10 things to do in Vancouver: Sunday, May 20

May 16 2018, 6:56 am

Keep the weekend fun going with our picks of 10 great events happening in Vancouver today, Sunday, May 20! There’s Russ, Chicken Fight VII, and more.

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


  • What: Russell Vitale, known by his stage name Russ, will kick off his See You Tour Part 1 in Vancouver. The Atlanta-based hip-hop artist’s breakout success over the past year, began with his entirely self-penned debut album There’s Really A WOLF, released in May 2017. His hits “What They Want” and “Losin Control” have both landed double-platinum success. The popularity of There’s Really A WOLF  helped Russ surpass 1.1 billion audio streams in the U.S. in 2017, making him one of Nielsen Music’s 30 most streamed artists of the year.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Via Live Nation, $59.95

In the BAG: Family Sundays

  • What: Get your mind humming with a tour of the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. May’s theme is Photo Abstraction. All ages welcome.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

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

Whistler GO Fest

  • 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: Now to Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues in Whistler
  • More Info: Online

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright vancouver

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  • 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

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

Bells and Whistles Dip Into Summer Party

  • What: Bells and Whistles kicks off their first official summer season by serving up drink features like ‘fishbowls’ of Pink Sangria (rosé, brandy, fresh citrus, and berries) and live entertainment on their brand new patio.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 7 pm
  • Where: 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Sufi & Qawwali Music Experience with Anandita Basu

  • What: Experience the connection between music and meditation with Anandita’s fusion of Sufi and Indian Classical vocals. Anandita’s exhilarating vocals and interactions with the audience helps to understand the ancient origins of this music as well as experience the subtle effects it has on our being. Sangeet Moksha, a local music group will also be performing with Anandita. This unique group includes artists who studied music in India as well as North American artists who have incorporated music from India into their musical repertoire.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Richmond Library and Cultural Centre – Performance Hall – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Chicken Fight VII

Gastown Chicken Fight 2018

Photo courtesy Gastown Chicken Fight.

  • What: Patrons can head to The Lamplighter to judge the wings that have been prepared by cooks from participating restaurants and teams. There will be drink deals like $5 Hornitos tequila and $5 Phillips 18oz draughts to get in on as well. Final votes are then tallied, and winners are chosen based on the combined votes of the public and the judging panel. After this exciting event wraps, the Long Weekend afterparty continues all night long.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Where: The Lamplighter – 92 Water Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

AR Play

  • What: Anime Revolution presents a day of LAN and console gaming. Show off your skills and establish yourself among the local gaming community. Make new friends and new rivals, all while shooting for the grand prize pool.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 8 pm
  • Where: LaSalle College Vancouver – 2665 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Abburlesque – ABBA Live Band Burlesque

  • What: Kitty Nights closes out their 10th Anniversary Season with a Live Band Burlesque tribute to the music of ABBA. Featuring the Hot & Heavy Band with Burgundy Brixx, Cass King, Doug Thoms, and Mark Richardson with burlesque performances by EmpeROAR Fabulous, April O’Peel, Chastity Twist, Draco Muff-Boi & Ginger Femmecat, Kitty Glitter & Rocket Sauce, Jayne Fondue and Violet Fiori. Plus go-go by Daisy Sapphire.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Times: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12-$15
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