A comprehensive list of May events in Vancouver for 2017. Highlights include: night markets, burlesque shows, free comic book day, Victoria Day long weekend and much more

Go to a specific week: May 1 – 7 | May 8 – 14 | May 15 – 21 | May 22 – 31

Monday, May 1, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing – A comedy show about books – Funny people read from the worst books they can find.
  • BlanketFort – The fort with the most fort returns to The Astoria to delight and entertain you. Roll up your sleeves on your PJs and help construct a giant BlanketFort in which a comedy show happens.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

  • Punk Rock Circus – Drink beer, watch punk as fuck bands and see bear witness to some of the craziest sideshow performers south of the border
  • Fox Hole Stand-Up Comedy – Stand-up comedy every Wednesday in the Projection Room, upstairs at the Fox Cabaret, for free!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

  • Free Comic Book Day – Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE
  • Got Craft? Spring Edition – Huge craft fair featuring jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationery, housewares, plush toys, and more.
  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • Petsmart National Adoption Weekend – Meet your new best friend at PetSmart Charities of Canada’s National Adoption Weekend, taking place May 5-7 at all PetSmart stores across Canada.
  • THE SHOW at Emily Carr – Featuring more than 300 works from this year’s Design, Media and Visual Arts graduates, The Show at Emily Carr University highlights student creativity and innovation. Ongoing until May 21
  • Teen Angst Night – A popular comedic reading series that’s been running since 2000. Readers can share anything (poetry, songs, letters, journals, diaries, essays, stories, plays, lists, etc), as long as it’s awkward as hell!
  • Casa de Amigos – A Cinco de Mayo Celebration – A Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring live entertainment, traditional folk dancers, Luchador Wrestlers, authentic cuisine and beverages. 19+ event, fully licensed.
  • Burlesque Long Form – Vancouver’s most celebrated burlesque performers will have one chance to perform a full ten minute act.
  • Trout Lake Farmers Market – Sample artisan breads & preserves, stock up on free-range and organic eggs & meats, get the freshest, hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver. Free entry for opening weekend!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • Got Craft? Spring Edition – Huge craft fair featuring jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationery, housewares, plush toys, and more.
  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • 6th Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge – Artists of all skill levels are invited to capture their own artistic take on spring in this fun, fulfilling, and FREE challenge, the largest of its kind in Canada.
  • Petsmart National Adoption Weekend – Meet your new best friend at PetSmart Charities of Canada’s National Adoption Weekend, taking place May 5-7 at all PetSmart stores across Canada.
  • THE SHOW at Emily Carr – Featuring more than 300 works from this year’s Design, Media and Visual Arts graduates, The Show at Emily Carr University highlights student creativity and innovation. Ongoing until May 21
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market – A bustling market with 50+ farms and producers bringing the finest and freshest food in the city.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver. Free entry for opening weekend!
  • The Sunday Service – A very popular weekly improv comedy show for comedy lovers

Monday, May 8, 2017

  • Stacked Comedy at Yagger’s – A Stand Up Comedy showcase in the heart of Kitsilano featuring some of the best Comedians working in Vancouver as well touring headliners from across the US and Canada.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

  • Puzzled Pint – Teams of 2-8 participants come out and discover a new bar/pub/resto each month to complete paper puzzles (logic, crosswords, folding, etc.)
  • An Evening of Storytelling – Ten storytellers share original stories! $5 cover includes a ballot to vote for your favourites.
  • Drunk Spelling Bee – Its a spelling bee that is also a drinking game. If your team spells the word correctly, the room drinks. If you spell it incorrectly, only your team drinks. You collect points for words spelled correctly and the first team to 10 points wins a prize!
  • Gastown Cabaret Motown May – Get ready to get down to three thrilling sets of burlesque, belly dance, contortion, drag, and random hilariousness all to the sensational sounds of Motown.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

  • Fox Hole Stand-Up Comedy – Stand-up comedy every Wednesday in the Projection Room, upstairs at the Fox Cabaret, for free!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

  • After Hours at the Aquarium – Give your random marine knowledge a porpoise and join us at the first-ever Trivia Night at our next adults-only After Hours here at the Vancouver Aquarium.
  • Movies in the Morgue – Watch “Unusual Suspects” while cuddled up in the local morgue. Cozy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

  • North Vancouver Shipyards Market – Live music, a beer garden, food, art, music… Dogs are allowed and you can buy things like jewelry, clothing, baking, organic meats, and much more.
  • Art World Expo Vancouver –  Art World Expo is happening at Science World, showcasing artists working in mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, body art and photography.
  • THE SHOW at Emily Carr – Featuring more than 300 works from this year’s Design, Media and Visual Arts graduates, The Show at Emily Carr University highlights student creativity and innovation. Ongoing until May 21
  • We All Float Down Here: A Burlesque Tribute to Stephen King – Following a sold out performance at the Rio theatre in March, Vancouver’s favourite ‘nerdlesque’ troupe return for an encore performance of their weirdest… and creepiest… show yet.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver.
  • Richmond Night Market – The biggest night market in Richmond with hundreds of food and merchandise booths, giant dinosaurs, and lots more surprises.
  • Story Story Lie – Part storytelling, part comedy, part game show and all entertainment. Five of Vancouver’s best share spectacular stories. The catch is, one story is a lie.
  • Graham Clark’s Quiz Show – A comedy show that cherry picks the best segments of game shows and presents them all in one bizarre event! Prizes to be won, heads to be scratched!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

  • Spot Prawn Festival – Each year at the Spot Prawn Festival, Chefs’ Table Society member chefs from across the Lower Mainland serve you fresh-from-the-boat spot prawns.
  • Thank Dog I Am Out – #DontShopAdopt Walk – A charity walk that aims to raise awareness of dog rescue with dogs, BBQ, DJs, and much more.
  • Vancouver Arts Lip Sync Battle III – Watch Vancouver’s dance and theatre communities battle it out for Lip Sync Supremacy for the third year in a row! Featuring pretend singing, amazing dancing, cash bar, a silent auction and free popcorn.
  • Trout Lake Farmers Market – Sample artisan breads & preserves, stock up on free-range and organic eggs & meats, get the freshest, hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver.
  • Richmond Night Market – The biggest night market in Richmond with hundreds of food and merchandise booths, giant dinosaurs, and lots more surprises.
  • VidLaser Radiohead / Dark Side of the Moon – A weekly laser show featuring the highlights and constellations over Vancouver’s night sky with the soundtrack of your favourite songs from RadioHead and Pink Floyd

Sunday, May 14, 2017

  • THE SHOW at Emily Carr – Featuring more than 300 works from this year’s Design, Media and Visual Arts graduates, The Show at Emily Carr University highlights student creativity and innovation. Ongoing until May 21
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market – A bustling market with 50+ farms and producers bringing the finest and freshest food in the city.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver.
  • Richmond Night Market – The biggest night market in Richmond with hundreds of food and merchandise booths, giant dinosaurs, and lots more surprises.
  • The Sunday Service – A very popular weekly improv comedy show for comedy lovers

Monday, May 15, 2017

  • Woo Hoo! Classic Simpson’s Trivia – Tough Simpson’s themed trivia in an awesome environment with good times, lots of laughs, great specials, and more at The American! Questions are only concerned with seasons 1 – 9!
  • Stacked Comedy at Yagger’s – A Stand Up Comedy showcase in the heart of Kitsilano featuring some of the best Comedians working in Vancouver as well touring headliners from across the US and Canada.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

  • Fox Hole Stand-Up Comedy – Stand-up comedy every Wednesday in the Projection Room, upstairs at the Fox Cabaret, for free!

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017

  • North Vancouver Shipyards Market – Live music, a beer garden, food, art, music… Dogs are allowed and you can buy things like jewelry, clothing, baking, organic meats, and much more.
  • Eastside Flea Shop N-Bop – Select vendors, a DJ, artisan showrooms, pinball & pool, and seasonal drink specials! 6-10pm
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver.
  • Richmond Night Market – The biggest night market in Richmond with hundreds of food and merchandise booths, giant dinosaurs, and lots more surprises.
  • Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair – A little bit of country just outside the city! Four days of rodeo and country fun with BBQs, horseback riding, and more family fun.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – A two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world.
  • THE SHOW at Emily Carr – Featuring more than 300 works from this year’s Design, Media and Visual Arts graduates, The Show at Emily Carr University highlights student creativity and innovation. Ongoing until May 21
  • Trout Lake Farmers Market – Sample artisan breads & preserves, stock up on free-range and organic eggs & meats, get the freshest, hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver.
  • Richmond Night Market – The biggest night market in Richmond with hundreds of food and merchandise booths, giant dinosaurs, and lots more surprises.
  • Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair – A little bit of country just outside the city! Four days of rodeo and country fun with BBQs, horseback riding, and more family fun.
  • VidLaser Radiohead / Dark Side of the Moon – A weekly laser show featuring the highlights and constellations over Vancouver’s night sky with the soundtrack of your favourite songs from RadioHead and Pink Floyd

Sunday, May 21, 2017

  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – A two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world.
  • THE SHOW at Emily Carr – Featuring more than 300 works from this year’s Design, Media and Visual Arts graduates, The Show at Emily Carr University highlights student creativity and innovation. Ongoing until May 21
  • DreamDance Vancouver – These are non-alchoholic events that are for super high-vibing and loving people who want to be free for a night.
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market – A bustling market with 50+ farms and producers bringing the finest and freshest food in the city.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver.
  • Richmond Night Market – The biggest night market in Richmond with hundreds of food and merchandise booths, giant dinosaurs, and lots more surprises.
  • Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair – A little bit of country just outside the city! Four days of rodeo and country fun with BBQs, horseback riding, and more family fun.
  • The Sunday Service – A very popular weekly improv comedy show for comedy lovers

Monday, May 22, 2017

  • Victoria Day Stat Holiday
  • Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair – A little bit of country just outside the city! Four days of rodeo and country fun with BBQs, horseback riding, and more family fun.
  • Stacked Comedy at Yagger’s – A Stand Up Comedy showcase in the heart of Kitsilano featuring some of the best Comedians working in Vancouver as well touring headliners from across the US and Canada.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017

  • North Vancouver Shipyards Market – Live music, a beer garden, food, art, music… Dogs are allowed and you can buy things like jewelry, clothing, baking, organic meats, and much more.
  • Critical Mass Vancouver – Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 6pm to join other bikers on a ride around town. Get a bike!
  • The Empire Strips Back: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure – Vancouver’s favourite ‘nerdlesque’ troupe, the Geekenders, return to East Van’s Rio Theatre with a revamped version of their smash hit production.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver.
  • Richmond Night Market – The biggest night market in Richmond with hundreds of food and merchandise booths, giant dinosaurs, and lots more surprises.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

  • The Empire Strips Back: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure – Vancouver’s favourite ‘nerdlesque’ troupe, the Geekenders, return to East Van’s Rio Theatre with a revamped version of their smash hit production.
  • Trout Lake Farmers Market – Sample artisan breads & preserves, stock up on free-range and organic eggs & meats, get the freshest, hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver.
  • Richmond Night Market – The biggest night market in Richmond with hundreds of food and merchandise booths, giant dinosaurs, and lots more surprises.
  • Taboo Revue Burlesque Variety Show – Join a cast of over 20 teasers will tantalize your senses with an evening of dreamy dances, glamorous group numbers, and hilarious comedic antics.
  • Art Battle Vancouver – Doors at 10pm, 2 rounds of all-star 20 minute painters, all paintings up for silent auction! This is an event that you definitely don’t want to miss at Woodwards Atrium.
  • West of Main Art Walk – Festivities stretch from Point Grey to Main Street and from Granville Island to 41st Avenue, as a vibrant community of more than 50 artists share their works in garden studios, cafés, shops, and community centres.
  • VidLaser Radiohead / Dark Side of the Moon – A weekly laser show featuring the highlights and constellations over Vancouver’s night sky with the soundtrack of your favourite songs from RadioHead and Pink Floyd

Sunday, May 28, 2017

  • Vancouver Postcard Club Annual Show and Sale – Come see how your great-grandparents ‘tweeted’; in 1910, in BC alone – with a population of 407,000 – over 2.7 million postcards were mailed, come see why postcards are the third most collected item in the world.
  • Veg Expo 2017 – A day for the entire family to enjoy with an interactive kid zone, cooking demonstrations with local celebrated chefs, information on locally sourced foods and products, sustainable home and transit zones, vegetation lounge, fitness showcase, and of course – lots of SAMPLES!
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market – A bustling market with 50+ farms and producers bringing the finest and freshest food in the city.
  • Illumination Night Market – A night market in Richmond with lots of food, things to buy, and the first and largest ever summer lighting show in Vancouver.
  • Richmond Night Market – The biggest night market in Richmond with hundreds of food and merchandise booths, giant dinosaurs, and lots more surprises.
  • The Sunday Service – A very popular weekly improv comedy show for comedy lovers
  • West of Main Art Walk – Festivities stretch from Point Grey to Main Street and from Granville Island to 41st Avenue, as a vibrant community of more than 50 artists share their works in garden studios, cafés, shops, and community centres.

Monday, May 29, 2017

  • HUB Bike to Work Week – During the week you can then visit a celebration station for free coffee, snacks, bicycle tune-ups and more daily giveaways.
  • Stacked Comedy at Yagger’s – A Stand Up Comedy showcase in the heart of Kitsilano featuring some of the best Comedians working in Vancouver as well touring headliners from across the US and Canada.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

  • HUB Bike to Work Week – During the week you can then visit a celebration station for free coffee, snacks, bicycle tune-ups and more daily giveaways.
  • SNAG Live Painting and Art Raffle – Live painting event. You can buy raffle tickets to enter to win one of the original art works for super cheap! Held at The American.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

  • HUB Bike to Work Week – During the week you can then visit a celebration station for free coffee, snacks, bicycle tune-ups and more daily giveaways.
  • Fox Hole Stand-Up Comedy – Stand-up comedy every Wednesday in the Projection Room, upstairs at the Fox Cabaret, for free!

This list is updated regularly. If there’s something you think we’ve missed, send an email to suggestions@boredinvancouver.com