7 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, May 25

May 21 2017, 2:49 pm

We’re heading towards the end of May, so fill up your dance card. From Surrey International Children’s Festival to stand-up star Ali Wong, here are seven things to do around Metro Vancouver!

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

Surrey International Children’s Festival

  • What: The annual Surrey International Children’s Festival inspires young hearts and minds to greater possibilities, and celebrates the rich and diverse cultural heritage through performing and visual arts experiences. Watch international and national performances at five venues, and explore dozens of hands-on art activities, including poetry, animation, clay, and music.
  • Where: Bear Creek Park and Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: May 25 to 27
  • Tickets: Online, $7-$10. Site entrance free.


  • What: ADDRESS returns to Vancouver for its fourth year to feature some of the best designers and makers in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s event will include more than 30 exhibitors. Designers are chosen by their unique methods, advanced production processes and their use of materials.
  • Where: Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 25 to 28, open daily from 10 am to 6pm, and on Friday until 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $6-$15

Ali Wong

Ali Wong

Image: Ali Wong / Facebook

  • What: With the recent release of her Netflix Special, Ali Wong: Baby Cobra, Ali became the first comedian to record a stand up special while seven months pregnant. Ali co-stars in the new ABC comedy American Housewife, premiering this fall.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 1918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 25 to 27 at 7 pm and 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $39.75-$65

Burnaby Business Showcase & Expo

  • What: Open to the public and all members of the business community, this free-to-attend afternoon is the BBOT’s single biggest networking event of the year. This event is an opportunity for local businesses of all sizes and all sectors to highlight and promote their businesses, discover new services and products in the community, and connect with hundreds of attendees.
  • Where: Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre – 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
  • When: May 25 from 2:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

The Hunger Room – Staircase Theatre

Image: Matt Reznek

  • What: A dark thriller with stalker tendencies, The Hunger Room examines the inner crisis of a suburban high school under threat. No one’s safe from suspicion as a series of anonymous notes, written in blood, are delivered to select female students. Exploring themes of loneliness, disconnection and possible violence, Hunger Room preys on the secrets we keep and the lengths we will go to keep them hidden.
  • Where: PAL Studio Theatre – 8th Floor, 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 25 to June 10
  • Tickets: Online, $22

Summer’s Here Group Ride

  • What: Our Community Bikes’ first group ride of the season is to Jericho Beach. This is a slow, all-skill-levels, all-kinds-of-bikes ride, so it promises to be fun for everyone. Bring a drink and a snack for the beach.
  • Where: Our Community Bikes – 2429 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 25 at 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Dialogue – Wen Wei Dance

  • What: A highly sought-after choreographer, Wen Wei Wang returns with a new work, Dialogue, which features six male dancers expressing the basic desire for communication and understanding. Drawing on Wang’s non-English background when immigrating to Canada, Dialogue dwells on the loneliness that results when fundamental connections become unattainable.
  • Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 25 to May 27
  • Tickets: Online, $34
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