35 things to do in Vancouver this week: May 28 to June 1

May 23 2018, 11:16 pm

Time flies when you’re having fun! Here are our picks for 35 great events happening in Vancouver from Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 1. This week has the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Middleditch and Schwartz, Goh Ballet presents Cinderella, and more.

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

Monday, May 28, 2018

2018 Vancouver International Children’s Festival


Image: Vancouver International Children’s Festival / Facebook

  • What: Enjoy spectacular performances from around the globe for kids and families of all ages. Acrobatics, puppetry, theatre, dance, circus, music and lots of arts activities.
  • When: Monday, May 28 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Granville Island
  • Tickets: Online

Empower Her – Women in Hospitality Leadership Panel Event

  • What: A panel of Vancouver’s top female hospitality executives will share inspiring ideas with the intention of sparking dialogue about issues that impact women in the workplace.
  • When: Monday, May 28, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Shangri-La Hotel – 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Our Community of Practice with Kim Senklip Harvey

  • What: Hear about Kim’s journey in writing and directing Kamloopa, an Indigenous Matriarch play, and how that intersects with her work in cultural leadership. She will also talk about her Treaty with the Citadel and The Arts Club for her next play, Break Horizons.
  • When: Monday, May 28, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Bike to Work Week

Bike to Work Week

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  • What: Bike to Work Week is a community event to celebrate bike commuting across Metro Vancouver. Visit over 80 Celebration Stations offering free drinks, snacks, quick bike tune-ups, and great prizes.
  • When: Monday, May 28 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: All over Metro Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Douglas Coupland – Vortex

  • What: Acclaimed Canadian artist Douglas Coupland is launching a new exhibition highlighting ocean plastic pollution at the Vancouver Aquarium this May. The year-long major sculpture Vortex exhibition aims to immerse visitors in a contemplative, emotive, and transformative experience. A large part of Coupland’s exhibit will be a “creative reimagining” of the Pacific Trash Vortex, also referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • When: Now to May 2019
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Included in Aquarium tickets, $30-$39

NBS Sharing Dance Day – Free Dance Rehearsals at Ballet BC

  • What: Ballet BC is offering three, free dance rehearsals for dancers of all ages and abilities. No experience required. These rehearsals will prepare attendees to shine in community dance performances on June 1 at NBS Sharing Dance Day 2018 Vancouver and other NBS Sharing Dance Day events across the country.
  • When: Monday, May 28, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 7 pm
  • Where: Ballet BC  – The Annex – 823 Seymour St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

DesignThinkers Vancouver 2018 Studio Open Doors

  • What: Get an all-access pass to visit top creative studios in Downtown Vancouver. Meet members of the teams, see the spaces and check out the latest projects.
  • When: Monday, May 28, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$20

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Live Music at the Shadbolt

  • What: A Little Lunch Music for the lunch crowd, and then a Jazz Jam with musician Cory Weeds in the evening.
  • When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 1 pm, 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue Burnaby, BC
  • Admission: Free


  • What: West coast rapper and Dreamville Records member Cozz performs at Fortune Sound Club.
  • When: Tuesday, May 29
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$75

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market

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  • What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products. There will also be products grown and crafted by local farmers and artisans, highlighting KPU’s own Sustainable Agriculture students.
  • When: Every Tuesday from Tuesday, May 29 to Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • 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

Improv X Poetry

  • What: The Fictionals and friends from Vancouver’s spoken word scene team up for Improv X Poetry at Cafe Deux Soleils. Featuring slam poetry from special guests Duncan Shields, Angelica Poversky, and RC Weslowski.
  • When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Admission: $7 or $5 for students

The Science Behind Pixar Vancouver 2018

Science Behind Pixar Science World

Inside the Science Behind Pixar exhibition at Science World in Vancouver, 2018. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

  • What: The Science Behind Pixar, featuring over 40 interactive elements, was created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios. The upcoming exhibition in Vancouver will be broken into eight distinct sections, with each focusing on a step of Pixar’s filming making process: modelling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting, and rendering. The activities and exhibits are inspired by some of Pixar’s most acclaimed films, including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E. Attendees will also have photo opportunities with human-size recreations of famous Pixar characters, such as Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL-E.
  • When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Read Local BC – Poetic Frequency

  • What: Join Read Local BC for an insightful and engaging evening of poetry considering our place in the world, how we engage with society, and our effect on the natural world. Featuring BC poets Kate Braid (Elemental), Mercedes Eng (Prison Industrial Complex Explodes), and Cornelia Hoogland (Trailer Park Elegy), and hosted by Surrey Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar.
  • When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm, Readings 6:45 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Centre Library, Room 120 – 10350 University Dr, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Vancouver 1890-1930

  • What: This Heritage House Tour pre-tour lecture with Jim Wolf will explore the craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement in Vancouver that saw the meeting of international influences with local art and place.
  • When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: University Women’s Club at Hycroft – 1489 McCrae Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $15 or $9 with valid student ID

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Speaker Series: Fifty Shades of Noir

  • What: Vancouver Police Museum and Archive’s 6th Annual Speaker Series presents “Vancouver Noir” with John Belshaw. John co-wrote the book in 2011 with Diane Purvey, and is also a historian at Thompson Rivers University.
  • When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $10

Sour Seminar with Iain Hill

  • What: Strange Fellows’ co-founder Iain Hill has a long-standing love of Sour Beer. Join him for an informative evening where you will learn about the history and making of Sour Beer.
  • When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Strange Fellows Brewing Company – 1345 Clark Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Alex Lahey

may 30

Alex Lahey / Facebook

  • What: Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lahey performs in support of her debut album I Love You Like a Brother.
  • When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • When: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Overflow#003: Trash80, Graz, Pongball and Leave Luck To Hell

  • What: Vancouver’s own chip music concert series continues with another night of hard-hitting music, created and performed with ingenious usage of hardware and software from chiptune/demoscene/vintage video game roots.
  • When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 – 11:30 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

The Fairy Tale Museum: Vancouver Launch

  • What: The Vancouver launch of Susannah M. Smith’s novel, The Fairy Tale Museum. Susannah is an archivist and curator who lives and works in Vancouver. Her short fiction, non-fiction, artwork, and poetry have appeared in various publications.
  • When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Book Warehouse – 4118 Main St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Feminist Land Art Retreat: Free Rein Opening and Artist Talk

may 30

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  • What: Feminist Land Art Retreat is a conceptual project that provokes reflection on relief, escape and wildness within contemporary life. Free Rein features a new video work titled No Man’s Land which witnesses the lives of horses, the women who work with them, and the landscapes they share.
  • When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Audain Gallery – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Startup Canada Awards – British Columbia

  • What: An event to recognize those driving impact and demonstrating excellence in Canada’s entrepreneurship & innovation community.
  • When: Wednesday, May 30
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Imperial Theatre – 319 Main St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Royal Canadian Circus

Royal Canadian Family Circus

Image: Royal Canadian Family Circus

  • What: For 50 years, the Royal Canadian family Circus has been providing fun activities and entertainment for kids and the entire family. Sit under the Big Top, popcorn in hand, and be awed by the gravity-defying performers.
  • When: Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Times: Various times
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
  • Tickets: Online

Middleditch and Schwartz

  • What: Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley and Ben Schwartz from Parks and Recreation and House Of Lies will be performing their two-person long-form improv show.
  • When: Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45.50

C’mon, Angie!

  • What: This world premiere Flying Start production showcases the emerging talent of local playwright Amy Lee Lavoie. She is an award-winning playwright and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program. C’mon, Angie! stars Kayla Deorksen and Robert Moloney with Lauren Taylor directing.
  • When: 
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Universe of the Brain

  • What: Enjoy an evening of lively discussion as neuroscientists Dr. Liisa Galea and Dr. Julie Robillard debunk the modern mythology of the human brain and teach you how to separate peer-reviewed fact from creative nonfiction. The Universe of the Brain lecture series is a collaboration between The HR MacMillan Space Centre and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
  • When: Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: HR MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Lady Parts: VAGINAS

  • What: In this episode of Lady Parts, be prepared to get wet, bloody, and weird as the cast explores all things vagina related: periods, sex, birth, and good ol’ disenfranchisement. Featuring comedy, burlesque, and live DJ.
  • When: Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Anza Club – 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

SHIFT Festival 11: The Naked Truth

may 31

Shift Theatre / Facebook

  • What: The world premiere of Titillations, a brave, bold show by playwright Yvette Dudley Neuman*, mentored by Rachel Peake. Fierce-ly truthful, funny, devastating, Titillations offers insight into some of the diverse embodied experiences of our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.
  • When: Thursday, May 31 to Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: CBC Studio 700 – 700 Hamilton St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition Opening

  • What: For professional artists, the rising cost of shipping restricts one’s participation in international exhibitions, exposure and competitions. The Federation of Canadian Artists has made an exhibition that significantly reduces these costs. They present an entire show of artwork delivered in envelopes.
  • When: Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Federation of Canadian Artists – 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Friday, June 1, 2018

Goh Ballet presents Cinderella


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  • What: In honour of its 40th anniversary, Goh Ballet presents the world premiere of the unforgettable classic fairytale, Cinderella, at The Centre on June 1 and June 2. This will be the first time ever that the public will see this rendition of Cinderella choreographed by Maina Gielgud, former Artistic Director of Australian Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. The show will feature Principal Dancers Venus Villa and Rolando Sarabia, courtesy of the Washington Ballet, amongst a cast of almost 100 award-winning dance students from Goh Ballet.
  • When: Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Centre – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $28 to $82, available online.

Heart of Gold Gala 2018

  • What: The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s signature fundraiser supports life-saving research breakthroughs, and by joining the event, you’ll be part of the foundation’s commitment to improving women’s heart health. This year’s theme is New Orleans-inspired and it’s set to delight the senses with delicious food, wine, sounds, and experiences. The evening will commence with a live and silent auction, followed by a raffle and live entertainment.
  • When: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm reception | 7:30 pm dinner
  • Where: Parq Vancouver – Grand ballroom, 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $350 single tickets | $3,500 table of 10 – Email [email protected] or call 604-683-1513 to secure your tickets

So There I Was…In High School

  • What: A collection of Vancouver’s best and brightest comedians take the stage to share stories from their high school years. Their painful stroll down memory lane is for your entertainment.
  • When: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Distant Worlds: Vancouver

  • What: A celebration of the music of the Final Fantasy video game series. Conducted by GRAMMY Award-winner Arnie Roth, the 100-musician Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus plays alongside video from the popular games.
  • When: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $55-$95

Mat Collective Free Yoga

free outdoor yoga

Mat Collective/ Facebook

  • What: Mat Collective is the largest outdoor yoga program in Western Canada. Aside from offering free outdoor yoga classes all summer long, Mat Collective will also be hosting several special events, including an Acro Jam in partnership with MEC, and a class at BC Place in collaboration with the BC Lions.
  • When: Friday, June 1 to Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Time: Various times, check schedule for details
  • Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street), Downtown (800 Robson Street), Granville Island (Chain and Forge), and Main Street (95 E 32nd Ave.)
  • Admission: Free

55th Annual Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet 

  • What: The Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet was originally founded in 1963 as Canada Cup by legendary swim coach Howard Firby. His vision was to bring elite talent to Vancouver to race local athletes, both to inspire the community and to develop international talent right here at home. The meet has since grown to become a fixture in Canadian swimming and the largest of its kind in Western Canada.
  • When: Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: UBC Aquatic Centre – 6080 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $5-$10

Be A Life Saver: Free hands only CPR and AED Training

  • What: Free hands-only CPR and AED Training led by BC Emergency Health Services. Each session lasts for 30mins and includes videos on how to perform hands-only CPR, how to use an AED and on the PulsePoint Respond App; as well as practical hands-on experience of hands-only CPR and the use of an AED. At the end of the session you will be able to recognize when someone is having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and what you can do and how to increase their chances of survival until professional responders arrive.
  • When: Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free
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