28 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 27 to 30

Apr 30 2019, 6:47 am

May is almost over, but there’s still lots of fun to be had! Enjoy these 27 Vancouver events happening Monday, May 27 to Thursday, May 30. It’s Bike to Work Week, XX and more!

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

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Monday, May 27

Bike To Work Week 2019

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Bike to Work Week

What: In addition to being an environmentally-friendly social movement, the week-long event will have celebration stations set up on bike routes around the region with free drinks, snacks, and bike maintenance, providing even more reason to get out and ride. All participants receive a complimentary 24-hour pass for Mobi by Shaw Go during Bike to Work Week.

There will be over 80 celebration stations through the course of the event, with a large number available in the downtown Vancouver area alone. You can also enter into daily prize draws including new bikes and for a chance to win the grand prize of a cycling adventure for two to Italy with Exodus travel.

When: May 27 to June 2, 2019
Time: Various tims
Where: Various locations around Metro Vancouver
Admission: Free

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

Alessia Cara: The Pains of Growing

What: Juno and Grammy Award-winner Alessia Cara will be performing in Vancouver as a part of her 2019 Canadian Tour, dubbed “The Pains of Growing.” Cara entered the music scene in 2015 with “Here” and proceeded to capture the public’s hearts with songs like “Stay,” “Scars to Your Beautiful,” and “How Far I’ll Go.” She’s also managed to gather more than 8.5 billion streams worldwide and was named one of the most streamed new female artists of 2017.

When: Monday, May 27, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online via Live Nation

Luminesque Dance Company Presents – BARE

What: BARE is an unfiltered, uncensored and unapologetic showcase of Luminesque Dance Company dancers’ artistic, technical and personal journeys this year. From overcoming adversity to embodying their best lives, their choreography invites you to follow their path to self discovery. 

When: May 27 and June 4, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: The Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

2019 Vancouver International Children’s Festival


Image: Vancouver International Children’s Festival / Facebook

What: Head down to Granville Island for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival May 27 to June 2, 2019! Enjoy  performances from around the globe for children and families of all ages. Acrobatics, puppetry, theater, music and lots of arts activities.

When: Monday, May 27 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around Granville Island
Tickets: Online

Voices of the Street 2019

What: The launch of Voices of the Street, Megaphone’s annual literary edition. This anthology features work from 31 writers marginalized by homelessness and poverty, including participants in Megaphone’s creative writing community workshops. The night will feature readings from a handful of Voices of the Street writers, snacks, music and more.

When: Monday, May 27, 2019
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Old Crow Comedy Sho v20

What: Erica Sigurdson headlines Old Crow Comedy Sho, with Rachel Schaefer, Tanner McCoolman, Rory Dunn, George-Alan Wallace, Lydia Rickards and more on the bill. Hosted by Megan Milton.

When: Monday, May 27, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Old Crow Coffee Co. – 655 Front Street, New Westminster
Tickets: $5

Tuesday, May 28


What: In the 1960s, celebrated American playwright Arthur Miller had a son, Daniel, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome. The family never publicly acknowledged Daniel’s existence. HELLO: a secret historical exclusion! follows the story of Daniel, who grew up in an isolated institution, never attended his sister’s birthday parties, never learned to read and was never a part of his birth families international portrait. How would Daniel see his mother, his sister, his father and his place in the world? HELLO is seen through Daniels eyes. Presented by Theatre Terrific.

When: Now to Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 8 to 9 pm
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Clothing swaps at Lupii Cafe

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

Sound Bites: Blackthorn

What: A Little Lunch Music has changed to a new format with a new name: Sound Bites! This concert series features local musicians in all genres of music including folk, classical, jazz and pop. Enjoy a different musical performance each month, along with coffee and dessert.

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $5

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

Dunkirk Special Screening at Science World

Dunkirk. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

What: In honour of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation that occurred between May 26 and June 4, Science World is showing Christopher Nolan’s epic action thriller Dunkirk, directed from his own original screenplay.

When: Now to Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm, show from 7 to 9:15 pm including a 20 minute intermission
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Avian by Nature: Wild Birds of Vancouver’s North Shore

What: Join local wildlife photographer Robert Alexander for an illustrated lecture on the wild birds of the North Shore. Robert is a photographer, naturalist and birder whose photos have been featured in books, magazines and movies. Presented in conjunction with the AVIAN by Nature exhibition.

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: The Ferry Building Gallery – 1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15

Wednesday, May 29

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

Glades Garden Openings

The Glades / City of Surrey

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 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)

VCC Chef’s Table Pop-Up Restaurant

What: Vancouver Community College’s Culinary Arts program presents the next edition of their pop-up restaurant The Chef’s Table. Enjoy a five-course, fixed menu with optional wine pairings served in an intimate setting with only 20 seats available per night.

When: Tuesdays to Thursday from May 27 to July 17, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Community College – Downtown Campus JJ’s Restaurant – 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $22-$55

Eternal Theatre Collective presents: bare

What: Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, “bare” is a contemporary pop opera about coming out and growing up. The story follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. “bare” is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.

When: Various dates from Wednesday, May 27 to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Times: 7:30 pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Vancouver – 949 49 Ave W, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Roedde House Speaker Series: Rattenbury Beyond the Scandal

Roedde House Museum

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What: The Roedde House Museum Speaker Series will feature a new speaker or speakers every month, covering topics such as Victorian literature, local history, and heritage conservation. British Columbia has proudly claimed Francis Mawson Rattenbury as its greatest architect, and counts his exploits and death among its greatest scandals. What relevance, however, does Rattenbury’s story have for 21st-century British Columbians? This talk will examine Rattenbury’s career and life in BC outside of the limelight of scandal.

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Roedde House Museum – 1415 Barclay St. Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Boulevard Music and Culture Evening

What: A monthly music and culture evening at Boulevard Coffee. Featuring performances by Circle of Care, Matt Young & Friends, Neighbors, and Sactuarys.wav.

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co. – 5970 University Boulevard, Vancouver
Admission: Free

LEAVE – Jeremiah/Carolina EP Release 

What: A release show for Leave’s new EP, “Jeremiah/Carolina”. Leave is the experimental folk music project of Emma Citrine and David Knights Cowling. Also featuring special guests Kuri and Hollow Twin.

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10

Thursday, May 30

Colin Mochrie with Vancouver TheatreSports

Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie/VTSL

What: Canadian comedy icon Colin Mochrie, Vancouver TheatreSports alumnus, and star of Whose Line is it Anyway, returns this Spring 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 30 and Friday, May 31, 2019 (The Improv Centre), Saturday, June 1, 2019 (Vogue Theatre)
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver, Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday Wine Dinners at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

What: Boulevard Executive General Manager and Wine Director JP Potters launch Boulevard’s ‘La Paulée’-styled dinner series.

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $125; purchase by calling 604-642-2900

Tacofino Hastings X Strathcona Brewing Company Collaborative Dinner

What: This collab dinner offers two seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm where guests will enjoy a five-course menu with beer pairings.

When: May 30, 2019
Time: 6 to 10:30 pm
Where: Tacofino Commissary – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $55; buy online




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

House of Vans — Vancouver

What:  You can enjoy skating at a custom indoor skatepark designed in partnership with the skateboard community, listen to live music, check out art installations, join a workshop, play games (ring toss, anyone?), and much more. From May 30 to June 2, Vans will be bringing their legendary House of Vans pop-up to Vancouver — for the first time ever. Taking place at the Harbour Event Centre, the densely-packed, four-day celebration is somewhere that you can let your imagination loose and find creative inspiration around every corner.

When: May 30 to June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Harbour Event Centre — 750 Pacific Boulevard
Admission: Free

Snotty Nose Rez Kids with DJ Kookum

What: Juno-nominated and Canadian First Nations hip hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform at Fortune Sound Club with Dj Kookum, Kimmortal, My Name Is Junk and Erica Dee.

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Last Podcast On The Left

What: Last Podcast on the Left barrels headlong into all things horror. Hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski cover dark subjects spanning Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves, Jonestown, iconic hauntings, the history of war crimes, and more. Whether it’s cults, killers, or cryptid encounters, Last Podcast on the Left laughs into the abyss that is the dark side of humanity.

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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