Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 11, 2017

Feast on a festival of spot prawns, marvel at a program of ballet, revel in a talk from an astronaut, and learn to weave from a Coast Salish Chief. You could to absolutely every one of these things this weekend – and more. This is also the last weekend of the Opera Festival, Vancouver Bird Week, and DOXA – so catch them while you can!

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 11, 2017

Your Guide to the 2017 Summer Night Markets in Vancouver

Richmond Night Market 2017

Image courtesy of Richmond Night Market | Facebook.com

It wouldn’t be a summer in Vancouver without a trip to a night market. We’re lucky to be spoiled with choice in our city with three amazing and diverse night markets to choose from – all a short distance from Downtown. If it’s exotic food you’re looking for, the Richmond Night Market has over 100 booths to tempt your tastebuds. Partial to food trucks and beer gardens? North Vancouver might have your new favourite Friday night hang out. Rather see a market that truly lights up the night? The Illumination Night Market may be what you’re after.

We’ve put together the essential details you’ll need to know about each night market below. If you can’t decide which one to go to, why not check them all out!? But hurry, you only have three more months of summer left! (You know those months are going to fly by). Check out your guide to the 2017 summer night markets in Vancouver below:

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Your Guide to the 2017 Summer Night Markets in Vancouver

Free concerts and more at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

American singer/songwriter Lady Wray performs a free concert at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival has announced 150 free concerts along with headlining artists and ticketed concerts.

Among the free events is the Downtown Jazz Weekend. Typically held at Vancouver Art Gallery/Robson Square, the weekend shows will benefit from recent redesign of the north Georgia Plaza. A bigger viewing space and improved sightlines for the hot (and free) jazz action June 24-25 will draw hundreds if not thousands to outdoor concerts on the first weekend of the 11-day Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 22 – July 2).

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Free concerts and more at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

4 Unique Ways To Spend Mother’s Day With Mom In Vancouver

Handmade cards are lovely, and a personal phone call is perfectly sweet, but there are more exciting ways to show your mama you care on Mother’s Day. Luckily for you, Vancouver is filled with special offers and activities to help you plan your surprise as the special Sunday approaches.

From tantalizing her tastebuds, to trying something entirely new, we’ve got a list of some fun (and unique) ways to honour your mother this Mother’s Day. Check out our list of 4 ways to spend the day with mom in Vancouver, and make her special day a day to remember.

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4 Unique Ways To Spend Mother’s Day With Mom In Vancouver

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 4, 2017

Happy May! This weekend the DOXA Documentary Film Festival will keep you in touch with the deeper parts of the world, Vancouver Bird Week will keep your eyes open for our feathered Vancouver residents, and the BMO Vancouver Marathon is here to test exactly how in-shape you really are, for those who are up for it. It’s also your last chance to catch Otello with the Vancouver Opera.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 4, 2017

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo This Weekend in Downtown Vancouver

Cinco de Mayo party vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of Casa de Amigos Vancouver | Facebook.com

“¡Dos cervezas, por favor!” The mariachi bands are warming up and the Luchador wrestlers are flexing their muscles to get ready for this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo at the Casa de Amigos fiesta in Vancouver! On Friday, May 5, 2017 and Saturday, May 6, 2017, you’re invited to take part in the largest outdoor party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Vancouver.

Whatever your tastes, there’s something for everyone at this year’s event, including a street market, live music, traditional folk dancers, Luchador wrestlers, and more. The event is also fully licensed, so you can celebrate with your favourite cerveza!

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo This Weekend in Downtown Vancouver

Sex Criminals and a horse named Neil are stars of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

A cover for the adult comic Sex Criminals. Artist Chip Zdarsky is among the guests at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

One of the weirdest and wistfully strange comics ever published in Canada, Neil the Horse developed a cult following during its 1983-88 publication. The comic was written and produced by Katherine Collins, who was born in Vancouver and known as Arn Saba until 1993 when she came out as a trans woman.

This year, those 15 classic, family-friendly comics have been collected in book form, in The Collected Neil the Horse. To mark the event and the renewed interest in Neil and his pals, Collins is appearing at this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (May 20-21 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews) – along with a number of other special guests, including the artist behind Sex Criminals, one of the most acclaimed adult comics of recent years.

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Sex Criminals and a horse named Neil are stars of this year’s Vancouver Comic Arts Festival