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112 things to do in Vancouver in May

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Daniel Chai May 01, 2019 5:00 am

Have a marvellous May with our checklist of 112 things to do in Vancouver this month! Enjoy Playland, Richmond Night Market, Veg Expo, and more.

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

Explore the great outdoors

Jane’s Walk

What: On the first weekend of May every year, Jane’s Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

When: May 3 to 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various Locations
Admission: FREE

Glades Garden Openings

What: This special woodland garden is home to many species of rare and unusual rhododendrons, azaleas, and fine heritage trees. Follow the meandering paths, pause by the ponds and discover for yourself, the story of The Glades.

When: May 4, May 12, May 25, May 29, June 1, June 15, July 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Glades – 561 172 St, Surrey
Admission: Entrance by donation (excluding Mother’s Day – ticketed event)

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival

What: The 13th annual Tulips of the Valley Festival features more than 6.5 million bulbs. The first two weeks of the flowers will show off 10 varieties of hyacinths, 17 varieties of daffodils, and one-of-a-kind, handmade floral mosaics. Starting after the second weekend, 30 different kinds of tulips will be in bloom, with millions of bulbs in all the colours of the rainbow.

The festival will also offer a number of Instagram-worthy photo ops. Returning this year is the Chilliwack Tulip Festival’s famous windmill, traditional Dutch bicycle, and the famous tulip swing. Other attractions include the Rotary Train during weekends, weekend food trucks, a flower-themed gift shop, and tractor rides.

When: Now to May 5, 2019, with possible extension
Time: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online

Community Paddling Day

What: A free dragon boat lesson on the water. The 45-minute sessions start at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 pm. Dragon Boat BC supplies the instructors, equipment, and boat, attendees supply the enthusiasm. Registration highly encouraged as drop-in spots are not guaranteed.

When: Sunday, May 5, Saturday, July 6, and Saturday, August 10, 2019
Time: 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 pm
Where: 1 Athletes Way (Creekside Community Centre), Vancouver
Register: Online, Free

BLOOM – The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

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Abbotsford Tulip Festival (viktoriahaack / Instagram)

What: Over the next few weeks, millions of tulip bulbs will begin to transform into acres of rainbow-coloured fields as part of the popular springtime tradition. The annual festival is once again expected to attract thousands of locals and international tulip lovers for a joyous celebration of natural splendour in a picture-perfect country setting. With over 2.5 million tulips in bloom at various stages throughout the event, visitors are able to walk through 10 acres of fields and marvel at one of the most vivid displays of floral beauty.

When: Daily for as long as the blooms last.
Time: 9 am to 7:30 pm
Where: 36737 North Parallel Road – Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

2019 Vancouver Run for Women

What: The 2019 SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is in support of Mental Health Programs at B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation. Participants also receive a race shirt, finisher’s bracelet and finisher’s swag bag on event day.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 8 am to 11 am
Where: Wesbrook Village – 3378 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
Register: Online

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

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

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

Little OinkBank Pig Yoga

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What: Come enjoy the zen of pigs while breathing the fresh air and relaxing in the tranquil scenery at Little OinkBank Pig Sanctuary. Enjoy the peacefulness during a one hour guided yoga session with Yogi Mike McLean.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Little OinkBank Pig Sanctuary – 1770 – 252 Street Aldergrove
Register: Online, $30

Explore the city

Heart Melt Motel Pop-Up

What: “Heartmelt Motel” is a pop-up exhibit taking over a Surrey mall as part of a Canadian tour that will see the photo op wonderland installed temporarily in malls in four provinces. As for the theme, think 1970s California summer and retro-motel. There are five unique “motel rooms” in the exhibit, each containing an immersive and interactive space for you to explore. No creative pop-up is complete without a gummy ball pool for visitors to jump into.

When: May 1 to May 12, 2019
Time: Regular Mall Hours
Where: Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street, Surrey
Cost: Free to the public

The Show at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

What: The Show features work from Emily Carr’s graduating students across all five degree programs, exhibited on all four floors of the campus. Opening Night features a celebration of art, design and media, where attendees can enjoy music, connect in the lounges, and meet the graduating students.

When: May 3 to May 19, 2019
Time: Various times. Opening night from 5 to 10 pm
Where: Emily Carr University of Art + Design – 520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Playland Season Opening

What: If you’re ready to reacquaint yourself with the rolls, drops, spins, and thrills that only Playland can offer, then you’re in luck! The always-popular amusement park located in East Vancouver opens its doors for weekend operation, beginning this Saturday, May 4. In total, there are 35 rides and attractions to enjoy, 14 of which offer an extreme experience for those who dare to ride them.

When: Open on weekends starting Saturday, May 4, 2019, until June 14, 2019, when it will open up during the week
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Playland at the PNE – Hastings Street just off Highway #1 West – Exit #26
Tickets: Available online

BrickCan 2019 at the River Rock

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What: In addition to the many creations on display, attendees can shop at a wide variety of vendors selling LEGO-themed books, clothing, jewellery, and artwork, as well as rare LEGO sets and pieces. Before and after viewing times, everyone with tickets is invited to visit the Creation Station, featuring lots of interactive building opportunities for all ages. The event is free for children three years old and younger, and all children under 12 who present valid tickets will receive an exclusive, custom-designed BrickCan building set to take home.

When: May 4 and 5, 2019
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road Richmond
Tickets: $15, available online

Hastings Racecourse Season-Opening

What: This year, Vancouver’s iconic Hastings Racecourse and Casino are celebrating 130 years of horse racing action. It’s the longest-running sports activity in BC, and this year, you can be part of the milestone celebrations. Kick off the racing season at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, May 4 at the Season Opening event where you’ll get to experience unparalleled entertainment. Enjoy wagering, food trucks, a Vancouver British Classic Car Showcase and more.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 9 am start
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Glitter Ball 2019

What: Glitter Ball, taking place May 4 and 5 in Vancouver, BC, is a two-day music showcase celebrating feminist art and culture. The event will feature bands fronted exclusively by women and those who identify with other marginalized genders, welcoming cis women, trans women, genderqueer women, non-binary folks, and those who otherwise challenge the cis-heteronormative binary.

When: May 4 and 5, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm to midnight
Where: Creative Coworkers — 520 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20 to $30

Free Comic Book Day

What: The annual event takes place at independent comic book shops all across North America, with thousands of comic shops giving out well-known titles like the Avengers, Captain America, Doctor Who, Pokemon, Riverdale, the Amazing Spiderman, and Star Wars, to name a few. In Vancouver, several shops will be celebrating with free books and special events.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various Comic Shops across Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver Aquarium After Hours — Pints, Pinnipeds and Rescue Stories

What: At Vancouver Aquarium’s After Hours: Pints, Pinnipeds and Rescue Stories, you’ll learn about Señor Cinco the Californian sea lion, Hardy the sea otter, Bella Bella the Steller sea lion, and Hermes and Da Vinci the harbour seals. Hear their incredible rescue and rehabilitation stories through never-before-seen programs, all with a drink in hand. Ocean-minded breweries, cideries, and wineries will be there, including Arterra Wines, Lonetree, Moosehead Breweries Limited, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Tofino Brewing Co., Whistler Brewing Co., and others.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium — 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Price: $36 for members, $45 for non-members

Tian Jin Festival 2019

Music performance/Tian Jin Festival

What: Taking place in Burnaby on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, Tian Jin Festival gives you the opportunity to learn about the ancient cultures of China — without leaving Canada. The seventh-annual event draws in thousands of visitors every year and it’s completely free to attend.

Taste mouthwatering Taiwanese food (you’ll want to Instagram it before your first bite), and see incredible live cultural performances. There’s also going to be plenty of traditional Chinese games and activities that children of all ages (AKA, you) can take part in.

When: May 4 and 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: 3426 Smith Avenue, Burnaby
Price: FREE — RSVP via Facebook

IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s  2019

What: On Sunday, May 5, join fellow Vancouverites and take part in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s to celebrate and remember the people in your life who have been touched by dementia. The event is a five-kilometre walk starting at Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village.  You can join as an individual participant, as part of a team, or donate if you can’t make the walk. Registration begins at noon with the walk starting at 1 pm.

When: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: Registration 12 pm, Walk 1 pm
Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre — 1 Athletes Way
Price: Register or donate at walkforalzheimers.ca

National Geographic Live! in Vancouver — View from Above

What: Celebrated NASA astronaut and National Geographic author Terry Virts, who will share his stories and photographs from space in “View from Above.” Virts spent 200 consecutive days in space as commander of the International Space Station in one of the longest continuous space missions of any NASA astronaut.

When: May 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Orpheum — 601 Smithe Street
Price: Starting at $45 —Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Eastside Flea

What: Eastside Flea is a modern-day flea market that takes place bi-weekly in Vancouver, BC. Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade independent maker wares to vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, artisan eats and more. You’ll also find food trucks, live vinyl deejays, pinball, an outdoor courtyard, and more.

When: May 4 and 5, May 18 and 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Location: Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Admission: $3

Museum After Dark

What: Experience a unique adult-only evening at the Museum of Surrey exploring the galleries after dark. Enjoy live music, food and talks, exclusive to this evening event. Ticket includes one complimentary drink. Ages 19+.

When: May 9, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
Admission: $25.25. Register online or by calling 604-501-5100 with barcode 4650704

lipservice 2019

What: lipservice is an annual Jimmy Fallon inspired lip sync battle for charity. Since 2014, lipservice has raised over $100,000 in support of education projects in Ethiopia. This year, funds raised will support WE Charity (in partnership with Imagine1Day). The goal is to raise $45,000, which will directly support a community in Northern Ethiopia called Hagaro, specifically with supporting a classroom block that will increase access to education for the 500 school aged children in the community.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 8 to 11:30 pm
Where: The Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ruben’s Ruckus

What: Children ages 6-13 can venture through a fun obstacle course for the second annual Ruben’s Ruckus event to raise funds for children in the Dominican Republic. Ruben’s Ruckus is a 3-km obstacle challenge specifically designed just for kids. By participating, kids are helping to give shoes and education to children in underdeveloped countries across the world.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: Start times vary from 10-11:45 am
Where: Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park
Tickets: $40

Clothing swaps at Lupii Cafe

What: Participants are encouraged to bring quality, gently worn items to give away at this community clothing swap. 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

Museum of Anthropology presents Shadows, Strings and Other Things

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

Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

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. The Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo will once again feature the World’s best Cowboys and Cowgirls as they compete for cash prizes in roughstock rodeo events like Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, and Bull Riding, as well as Ladies Barrel Racing.

When: Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds Agriplex Bldg – 6050 176 St, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Jurassic Quest Vancouver

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Jurassic Quest

What: North America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event. The exhibit takes guests through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period, giving them a chance to experience what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs. From the very small to the gigantic, Jurassic Quest is the only dinosaur event that has true to life-size dinosaurs – over 80 of them in total.

When: May 17 to May 20, 2019
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm on Friday; 9 am to 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday; 10 am to 7 pm on Monday
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place
Tickets: Available online, prices vary with time and dates selected

Day Out with Thomas

What: Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favourite tank engine, meet the railway controller, Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, enjoy face painting, musical entertainment and much more. Tickets are sold for specific train times, with departures from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

When: May 18 to May 20, May 25 to May 26, 2019
Time: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park 39645 Government Road Squamish
Tickets: Online

French Moderns Exhibition: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950

What: Running now through May 20, the exhibition showcases a collection of mesmerizing sculptures, paintings, and drawings, from the Brooklyn Museum. You can expect to see works of art by legends like Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, and more.

When: Now to May 20, 2019
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street
Price: Ranging from $6.50 to $24 — Tickets available via Vancouver Art Gallery

Surrey International Children’s Festival

What: Every year, Surrey International Children’s Festival showcases seven new featured performances by artists from across Canada and around the world on the Festival’s four performance theatres inside the Surrey Arts Centre and in Bear Creek Park. Come and celebrate local professional and emerging artists on the Community Spirit Stage and explore the lively mix of activities throughout the site.

When: Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Bear Creek Park and Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Heritage Writers’ Group

What: Start capturing your life story for family and posterity. No preparation required; just bring a pen and paper, or your laptop.

When: May 27, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Where: PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives – 150-2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Vancity Richmond Clothing Fix it

What: Bring your clothes that need to be repaired and a team of expert fixers will show you how you can repair the clothes yourself. Sewing machines, threads, needles and all sewing supplies will be provided on site. No experience necessary and all are welcome.

When: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Vancity Blundell Centre community branch – 6020 Blundell Rd Unit 130, Richmond,
Register: Online, Free

Laugh the night away

Throne and Games – The Last Laugh

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What: A lonely Queen sits atop the Iron Throne, but her kingdom is under threat from all sides. The final fight between the Lannisters, Starks and Targaryens is about to go down and everyone will probably die – die laughing that is. Throne and Games – The Last Laugh is the final instalment in VTS’ parody trilogy that started in 2015.

When: Now to Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Pop-Up Comedy Jam: Asian Heritage Month Edition

What: The Fictionals are celebrating Asian Heritage Month with a double-bill of Improv & Stand-Up at Cafe Deux Soleils. Hot Improv Tuesdays welcomes special guests Robert Peng on May 7, and Soo Jeong on May 21, with classic improv games, long-form laughs, and more.

When: May 7 and May 21, 2019
Time: Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $7 or $5 for students and seniors

HUNCH: Festival of Solo Performances

What: HUNCH is Vancouver’s only festival dedicated entirely to the development of solo performance work. Featuring Butt Kapinski, Magic Unicorn Island, TAP TAP, the Closing Night Cabaret and more.

When: May 9 to 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sweet Release: A Hip-Hop Comedy Concert!

What: Trying to climb the hip-hop charts and vigorously attempting to make a name for herself, Lil Cli**y aka Lil C is here to introduce herself in her debut album, “Sweet Release”. Starring Ese Atawo, music by Geoffrey Walter, and a packed line-up of comedians.

When: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 10 to 11:30 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

An Evening with Mike Bonanno (The Yes Men)

Mike Bonnano (The Yes Men)

What: Mike Bonanno from the dynamic prankster duos the Yes Men, will be at the Rio to reveal his secrets… of corporate drag. The show will feature a participatory corporate fashion show, motivational speaking, group power posing, and a slew of never before seen fake corporate videos made for past Yes Men projects – including an (abysmal) Exxon karaoke video that everyone can sing along to.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Old School Comedy Jam

What: A night of comedy featuring Headliner Ralph Porter, host Sunee Dhaliwal, Ola Dada, Ed Hill and Lorna. After Party Music by Dj El Nino and Earl da Pearl.

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby Conference Centre – 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Ramp For Ryan: A Comedy Fundraiser

What: The Vancouver Comedy Community comes together to help comedian Ryan Lachance raise funds to supply him with a compact portable ramp that he can use to access stages while on the road. Featuring Simon King, Charlie Demers, Alannah Brittney, Megan Milton, and more.

When: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20

Bob Saget

What: Bob Saget is renowned for his family-friendly work on hit TV shows Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos, but it’s his unconventional stand-up comedy that he’s bringing to the River Rock Show Theatre. The Grammy-nominated comedian has been entertaining audiences for thirty years with his provocative stand-up comedy, including his HBO special That Ain’t Right to scene-stealing cameos in Entourage and The Aristocrats.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
Times: 8 pm
Where: River Rock Casino – 8811 River Rd, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Travel to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

May The Fourth Movie: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Han Solo and Chewy meet in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Han Solo and Chewy meet in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Image: Disney

What: Head over to the Capilano Public Library to celebrate Star Wars Day with a screening of Solo: A Star Wars Legacy. Make sure you bring some snacks and dress up as your favourite Star Wars character for this fun all-ages event.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: North Vancouver Public Library Capilano — 3045 Highland Boulevard, North Vancouver
Admission: Drop In

Star Wars Day at the Terry Fox Library

What: If you’re in the Tri-Cities, head over to Star Wars Day at the Terry Fox Library. May the Fourth be with you as you join in the Star Wars-themed scavenger hunt, take pictures (in a costume of course) on a far far away planet (in front of a green screen) and make some arts and crafts. Enjoy some family time on this year’s Star Wars Day.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time:  1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Terry Fox Library — 2740 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Galaxion: A Star Wars 80s Party

What: This month, Galaxion is celebrating Star Wars day with an epic dance party filled with all things space. There will be retro games, prizes for the best Star Wars costume and of course an epic dance party set to your favourite 80s songs! You don’t have to dress up but if you’re aiming for those prizes then I suggest you go all out.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 – Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 9 pm – 2 am
Where: Astoria — 769 East Hastings Sreet, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

May the 4th Be With You: Space Centre Family Night

What: What’s a more appropriate way to spend this day than at the HR McMillan Space Centre? Head over to Kitsilano for their May the 4th Be With You Family Night. With a bunch of Star Wars themed events including live demonstrations, a star theatre show and stargazing. There’s something for everyone in the family. Don’t forget to come dressed in your favourite Star Wars themed outfit!

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: HR McMillan Space Centre — 1110 Chesnut Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Revenge Of The Fifth: Star Wars Trivia Night Party

What: While this event won’t fall on the actual day, why not extend the party to the fifth? The Russian Hall presents Revenge Of The Fifth: Star Wars Trivia Night Party. Anybody aged seven and up can attend this event honouring the 2005 classic Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith. Make sure you get your tickets early as there will be a 50/50 draw, awesome prizes and even a cash bar!

When: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: The Russian Hall — Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online (Early bird saves $0.55)

May The 24th Be With You

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Star Wars

What: If a weekend isn’t enough to keep your Star Wars mind satisfied then this is the event for you! Hosted by the Rotaract Club in Richmond, May the 24th Be With You is a Star Wars-themed fundraiser that aims to raise money for the Downtown Eastside women’s shelter. This all-ages event includes a dinner, 50/50 draw and some fun Star Wars trivia (with prizes for the highest scoring and best-dressed team). Get dressed up and have fun for a good cause!

When: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 
6 pm
Where: 
Ginger Indian Cuisine — 9100 Blundell Road #490, Richmond
Tickets: 
Online

May the 4th Be With You: A Star Wars Roller Disco

What: If you’re feeling like taking a trip out of Vancouver on this particular weekend, then head over to Victoria and experience the funky Star Wars Roller Disco. In honour of the original Star Wars films, Roller Skate Victoria is putting on a disco style roller skating night. Come dressed as either your favourite Star Wars character or in some fun disco attire and get lost in the 70s and 80s music that brings back memories of when these movies came out!

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 
7:30 pm
Where: 
Archie Browning Sports Centre —151 Esquimalt Road, Victoria
Tickets: 
Online 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother of all Comedy Shows

What: The Mother of All Comedy Shows features a collection of some of the best local women in stand-up comedy. They have diverse backgrounds and experiences related to ‘mothering’ and have hilarious words to share about it. Featuring Katrina Bennett, Monique Bellamy, Tania Taylor, Sarah Susswein, Erin Jeffery, Colleen Brow, and emceed by Jan Bannister.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Anvil Centre Theatre – 777 Columbia Street New Westminster
Tickets: Online

Mother’s Day Tea on the Train

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 12, 2019
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am, 1 to 2 pm, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: Port Moody Station Museum – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 for children under 12. Call the museum to book your table: 604-939-1648

Mom = Wow – ‘The Mother of all Mother’s Day Shows’

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What: This special event is sure to make mom literally laugh out loud, while VTS’s players explore every aspect of motherhood through short scenes. Mom will laugh ‘til her sides hurt with vignettes such as ‘Movie Moms,’ ‘Momvolution – from new Mom to Grand-mom,’  ‘Mom Myths,’ or ‘Mommy Dearest’ to name a few of the endless possibilities that could arise.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Tickets: Online, $25 and include the show plus either a glass of House Wine (red or white), or a Henkell piccolo, or a glass of Mission Hill Five Vineyards Rosé or a non-alcoholic beverage.

Mother’s Day at Burnaby Village Museum

What: Special activities and crafts 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 12, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm. Last Carousel Ride at 4:15 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free, Carousel Rides: $2.65 each

London Heritage Farm Mother’s Day Tea

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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: May 11, May 12, May 18 and May 19, 2019
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: London Heritage Farm – 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond
Admission: $15

BlueShore Financial Mother’s Day Run

What: The BlueShore Financial Mother’s Day Run, presented by The Westin Bayshore consists of a 3k, 5k and 10k Run and Walk in Stanley Park and Coal Harbour. All participants will receive a souvenir technical running shirt and a gift bag filled with goodies. Moms will also be greeted at the finish line with a commemorative scarf. The event includes a Finish Line Festival, kid’s activities, champagne giveaways and options for a decadent Mother’s Day Brunch at The Westin Bayshore.  Everyone is welcome to run.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 9 am
Where: Stanley Park and Coal Harbour
Register: Online

Cheer on the home teams

WHL Championship– Vancouver Giants vs Prince Albert Raders

What: Vancouver Giants face off with the Prince Albert Raiders in Game 3 and Game 4 of WHL Championship action at Langley Events Centre.

When: Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Whitecaps

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

What: Vancouver Whitecaps continue their MLS season at BC Place this spring, with home games versus Seattle Sounders on March 30, April 5 against LA Galaxy, and FC Dallas on May 25.

When: May 10, May 15, May 25, and May 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Fraser Valley Bandits

What: Canada’s newest major sports brand, the Canadian Elite Basketball League, is tipping off its inaugural season in six cities across Canada, including Abbotsford. Get your dunk on with home games against the Guelph Nighthawks on May 9 and Hamilton Honey Badgers on May 22.

When: May 9 and May 22, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

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

The Thrilla at The Villa

What: A stacked night of boxing at Grand Villa Casino. The main event will feature Jose de Jesus “El Changuito” Macias, who has 36 professional boxing fights under his belt with a winning record facing some of the best boxers in the world and was fellow sparring partner to the great Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

When: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 11 pm
Where: The Grand Villa Casino 4331 Dominion St, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Open year round on Saturday (except December 28)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market on May 10, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

Granville Island Public Market (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

What: Open year-round and boasting stalls of fresh, colourful produce, homemade products, and some tasty must-try eats. From the ocean, oven, or field — Granville Market has got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market, you’re going to leave happy and full.

When: Open year round 7 days a week
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free

Richmond Country Farms

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

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Surrey

When: Every Saturday to June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Richmond

When: Every Tuesday to October 8, 2019
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

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

What: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is an authentic BC Farmers’ Market and features local farmers and Certified Safe Prepared food vendors bringing in fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits & flowers, fresh baking, fruit pies, cupcakes & cookies, local craft beer, varietal wines, tasty prepared foods from our Fraser Valley, the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys.

When: Every Saturday from May 4 until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Andrews Historic Church – 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

When: Every Saturday from May 4 to October 26, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

When: Every Saturday from May 4 to October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market

The exterior of Lonsdale Quay Market. (Quay Property Management)

When: Every Saturday from May 4 to October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

When: Every Sunday from May 5 to October 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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 from May 5 to October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
Admission: Free

Poirier Street Market

What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland.  The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.

When: 
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

When: Every Sunday from May 5 to October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

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When: Alternate Sundays from May 5 to September 29, 2019
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

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

What: The Clayton Community Farmer’s Market will showcase local farmers, crafters and artisans. The market will also have a Family Fun Zone, live music and food trucks.

When: Every second Sunday from May 5 to October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
Admission: Free

Haney Farmers’ Market

What: A vibrant outdoor Saturday market in downtown Maple Ridge, Haney Farmers’ Market sells fresh farm produce, locally-grown fruit and veg, preserves, baked goods, artisan crafts, fine art, and more.

When: Weekly from Saturday, May 11 to Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Memorial Peace Park – 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

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

New West Farmers Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

When: 
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Tipperary Park – 315 Queens Ave, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Cloverdale Market Days

What: One of the largest open-air markets in the Fraser Valley showcasing unique items from local BC Artisans and treasures from downtown Cloverdale merchants. With Cloverdale Market Days featuring more than 120 vendors as well as live entertainment and food trucks, you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family.

When: May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug 24, September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 176 Street between 56A and 58 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

When: Every Saturday from May 25 to October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 100 Comox Street, Vancouver between Bute and Thurlow
Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

When: Every Sunday from May 26 to October 27, 2018
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Shop and dine at Night Markets

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

What: Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly until 10 pm. Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors. Attendees can expect to chow down on grub from 40+ food trucks in “hot food alley” and enjoy live entertainment all summer long. The Friday Night Market will also feature a 19+ beer garden, serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.

When: Friday, May 3 to Friday, September 27, 2019,
Time: Starts at 5 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Richmond Night Market

Weekly Vancouver food events

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What: Running from May 10 to October 14, this wildly popular event is gearing up for another season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.

When: May 10 to October 14, 2019. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and stat holidays
Time: 7 pm to 12 am (open to 11 am on Sundays after September 2 and stat holidays)
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near Bridgeport Station)
Admission: TBD

Bon Appetit

18th 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 3, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Tickets: Online, $60

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival 2019

What: The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is back for its sixth year featuring delicious grub-on-wheels, drinks, and more. This year brings seven drool-worthy events from the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association, each featuring 28 trucks to enjoy.

When: May 4, May 11, May 25, June 2, June 15 to June 25, and June 16, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Locations across Greater Vancouver
Admission: Free

Veg Expo 2019

Veg Expo 2019

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What: This event will showcase new and inspiring products and services, along with cooking demonstrations with local celebrated chefs, information on locally sourced foods, and more. Veg Expo 2019 will also give attendees the opportunity to explore innovative sustainable transportation options and a ‘vegetation lounge,’ eat free samples, and witness a natural vegan bodybuilder showcase.

When: May 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $20; buy online

Sakura Night

What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s (VCBF) fifth annual Sakura Night returns this May. The one-night event is the festival’s standing reception fundraiser and celebrates a world of Asian-fusion cuisine, allowing attendees to try food from some of Vancouver’s top local chefs.

When: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Stanley Park Pavilion – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
Tickets: $175

Search for the Perfect Pint

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What: The Search for the Perfect Pint is a craft beer tasting event, with over 22 breweries, appetizers from six local restaurants and live music. Presented by the Rotary Club of Port Moody.

When: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Port Moody City Hall – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Tickets: Online, $45

BC Spot Prawn Festival 2019

What: The annual celebration of BC’s iconic local product, spot prawns, will have some new features this year. Instead of the traditional boil, attendees can opt for a bowl of chowder served with Terra Bread for $10 per person. People can buy their chowder tickets for a specific time slot, which means no more waiting in super long lines. Another new addition to this year’s fest is the Spot Prawn Festival Brunch.

When: May 19, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 1 pm or 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Where: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf – 1505 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Price: Free – $60; buy online

Treat yourself to Arts and Culture

Spoken Nerd

What: Time to proudly proclaim your love for whatever turns on your nerdy nature. Costumes are welcomed in the audience or for performers for this late night battle of the nerds featuring supernerd poets Julia Gaskill and Stephen Meads.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Times: Doors 10 pm, show 10:30 pm
Where: Storm Crow Tavern – 1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Admission: $5 suggested donation (or PWYC)

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

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Movie theatre (Liu zishan / Shutterstock)

What: Western Canada’s largest documentary film festival, featuring public screenings, panel discussions, public forums, and educational programs.

When: Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 12, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Venues across Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Opera Speaks Series

What: A series of informative conversations around the productions and themes of Vancouver Opera Festival. These events are free, but RSVP is required at vancouveropera.ca

When: May 2 and May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Salon + Orpheum Theatre Annex
Admission: Free, RSVP at vancouveropera.ca

Arts Alive 2019

What: Arts Alive is an annual showcase of collaborative student works held in collaboration with the Burnaby School District featured in the Lower Gallery. This year’s 37th edition presents a selection of artworks from elementary schools across the city. Math & Art is this year’s theme to act as inspiration for elementary students.

When: May 3 to June 9, 2019
Time: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. Closed Mondays and statutory holidays
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Suggested donation is $5

IGNITE! Youth Festival 2019

What: Every year the Cultch Theatre in East Vancouver is taken over by a team of young artists who put on the IGNITE! Festival, Western Canada’s largest youth-driven arts festival. There’s music, dance, circus, theatre, peaches, Space Jam, all performed and programmed entirely by youth.

When: Now to Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables, Vancouver
Tickets: Pay what you can, no one will be denied admission due to lack of funds. Suggested for Youth: $2, $5, $10, $15 Suggested for Adult: $20, $25, $30, $35

Festival du Ballet

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What: See the talents and abilities of up-and-coming ballet dancers from across the Lower Mainland during the Festival du Ballet. Ranging in age from 3 to 21, dancers compete in the categories of classical, pointe, demi-character, contemporary ballet, interpretive, modern, repertoire, and adult. The adjudicators are accomplished ballet dancers, teachers, and choreographers. The Rose Gala Finalé features the highest scoring finalists in each category.

When: May 12 to May 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: $3 per day, Programs $5. Tickets are available at the door only; payment in cash only

The Great Leap

What: It’s 1989, and for a man with a past and one teen with a future, an exhibition basketball game in Beijing is a chance at something greater. Chinese coach Wen Chang is a quiet Party supporter and Manford is a kid with hustle from San Francisco’s Chinatown who makes up for his short stature with tenacious baller skill. As the story jumps back and forth in time, tensions rise right up to the final buzzer and history collides at the leap for a 3-point shot.

When: Now to Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Hako

What: OURO Collective and Tangible collaborate to create a multi-disciplinary dance experience. Alex Beim is the creative director and founder of Tangible, an experiential design firm whose public art and interactive installations have been displayed around the world. OURO is an eclectic dance collective that uses hip-hop, waacking, breaking, and contemporary dance as the foundation for the creation and production of new work. The show aims to engage the public and to break down the separation between performers and audience by creating an interactive and playful environment.

When: May 22 to May 25, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Art After Dark at PdA

What:Place des Arts Youth Arts Council invites teens ages 13 to 17 (teens aged 18 that are in Grade 12 can participate) to a free night of the arts. Come and explore your artistic and creative interests through a variety of casual arts activities. In addition to making art, hang out and enjoy other fun experiences, snacks and music.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online, Free

From Bach to Beatles

What: World renown Israeli violin magician Sanya Kroitor and his band will present From Bach to Beatles concert, a unique blend of classical and modern music, with infusion of klezmer, jazz and folk tunes.

When: Thursday, May 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Sing along to your favourites

Epik High

What: The three-member Epik High made their debut in 2003 and have captivated fans with perplexing lyrical themes. In addition to receiving numerous awards, they were also the first Korean act to perform at the Coachella Music Festival, according to Billboard Music.

When: Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: Doors at 7 pm and show at 8 pm
Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

KT Tunstall

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What: Award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall brings the US tour to Vancouver with special guest Doe Paoro.

When: Monday, May 6, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street Vancouver, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Passion Pit

What: In celebration of the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough debut album Manners, Passion Pit will be touring in 18 major cities across North America. This includes a concert at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on May 8. The band released their debut studio album in 2009, to widespread acclaim. Upon release, the album was praised as “insanely catchy, and a total success of both sound and vision.”

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street
Price: $45 — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Neil Young

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

Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots

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What: The American musical duo of Tyler Jospeh and drummer Josh Dun are embarking on a massive, 93-city world tour that will include a stop at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on May 12. The Bandito Tour will promote the band’s fifth studio album, Trench. Twenty One Pilots will also be playing older tunes, especially off their 2015 Blurryface album that skyrocketed the duo to stardom.

When: Saturday, May 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

blackbear

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

NCT 127

What: The Korean boy band, which made its debut in 2016, is a product of SM Entertainment. They’re the second-highest charting K-pop boyband in Billboard 200 history and they were also Apple Music’s first K-pop act in their “Up Next” series. In addition to their latest hit single, Simon Says, the group also released Let’s Shut Up & Dance – a joint effort with Jason Derulo and EXO’s Lay.

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Pacific Coliseum – 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Elle King

What: Los Angeles singer-songwriter Elle King bring her Shake The Spirit Tour to Vancouver with special guest Barns Courtney.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Ultimate Queen Celebration

What: Hand-picked by original Queen band members for the Queen Extravaganza tribute tour, Marc Martel is known for his uncanny resemblance to Freddie Mercury. Martel spent years recording and touring as the vocalist and primary songwriter for award-winning Canadian rock band, Downhere, before being selected as the face and voice of The Queen Extravaganza. Since then, he has released his own full-length solo album, Impersonator.

When: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Shane Koyczan

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Photo: Shane Koyczan

What: Award winning spoken word poet and author Shane Koyczan performs in support of his new book, The Basement In My Attic. Featuring special guests The Tiny Tricycle Poets.

When: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Carrie Underwood

What: Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood brings The Cry Pretty Tour 360 to Vancouver. Featuring special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

NAV: Bad Habits Tour

What: Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, NAV is signed to The Weeknd’s XO and Republic Records. In September of 2015, NAV released one of his earliest songs “Take Me Simple” to his SoundCloud account, which has now been listened to over ten million times.

With a number of JUNO nominations under his belt including Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2018, and Fan Choice and Rap Recording of the Year in 2019, NAV has also collaborated with prominent artists including Travis Scott, Meek Mill, and The Weeknd. In March 2019, NAV released his second debut studio album Bad Habits.

When: May 26, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: PNE Forum — 2901 East Hastings Street
Price: Prices start at $45 — Tickets available via Ticketleader

Death From Above

What: Canadian rock duo Death From Above will be bringing their Heads Up! Is Now Tour to Vancouver this May, performing live at the Commodore Ballroom. Consisting of bassist Jesse F. Keeler and drummer and vocalist Sebastien Grainger, both from Toronto, Ontario, the band was formed in 2001.

This spring, Death From Above will tour to celebrate the re-pressing of their 2002 debut Heads Up, performing the six-song EP in its entirety, followed by songs from You’re A Woman, I’m A MachineThe Physical World, and Outrage! Is Now.

When: May 29, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, show starts 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street
Price: $49.50 plus service charges — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Cher

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What: It’s been five years since the Goddess of Pop last toured across North America, but that all changes this spring with Cher’s aptly named Here We Go Again Tour. The tour came on the heels of Cher’s successful appearance in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and the release of her new album, “Dancing Queen.”

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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