27 events to enjoy in Vancouver this Victoria Day long weekend

May 9 2017, 11:24 pm

The May Long Weekend has arrived, so put on the shades and get out into the sunshine! Here is Daily Hive’s list of 27 things to do this Victoria Day Long Weekend.

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

VanCAF 2017 – The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

  • What: VanCAF is a two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, panels and workshops.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre -181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 to 21
  • Cost: Free


  • What: The Rickshaw has compiled a line up of Top DJs to kick up the bass with some added PK Sound equipment and a massive lightshow. SPRVNG EDM is in collaboration with the U.C.A.S.S sound crew, Jonas Love Events, SBR CRTL, Madd Jamm Productions, and GQ Production.
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E Hastings, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 from 7 pm to 1 am
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$60

Dance In Transit

  • What: Dance in Transit by Sam’s Dance provides free outdoor dance events around Downtown Vancouver during the summer. Young or old, shy or outgoing, new or longtime dancers – everyone is welcome.
  • Where: Robson Square, Jim Deva Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, and Plaza of Nations
  • When: Various Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting May 20
  • Cost: Free

Ties of Blood: The Brontës – Theatre Hera West

Image: Theatre Hera West

  • What: The Brontë sisters have stamped their legacies in enduring classics like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Just like their oft-flawed heroines, Ties of Blood reimagines dramatic lives for the Brontë siblings.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Now to May 20
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Whitecaps FC vs. Sporting Kansas City

  • What: The Whitecaps return home after a long road trip to take on Sporting Kansas City at BC Place.
  • Where: BC Place
  • When: May 20 at 4 pm
  • Tickets: Online

Go, go TINY: A tiny house event at Science World

  • What: Go, go TINY is an outdoor tiny house event and showcase at Science World, and includes tiny houses to tour, community partner pop-up tents and a 26-foot mobile tiny house barn-raising using wasted but new/unused building materials and lumber. The day will end with an evening/indoor panel discussion.
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free

Michelle Osgood Book Signing at Indigo Park Royale

  • What: Vancouver author Michelle Osgood is holding a live book signing of her first two books: The Better To Kiss You With and Huntsmen.
  • Where:  Indigo Park Royal – 900 Park Royal South, West Vancouver
  • When: May 20 from 12 to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen

Image: Fred Armisen / Facebook

  • What: Fred Armisen is widely known for his work on Saturday Night Live and Portlandia, as well as being the bandleader for the Late Night with Seth Meyers house band, The 8G Band. This weekend is your opportunity to see him in flesh as the award-winning comic / writer comes to Vancouver.
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Tagore Spring Festival 2017

  • What: The 3rd annual Tagore Spring Festival is a multicultural celebration of Spring through dance, music and poetry. Artists from different backgrounds will perform presentations highlighting their traditions and heritages. Presented by Vancouver Tagore Society.
  • Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: May 20 at 6:30 pm
  • Admission: By donation / pay-it-forward

Neymar Jr’s Five: Vancouver

  • What: Neymar Jr’s signature street five-a-side global tournament returns to Vancouver. Each 10 min match features a unique twist: when one-team scores, the opposition loses a player. It’s inspired by the street football Neymar Jr himself grew up playing. At the end of the day, the winning team will earn a spot to play at the Canadian National Finals in Vancouver.
  • Where: Andy Livingstone Park – 89 Expo Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: May 20 from 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Registration: Online


Engine 374/#YaletownHeartsCanada

  • What: A free family festival centred around Engine 374, the engine that pulled the first transcontinental train into Vancouver on May 23, 1887 and sealed the deal for British Columbia joining Canada. There will be children’s activities and crafts, a brass band, and plenty of photo opportunities. Attendees can also claim complimentary Yaletown-themed Canada 150 t-shirts and frisbees, while supplies last.
  • Where: Bonsor 55+ Seniors Centre – 6533 Nelson Ave, Burnaby
  • When: May 21 from noon to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

Oasis Shaughnessy 8 km & 5 km Poker Walk

  • What: Certified 5 km and 8 km  course running through the undulating, historic, residential streets of Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale.
  • Where: Kerrisdale Arena – 41st and East Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 8:30 am

LOVE SHACK! A Live Band Burlesque Tribute to The B-52’s!

  • What: Kitty Nights wraps up their season and kicks off your Summer of Lovin’ with a Live Band Burlesque Tribute to The B-52’s. Beehives, miniskirts and shagadelic, swingin’ fun abound as our Hot & Heavy Band kicks out your favourite B-52’s hits live onstage at The Biltmore accompanying the wild antics of a bevvy of fun-lovin’ burlesque beauties.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12

20 Years of Nordic Trax

  • What: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Luke McKeehan’s globally recognized Nordic Trax label, and if recent ouput is any indication, the music has never been better. DJ and radio support continues to pour in for NT releases from the likes of Luciano, Kenny Dope, Mark Farina and many more.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $33.75

Sweat Club: Cardio Fusion with Rene

  • What: A one hour class with Rene Picard that uses all different modalities to tone the body. Appropriate for all levels, expect to use and learn continuous movement and heart pumping yoga moves, pilates moves and more. Please bring a Yoga mat, towel, and water. No socks or shoes necessary.
  • Where: RYO Apparel – 1745 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 and 22 at 10 am
  • Cost: Free

Exploring Vancouver’s Chinatown

Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia‎

Image: Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia‎ / Facebook

  • What: The cultural landscape of Vancouver is changing. Join John Atkin & Bob Sung on a free walking tour and explore Vancouver’s Cultural Landscape in relation to the past, present and future. This event is part of the 2017 Vancouver Asian Heritage Month.
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Centre, 50 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 11 am
  • Cost: Free

Roedde House Classical Series Presents: Double Reed Revelry

  • What: Enjoy the unique and lyrical character of the double reed woodwind instruments, with oboist Beth Orson and bassoonist Julia Lockhart. This evocative program, entitled Double Reed Revelry, includes beautiful works by J.S. Bach, François Coupérin, Camille Saint-Saëns, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and more.
  • Where: Roedde House Museum – 1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 at 6 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12-15

5 on 5: Indoor Ultimate Tournament

  • What: Langara Ultimate presents an Indoor Ultimate Tournament. Register as singles, doubles or triples, with at least one female in doubles or triples. Every team will receive a gift pack provided by our sponsors, and complimentary concession will be available for players.
  • Where: Sunset Community Centre -6810 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 from 9:15 am to 4:15 pm
  • Registration: Online, $10 for singles, $17 for doubles, $25 for triples

Good ‘Nuff Pop Off/Up

  • What: Good ‘Nuf – Repairs + Alterations presents a backyard pop-up store and an open mic music jam. Good ‘Nuf aims to keep fabrics in use, upcycle the ones that can’t be used, and find homes for all the ones that aren’t in use.
  • Where: The Matador – 3017 Copley Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 from noon to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Grandview Lanes Adults Only Bowling Charity Event

  • What: May is McBowl month, and Grandview Lanes is holding an adults only bowling night in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities in BC. There will be bowling, food, beer specials, prizes and a swag bag for the group organizer. Proceeds from this event will be added to the McBowl Campaign.
  • Where: Brittania Community Services Centre – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 21 from 7 to 11 pm
  • Cost: Each lane is $300 for up to 6 adults. You may bring up to two extra people for $50 each.

Victoria Day at Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum

Image: Burnaby Village Museum / Facebook

  • What: The Burnaby Village Museum site is set in the 1920s – a place where pictures of the King George V and Queen Mary are hung in the school house, where the Union Jack flies over the site and Victoria Day is celebrated in grand style.
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: May 22 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Admission: Free

Chocolate History & Tasting Workshop

  • What: Chocolatier and chocolate sommelier Geoseph Dominichiello shares the history, science, and production of chocolate. He will also teach attendees how to become enlightened tasters, and offer practical tools in order for them to be their own judge of chocolate.
  • Where: L’Atelier Vancouver Coworking – 319 W Hastings St, Suite #400, Vancouver
  • When: May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20


  • What: NEEDTOBREATHE is a Grammy-nominated rock band hailing from South Carolina. Their latest album H A R D L O V E was released on July 2016 and debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts as well as No. 2 on the Billboard 200,
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 22 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $40.50

Arts Umbrella’ Expressions Theatre Festival

  • What: A collection of inspired performances, showcases and exhibitions comes together to create Arts Umbrella’s yearly festival of the arts. Expressions features five productions, and is an opportunity to celebrate young artists and their arts learning from the past year.
  • Where: Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright St., Granville Island
  • When: Now to May 27
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Victoria Day at Sunset Community Centre

  • What: A day of fun for the family on Victoria Day! Featuring a play gym (including a bouncy castle), arts and crafts, games, and more. A healthy snack concession will be available.
  • Where: Sunset Community Centre – 6810 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 22 from 11 am to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free

Fort Langley 95th Anniversary Victoria Day Parade

  • What: A parade to celebrate Victoria Day, followed by May Pole Dancing and live entertainment. There will be rides for the children, mini golf for everyone, vendors, food and much more.
  • Where: Fort Langley
  • When: May 22 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

Unhappy Birthday – Smiths + Morrissey Dance Party

  • What: Blue Mondays and the Fox Cabaret celebrate iconic singer, songwriter and author Steven Patrick Morrissey on his 58th Birthday. Featuring DJs Bianca Barr, Alan Ng, Jason Motz and more surprises.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: May 22 from 9 pm to 1 am
Daniel ChaiDaniel Chai

+ Listed