15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

May in Vancouver is full of decadent food and drink events, fine entertainment, and multicultural festivals. From the annual BC Spot Prawn Festival to sudsy Vancouver Craft Beer Week, titillating Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the launch of the revitalized Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, we’ve got your must-attend May events below.

Don’t forget, all this sunshine cues the launch of annual Vancouver outdoor summer traditions, including opening day for the outdoor swimming pools at Kitsilano and Second Beach, as well as the start of the Vancouver Farmers Markets. And now for the list:

15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

1) Lounge on one of Vancouver’s best new patios
The sun is in town for a little while. Help launch patio season 2013 by hanging out at the  the best new patios including The Fish Shack on Granville, the roof at Black + Blue, Cactus Club in Coal Harbour, and Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village–the roof is for wine buffs, ground level is for craft beer lovers. Both have a sea view.

2) Try out lululemon’s new, free Om Finder app for iOS
Think of it as a PA who will find the best yoga and fitness classes for your schedule/needs. You can also use it to invite friends. Continue reading:
15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts & Special Deals

Yes, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13, and Vancouver has lots of options for last-minute gifts, from special deals and events to share with Mom to Vancouver’s best spa treatments, sweets, gifts for new moms, and more.

10 Last-Minute Vancouver Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 

1. Take Mom to the Vancouver Art Gallery for free on Sunday, May 13: You pay for your own admission to VAG and Mom gets in free. Current exhibits include Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence and the fantastic Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver events in May 2012

During May, antsy Vancouverites head out and take part in all the hallmarks of the upcoming, sweet summer season, when the town glows and every visitor falls in love and eyes beachfront condo prices.

Where do I begin? May kicks off with the highly-anticipated Spot Prawn Festival in honour of our plump, coastal crustaceans. Add to that the return of the buzzy Chinatown Summer Night Market, plus a new Richmond Night Market, a Bard on the Beach bash for Bill’s b-day and the Victoria Day long weekend. There’s no doubt: sunny, lazy beach season is soon here.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver events in May 2012

Top Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch 2012 in Vancouver

Cafe Pacific's Mother's Day Brunch. Photo: Pan Pacific Vancouver Blog

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, and a gourmet Mother’s Day Brunch is a time-honoured way to kick off the day’s celebrations. There are lots of options for Mother’s Day Brunch in Vancouver, but each of my top five picks has something special to offer Mom on her big day, from exceptional cuisine to five-star views to a unique mountain-cabin setting. Just don’t wait to make plans: Many of these brunches sell out fast!

5 Top Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch 2012 Vancouver – May 13, 2012

1. 2012 Mother’s Day Brunch at Cafe Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Vancouver
One of the Vancouver’s top spots for holiday brunches, Cafe Pacifica’s 2012 Mother’s Day Brunch has sold out for the last six years in a row (so make your reservations early). The lavish buffet includes Black Angus beef carpaccio, pheasant and pistachio terrine, chilled BC oysters, Kadai chicken curry, and maple-cured sablefish with yuzu-infused butter sauce, plus a Kids Buffet for younger, pickier eaters. Cost: $79 for adults, $71 for seniors, $39.50 for children ages 6-12; free for kids 5 and under.

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