Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Bring the whole family out and about for the Victoria Day weekend!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Monday!

 


 


Friday May 16th

 

Cirque du Soleil - TOTEM | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Cirque du Soleil – TOTEM

Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM; times vary @ The Big White Top, Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Blvd), Vancouver
$50+, other pricing in effect; VIP packages available
A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind.  TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.  Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.  On select days through June 29; some tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

Richmond Night Market Opening Night; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Rd, next to River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Richmond’s biggest night market is back with this year’s theme: Candyland (and the giant rubber duck).  Featuring over 125 vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs.  On through every Friday-Sunday and holiday Monday nights through October 13.  We recommend taking public transportation (Canada Line to Bridgeport Station) instead of driving!

Vancouver Symphony Tiny Tots - Let's Have A Playdate | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Lisa & Linda (instagram)

Vancouver Symphony Tiny Tots: Let’s Have A Playdate; 10:00AM & 11:30AM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Dunsmuir St), downtown Vancouver
$15; other pricing in effect
Tiny Tots is a 4-concert series for the little ones, from toddlers to four or five years of age,  featuring professional music educators and musicians Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda in their own musical presentations for kids.

International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
If you like late night snacks, this night market is for you.  Featuring a great selection of awesomeness to choose from, including takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls), dragon’s beardcandy, deep fried Mars bars, and more.  This year, the market has also added some new feature attractions, including a water walker and Richmond’s only mini-golf course.  Open every Friday-Sunday through September 14.

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Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo & 126th Annual Country Fair; 4:00PM-12:00AM @ Cloverdale Fairgrounds (17607 62 Ave), Surrey
$30 rodeo/gate admission combo; other pricing in effect
A unique blend of rodeo action, live entertainment, fierce competition, and plenty of fun for the whole family.  Hang onto your hats as the world’s top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls get ready to compete for prizes in Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Bareback, and Ladies Barrel Racing.  Additional competitions include  Mutton Bustin, Rib Fest and BBQ Competition, and the 2nd annual World Freestyle Round-Up Skateboarding Competition.  On through May 19.

Bliss Project Masquerade; 7:00PM @ Heritage Hall (3102 Main St), Vancouver
$30
A magical evening of performances, canapés, and intriguing personas.  Captivate by dressing in your best and wearing a mask.  Your attendance supports the The Bliss Project, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring peace and creative expression within communities.  All proceeds will be donated to the building of a neighbourhood house in Sri Lanka.

Canstruction Vancouver | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Canstruction Vancouver; 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!

Shipyards Night Market; 5:00PM-10:00PM @ Shipyards Plaza (15 Wallace Mews), North Vancouver
Free admission
The North Vancouver Night Market is in a class of its own with over 15 food trucks, live music, around 100 vendors, and a beer garden with locally brewed beer on tap.  On every Friday Night through September 26, featuring local products, showcasing BC’s artisans, bakers and farmers.

Sea To Sky Gondola Opening Day | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Sea To Sky Gondola (facebook)

Sea To Sky Gondola Official Opening Day; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Sea To Sky Gondola (36800 Hwy 99), Squamish
$34.95; other pricing in effect. Family passes available.
Experience Howe Sound fjord like you’ve never seen it before!  Explore the vast beauty of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains alongside local Squamish musicians and local artists.  Tickets include a round-trip visit to the Summit along with access to the Summit Lodge, Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, viewing platforms and trail network.

Out For Lunch: Julie Lowe on piano; 12:10PM-1:00PM @ Vancouver Art Gallery (700 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
Free with regular admission
The Out for Lunch concert series is offered on select Friday afternoons.  Arrive early!  This popular event has limited space.

The Empire Strips Back; doors at 7:00PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway), Vancouver
$20 advance, $25 at the door; 19+ only
Explore the world of Star Wars through theatre, comedy, dance, and (of course) burlesque!  Featuring a cast of twenty-four of Geekenders all-star nerdlesque performers, the event and theatre troupe is pulling out all the stops to ensure a memorable, sexy, nerd-herding night for geeks of all types.  On through May 17.

 


Saturday May 17th

 

explorASIAN: Asian Heritage Day; 1:00PM-4:00PM @ Surrey Museum (17710 56A Ave) Surrey
Admission by donation
Explore the diversity of Asian culture through various activities, crafts, musical performances and displays of Asian heritage.  Part of the explorASIAN Festival.

Grouse Grind | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Grouse Grind – Photo Credit – Vancouver Trails

Grouse Grind Opening Day; 6:15AM @ base of Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
Free hike up, $10 gondola ride downhill
It’s that time of year again!  If you’ve never done the grind before, get a head start and be one of the first people up the mountain this year.  Just a reminder the Grind is an ascending (uphill) hike only.  Water and snacks highly, highly recommended.  Go here for more info on the Grind.

The Empire Strips Back; doors at 7:00PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway), Vancouver
$20 advance, $25 at the door; 19+ only
Explore the world of Star Wars through theatre, comedy, dance, and (of course) burlesque!  Featuring a cast of twenty-four of Geekenders all-star nerdlesque performers, the event and theatre troupe is pulling out all the stops to ensure a memorable, sexy, nerd-herding night for geeks of all types.

Main Street Vinyl Record Fair Weekend | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Main Street Vinyl Record Fair (facebook)

Main Street Vinyl Record Fair Weekend; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Cambrain Hall (215 E 17th Ave), Vancouver
$3; other pricing in effect
Buy, sell, trade – new and used vinyl records plus a selection of turntables, audio gear and more!  Over 40 independent dealers over 2 days.  Featuring vinyl-spinning genius by the Knights of the Turntable.  On through May 18.

Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Rd, next to River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Richmond’s biggest night market is back with this year’s theme: Candyland (and the giant rubber duck).  Featuring over 125 vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs.  On through every Friday-Sunday and holiday Monday nights through October 13.  We recommend taking public transportation (Canada Line to Bridgeport Station) instead of driving!

Haitian Flag Day | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Canadian Haitian Cultural Association of British Columbia (facebook)

Haitian Flag Day; 5:00PM-10:00PM @ Sapperton Pensioners Hall (319 Keary St, one block from Sapperton Skytrain Stn), New Westminster
Free admission
The Canadian Haitian Cultural Association of British Columbia invites you to celebrate Haitian Flag Day!  There will be delicious Haitian food, music, games, and activities for the whole family.

International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
If you like late night snacks, this night market is for you.  Featuring a great selection of awesomeness to choose from, including takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls), dragon’s beardcandy, deep fried Mars bars, and more.  This year, the market has also added some new feature attractions, including a water walker and Richmond’s only mini-golf course.  Open every Friday-Sunday through September 14.

Cloverdale Rodeo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo & 126th Annual Country Fair; 4:00PM-12:00AM @ Cloverdale Fairgrounds
$30 rodeo/gate admission combo; other pricing in effect
A unique blend of rodeo action, live entertainment, fierce competition, and plenty of fun for the whole family.  Hang onto your hats as the world’s top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls get ready to compete for prizes in Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Bareback, and Ladies Barrel Racing.  Additional competitions include  Mutton Bustin, Rib Fest and BBQ Competition, and the 2nd annual World Freestyle Round-Up Skateboarding Competition.  On through May 19.

Saturn-5 Saturdays: Constellations; 12:30PM-3:30PM @ HR MacMillan Space Centre
Free with regular admission
The night sky is full of stories and patterns we tell through constellations.  This month: design your own constellation and the story that goes with it.

Vancouver Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Farmers Market – metronews.ca

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!

Cinema Spectacular: A Motion Picture Show; 3:00PM @ VanCity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$6 advance, $7 at the door; 19+ only
Spend an afternoon with some of Vancouver’s up and coming filmmaking talent, ongoing projects, and previews for feature films!  Love independent, local cinema & support your local artists.

Cirque du Soleil - TOTEM | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Cirque du Soleil – TOTEM

Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM; times vary @ The Big White Top, Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Blvd), Vancouver
$50+, other pricing in effect; VIP packages available
A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind.  TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.  Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.  On select days through June 29; some tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

Celebrate Spring with Dr. Sugar & Dr. Swing; 2:00PM @ Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Ave), North Vancouver
A benefit concert featuring Dal Richards and his 10 piece orchestra.  Proceeds to benefit the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation.

 


Sunday May 18th

 

Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ 8351 River Rd, next to River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Richmond’s biggest night market is back with this year’s theme: Candyland (and the giant rubber duck).  Featuring over 125 vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs.  On through every Friday-Sunday and holiday Monday nights through October 13.  We recommend taking public transportation (Canada Line to Bridgeport Station) instead of driving!

Cloverdale Rodeo 1

Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo & 126th Annual Country Fair; 4:00PM-12:00AM @ Cloverdale Fairgrounds
$30 rodeo/gate admission combo; other pricing in effect
A unique blend of rodeo action, live entertainment, fierce competition, and plenty of fun for the whole family.  Hang onto your hats as the world’s top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls get ready to compete for prizes in Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Bareback, and Ladies Barrel Racing.  Additional competitions include  Mutton Bustin, Rib Fest and BBQ Competition, and the 2nd annual World Freestyle Round-Up Skateboarding Competition.  On through May 19.

Main Street Vinyl Record Fair Weekend; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Cambrain Hall (215 E 17th Ave), Vancouver
$3; other pricing in effect
Buy, sell, trade – new and used vinyl records plus a selection of turntables, audio gear and more!  Over 40 independent dealers over 2 days.  Featuring vinyl-spinning genius by the Knights of the Turntable.  On through May 18.

International Summer Night Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – International Summer Night Market

International Summer Night Market; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
If you like late night snacks, this night market is for you.  Featuring a great selection of awesomeness to choose from, including takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls), dragon’s beardcandy, deep fried Mars bars, and more.  This year, the market has also added some new feature attractions, including a water walker and Richmond’s only mini-golf course.  Open every Friday-Sunday through September 14.

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!

Cirque du Soleil - TOTEM | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Cirque du Soleil – TOTEM

Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM; times vary @ The Big White Top, Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Blvd), Vancouver
$50+, other pricing in effect; VIP packages available
A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind.  TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.  Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.  On select days through June 29; some tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

Steveston Summer Farmers & Artisan Market; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
Free admission
Enjoy the amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market, and enchanting entertainers.  Every first and third Sunday through September; check the website for more details.

Old Hastings Mill Store Museum | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Old Hastings Mill Store Museum

Music At The Mill; 1:00PM-4:00PM @ Old Hastings Mill Store Museum (1575 Alma St), Vancouver
Admission by donation
Listen to Bergamasca Baroque and Renaissance Ensemble music while enjoying fascinating artifacts from Vancouver’s past.  A fundraising event for Vancouver’s oldest building, circa 1865.

Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour - Shakespeare's Garden 450 | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Comedy & Tragedy tree plaques – Photo Credit – Jolene Cumming

Shakespeare’s Garden 450: a Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour; 1:00PM-2:30PM @ viewing plaza at Lost Lagoon (foot of Alberni St at Chilco St), downtown Vancouver
$10 cash; drop in only
Celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday!  This tour explores the Shakespeare Monument, commemorative trees, other historic gardens, numerous plaques honouring the famous and the forgotten, the diverse historical usages of this site, the Rose Cottage, and other features found in this iconic section of Stanley Park.

 

 


Monday May 19th (Victoria Day)

 

Fort Langley Victoria Day Celebrations; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley
Regular admission
Special previews of this year’s summer programming, including the Fur Trade Game Show, blacksmithing and coopering, and introductions to historic treasures and weapons.

Hyack Anvil Battery Salute; 11:15AM-12:30PM @ Queens Park Stadium (First St at Third Ave), New Westminster
Free
This long last tradition spanning back to the 1880s lives on again this year.  Come out and honour Queen Victoria as the 21 shot salute is observed.

May Day Parade | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – May Day Parade

92nd Annual May Day Parade; 11:00AM @ Church St, Fort Langley
Mark your calendar for this historic event!  The parade starts at 11AM, followed by the piping in of the May Queens and the Royal Party.  There will be May Pole Dancing, live entertainment, children’s rides, mini golf, and much more!

Richmond Night Market; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ 8351 River Rd, next to River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
Richmond’s biggest night market is back with this year’s theme: Candyland (and the giant rubber duck).  Featuring over 125 vendors and food stalls to satisfy all your night market needs.  On through every Friday-Sunday and holiday Monday nights through October 13.  We recommend taking public transportation (Canada Line to Bridgeport Station) instead of driving!

 


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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2 Responses to Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

  1. Jo

    The River District Farmers market is on Kerr St in Vancouver not New West

    • Thanks for catching my typo, Jo!