21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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The weekend is finally here, and with beautiful weather on the docket, your activity options are seemingly endless.

To help make life a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of things to do around town so you don’t have to search endlessly for that perfect weekend venture.

Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.

Saturday, April 30

Grouse Grind Opening

  • What: The Grouse Grind opens Saturday for the season.
  • Where: Grouse Grind – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 6:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vancity Comedy Extravaganza

  • What: Watch out for standup performances by Dino Archie, Michael Blaustein, Graham Clark, and Dave Merheje.
  • Where: River Rock Show Theatre – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 8 p.m.

Free Clothing Swap 5.0

  • What: You’re invited to a free upcycling clothing swap at the HUB Space.
  • Where: The HUB Space – 251 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Chinese Calligraphy by Master Wai Yin LAU

  • What: Admire calligraphy by one of the greatest Chinese calligraphers.
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives – 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Flower Photography

  • What: A workshop that covers the technical and aesthetic aspects of flower photography.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SHIFT Handmade Spring Market

  • What: A collection of 25+ local vendors selling handcrafted items.
  • Where: West Langley Lions Hall – 9400 208th Street, Langley
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Expo 86 Celebrates 30 years

  • What: Drop in to the Vancouver Public Library’s Inspiration Lab to record an audio clip of your favourite Expo 86 memory.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Forum on Vancouver’s Housing Crisis

  • What: Several MLAs and MPs discuss the challenges Vancouverites face in the rental and housing markets.
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church – 2881 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

International Jazz Day

  • What: Celebrate International Jazz Day at Kino Cafe with Angela Verbrugge.
  • Where: Kino Cafe – 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 3 to 5 p.m.

Corks & Forks

  • What: Celebrate the Lonsdale Quay’s 30th anniversary with an after-hours long table dinner.
  • Where: Lonsdale Quay – 123 Carrie Court, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 30; 7 to 10 p.m.

Evita

  • What: Ramin Karimloo and Jenn Colella come to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to perform EVITA!
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 30

Sunday, May 1

BMO Vancouver Marathon

  • What: The BMO Vancouver Marathon returns to the city for its 45th year.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Park – 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 1

West Coast Flying Trapeze Carnival

  • What: West Coast Flying Trapeze is holding a carnival to remember to honour the founding father of recreational flying trapeze, Bob Christians.
  • Where: West Coast Flying Trapeze – 104-19055 Airport Way, Pitt Meadows
  • When: Sunday, May 1; noon to 4 p.m.

Thing/Pong Ping Pong Social Club

  • What: The inaugural Thing/Pong ping pong social club is arriving this Sunday at the WISE Hall.
  • Where: WISE Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 1; 1 to 10:30 p.m.

Us and Them

  • What: The documentary “Us and Them” about Victoria’s homeless population will show at Vancity Theatre this Sunday.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 1; 3 p.m.

Crafty Comedy One Year Anniversary Show

  • What: An open-mic night featuring some Vancouver’s best comedians.
  • Where: 12 Kings Pub – 395 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 1

Deadpool

  • What: Vancouver filmed, top grossing Marvel film Deadpool is screening at the Rio Theatre.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 1; 9:30 p.m.

Deborah Ledon

  • What: Deborah Ledon is performing at Guilt & Co Live.
  • Where: Guilt & Co – 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 1; 9 p.m.

Match Box Blues Band

  • What: Come listen to some blues at Cottage Bistro on Main Street.
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4470 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 1; 8 p.m.

Wacken Metal Battle Vancouver Final

  • What: Watch Vancouver’s best up-and-coming metal bands compete for a chance at competing nationally.
  • Where: Red Room Ultrabar – 398 Richards Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 1; 7 p.m.

Friends of the Grove Cocktail party and Fundraiser

  • What: Raise money for the Newton BIA in Surrey by sipping cocktails among the cedar trees.
  • Where: Old Surrey Restaurant – 13483 72nd Avenue, Surrey
  • When: Sunday, May 1; 5 to 8 p.m.

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