and thinkers that will entertain, educate and provoke. Hosted by former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Compagnie Thor

  • What: ReVoLt is a new work from the internationally-acclaimed Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits. A stripped-down, intense solo created for the explosive young Australian dancer Nicola Leahey, the piece is a metaphor for the oppression of the female body.
  • Where: The Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: 8 p.m., runs through Friday

Thursday, May 5


  • What: Winner of 7 Tony Awards, Evita is the story of the charismatic Eva Perón, whose beauty and ambition vaulted her from poverty to power as the First Lady of Argentina.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now until Sunday, May 8
  • Tickets: Available from Vancouver Opera, $60-$175

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

  • What: This year’s festival of independent and innovative documentaries include a host of panels and Q&As with directors and of course a myriad of screenings across the city.
  • Where: Various venues, full schedule here
  • When: Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 15
  • Tickets: Available from doxafestival.ca

TIT Talks

  • What: An intimate evening of TED-style talks by esteemed burlesque performers, academics, and producers as part of Vancouver International Burlesque Festival.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: 7 p.m. – more VIBF shows every night through Saturday

Latin Dance Lesson

  • What: A salsa and merengue lesson for beginners to intermediate – learn the basic steps, footwork, dance combinations including turns, spins and styling. Tickets $15.
  • Where: Pepitas Mexican Lounge and Restaurant – 2015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: 7 p.m.

From the Big Bang to the Multiverse

  • What: Is our universe part of a larger multiverse? Why is the universe expanding at a greater rate? Learn about the latest theories and more at this a dazzling, full-dome presentation and special simulcast lecture from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
  • Where: H. R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Doors at 5 p.m., simulcast at 5:30 p.m.

After Hours at the Aquarium

  • What: Discover the wonderful world of rays at this adults-only event at the Vancouver Aquarium. Grab a beer or glass of wine and enjoy access to all its galleries after dark.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • When: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday, May 6

Justin Bieber Yoga Night

  • What: Compasha brings you an evening of yoga-ing, dancing and sweating to the smooth, sexy beats of the Bieber. For real.
  • Where: Sacred Space Studio – 3574 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Urban Escape Games

  • What: A fusion of the new trend for escape entertainment and Vancouver’s passion for the outdoors. Can you escape while racing against the clock?
  • Where: The mystery start location in downtown will be revealed only 24 hours before the event.
  • When: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Red Truck Brewery Tour

  • What: This local brewery tour includes a sampler of four different beers and a bonus Red Truck glass. Tickets $12, 19+.
  • Where: Red Truck Brewery – 295 E 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
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