10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, May 20

May 15 2017, 5:23 pm

Get ready to kick off your long weekend in style! From dance to comedy and tiny houses, here are 10 things to do in Vancouver this Saturday, May 20.

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 compiled 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: Your Vancouver Whitecaps take on Sporting Kansas City in MLS action at BC Place.
  • Where: BC Place
  • When: May 20 at 4 pm
  • Tickets: Online

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. And, this weekend he is in town 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. Presented by Vancouver Tagore Society.
  • 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 Neymar Jr 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
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