A Greek Food Festival & 19 More Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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The first weekend of May features an exciting lineup of things to do across Vancouver! From a Greek food festival to a carnival, here are 20 Metro Vancouver events to check out this weekend.

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Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, May 3

Shipyards Night Market

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About: 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.
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tour

About: Vancouver Beer Bike Tour, hosted by Canadian Craft Tours, is an exciting way to travel between some of North Vancouver’s most popular breweries.
Cost: $45
Time: Various

Canadian Artists and France

About: Looking at the significance that French art and culture has held for Canadian artists over the past 120 years, this exhibition of works from the Gallery’s collection focuses on influences of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Surrealism on Canadian artists during the first half of the twentieth century.
Cost: Various
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Haida Now

About: 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.
Cost: $9 – $19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

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About: Back for its 13th year, the festival opened on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, featuring more than 6.5 million bulbs.
Cost: Various
Time: Various

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature

About: Created by the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, is “an interactive and immersive exhibition that exposes and explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world”.
Cost: Free – $25
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Glow Party

About: Attendees will experience high-energy music and laser lights, creating the perfect party atmosphere.
Cost: $15 – $25
Time: 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Surrey Carnival

About: Running from Wednesday, May 1st – Sunday, May 12th, 2019, visitors can expect plenty of adrenaline-rushing rides, fun fair games, and plenty of delicious bites.
Cost: Various
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Nude Hope Sci-Fi Burlesque

Nude Hope Sci-Fi Burlesque

Photo: Geekenders / Facebook

About: Featuring a cast of seventeen of Geekenders‘ all-star nerdlesque performers, the event and theatre troupe is pulling out all the stops to ensure a memorable, sexy, nerd-herding night for geeks of all types.
Cost: $25 – $30
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Rewire

About: On the night of a symbolic lunar eclipse and major video game event, a group of youth come together to bravely tackle root causes of stress including poverty, grief, and sexual assault.
Cost: Free
Time: Various

Vancouver Greek Food Festival

Free Metro Vancouver EventsAbout: Hosted at Hellenic Community of Vancouver, this weekend event will offer up mouthwatering souvlaki, sweet, honey soaked loukoumades, and much more!
Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. (Friday); 12:00 p.m. (Saturday/Sunday) – 10:00 p.m.

Women’s Personal Safety Workshops

About: The tactics taught are designed to be easily learned and remembered by women who have no prior training.
Cost: Free
Time: Various

Saturday, May 4

Tian Jin Festival

Tian Jin Festival

Photo: Tian Jin Festival

About: The hugely popular community cultural event showcases classic Chinese cultures and traditions. It’s a celebration that encourages people of all backgrounds to learn more about Chinese culture while also having fun. The Tian Jin Festival will be featuring mouthwatering Taiwanese food, traditional games and a plethora of activities for children or those who are just young at heart.
Cost: Free admission
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday and Sunday

BrickCan

BrickCan

Photo: BrickCan / Facebook

About: Visitors will be able to explore all the incredible creations, and also do some building of their own in the “Creation Station”.
Cost: Various
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Burnaby Village Museum Summer Season

About: Burnaby Village Museum has created a 1920s village for you to explore. Costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, shops and businesses.
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Galaxion Star Wars 80s Party

Star Wars 80s Party

Photo: Sharon Terry / Flickr

About: The special one-off Star Wars edition 80s party will feature cool visuals, retro games all set to sci-fi and space games, prizes for best Star Wars costumes, and much more.
Cost: $8
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ

About: With two days of tasty fun for the whole family, this is the oldest and largest Chili and BBQ contest in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
Cost: $5 donation
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vancouver Aquarium After Hours

About: Attendees will learn about fascinating animals and their incredible rescue and rehabilitation stories through never-seen-before programs, all with a drink in hand.
Cost: $36 – $45
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Vancouver Police Recovered Goods Auction

Vancouver Police Recovered Goods Auction

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About: Over 300 bikes will be auctioned off. There will also be coins, stamps, tools, electronics, TV’s, instruments, sporting goods, and much more.
Cost: $10
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Burnaby Festival of Learning

About: A variety of events will be happening throughout Burnaby including performances, lectures, discussions, tours, and more.
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 5

BC Cider Festival

BC Cider Festival

Photo: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse / Facebook

About: The 3rd annual BC Cider Festival takes place on Sunday, May 5th, 2019. This tasting event will feature 30+ cideries from BC, the Pacific Northwest and abroad.
Cost: Starting at $55
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tian Jin Festival

Tian Jin Festival

Photo: Tian Jin Festival

About: The hugely popular community cultural event showcases classic Chinese cultures and traditions. It’s a celebration that encourages people of all backgrounds to learn more about Chinese culture while also having fun. The Tian Jin Festival will be featuring mouthwatering Taiwanese food, traditional games and a plethora of activities for children or those who are just young at heart.
Cost: Free admission
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday and Sunday

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