21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: May 27 and 28

May 24 2017, 1:01 pm

Time flies when you’re having fun! The last weekend of May has arrived in Vancouver, so enjoy it with our checklist of 20 things to do this weekend, Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28, 2017.

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Art in the Garden 2017

  • What: The 2017 tour will feature 16 gardens, located in various neighbourhoods in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Local visual artists and artisans are offered the opportunity to use these natural spaces as the ‘gallery walls’ on which to display their work. Individual musicians and small bands are also programmed to perform at each garden throughout the weekend.
  • Where: Various neighbourhoods in North Vancouver and West Vancouver
  • When: May 27 and 28 from 12 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: $2 per garden or $20 all-garden pass. Passes will be available in May 2017 for pre-purchase online, by phone at 604-988-6844, or in person at CityScape Community Art Space. Tickets will also be available at all gardens on the tour during the event weekend.

Microsemi Science Fair Fun Run

  • What: The Annual Science Fair Fun Run is the largest timed 5 km fun run in the province and one of the largest fundraising events in BC’s technology sector. It is a family-oriented event with balloons, free giveaways from run sponsors, free admission for registrants to TELUS World of Science on race day and prizes for the fastest runners and largest teams.
  • Where: Athletes Way between Salt & Manitoba, Vancouver
  • When: May 27 at 9 am
  • Registration: Online

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

  • What: ​Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo celebrates everything about classic video games, with concerts, comedy, vendors, panels, and more. One of this year’s special guests is Terry Diebold with his Nintendo PlayStation Console Prototype, an early version of Sony’s PlayStation from when Sony and Nintendo were still in collaboration.
  • Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
  • When: May 27 from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online or in-person at GameDeals Video Games, $25

West of Main Art Walk

  • What: Artists in Our Midst, a group of artists dedicated to bringing public awareness to art created in Vancouver, will celebrate their 25th anniversary with the annual West of Main Art Walk. Festivities stretch across Vancouver from Point Grey to Main Street, and from Granville Island to 41st Avenue. More than 50 artists will share their work in garden studios, cafes, shops, and community centres.
  • Where: Full list of locations here.
  • When: May 27 and 28 from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free

The Richmond Singers – We Call It Home

  • What: For their final performance of the season, The Richmond Singers, directed by Natasha Neufeld, present “We Call It Home”. Join in a celebration of our country’s 150th birthday, and go on a musical journey across our great land. With special guests, Sweet Scarlet.
  • Where: Broadmoor Baptist Church 8140 Saunders Road, Richmond
  • When: May 27 from 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $18-$20. Children under 12 free

20th Annual European Festival

  • What: A weekend of cultural and culinary delights. Every year EuroFest BC Society organizes the European Festival to highlight the best of European innovation, culture and tradition.
  • Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • When: May 27 to 28
  • Tickets: Online, $8 for weekend pass. Children under 12 free.

The Shins

The Shins (Image: Benoit Daoust / Shutterstock)

  • What: Multiple Grammy-nominated band The Shins are returning to Vancouver in support of their fifth album Heartworms.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 27 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $36.50-$56.50

Coquitlam Get Outside Day

  • What: Find out about outdoor opportunities in the community and let the experts tell you how to be prepared. Active outdoor games, climbing wall, sports, face painting and nature crafts for the children.
  • Where: Mundy Park, Picnic Area – 641 Hillcrest Street, Coquitlam
  • When: May 27 from 10 am to noon
  • Cost: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

  • What: Located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts.
  • Where: West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, May 27 to October 21

Vancouver Bike-In Movie Night

  • What: Ride your bike to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza to watch the Steven Spielberg classic E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial under the stars. The event is being hosted by Vancouver Civic Theatres and HUB Cycling who are teaming up to host their first Bike-in Movie Night. Alongside the opportunity to watch a great movie with great people; there will also be snacks, a bike valet, and prizes on offer.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza – 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver.
  • When: May 27 from 8 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Free, but you need to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Veg Expo 2017



  • What: Get ready to enjoy one of the biggest natural food events of the year as the Veg Expo is coming to Vancouver’s Convention Centre. The highly-anticipated vegan, vegetarian, and sustainable food event is taking place on Sunday, May 28. Returning to Vancouver for its fourth year, the expo is set to feature more than 200 local and international exhibitors. This means you’ll be able to snap up some of the most original plant-based edible and innovative lifestyle products on the market.
  • Where: Convention Centre West
  • When: May 28 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $5 for children, $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors and $35 for a family pass

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: You’ll find familiar faces like Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Blue Comet Seafoods and Goldwing as well as new ones like Honest Food Farms, Rai Produce and Urban Digs Farm. You won’t have to elbow your way through lines to get at the cauliflower and there’s plenty of adjacent street parking. It’s also only a couple blocks from the 99 B-line.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, May 28 to October 8

Butterfly Monitoring Workshop

  • What: Join this hands-on workshop for an introduction to butterfly ID, biology and photography tips. Includes indoor classroom and outdoor components. Presented by Metro Vancouver with WildResearch.
  • Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park
  • When: May 28 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: $15, call 604-432-6359 to register. 13+

The Sophistocrats

  • What: Old-fashioned souls with offbeat ideas. The Sophistocrats came together during their years together at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC. They have an eclectic style, heavily influenced by Alternative R&B and Indie Pop, with lead vocalist Sophie MP singing in English, French and Spanish. Also featuring Davuis Yates on guitar and backup vocals, Nathan Swift on Bass, and Aybars Savat on Drums.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: May 28 at 8 pm

Fair in the Square 2017

  • What: Now in its 11th year, Fair in the Square brings together more than 3,000 people in a celebration of community, good food, non-profit organizations, and eclectic music. The event is hosted by Central City Foundation, in partnership with Vancouver Community College. The day-long festival also includes kids activities, contests, prizes, and more.
  • Where: Victory Square Park – 200 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 28 from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: Free

Scotiabank MS Walk

  • What: Enjoy the sites of Vancouver’s beautiful urban waterfront as you head west along the scenic seawall on the Scotiabank MS Walk. Back at the finish area, participants can enjoy snacks and refreshments, music, and the great company of other dedicated walkers.support of  Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon.
  • Where: Plaza of Nations – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: May 28 at 9 am
  • Register: Online

Brewer’s Row Block Party

  • What: Port Moody’s breweries will come together for an awesome block party featuring live music, food trucks, and of course lots and lots of delicious beer. The event is part of the annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival, the biggest celebration of beer in Canada.
  • Where: 2731 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • When: May 28 noon to 5 pm
  • Cost: $25 for entry, includes a free beer.

Spring Into Summer Community Clear Out

  • What: Spring into summer by joining Passion to Lead at their community market with local vendors and volunteers selling pre-loved clothing and local handmade goods. The majority of the proceeds will go to supporting the P2L programs as well as their Global Sorority documentary, which will be featured at the market throughout the day.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: May 28 from 2 to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free

KidPreneur Market Day


Image: KidPreneur

  • What: Check out the Young Entrepreneur Learning Lab Market Day and support local KidPreneurs as they debut their handcrafted products and launch their mini-businesses at the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.
  • Where: Semiahmoo Shopping Centre – 1711 152 Street, Surrey
  • When: May 28 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

Vancouver Postcard Club Show and Sale

  • What: Come visit the Vancouver Postcard Club’s Annual Show and Sale and see why postcards are the world’s number 3 collectible after stamps and coins.
  • Where: Hastings Street Community Centre – 3096 E Hastings St, Vancouver
  • When: May 28 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tickets: $5

2017 BC Buddhist Festival

  • What: The 2017 BC Buddhist Festival is a free family event including Buddhist activities, meditation instruction, ethnic food, music, performances, Tibetan sand mandala, kids play zone and much more.
  • Where: 6210 Tisdall Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 28 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free
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