20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: May 12 to 13

May 8 2018, 6:25 pm

It’s the weekend and the sun is shining, so let’s have some fun! Here is our list of 20 things to do in Vancouver on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13! P!NK, Mother’s Day, Art Smash Street Party, and more.

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

Saturday, May 12, 2018


  • What: She’s known for her incredible and entertaining live show, and this spring, international pop icon P!NK is unleashing all her anthems at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, showtime is 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Live Nation, $60.10-$260.10

Salmon Send-Off

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  • What: Release salmon into the Serpentine River, discover how salmon are raised in the hatchery and have fun with family activities. Concession and fundraising activities support hatchery operation.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Tynehead Regional Park – Meet at 96th Ave entrance by Tynehead Hatchery, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Program 3 – Ballet BC

  • What: Contemporary Ballet BC’s season closer features, as usual, three short works—BEGINNING AFTER, Bill and an untitled piece by Artistic Director, Emily Molnar. The latter is a new work in collaboration with Vancouver’s Phoenix Chamber Choir.
  • When: Now to Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Ticketmaster; $35-$100

“Perk Up, Pianist!”

  • What: Sarah Hagen pairs anecdotes with music to transform from her role as an award-winning concert pianist into a stand-up, or rather sit-down, comedian. Through awkward but heartfelt storytelling, Sarah shares the ups and downs of life as a touring musician on the lookout for love, and her belief that ultimately, in some way, there is a pianist inside all of us.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$35

Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds

  • What: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. Enjoy interactive displays and birding walks as well as tea and cookies.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Cammidge House via Centennial Beach entrance on Boundary Bay Road, Tsawwassen
  • Admission: Free

Surrey Intercultural Showcase

  • What: Experience culture, food, dance and music from diverse communities across Surrey. Visit resource booths and cultural booths, enter for door prizes and enjoy tasty food. Presented by the Surrey Seniors’ Planning Table.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Guildford Recreation Centre – 15105 105 Ave, Surrey
  • TicketsAdmission, Free


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  • What: A show about the Kinder Morgan Pipeline from out of Alberta, The Cultch presents this relevant Canadian original work this month. Bears is about the toll of economic and corporate greed on the land of Canadian First Nations peoples, and features primarily Indigenous artists.
  • When: Now to Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1985 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At The Cultch; $22-$49

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: Saturday, May 12 to Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: London Heritage Farm – 6511 Dyke Road, Richmond
  • Admission: $14

Art Smash Street Party

  • What: Granville Island is about to get more colourful thanks to nine new murals that will be unveiled at the Art Smash Street Party. At the heart of the installation, painted on the pillars of the bridge, will be a monumental mural designed by Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow. Other participating artists include Ruben Sanchez, an international artist visiting from Spain, and local artists, Sandeep Johal, JNasty, James Harry, Lauren Brevner, Eric Louie, Kari Kristensen, Victoria Sieczka, and KC Hall. The event will also feature live mural painting, live music from DJs, food trucks, a wide selection of beers from BC craft breweries, and live dance performances.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Chain & Forge at Granville Island
  • Admission: Free

YMCA Mental Wellness Fair: Yoga & Mindful Eating

  • What: The YMCA’s Wellness Fair is a fundraiser designed to give you the space and time to take a moment for yourself. Registered clinical counsellor and certified yoga instructor Laura Burke, will guide attendees in a 1-hour yoga and mindfulness practice. Following the yoga practice learn about the health and wellness benefits of mindful eating in our interactive workshop lead by clinical dietician, Anna MacRae. All guests will receive swag bags filled with wellness goodies and healthy snacks, and the Canadian Mental Health Association and the YMCA’s Mental Wellness team will be in attendance to provide information on mental wellness resources in our community. All proceeds from this event go towards the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Robert Lee YMCA – 955 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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

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  • 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. Re-visit the moments you and your mom have been trying to repress with “Momvolution – from new Mom to Grandmom.” Tickets to the show include a Henkell piccolo of bubbly or a glass of Mission Hill Five Vineyards Rosé (or a non-alcoholic beverage if preferred).
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
  • Tickets: $25 – Tickets available via VTSL

Vancouver Design Week Open Studio

  • What: RED Academy presents interactive workshops where you can put yourself in the driver’s seat of the design process. They will be running activities on UX/UI (user experience/user interface), throughout the day, so pop in and out to get a taste of what RED has to offer.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: RED Academy -#200 1490 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Mother’s Day at The Glades Garden

  • What: Celebrate Mother’s day in a stunning woodland garden. Listen to classical music among blooming rhododendrons. Gourmet coffees, teas, and hot chocolate will be available for purchase, as well as a spring plant sale. Cash sales only.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: The Glades – 561 172 St, Surrey
  • Tickets: $7 at the gate, cash only. Children under 12 are free

Tweeting with Songbirds

  • What: A bird expert and others will be on hand to introduce the many different species, their calls that liven up the forest, and natural attractants to bring them into your backyard.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Meet at 11450 256th St, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

Mom’s Best: A Night Of Storytelling

  • What: A night of stories to celebrate mothers. Hosted by Jo Dworschak and featuring Beverley Elliott, Emelia Symington Fedy, Maia Gibb, Syd Bosel, Nic Enright-Morin, and Randy Myers. Partial proceeds will go to The Chrysalis Society
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: the Kino – 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Clayton Community Farmer’s Market will showcase local farmers, crafters and artisans. The market will also have a Family Fun Zone, live music and food trucks.
  • When: Select Sundays starting on May 13 until September 30, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Mother’s Day at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Special activities 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 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • More Info: Online

Port Coquitlam 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: Now to Sunday, May 13
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Admission: Free

Mother’s Day Tea on the Train

  • What: Climb aboard Port Moody Station Museum’s 1921 passenger train car, the Venosta, and enjoy tea, fruit and baked goods. Three seatings to enjoy.
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am, 1 to 2pm, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Station Museum – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Tickets: $15 adults, $10 for children under 10. Cash only at the door. Call the museum to book your table.

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 13, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online
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