Sample local cider, run the full or half, party with one of Ru's girls + more
1. Sol Fiesta Mexico – Saturday, May 4
Facebook/Latincouver FansCelebrate with traditional Mexican rhythms at an evening of live music, DJs and dance acts from Latin America, including Mariachi Los Dorados.
Harbour Event Centre, 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver; 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Tickets $20 in advance or $30 on the door
2. VegExpo – Sunday, May 5
Facebook/VegExpoLearn about everything vegan and sustainable at VegExpo, which is designed for people at any stage of a plant-based diet journey. Vegan-friendly vendors will be showcasing innovative and inspiring new products and services.
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tickets $20
3. BrickCan – Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5
Facebook/Brick Can FoundationThe province’s largest public exhibition of Lego creations features hundreds of models built by fans from all over the world. Visitors can shop at unique Lego vendors or get imaginative in the BrickCan Creation Station.
River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Road, Richmond; From 9 a.m.; Tickets $17
4. B.C. Cider Festival – Sunday, May 5
Facebook/BC Cider FestTaste tipples from more than 30 cideries, including ones from B.C., the Pacific Northwest and all around the world. Raising funds for the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, the third annual tasting event also includes an outdoor area with food trucks and live music.
The Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tickets $55
5. BMO Vancouver Marathon – Sunday, May 5
Facebook/BMO Van MarathonTake part in the race, cheer on the brave souls attempting the 8 km, relay, half or full marathon, or simply avoid the road closures this Sunday when the BMO Vancouver Marathon (aka the stunning running course) comes to the city.
Details and registration online
6. DISH – Wednesday, May 8
Facebook/B.C. Hospitality FoundationDrink. Indulge. Savour. Help. This event features 11 Vancouver restaurants and more than 30 wineries from California, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico. Live music, a silent auction and a cocktail competition will take place, with all proceeds from the fundraiser going to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation, which provides assistance for hospitality workers in financial crisis due to extraordinary medical circumstances.
Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver; 6:30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.; Tickets $75 to 85
7. Paper Jam – Tuesday, May 6
Facebook/This is Manchester PubDrink and draw at this casually creative night for anyone who wants to try getting artistic over a craft beer with like-minded artists, cartoonists and illustrators. Pencils, erasers and paper will be available at the sketching social.
Manchester Pub, 1941 West Broadway, Vancouver; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Details online
8. Alyssa Edwards: Dancing Queen – Thursday May 9
Facebook/Queen Alyssa EdwardsA "she-larious" night of dancing and stand-up comedy from the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Netflix show Dancing Queen. Alyssa Edwards takes to the stage for an evening of fun and tongue pops. Open to all ages but viewer discretion is advised.
Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver; 7 p.m.; Tickets from $30
9. Sweet Release: A Hip-hop Comedy Concert – Friday, May 10
Instagram/Lil ClittyTrying to climb the charts and vigorously attempting to make a name for herself, Lil Clitty is here to introduce herself with her debut album, Sweet Release. In a world of imitators, here comes the one true originator and what a sweet release it will be at this hip-hop comedy concert.
Little Mountain Gallery, 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver; 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Tickets $10 to 20
10. FUSE: Gestures – Friday, May 10
Facebook/Evy Jane MusicHarness the power of gesture in various creative forms and expressions at this late-night gallery party. Presented in dialogue with the gallery’s spring exhibitions, the event features artists—including headliner Evy Jane—who alter perception and focus on an awareness of the body and the self through diverse experiences and encounters.
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver; 7:30 p.m. to midnight; Tickets $15 for members and $29 for general admission