79 things to do in Vancouver this May

Apr 30 2018, 7:11 am

May is here and it’s filled with fun events around Vancouver. From Whistler Go Fest to Colin Mochrie to Camp Yoga, here are 79 things to check out around the city this month!

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

Explore the great outdoors

Curious by Nature: Bears

  • What: Curious about bears? Wondering how to share the park with them or how to avoid them? Ask a park interpreter at the pop-up displays.
  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 11 am
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park – Meet at Quarry Rd parking lot, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Salmon Send-Off

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  • What: Release salmon into the Serpentine River, discover how salmon are raised in the hatchery and have fun with family activities. Concession and fundraising activities support hatchery operation.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Tynehead Regional Park – Meet at 96th Ave entrance by Tynehead Hatchery, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Tweeting with Songbirds

  • What: A bird expert and others will be on hand to introduce the many different species, their calls that liven up the forest, and natural attractants to bring them into your backyard.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Meet at 11450 256th St, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

Whistler GO Fest

Go Fest/Tourism Whistler

  • What: The fifth annual GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, returns on the Victoria Day Long Weekend. Spend four days trying different outdoors activities in a beautiful outdoor setting, and also enjoy music, arts and culture events, and more.
  • When: Friday, May 18 to Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues in Whistler
  • More Info: Online

Forest Fairy Gathering

  • What:  Visit the “Gnome Depot” to get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting and be prepared for a magical time. Fairy attire welcome.
  • When: Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Wilderness at your Doorstep

  • What: Nature and history live together in this beautiful wilderness park. Join BC Mills Hosts to find out more about some of its secrets.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park – Meet at BC Mills House, north end of Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Nature Walk: The Wonderful World of Trees

  • What: Shake hands with a spruce, sniff a fir needle, and admire the mossy gardens on maple trunks. Attendees will discover amazing stories that the park’s trees have to tell, how to identify them, and how they help to support wildlife. With veteran naturalist Al Grass, formerly with BC Parks.
  • When: Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 2:30  pm
  • Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park – South Valley park entrance, 20285 8th Ave, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Camp Yoga 2018

Camp Yoga

  • What: Three days full of fun, fitness, food, and friends. Take part in a wide range of traditional camp activities and sweat it out in specialized classes like SUP, kettlebells, acro yoga, and more. This is a camp for adults, so there’s going to be time dedicated to meditation, wine tasting, and dance parties, so you’ll really get to experience a diverse mix.
  • When: Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Where: Camp Elphinstone – 1760 YMCA Road, Gibsons, BC
  • Price: Starting at $440 for a Rustic Bunk – Tickets available via Camp Yoga

2018 Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival

  • What: The 2018 Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival is a community event that provides an opportunity for residents and everyday adventurers to showcase their passion for sport and the great outdoors by sharing their stories. This year’s festival is the third annual event and will include film presentations, guest speakers, and hands-on clinics.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Bowen Island Lodge – 380 Cardena Street, Bowen Island
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Enjoy life in the city

Fleurs De Villes at Metropolis at Metrotown

  • What: Fleurs De Villes Mannequin Series combines high fashion and fresh florals through inventive and artful displays showcased at Metropolis at Metrotown. Each exhibit features a collection of floral-dressed mannequins, in a gallery-like setting, which grows from a partnership between a local florist and a leading brand.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2 to Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Time: Regular Mall Hours
  • Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Port Coquitlam May Day Festival

  • What: The 95th annual May Day Festival features activities for the whole family. Plus enjoy the Opening Ceremony on May 4 and the Rotary May Day Parade and Leigh Square Block party on May 12.
  • When: Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 13
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Admission: Free

The Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration

  • What: Enjoy the cultural displays and performances from a variety of multicultural community groups who have been historically involved in the building of our west coast fishing industry.
  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: 11 am start
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Rain Barrel and Backyard Composter Sales

  • What: Have a water-wise garden this spring. Make your garden happy with chlorine-free, ambient temperature water from a rain barrel and nutrient-rich soil from a backyard composter. Pre-ordering is recommended.
  • When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Garden- 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Rhododendron Festival

  • What: The City of Burnaby in collaboration with the Burnaby Rhododendron & Gardens promotes the long-term sustainable, ecological health of our communities. It presents a unique venue for both horticulture and arts groups. Events will be held at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Burnaby Art Gallery.
  • When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • When: 11 am to 3 pm (Shadbolt Centre for the Arts), 1 to 3 pm (Burnaby Art Gallery)
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts –  6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby; Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free (Shadbolt Centre for the Arts), by donation (Burnaby Art Gallery)

BC CacheCon 2018

  • What: A free family fun day for everything geocaching and outdoor exploration related. Run in partnership with British Columbia Geocaching Association and the Metro Vancouver Geocachers. BC CacheCon 2018 is suitable for all ages.
  • When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Times: 9 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Surrey Intercultural Showcase

  • What: Experience culture, food, dance and music from diverse communities across Surrey. Visit resource booths and cultural booths, enter for door prizes and enjoy tasty food. Presented by the Surrey Seniors’ Planning Table.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Guildford Recreation Centre – 15105 105 Ave, Surrey
  • TicketsAdmission, Free

130th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

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  • What: One of North America’s longest running and most entertaining rodeos returns on May Long Weekend with more competitions, live entertainment, food and fun for fans of all ages.
  • When: Friday, May 18 to Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds Agriplex Bldg – 6050 176 St, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Tagore Spring Festival 2018

  • What: The 4th Annual Tagore Spring Festival is a multicultural celebration of spring through live music, dance and poetry. Artists from different backgrounds will perform presentations highlighting their traditions and heritage. The event is inspired by Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s idea of cultural diversity and pluralism.
  • When: Friday, May 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: By donation / Pay-it-forward

Surrey International Children’s Festival

  • What: Surrey International Children’s Festival features ticketed performances from around the world and Canada.
  • When: Thursday, May 24 to Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Bear Creek Park and Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Richmond Carvers Society Wood Carving Show

  • What: Western Canada’s largest carving show, featuring wildlife competitions, including birds, fish, First Nations carving styles, wood turning, auctions, and raffles. Learn all there is to know about carving and see art created before your eyes as carvers showcase their skills at this free event. Food Bank donations are appreciated.
  • When: Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • WhereHugh McRoberts Senior Secondary School – 8980 Williams Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Port Coquitlam’s Public Works Community Open House

  • What: Get an insider’s look at Port Coquitlam’s Public Works services – from water to waste, roads to parks – at a free Community Open House.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Public Works Yard – 1737 Broadway St., Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

The Royal Canadian Circus

  • What: For 50 years, the Royal Canadian family Circus has been providing fun activities and entertainment for kids and the entire family. Sit under the Big Top, popcorn in hand, and be awed by the gravity-defying performers.
  • When: Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Times: Various times
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
  • Tickets: Online

Laugh the night away

GAYlarious Comedy Fundraiser

  • What: An evening of comedy to support New West Pride Society. Hosted by Jennifer Robertson, featuring Erin Jeffery, Travis Ketler, Julia Stretch, the Snatch Game, and headliner Darcy Michael. 
  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Lafflines Comedy Club – 530 Columbia St, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Hollywood Babble-On

  • What: Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature.
  • When: Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59.50

Improv Against Humanity: Marvelous May

  • What: The Fictionals want to help you live your best life. That’s why everyone is invited to the Rio Theatre for Improv Against Humanity: Marvelous May. Hilarious comedy, epic prizes to be won, and the coronation of the new Most Horrible Person in Vancouver. It could be you.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Talent Time: Fundraising Party & Screening

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Talent Time (Paul Anthony)

  • What: A Talent Time party with a screening of the 10 Year Polka Party episode, live performances, silent auction, and music by show-runners Ace Martens and Paul Anthony. The event will help raise funds for the hopeful relaunch of the show in September.
  • When: Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: China Cloud Gallery – 524 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission$5-$10 sliding scale

Jimmy Carr

  • What: Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed nine sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over two million people across four continents including performing at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival 12 times. He’s won the British Comedy Award for “Best Live Stand-Up Tour” and been nominated for the Perrier Award.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $55.50

Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Cabaret

  • What: This night of fun will feature a wide range of variety acts – including drag, burlesque, circus arts, magic, and comedy – which are all inspired by their own special secret scent. During the show, the audience will unlock these smells with their own Scratch ‘n’ Sniff sheet. The Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Cabaret will also act as a major fundraiser for Sex Workers United Against Violence, a local institution that has sought to keep sex workers empowered and safe.
  • When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$35

Colin Mochrie with Vancouver TheatreSports

Colin Mochrie live at The Improv Centre

  • What: Canadian comedy icon Colin Mochrie, Vancouver TheatreSports alumnus, and star of Whose Line is it Anyway, returns this May for three laugh-packed performances to benefit VTS and the Colin Mochrie Scholarship Fund. Includes two shows at The Improv Centre and a performance at the Vogue Theatre.
  • When: Thursday, May 24 and Saturday, May 26, 2018 (The Improv Centre), Friday, May 25, 2018 (Vogue Theatre)
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver, Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds

  • What: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. Enjoy interactive displays and birding walks as well as tea and cookies.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Cammidge House via Centennial Beach entrance on Boundary Bay Road, Tsawwassen
  • Admission: Free

London Heritage Farm Mother’s Day Tea

  • What: Celebrate Mother’s Day with high tea in the Tea Room at London Heritage Farm. A popular annual event for mothers, grandmothers, and their families. Enjoy London Farms own blend of London Lady tea, home-baked scones, London Farm jam/jelly and homemade goodies. Coffee, hot chocolate and juice are also available. Reservations recommended.
  • When: Saturday, May 12 to Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: London Heritage Farm – 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond
  • Admission: $14

Mother’s Day at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Special activities for the whole family are planned to celebrate Mom at Burnaby Village Museum. Don’t forget to go for a ride on the carousel.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • More Info: Online

Mother’s Day at The Glades Garden

  • What: Celebrate Mother’s day in a stunning woodland garden. Listen to classical music among blooming rhododendrons. Gourmet coffees, teas and hot chocolate will be available for purchase, as well as a spring plant sale. Cash sales only.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: The Glades – 561 172 St, Surrey
  • Tickets: $7 at the gate, cash only. Children under 12 are free

Mother’s Day Tea on the Train


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  • What: Climb aboard Port Moody Station Museum’s 1921 passenger train car, the Venosta, and enjoy tea, fruit and baked goods. Three seatings to enjoy.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am, 1 to 2pm, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Station Museum – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Tickets: $15 adults, $10 for children under 10. Cash only at the door. Call the museum to book your table.

Mom’s Best: A Night Of Storytelling

  • What: A night of stories to celebrate mothers. Hosted by Jo Dworschak and featuring Beverley Elliott, Emelia Symington Fedy, Maia Gibb, Syd Bosel, Nic Enright-Morin, and Randy Myers. Partial proceeds will go to The Chrysalis Society
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: the Kino – 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Catch a Concert


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  • What: The Grammy nominee is on his third headlining tour, The Roxy Tour. Aside from getting to hear Khalid’s chart-topping hits Young, Dumb and Broke and Location, there’s also a noble cause to the concert, as the singer will be donating one dollar from every ticket sale to local animal shelters.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Kendrick Lamar

  • What: Kendrick Lamar on tour with Top Dawg Entertainment’s “TDE: THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR” complete with the label’s all-star roster including SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, Lance Skiiiwalker and more to be announced.
  • When: Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm,  Show 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: via Ticketmaster

The Eagles

  • What: One of the most influential and commercially successful American rock bands of all time. The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, have scored six #1 albums, won six Grammy awards, and have topped the singles charts five times. The group was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 in their first year of eligibility and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: She’s known for her incredible and entertaining live show, and this spring, international pop icon P!NK is unleashing all her anthems at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, showtime is 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Live Nation, $60.10-$260.10

Paul Simon

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Paul Simon performs in Vancouver this spring ( Fulya Atalay / Shutterstock)

  • What: Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon will perform live in Vancouver this spring, as he hits the road for the final time as part of his Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour. The tour will encompass shows across North America, the UK, and Europe, with Simon and his band bringing to the stage a stunning, career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs which have permeated and influenced popular culture for generations.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 899 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59 to $189

Rufus Wainwright

  • What: Juno award-winning American-Canadian singer and composer Rufus Wainwright is coming to Vancouver for a show this May. Wainwright has recorded seven albums over the course of his career, as well as writing a classical opera and setting Shakespearean sonnets to music. He is perhaps most famous for recording a cover of Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah! for the soundtrack of the movie Shrek in 2001.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
  • Where: UBC Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On UBC, $49.50-$69.50

Bon Iver

  • What: Indie-folk band Bon Iver will be bringing their stylish sound to Vancouver as part of their latest international tour. The band, which has been playing together since way back in 2006, released the album 22, A Million in September of 2016, and have received critical acclaim.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 5:30 pm, Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Available online, $49.50

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Whitecaps

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  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps continue their MLS season throughout the Spring at BC Place.
  • When:Friday, May 11, Wednesday, May 16, and Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

2018 Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships

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  • What: This national event is the top domestic tournament for sledge hockey athletes playing at the Provincial or Canadian Development Team level, and this year is the first time the competition is being played on home ice. Four teams – BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec – will be battling it out for gold, in 10 games over 3 days.
  • When: Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
  • More Info: Online

Stars on Ice 2018

  • What: This year’s Stars on Ice 12-city tour will feature a number of Canada’s top skaters hot off the ice in South Korea including Canadian gold medal sweethearts Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. The event will be a star-studded affair as Pyeongchang Olympians Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will also be performing in addition to a number of other Canadian skating legends including Elvis Stojko.
  • When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online for as low as $12

Get fresh at farmers’ markets

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Thursday from Thursday, June 7 to Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday from Sunday, May 6 to Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday from Saturday, May 5 to Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday from Saturday, May 26 to Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market


Image: Vancouver Farmers Market

  • When: Every Wednesday from Wednesday, June 6 to Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: Main Street Station – 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday from Sunday, May 27 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Riley Park Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday from now to Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Riley Park – 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

River District Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday from Saturday, May 13 to Saturday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza – 8683 Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday from Sunday, May 6 to Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market

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  • When: Every Saturday from May to Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

  • When: Select Sundays starting on May 13 until September 30, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Tuesday from Tuesday, May 29 to Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

  • When: Alternate Sundays starting Sunday, May 6 to September 16, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

A night out at the theatre

Dirty Dancing

  • What: Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage features an eight-piece band that performs the timeless hits on stage along with a cast of 24.
  • When: Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online, $39-$90

Beauty and the Beast Jr.

  • What: The students of MMP are proud to be presenting the classic Disney tale of Beauty and the Beast. Featuring songs from the animated classics and the Broadway sensation, this show is sure to bring a smile to your face.
  • When: Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online, $15

“Perk Up, Pianist!”

  • What: Sarah Hagen pairs anecdotes with music to transform from her role as an award-winning concert pianist into a stand-up, or rather sit-down, comedian. Through awkward but heartfelt storytelling, Sarah shares the ups and downs of life as a touring musician on the lookout for love, and her belief that ultimately, in some way, there is a pianist inside all of us.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$35

40 Days and 40 Nights

  • What: The project was inspired by a challenge to live for 40 days and 40 nights making all choices based in love, and draws on the magical poetry of Hafez, the philosophy of Alain Badiou, Hindu festivals, Biblical tales, and countless other ruminations on the word “love.” This immersive theatrical experience inspires you to believe, even for a moment, that love is something active and alive in the world. Presented by Electric Theatre Company.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22 to Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $33-$36. $15 opening night

Bon Appétit

17th Annual Rotary Wine and Food Fest

  • What: An evening of wine tasting, culinary delights, and live jazz music to benefit Rotary Coats for Kids Campaign and other community projects. There will also be a silent auction, 50-50 draw, and local craft beer.
  • When: Saturday, May 05, 2018 
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online

High Tea For Hospice

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High Tea (PopFoto/Shutterstock)

  • What: Celebrate an early Mother’s Day at this special fundraiser for the Surrey Hospice Society. At High Tea For Hospice, guests can expect delicious teas, refreshments, fine china, special linens, the sounds of harp and violin, and flowers arranged with love.
  • When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 to 3 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $23-$38

Search for the Perfect Pint

  • What: The Search for the Perfect Pint is a craft beer tasting event, with over 22 breweries, 8 local restaurants and live music. Presented by the Rotary Club of Port Moody.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Civic Centre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online, $45

17th Annual Grapes, Hops & Bites Festival

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  • What: The Rotary Club of Steveston Wine Festival brings the best-of-the-best wine, beer, food and entertainment to say thanks for continued support of Rotary Club’s incredible community. All proceeds go directly to the Steveston Rotary Community Outreach Programs.
  • When: Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $60

Chef Vij Culinary Arts Workshop

  • What: Budding chefs ages 15 to 18 have an opportunity to explore the culinary arts and restaurant management with Vikram Vij at his My Shanti restaurant, in South Surrey.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: My Shanti – 15869 Croydon Dr., Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $125

Network at a business event

#YVRSocial – Spotlight On Video

  • What: An expert panel, moderated by Senior Marketing Strategist and Instructor Wahiba Chair, will shed light on how brands are using different types of video to drive results across all stages of the customer journey. The event will also discuss pre and post-production steps, the decision making process, and the metrics to look for in a video campaign.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Unbounce – 400-401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$30

Business Mapping – Vancity Special Edition

  • What: This introductory seminar focuses on strategies to plan, key areas of a successful business, and financing options. Presented By: Dylan Hrycyshen, Small Business BC and a representative of Vancity.
  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 3 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC 54 – 601 West Cordova Street, Waterfront Station, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $59

VISION Conference 2018


  • What: Whether you’re a marketer or an entrepreneur, this year’s VISION Conference will give you the space to consider what drives you, your organization, and your audience. By attending this immersive event, you’ll get to hear directly from the internationally-known, London-based marketing thought-leader Rory Sutherland. Sutherland, VISION’s keynote speaker, is the vice chair of Ogilvy & Mather Group and a popular TED Talks speaker with millions of online views.
  • When: Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am to 5 pm. Post-conference reception 5 to 6 pm
  • Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $125 – $495 – available via Eventbrite

Vancouver Design Week Open Studio

  • What: RED Academy presents interactive workshops where you can put yourself in the driver’s seat of the design process. They will be running activities on UX/UI (user experience/user interface), throughout the day, so pop in and out to get a taste of what RED has to offer.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: RED Academy -#200 1490 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

#BCTech Summit

  • What: The third annual #BCTECHSummit, hosted by the Government of British Columbia and BCIC, will take place May 14-16, 2018. The Summit will showcase BC’s vibrant technology industry, build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explore the ways technology is fueling growth and innovation across all industries at an unprecedented rate. Connect with customers, investors, partners and talent who can accelerate the growth of your business.
  • When: Monday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Annual Address by Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore

  • What: Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore outlines the role that Metro Vancouver plays in enhancing economic prosperity, embracing cultural vitality and social justice, and preserving a healthy natural environment in the Metro Vancouver region.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Pacific Ballroom – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

CodeDay Vancouver

Image: CodeDay

  • What: CodeDay is a worldwide event where programmers come together to build apps and games for 24 straight hours. The event is open to not just student programmers, but individuals of any other background and skill level. Complete rookies, seasoned veterans, HTML, C++, CodeDay is open to all. Because the event runs overnight, participants will have the option to sleep over at the venue or, more realistically, code through the night.
  • When: Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm the following day.
  • Where: Location to be announced
  • Tickets: Online, prices to be announced.

Party in the Clubs

The Sorority: Pledge Tour

may 3

The Sorority / Facebook

  • What: The Sorority bring their Pledge Tour to Fox Cabaret with special guests Missy D, Kimmortal, Aktu El Shabazz, and The People Northwest.
  • When: Thursday, May 3, 2018 
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Cinco de Mayo at VENUE

  • What: VENUE celebrates Cinco de Mayo all night long with resident DJs Rashad Rawkus, J-traxx and Downlowe at Embrace Saturdays.
  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free RSVP until 11:30 pm

The Glitch Mob

may 14

The Glitch Mob / Facebook

  • What: The Glitch Mob – the Los Angeles-based trio comprising Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Joshua Mayer – performs in Vancouver with special guests Elohim and Anomalie.
  • When: 
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$130

Paris Blohm

  • What: Los Angeles-based electronic music producer / DJ Paris Blohm brings his anthemic sound to Celebrities Nightclub for #StereotypeFridays.
  • When: Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free RSVP until 11:30 pm

Joyner Lucas

  • What: American rapper Joyner Lucas brings his fluid flow, impeccable wordplay and vivid storytelling to Fortune Sound with special guest Eli.
  • When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Next Music from Tokyo vol. 12

  • What: NMFT 12 brings an all-star cast of past favourites and a brand new band for you to fall in love with. Featuring The Taupe, Yubisaki Nohaku, Bakyun the Every Day,  Lucie, Too, Koutei Camera Girl Drei, and Koutei Camera Gal.
  • When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $14

Ben Nicky

  • What: With multiple sold out worldwide shows, Ben Nicky is one of the scene’s most in-demand trance DJs and music producers.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free
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