Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
This Friday to Sunday is filled with markets, music, comics, and fundraising!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend!

 


 


Friday May 23rd

 

Spring Sidewalk Used Books Sale; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Central Library (350 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Gently used books at amazing prices.  Comic book fans: check out the list of available comics at the website!  On through May 24.

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.

Spur Festival; times vary @ various locations, Vancouver
$15-25; other pricing in effect
Spur is the first festival of its kind in Canada: nationwide, multi-partisan, and solutions-oriented.   Offering a unique mix of cultural conversations large and small, Spur has something for everyone: debates and panel discussions, readings and artistic performances, walking tours, late night literary cabarets, and more.  On through May 25.

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (facebook)

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, Vancouver
Free admission
A weekend-long celebration of comcs, featuring readings, panels, and workshops, with an exhibition for cartoonists from across the country and down the coast.  On through May 25.  Check the website for daily events!

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!

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

Photo Credit – Summer NightMarket (facebook)

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.

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.

Koerner Quartet | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Koerner Quartet with Ariel Barnes; doors 7:00PM @ Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut St), Vanier Park, Vancouver
Free; pre-registration required
As the ensemble-in-residence at the Vancouver Academy of Music, the Koerner Quartet fulfills a mandate to promote the appreciation of chamber music by presenting a series of four concerts per season which are offered free to the public.  Koerner Quartet’s season will feature cellist Ariel Barnes in a performance of Schubert’s Cello Quintet.

 

 


Saturday May 24th

 

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders; 4:00PM @ BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$34.25-158.75
The Vancouver Whitecaps start their quest to retain the Cascadia Cup.  Tickets available at Ticketmaster at Tickets Tonight.  Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Purolator Tackle Hunger!

Spring Sidewalk Used Books Sale; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Central Library (350 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Gently used books at amazing prices.  Comic book fans: check out the list of available comics at the website!  All books and comics are half price today.

Eastside Flea | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Eastside Flea (facebook)

Eastside Flea; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Wise Hall (1882 Adanac St), Vancouver
$2
A fresh new community flea market featuring a diverse array of local vendors.  From vintage and antiques to electronics, furniture, and vinyl records, there’ll be something for everyone!  On select Saturdays through August.

Portobello West: Spring Into Summer Market; 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athletes Way), Vancouver
$2
Vancouver’s favourite artisan craft fair is back for its second show this year.  Shop from a wide variety of local goods ranging from fashion, jewelry, accessories, art, baby & kids items, and more.  On through May 25.

UBC Alumni Weekend | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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UBC Alumni Weekend; times vary @ University of British Columbia (2329 West Mall), Vancouver
Free & ticketed events; pre-registration required for most events
If you’re looking for the most fascinating, entertaining and intellectually stimulating day of the year, head out to the Vancouver campus for UBC Alumni Weekend.  Take the UBC Attractions Challenge, relax in the beer garden, check out the university fair, and don’t miss Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage!

Spur Festival; times vary @ various locations, Vancouver
$15-25; other pricing in effect
Spur is the first festival of its kind in Canada: nationwide, multi-partisan, and solutions-oriented.   Offering a unique mix of cultural conversations large and small, Spur has something for everyone: debates and panel discussions, readings and artistic performances, walking tours, late night literary cabarets, and more.  On through May 25.

The Land Before Time | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The Land Before Time – Photo Credit – Universal Studios Entertainment

Day of the Dino; 6:00PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), Vancouver
$10-13 advance, $12-15 at the door; all ages welcome in the balcony.
A triple bill movie marathon dedicated to reptilian destruction: The Land Before Time (1988), Jurassic Park (1993), Godzilla vs. King Kong (1962).

Central City Brewing: 2nd Annual Evening for Autism; 6:30PM-11:00PM @ Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus (Suite 250, 13450 102 Ave), Surrey
$100; 19+ only
An elegant cocktail party with live musical entertainment, culinary delights, raffle prizes, and fantastic silent and live auctions, all to help fund a new clinical trial of HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) for children with autism.

6th Annual BLOOM Art Auction Daruma Art | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Daruma art aseemblage – Photo Credit – Nikkei National Museum (flickr)

6th Annual BLOOM Art Auction: Daruma Art; 7:00PM-9:30PM @ Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby
$25; other pricing in effect
100 artist designed daruma will be on show for a special silent auction fundraiser, showcasing traditional Japanese Folk Art with a contemporary twist.  Daruma is a popular talisman of good luck in Japanese, and are armless, legless, made of papier maché tumbling dolls with a weighted bottom.  Click the link for more info.

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, Vancouver
Free admission
A weekend-long celebration of comcs, featuring readings, panels, and workshops, with an exhibition for cartoonists from across the country and down the coast.  On through May 25.  Check the website for daily events!

Roedde House Concerts - If Musique and sweet poetrie agree | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Roedde House Museum (facebook)

Roedde House Concerts: “If Musique and Sweet Poetrie Agree…”; 7:30PM @ Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay Street), West End, downtown Vancouver
$10 minimum donation
An evening celebration of words and music across nine centuries.  Check the website for more details.

Pacific Baroque Orchestra: Multiple Bach; 8:00PM-10:00PM @ Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
A stunning programme of group concertos by JS Bach, together with his arrangements of popular concertos of his time. This unique programme encompasses some of his lesser-known as well as his more popular pieces, and takes as its finale a reconstruction of his take on the Vivaldi concerto for 4 violins.

Raffi | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Raffi: #belugagrads Concert; 2:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$37.50-48
Raffi is a singer, writer, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children.  He is best known for his work as a children’s entertainer whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings in North America includes his classic song, Baby Beluga.

VSO Masterworks: Mahler’s Ninth; 8:00PM-10:15PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-88; other pricing in effect
Herbert von Karajan said, “it is music coming from another world, it is coming from eternity,” and Otto Klemperer believed that it was Mahler’s greatest achievement. The monumental Symphony No. 9 by Gustav Mahler speaks profoundly of a deep love of nature and the earth.

12th Annual South Hill Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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12th Annual South Hill Festival; 12:00PM-4:00PM @ E 47th Ave at Fraser St, Vancouver
Free admission
A variety of different exhibitors, live entertainment, a diverse food fair that showcases the community that makes up South Hill.  More details at the link!

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 | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vikki Leung for tvan_vc (instagram)

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!

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.

River District Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – River District Farmers Market

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!

 

 

 


Sunday May 25th

World Partnership Walk 30th Anniversary | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – World Partnership Walk (facebook)

World Partnership Walk 30th Anniversary; 8:30AM-3:30PM @ Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Free registration
Join Canadians across the country raise funds and walk to help end global poverty.  100% of donations made to the World Partnership Walk go directly to fund Aga Khan Foundation Canada international development projects.  Check the website to learn more.

Portobello West: Spring Into Summer Market; 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Creekside Community Recreation Centre (1 Athletes Way), Vancouver
$2
Vancouver’s favourite artisan craft fair is back for its second show this year.  Shop from a wide variety of local goods ranging from fashion, jewelry, accessories, art, baby & kids items, and more.

Spur Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Spur Festival

Spur Festival; times vary @ various locations, Vancouver
$15-25; other pricing in effect
Spur is the first festival of its kind in Canada: nationwide, multi-partisan, and solutions-oriented.   Offering a unique mix of cultural conversations large and small, Spur has something for everyone: debates and panel discussions, readings and artistic performances, walking tours, late night literary cabarets, and more.  On through May 25.

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, Vancouver
Free admission
A weekend-long celebration of comcs, featuring readings, panels, and workshops, with an exhibition for cartoonists from across the country and down the coast.  On through May 25.  Check the website for daily events!

Woman2Warrior | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Woman2Warrior (facebook)

Woman2Warrior; 9:00AM-2:00PM @ Swangard Stadium (Kingsway at Boundary Rd), Burnaby
Minimum $300 fundraising
Woman2Warrior is a non-timed run covering about 5km of trails, track, and grass around Burnaby Central Park and Swangard Stadium.  The course features obstacles to test your strength, agility, balance, and sense of adventure.  Help send over 900 kids and young adults with disabilities throughout BC for a week long camping experience at one of three Easter Seals accessible camps.  More details at the link.

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!

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
Coquitlam Farmers’ Market; 9:00AM-1:00PM @ Dogwood Pavilion (624 Poirier St at Winslow Ave), Coquitlam
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.  Don’t miss the special Shop With A Chef tour at 11:30AM at Kitsilano this week with the chefs from Cooking Journeys.  A great place to bring the whole family!

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

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.

Birds of a Feather: From The Big To The Small; 9:00AM-11:00AM @ Stanley Park Nature House (under the viewing plaza, North end of Alberni St), downtown Vancouver
By donation
Beaks for collecting nectar or tearing flesh? Feet for perching or swimming?  The diversity of birds at Stanley Park has it all!  Celebrate International Biodiversity Day with a two-hour, easy walking exploration of a dazzling array of birds.

15th Annual PMC Science Fair Fun Run | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

PMC Science Fair Fun Run (facebook)

15th Annual PMC Science Fair Fun Run; 7:30AM-12:00PM @ 1 Athletes Way, False Creek, Vancouver
$35 registration; other pricing in effect
The Fun Run is the largest timed 5K fun run in the province and one of the largest fundraising events in BC’s technology sector.  All proceeds go to The Dr. Michael Smith Science Fair Endowment to support the promotion and development of Science Fair Programs throughout British Columbia.

 


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


 

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