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MAY in Vancouver 2019

May in Vancouver

Vancouver’s May calendar features 2019 festivals and events in the Lower Mainland including markets and Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Victoria Day events.


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Vancouver May Event Calendar

May Events in Vancouver

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in May 2019.

Note: Schedules are subject to change – check official websites for exact details.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • DOXA Film Festival – first day of the documentary film festival with films showing at venues around town (May 2-12, 2019).

Friday, May 3, 2019

  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival with films showing at venues around town.
  • Vancouver Marathon Health & Sports Expo – a running and other health and fitness-themed trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 10 am until 8 pm. Admission is free.
  • Art in the City – an art event featuring works by local artists at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street from 7 until 9 pm. Free Admission.
  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission at the Bill Reid First Nation’s art gallery between 2 and 5 pm (because it’s the first Friday of the month).
  • Garden Events
    • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
    • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
    • Darts Hill Garden – open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway.
  • Shipyard Night Market – first night of the season for the evening concerts and market activities at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

  • May the Fourth (be with you)!
    • May the Fourth at Toy Traders – Star Wars characters will likely be in costume at the Lower Mainland’s most amazing toy megastore at 19880 Langley Bypass in the afternoon. Photo opportunities by donation in benefit of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. (To be confirmed.)
    • May the Fourth Family Night – special family-friendly Star Wars-themed activities at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. (To be confirmed for 2019.)
  • Cinco de Mayo – a Mexican celebration with various events around town.
    • Cinco de Mayo in Aldergrove – the Think Generously Society is planning a Mexican-themed fundraising event at Del Pollo at 27248 Fraser Highway in Aldergrove.
  • CityFest – a youth-focused festival and the Lower Mainland’s largest skate competition in North Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Marathon Health & Sports Expo – a running and other health and fitness-themed trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 9 am until 6 pm. Admission is free.
  • Vancouver Marathon Kids Run – the full marathon, half marathon, relay and 8 K races for adults take place tomorrow. Today, however, is when the Kids Run takes place in Stanley Park for children ages 5 to 12.
  • Chilliwack Food Truck Festival – a small food truck event at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack.
  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival with movies showing at venues around town.
  • Art in the City – an art event featuring works by local artists at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street from noon until 5 pm. Free Admission.
  • Garden Events
    • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
    • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
    • Darts Hill Garden – open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Playland – first weekend of the season for Vancouver’s summer amusement park. Open from 11 am to 6 pm.
  • Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – from 9 am to 5 pm at 703 Terminal Avenue not far from Science World.
  • Family Favourites Movies – $2.99 movies at select Cineplex theatres at 11 am.

Free May Events in Vancouver Banner

Sunday, May 5, 2019

  • BMO Vancouver International Marathon – one of the top marathon events in Canada. There are multiple running races with entertainment along the various routes, as well as a street festival and Health & Sports Expo.
  • BC Cider Festival – a cider-sampling event at the Pipe Shop in North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District.
  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival with movies showing at venues around town.
  • Art in the City – an art event featuring works by local artists at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street from noon until 5 pm. Free Admission.
  • Sakura Night Gala – a stand-up dinner and fundraising event at the Stanley Park Pavilion from 6:30 until 9:30 pm as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Tickets cost $150 to $175 plus taxes and online fees, but include a tax receipt.
  • Playland – first weekend of the season for Vancouver’s summer amusement park. Open from 11 am to 6 pm.
  • Garden Events
    • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
    • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
    • Darts Hill Garden – open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
  • Jazz Vespers
    • A jazz concert-style service hosted by St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church but taking place at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.
    • With the Jazz Connexion Band at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church at 885 – 22nd Street in West Vancouver at 4 pm. Admission is by donation.

Monday, May 6, 2019

  • Battle of the Atlantic Parade – to commemorate the end of one of the most significant battles of WWII, a memorial parade and ceremonies take place at North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park. (To be confirmed for 2019.)
  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival with movies showing at venues around town.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack. (To be confirmed.)
  • Metro Vancouver Restaurants – if not such good weather, then perhaps a good day to eat indoors and take in a movie or a show.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival with movies showing at venues around town.
  • Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle – drumming takes place at Stanley Park’s Third Beach from early evening until sunset (assuming sunny weather). Free!
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack. (To be confirmed.)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

  • Tonight for Tomorrow – Mealshare is a program where participating restaurants buy a meal for a youth in need when you purchase one of their participating dinner items. Tonight, for every $1 you spend at select restaurants $1 will be donated to Mealshare. So dine out tonight, enjoy the food and make a difference!
  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival with movies showing at venues around town.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack. (To be confirmed.)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019

  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – under the big top at Lansdowne Centre in Richmond.
  • Vancouver Whitecaps – soccer game against the Portland Timbers at BC Place Stadium.
  • Art World Expo – a large art event at Science World.
  • Ballet BC Presents Program 3 – at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival with movies showing at venues around town.
  • Vancouver Chamber ChoirYouth & Music 2019: Music’s Future concert featuring winners and finalists from the 14th Annual Young Composers’ Competition at Shaughnessy Heights United Church.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway.
  • Darts Hill Garden – open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack. (To be confirmed.)
  • Night Markets
    • Shipyard Night Market – evening concerts and market activities at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.
    • Richmond Night Market – first day of the season for Vancouver’s famous weekend Asian market at 8351 River Road in Richmond.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Mother's Day in Vancouver

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Free May Events in Vancouver Banner

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  • Vancouver Whitecaps – soccer game against the Atlanta United Football Club at BC Place Stadium.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

  • Beaty Nocturnal – UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is open by donation tonight from 5 to 8:30 pm. Guided tours are at 7 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Friday, May 17, 2019

  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – under the big top at Lansdowne Centre in Richmond.
  • Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoors Festival” with all kinds of sporting events and live music (May 17-20).
  • Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – a 4-day cowboy and cowgirl event with bucking broncos, a midway, carnival rides and live entertainment (May 17-20, 2019).
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. (To be confirmed.)
  • Darts Hill Garden – open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Night Markets
    • Richmond Night Market – Vancouver’s famous weekend Asian market at 8351 River Road in Richmond.
    • Shipyard Night Market – evening concerts and market activities at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Victoria Day in Vancouver

Sunday, May 19, 2019

  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – under the big top at Lansdowne Centre in Richmond.
  • Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoors Festival” which includes all kinds of sporting events and live evening concerts.
  • All-British Vancouver-Whistler Run – a continuation of the May 18th show at VanDusen Garden where cars meet at Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver before driving up to Whistler for display there at the Creekside Village Plaza.
  • Royal Victorian Party – old fashioned celebrations at Stewart Farm in Surrey. (Date and details to be confirmed.)
  • Thomas the Train – rides with Sir Topham Hatt on the classic storybook train take place at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. Book your tickets well in advance! (To be confirmed.)
  • Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – a four-day cowboy and cowgirl event with bucking broncos, a midway, carnival rides and live entertainment. TIP: Arrive at the pancake breakfast between 9:30 and 9:59 am and you’ll get free admission to the fair with minimum $3 donation for your pancakes, although 2019 details are to be confirmed!
  • Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – comic workshops, presentations, games and children’s activities at the Roundhouse in Yaletown. Free admission.
  • Vancouver Train Celebrations – to honor the 131st anniversary of the arrival of Engine 374 as the first passenger train in Vancouver, there is birthday cake, speeches and brass band music at the Roundhouse from noon until 3 pm. (To be confirmed.)
  • Darts Hill Garden – open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey. Today features a plant sale at the garden.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Jazz Vespers – a jazz concert-style service hosted by St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church but taking place at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.

Monday, May 20, 2019

  • Victoria Day – the statutory holiday features numerous special events throughout the Lower Mainland (including at Burnaby Village, VanDusen Garden, Cloverdale, Fort Langley, Squamish and Whistler). Click Victoria Day for details.
  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – under the big top at Lansdowne Centre in Richmond.
  • Whistler Go Fest – a “Great Outdoors Festival” which includes live entertainers in the streets of Whistler Village.
  • Fort Langley Parade and Fort Events – historic demonstrations at the fort and a community fair in the park following the Fort Langley May Day Parade.
  • Fort Langley Makers Market – a generally monthly craft fair and celebration in scenic Fort Langley.
  • Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – a four-day cowboy and cowgirl event with bucking broncos, a midway, carnival rides and live entertainment.
  • Thomas the Train – rides with Sir Topham Hatt on the classic storybook train take place at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. Book your tickets well in advance! (To be confirmed.)
  • Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Vancouver Climbing Centres – if not such good weather, then fabulous places to escape the rain include the Lower Mainland’s various indoor climbing facilities.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ladner May Days

Friday, May 24, 2019

  • Ladner May Days – first day of the 3-day community event in Ladner’s Memorial Park with live bands, amusement rides and fastball tournament. (TIP: Ride tickets usually cost just $2 on the first day with little kid rides taking just one ticket and major rides taking two, but for today only, although with 2019 details to be confirmed).
  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – under the big top at Tsawwassen Mills near the BC Ferries Terminal.
  • Surrey International Children’s Festival – art activities, workshops, storytelling and live performances at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. (To be confirmed.)
  • Darts Hill Garden – open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Night Markets
    • Richmond Night Market – Vancouver’s famous weekend Asian market at 8351 River Road in Richmond.
    • Shipyard Night Market – evening concerts and market activities at the Lower Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

  • Ladner May Days – a 3-day community event in Ladner’s Memorial Park with live bands, amusement rides, a pancake breakfast and fastball tournament.
  • Royal Canadian Family Circus – under the big top at Tsawwassen Mills near the BC Ferries Terminal.
  • Vancouver Turkic Festival – a free event celebrating Turkish culture with live music and market vendors at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square in the afternoon and early evening.
  • Thomas the Train – rides with Sir Topham Hatt on the classic storybook train take place at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish. Book your tickets well in advance! (To be confirmed.)
  • Vistas Run – a 5-km walk/run and 10-km race event benefiting the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society at Kanaka Creek Regional Park.
  • Darts Hill Garden – open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
  • Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond.
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • A jazz concert-style service hosted by St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church but taking place at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.
    • At Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Admission by donation.
    • With Siobhan Walsh at St. Andrew’s United Church at 4 pm at 1044 St. George’s Avenue in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation.

Free May Events in Vancouver Banner

Monday, May 27, 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019


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To see what’s happening next month, click June Calendar of Events.


2019 May Events

Here are other events scheduled for May 2019 (with details to be confirmed):

  • Nikkei Spring Bazaar – a Japanese-themed rummage sale at the Nikkei Museum and Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent. Free admission. (Likely in early May 2019, but to be confirmed.)
  • The Rogue Folkies Jam – a free Acoustic Old Time, Folk and Bluegrass open jamming session at Aberthau Mansion at 4397 West 2nd Avenue in Vancouver. Bring your own banjo, fiddle or other instrument! (On various dates in May.)
  • Point Grey Spring Festival – a community event with live music, crafts and other family-friendly activities around the 4400 block of West 10th Avenue in the afternoon. (Likely on a Saturday in early to mid-May, but to be confirmed.)
  • West Coast Amusements – carnival rides at Guilford Mall in Surrey in the afternoon and evening. (Likely around the Mother’s Day Weekend but to be confirmed.)
  • Glades Garden Open House – a beautiful garden in Surrey at 561-172nd Street that’s open to the public only a small number of days including on a weekend in late May (but to be confirmed.). Admission by donation.
  • Clayton Community Festival – a family-friendly community event with parkour and skateboarding demonstrations, bouncy castles, crafts and other activities at the Hillcrest Village & Clayton Crossing Shopping Centre in Surrey. Free admission. (Likely around the Mother’s Day Weekend but to be confirmed.)
  • European Festival – a festival highlighting European culture at Swangard Stadium. (It usually takes place at the end of May but was cancelled in 2018. 2019 details are to be confirmed.)
  • Music on the Bow – free live music at the community centre at 3360 Victoria Drive at John Hendry Park. (2019 dates and details to be confirmed.)
  • Spot Prawn Festival – a small 1-day festival celebrating spot-prawn season at Fishermen’s Wharf not far from Granville Island. (Likely in mid-May 2019, but to be confirmed.)
  • West End Flea Market – a special one-day flea market at the West End Community Centre (likely in late May, but to be confirmed).
  • Alexandra Festival – a community event at Alexandra Neighbourhood House at 2916 McBride Avenue in Crescent Beach, Surrey. It takes place on the last Saturday of May each year and as many as 3000 people attend. (Likely on May 25th in 2019, but to be confirmed).
  • White Rock Buskers Festival – featuring over 20 performers at various locations. Most shows are free. (Possibly in early May, but to be confirmed.)
  • Uptown Street Fest – a street party on Belmont Street in New Westminster from 11 am until 5 pm (in late May).
  • Sounds of Spring – a free music event at Blackie Spit Park at Surrey’s Crescent Beach (likely in late May, but to be confirmed).

Top Things to do in Vancouver

Below are the top five things to do in Vancouver in May.

  1. Treat Mom out to brunch, lunch or dinner for Mother’s Day at any of Metro Vancouver’s best restaurants, and combine it with a family walk at one of Vancouver’s Best Places in Parks and Nature, or just make it a picnic.
  2. Visit Fort Langley – over the May Long Weekend will be one of the best times to visit the fort as they celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday.
  3. Head over to Victoria on Vancouver Island for the May Long Weekend and take in the Victoria Day Celebrations over there.
  4. Go camping on the May Long Weekend at Alice Lake, Rolley Lake, Alouette Lake, Porteau Cove or Cultus Lake, but make your reservations months in advance and take your rain gear just in case.
  5. Go for a bike ride, especially during Bike to Work Week towards the end of the month. Also, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for a Jog, Walk or Cycle for suggestions on leisurely cycling routes.

Typical May Vancouver Weather

Summer is close and the beautiful weather is finally here, at least normally. May is typically one of the nicest months of the year in Vancouver – definitely in the top five.

The days in May are long, the temperature is getting warm, and the sun seems to shine more often than not. It still rains, but less than eight of the other months of the year.

Average high temperatures in May are 16 degrees C (or 61 F) and the lows are in the range of 8 C (or 46 F). It usually only rains about 60 mm (or less than 2.5 inches), which in Vancouver is something to celebrate.

Oddly, the weather almost always seems to be nicer in May than in June – nobody really knows quite why.

Recommended May Activities

Spring flowers are in full bloom around Vancouver in May, and all the trees finally have their leaves. This, plus the increasingly sunny weather and all the snow still usually on the mountain peaks, means that Vancouver is visually at its most spectacular.

May is a great time to check out Vancouver’s beautiful gardens, especially those at Stanley Park, VanDusen Garden, Queen Elizabeth Park and Sun Yat-Sen Garden, or any of Vancouver’s sandy beaches or other best places for nature.

The Cleveland Dam and Capilano River Regional Park in North Vancouver can be especially picturesque this time of the year, with all the green everywhere, but still snow-covered peaks on the Lions mountain peaks in the background.

With the snow-melt run off, Shannon Falls (not far from Squamish) and Bridal Veil Falls in the Fraser Valley can also be especially large and spectacular. If it’s a sunny day, then May is a good month to be almost anywhere outside!

 

 

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