28 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 13 to 16

Apr 30 2019, 12:09 am

Vancouver Bird Week, Thomas Rhett, and more. No matter what you’re in the mood for, we’ve got you covered with our picks of 27 fun Vancouver events happening from Monday, May 13 to Thursday, May 16.

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

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Monday, May 13

Snow Patrol

What: Snow Patrol bring their Wildness Tour to Queen Elizabeth Theatre with guests Billie Marten and Ryan McMullan.

When: Monday, May 13, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

West Coast Amusements Carnival – Surrey

West Coast Amusements

West Coast Amusements in Surrey/Facebook

What: West Coast Amusements is coming to Guildford Town Centre in Surrey from now to May 13 and is bringing with it more than 100 rides for everyone to enjoy. Take the little ones to Kiddieland, with children-only rides that are perfect for first-time carnival goers. Parents can take their kids down the Super Slide or ride Choo Choo Charlie. Enjoy mini donuts, candy apples and cotton candy. If you get dizzy from all the crazy rides, try your hand at one of the many carnival games that are on offer. From classic ring toss to a water gun race, you’ve got plenty of chances to walk away with a prize.

When: Now to May 13, 2019
Where: Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street, Surrey
Time: 3 pm to close on weekdays; noon to close on weekends
Tickets: $40 daily wristbands; 6 rides for $16.99 (Obtain your coupon at Mall Guest Services)

Disco Dumplings at Burdock & Co

What: This weekly series features a savoury dumpling menu, DJ Chris Allen spinning vinyl, and a flashy disco ball setting the mood. Plates are $10 and guests can choose from an assortment of decadent dumplings including nettle and ricotta with wild greens and pork and burdock with charred chili sauce.

When: Every Monday
Time: 8 pm (walk-ins only; reservations on Mondays will only be accepted until 6:30 pm)
Where: Burdock & Co – 2702 Main Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Mountain Ropes Adventure at Grouse Mountain

Mountain Ropes Adventure/Grouse Mountain

What: Grouse Mountain has opened their new Mountain Ropes Adventure, which is poised to be an adventure that you’ll want to try ASAP. Consisting of a series of four aerial ropes courses with varying degrees of difficulty, you’ll be climbing, swinging, and zipping, your way right to the finish line! With over 50 different elements throughout the courses including suspended bridges, swings, tunnels, zip lines and more, you’ll be having so much fun you’ll completely forget about any fear of heights you may have. The Mountain Ropes Adventure is suitable for those aged eight and over. However, if little ones want the chance to play, head over to the Kids Tree Canopy Adventure, a fully contained activity zone for ages three to eight.

When: Open daily
Times: 10 am to 6 pm daily
Where: Grouse Mountain –  6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Price: $39 (Mountain Admission Ticket required) – Book in advance via Grouse Mountain or walk-in on the day of.

White Rock Farmers’ Market

What: Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.

When: Every Monday to October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
Admission: Free

Rose Revival 2019

What: Liberty Merchant Company and Bridges Restaurant present the 11th Annual Rosé Revival Tasting. Sensational Rosé wines along with delectable hors d’oeuvres, exciting door prizes and great company await. All proceeds benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.

When: Monday, May 13, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Bridges Restaurant – 1696 Duranleau Granville Island, Vancouver
Tickets: $29.99, available at all Liberty Wine Merchants locations

Ex Machina

What: Standing Wave presents Ex Machina, an avant-garde musical journey. Featuring Gordon Fitzell’s Deus Ex Machina: The Nine Lives of Schrodinger’s Cat, a world premiere, and Brian Current’s Shout, Sisyphus, Flock, winner of the 2019 Jules Leger Award for chamber music.  Also on the concert will be Paul Steenhuisen’s brand new Pink Pink Pierrot, Dutch composer Mayke Nas’ Douze Mains, which turns the piano into an operating theatre and the performers into musical surgeons, and Dolphy Formations by acclaimed guitarist and Western Front New Music Curator, Aram Bajakian.

When: Monday, May 13, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Annex – 823 Seymour St. Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15-$25

Tuesday, May 14

Neil Young

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What: Canadian music legend Neil Young is playing a special solo show in Vancouver next month at a venue that has serious significance in the musician’s storied career. Young returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on May 15, with very special guest Elvis Costello. The theatre is where the award-winning artist had his first-ever solo live performance in the city, in 1971 — 47 years ago.

When: May 14 and May 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Clothing swaps at Lupii Cafe

What: A community swap is being held in South Vancouver, where participants are encouraged to bring quality, gently worn items to give away. All ages, eras, sizes and styles of clothes will be accepted, as long as they are clean, in good condition and likely to be valued by others. You need to bring at least five items to participate. That includes women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, costumes, shoes, accessories and jewelry. They are also accepting craft supplies, linens, kid’s toys, adult and children’s books, as well as small houseware items.

When: May 14 and May 28, 2019
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Where: Lupii Cafe, 7743 Champlain Crescent, Vancouver.
Cost: $10

Christy Dunsmore Nature + Nurture Opening Reception Night

What: Join local artist and writer Christy Dunsmore for her opening night reception of Nature + Nurture, a multimedia exhibition.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Exhibition in the gallery from May 7 to July 2, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Western Sky Books – 2132-2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Great Bear Rainforest at Science World OMNIMAX

A Kermode bear (Daisy Gilardini)

A Kermode bear (Daisy Gilardini)

What: The film explores the rich natural ecosystem of the remote Great Bear Rainforest on the central coast of British Columbia. The Planet Earth-like production is the first giant screen film for IMAX theatres shot exclusively in the province, and it features Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds as its narrator.

Where: Science World — 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
When: February 15 to May 15, 2019 (screenings nearly every day, check online schedule)
Time: Various times
Cost: Science World admission package with OMNIMAX or standalone OMNIMAX ticket.

Yann Tiersen

What: French musician and composer Yann Tiersen performs at the Vogue Theatre in support of his new album, ALL. Featuring special guests.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photos of Yucho Chow

What: An exhibition of the once-hidden photographs of Vancouver’s first Chinese photographer. Yucho Chow chronicled life during a tumultuous period in the city’s early history.

When: Tuesdays to Sundays until May 30, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre (Museum & Archives) – 2nd floor, 555 Columbia St
Admission: Free, donations appreciated

Strathcona Native Plant Garden Tour

What: Drop-in tour of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden with Environmental Youth Alliance’s Jess Henry and see how you can develop your own habitat garden. Native plants provide important habitat for insect-eating birds and contribute to Vancouver’s ecological network. Native plants will be available to take home, by donation. Part of Vancouver Bird Week.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Time: 4 to 7 pm
Where: Meet at the Eco-Pavillion – Strathcona Community Gardens – 759 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Wednesday, May 15

Celebrate Bird Week: Early Morning Bird Tour at UBC Botanical Garden

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What: An introductory bird tour at UBC Botanical Garden. Search for exciting birds and listen for their melodious calls. This event is great for beginner birders and will focus on identifying common birds of UBC Botanical Garden and the Vancouver Area.

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 8 to 9:30 am
Where: UBC Botanical Garden – 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Atlanta United FC

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Atlanta United FC in MLS action at BC Place.

When: May 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

What: Explore the dozens of local makers, bakers, and growers at two weekly locations of Langley Community Farmers’ Market.

When: Wednesdays from May 15 to October 9, 2019, and Saturdays from June 1 to October 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 4:30 pm (Wednesdays), 10 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley (Wednesday), Timms Community Centre – 20339 Douglas Crescent, Langley (Saturdays)
Admission: Free

Campagnolo & Main Street Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner

Campagnolo Roma


What: Campagnolo Restaurant presents a multi-course family style dinner paired with small-batch beers from Main St. Brewing Company. Experience the seasonality and local sourcing for both the food and beverage.

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Times: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Campagnolo – 1020 Main Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $80

Thomas Rhett

What: Country superstar Thomas Rhett brings his Life Changes tour to Rogers Arena with special guest Dustin Lynch.

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Art Gallery presents the Heller Lecture: Vivek Shraya

What: Join artist, writer and musician Vivek Shraya for the annual Heller Lecture, where she will delve into how personal narrative relates to image-making, visibility, gender identity and cultural tradition. During her lecture, Shraya will move in and out of autobiography, song and storytelling as she shares recent bodies of work that provide a glimpse into her multi-faceted practice.

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: ANNEX Theatre – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $35 Members, $40 General Admission (incl. tax)

Cartoons at The Columbia

What: An animated short film festival celebrating works from both local and international animators. The program covers a range of genres from comedy to drama to horror and thriller. Due to the variable nature of the content, this event is recommended for ages 14+. The Columbia is a fully licensed cabaret venue.

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: The Columbia Theatre – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Online, $5

Thursday, May 16

Museum of Anthropology presents Shadows, Strings and Other Things

The Museum of Anthropology at night (MOA)

The Museum of Anthropology at night (MOA)

What: Over 250 puppets, old and new, from 15 countries, are illuminated in MOA’s new exhibition. From graceful Vietnamese water puppets and comical British hand puppets to the captivating stop-motion puppet animation of the award-winning Indigenous artist Amanda Strong—the full spectrum of human resilience and creativity is on display. With a focus on Asia, Europe and the Americas, the exhibition draws from MOA’s stunning international collection of puppets—the largest in Western Canada­—and reveals new acquisitions from China, Brazil, Sicily, Java, the UK and France.

When: May 16 to October 14, 2019
When: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Singer, songwriter, and producer blackbear will be performing live at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on May 16 with his Dead to the World Tour. He will be joined by guests, electropop DJ and producer, Elohim, and hip-hop artist, Gashi. Since emerging in 2012, blackbear has released alt-R&B albums Deadroses, Digital Druglord, and Cybersex, each extolling the pleasures of sex, drugs, and luxury consumerism.

When: May 16, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Price: Prices start at $29.50 — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

National Life Jacket Day

What: Learn everything about water safety, boating safety and how life jackets save lives with free crafts, activities and life jacket fittings. Activities will be held in the lobby and outdoor patio of the Newton Recreation Centre. All ages are welcome to attend this free event.

When: May 16, 2019
Time: 2 to 9 pm
Where: Newton Recreation Centre – 13730 72 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Walk Richmond – Railway Greenway Trail

What: Take in this multi-use cycling and walking trail that connects several neighbourhoods to the Fraser River Middle Arm and South Dyke/Steveston waterfronts. Meeting spot: Parking lot at the south end of Railway Avenue and Westwater Drive.

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 am
Where: Britannia Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Dr, Richmond
Admission: Free

2019 Stars on Ice Tour 

What: Enjoy some of Canada and the world’s best skaters during the 2019 Stars on Ice Tour, including Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Elvis Stojko, and more. Plus an opportunity for a meet and greet as well.

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Richmond Country Farms

farmers’ markets


What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce and prepared goods.

When: Open Thursdays to Sundays until December 2019
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

National Caesar day at Notch8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

What: On National Caesar day (May 16), Notch8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will be offering The Anniversary Caesar. This huge 3oz drink comes with a BIG serving of food, including a chorizo and roast garlic calzone, a deep-fried clam “po’boy” smothered in tomato sauce, two smokey BBQ pork sliders, two Alberta Beef prime rib-stuffed Yorkshire puddings, and two fried chicken skewers to the cocktail.

Patrons can also expect a skewer of pickled vegetables and celery sticks with this creation, which is made with Mott’s Clamato juice and topped with lime wedges. The Anniversary Caesar is meant for two and will run you $99, it’s only offered on May 16 so be sure to get it while you can!

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: all day
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
More Info: 604-662-1900

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