20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: May 13 and 14

May 11 2017, 12:09 am

The weekend is here so let the good times roll! Here is Daily Hive’s checklist of 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14, 2017.

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

Photo courtesy of BC Spot Prawn Festival

  • What: Each year at the Spot Prawn Festival, Chefs’ Table Society Member Chefs from across the Lower Mainland serve you fresh-from-the-boat Spot Prawns.
  • Where: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf – 1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 13 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Price: Early-bird tickets $17.50; purchase via Eventbrite.

Iron Knee Tender Knee

  • What: Race from Cleveland Park or Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver & finish on the beautiful shores of Deep Cove. Racers will be treated to some great trails capped off by the punishment of the infamous Powerline Climb and chocolate delights at the finish line.
  • Where: Iron Knee starts at Cleveland Park on Capilano Road in North Vancouver, Tender Knee starts at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver
  • When: May 13 at 8 am

Celebrate BC Water Week – Coquitlam Watershed Tour

  • What: ​To celebrate BC Water Week, sign up for a free Coquitlam Watershed Tour and learn about our local water from source to tap. Learn about the drinking water infrastructure and enjoy the views of the old growth forests and the Coquitlam Watershed.
  • Where: Coquitlam Watershed
  • When: May 13 from 9 am to noon
  • Cost: Free, call 604-432-6359 to register

National Girls Learning Code Day

  • What: Girls Learning Code is hosting its fourth annual National Girls Learning Code Day. On that day, hundreds of Canadians girls and their parents will come together to challenge themselves to learn a new skill: digital storytelling and animation. Hosted by Ladies Learning Code Vancouver.
  • Where: Amazon – 510 West Georgia Street, Vancouver; BC Tech Innovation Hub – 887 Great Northern Way, Vancouver; Traction on Demand – 2700 Production Way, Vancouver
  • When: May 13 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Register: Online, By Donation

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This one-of-a-kind market is the only riverfront market in Vancouver. Come shop for fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and handmade products produced by farmers and artisans. Stay for live music, a delicious meal and enjoy the waterfront, playground and pier.
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza – 8683 Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, May 13 to October 14

Public Works Open House

  • What: This event offers a hands-on experience that includes plenty to do for all ages. Gardeners can grab some free topsoil, while kids can work on mini construction projects, jump on an excavator for a quick lesson or check out the interactive displays and games. Stop by the food court to purchase lunch, go for a hay ride tour of the Works Yard and kids can pick up a passport at the gate and collect stamps for a chance to win a prize.
  • Where: Kozier Neighbourhood Park – 10491 Kozier Drive, Richmond
  • When: May 13 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

South Surrey Garden Club Plant Sale

  • What: South Surrey Garden Club’s annual plant sale, featuring perennials, shrubs, vegetables and more. There will also be a Mother’s Day gift table for children, as well as coffee and cookies to enjoy.
  • Where: St Mark’s Anglican Church – 12953 20th Ave, Surrey
  • When: May 13 from 9 am to noon
  • Admission: Free

Curious by Nature: Fraser River Life

  • What: Curious about bald eagles, sturgeon and other life on the Fraser River? Drop by this pop-up display to chat with a park interpreter. Presented by Metro Vancouver
  • Where: Pitt River Regional Greenway – Meet at Harris Landing, Pitt Meadows
  • When: May 13 from 10 am to noon
  • Cost: Free


  • What: HARD godfather DESTRUCTO returns to Vancouver. Destructo (Gary Richards) began DJing and producing in the early 90s in Los Angeles, most notably creating RaveAmerica at Knotts Berry Farm.
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 13 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Mother’s Day Tea at Historic Stewart Farm

City of Surrey

Image: City of Surrey

  • What: Treat mum like the queen she is with tea at Historic Stewart Farm. Nibble cucumber sandwiches, indulge in sweets and scones baked in our wood stove, and make a craft together.
  • Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
  • When: May 13 and 14 from noon to 3 pm
  • Register: Online, $16

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Paint Night with Mom

  • What: Listen to music, relax and paint with mom at Zealous Art. Bring your friends and the whole family along for a fun evening being creative. No experience needed, and yes there will be wine to enjoy.
  • Where: Zealous Art – #104 20218 Fraser Highway, Langley
  • When: May 14 at 5 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35. Includes a 12 x 16 canvas, a glass of wine, use of all art supplies and 2 hours art instruction.

Artisan Jewellery Show & Sale

  • What: The 4th Annual Mother’s Day Artisan Jewellery Show & Sale, hosted by the Creative Jewellers Guild of BC. Come browse, shop and meet the 18 artisans selling one of a kind pieces.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 14 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Admission: Free

Whitecaps FC 2 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks

Whitecaps FC 2

Image: Whitecaps FC 2 / Facebook

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps’ United Soccer League affiliate faces off against the Switchbacks.
  • Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 2555 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
  • When: May 14 at 3 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $13

Urban Thai Bistro mother’s day buffet

  • What: This year Mother’s Day falls on May 14 and your mom’s bound to be hungry. Since she’s so special, take her somewhere with a little spice like Urban Thai Bistro and their Thai buffet for less than $30 per person.
  • Where: Urban Thai Bistro – 1119 Hamilton Street
  • When: May 14 from 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Adult: $28.95, Children: $12.95

4th Annual Mother’s Day Portrait Studio at Lougheed Town Centre

  • What: The best moms deserve special treatment. Bring Mom to Lougheed Town Centre’s 4th annual Mother’s Day portrait studio to enjoy an afternoon of pampering and giveaways. Moms will glam up with hair and makeup touch ups by Chatters and The Body Shop before their photo under a beautiful greenery arch. Enjoy live music from Sophia Danai while the kids are crafting up cards for Mom. The event is by donation and all proceeds benefit the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • Where: Lougheed Town Centre – 9855 Austin Ave, Burnaby
  • When: May 13 and 14 from noon to 3pm
  • Cost: By Donation

Alaria’s Fiddle

  • What: Alaria’s Fiddle is a full-length musical theatre performance developed by the Smithers-based Valley Youth Fiddlers in collaboration with master fiddlers from across Canada. Alaria’s Fiddle is a fictional tale about a young girl who lives with her mother on an isolated lighthouse on the west coast of Canada.
  • Where: BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts – 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
  • When: May 14 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $10-$15

Fairmont Mother’s Day Run

  • What: A 3 km, 5 km and 10 km run and walk starting in Stanley Park and finishing at the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza. Moms will be greeted at the finish line with a commemorative scarf, and all family members are welcome. Event includes a Finish Line Festival, kid’s activities, champagne giveaways, and more. In support of  Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon.
  • Where: Ceperley Park in Stanley Park
  • When: May 14 at 9 am

Mother’s Day Tea on the Train

  • What: Port Moody Heritage Society’s Mother’s Day Tea on the Train. Featuring an extensive tea selection, hot drinks, and treats from COBS Bread. Presented by the Port Moody Station Museum
  • Where: Port Moody Station Museum – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • When: May 14 from 10:30 to 11:30 am, 1 to 2 pm, and 2:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Register: Call 604-939-1648 or email [email protected] $10 children, $15 adults

Festival du Ballet

Festival Du Ballet

Image: Festival Du Ballet

  • What: See the talents and abilities of up-and-coming ballet dancers from across the Lower Mainland during the Festival du Ballet. Ranging in age from 3 to 21, dancers compete in the categories of classical, pointe, demi-character, contemporary ballet, interpretive, modern, repertoire, and adult.
  • Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: May 14 to 17
  • Tickets: At the door, $3 per day, programs $5

String of Pearls – Tomo Suru Players

  • What: There’s an interesting quirk to this production—String of Pearls stars Kelly Sheridan, otherwise known as the voice of Barbie from all of your childhood VHS tapes. The stories of more than 27 women, connected through a single pearl necklace, are portrayed by four talented actresses in this Mother’s Day weekend production.
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
  • When: Now to May 14
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$25
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