7 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, May 23

May 18 2019, 1:15 am

The weekend is nearly here again! Fill your Thursday with these seven things to do in and around Vancouver on May 23, 2019. Surrey International Children’s Festival, Cosmic Nights, and more.

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

Surrey International Children’s Festival

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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

lululemon Lab + WIRTH Hats

What: May is Mental Health Month and the team at WIRTH Hats is partnering up with lululemon lab YVR for an evening of live music, community connection and inspiring conversations on mental health. The evening will feature the music of Matt Murray, a special WIRTH hats video screening, story and conversation with professional counsellor & therapist Anna Richards, along with launching their new hats for the summer season. Cartems Doughnuts will be providing eats, and Glutenberg Beer and Nude Vodka are providing drinks.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm
Where: lululemon Lab – 50 Powell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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.

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

A Wildebeest Sausage & Rosé Party

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What: In collaboration with Top Drop Vancouver wine festival, Wildebeest is throwing an epic a sausage and rose themed party. This shindig will be a grazing event featuring house-made charcuterie, sausages, and snacks alongside pink wines from Vancouver Island to the hills of Champagne.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: 120 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $49–$55; buy online 

Cosmic Nights: Beyond Our Universe

What: Learn more about current missions and hot topics in astronomy and space exploration in this fun evening of science and socializing. Enjoy a custom planetarium show, guest lecturer, music, drinks, science demonstrations and games at this 19+ event.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s Season Finale: BE MOVED

What: Arts Umbrella Dance Company’s Season Finale: BE MOVED is the culmination of months of exploration and rehearsal of bold and innovative works created for AUDC dancers by leading International and Canadian choreographers. BE MOVED 2019 will include pieces by Crystal Pite, Emily Molnar, Johan Inger, Lesley Telford, James Kudelka, Mats Ek, and Amos Ben-Tal.

When: Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (2:30 pm matinee on Saturday)
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

European Union Short Film Festival

What: The festival features three lively programs of short films from European Union member states, each showcasing works in a variety of genres and styles, including drama, documentary, and animation. Admission is free, and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before each screening. The 2 pm matinee program on Saturday, May 25 is suitable for children and families.

When: Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm (Thursday and Friday), 2 pm (Saturday)
Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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