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Top May Events in Vancouver

After months of staying inside where the warmth was, it’s time to see what’s changed and what events are happening in our city. There are countless events, concerts, and markets happening almost every day, but we compiled the top-six list of must-visit May events in Vancouver.

Maplewood Farm’s Sheep Fair — Sunday, May 26, 2013

405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver

Maplewood Farm is a 20-minute drive north from downtown Vancouver and spreads out across the beautiful two hectares of a rural heritage setting. It is a fun and educational destination for the whole family. The farm has an amazing history. Its tradition has been kept for decades, and now more that 200 domestic animals call it home. At Maplewood, spring celebrations start on Sunday, May 26, when you can watch sheep professionally shorn and worked by a border collie dog, and then you spend some time playing with the domestic animals or take a ride on a pony.

Girl Goat Taylor Having Fun with a Goat Named Taylor

Vancouver International Children’s Festival — Monday, May 27, 2013, to Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival has been educating, entertaining, and inspiring young audiences since 1978 and has become a world-renowned festival of performing arts for kids of all ages.

There are a lot of different performances and plays planned for this year. One of the highlights of the festival is Cirque Zuma Zuma, a group of performers from Kenya and Tanzania thrust into stardom by their appearance on America’s Got Talent. This unique African circus troupe boasts jugglers, contortionists, acrobats, music, and dancers. They’ve literally travelled the world, wowing audiences with magic, fun, and excitement set to the rhythmic beats of Afro-jazz.

Candy Ladies How Could You Resist Candies From These Candy Ladies?

From toddlers to tweens, kids of all ages can get creative or just have some fun at one of the many creative art stations. If your kids loved Cirque Zuma Zuma, they can join the African Dance and Music station, Making Music with Found Objects, or Circus Skills. Other activities include Face Painting, Shadow Puppetry, Bicycle Spin-Art, A Kaleidoscopic Outdoor Weaving Experience, Origami, Magical Mystery Maze, Sock Puppets!, and Twist & Toddle.

Come down on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, for an exclusive weekend activity — Me On The Map. Make your mark on the city’s first kid-co-created multi-media installation!

SOS Children’s Village BC Run & Walk 2013 — Sunday, May 26, 2013, 8:00 a.m.

6111 River Road, Richmond

Did you know that…
Only 25 per cent of youth in foster care graduate from high school?
Up to 40 per cent become involved in the youth justice system?
Over 50 per cent of the homeless are in or from the social welfare system?

Join the crowd and run on behalf of local kids in need and experience Richmond’s stunning Olympic Oval Plaza while running or walking along the beautiful middle arm of the Fraser River. There are free on-site activities for friends and families and a Kids Zone. You can run as an individual, family, corporate group, community, or school team. Everyone is more than welcome to join, help, and increase our shared value.

SOS Children Village BC Stretching Muscles Before the Run

Bike To Work Week — Monday, May 27, 2013, to Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bike lanes and roads throughout Vancouver

Healthy lifestyle promotion is taking places everywhere, but HUB — a charitable organization that works to make cycling attractive to everyone — has taken words into action. Bike to Work Week encourages new and keen bikers alike to sign up, log their daily commutes, and win great prizes. Cycling to and from work has many undeniable advantages for your health as well as for the environment. Riding a bike to work and leaving your car in the garage improves air quality and reduces road congestion — to name just a few benefits. So, are you up for the challenge?

To participate in Bike to Work Week, you will need to register here.

bike to work Leave Your at Home and Bike!

Vancouver Craft Beer Week — Friday, May 31, 2013, to Saturday, June 8, 2013

1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

The third year of the annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week is back, featuring larger events, more breweries, and special local and visiting guests. The festival consists of a series of signature festival events and independently organized satellite events at venues around town. The festival starts on Friday, May 31, at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver. You will get a taste of what is to come in the Vancouver brewing scene, as many of BC’s newest craft breweries will be featured together with a number of old favourites. Canapés will be served by presenting partner Craft Beer Market, and as usual there will be a lot of fun stuff including raffles, door prizes, and music. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

vancouver craft beer week1 Cheers!

EAT! Vancouver, Food & Cooking Festival — Friday, May 24, 2013, to Sunday, May 26, 2013

777 Pacific Boulevard , Vancouver

Popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, celebrity chefs, and everyone else fascinated by the culinary world will meet together for a three-day public extravaganza at the newly refurbished BC Place Stadium. You will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, witness dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, and watch exciting culinary competitions. The festival brings fantastic shopping opportunities to 250 exhibit booths and diverse food, beverage, and cooking-related exhibits.

Cold Salon Competition Entry at Eat Festival Cold Salon Competition Entry at Eat Festival

The festival will open EAT! Vancouver’s Bites of Vancouver restaurant pavilion, where the chefs of favourite Lower Mainland restaurants will serve up appetizer portions of their signature recipes. For a nominal charge ($1.00 to $4.00) per item, you will be able to savour the flavours of diverse celebrated eateries.

Tasting Pavilion will be serving a selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Hosted by Daenna Van Mulligen, Vancouver’s Wine Diva, the Grapes & Hops Stage will feature presentations and tastings of local and regional beers and wines by industry experts.

Top April Events in Vancouver

Vancouver Sun Run

Winter is finally over, and the first month of spring is just few days away. What could be better than celebrating the warm days to come outside with our family and friends? Not sure where to go? Check out our list of top must-attend events in April and you will surely find some inspiration.

Sport events

Vancouver Sun Run — April 21, 2013

The Vancouver Sun Run is Canada’s largest ten-kilometre road race. The route begins in Vancouver’s downtown at Burrard Street and Georgia Street. If your New Year’s resolution was to get fit and healthy, this is your time. The ten-kilometre race is the perfect start to working toward your goals. You’re capable of finishing the race if you can manage to run around 70 per cent of the distance — seven kilometres in this case. The rest will follow, as you’ll be driven by the atmosphere and energy around you.

Vancouver Sun Run2

Team Spirit!

No more boring team building activities! Lace up, stand up, and compete with other teams from the industry. The minimum number of team members is ten, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a walker, jogger, runner, or wheelchair user: if you share the will and power, step right in to this fun team-building initiative of the Sun Run.

Burning tires

The wheelchair division of the Vancouver Sun Race is the most inspiring part of the event. Wheelchair athletes can compete for a $2,000 prize and awards in Men’s and Women’s Open and Quad categories.

Top Male Wheelchaird Racer 2011 Kelly Smith
Top Male Wheelchaird Racer 2011 Kelly Smith

Running (with) the Family

It’s never too early to introduce your kids to a healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating and exercise prevent obesity and cardiovascular problems. Get your kids into running shoes and step up to the starting line with them. The Vancouver Sun Run team has prepared a 2.5-kilometre Shaw Mini Sun Run for you and your family this year. Kids of all ages can join and run on their own, in teams, or with their families. It’s recommended that parents or older siblings accompany kids aged 8 and younger.

Vancouver Sun Run Mini Shaw Mini Sun Run

Every registered runner will receive a Vancouver Shaw Mini Run T-shirt, and the names of all participants will be printed in The Vancouver Sun on Monday, April 22, 2013. The Vancouver Sun Run is famous for its energizing atmosphere and vibe, and you should definitely attend — as a runner or as a supporter!

Davis Cup — April 5, 2013–April 7, 2013

Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Davis Cup Group I and Group II second rounds are scheduled from April 5, 2013, to April 7, 2013. There are two matches to be played. The first will be Chile versus Ecuador, and the second one will be Uruguay versus Colombia. Both matches promise a great spectacle, and the winning nations will than advance to the World Group play-offs.

Davis Cup Davis Cup

The second round of Davis Cup in Group II will take place at the same time. Two matches can be seen here as well, between Mexico and El Salvador and between Venezuela and Peru. Winners won’t advance to the play-offs this time, but they will move up to Group I.

Tickets can be bought online via Ticketmaster.

Arts and Performances

CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps — February 16, 2013–June 9, 2013

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street

CO-MIX is the first retrospective exhibition of the world-famous comic artist Art Spiegelman. More than 400 preparatory drawings, sketches, studies, and panels are displayed.

Co Mix Vancouver Art Gallery Co-Mix at Vancouver Art Gallery

The exhibition contains panels showing his early underground comix period in the 1970s, his most widely known work, Maus, and his more recent illustrations, as well as his response to 9/11 events, In the Shadow of No Towers.

Art Spiegelman was born in Stockholm and immigrated with his family to Queens, New York, in 1951. This is the first major exhibition of Spiegelman’s work since the MoMA exhibition of Maus in 1992.

My Turquoise Years — April 4, 2013–May 4, 2013

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

My Turquoise Years is a book-inspired play. It is the eighth book from Victoria writer M.A.C. Farrant — a memoir of the summer of 1960, when the writer was 14 years old. The play presents a vivid picture of 1960 — of the wonders of plastic, Fun-O-Rama, on a black-and-white television, the wonderful optimism, sea of turquoise, and of the desire to remain detached from world events and focus on day-to-day living.

The theatre will host a talk on April 18 for every turquoise enthusiast, and organizers have promised the event will be great! You can get tickets for the talk here.

Family Time and Charity

Vancouver Lego Games — April 28, 2013

Firefighter’s Club
6515 Bonsor Avenue

We all love Lego — regardless of gender or generation. Love of Lego and love of helping others brought five students from the University of British Columbia together to organize a charity LEGO building event to benefit the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice as part of a class project.

They hope to bring together 300 participants — both competitors and spectators — for Canada’s largest charity Lego building event.

There are two separate competitions, Ready, Set, Build! and My Own Creation.

Vancouver Lego Games Vancouver Lego Games

Ready, Set, Build!

No preparation is needed here. You are given Lego bricks and when the theme is announced, you have up to one hour to build the best and most creative model. Judges will choose a winner from each age category and award them prizes.

My Own Creation

Competitors can work on their creation at home, and on the date of the event, they will bring their masterpieces in to showcase them. The are no limitations besides the size of entries, 12 inches by 12 inches, so that all pieces can be displayed properly.

Fish lego Get Inspired by Lego Creations!

Everyone 5 years old and up can join, and that makes Lego Games truly family event. Contestants and creators are split into several categories:

Junior Levels

  • 5 to 7 years old
  • 8 to 10 years old

Upper Levels

  • 11 to 13 years old
  • 14 to 17 years old
  • 18 years old plus

The more family members and friends join, the higher the chance of winning a great prize and the bigger your contribution to charity. The Vancouver Lego Games are the must-attend event in April. See you there!