27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: May 10 to 12

Apr 30 2019, 12:01 am

Savour the weekend with our picks of 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12. FUSE: Gestures, Mother’s Day, and more!

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

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Friday, May 10

FUSE: Gestures

Softieshan/Vancouver Art Gallery

What: On May 10, experience an electrifying evening of visual art, music, and performance at FUSE: Gestures. Curated by Simranpreet Anand and Stephanie Bokenfohr, the late-night art party is set to harness the power of gesture in creative forms for an experience like no other. Check out thought-provoking works by featured artists who alter perceptions of the body and self through both experiences and encounters at this adults-only event. Kick off the evening in the forecourt with Missy D’s hip-hop, rap, and soulful beats, inspired by a mix of African cultures.

When: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm to 12:00 am
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street
Price: $29 Regular | $15 for Members — Tickets available via Vancouver Art Gallery

BAP UNIÓN docks in North Vancouver

What: You’ll want to set sail after visiting this massive ship that’s docking in North Vancouver for the weekend. Best part, you can tour it for free. The tall ship, BAP UNIÓN, is a training ship for the Peruvian Navy and is on its fourth training voyage. Not only is the ship an integral part of training young cadets from Peru’s Naval Academy, but it is also an ambassador of goodwill in every country that it visits.

When: May 10 to 11, 2019
Where: Burrard Dry Dock Pier – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Cost: FREE

Sweet Release: A Hip-Hop Comedy Concert!

What: Trying to climb the hip-hop charts and vigorously attempting to make a name for herself, Lil Cli**y aka Lil C is here to introduce herself in her debut album, “Sweet Release.” Starring Ese Atawo, music by Geoffrey Walter, and a packed line-up of comedians.

When: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 10 to 11:30 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Twisted Sisters

What: Twisted Sisters is a one of a kind show where comics do standup and drag. Hosted by Emily Bilton, featuring Yumi Nagashima, Jackie Hoffart and Steve Sidi, with a special performance by Rose Butch.

When: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Portland Timbers in MLS action at BC Place.

When: May 10, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Richmond Night Market

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What: Running from May 10 to October 14, this wildly popular event is gearing up for another season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.

When: May 10 to October 14, 2019. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and stat holidays
Time: 7 pm to 12 am (open to 11 am on Sundays after September 2 and stat holidays)
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near Bridgeport Station)
Admission: TBD

West Coast Amusements Carnival – Surrey

What: West Coast Amusements is coming to Guildford Town Centre in Surrey from now to May 13 and is bringing with it more than 100 rides for everyone to enjoy. Take the little ones to Kiddieland, with children-only rides that are perfect for first-time carnival goers. Parents can take their kids down the Super Slide or ride Choo Choo Charlie. Enjoy mini donuts, candy apples and cotton candy. If you get dizzy from all the crazy rides, try your hand at one of the many carnival games that are on offer. From classic ring toss to a water gun race, you’ve got plenty of chances to walk away with a prize.

When: Now to May 13, 2019
Where: Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street, Surrey
Time: 3 pm to close on weekdays; noon to close on weekends
Tickets: $40 daily wristbands; 6 rides for $16.99 (Obtain your coupon at Mall Guest Services)

Saturday, May 11

Vancouver’s West of Main Art Walk

What: Explore the talents of more than 60 artists in the West of Main Art Walk. From Point Grey to Main Street and from Granville Island to 41st Avenue, you can tour studios and engage with artists — and buy their art — from 11 am to 5 pm on May 11 and 12.The art walk includes internationally recognized artists as well as new and emerging local artists.

When: May 11 and 12, 2019
Where: Various locations; See map
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Admission: FREE

lipservice 2019

What: lipservice is an annual Jimmy Fallon inspired lip sync battle for charity. Since 2014, lipservice has raised over $100,000 in support of education projects in Ethiopia. This year, funds raised will support WE Charity (in partnership with Imagine1Day). The goal is to raise $45,000, which will directly support a community in Northern Ethiopia called Hagaro, specifically with supporting a classroom block that will increase access to education for the 500 school aged children in the community.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 8 to 11:30 pm
Where: The Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

HUNCH: Festival of Solo Performances


Butt Kapinski

What: HUNCH is Vancouver’s only festival dedicated entirely to the development of solo performance work. Featuring Butt Kapinski, Magic Unicorn Island, TAP TAP, the Closing Night Cabaret, and more.

When: Now to May 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Surrey City Orchestra presents Jazz and Strings featuring The Miles Black Trio

What: The Surrey City Orchestra presents the Miles Black Trio with pianist Miles Black, bassist Jodi Proznick, drummer Jesse Cahill, and the strings of the SCO. Music arranged by local composer and cellist Harold Birston, the concert will feature jazz standards and new works from the trio.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Bell Centre for Performing Arts – 6250 144 St., Surrey
Tickets: Online

2019 Vancouver Run for Women

What: The 2019 SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is in support of Mental Health Programs at B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation. Participants also receive a race shirt, finisher’s bracelet and finisher’s swag bag on event day.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 8 am to 11 am
Where: Wesbrook Village – 3378 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
Register: Online

Surrey RCMP 5th Annual Open House

What: Celebrate the start of Police Week. Everyone is invited to the Surrey RCMP’s 5th Annual Open House at the Main Detachment on Saturday, May 11. This fun, family-friendly event will include police vehicles, food, Air 1, Emergency Response Team, Dive Team, kids’ watch briefings, forensics, and more.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Surrey RCMP Main Detachment – 14355 57 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

London Heritage Farm Mother’s Day Tea



What: Celebrate Mother’s Day with high tea in the Tea Room at London Heritage Farm. A popular annual event for mothers, grandmothers, and their families. Enjoy London Farms own blend of London Lady tea, home-baked scones, London Farm jam/jelly, and homemade goodies. Coffee, hot chocolate and juice are also available. Reservations recommended.

When: May 11 and 12, May 18 and 19, 2019
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: London Heritage Farm – 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond
Admission: $15

Ruben’s Ruckus

What: Children ages 6-13 can venture through a fun obstacle course for the second annual Ruben’s Ruckus event to raise funds for children in the Dominican Republic. Ruben’s Ruckus is a 3-km obstacle challenge specifically designed just for kids. By participating, kids are helping to give shoes and education to children in underdeveloped countries across the world.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: Start times vary from 10-11:45 am
Where: Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park
Tickets: $40

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival 2019 – Abbotsford

What: The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is back for its sixth year featuring delicious grub-on-wheels, drinks, and more. This year brings drool-worthy events from the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association, each featuring 28 trucks to enjoy.

When: May 11, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Civic Plaza, Abbotsford
Admission: Free

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

What: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is an authentic BC Farmers’ Market and features local farmers and Certified Safe Prepared food vendors bringing in fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits & flowers, fresh baking, fruit pies, cupcakes & cookies, local craft beer, varietal wines, tasty prepared foods from our Fraser Valley, the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Andrews Historic Church – 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
Admission: Free

A Night of World Class Professional Boxing

What: Former CFLer, turned heavyweight boxer, Adam Braidwood is headlining A night of World Class Professional Boxing at the Vogue Theatre on May 11. The night will also feature fellow heavyweight boxer Kristian Prenga, who’s riding a five-fight knockout streak. Joining Prenga and Braidwood is welterweight Jessie Wilcox. She’s carrying a three-fight win streak, with two of the wins coming in the first round. The star studded night will also include former Canadian national amateur champion Amanda Galle, as she’s making only her second pro appearance ever.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Time: Doors open at 7 pm; first match at 8 pm
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite, prices range from $48.50 to $109.50 (plus service charges)

Sunday, May 12

Twenty One Pilots

What: The American musical duo of Tyler Jospeh and drummer Josh Dun are embarking on a massive, 93-city world tour that will include a stop at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on May 12. The Bandito Tour will promote the band’s fifth studio album, Trench. Twenty One Pilots will also be playing older tunes, especially off their 2015 Blurryface album that skyrocketed the duo to stardom.

When: Saturday, May 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mom = Wow – ‘The Mother of all Mother’s Day Shows’

What: This special event is sure to make mom literally laugh out loud, while VTS’s players explore every aspect of motherhood through short scenes. Mom will laugh ‘til her sides hurt with vignettes such as ‘Movie Moms,’ ‘Momvolution – from new Mom to Grand-mom,’  ‘Mom Myths,’ or ‘Mommy Dearest’ to name a few of the endless possibilities that could arise.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Tickets: Online, $25 and include the show plus either a glass of House Wine (red or white), or a Henkell piccolo, or a glass of Mission Hill Five Vineyards Rosé or a non-alcoholic beverage.

Heartfelt Motel Pop-Up

What: “Heartmelt Motel” is a pop-up exhibit taking over a Surrey mall as part of a Canadian tour that will see the photo op wonderland installed temporarily in malls in four provinces. As for the theme, think 1970s California summer and retro-motel. There are five unique “motel rooms” in the exhibit, each containing an immersive and interactive space for you to explore. No creative pop-up is complete without a gummy ball pool for visitors to jump into.

When: Now to May 12, 2019
Time: Regular Mall Hours
Where: Guildford Town Centre – 10355 152 Street, Surrey
Cost: Free to the public

BlueShore Financial Mother’s Day Run

What: The BlueShore Financial Mother’s Day Run, presented by The Westin Bayshore consists of a 3k, 5k and 10k Run and Walk in Stanley Park and Coal Harbour. All participants will receive a souvenir technical running shirt and a gift bag filled with goodies. Moms will also be greeted at the finish line with a commemorative scarf. The event includes a Finish Line Festival, kid’s activities, champagne giveaways and options for a decadent Mother’s Day Brunch at The Westin Bayshore. Everyone is welcome to run.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 9 am
Where: Stanley Park and Coal Harbour
Register: Online

An Evening with Mike Bonanno (The Yes Men)

Mike Bonnano (The Yes Men)

What: Mike Bonanno from the dynamic prankster duos the Yes Men, will be at the Rio to reveal his secrets… of corporate drag. The show will feature a participatory corporate fashion show, motivational speaking, group power posing, and a slew of never before seen fake corporate videos made for past Yes Men projects – including an (abysmal) Exxon karaoke video that everyone can sing along to.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

DOXA Documentary Film Festival

What: Western Canada’s largest documentary film festival, featuring public screenings, panel discussions, public forums, and educational programs.

When: Now to Sunday, May 12, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Venues across Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Fit First Footwear x lululemon: 5k Burna-Beer Run to Dageraad Brewing

What: Join Fit First Footwear and lululemon on Sunday, May 12 for a 5 km run through Burnaby, culminating with a social at Dageraad Brewery. 100% of proceeds from the $10 ticket goes toward FitFirst Footwear’s Downtown Eastside fundraiser.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 2 pm
Where: Fit First Footwear – 3713 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
Register: Online, $10 per person

Festival du Ballet

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What: See the talents and abilities of up-and-coming ballet dancers from across the Lower Mainland during the Festival du Ballet. Ranging in age from 3 to 21, dancers compete in the categories of classical, pointe, demi-character, contemporary ballet, interpretive, modern, repertoire, and adult. The adjudicators are accomplished ballet dancers, teachers, and choreographers. The Rose Gala Finalé features the highest scoring finalists in each category.

When: May 12 to May 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: $3 per day, Programs $5. Tickets are available at the door only; payment in cash only

Mother’s Day at Burnaby Village Museum

What: Special activities and crafts for the whole family are planned to celebrate Mom at Burnaby Village Museum. Don’t forget to go for a ride on the carousel.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm. Last Carousel Ride at 4:15 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free, Carousel Rides: $2.65 each

Vancouver TSS Rovers Season Openers

What: The Vancouver TSS Rovers men will be playing in USL League Two NW division and the Vancouver TSS Rovers women are playing in the NW Conference of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Rosters are 100 per cent made up of Canadian under-23 players working toward the national team, the Canadian Premier League, and MLS.

When: Sunday May 12, 2019
Time: 2 pm (men), 5 pm (women)
Where: Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

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