13 MAY EVENTS to Add to Your Calendar

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We survived April showers and alas, May has arrived.  Open up your calendar and get ready to fill up your month! Here’s our insider guide to the coolest events in the city:

13 Weekly Stories at The Drive Coffee Bar

The perfect pairing, coffee and stories join forces during Weekly Stories, a 1hr Storytelling Show Wednesdays at The Drive Coffee Bar! Every week, hear tales told by the cities best storytellers!  Did we mention you can order alcohol at this cafe? Bonus: La Grotta sandwiches and Cartem’s Donuts.

Admission is by donation.

When | Every Wednesday
Time | 7 PM
Where|  1670 Commercial Drive
Website | www.facebook.com/events/239723963220898/

12 Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg Exhibit

Consider this your LAST chance to see Takashi Murakami‘s colorful exhibition: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The renowned showcase was initially organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and this year, Vancouver fans of the legendary Japanese artist were lucky enough see a bevy of paintings and sculptures in person.

What are you waiting for? The exhibition wraps up May 6! (All the cool kids are doing it.)

Where|  Vancouver Art Gallery 
Website | www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_murakami.html

Takashi Murakami exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery
(Photo/La Carmina)

11 Art World Expo

With nature and eco-sustainability at the forefront, the annual Art World Expo gala is one of BC’s TOP art events, and features over 100 local and international artists, body painters – including a world famous body painting competition –  live musicians and performers!  The event for those in seek of an “out-of-the-box” experience.

Proceeds support the Make and Break Arts Foundation.

When | May 11 and May 12
Time | 7:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Where|  Telus World of Science
Website | www.eventbrite.com/e/art-world-expo-2018-tickets-35468901439

10 Aeriosa at The Dance Centre

Dance and rock-climbing come together to explore new heights during Aeriosa. Led by Artistic Director, Julia Taffe, this show explores the many qualities, forms and lifecycles of bamboo, brought to life by a cast of badass dancers, with music by award-winning composer Jordan Noble.  Don’t worry, we promise you won’t be left in suspense.

When | May 24-  26
Where| Scotiabank Dance Centre
Cost | $32 regular/$24 students & seniors
Website | www.thedancecentre.ca/events/global_dance_connections_2017_2018

9 The Colin Mochrie Experience

It’s time to excercise your funny bone! Vancouver TheatreSports alumni, and star of Whose Line Is It Anyway, improv master Colin Mochrie takes the stage at The Vogue Theatre this month to host a complete laugh-fest. You can also catch Colin on May 24 at the Improv Theatre for Colin Up Close and Personal, for a more intimate performance, and Colin and Friends on May 26 – also at the Improv Theatre.

Tickets for the performance at The Vogue Theatre go on sale Monday, April 16 at 10:00am.

When | May 25
Time | 7:30 PM
Where|  The Vogue Theatre 
Website | www.vtsl.com

Colin Mochrie

8 DOXA Film Festival

Documentary addict? Every year, the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Western Canada’s largest documentary film festival, offers screenings of some of the world’s most exceptional documentaries to audiences throughout the Lower Mainland!

Check out the Programmers’ picks here.

When | May 3 – 13
Where|  Multiple locations throughout Vancouver 
Website | www.doxafestival.ca

7 Fenntessa Swimwear Launch Party and Fashion Show

Babes, bikinis, and beer. Need we say more? Alright, we will.

The Fenntessa Annual Launch Party & Fashion Show on May 5th promises to be Badass with a capital B! This year the fun, flirty and local swimwear brand – helmed by sisters Robyn and Cami Rush – will be teaming up with rad musical collaborations, cool beer sponsors and amazing local talent to bring you a Fenntessa experience you won’t forget! (There will also be fun games such as corn hole, giant Jenga and beer pong!)  Watch Vancouver’s hottest ladies strut the runway showcasing the brand’s newest 2018 swimwear collection.

When | May 5
Where|  4015 Fraser Street
Website | www.eventbrite.ca/e/fenntessa-launch-party-fashion-show-tickets-43766551935?aff=efbeventtix

Fenntessa Annual Launch Party & Fashion Show

6 Virtual Reality Film Festival

The future is VR and the future is now. Western Canada’s premier immersive technology film festival, VRFF, changes the way we tell stories – 360 degrees at a time. A super cool opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of VR with the most innovative tech and creative content.

When | May 18 – 20
Where| CBC Broadcasting Studio
Website | http://yvrff.com/

5 Cinco de Mayo (Drinko)

We live for Cinco de Mayo.  Seriously. (It’s circled, highlighted and starred in our calendars.)  We can’t help that we’re so hooked on Mexican food and tequila.  For our list of fun places to celebrate check out our  TOP 5| Cinco de Drinko Spots in Vancouver

When | May 5
Where|  Everywhere (Pretty much every Mexican restaurant) 

Places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Vancouver
(Photo/Populist Media)

4 2018 Chocolate Challenge

It’s the sweetest battle! Watch seven of Vancouver’s master chocolatiers go head-to-head for The Gourmet Warehouse 6th annual Chocolate Challenge.  Masters will work alongside their top protegees to impress guests with an assortment of original bonbons – AND impress the judges. This year’s judges include Christophe Bonzon from Chez Christophe, Thierry Busset from Thierry, Thomas Haas from Thomas Haas, Steven Hodge from Temper Pastry, Greg Hook from Chocolate Arts, Danny Capadouca from Okanagan College, and Jeffry Kahle from the Fairmont Pacific Rim.
In addition to chocolate, there will be gourmet food stations and wine bars, and a silent auction where guests can bid on items including a trip to San Francisco, tickets for a hands-on sushi making workshop, and invitations for chef table tasting menus at some of the top restaurants in town.
The 2018 Chocolate Challenge is all in support of a great cause.  Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Vancouver Firefighter Charities Snacks for Kids program, Project Chef, and the Strathcona Backpack Program.

When | May 10
The Gourmet Warehouse 
Website |

3 Crafted Vancouver

Welcome Crafted Vancouver, new city-wide, month-long festival in May taking the image of craft to the next level. This unique event connects craft makers to collectors and up-and-coming craft appreciators, all around Vancouver.

Programming includes private studio tours, and workshops on how to create beautiful woven tapestry and on how to hand-sew your own tote bags! Sign us up!

When | May 24 – 28
Where|  Multiple locations throughout Vancouver 
Website | www.craftedvancouver.com

Crafted Vancouver 2018
(Photo/Crafted Vancouver)

2 Vancouver Design Week

IMPACT is the central theme for Vancouver Design Week 2018!  A week-long celebration of world-class local design talent, varying in disciplines, VDW attendees are invited to take part in a variety of city-wide workshops, events and activities from Gastown to UBC.

From talks to tours, exhibitions to workshops, to a variety of exciting parties, design from all disciplines will open its doors to conversations, installations and celebrations of all scales, uncovering the unique design ecosystems that shape, define and sustain our city.

When | May 7 – 13
Where|  Multiple locations throughout Vancouver 
Website | www.vancouverdesignwk.com

1 Art Smash

Just when you thought Granville Island couldn’t get any more lively, BOOM! In enters Art Smash!  A new annual event in partnership with the Vancouver Mural Festival, Art Smash is a celebration of visual art in public spaces. Thanks to the talents of nine local artists and one international muralist, Granville Island will come alive with some sweet new murals starting May 1st.

The murals will occupy walls around The Chain & Forge – Granville Island’s newest public space – located underneath the Granville Street Bridge.

Participating artists include renowned Musqueum artist, Debra Sparrow, Lauren Brevner, Kelsey Hall (KC Hall), James Harry, Sandeep Johal, Kari Kristensen, Eric Louie, Victoria Sieczka and Jeremy Wong (JNASTY). Watch out for Spanish artist Ruben Sanchez, who will be bringing his signature feel-good, skateboard-and-graffiti-inspired style to Granville Island!

The Murals will take roughly 10 days to complete and will be officially unveiled on May 12th during the Art Smash Street Party!

When | May 1 – 12
Where|  Granville Island 
Website | www.granvilleisland.com/events/art-smash

Art Smash on Granville Island
(Photo/Elettra Communications)

Did we miss any? Let us know!

Vancouver Art Gallery, Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Science World at TELUS World of Science, Quebec St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vogue Theatre, Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
4015 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
CBC Vancouver, Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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