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May Long Weekend in Vancouver

May Long Weekend in Vancouver

Victoria Day in 2024 is on Monday, May 20th. There is a lot to do in the Lower Mainland that weekend including a rodeo, car show and parades.

 

What to do During the Victoria Day Long Weekend

Top May Long Weekend activities in the Lower Mainland most years include the Cloverdale Rodeo in Surrey and the Vancouver All British Field Meet car show at VanDusen Garden. Both of these events are happening in 2024, as is the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, which is free to attend. The Royal Canadian International Circus is tentatively scheduled to host shows in Richmond as well.

Events that also usually take place on the holiday weekend are Fort Langley May Days and the Victoria Day Boat Party. 2024 details for both, however, are to be confirmed.

Other things to do on the long weekend this year include outdoor adventure games with Vancouver Mysteries, walking tours with Forbidden Vancouver, and ropes course adventures with WildPlay in Maple Ridge. Exploring Lower Mainland Parks and Nature and hanging out at any of Vancouver’s Best Beaches are also popular activities. Many of the Lower Mainland’s Outdoor Swimming Pools also open for the season just in time for the holiday.

 

Royal Canadian Circus

All British Field Meet

 

Vancouver All British Field Meet

Hundreds of classic British cars are on display at VanDusen Garden on the May Long Weekend in 2024. This year, the All British Field Meet car show happens on Saturday, May 18th.

At the event there are usually close to 500 vehicles including MGs, Jaguars, Minis and pretty much every imaginable type of British-made car. Every year there are some ultra-special editions too.

If you like British cars and it’s a sunny day, there is no other place you’ll want to be! May is one of the best times of the year to see the gardens anyway, so this weekend is a perfect time to visit VanDusen even if you aren’t a total car fanatic.

Click Vancouver All British Field Meet for more information.

 

VanDusen Classic Car Meet
Vancouver All British Field Meet at VanDusen Garden

 

Victoria Day Weekend Boat Party

Vancouver Boat Parties offers cruises on special occasions throughout the year. In 2023 the company hosted a Victoria Day Weekend Boat Party on Saturday, May 20th. Hopefully a similar event happens on the holiday weekend in 2024.

The 2023 event was a 3-hour cruise that departed from 760 Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver. Boarding began at 8:00 pm and the cruise ran from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. The party concluded at midnight. The Victoria Day Weekend Boat Party was on the Burrard Queen last year. There were both indoor and outdoor decks to enjoy. The event also featured dance floors, DJ music and a premium bar.

2024 event details are to be confirmed. For more information about the floating night club-style event, see our Vancouver Boat Parties article.

 

Royal Canadian Circus

The Royal Canadian International Circus is normally in the Lower Mainland over the May Long Weekend. The circus returns to Metro Vancouver in 2024. Dates for shows are May 2nd to 12th in Surrey and May 16th to 20th in Richmond.

The circus shows are highly recommended, especially for families! There are no exotic animals (which is great), but there are numerous world-class acts.

Tickets for the circus start at just $35 (which is the same as last year). If you use the promo code “VansBestPlaces” when purchasing General Admission tickets for the circus, however, you receive 2-for-1 pricing! (Note: The promo code is good for General Admission, not VIP and Ringside seats.)

For more information see our article about the Royal Canadian Circus or visit royalcanadiancircus.ca.

 

Royal Canadian Circus

Circus Big Top in Surrey
Royal Canadian Circus at Guildford Town Centre

 

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is a free event showcasing all kinds of comic and anime-style art. It takes place at Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre on May 18th and 19th. At the event you can admire art, buy art and meet all kinds of amazing local artists.

The event is one of the biggest comic-themed festivals in Canada. It attracts comic and graphic novel creators from across Canada and around the world. At the festival there are workshops, panel discussions and all kinds of art to see and admire, and admission is free!

 

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

The Cloverdale Rodeo is back again in 2024! This year it runs from Friday, May 17th, until Monday, May 20th.

At the rodeo there are bucking broncos, barrel races, bull riding competitions and more. At the fair there is also a parade, country music, midway rides and all kinds of farm animals. Kids love it, as do young adults and folks of all ages!

Check out our Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair article for more information.

 

Women's Rodeo Barrel Racing
Barrel Racing at the Cloverdale Rodeo

 

Big Dig at Britannia Mine

Britannia Mine is less than an hour’s drive from Vancouver (and 15 minutes or so south of Squamish). It used to be one of the largest copper mines in the world. Today it’s a first-class museum.

On the Saturday of the May Long Weekend in 2023, the Britannia Mine Museum hosted Big Dig. It was a geoscience-themed event with all kinds of interesting displays and things to see and do. At the event were fossils and mining equipment, plus various talks and demonstrations. Hopefully the event returns in 2024. Exact details are to be confirmed.

 

Victoria Day at Fort Langley

Fort Langley is a great place to take the family any time of the year, but especially when they have special events like their Victoria Day celebrations on the holiday Monday.

Festivities in Langley include a parade, community events in the park and activities at the historic fort. After not happening in its usual format for a couple of years, the Fort Langley May Day event was back in 2022. In 2023 the event celebrated its 101st anniversary. Last year’s parade began at 11:00 am and festivities continued at the park from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Details about the event in 2024 are to be confirmed.

Check out Fort Langley May Long Weekend for more details.

 

Weekend Games & Adventures

A number of attractions and adventure companies offer things to do on the May Long Weekend. In 2023, for example, the Vancouver Maritime Museum had an escape room-type event with a rum-running theme on Friday, May 19th. WildPlay in Maple Ridge had an Anti-Gravity Day Camp for kids ages 7 to 14 on the same day. The Fraser River Discovery Centre, meanwhile, hosted an “Environmental Extravaganza” event at a park in Surrey on May 20th. All three of these organizations were also open for regular visitors on the weekend.

Other activities you can do on the Victoria Day Long Weekend include walking tours with Forbidden Vancouver, adventure games with Vancouver Mysteries, and scavenger hunts with Foxtrail. There are also multi-dimensional films at FlyOver Canada and live comedy shows at The Improv Centre on Granville Island.

At the Roundhouse in Yaletown there are Vancouver Train Celebrations. For people who like shopping and outdoor markets, there’s the Richmond Night Market on various nights in Richmond, and farmers markets all over the Lower Mainland including at Lonsdale Quay, Burnaby and Ambleside in West Vancouver.

 

Rocket Man and Piano Man Tribute Concerts

 

Vancouver and Lower Mainland Parks & Beaches

Provided the weather is good, top places to be in Metro Vancouver include city and regional parks as well as provincial parks like Alice Lake near Squamish, Bridal Veil Falls and Cultus Lake in the Fraser Valley, and Rolley Lake near Mission.

If the weather is hot (like it has been in recent years), area beaches are also popular places on the May Long Weekend.

For a list of parks in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Parks and Places in Nature.

For a list of places to hang out on the sand, see our article about Vancouver’s Best Beaches.

 

Other Information

For more great activities in the month of May, check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ May Calendar.

Other articles that may be of interest include the following:

To learn about what’s happening on the May Long Weekend in BC’s capital city, see the website VictoriasBestPlaces.com.