20 things to do in Vancouver this long weekend

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It’s that time again – the Victoria Day long weekend! The weather may not cooperate, and you may not be getting out of town, but there’s still plenty to do in the city.

From getting down to some naked yoga in the dark to laughing it up on the Eastside, here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this long weekend.

Saturday, May 21

Naked Yoga in the Dark

  • What: Drop your expectations as you drop your pants. Class is taught in soft dim lighting so you can see the edge of your mat to keep your balance; this is not about staring at your neighbour’s bits and pieces.
  • Where: Private location in downtown Vancouver, check Eventbrite for details
  • When: Saturday, May 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., class open to everyone.

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: One of the most popular farmers’ markets in Vancouver, Trout Lake has food trucks on site and a variety of vendors selling all manner of food stuffs.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cloverdale Rodeo

  • What: Watch cowboys and cowgirls from around the world take part in Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding events, as well as Ladies Barrel Racing, at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair in Surrey.
  • Where: Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – 6050 176 Street, Surrey
  • When: Saturday, May 21. Rodeo performances at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., country fair open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. (no entry after 10 p.m.). Continues through Monday
  • Tickets: Available on the Cloverdale Rodeo website, $10 for gate entry, $25 for rodeo performances.

Mild May Cask Fest

  • What: At the first ever English Mild Cask Fest you’ll be able to sample six of Vancouver’s finest Milds from breweries including Real Cask, Powell Street, Ravens, Doan’s and Moody Ales.
  • Where: The Belmont Bar – 1006 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available on Eventbrite, $20 – $25

Rainforest Adventure and Barefoot Meditation

  • What: Come on a low tide barefoot adventure along the Spanish Banks followed by a journey through the Pacific Spirit Regional Park rainforest. Rewild yourself for a few hours and learn an immersive meditation practice that will help you experience nature’s beauty with a heightened sense of awe and wonder.
  • Where: Meet at Jericho Beach Hostel – 1515 Discovery Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, May 21, midday to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available on Eventbrite, $10 – $15

Coastal City Ballet: Swan Lake

  • What: Glorious costumes and imaginative sets bring this heart wrenching love story to life. Choreographer Irene Schnedier delivers a modern twist to this must see timeless classic that the whole family will love.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m.
  • More: coastalcityballet.com

Andrew Bird

  • What: With his new album, Are You Serious, musician Andrew Bird is reflecting his own experience. And with contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, he attains a level of expression that’s a personal, evolutionary leap – a good time to catch him in concert.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, May 21, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Blueprint Live

Panda Market

  • What: With a smorgasbord of international cuisine and a range of exciting new foods visitors to the Panda Market, also known as the International Summer Night Market, are guaranteed an evening of great eating.
  • Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to Midnight, Sundays and holidays, 7 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, May 22

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: This friendly get-together takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.
  • Where: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street – Vancouver
  • When: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DreamTalks: The Future of Humanity

  • What: DreamTalks brings together inspirational speakers with people who want to change the world for the better. Three uplifting performances, 21 inspirational talks and more than 700 dreamers await you.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 22, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Eventbrite, starting at $77 in advance

Engine 374 129th Anniversary Celebration

  • What: The 129th anniversary celebration of CPR Engine 374: the engine that made history by pulling the first trans-continental passenger train into Vancouver. See Engine 374 make her annual trip out onto the Roundhouse Turntable. Watch her steam up and hear the whistle blow!
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 22, midday to 3 p.m.

The Elusive, Imaginary Future

  • What: The 2015/2016 Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Annex series concludes with music inspired by worlds of the imagination and predictions of the future, including Edgard Varèse’s Octandre, Melissa Hui’s From Dusk to Dawn and Julia Wolfe’s The Vermeer Room.
  • Where: Annex – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from VSO, $30

Sunday Paella Series at Boulevard

  • What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will continue their ongoing Sunday Supper Series this spring when Executive Chef Alex Chen conjures up the rustic flavours of Spain’s national dish with a string of events featuring Paella as the centrepiece.
  • Where: Boulevard – 845 Burrard Street (at the Sutton Place Hotel)
  • When: Every Sunday in May at 6 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available online here, $49 per person plus tax and gratuity (two-guest minimum)

Gastown Chicken Fight

  • What: A collection of Gastown restaurants are coming together to compete in a whisky inspired wing cook-off. A mix of judges scores and audience voting will determine which team has created the most delicious, awesome, whisky-flavoured wings.
  • Where: The Lamplighter Public House – 92 Water Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, May 22, 4 p.m.
  • More: donnellygroup.ca

Monday, May 23

How to Let Go of the World + Q&A

  • What: Oscar-nominated Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox is bringing his latest documentary to Vancouver. His mission? To stop the building of oil and gas infrastructure and speed the transition to renewable energies. Fox will host a Q&A after the film.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, May 23, doors 5:30 p.m., movie 6 p.m.
  • Tickets: This screening is a benefit for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund. Tickets available from the Rio, $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Victoria Day Family Fun

  • What: This will be a free morning of fun for the family, including play gym (with a bouncy castle), arts and crafts, games, balloon art, and more! A pizza and healthy snacks concession will be available.
  • Where: Sunset Community Centre – 6810 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, May 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Scintilla Film Festival

  • What: The Scintilla Film Festival aims to provide a unique platform upon which young film makers may explore the realm of imagination and embark on their journey to bring their emotion and feelings to the silver screen.
  • Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, May 23, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available on Eventbrite, $30

Jump in an outdoor pool

  • What: Grab your swimsuit – Vancouver’s outdoor pools are set to open this weekend and most will be open on Victoria Day, including Kits Pool and Second Beach Pool.
  • Where: All across Vancouver
  • When: Various hours, check full schedule here: vancouver.ca

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

  • What: With a moniker that namechecks both The Rolling Stones’ multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones and one of the largest cult tragedies of all time, this American band is always ready to bring a freaky experience, psychedelic sound and riff-based rock to the stage.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, May 23, doors 8 p.m., show 9:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Ticketmaster, $30 plus fees

Laugh Gallery with Graham Clark!

  • What: Watch some of the city’s brightest comics! Graham Clark (Stop Podcasting Yourself) hosts this eclectic show where you get to laugh a lot and you might win a prize!
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, May 23, 9 to 10 p.m.
  • Tickets: Available from Eventbrite, $5 plus fees

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