34 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 29 to June 2

May 15 2017, 8:59 pm

We say goodbye to May and hello to June this week, and let’s have some fun while doing so. From Vancouver International Children’s Festival to Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, here are 34 things to do in Vancouver this week.

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

Monday, May 29

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival


Image: Vancouver International Children’s Festival / Facebook

  • What: The 40th annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival inspires young minds with top-notch professional artistic experiences, across theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and storytelling. The multi-disciplinary programming is always culturally diverse and representative of both local and international artists.
  • Where: Granville Island
  • When: May 29 to June 4

Cooking With—May Edition

  • What: Young Ideas is excited to host Cooking With, an interactive cooking workshop led by Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Chef Peter. At Cooking With you’ll learn how to cook a delicious meal from scratch with seven of your neighbours. Afterwards everyone will sit down at a long table to enjoy the meal together.
  • Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House – 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 29 from 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Tickets:$2 and are limited to 8 participants. Reserve your spot by calling 604-683-2554, or paying in person at the Gordon Neighbourhood House front desk.

HUB Bike to Work Week

  • What: Each spring and fall, Bike to Work Week encourages everyone to try cycling the daily commute. Throughout the week stop by celebration stations for free bike repairs, snacks, drinks, maps and information – and be entered to win one of five daily bike giveaways, trips and other station prizes.
  • Where: Across Metro Vancouver
  • When: May 29 to June 4
  • Cost: Free

ManTalks Vancouver – Health & Hustle

  • What: ManTalks is an international community building better fathers, husbands and leaders around the globe. Speakers will share insights on how to hustle, stay healthy and maintain a sense of balance while pursuing your dreams.
  • Where: Audi Downtown Vancouver, 1788 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver
  • When: May 29 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $30-$40

Move for Health – Outdoor Workout

  • What: Breathe in the fresh air while getting an all-over body workout that focuses on fitness, strength and agility. Part of Move for Health Week.
  • Where: Steveston Community Centre – 4111 Moncton Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free. Registration is required.

How to Be Everything

Emilie Wapnick

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  • What: How to Be Everything, the new book by Emilie Wapnick, helps you channel your diverse passions and skills to work for you. Wapnick provides a practical framework for building a sustainable life around all of your passions. Event will feature a short reading followed by Q&A and signing.
  • Where: Book Warehouse – 4118 Main Street
  • When: May 29 at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free

Slinky Hell by Jacob Samuel Book Launch

  • What: Vancouver comedian and cartoonist Jacob Samuel launches his latest book featuring 200 of his best cartoons from the last three years. Jacob’s cartoons have been featured in The New Yorker and Harvard Business Review.
  • Where: The Kino – 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 29 at 7 pm
  • Admission: Free

Tuesday, May 30

Richmond Chamber of Commerce 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

  • What: Join Richmond Chamber members and guests for a wonderful evening of dragon boating along the scenic Fraser River, followed by a networking BBQ with gorgeous views of the river at sunset.
  • Where: John M. S. Lecky UBC Boathouse – 7277 River Road, Richmond,
  • When: May 30 from 4:15 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $55-$65

Chris Gethard: Beautiful/Anywhere


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  • What: Chris Gethard is a comedian, actor, writer, and the host of the hit podcast Beautiful/Anonymous. His recent one man show, Career Suicide, aired on HBO after a successful off-Broadway run. He’s the host of The Chris Gethard Show on truTV, and has also been seen on Broad City, Parks and Recreation, Don’t Think Twice, and The Other Guys.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 30 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $22.50 + s/c

Dal Richards School of Swing Spring Gala

  • What: Named in honour of Vancouver’s very own ‘King of Swing’ and VAM supporter, Mr. Dal Richards, School of Swing students join Vancouver Legacy Jazz Orchestra for an evening of jazz and swing classics.
  • Where: Koerner Recital Hall at Vancouver Academy of Music – 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 30 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Cool Eats: The City Slicker’s Diet for a Warming Planet

  • What:  Drawing on current research in sustainable agriculture and food systems, this talk presents practical personal choices and government policy changes to help promote a just, resilient, ecologically-integrated food system.
  • Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 30 at 7 pm
  • Admission: Free but seating is limited. Register Online.

Board of Trade 101

  • What: A special Board of Trade 101 session where you will be shown how your membership can help promote your business, save you money, provide benefits to your staff, and much more.
  • Where: Greater Vancouver Board of Trade – Suite 400-999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: May 30 at 7:30 am
  • Tickets: Complimentary, for Board of Trade members only

Empowerment Stories: Women Building Bridges to Belonging

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society‎

Image: Pacific Immigrant Resources Society‎, Facebook

  • What: Join Pacific Immigrant Resources Society and host Bal Brach for an inspiring evening of storytelling about belonging. Featuring writer and actor Carmen Aguirre and filmmaker Crisanta Sampang sharing stories exploring and celebrating what belonging means, why it matters, and how we get there. Includes dinner at the New India Buffet and a charitable donation to support PIRS programs.
  • Where: New India Buffet & Restaurant – 805 W Broadway #105, Vancouver
  • When: May 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $50-$100

Wednesday, May 31

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

  • What: Located just steps from the Skytrain, this convenient Wednesday farmers’ market is ideal for local food fans seeking an easy shop on their commute. Over 85% of the vendors at Main Street Station are primary producers offering an excellent mix of fresh and organic produce, meat, eggs, handmade cheeses, and more.
  • Where: Main Street Station – 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Wednesday from 2 to 6 pm, May 31 to October 4

The Canada Show: The Complete History of Canada

  • What: Three comedic historians – one First Nations actor, one female actor and one Francophone actor – try to jam 15,000 years of Canadian history into just one hour. Featuring Justin Beaver, the comedy team of Cabot and Costello, Jacques Cartier Puppets and every Canadian Prime Minister. The Canada Show is updated with new material and promises inclusivity and diversity to go along with its irreverence and hilarity.
  • Where: Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 31 to June 2 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online , $25

Film & Media Showcase: Cineworks, WIFTV, DOC BC

  • What: The Film and Media Showcase is a public forum for members of Cineworks, WIFTV and DOC BC. It provides filmmakers with an opportunity to share their work with other artists and the public, across genres and in a variety of lengths, in a space dedicated to discovery, discussion and inspiration. Each screening will be followed by a question and answer session with creators, with informal conversation and networking.
  • Where: Cineworks – 1131 Howe Street #300, Vancouver
  • When: May 31 at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free

Storytelling With Drag Queens

  • What: Drag Queens read from their favourite books. Featuring Oliv x, Karmella Barr, Dust Cwaine and friends, it’s time to turn the cafe into an evening salon.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: May 30 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Entrance by donation

Lora Zombie Art Show

  • What: Eyes On Walls presents Flaming Heart, a Multi-City Art Show by Lora Zombie. Lora is a top seller on the urban art scene and in recent years has exhibited in Los Angeles, Toronto, London, New York and Russia. She has also completed collaborations with HBO, Warner Brothers, Lollapalooza, Blackmilk Clothing, Perrier, Urban Nation, The Hundreds, and Sony/AMC.
  • Where: 434 Columbia Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 31 at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free

Union Jacked presents Company’s Coming

Union Jacked

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  • What: Union Jacked is Jeff Cooper, Laurence Chong, Chris Wood, Beth Rudkin, and Rachelle Lachland. The comedy troupe presents an evening of improv with special guests Channel 73 ¾ and music by singer-songwriter Jess Vaira.
  • Where: The Woods Studio – 7 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 31 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $8-10

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: Soul2Soul The World Tour

  • What: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s 65-city tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of the record-breaking Soul2Soul II tour, the highest-grossing country music tour of all time. It is also the first time that Faith Hill has toured since 2007.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver,
  • When: May 31 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online

Thursday, June 1

John Legend

  • What: Acclaimed, multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, and 10x Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter John Legend will be in the city as part of his Darkness and Light Tour. This show is bound to be legendary.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: June 1 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$125

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • What: This local food destination is situated on the corner of Georgia & Hamilton at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. Shop fresh weekly to enjoy quality fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and craft, fresh fish, and local craft beer, wine and spirits.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm, June 1 to October 5

Mark Forward

  • What: A multi Canadian Comedy Award winner, Mark currently can be seen on the latest season on Fargo on FX, and CraveTV’s Letterkenny.
  • Where: The Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 1 to 3
  • Tickets: Online, $15-20

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Granville Island Farmers Market is the oldest of its kind in Vancouver offering customers fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This market also has local craft beer and wine vendors too.
  • Where: Triangle Square (between the Net Loft and the Public Market), Granville Island
  • When: Every Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm, June 1 to September 28

Music Waste 2017

  • What: Music Waste is an independent music and art festival held annually in Vancouver. Happening over four days at the beginning of June, Music Waste is entirely volunteer-run and organized, and showcases over 70 local bands.
  • Where: Venues across Vancouver
  • When: June 1 to 4
  • Tickets: Online, $15.75

Mat Collective Free Yoga

Woman doing yoga outdoors (lkoimages/Shutterstock)

Woman doing yoga outdoors (lkoimages/Shutterstock)

  • What: Returning for its second year, Mat Collective started as a yoga mat recycling program. Now, the program will offer free yoga indoor and outdoor classes every day all summer long. Mat Collective offers five classes: Hatha, Flow, Power, Kundalini, and Yin. The classes are designed for all levels.
  • When: June 1 to August 31. Times vary. Check schedule for details.
  • Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach Park 1499 Arbutus Street and 95 East 32nd Avenue in Vancouver. Check the full schedule here. 
  • Cost: Free

SHIFT Festival 10: Passion Projects

  • What: SHIFT Theatre presents the tenth annual iteration of their signature event. Three diverse Passion Projects are presented nightly, and their universal thread of “Fierce Truth Telling” reflects SHIFT’s move to collaborate with more experienced artists and activists, driven to create works that reflect our conflicted times.
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 1 to 3 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Friday, June 2

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on the West Coast Trail, BC (Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup/Facebook)

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on the West Coast Trail, BC (Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup/Facebook)

  • What: The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is Canada’s largest conservation-based cleanup program, an initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada. Learn firsthand about the lasting impact litter has on our turtles, seabirds, whales and otters while cleaning out shorelines.
  • Where: Various locations around Metro Vancouver. Find a cleanup on the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup website.
  • When: June 2 to 5
  • Cost: Free

Midnight Oil

  • What: Midnight Oil is more than just a rock & roll band. From the beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they’ve stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, and broken new ground. Now they’re on The Great Circle tour, stopping in Vancouver.
  • Where: Malkin Bowl opposite Stanley Park Pavilion – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: June 2 at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $55

Zajac Nights – The Roaring 20’s

  • What: Take a trip back in time to The Roaring 20s at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club in support of Zajac Ranch for Children. Each room will fully immerse you in the revelry of the era, with food and drink, live music, DJs, and lively entertainment. Flapper dresses, Gatsby-inspired suits, hats, headbands, feathers – come 20s inspired or just as you are.
  • Where: Terminal City Club – 837 Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 2 at 6:45 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $200

ESF Shop n’ Bop! ICONS Vintage Market Edition!

  • What: At ICONS you will find the best local vintage clothing vendors, with some cool flea market collectors & vintage enthusiasts thrown into the mix. Discover psychedelic posters, antiques & curiosities, records, taxidermy, retro lamps & small furniture, and much more!
  • Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 2 from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $3

Do Make Show

  • What: An evening of five short dance pieces created by local choreographers Carolina Bergonzoni, Naomi Brand, Alana Prochuk, Cheyenne Seary and Rianne Švelnis All Bodies Dance is an inclusive dance company that explores the meaning of movement and limitation with dancers of all abilities. VocalEye is partnering with All Bodies Dance to provide live dance description for audience members with vision loss
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: June 1 to 2 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Jillian Christmas at the Vancouver Queer Slam

Image: Jillian Christmas / Facebook

  • What: A showcase, expression, and celebration of the work of Van Slam’s writers of queer poetry. Featuring Jillian Christmas, the winner of 2016’s Capturing Fire Queer Summit. This slam will determine which poet will have the chance to officially represent Vancouver Poetry Slam in Washington, DC at this year’s Capturing Fire festival.
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When: June 2. Signup at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $6-$10 sliding scale.

Scenic Adventures – An Operatic Vacation

  • What: Young People’s Opera Society of BC kicks off it’s 13th season with Scenic Adventure, showcasing some of BC’s up-and-coming young opera singers performing recitatives and arias from around the world.
  • Where: Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: June 2 to 3 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $17.95-$22.95
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