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27 Awesome Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend (May 11-13)

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Photo: Illumination Vancouver International Summer Night Market / Facebook

It’s that exciting time of year across Metro Vancouver and fun is in the air!

From night markets to concerts, here are 27 awesome events taking place in Metro Vancouver this weekend.

Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend


Friday, May 11

Night market | Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market
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The Shipyards Night Market is open this weekend until Friday, September 28th, 2018.

Visitors will find fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment every Friday night. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights. In addition, there is live music until 10:00 p.m. on the Shipbuilders’ Stage, showcasing talent from all over BC.

Art | Mattie Gunterman

Presenting the paintings of Emily Carr with forty-eight photographs by US-born photographer Mattie Gunterman, this exhibition draws on the Gallery’s deep holdings of Carr’s work to reflect her engagement and affection for BC’s landscape.

Film | WET

Set during the height of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan War, this raw and immersive play examines love, abandonment, and the dire cost of combat. Directed by Chelsea Haberlin, the story follows a Canadian soldier who returns home to her husband and young daughter. She finds herself abandoned by the country she served, in a near-catatonic state, trapped in a basement suite with her unemployed and intimacy-starved husband.

Night market | Richmond Night Market

Photo: Illumination Vancouver International Summer Night Market / Facebook

The annual Richmond Night Market will be back May 11th, offering visitors over 100 food stalls and 200 vendors to purchase from.

There will also be live entertainment, carnival rides, and a variety of games.

The theme is the 2018 market is “amazing summer”, which means that visitors get to experience a tropical paradise without having to leave town. Plus, adding to the aspect of tropical paradise, guests have the chance to win a seven day escape to Hawaii (including flight and hotel)!

Flowers | Blooms & Bubbly

In a social and relaxed environment, create your own beautiful table-top floral art from fresh flowers and learn about floral arranging from award-winning floral designer Louisa Lam. Your arrangement will make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or you can use your new skills for the summer wedding season or to artfully display the blooms in your garden.

Crafts | Crafted Vancouver Festival

Crafted Vancouver
Photo: Crafted Vancouver / Facebook

With more than 40 events during May, featuring opportunities from Irish quilting workshops, woodworking studio tours, Korean pottery classes, leathermaking, architecture tours, metal arts, and fine spirit tastings, there is an experience for every craft enthusiast.

Concert | MGMT

Indie-rock band MGMT will perform at the Orpheum Theatre this weekend. Tickets start at $59.

Comedy | Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman

Director/actor Kevin Smith and actor/radio host Ralph Garman come together for Hollywood Babble-On, a comedic event. Tickets are $59.50.

Art | Dali Exhibition

dali exhibition
Photo: paulisson miura/flickr

Opened in 2005, Chali Rosso Art Gallery focuses mainly on works from Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Degas, and more.

The Gallery is holding a free Salvador Dali exhibition starting this May up until September. As part of the Definitely Dali Project, two iconic Dali sculptures will be at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery: Woman Aflame and Surrealist Piano.

Learning | Burnaby Festival of Learning

The Burnaby Festival of Learning celebrates lifelong learning in unconventional ways, featuring a week-long series of free events for everyone that will inform, engage and spark creativity.

A variety of events will be happening throughout the city, including performances, lectures, discussions, tours, and more. You don’t want to miss this!

Exhibit | Haida Now

Haida NowGuest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, this exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art boasting more than 450 works created as early as 1890.

Culture | Culture at the Centre

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents a groundbreaking collaboration between six First Nations Communities with the illuminating new exhibition Culture at the Centre, on display this weekend until Monday, October 8th, 2018.


Saturday, May 12

Art | ART SMASH Street Party

ART SMASHGranville Island has been working with their producing partner Vancouver Mural Festival to bring together 10 local and global artists to create new murals. These murals will transform their newest public space, the Chain and Forge, into a vibrant outdoor art gallery!

On Saturday, May 12th, a free event with murals, live music, local craft breweries, food trucks, and interactive performances will take place.

Portraits | Mother’s Day Portraits At Lougheed

Mom does everything for us, so let’s do something special for mom.

Come out this weekend on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for our Mother’s Day Portrait Studio. Bring mom for a family photo, a special portrait of her, or a photo of you for the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Shopping | Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop

You’re invited to Highstreet’s Mother’s Day Pop-Up event taking place this weekend on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th in the Community Room from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fashion from Below the Belt, featuring brands like Herschel, Native Footwear, Rains, Corkcicle, Brunette the Label, Matt and Nat Handbags, Levi’s Jeans + MORE.

Science | Science Rendezvous

On Saturday, May 12th (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.), race across the University to complete the Science Chase! From the Old Barn Community Centre to the Department of Chemistry, intrepid visitors will race across campus and experience the power of STEAM! Take a ride on a hovercraft, discover micro-organisms in the pond, explore quantum physics, and learn how fire, ash, and magma made the Earth we walk on today. Make it through all the explosions, workshops, and hands-on experiments to emerge a science victor!

Music | Disney Karaoke

Photo: Disney

La Fontana Caffe is holding a Disney Karaoke this weekend and there’ll be group singalongs, solos, duets, and more!

You can choose to show up in costume, because there’ll be prizes for the best costume. Specifically, they’ll have best cosplay AND best Disney bound.

Film | Vancouver Film School Open House

Vancouver Film School inviting you to come discover more about four core programs that are a gateway to your creative future.

You’ll talk to faculty and admissions staff and get the latest program and scholarship information, getting the answers you need. Admission is free.

Charity | Balding for Dollars

Last year’s Balding for Dollars event raised over $100,000. Over 500 family members, friends, and staff gathered at BC Children’s Hospital to shave their heads or cut-off their locks in support of kids with cancer. In addition, they enjoy the carnival atmosphere, which included live band, arts and crafts, a post shave photo area. Also, there’s an array of delicious goodies for the participants and supporters to enjoy. Admission is by donation.

Concert | P!nk

Photo: P!nk / Facebook

Her performance at Rogers Arena is part of P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour.

Since her debut in 2000, P!nk has released six studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 42 million albums, over 75 million singles, and over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide.

Tea | Mother’s Day Tea

Mackin House Museum is hosting a Mother’s Day Tea event this weekend in Coquitlam. Tickets start at $15.

Festival | Spring Festival 2018

You can expect an afternoon of live music, drinks, treats, henna tattoos, food trucks, market exhibitions, magic shows, martial arts performances, and kids entertainment.

Concert | Yūko-Kai


Samurai warriors, pearl divers, court nobles and heartbroken women who transform into serpents grace the stage in Yūko-kai – a concert of Japanese dance.


Concert | Joey Bada$$

American hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ is set to perform at The Vogue Theatre this weekend. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show begins at 9:00 p.m.

It takes place at Scotiabank Dance Centre this weekend on Saturday, May 12th, 2018.

Wine | Chilliwack’s Art of Wine Festival

South Surrey's Save On Foods First BC Grocery Store To Sell WineBack for a fifth installment after four incredible years, this amazing event will once again fill The Centre with live entertainment, delectable appetizers, and fantastic wines! All proceeds from this event go toward supporting the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society’s thriving arts and crafts programming.



Fundraiser | Whisky Library Fundraiser

Enjoy specialty whisky tastings, live literature readings from local notables, a silent and live auction, live music from The Black Bear Rebels, delicious food, and a delightful chocolate table highlighting the perfect whisky-chocolate pairings.


Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day | Mother’s Day at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Photo: Rocky Mountain Flatbread / Facebook

Rocky Mountain Flatbread will be treating mothers (and grandmothers too!) this weekend who visit their Vancouver restaurants. Specially, they’ll offer a complimentary warm double chocolate brownie with the purchase of any brunch, lunch or dinner entrée from our new Spring Menu.


Upcoming Events

May 18 | Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

The 72nd annual Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair takes place from Friday, May 18th – Monday, May 21st, 2018.

The Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo will once again feature the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls! As such, they compete for cash prizes in live, roughstock rodeo events. Favourites include Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding and Bull Riding, as well as Ladies Barrel Racing.

May 18 | David Blaine

David Blaine will be appearing at Queen Elizabeth Theatre; the doors open at 7pm and the show starting at 8pm.

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