Victoria Day 2017: 50 May long weekend events around Metro Vancouver

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Written by Julia Piper

Celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend with a rodeo, festivals, parades, family events, concerts, walking and foodie tours, stage performances and more.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN & FESTIVALS

Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair
One of North America’s longest running and most entertaining rodeos returns with more competitions, live entertainment, food and fun for fans of all ages.
• Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050 176th St., Surrey • May 19-22

Farm Tykes: Victorian Tea Party
Young ladies and gentlemen lift their pinkies at a fancy tea party in the farmhouse. Tykes dress to the nines and make a tea pot craft to take home. Ages 3-5
• Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd., Surrey • May 20, 2-3 p.m. • $5, must pre-register, 604-592-6956

Forest Fairy Gathering
Visit the Gnome Depot to get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting and be prepared for a magical time. Fairy attire welcome.
• Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave., Burnaby • May 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. • Free, 604-432-6359

Discovery Saturday: Ready to Rodeo
Learn to lasso and discover cow-folk crafts as you get ready for the Cloverdale Rodeo. Listen to western music and enjoy a country square dance performance.
• Surrey Museum, 17710 56A Ave. • May 20, 1-4 p.m. • By donation, surrey.ca/heritage

Tagore Spring Festival
A multicultural celebration of spring through dance, music and poetry. Artists from different backgrounds will perform presentations highlighting their traditions and heritages.
• Centre Stage at City Hall, 13450 104th Ave., Surrey • May 20, 6:30 p.m. • By donation, 778-891-1904

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
Two days packed with comics programming, comic creators from home and abroad, and art lessons for kids.
• Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews • May 20 and May 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Day Out With Thomas – The Friendship Tour 2017

Treat your family to an exciting day out with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends. Enjoy a 20-minute train ride, photos with Thomas at the station and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Also features a bouncy castle, a magician and musical performances, a model railway display and much more.
• May 20-22 and May 27-28 • West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Rd., Squamish • Train rides at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. • $24/$28

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Go Fest – Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival
Celebrates Whistler’s great outdoors in springtime where winter and summer meet. From outdoor adventures of both seasons, to arts and culture inspired by them, everyone is invited to get interactive with these four days of active programming.
• Whistler Village • May 19-22 • 1-800-944-7853

20th Annual Surrey Environmental Extravaganza Explore and learn about nature in Surrey with this series of free programs and events. Join a guided walk, plant a tree, release baby salmon, help clean up a park, attend nature story times and so much more. Pick up your Environmental Extravaganza event guide at the Surrey Nature Centre, your local Surrey Library or Recreation Centre or download a copy online.

WALKING & FOODIE TOURS

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours Prohibition City: Mobsters! Opium! Booze! From Victory Sq to Chinatown. Delve into Vancouver’s dirtiest secrets on this scandal filled walking tour.
• Lost Souls of Gastown: Walk the backstreets and alleyways of Victorian Gastown on this gothic theatre adventure. • Secrets of Stanley Park: Discover notorious crime scenes, glittering downtown vistas, historic totem poles, secret cemeteries, bizarre public art, and colossal old growth trees. • 604-227-7570

Off the Eaten Track: Culinary Walking Tours
Tours include: Downtown Food Carts Tour’s Best Brunch Tour, The Railtown Urban Eats Tour, Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour and Vancouver Distillery Tour.

The Vancouver Police Museum’s Sins of the City Walking Tours Red Light Rendezvous: Take a journey back to a salacious time where liquor, ladies and lust ruled the streets.
• Vice, Dice and Opium Pipes: Get an inside look into the lives of police officers who served the city over a century ago—when Vancouver was a seething hub of sex, drugs and organized crime. • 604-665-3346

MARKETS

Illumination Summer Night Market
The largest summer lighting show in North America with nine different themes. There are over 300 food and merchandise booths, and 20+ events or performing shows every week. It’s family-friendly with a featured kid’s play zone and VIP lounge.
• 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond • Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, gates open at 7 p.m. • $3

Shipyards Night Market
Come down for great food, art, music, entertainment and shopping. Enjoy a showcase of local items from artisans and makers, live music featuring talent from around B.C., a beer garden pouring local craft beer and 35 food trucks serving locally made food.
• East of the Seabus and the Lonsdale Quay at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, North Van • Friday nights, 5-10 p.m. • Free admission

CONCERTS & MUSIC

VSO: Elvira Madigan: Jonathan Biss plays Mozart
Alexandre Bloch makes his return to the VSO, conducting a program that includes pianist Jonathan Biss performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, and Symphony No. 92 by Franz Joseph Haydn.
• May 19 and 20, 8 p.m.: Chan Centre, UBC | May 21, 8 p.m.: Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey • 604-876-3434

Art Bergmann
Legendary Canadian punk singer/songwriter celebrates the re-release of his 1991 self-titled album.
• Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St. • May 19, doors 8 p.m. • $20, ticketfly.com, Red Cat, Zulu, Neptoon, Highlife, rickshawtheatre.com

Flávia Nascimento & Itamar Erez
Flávia Nascimento began her performing career as an actress and singer touring Brazil in musical theatre productions. Her favourite style of music, forró, has roots in various folk dance styles and beats. Itamar Erez’s music blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in jazz and the passion of flamenco.
• St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave. • May 19, 8:00PM • $26

STAGE PRODUCTIONS

Million Dollar Quartet
Inspired by true events, this rocking jukebox musical takes you into Sun Records Studio on December 4, 1956, to witness the famed recording session that brought together rock and roll legends Presley, Cash, Lewis, and Perkins—for the first and only time. Experience all the hits that made these powerhouse stars the icons they are today. Presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company.
• Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville St. • Until July 9 • From $29

Enchanted April
Gallery 7 Theatre presents Elizabeth von Arnim’s Enchanted April, adapted by Matthew Barber. A transformative experience awaits four English women as they holiday together at a beautiful villa in Italy.
• Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford • May 19-27 • $15, $20, $25, 604-852-3701

Outside Mullingar
Pacific Theatre closes its 2016-2017 season with John Patrick Shanley’s charming story of Ireland and the prickly, brooding people who have lived off its land for generations. People like Rosemary and Anthony, a pair of introverted misfits whose families have lived next to each other for as far back as anyone can remember. They pass the years squabbling over property lines and why Anthony pushed Rosemary when they were seven years old, while their ageing parents wonder about what will happen to their land when they die.
• Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave. • May 19-June 10 • $23.95-$34.95, 604-731-5518

The Comic Strippers
This fictitious male stripper troupe, played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians, performs a scared shirtless improv comedy show.
• Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam • May 19 and 20, 8 p.m. • $16, $32, $37, 604-927-6555 [Click here to check out other events…]

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