Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

British cars, Ukrainian-Haida art, international puppetry, a visit from Thomas the Tank Engine, vampire burlesque and anamatronic dinosaurs! All of these things are going on in Vancouver this weekend.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

It’s a beautiful spring weekend! You can surround yourself with petals at a tulip festival, immerse yourself in a ballet performance or get social at an art party–and don’t forget the moms in your life; it’s also a weekend to celebrate them! 

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Who to see at this year’s annual free comics convention VanCAF

An image of Shade the Changing Girl (Young Animal/DC) by Vancouver artist (and VanCAF 2019 guest) Marley Zarcone

Each year, Vancouver’s only free comics convention brings creators and fans together for two days at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, near Yaletown). Many of the artists and writers are local, while others come from across Canada or over the border from Oregon and Washington.

This year, the convention takes place May 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dozens of guests will have exhibition booths, and it’s fun to just show up and go from table to table. (Entry is free; find out more at vancaf.com.) But here are a few notable guests.

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Who to see at this year’s annual free comics convention VanCAF

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend take your pick of documentary films, the Aquarium for adults (with cocktails), the BMO Marathon, a ventriloquist, a LEGO exhibition and the final days of the Opera Festival.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Wu-Tang Clan, free concert lineup announced by 2019 Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan comes to the 2019 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

In what is kind of a big deal, the 2019 Vancouver International Jazz Festival has announced a headlining show by legendary hip-hop act Wu-Tang Clan.

The group, whose 1993 album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is considered one of the best hip-hop debuts ever released, plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre June 23. Tickets for what is sure to be a sold-out show start at $69 and go on sale this Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at coastaljazz.ca.

The festival, which is going into its 34th year, runs June 21 to July 1. Other headliners include the Roots (June 28) and Herbie Hancock (June 29).

As usual, organizers Coastal Jazz are also presenting a ton of free concerts. Many of these are at the Vanccouver Art Gallery/Robson Square (June 22/23), David Lam Park (June 29/30), and Granville Island (for Canada Day Celebrations) July 1. Performers include King Ayisoba, Yonatan Gat and the Eastern Medicine Singers, Troker, and more. Find out more below.

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Wu-Tang Clan, free concert lineup announced by 2019 Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Cirque du Soleil Returns to Vancouver with LUZIA, A Waking Dream of Mexico

LUZIA will dazzle viewers in Vancouver starting October 3.

LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil at its finest: imaginative and visually stunning storytelling invites viewers into an ethereal world suspended between dreams and reality. This fall, the show will arrive in Vancouver, staged under the redesigned white-and-gold Big Top at Concord Pacific Place – and presale tickets are available now.

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Cirque du Soleil Returns to Vancouver with LUZIA, A Waking Dream of Mexico

Science World Celebrates 30 Years on May 6

Science World’s iconic geodesic dome opened its doors on May 6, 1989, dazzling visitors with dozens of hands-on exhibits and the largest OMNIMAX screen in the world. Now, 30 years later, Science World is celebrating its birthday with several public events, including an ambitious attempt by staff to complete 30 science experiments in five minutes (!).

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Science World Celebrates 30 Years on May 6