Things to Do in Vancouver in May 2019

Festivals, Family Activities, Concerts, Live Theatre and Exhibitions in Vancouver during May 2019.

Tech & Startup Weekly @Downtown Vancouver
20 Jul

Tungsten-Moly Room 14th Floor, 1040 W Georgia St, Vancouver

July 20, 2018 To February 29, 2020

604-440-1433

FREE

This is the event series for our Downtown Vancouver branch. We welcome people who share the same passion for tech and startup to join us and do ...  »

Eastside Flea Spring Markets
23 Feb

Ellis Building, 1024 Main Street, Vancouver

February 23, 2019 To May 18, 2019

$3

What you’ll find at the Flea… Local artisan goods, vintage clothing & collectables, quality handcrafted items, household goods, rarities & memorabilia, paper goods & art, small ...  »

Chilliwack Tulip Festival
10 Apr

Tulips of the Valley, 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack

April 10, 2019 To May 5, 2019

$5 to $15

Western Canada’s largest and most recognised Tulip Festival! Get to enjoy a leisurely stroll outdoors, surrounded by the lush green of the Fraser Valley and the ...  »

Dead People's Things
17 Apr

Studio 16, 1555 W 7th Ave, Vancouver

April 17, 2019 To May 5, 2019

$28 to $34

Phyllis, a Millennial, inherits a house and all of its contents after her estranged hoarder aunt commits suicide. She then must work with neighbour Beatrice, a Baby ...  »

Verses Festival of Words
25 Apr

Various Venues, Vancouver

April 25, 2019 To May 4, 2019

Free and ticketed events

Canada’s largest alternative literary festival, Verses Festival of Words, is at it again with a 9th year of dynamic programming celebrating a broad intersection of poetic ...  »

Vancouver Opera Festival
27 Apr

Various Venues, Vancouver

April 27, 2019 To May 5, 2019

Varies

For the third edition of its annual Festival presented by BMO, Vancouver Opera has curated nine days of voice, music, theatre and visual arts for the curious ...  »

BLANK
30 Apr

Progress Lab 1422, 1422 William St, Vancouver

April 30, 2019 To May 4, 2019

$22

Rumble Theatre, in association with Aurora Nova, presents the Canadian premiere production of BLANK by Nassim Soleimanpour, an interactive experience where Audience and Performer collide and collaborate ...  »

BC Youth Week
01 May

Various Venues, BC

May 1, 2019 To May 7, 2019

Varies

BC Youth Week is held annually every May 1st to 7th. Youth Week is an internationally celebrated event that aims to recognize the positive contributions youth make ...  »

Surrey Carnival
02 May

Guildford Town Centre, 10355, 152 Street, Surrey

May 2, 2019 To May 13, 2019

West Coast Amusements, the largest Canadian midway operation in Western Canada is coming to you! Binge on our amazing rides like the Scrambler, Hurricane, Himalaya, and the ...  »

DOXA: Documentary Film Festival
02 May

Various Venues, Vancouver

May 2, 2019 To May 12, 2019

$13 & up

DOXA Documentary Film Festival is a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. Committed to cultivating curiosity and critical ...  »

VAMP: A Supernatural Musical Burlesque
03 May

Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

May 3, 2019 To May 18, 2019

$29 to $35

The world you once knew is about to be stripped away as creatures of the night come alive in a new, body-positive and hilarious burlesque musical inspired ...  »

Vancouver Greek Food Festival
03 May

Hellenic Community of Vancouver, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

May 3, 2019 To May 5, 2019

Free

The Vancouver Greek Food Festival is a legendary event in the history of the Hellenic Community of Vancouver. Happening on an annual basis, the festival is a ...  »

Jane's Walk Vancouver
03 May

Various Locations, Metro Vancouver

May 3, 2019 To May 5, 2019

free

Your city. Your stories. Jane’s Walk 2019 is May 3 to 5 Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, community-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. Explore ...  »

Shipyards Night Market
03 May

138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

May 3, 2019 To September 27, 2019

Free

You won’t want to miss this years Shipbuilders’ Night Market on Friday Nights !! Come down for great food, art, music, entertainment and shopping. The festivities in ...  »

Muzical Zoo for Me & You!
03 May

Playhouse Theatre & Anvil Centre

May 3, 2019 To May 4, 2019

604.876.3434

$2.00 - $15.00 + Applicable Charges

Dance with teddy bears, rock with dinosaurs, and boogie with orangutans in this favorite show full of bouncy originals and classic melodies. Accompanied by Clarinet, Trombone, and ...  »

Bramwell conducts Louis Lortie
03 May

Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St, Vancouver

May 3, 2019 To May 5, 2019

604.876.3434

$14.25 - $115.00 + Applicable Charges

Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts the World Première of his own Concerto for Orchestra, a work commissioned by the VSO to commemorate his appointment as Music Director ...  »

BrickCan 2019
04 May

River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd., Richmond

May 4, 2019 To May 5, 2019

$15

BrickCan – Canada’s largest Public LEGO Exhibition-returns to the River Rock in Richmond, with all new amazing creations and things to see! BrickCan is a four day ...  »

The Burnaby Festival of Learning
04 May

Various Venues, Burnaby

May 4, 2019 To May 11, 2019

Free

From May 4 to 11, the week-long Burnaby Festival of Learning, co-presented by SFU and City of Burnaby, features a wide variety of free and fun events throughout Burnaby ...  »

The Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration
04 May

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Fourth Avenue, Richmond

May 4, 2019

Free

Celebrate the diverse cultural communities that were connected through fishing on the west coast, at this annual family-friendly event. Featuring performances by community organizations including a Chinese ...  »

Mother's Day Gift Making
04 May

Coquitlam Heritage Society, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam

May 4, 2019

604-516-6151

By Donation

Join us at Mackin House to create thoughtful hand made gifts for a special someone in your life. This by donation family event will offer 2 crafts & ...  »

Sakura Night
05 May

Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver

May 5, 2019

$150 to $175 + charges

We are pleased to bring back the fourth annual Sakura Night to celebrate Stanley Park’s cherry blossoms in the beautiful, newly renovated Stanley Park Pavilion. Sakura ...  »

Veg Expo 2019
05 May

Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

May 5, 2019

$10 to $20

Veg Expo is Canada’s Premier Sustainable, Vegan & Vegetarian event that connects the benefits of living a plant-based and sustainable lifestyle. Featuring vegan, vegetarian, hoslitic, non-gmo ...  »

IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s
05 May

Creekside Community Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

May 5, 2019

604-742-4954

No fees; fundraise and participate in Walk for Alzheimer's

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s flagship fundraiser and is a way British Columbians can celebrate and ...  »

Natural Sun Protection Workshop
07 May

Coquitlam Heritage Society, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam

May 7, 2019

604-516-6151

$40 per person.

Sunshine is only here for a short time each summer. You can customize your sun protection – and look after skin and hair naturally by making your own ...  »

Urinetown the Musical
08 May

The Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

May 8, 2019 To May 11, 2019

$60 to $80

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an hilarious musical satire of the legal ...  »

Enter Laughing
08 May

Studio 16 , 1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

May 8, 2019 To May 19, 2019

$22 to $25

If you have a moment this Spring, it’s time for a bit of comedy from Theatre In the Raw. As part of its 25th season of ...  »

Ballet BC Presents Program 3
09 May

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 600 Block Hamilton St., Vancouver

May 9, 2019 To May 11, 2019

$38.25 - $98.25 + charges

Revel in spring with an evening of dynamic works. Collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar return to captivate audiences with the North American premiere of Bedroom Folk, ...  »

Live Painting at Vancouver Art Gallery
09 May

LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery, Howe Street, Vancouver

May 9, 2019 To June 30, 2019

604-565-2424

Free

The finest Vancouver Art Gallery located on Howe Street. LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery is Vancouver’s best kept secret, see ORIGINAL PICASSO, JOHN LENNON, KEITH HARING and 1500+ ...  »

Tragic Love: Wagner & Prokofiev
10 May

Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St, Vancouver

May 10, 2019

604.876.3434

$13.00 - $42.00 + Applicable Charges

John Fluevog Inside the Symphony Program Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet: Suite (Suite arranged by Otto Tausk) It’s all about ...  »

Science Rendezvous Festival
11 May

University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus

May 11, 2019

Free

Join us for The University of British Columbia’s 2019 Science Rendezvous festival. Science Rendezvous is an annual festival held across Canada showcasing the Art in Science. Science ...  »

Mother's Day High Tea
11 May

Coquitlam Heritage Society, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam

May 11, 2019

604-516-6151

$40 per adult, $15 per child.

Our Mother’s Day High Tea is a highlight of our event season. Celebrate mothers with delicious sweets and savories and enjoy hand-blended teas. This event sells ...  »

Shoppers. Love. You Run For Women
11 May

Wesbrook Village, 3378 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver

May 11, 2019

6042282025

FREE

Join Shopper’s Drug Mart at the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women at Wesbrook Village in support of Mental Health Programs at the B.C. Women’...  »

Mother’s Day at the finest Vancouver Art Gallery
12 May

LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery, Howe Street, Vancouver

May 12, 2019

604-565-2424

FREE (limited tickets available)

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the finest Vancouver Art Gallery. Live painting & piano performance. + $200 GIFT CARD free for your Mom to enjoy. +1500 Paintings & Sculptures exhibited ...  »

SiriusXM Top Comic
13 May

Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club Vancouver, 2837 Cambie St, Vancouver

May 13, 2019 To May 15, 2019

$10

SiriusXM’s Top Comic competition presents three sidesplittingly funny evenings of uncensored comedy featuring 30 of Canada’s funniest stand-up comics. Live auditions in search of Canada’s ...  »

Butterflies - Experience the Transformation
13 May

The Vancouver Aquarium, 846 Avison Way, Vancouver

May 13, 2019 To September 2, 2019

6046593753

$0 - $38

Immerse yourself in the beautiful world of butterflies at the Vancouver Aquarium, from May to September, 2019. The Graham Amazon Gallery has been transformed to become home to ...  »

Matilda The Musical
16 May

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver

May 16, 2019 To July 14, 2019

$29 & up

Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty to find your happy ending! Armed with an outsize wit and a vivid imagination, precocious Matilda takes a ...  »

Stars on Ice
16 May

Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

May 16, 2019

$12.5 - $165

The next Winter Olympics may be more than three years away, but the greatness of last February’s Canadian figure skating excellence is not forgotten. The 2019 Stars ...  »

North Shore Classics: Akiyama Returns
16 May

Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

May 16, 2019

604.876.3434

$1.00 - $42.00 + Applicable Charges

Beloved VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama — one of the VSO’s most important Music Directors – conducts this historic program, with pieces selected from his very first concerts ...  »

Family Interviews 101
16 May

Coquitlam Heritage Society, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam

May 16, 2019

604-516-6151

Free

Join City of Coquitlam archivist Emily Lonie for an informative workshop on how to interview loved ones to preserve your family history for future generations. If you ...  »

Discover Dance! Jacky Essombe
16 May

Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver

May 16, 2019

6046066400

13-22

The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! series features two exhilarating performances of African dance by Jacky Essombe. Born in Cameroon, Essombe is well known for her ...  »

Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair
17 May

Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050 176th St, Surrey

May 17, 2019 To May 20, 2019

$10 & up

One of North America’s longest running and most entertaining rodeos returns for its 73rd year this May Long Weekend with more competitions, live entertainment food and ...  »

Expressions Theatre Festival 2019
17 May

The Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

May 17, 2019 To May 25, 2019

$12 to $20

Expressions Festival brings inspired and cutting-edge dance performances, innovative and original theatre shows, and diverse arts exhibitions to venues and stages across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. ...  »

Akiyama Returns
17 May

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Rd, UBC, Vancouver

May 17, 2019 To May 18, 2019

604.876.3434

$19.50 - $72.00 + Applicable Charges

Beloved VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama — one of the VSO’s most important Music Directors – conducts this historic program, with pieces selected from his very first concerts ...  »

Jurassic Quest
17 May

Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada Place, Vancouver

May 17, 2019 To May 26, 2019

$22 to $36 USD

Jurassic Quest is America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and ...  »

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
18 May

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

May 18, 2019 To May 19, 2019

Free

VanCAF is a two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world. ...  »

Fort Langley Beer + Food Festival
18 May

Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Mavis Avenue, Langley

May 18, 2019

$35 to $55

Celebrate & enjoy the best of the Fraser Valley with live music, craft breweries, local food vendors and much more right outside the wooden walls of the ...  »

Amoroso
18 May

Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver

May 18, 2019

604.876.3434

$19.00 - $30.00 + Applicable Charges

For Jocelyn Morlock’s final Symphony at the Annex concert as VSO Composerin- Residence, she reveals her musical inspirations through composers and works particularly meaningful to her. ...  »

FOCUS! Climate Change Red Carpet Screening
18 May

VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC . V6B 3M7,

May 18, 2019

604-787-8843

Free

FOCUS! National Climate Change Youth Video Competition Red Carpet Screening. Be amazed as Lego creations tell the story of declining fish stocks, felt animation portrays the environmental ...  »

Live Flamenco
18 May

The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver

May 18, 2019 To June 29, 2019

604-738-7013 ext. 21

$12 + GST

Come and experience live flamenco by the Karen Flamenco Dance Company at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. The one-hour production welcomes audiences of all ages with ...  »

Engine 374 Anniversary Celebration
19 May

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver

May 19, 2019

Free

CPR Engine 374 pulled into the Vancouver terminal for the first time 131 years ago, becoming the first passenger train to arrive on the West Coast. Join community members ...  »

Spot Prawn Festival
19 May

False Creek Fishermen's Wharf, 1505 W 1st Ave, Vancouver

May 19, 2019

Free Admission

Join the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia for a celebration of an iconic BC product at the 12th Annual Spot Prawn Festival. Enjoy a bowl of ...  »

May Day Fort Langley
20 May

Fort Langley Community Park, Langley

May 20, 2019

Free

The May Day Parade is on Victoria Day each year in Fort Langley. There will then be May Pole Dancing followed by live entertainment through until 4:00. The ...  »

rEvolver Festival
22 May

The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

May 22, 2019 To June 2, 2019

Free & Ticketed Events

The seventh annual rEvolver Festival will present a program of 15 interdisciplinary productions by a mix of national and local Canadian artists including innovative and experimental solo and ...  »

Swarovski Pop-up
22 May

701 W Georgia St, Vancouver

May 22, 2019 To May 26, 2019

0

Celebrate the start of Summer and Follow your Desires with Swarovski from May 22-26. Popping up at Pacific Centre (Howe Street entrance) near the local brand boutique, ...  »

Modified Ghost Festival IV
23 May

Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

May 23, 2019 To May 26, 2019

$30.00 - $130.00

An annual music festival in Vancouver, BC that showcases some of the most exciting metal, rock, punk, hardcore & progressive music this world has to offer. May 23 – ...  »

Surrey International Children's Festival
23 May

Surrey Arts Centre & Bear Creek Park, Surrey

May 23, 2019 To May 25, 2019

$7 to $12

The annual Surrey International Children’s Festival inspires young hearts and minds to greater possibilities, and celebrates our rich and diverse cultural heritage through performing and visual ...  »

Davida Monk: Ashes for Beauty
23 May

Scotiabank Dance Centre,677 Davie Street, Vancouver

May 23, 2019 To May 25, 2019

6046066400

$25-$33

A program of three works celebrating the career of Calgary’s Davida Monk. Her evocative Ashes for Beauty, specially remounted for seven Vancouver dancers, explores ideas of ...  »

Parker Art Salon
24 May

Parker Street Studios, 1000 Parker Street, Vancouver

May 24, 2019 To May 26, 2019

Free to $50

Now in its fifth year, the Parker Art Salon is one of Vancouver’s premier art events, a unique, salon-style exhibition showcasing the work of more than 60 ...  »

Ladner May Days
24 May

Memorial Park, 5010 47th Avenue, Ladner, Delta

May 24, 2019 To May 26, 2019

Free

Held in Memorial Park just steps from historic Ladner Village, the Ladner Pioneer May Days Fair (est. 1896) is one of British Columbia’s largest free family fairs. ...  »

Chicken Girl
24 May

Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver

May 24, 2019 To June 7, 2019

$10 to $30

Why, indeed, did the chicken cross the road? Our titular character embarks on a surreal adventure to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her Uncle Chan. ...  »

Royal Canadian Circus - Tsawwassen
24 May

Tsawwassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Tsawwassen

May 24, 2019 To May 26, 2019

4038157499

$25 - 45.

The all new Royal Canadian family Circus Spectac!® 2019 Tour, is coming to Tsawwassen for spectacular shows under the magnificent Big Top. The all new internationally renowned Royal ...  »

Free Synchronized Swimming Classes
25 May

CG Brown Memorial Pool, 3702 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC, V5B 4Z6,

May 25, 2019 To June 8, 2019

604-363-8641

Free

Want to try the sport but aren't ready to commit? Our free try synchro class is perfect for you! Join us on May 25th, June 1st, and 8...  »

Annual McBride Annex Spring Fair
25 May

McBride Annex Elementary, 4750 St Catherines St, Vancouver

May 25, 2019

Admission Free

The Annual McBride Annex Spring Fair is a family event in East Vancouver open to everyone. There are games, prizes, a photo-booth, music, face painting and food! ...  »

H2O19 Vancouver
26 May

Beaumont artist studios, 316 W 5th Ave, Vancouver

May 26, 2019

7807818432

$25-$30

H2019Vancouver is the 2nd annual Gala to benefit WaterAid Canada. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to provide access to a safe water source to communities in ...  »

Vancouver International Children's Festival
27 May

Granville Island, 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver

May 27, 2019 To June 2, 2019

Varies

Head down to Granville Island for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and help us celebrate our 42nd Festival! Enjoy spectacular performances from around the globe for ...  »

Cher: Here We Go Again Tour
30 May

Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

May 30, 2019

$50.95 - $1195

Following the recent global success and rave reviews for Cher’s role in the Mamma Mia 2 – Here We Go Again film, the multi-award winning singer, actress and ...  »

House of Vans Vancouver Pop-Up
30 May

Harbour Event Centre, 750, Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

May 30, 2019 To June 2, 2019

7783796222

Free

For the first time ever, legendary footwear brand, Vans, will bring their iconic House of Vans to Vancouver, pop-up style, from May 30th – June 2nd. The 4-day ...  »

 

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