16 Uniquely Awesome EVENTS in Vancouver This May

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Goodbye April, Hello May! This month, Vancouver ramps up for summer with night markets, an amusement park, a prawn festival and tons more uniquely awesome events:

16  Bloom Abbotsford Tulip Festival
36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford
Until Sunday May 7, 2017
9:00am to Dusk

Venture on out to the Fraser Valley for some tulip fun. The Bloom Abbotsford Tulip Festival runs until May 7th and features blooming tulips, on-site food trucks and picnic areas.

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15  FinTech Vancouver Conference
The Vancouver Club 915
West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Wednesday May 3, 2017
9:00am – 3:00pm

The 3rd annual FinTech Vancouver Conference presented by the Digital Finance Institute focuses on “FinTech and Financial Crime”. If you know what any of the following are then you should attend: blockchain, smart contracts, regtech, fintech, chatbots, quantum computing.


14  Masquerade Party
Graduate Student Society – UBC Vancouver
GSS Ballroom 6371 Crescent Rd., Vancouver
Friday May 5, 2017
7:00pm – 11:00pm

UBC graduate students are invited to “a night of mystery, dancing and casual fun” with a live DJ and masquerade party.


13 DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Thursday May 5 – Friday May 12, 2017 (Weekdays)
Various locations

The seventh DOXA Documentary Film Festival takes over 7 venues in Vancouver for screenings, presentations and special industry programming.


12  Cinco de Mayo en la Casa de Amigos
UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Friday May 5 – Saturday May 6, 2017
5:00pm – 11:00pm (Friday)
3:00pm – 11:00pm (Saturday)

Amigos! It’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta time in Vancouver! Street foods, drinks, live entertainment, markets, Mariachi bands, folk dancers, Luchador wrestlers and more. Dos cervezas, por favor!

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11  Consumer Virtual Reality
Vancouver Convention Centre
Friday May 5 – Sunday May 7, 2017

CVR 2017 brings the world’s best virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technology to Vancouver. The industry day focuses on business connections for developers and investors while the expo days are an all-out tech fest for anybody and everybody interested in the emerging technology.

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Photo/CVR (Facebook)

10  Shipyards Night Market
North Vancouver Shipyards
May 5 –September 29, 2017 (Fridays)
5:00 to 10:00pm
Dogs are allowed

The Port of Vancouver presents Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver. Festivities include food, art, music, entertainment and tons of shopping. See you at the beer garden.

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 Illumination Summer Night Market
12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond
Friday May 5 – Sunday September 10, 2017
7:00pm – 12:00am (Fridays/Saturdays)
7:00pm – 11:00pm (Sundays)

FREE ADMSISION MAY 5-7!!! The infamous Summer Night Market is back with tons of merchant and food vendors, artist showcases and live entertainment.


8  VCAA Hockey Tournament
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
Saturday May 6, 2017
5:30pm – 10:00pm

The 10th annual Vancouver College Alumni Association Hockey Tournament drops the puck as 4 teams battle it out for the top spot. The post-game social takes place at Mahony & Son’s Public House.


7  Playland at the PNE
Pacific National Exhibition, Hastings Park
2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Saturday May 6 – Friday August 18, 2017

Playland is open for the season! There’s three new family rides to check out plus mini golf is now included with admission!


The VSO at the Movies: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Orpheum Theatre
Wednesday May 10 & Thursday May 11, 2017

E.T. phone home? The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be belting out the movie score and soundtrack during this special screening of the family sci-fi classic.


5  After Hours Trivia Night
Vancouver Aquarium
Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:00 – 10:00pm

Another installment of the popular After Hours programming at the Vancouver Aquarium looks to test your marine knowledge. Grab a drink, check out the galleries and take part in the first Trivia Night all after dark. That means no pesky kids!

Photo/Vancouver Aquarium

4  Universe of the Brain
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street, Vanier Park
Thursday May 11, 2017
7:00 – 9:00pm

Vancouver’s Space Centre and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health present an interactive evening on the “universe of the mind”. UBC Graduate Students can register for complimentary tickets.

Photo/H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

3 Spot Prawn Pop-Up
Vancouver Aquarium
Friday, May 12 2017

Learn about sustainable spot prawns while exploring the Aquarium’s galleries during the cocktail reception before making way to the Marine Science Centre’s pop-up setting for the evening. The five course menu with wine pairings is prepared by Chefs Ned Bell and Rob Clark. Proceeds go towards various Vancouver Aquarium initiatives.

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2 Spot Prawn Festival Boil
Saturday May 13, 2017
False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf
1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Shrimp lovers unite! The 11th annual Spot Prawn Festival is upon us. The main event serves up fresh BC spot prawns and sides plus beer and wine samples from the drink tent. All proceeds support the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia.

Photo/Spot Prawn Festival

1 Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair
Cloverdale Fairgrounds
17607-17905 62 Ave, Surrey
Friday May 19 – Monday May 22, 2017

It’s not May long-weekend without the Rodeo & Country Fair now is it? Join the masses at the 4-day event which features bull riding, barrel racing, a petting zoo, lumberjack show, art, music, food and more!

Photo/Cloverdale Rodeo

By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch

Amar enjoys writing for online publications and working with film festivals. He also likes his beer chilled and ranch sauce with pizza.

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