A Root Beer Festival & 22 More Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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The sun is out and this weekend is full of exciting Vancouver events to get you outside the house. From night markets to amusement park rides, here are 22 Metro Vancouver events to check out this weekend.

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Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, May 24

Jurassic Quest

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Photo: Jurassic Quest / Facebook

About: From the very small to towering figures, Jurassic Quest has over 80 true-to-life size dinosaurs, which was “painstakingly replicated in every detail”.
Cost: Starting at $20
Time: Various

Richmond Night Market

About: With endless rows of things to eat and see, the Richmond Night Market will be bustling with over 100 different food vendors to choose from, merchandise and games.
Cost: Free – $.75
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.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.

Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market

Photo: @yvonneming88 / Instagram

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

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.

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.


playland the beast

Photo: PNE/Playland / Facebook

About: Vancouver’s amusement park, Playland, opened for the season on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Well-known rides such as The Beast, Hellevator, and the Wooden Roller Coaster will once again be ready to make you scream.
Cost: Various
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Matilda The Musical

About: This musical is about an imaginative hit book that spans across generations. The Arts Club Theatre Company presents: Matilda The Musical.
Cost: Starting at $39
Time: Various

Day Out With Thomas In Squamish

About: This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a 25 minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series.
Cost: $24.65 – $28.65
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ladner May Days

About: The fair will once again feature live bands, carnival rides, a colourful parade and much more for the entire family to take part in.
Cost: Free
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Kerrisdale Paint Night

About: Engage with professional art instruction, while enjoying wine, punch, appies and music at their cozy AOMA studio.
Cost: $75
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Grease Sing-a-Long at the Rio Theatre

Grease Sing-a-Long

Photo: The Rio Theatre / Facebook

About: This event will be complete with lyrics on the screen, the bouncing ball, prop bags, a fun costume contest hosted by the Geekenders, and so much more!
Cost: $20 – $25
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Vancouver Foam Festival

About: There will also be ultraviolet dancers, fire performers, soaring aerial acts and CO2 shows.
Cost: $10 – $25
Time: 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 25

Root Beer Festival

Root Beer Festival

Photo: stu_spivack / Flickr

About: Not only will the event offer a wide variety of root beer concoctions, but there will be 50 kinds of the bubbly goodness from across North America available to sample.
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Township-Wide Langley Garage Sale

About: With numerous sales taking place at the same time, sellers will benefit from an influx of bargain hunters scouring the community for a deal, and savvy shoppers will have multiple options to find their perfect purchase.
Cost: Free
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Goat Yoga

Goat Yoga

Photo: Bamboo Clothing Co. / Facebook

About: Taking place at Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver, participants have the opportunity to do yoga outdoors alongside goats.
Cost: $30
Time: 8:50 a.m.

Dinner By Starlight: The Future is Asian

About: This year’s Guest of Honour is renowned geo-strategist and bestselling author Dr. Parag Khanna. The evening’s theme will be “The Future is Asian,” in honour of Dr. Khanna’s just-released book of the same name.
Cost: Various
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 26

Vancouver European Festival

European FestivalAbout: Visitors will enjoy concerts, delicious pastries, an on-site restaurant, live performances, and a marketplace, showcasing the best of Europe right here in our own backyard!
Cost: $5
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fair In The Square

About: Neighbours from around the city are invited to Fair in the Square in downtown Vancouver for a celebration packed with live music, arts and crafts, a free BBQ lunch, and more.
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Vancouver MS Walk

About: Hundreds of participants will show their support for people living with MS and ensure that Canadians with MS have a better future at this event at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver.
Cost: Free
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Carrie Underwood

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Photo: Carrie Underwood / Facebook

About: She will be joined on tour by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June.
Cost: $75 – $379
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Surrey Pop-Up Junk Drop

About: The City of Surrey allows residents to dispose of their unwanted items completely free of charge at the Pop-up Junk Drop events taking place this spring and summer.
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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