The Best May Long Weekend Events In Metro Vancouver


What’s better than the weekend?

A long weekend!

From beer festivals to rodeos, here are 26 awesome events taking place in Metro Vancouver this weekend.

Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, May 18

Slurpees | 7-Eleven Bring Your Own Cup Event


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7-Eleven is once again inviting customers to push the boundaries of what a cup is and celebrate with a creative DIY vessel for BYOC event.

It’s your chance to fill up an avant-garde container with your favourite Slurpee flavours for only $2.00! Past events have seen people bring milk jugs to rice cookers and tea kettles.

Music | Great Outdoors Festival

GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival is coming back this spring during the Victoria Day Long Weekend.

Festivalgoers will experience sports, arts and culture, clinics, outdoor markets, live music, and much more throughout the four days.

Writing | Creative Ink Festival

Designed to be inclusive for all levels of writing the festival is a way for you to learn and motivate your writing, in whatever form it takes. You will also get the opportunity to chat with industry insiders in a relaxed and supportive one-on-one environment.

Rodeo | Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

Cloverdale Rodeo

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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 they compete for cash prizes in roughstock rodeo events like Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding and Bull Riding, as well as Ladies Barrel Racing.

Magic | David Blaine

David Blaine will be appearing at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with the doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and the show starting at 8:00 p.m.

He’s known for producing and directing his television series, Street Magic. His series showcased his unique twist on magic, including being buried alive, breaking the record for longest time for holding his breath, and being encased inside a block of ice.

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.

Crafts | Crafted

Crafted Vancouver

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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.

Art | Definitely Dali

The Gallery is holding a free Salvador Dali exhibition starting this May up until September.

The exhibition will be sponsored by Lao Feng Xiang Jewelry. All donations and a share of the Chali-Rosso Gallery sales will go to Arts Umbrella. Arts Umbrella is a non-profit arts institution located in both Vancouver and South Surrey.

Festival | Expressions Theatre Festival

Arts Umbrella celebrates gifted young artists with the annual Expressions Theatre Festival, running May 17th – 26th, 2018 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.

From the whimsical fun of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the frontier hijinks of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, this year’s festival boasts a bevy of beloved theatre classics, re-imaginings and an original new work that highlight such topical themes as self-image, family dynamics, and gender roles.

Night market | Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market

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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.

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.

Exhibit | Haida Now

Guest 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

Culture at the Centre

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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 until Monday, October 8th, 2018.

Co-curated by Jill Baird and Pam Brown, the collective effort offers insight into the important work Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums in BC are doing to support their language, culture, and history.

Film | Venus

When fourteen-year-old Ralph tracks down his biological father, he gets more than he bargained for. Not only is Sid (Debargo Sanyal) of Indian heritage, he is also a she. In other words, his dad is also his mom. Ralph’s reaction? “Cool!”

Tickets are $13.

Fashion | The Mani Jassal Vancouver Pop Up Showroom

Mani Jassal’s annual Vancouver Pop Up Showroom takes place this weekend at Little Mountain Shop.

Mani Jassal is a Toronto-based fashion designer. Keen on being part of the fashion industry at a young age, Mani pursued her dream, graduating with a degree in Fashion Design from Ryerson University. Her self-titled label is hand-made in Canada, and prides itself in its innovative and artistic approach to melding her South Asian heritage with her Canadian upbringing.

Drinks | Introduction to Bartending

Learn the techniques behind modern and classic cocktails this weekend at Fine Art Bartending. Tickets are $47.

Saturday, May 19

Cartoons | The Science Behind Pixar

pixar exhibition

Photo: Science World

Obsessed with anything Pixar? You’ll be excited to learn that there’s a new exhibition coming to Science World about the creation of Pixar!

It’s a 12,000 square foot Pixar exhibition that shows the magic behind the creation of the animated films.

According to a release, the Pixar exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math used by the artists and computer scientists that help bring the feature films to the screen.

Ballet | A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Coastal City Ballet closes its 2017/18 season with the mischief, magic and misadventure of lauded German choreographer Irene Schneider’s enchanting ballet based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, May 19th at Vancouver Playhouse and June 8 at Surrey Arts Centre.

Beer | Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival


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The Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival returns to the Fort Langley National Historic Site this weekend on Saturday, May 19th, 2018.

You’ll get to celebrate and enjoy the best of the Fraser Valley with live music, 20+ craft breweries, local food vendors and much more.

Fundraiser | Kick Cancer’s A$$!

The 8th annual Kick Cancer’s A$$! Fundraiser event hopes to raise awareness for BC Cancer Research Foundation️. Enjoy a fun evening with guests Funkdoobiest, Antipolitic, Cocaine Moustache, Junk, Awkward A/C, and Shayne the King of Magic.

Festival | Tagore Spring Festival 2018

The 4th Annual Tagore Spring Festival is a multicultural celebration of Spring through live music, dance and poetry. Artists from different backgrounds will perform presentations highlighting their traditions and heritages. The event is inspired by Nobel-laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s idea of cultural diversity and pluralism.

Concert | Tim Hecker

Tim Hecker performs at Fortune Sound Club this long weekend on Saturday, May 19th. Tickets start at $25.

Sunday, May 20

Wings | Gastown Chicken Fight

Gastown Chicken Fight

Photo: Gastown Chicken Fight

The rules are for the day are simple. On Saturday night, each team is given 20lbs of wings and a bottle of Jim Beam Bourbon to use. Moreover, they return to The Lamplighter on Sunday, ready to grill their share of wings. After the wings are done, they will be served to the judges.

The final outcome of the grill off will be determined by a combination of the judges and the public for a year’s worth of bragging rights.

Patio | Dip into Summer Patio Party

Bells and Whistles is celebrating their first official patio season this weekend with a “Dip into Summer Patio Party”. Expect a number of fantastic drink and food specials throughout the day.

Monday, May 21

Celebrations | Victoria Day Celebrations


Photo: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel / Facebook

Burnaby Village Museum will have a number of activities taking place throughout the day, including market vendors, carousel rides, movies, and much more!

Concert | Hinds

Hinds, hailing from Spain, performs at the Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets are $20 and this concert is 19+.

Upcoming Events

May 25 | Ladner May Days

The fair will once again feature live bands, carnival rides, a colourful parade and much more for the entire family to take part in. Established in 1896, 2018 will mark the festival’s 122nd anniversary.

The fun begins on Friday with discounted midway rides for kids. Moreover, the men’s fastball tournament will take place at the ball diamond.

May 26 | Root Beer Festival

Langley is having an root beer festival that you won’t want to miss. Not only are they offering a wide variety of root beer concoctions, but you can sample over 50 kinds of the bubbly goodness.

So, whether you are curious to know what exactly what root beer fudge is like, or you simply need a gourmet root beer float, you’ll find something to love.

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