Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Looking for a film fest, art event, market, live music, or a motorcycle championship this Friday to Sunday?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

 


 


Friday May 9th

 

VBW: Drawing Birds Workshop; 10:00PM-12:00PM @ Hillcrest Community Centre (4575 Clancy Loranger Way), Vancouver
Free
Drop-in to a workshop on bird identification and bird drawing, led by resident artists of Queen Elizabeth Park, Geneviève Raiche-Savoie and Jesse Garbe.  Bring the family; kids will have the chance to colour in this year’s six different Vancouver City Bird nominees.

Vancouver Bird Week - Crow Night Film Screening & Talk | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

“Crows” – Photo Credit – Mike McKinlay

VBW: Crow Night Film Screening & Talk; 7:00PM-8:30PM @ Alice McKay Room, Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
Free; limited seating
If you missed Society of Crows during last year’s Bird Week, then here’s your chance to hear Dr Rob Butler tell more crow stories. As a bonus, film-maker Mike McKinlay will show his film Crows.  Come dressed in black.

BC Buds: 10th Annual Spring Arts Festival; 7:00PM-10:45PM @ Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St), downtown Vancouver
Admission by donation
Over thirty different music, theatre, dance, interdisciplinary artists take over the every conceivable nook and cranny of the Firehall, turning it into a giant arts factory for four days of inventive and innovative live site-specific performances from emerging and established BC artists.  This year’s BC Buds explores the theme of Myth, Magic & Mystery; see the website for more.  On through May 11.

DOXA  | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Huhu – Photo Credit – DOXA Documentary Film Festival (facebook)

DOXA Festival; 7:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$3 Membership + $15
DOXA Documentary Film Festival is a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. The festival is on through May 11; check the website for the full festival schedule.

Vancouver Chamber Choir: Space Music; 8:00PM @ Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave), Vancouver
$34.75
Explore space without leaving your seat!  Unfortunately not the final frontier, but acoustical space. Rediscover music from every possible angle as the Choir revels in the space, grace and interface of innovative and spatial music from five centuries.  More info at the link.

Vancouver Recital Society - Christian Tetzlaff | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Christian Tetzlaff – Photo Credit – Vancouver Recital Society

Vancouver Recital Society: Christian Tetzlaff; 7:30PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Dunsmuir St), downtown Vancouver
$25-70
Since first appearing VRS’s series in 1991, Christian Tetzlaff has become an internationally-acclaimed violinist in demand in concert halls around the world.  He has performed and recorded a broad spectrum of the repertoire from Bach to Berg, and beyond.  Program to include works by Bach, Bartok, Kurtág and Ysaÿe.

 

 


Saturday May 10th

 

Family Fun Day at Britannia Mine Museum; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Britannia Mine Museum (1 Forbes Way), Britannia Beach
Regular admission rates; other pricing in effect
Celebrate BC Mining Week at the Britannia Mine Museum!  Gold panning, cookie mining, LEGO scavenger hunt, blacksmith demonstrations, taiko drum performances, costume photo booth, and more.  Bring the whole family and learn how mining influences our daily lives through exhibits and educational activities.

Elektra Women's Choir - How The Blossoms Are Falling | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Elektra Women’s Choir (facebook)

Elektra Women’s Choir: How The Blossoms Are Falling; 7:30PM @ Ryerson United Church (2195 W 45th Ave), Vancouver
$32.25; other pricing in effect
A program celebrating life’s passages and relationships.  With the talents of pianist and composer Stephen Smith and the title composition by Ramona Luengen, this concert will be a powerful evening of beauty and reflection.  Celebrate life’s joys and challenges through Canadian and international choral works.  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

BC Army Gala; 6:00PM @ Hyatt Regency Hotel (655 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$125
The BC Army Gala is the 69th annual celebration of Vancouver’s military community, and is open to anyone who has served, is a friend of the military or who wants to have an enjoyable evening with a unique group of people.  An evening to celebrate the men and women who serve in Canada’s Armed Forces.

Iz Srbije s ljubavlju - From Serbia With Love | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vuk Karadžić Vankuver (facebook)

Iz Srbije s ljubavlju – From Serbia With Love; Massey Theatre (735 8th Ave), New Westminster
$25; other pricing in effect
The largest Serbian dance group in Western Canada, Vuk Karadzic, aims to bring the joy and energetic display of traditional songs and dances from Serbia and its outlying regions, as well as live music from their very own orchestra.  Dancers are adorned in colourful authentic Serbian dance costumes and through intricate, passionate dances; they will weave a tale of the love, loss, heartbreak and re-connection associated with leaving the homeland in search of a better life.

BC Buds: 10th Annual Spring Arts Festival; 7:00PM-10:45PM @ Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St), downtown Vancouver
Admission by donation
Over thirty different music, theatre, dance, interdisciplinary artists take over the every conceivable nook and cranny of the Firehall, turning it into a giant arts factory for four days of inventive and innovative live site-specific performances from emerging and established BC artists.  This year’s BC Buds explores the theme of Myth, Magic & Mystery; see the website for more.  On through May 11.

Motorcycle Racing - Westcoast Championship | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Motorcycle Racing: Westcoast Championship Rounds 1 & 2; 8:00AM-6:00PM @ Mission Raceway Park (32670 Dyke Rd), Mission
$10; other pricing in effect
The Westwood Motorcycle Racing Club (WMRC) starts its season with a double-header of competitions May 10-11.   The club makes its home at Mission Raceway Park road course which features a 9 turn, 1.3 mile road course and has several classes of racing ranging from vintage to superbikes all with racers competing against each other in the hopes of clinching the number one plate by the season’s end.  Race run rain or shine; see the website for more details!

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn; 8:00PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$40.75-76.75
Two of America’s finest banjo players start a bold new chapter, as the husband and wife team tour together for the first time. The duo will present music developed together, featuring an eclectic mix of traditional and original compositions.

Sound of the Dragon Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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explorASIAN: Sound of Dragon Music Festival; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
$25, other pricing in effect; weekend and day passes available
Vancouver’s first festival devoted to “Chinese music”, showcasing very diverse musical styles: ancient folk and classical repertoire, contemporary compositions, jazz, world, fusion, and avant-garde improvisation in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances.  In addition to ticketed concerts, the festival offers many free activities; check the website for more details.  Part of the explorASIAN Festival.  Ongoing through May 11.

explorASIAN: Pioneers, Mavericks and Game Changers; 2:00PM-4:00PM @ Britannia Cultural Centre (1661 Napier St), Vancouver
Free
World Poetry celebrates innovative Asian Canadian writers and poets who avoid being pigeonholed by their ethnicity, to embrace a broader vision of what it means to be Asian Canadian.  Part of the explorASIAN Festival.

Vancouver Bird Week | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VBW: Bird Walks in Vancouver Parks; times vary @ Vancouver Parks all over Vancouver
Free
Learn more about the birds in your neighbourhood this weekend with a free bird walk!

VBW: Why Birds Matter; 7:00PM-8:30PM @ Alice McKay Room, Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
Free; limited seating
Join author, biologist, and birder Dick Cannings as he closes Bird Week 2014 with a lecture on “Why Birds Matter”, the theme for World Migratory Bird Day 2014.

DOXA | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The Sower – Photo Credit – DOXA Documentary Film Festival (facebook)

DOXA Festival; time varies @ various locations, Vancouver
$3 Membership + $12-15
DOXA Documentary Film Festival is a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. The festival is on through May 11; check the website for the full festival schedule.

Great American Classics – Gershwin and Bernstein; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-88; other pricing in effect
Exciting young pianist Joyce Yang has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to rave reviews in recent years, and she returns to tackle the substantial, extraordinary piano part of Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety on a concert that features some of the core of the great American classical repertoire.  Second show on May 11.

Vancouver Opera - Don Carlo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Scenes from Don Carlo – Photo Credit – Vancouver Opera

Vancouver Opera: Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo; 7:30PM-11:45PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St at W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$40+
A magnificent drama of a king’s brutal power and a son’s brash rebellion. In Italian with English surtitles. Full story on the website. Don’t miss the first Vancouver Opera production in 40 years! On select days through May 11.

Vancouver TeenFest; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Vancouver Curling Club (4575 Clancy Loranger Way), Vancouver
Free
This one day free exhibition for youth ages 12 to 18 years and their families will give tweens and teens in Vancouver the opportunity to connect with each other, their peers, their communities and community leaders.  There will be free workshops focusing on what’s important in the life of today’s tweens and teens, interactive sports and gaming activities, live performances, meet and greets with special guests, door prizes, and more!

Stone Soup Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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19th Annual Stone Soup Festival; 12:00PM-5:00PM @ Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier St), Vancouver
Free admission
A celebration of food, art, environment and community, including a food market, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, tea leaf reading, children’s activities, free soup and more!

Burnaby Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-2:00PM @ North Parking Lot at Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Parkway), Burnaby
River District Farmers’ Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ 8683 Kerr St, Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay (123 Carrie Cates Court), North Vancouver
Trout Lake Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-2:00PM @ John Hendry Park (13th Ave between Lakewood & Templeton), Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s fresh summer produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets every Saturday through October for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Spot Prawns

Spot Prawns!

8th Annual Spot Prawn Festival; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf (1505 W 1st Ave), Vancouver
$15-40
Chefs’ Table Society member chefs from across the Lower Mainland serve you fresh-from-the-boat spot prawns.  Tickets to the Spot Prawn Boil are $15 each, or purchase the Brine and Dine combo for a special day out.  All proceeds will support the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia.

BC Distilled Festival; 6:00PM-9:00PM @ CBC Vancouver (700 Hamilton St), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
$49.99-79.99
BC Distilled is BC’s premier microdistiller festival, and promotes locally conscious drinking.  Get on the waitlist for this amazing event, featuring an impressive list of distilleries and restaurants.

Got Craft | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Got Craft?; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph St), Vancouver
$3
Because MALL is a four letter word!  Featuring 75+ handmade designers, craft workshops, tasty treats, music, and free swag!  On through May 11.

Hawkers Market; 6:00PM @ Studio East (1480 Frances St), Vancouver
$10 advance, $15 at the door
Invigorating local food culture.  A monthly dosage of food and music, in a space where vibrate and exciting local food can be discovered.  Don’t miss this month’s event… jelly doughnuts are back!

 


Sunday May 11th

 

Artisan Jewellery Show & Sale; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ BMO Great Hall, VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak St at W 37 Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
Meet the artisans behind one of a kind, unique jewellery and other beautiful objects.

Got Craft | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Got Craft (facebook)

Got Craft?; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph St), Vancouver
$3
Because MALL is a four letter word!  Featuring 75+ handmade designers, craft workshops, tasty treats, music, and free swag!

M4S; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Hall A, Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place Way), Coal Harbour, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Attend a fun filled day of free activities at M4S, the free interactive show on mining,
minerals, metals & materials!  Experience the various stages of the mining cycle at interactive themed pavilions, participate in the “Amazing Mine Challenge”, and discover the exciting career opportunities the minerals industry has to offer.  Visit the website for more info.

Motorcycle Racing - Westcoast Championship  | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – WMRC

Motorcycle Racing: Westcoast Championship Rounds 1 & 2; 8:00AM-6:00PM @ Mission Raceway Park (32670 Dyke Rd), Mission
$10; other pricing in effect
The Westwood Motorcycle Racing Club (WMRC) starts its season with a double-header of competitions May 10-11.   The club makes its home at Mission Raceway Park road course which features a 9 turn, 1.3 mile road course and has several classes of racing ranging from vintage to superbikes all with racers competing against each other in the hopes of clinching the number one plate by the season’s end.  Race run rain or shine; see the website for more details!

Vancouver Opera: Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo; 2:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St at W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$40+
A magnificent drama of a king’s brutal power and a son’s brash rebellion. In Italian with English surtitles. Full story on the website. Don’t miss the first Vancouver Opera production in 40 years!

DOXA | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Mirage Men – Photo Credit – DOXA Documentary Film Festival (facebook)

DOXA Festival; time varies @ various locations, Vancouver
$3 Membership + $12-15
DOXA Documentary Film Festival is a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs.  Today’s the last day; check the website for the full festival schedule.

Great American Classics – Gershwin and Bernstein; 2:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$22-62; other pricing in effect
Exciting young pianist Joyce Yang has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to rave reviews in recent years, and she returns to tackle the substantial, extraordinary piano part of Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety on a concert that features some of the core of the great American classical repertoire. .

BC Buds Spring Arts Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – BC Buds Spring Arts Festival

BC Buds: 10th Annual Spring Arts Festival; 1:00PM-3:15PM @ Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St), downtown Vancouver
Admission by donation
Over thirty different music, theatre, dance, interdisciplinary artists take over the every conceivable nook and cranny of the Firehall, turning it into a giant arts factory for four days of inventive and innovative live site-specific performances from emerging and established BC artists.  This year’s BC Buds explores the theme of Myth, Magic & Mystery; see the website for more.  On through May 11.

Ambleside Farmers Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Ambleside (1500 block Bellevue), West Vancouver
Kitsilano Farmers’ Market; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ 2690 Larch St at W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss this year’s fresh summer produce at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the market every Sunday through October for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Canstruction Vancouver | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Canstruction Vancouver Opening Day; time varies @ The Pendulum Gallery (885 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Vancouver’s incredibly creative foodie art competition showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food.  After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition, displaying multiple sculptures based on this year’s theme “Around The World”.   All of the canned food used in the sculptures is donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society after display.  Come see how Vancouver plays with 90,000 cans of food! On through May 16.

Roedde House Second Sunday Series: Purcell & Britten; 3:00PM @ Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay St), West End, downtown Vancouver
$10
Two of BC’s finest singers present a programme of songs, both sacred and secular, by the two masters of voval music – including a rarely-heard and intensely dramatic setting for tenor and countertenor of the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, composed by Britten in 1951.

Blim Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Blim Mother’s Day Market; 12:00PM-6:00PM @ Astorinos (1739 Venables St), Vancouver
Admission by donation
Celebrate mom at the Blim Mother’s Day Market, featuring 50 local vendors featuring handmade accessories, jewellery, vintage, pottery, cards, gifts, sweets, and more!

explorASIAN: Sound of Dragon Music Festival; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
$25, other pricing in effect; weekend and day passes available
Vancouver’s first festival devoted to “Chinese music”, showcasing very diverse musical styles: ancient folk and classical repertoire, contemporary compositions, jazz, world, fusion, and avant-garde improvisation in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances.  In addition to ticketed concerts, the festival offers many free activities; check the website for more details.  Part of the explorASIAN Festival.  Ongoing through May 11.

 


Lots more events on the events calendar here and here.  Where will you be this weekend?  Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!


 

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