35 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 30 to May 4

Apr 17 2018, 12:31 am

Kickstart your May with our list of 35 fun events to check out from Monday, April 30 to Friday, May 4. Youth Week, Kendrick Lamar, and more for everyone to enjoy.

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

Monday, April 30, 2018

Stop Overdose Surrey: Connection Saves Lives

  • What: Stop Overdose Surrey: Connection Saves Lives is a series of events happening across Surrey that will provide information for the general public on how to be a part of the solution to the opioid overdose crisis. Attendees will learn how to reduce the stigma and isolation that are driving the overdose crisis and how to have compassionate conversations related to substance use with family, friends and colleagues. Attendees will also hear Kajan Johnson’s story of perseverance and how he became one of a mixed martial arts star. Take Home Naloxone kits and training will also be available.
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: City Centre Library – 10350 University Dr, Surrey
  • Admission: Free, seating is limited, no registration required

Escape Photography Exhibition by Fang Tong

  • What: Fang Tong’s Escape series continues her subjective and movie-narrative style with a little more romance and humour.
  • When: Now to Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Lipont Art Centre – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Growing West Coast Vegetables and Flowers

  • What: Are you wondering what will do best in your garden this year? Members of the South Burnaby Garden Club will share their experiences of successful vegetable and flower growing in our West Coast climate. Tips on choice of plants, how best to grow them and other common gardening questions will be addressed.
  • When: 
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Branch – 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free, seating is limited and registration is required. Register online , at any BPL information desk, or by phone at 604-436-5400.

Last Monday at the Movies: The Florida Project

  • What: Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Massey Theatre – 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $8-$9

Creating a Sustainable Food System on the North Shore

  • What: Learn about the role of North Shore municipalities in implementing Metro Vancouver’s Regional Food System Action Plan and local projects that are helping to create a sustainable food system on the North Shore, including Table Matters and the Edible Garden Project.
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: North Vancouver City Library, 3rd Floor Program Room – 120 14th Street, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Adorning expressions: art jewellery conversations Andy Cooperman

  • What: The 2018 Art of Craft Lectures provides lovers of fashion, art jewellery and those who see their bodies as a canvas for self-expression with an opportunity to explore the art jewellery scene in Canada today. The first of three lectures features Seattle artist, Andy Cooperman, a metalsmith, educator and writer that works from his Seattle studio where he builds jewellery and objects for exhibitions and private clients.
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Annex Theatre – 823 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$40

Cooking With Vegetarian Dishes

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  • What: Learn how to prepare a delicious meal from scratch at Young Ideas’ monthly Cooking With workshops. Eight participants learn how to cook an appetizer, main course, and dessert, then sit down at a long table to enjoy the meal together. 
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House – 1019 Broughton Street
  • Admission: $2. Reserve a spot by emailing [email protected], calling 604-683-2554, or paying in person at the Gordon Neighbourhood House front desk.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Surrey Youth Week

  • What: Celebrate Surrey’s Youth Week with free, fun activities at various recreation centres and parks. Sports, cooking classes, and more.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1 to Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Admission: Free

Dirty Little Secrets Improv Festival Extravaganza

  • What: A cast of New York and Vancouver improvisors will explore the audience’s anonymous secrets to inspire their comedy.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: XY – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

The Anxiety Show

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Image: Megan Phillips

  • What: Each episode of The Anxiety Show features storytelling, standup, and variety-style comedy on a different mental health issue (or trigger) by booked comedians and open mic participants. The show has toured Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, and is making its 2018 debut with a F**k Mother’s Day special. Hosted by Megan Phillips.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$13

Guest Chefs’ Dinner at Au Comptoir

  • What: Au Comptoir Executive Chef Daniel McGee will welcome not one but two dynamic culinary minds to the line at the Parisian-inspired bistro in Kitsilano when he hosts Chambar’s Nico Schuermans and The Mackenzie Room’s Sean Reeve for a four-course collaborative Guest Chefs’ Dinner on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 pm. Tickets to the Collaborative Guest Chefs’ Dinner at Au Comptoir are available for $85 per person plus tax and gratuity and may be purchased by calling the restaurant at 604-569-2278.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Au Comptoir – 2278 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
  • Price: $85; call 604-569-2278 to buy

Burnaby Youth Week

  • What: Youth Week is a week of fun, cool, interaction, and celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province. There will be art and music showcased by Burnaby youth. Check out the schedule of events.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1 to Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • More Info: Online

Ninth Annual Evening in Support of CampOUT!

  • What: An intimate evening of fine food and wine, with great company, while learning more about this youth leadership program that is making a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ2+ youth.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Will be provided upon RSVP
  • Tickets: Online, $250 ($185 tax receipt portion)

Rio Theatre Ten Year Anniversary Party

  • What: A Rio Theatre showcase to celebrate the Rio’s 10th birthday. Featuring music, comedy, storytelling, burlesque and more.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Time: Show 7:30 pm to 10 pm, dance party 10:15 pm to 12 midnight
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Wednesday, May 2 2018


The Roxy Tour Khalid


  • What: The Grammy nominee is on his third headlining tour, The Roxy Tour. Aside from getting to hear Khalid’s chart-topping hits Young, Dumb and Broke and Location, there’s also a noble cause to the concert, as the singer will be donating one dollar off every ticket sale to local animal shelters.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

#YVRSocial – Spotlight On Video

  • What: An expert panel, moderated by Senior Marketing Strategist and Instructor Wahiba Chair, will shed light on how brands are using different types of video to drive results across all stages of the customer journey. The event will also discuss pre and post-production steps, the decision making process, and the metrics to look for in a video campaign.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Unbounce – 400-401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$30

Fleurs De Villes at Metropolis at Metrotown

  • What: Fleurs De Villes Mannequin Series combines high fashion and fresh florals through inventive and artful displays showcased at Metropolis at Metrotown. Each exhibit features a collection of floral-dressed mannequins, in a gallery-like setting, which grows from a partnership between a local florist and a leading brand.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2 to Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Time: Regular Mall Hours
  • Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Spring in to Spring at Glowbal

  • What: Join fellow wine enthusiasts in the chic setting of Glowbal fusion restaurant on West Georgia Street for an evening of exquisite wine pairings on Wednesday, May 2. This one-time event kicks off in true summer fashion with a sparkling wine reception on the patio before you retreat inside to enjoy a range of starters like watermelon and shoshito salad and potato fritters. After this, you’ll be treated to fresh seafood delights like Mussels in Thai broth and wagyu sashimi. This will be followed by ricotta gnocchi, grilled rib eye, and a delicious dessert, so be sure to pace yourself.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Glowbal – 590 West Georgia Street
  • Price: $75 per seat (includes tax and gratuity) – Book via U-Feast

The Money Shot by Neil LaBute

The Money Shot

Cast of The Money Shot: Lara Amelie Abadir, Michael Patrcik Denis, Kate Issac and Vivian Tang

  • What: Karen and Steve are glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. It’s been years since either one has had a hit, but the latest movie by a hot-shot European director could change that. Starring Lara Amelie Abadir, Michael Patrcik Denis, Kate Issac and introducing Vivian Tang. Directed by David C Jones.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2 to Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Arrival from Sweden play the Music of ABBA

  • What: Enjoy the music of ABBA live on stage with Arrival and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Arrival from Sweden is the only band with exclusive rights to the ABBA name, costumes, and original music, including hits like Mamma Mia, Chiquitita, Take a Chance on Me, Waterloo, and many more.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $8

IGNITE! Gallery Opening

  • What: The gallery opening is the kick off for the IGNITE! youth-driven arts festival. The festival includes the world premiere of two one-act plays, a visual arts exhibit, and variety shows featuring improv, drag, circus arts, and much more. All of this is curated and created by local artists between the ages of 13 to 26.
  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Thursday, May 3 2018

Dirty Dancing

  • What: Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage features an eight piece band that performs the timeless hits on stage along with a cast of 24.
  • When: Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online, $39-$90

So you want to be an Entrepreneur

  • What: This workshop explores the characteristics of entrepreneurs and analyzes participants potential to consider small business ownership as a viable career option. Free and open to all, but space is limited.
  • When: Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 2 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Branch – 6100 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby
  • Register: Online, by phone at 604-436-5400, or in person. Free

The Sorority: Pledge Tour

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The Sorority / Facebook

  • What: The Sorority bring their Pledge Tour to Fox Cabaret with special guests Missy D, Kimmortal, Aktu El Shabazz, and The People Northwest.
  • When: Thursday, May 3, 2018 
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Tiny Stories Workshop



  • What: Looking for ideas? Or wondering how to craft your ideas into a paragraph-sized story? Local writer Rebecca Wood Barrett will lead you through a series of playful writing exercises that will help spark ideas, and lead you to create bite-sized stories, complete with captivating characters and pithy plots – all in 420 characters or less.
  • When: Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: City Centre Branch, Room 136 – 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free, space is limited. Register online or call the HelpDesk at 604-554-7323.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

  • What: Western Canada’s largest documentary film festival, featuring public screenings, panel discussions, public forums, and educational programs.
  • When: Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Foucault on Painting Book Launch

  • What: Professor Catherine Soussloff, Professor of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and an Associate at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, launches her new book, Foucault on Painting.
  • When: Thursday, April 19 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 7 pm
  • Where: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia – 1825 Main Mall, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

A Joyful Noise – Six Degrees of Dionne Warwick

  • What: A DIY Glam Spectacular (For Emotional People) by Jordy Matheson. Featuring the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis as originated by icon Dionne Warwick, and Michael Barry Anderson on piano.
  • When: Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Woods Studio – 7 West 2nd Ave., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Friday, May 4, 2018

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market 2018


  • What: Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors every Friday night. 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.
  • When: Every Friday night from May 4 to September 28, 2018
  • When: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free


  • What: Slushii returns to Vancouver with his There x2 Tour at Commodore Ballroom with special guest Volt.
  • When: Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Time: 11 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $33.50

Nana Mouskouri Forever Young Tour

  • What: Greek singer Nana Mouskouri, one of the best-selling artists of all time, comes to River Rock for her Forever Young Tour. Throughout her career, she has sold 350 million albums, ranking second in best-selling female recording artists of all time. In 2018, Nana will celebrate her 60 years of success in music with the release of her 134th album.
  • When: Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $99.50

Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar/Facebook

  • What: Kendrick Lamar on tour with Top Dawg Entertainment’s “TDE: THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR” complete with the label’s all-star roster including SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, Lance Skiiiwalker and more to be announced.
  • When: Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm,  Show 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: via Ticketmaster

May Day Festival

  • What: The 95th annual May Day Festival features activities for the whole family. Plus enjoy the Opening Ceremony on May 4 and the Rotary May Day Parade and Leigh Square Block party on May 12.
  • When: Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 13
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Admission: Free

Beauty and the Beast Jr.

  • What: The students of MMP are proud to be presenting the classic Disney tale of Beauty and the Beast. Featuring songs from the animated classics and the Broadway sensation, this show is sure to bring a smile to your face.
  • When: Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online, $15

The Lust Jedi: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure

  • What: Featuring a cast of 29 of Geekenders all-star nerdlesque performers, The Lust Jedi is the fourth instalment of the epic burlesque adventure saga. Expect a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy, dance, showgirls, vaudeville, nostalgia, and space.
  • When: Friday, May 4 to Sunday May 6, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20
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