20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: May 20 and 21

May 15 2017, 5:22 pm

The long weekend has arrived, and it’s jam-packed with comics, soccer and more. Here is our checklist of 20 great things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, 2017.

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

VanCAF 2017 – The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

  • What: VanCAF is a two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, panels and workshops.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre -181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 to 21
  • Cost: Free


  • What: The Rickshaw has put together a line up of Top DJs to kick up the bass with some added PK Sound equipment and a massive lightshow. SPRVNG EDM is in collaboration with the U.C.A.S.S sound crew, Jonas Love Events, SBR CRTL, Madd Jamm Productions, and GQ Production.
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E Hastings, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 from 7 pm to 1 am
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$60

Dance In Transit

  • What: Dance in Transit by Sam’s Dance provides free outdoor dance events around Downtown Vancouver during the summer. Young or old, shy or outgoing, new or longtime dancers – everyone is welcome.
  • Where: Robson Square, Jim Deva Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, and Plaza of Nations
  • When: Various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting May 20
  • Cost: Free

Ties of Blood: The Brontës – Theatre Hera West

Image: Theatre Hera West

  • What: The Brontë sisters have stamped their legacies in enduring classics like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Just like their oft-flawed heroines, Ties of Blood reimagines dramatic lives for the Brontë siblings.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Now to May 20
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City

  • What: Fresh from an all too long roadtrip, the Whitecaps are back in town to take on Sporting Kansas City in front of their home fans.
  • Where: BC Place
  • When: May 20 at 4 pm
  • Tickets: Online

Go, go TINY: A tiny house event at Science World

  • What: Go, go TINY is an outdoor tiny house event and showcase at Science World. The event includes tiny houses to tour, community partner pop-up tents and a 26-foot mobile tiny house barn-raising using wasted but new/unused building materials and lumber. The day will end with an evening/indoor panel discussion.
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free

Michelle Osgood Book Signing at Indigo Park Royale

  • What: Vancouver author Michelle Osgood is holding a live book signing of her first two books: The Better To Kiss You With and Huntsmen.
  • Where:  Indigo Park Royal – 900 Park Royal South, West Vancouver
  • When: May 20 from noon to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen

Image: Fred Armisen / Facebook

  • What: Fred Armisen is widely known for his work on Saturday Night Live and Portlandia, as well as being the bandleader for the Late Night with Seth Meyers house band, The 8G Band. Now he brings his own unique brand of comedy to Vancouver for one night only at the Commodore Ballroom.
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Tagore Spring Festival 2017

  • What: The 3rd annual Tagore Spring Festival is a multicultural celebration of Spring through dance, music and poetry. Artists from different backgrounds will perform presentations highlighting their traditions and heritages. 
  • Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: May 20 at 6:30 pm
  • Admission: By donation / pay-it-forward

Neymar Jr’s Five: Vancouver

  • What: Neymar Jr’s signature street five-a-side global tournament returns to Vancouver. Each 10 min match features a unique twist: when one-team scores, the opposition loses a player. It’s inspired by the street football the Barcelona star himself grew up playing. At the end of the day, the winning team will earn a spot to play at the Canadian National Finals in Vancouver.
  • Where: Andy Livingstone Park – 89 Expo Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 from 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Registration: Online


Engine 374/#YaletownHeartsCanada

  • What: A free family festival centred around Engine 374, the engine that pulled the first transcontinental train into Vancouver on May 23, 1887 and sealed the deal for British Columbia joining Canada. There will be children’s activities and crafts, a brass band, and plenty of photo opportunities.
  • Where: Bonsor 55+ Seniors Centre – 6533 Nelson Ave, Burnaby
  • When: May 21 from noon to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

Oasis Shaughnessy 8 km & 5 km Poker Walk

  • What: A certified 5 km and 8 km course running through the undulating, historic, residential streets of Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale. Medals to top three finishers in each age group category (men and women).
  • Where: Kerrisdale Arena – 41st and East Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 8:30 am

LOVE SHACK! A Live Band Burlesque Tribute to The B-52’s!

  • What: Kitty Nights wraps up their season and kicks off your Summer of Lovin’ with a Live Band Burlesque Tribute to The B-52’s. Beehives, miniskirts and shagadelic, swingin’ fun abound as our Hot & Heavy Band kicks out your favourite B-52’s hits live onstage at The Biltmore accompanying the wild antics of a bevvy of fun-lovin’ burlesque beauties.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12

20 Years of Nordic Trax

  • What: The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Luke McKeehan’s globally recognized Nordic Trax label, and if recent ouput is any indication, the music has never been better. DJ and radio support continues to pour in for NT releases from the likes of Luciano, Kenny Dope, Mark Farina and many more.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $33.75

Sweat Club: Cardio Fusion with Rene

  • What: A one hour class with Rene Picard that uses all different modalities to tone the body. Appropriate for all levels, expect to use and learn continuous movement and heart pumping yoga moves, pilates moves and more.
  • Where: RYO Apparel – 1745 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 and 22 at 10 am
  • Cost: Free

Exploring Vancouver’s Chinatown

Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia‎

Image: Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia‎ / Facebook

  • What:  The cultural landscape of Vancouver is changing. Join John Atkin & Bob Sung on a free walking tour and explore Vancouver’s Cultural Landscape in relation to the past, present and future. This event is part of the 2017 Vancouver Asian Heritage Month.
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Centre, 50 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 11 am
  • Cost: Free

Roedde House Classical Series Presents: Double Reed Revelry

  • What: Enjoy the unique and lyrical character of the double reed woodwind instruments, with oboist Beth Orson and bassoonist Julia Lockhart. This evocative program, entitled Double Reed Revelry; includes beautiful works by J.S. Bach, François Coupérin, Camille Saint-Saëns, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and more.
  • Where: Roedde House Museum – 1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 6 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12-15

5 on 5: Indoor Ultimate Tournament

  • What: Langara Ultimate presents an Indoor Ultimate Tournament. Register as singles, doubles or triples, with at least one female in doubles or triples. Every team will receive a gift pack provided by our sponsors, and complimentary concession will be available for players.
  • Where: Sunset Community Centre -6810 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 from 9:15 am to 4:15 pm
  • Registration: Online, $10 for singles, $17 for doubles, $25 for triples

Good ‘Nuff Pop Off/Up

  • What: Good ‘Nuf – Repairs + Alterations presents a backyard pop-up store and an open mic music jam. Good ‘Nuf aims to keep fabrics in use, upcycle the ones that can’t be used, and find homes for all the ones that aren’t in use.
  • Where: The Matador – 3017 Copley Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 from noon to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Grandview Lanes Adults Only Bowling Charity Event

  • What: May is McBowl month, and Grandview Lanes is holding an adults only bowling night in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities in BC. There will be bowling, food, beer specials, prizes and a swag bag for the group organizer. Proceeds from this event will be added to the McBowl Campaign.
  • Where: Brittania Community Services Centre – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 from 7 to 11 pm
  • Cost: Each lane is $300 for up to 6 adults. You may bring up to two extra people for $50 each.
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