15 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 26 to May 2, 2021

Apr 25 2021, 6:00 pm

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The last week of April is upon us and it brings many new things to do around Vancouver. From La Pizza Week to HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence, artwork and more, here are 15 things to keep you busy this week.

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Visit Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden ( Klara_Steffkova / Shutterstock)

What: The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown has reopened at limited capacity. There will be designated admission times, and visitors are asked to book their entry times in advance online. A small service fee will be added to each ticket in order to provide the online purchasing system. A ticket and/or proof of membership are required upon arrival.

When: Saturdays and Sundays in April and May, Friday to Sunday in June
Time: Entry times will be available every 30 minutes starting at 11 am, with the last entry time at 3 pm.
Where: The Garden’s primary entrance has been relocated to Keefer and Carrall Street, right across from S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Simon K.Y. Lee Senior Care Home.
Cost: $12-$16 or $32 for family, more details and purchase Online

The Traditional Music of Crete

What: Pharos: The Canadian-Hellenic Cultural Society presents speaker Mark Hamilton in a virtual exploration of the diversity of Cretan music.

When: April 26, 2021
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: Free

Poutine With Purpose 2021

What: Poutine With Purpose is an annual fundraiser for Mealshare now in its 11th year. The community event invites customers to try some of the city’s top poutines while supporting Mealshare to end youth hunger. For every poutine you buy and enjoy during Poutine With Purpose Week, one simple, healthy meal will be provided to a youth in need.

When: Now until May 1, 2021
Time: Various hours of operation
Where: Various restaurants around Metro Vancouver
Cost: Various, see the list of Poutine With Purpose restaurants Online

Slothee Coffee Brew Love, Filter Hate Fundraiser

What: Slothee Coffee’s fundraiser “Brew Love, Filter Hate” is raising awareness and funds to support two Canadian non-profits – SWAN Vancouver and Elimin8hate. There are over 300 items available for purchase, all donated by Canadian-based businesses. There is a minimum price set for all items and donors can pay more if they wish. Shipping is included for Canada and there’s a charge for US shipping (if items are able to ship to the US).

When: Now until May 16, 2021
Time: Anytime
Where: Virtual
Cost: Various, see all available items Online

Explore Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum (Facebook)

What: Take a trip back in time to the 1920s at Burnaby Village Museum. Exhibits are open with staff to interact with and learn from. Plus visit the Jesse Love Farmhouse to experience a historic family home, see the Interurban Tram Car #1223 in the Tram Barn, and more.

Currently, only residents of the Fraser Health region may book visits to the museum as per restrictions from the Provincial Health Officer.

When: Tuesday-Sunday and Statutory Holidays from May 1 to September 6, 2021
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Cost: Free, advance online reservation required

Check out a food pop-up experience in Vancouver

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What: Vancouver restaurants and bars continue to do everything they can to serve us incredible eats and keep their doors open during this trying time for food and beverage businesses. One of the best ways to do this is a good old-fashioned pop-up. Here are eight can’t-miss ones to check out in Vancouver while you can.

When: Various dates
Time: Various hours of operation
Where: Various restaurants across Vancouver
Cost: Various, see the list of food pop-ups Online

Take two minutes and register as an organ donor – www.taketwominutes.ca

What: April is Organ Donation Awareness Month! Join over 1.5 million British Columbians and register your decision on organ donation, and talk to your family about your wishes. One organ donor can save up to eight lives.

When: Anytime
Where: Online at www.taketwominutes.ca

REBO(U)ND – Caroline Laurin-Beaucage

What: DanceHouse presents an outdoor video projection of REBO(U)ND by Montreal choreographer Caroline Laurin-Beaucage. Projected on the wall of a tower in English Bay, REBO(U)ND is a seven-minute video on loop that “reveals and magnifies bodies on the verge of escaping gravity.”

When: April 29 until May 8, 2021
Time: Starting 30 minutes after sunset until 10:30 pm
Where: On Denman St. between Pendrell St and Morton Ave.
Cost: Free

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival – Workshop Series

What: Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is Canada’s longest-running burlesque festival, celebrating its 15th year in 2021. As part of this year’s festival, VIBF presents a variety of virtual burlesque workshops with teachers like Foxy Lexxi, and Vogue Mahone – Showgirl Sparkle.

When: April 29, 2021
Time: 6 pm and 7 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: $20 each workshop, purchase Online

Circle Craft’s The Colour of Light Exhibition

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Circle Craft on Granville Island (Circle Craft/Facebook)

What: Circle Craft Co-operative showcases nine glass artists who are members of Terminal City Glass Co-op in Vancouver. Works by Cathy Beaumont, Maria Keating, Sonya Labrie, Scott McDougall, Elisabeth Lokke Owre, Tara Pawson, Minori Takagi, Naoko Takenouchi, and Mona Ungar will be on display.

When: Now until April 30, 2021
Time: Store Hours
Where: Circle Craft — 1666 Johnson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free of charge

La Pizza Week Vancouver

What: Restaurants in different cities sign up and create a unique pizza to offer patrons from May 1 to May 7. Pizza lovers will be able to vote for their favourite pie on the festival’s website once it officially kicks off. The week-long pizza festival is brought to us by the folks behind La Poutine Week and Le Burger Week.

When: May 1 to 7, 2021
Time: Various hours of operation
Where: Various restaurants around Metro Vancouver
Cost: Various, see the list of La Pizza Week restaurants Online

Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives and Collections

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Morris Lum, Xam Yu Seafood Restaurant, Toronto, 2016

What: This exhibit at Griffin Art Projects in North Vancouver brings together an art history of Chinatowns and their communities by historical and contemporary Canadian artists.

When: Now until May 1, 2021
Where: Griffen Art Projects – 1175 Welch Street North Vancouver
Time: The museum is open on Saturdays from 12 to 5 pm
Admission: Free

explorASIAN 2021

What: explorASIAN celebrates its 25th Anniversary with over 50 Asian Heritage Month virtual events and exhibitions. Enjoy live-streamed opera, Chinatown and Powell Street walking tours, virtual screenings, and more.

When: Now until May 30, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Virtual
More Info: Online

Explore Burnaby Village Museum

What: Take a trip back in time to the 1920s at Burnaby Village Museum. Exhibits are open with staff to interact with and learn from. Plus visit the Jesse Love Farmhouse to experience a historic family home, see the Interurban Tram Car #1223 in the Tram Barn, and more.

Currently, only residents of the Fraser Health region may book visits to the museum as per restrictions from the Provincial Health Officer.

When: Tuesday-Sunday and Statutory Holidays from May 1 to September 6, 2021
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Cost: Free, advance online reservation required

Got Craft? Spring Virtual Market

What: Got Craft?’s Spring Virtual Market showcases 75 makers and small shows from across the country. Shop virtually for handmade and curated goods and support Canadian small businesses. There is flat rate shipping available within Canada and to the US, plus free local curbside pick up in Vancouver in South Granville.

When: Now until May 2, 2021
Time: 12 am to 11:59 pm
Where: Virtual
Cost: Free

HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence*

What: Showcasing the best built, renovated, and designed homes in Metro Vancouver, winners of the 2021 HAVAN Awards for Housing Excellence will be announced at the Gala this Friday, streaming live from inside one of the award-winning homes. View the finalists in the Predict the Winners game for your chance to win great prizes! The contest closes Friday, April 30 at 5 pm.

When: Gala is on April 30, 2021. Predict the Winners Game on now.
Time: Gala is from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Predict the Winners game closes April 30, 2021 at 5 pm)
Where: Gala online, streaming live from award-winning home in West Vancouver
Cost: Free, register online

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