This week: celebrate the best of B.C. food and wine, dance like nobody is watching, check out a musical + more
1. Go Fest – Friday, May 19 to Monday, May 22
Great Outdoors Festival Whistler’s Great Outdoors festival includes axe-throwing, adventure movies, wine and art classes, digital photography, free concerts and ‘choose your own adventure’ events all through the long weekend.
For more information on events and activities, click here.
2. Mindful Mass Meditation – Saturday, May 20
Mindful Mass/Facebook No time to meditate? Join this mass meditation at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, May 20th. Join teacher Carolyn Anne Budgell for 30 minutes of peace and quiet, held in the rotunda of the gallery (no props needed, just sit on the stairs).
Doors open at 8:45 a.m. and the meditation begins at 9 a.m. sharp
Vancouver Art Gallery, free
3. Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, May 21
Vancouver Comic Arts Festival/FestivalComic lovers can head to Yaletown this weekend to check out a two-day celebration of the comic arts with readings, presentations, panel discussions and a large exhibition area featuring publishers, comic authors and artists.
Entry is free, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days; Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Click here for more information.
4. The Show at Emily Carr University – Now until Sunday, May 21
Emily Carr University Catch the artists of the future at this exhibition of 300 works from this year's Design, Media and Visual Arts graduates from the Emily Carr University. It’s the final time it will be held at the Granville Island campus.
1399 Johnston Street
For more information, click here.
5. Top Drop – Tuesday, May 23 & Wednesday, May 24
Top Drop Vancouver/FacebookMeet the makers from international terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries and taste some of the world’s finest tipples at “The Most Awesome Wine Event of the Year”: Top Drop’s The Main Event on May 24th. Wine and food lovers can also enjoy one of the five winemaker dinners at Mamie Taylor’s, Burdock & Co, Provence Marinaside, L’Abattoir and Wildebeest on May 23.
Tickets $75 (proceeds go to the BC Hospitality Foundation)
The Main Event 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
6. Chef Meets BC Grape – Thursday, May 25
Chef Meets BC Grape/FacebookNinety B.C. wineries will be pouring tasters of more than 350 BC VQA wines, paired with small plates by top chefs from local restaurants to celebrate the best of B.C. food and drink. A portion of the proceeds benefit local charities such as Ocean Wise, The Arts Club and the BC Hospitality Foundation.
Tickets $90, 7 p.m., Vancouver Convention Centre East
7. Dance in Transit – Saturday, May 20 to Saturday, September 2
Dance in Transit/FacebookFighting Vancouver’s ‘no fun’ reputation one footstep at a time, Dance in Transit is a free festival that includes mini-lessons, demonstrations, social dancing, conversation, and connections in outdoor spaces such as Robson Square, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, Plaza of Nations, and Jim Deva Plaza.
Free, various times and locations.
Click here for full schedule.
8. Talking Trees Tour – Now until October 2017
Mitch WintonSea to Sky Gondola’s new Talking Trees Tour follows the 1.6 km Panorama Trail for a 90-minute excursion with a local First Nations guide and cultural ambassador who shares knowledge of the cultural uses of the alpine forest and points out the variety of local plants that were harvested by Skwxu7mesh Uxwumixw First Nations people for food, technology and medicine.
Tickets $75, including gondola; $35 without
12 p.m. daily, depart from the firepit at Bodhi's Plaza
9. Kitsilano Farmers Market – Now until Sunday, October 22
Kitsilano Farmers’ Market/FacebookSpring is in the air (no, really) and the Vancouver Farmers Markets are starting to open for the season. Alongside the Trout Lake Market, Kitsilano is now open for summer 2017 and is home to local farm stalls selling fresh fruit, veggies and other produce; as well as food trucks, local beer, wine and spirit makers, and artisans.
Entry is free, Kitsilano Farmer's Market runs every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 10th Avenue and Larch Street
10. Million Dollar Quartet – Now until Sunday, July 9
Arts ClubSet in Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956, when rock-and-roll legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry-Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins performed together for the first and only time, this jukebox musical includes hits such as That’s Alright, Folsom Prison Blues, Great Balls of Fire and Blue Suede Shoes.
Tickets from $29, various times and dates; Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville Street
Click here for more information.