20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: May 26 to 27

May 23 2018, 11:15 pm

The last weekend of May is upon us! Make the most of the springtime fun with our list of 20 things to do in Vancouver on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27! Invite a friend to check out a Root Beer Festival, Bon Iver, Veg Fest and more.

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

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bon Iver

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  • What: Indie-folk band Bon Iver will be bringing their stylish sound to Vancouver as part of their latest international tour. The band, which has been playing together since way back in 2006, released the album 22, A Million in September of 2016, and have received critical acclaim.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 5:30 pm, Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Available online, $49.50

Surrey International Children’s Festival

  • What: Surrey International Children’s Festival features ticketed performances from around the world and Canada.
  • When: Now to Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Bear Creek Park and Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Ben Nicky

  • What: With multiple sold out worldwide shows, Ben Nicky is one of the scene’s most in-demand trance DJs and music producers.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Port Coquitlam’s Public Works Community Open House

  • What: Get an insider’s look at Port Coquitlam’s Public Works services – from water to waste, roads to parks – at a free Community Open House.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Public Works Yard – 1737 Broadway St., Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

40 Days and 40 Nights

  • What: The project was inspired by a challenge to live for 40 days and 40 nights making all choices based in love, and draws on the magical poetry of Hafez, the philosophy of Alain Badiou, Hindu festivals, Biblical tales, and countless other ruminations on the word “love.” This immersive theatrical experience inspires you to believe, even for a moment, that love is something active and alive in the world. Presented by Electric Theatre Company.
  • When: Now to Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $33-$36. $15 opening night

2018 Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival

  • What: The 2018 Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival is a community event that provides an opportunity for residents and everyday adventurers to showcase their passion for sport and the great outdoors by sharing their stories. This year’s festival is the third annual event and will include film presentations, guest speakers, and hands-on clinics.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Bowen Island Lodge – 380 Cardena Street, Bowen Island
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Sticky’s 3rd Annual Root Beer Festival

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  • What: The third annual fest of all things root beer will feature over 50 premium varieties of this carbonated beverage, along with fudge, candy, ice cream, and root beer floats. Attendees can also expect root beer tastings, mini doughnuts, and an insane sugar high at this event.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Sticky’s Candy Langley – 20464 Fraser Highway, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Screening & Talk with Ho Tam and Kegan McFadden

  • What: Richmond Art Gallery presents a special screening of exhibiting artist Ho Tam’s Confessions of a Salesman and The Visit. Prior to the screening, guest presenter Kegan McFadden, executive director of Open Space Arts Society in Victoria, will focus on Tam’s photo series, Ghost Image, through which the artist collects photographs and documents of his lover Kirby who died of an AIDS-related illness in the mid-90s.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 5 pm
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – 180 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Art After Dark at PdA

  • What: Join Place des Arts 2017/18 Youth Arts Council for a free night of the arts. Take part in a variety of activities just for teens in a fun, social setting. Dance teacher Emily Mustard will lead hip-hop dance, while the Youth Arts Council will lead visual art activities, designed for and by teens. Some of these include painting with glow-in-the-dark paints, making a faux neon sign, and creating animated flipbooks using post-it notes. In addition to making art, teens can hang out in a chill room and enjoy other activities, snacks and music. All this and a prize draw to close the evening.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, Free


  • What: Googoosh is a legendary Iranian singer and actress whose career spans over 60 years across music and film, with her first appearance on stage being when she was just 3 years old. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, she played and starred in numerous successful blockbuster films and in 1968, she released her first single which is the highest selling record in Iranian history.
  • When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Veg Expo 2018

Veg Expo

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  • What: The fifth annual Veg Expo is literally going to be the sustainable food event of the year, featuring more than 200 local and international exhibitors. Explore the many aisles filled with tasty veggie and vegan treats, and enjoy all of the samples along the way. Be inspired by speakers like documentary producer and writer Kip Anderson, vegan tri-athlete, Dom Thompson, as well as the first ever vegan bikini pro, Samantha Shorkey. And get insiders tips as you watch cooking demos led by celeb chef Mike Brown of Heirloom restaurant.
  • When: Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $16; buy online (+ get 2-for-1 tickets when you use the promo code DAILYVEG at checkout)

UnCommon Power

  • What: The annual ARC Building’s Group Show, Uncommon Power, features visual art, design, performance and live music from ARConians past and present.
  • When: Now to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Arc – 1701 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: By donation

Richmond Carvers Society Wood Carving Show

  • What: Western Canada’s largest carving show, featuring wildlife competitions, including birds, fish, First Nations carving styles, wood turning, auctions, and raffles. Learn all there is to know about carving and see art created before your eyes as carvers showcase their skills at this free event. Food Bank donations are appreciated.
  • When: Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • WhereHugh McRoberts Senior Secondary School – 8980 Williams Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free


  • What: ITSAZOO presents the Western Canadian premiere of David James Brock’s award-winning drama, WET. Set during the height of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan War, this raw and immersive play examines love, abandonment, and the dire cost of combat. Directed by Chelsea Haberlin.
  • When: Now to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Russian Hall – 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Parker Art Salon

  • What: Now in its fourth year, the Parker Art Salon is a unique exhibition showcasing the work of more than 60 fine artists at Vancouver’s 1000 Parker Street Studios.
  • When: Now to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Parker Street Studios – 1000 Parker Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$50

CodeDay Vancouver

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  • What: CodeDay is a worldwide event where programmers come together to build apps and games for 24 straight hours. The event is open to not just student programmers, but individuals of any other background and skill level. Complete rookies, seasoned veterans, HTML, C++, CodeDay is open to all. Because the event runs overnight, participants will have the option to sleep over at the venue or, more realistically, code through the night.
  • When: Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm the following day.
  • Where: Location to be announced
  • Tickets: Online

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: Shoppers are invited to amble over and pick up some afternoon picnic supplies, groceries for the week, and Sunday dinner fixings from over 25 farms and producers. Each week you’ll find a fresh selection of just-picked seasonal fruits and veggies, ethically-raised meats and sustainable seafood, artisanal bread and prepared foods, craft beer, wine and spirits, handmade craft, and coffee and food trucks.
  • When: Every Sunday from Sunday, May 27 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Pop-Up Roller Disco

  • What: Hosted by Roller Skate Vancouver, Vancouver Pop-Up Roller Disco features live music by DJ K-Tel and funky tunes blasting all evening long. Skate rentals will be available for $10 a pair and are first come, first-served. The event is open to anyone, age 16 and older.
  • When: Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: Robson Square Rink
  • Admission: $10 at the door

Como Lake Fishing Derby

  • What: This family-oriented event attracts hundreds of children and their families who have a chance to earn dozens of prizes provided by local businesses. Bring your own rod, reel and bait. Enjoy a pancake breakfast provided by the Kinsmen Club.
  • When: Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: 7 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Como Lake – 700 Gatensbury St, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Exploring Vancouver Chinatown’s Ever-changing Cultural Landscape

  • What: Join John Atkin, Bob Sung & Hayne Wai on a walking tour exploring Chinatown’s unique and ever-changing cultural landscape in relation to the past, present and future. The tour group will meet at the Chinese Cultural Centre. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately. Presented by Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society.
  • When: Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver – 50 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: By donation
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