Vancouver Events in May

The Best Events Around the City this May

Image Courtesy of BC Spot Prawn Festival

May 2016 in Vancouver is packed with cultural and food festivals, film festivals, night markets, and more.

Ongoing Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays through September 11
Panda Night Market (formerly International Summer Night Market)
What: Richmond's amazing night market (formerly just the International Summer Night Market) is a don't-miss summer tradition, with 300 vendors, tons of food, and thousands of visitors.

Where: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 1
Vancouver Marathon
What: The annual BMO Vancouver Marathon includes the Marathon, walking and wheelchair events, and the kid-friendly Kids MaraFun. The marathon is also a qualifier for both the New York Marathon and the Boston Marathon.
Where: See site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Sunday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 31
explorASIAN Festival
What: Coinciding with Asian Heritage Month, this month-long festival celebrates all things Asian with music, dance, visual arts, films, workshops, and kids' events.
Where: Various locations in Vancouver; check the site for details.
Cost: Various; check the site for details.

Thursday, May 5 - Saturday, May 7
Vancouver International Burlesque Festival
What: The annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is a three-day celebration of burlesque, and includes local and international performers, workshops, fashion shows, parties, and more.

Where: Various locations; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Thursday, May 5 - Sunday, May 15
DOXA Documentary Film Festival 
What: DOXA is a week-long annual film festival dedicated to bringing the best in independent and Canadian documentaries to Vancouver.
Where: Locations throughout Vancouver; see site for theatre details
Cost: $11 - $13 for single tickets; $110 - $175 for festival packs

Saturday, May 7 - Saturday, October 22
Vancouver Farmers Markets
What: The Vancouver Farmers Markets open for the summer season on May 7 in Yaletown, with other locations--including Trout Lake and Kitsilano--opening on May 9 - 10.
Where: Various locations throughout Vancouver, see Guide for details
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 8
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Saturday, May 14 - Sunday, May 15
B.C. Halibut Festival at Fresh St. Market
What: These back-to-back annual halibut festivals (Saturday in West Vancouver, Sunday in Surrey) bring 10,000 lbs. of fresh, Ocean Wise halibut from British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii direct to consumers, plus local food demos, boat tours, and more.
Where: Fresh St. Market, 1650 Marine Drive, West Vancouver & Fresh St. Farms, 15930 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Cost: Free

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, May 15 – October 12
Richmond Night Market
What: Richmond's other amazing night market features with 80+ food vendors, 250+ retailers, live entertainment, and carnival rides.
Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond
Cost: $2.75 admission; free for kids 10 and under and seniors over 60

Sunday, May 15
B.C. Spot Prawn Festival
What: B.C. spot prawn season kicks off with this annual free festival, which includes free entertainment and kids' activities, celebrity chef cooking demos, and the $17.50-per-person Spot Prawn Boil.

This year there also additional events (a gala and cooking classes) May 13 - 14.
Where: False Creek Fisherman's Wharf, just west of Granville Island, Vancouver
Cost: Free; $17.50 for the Spot Prawn Boil; purchase tickets in advance here

Friday, May 27 - Sunday, June 5
Vancouver Craft Beer Week
What: Vancouver's popular Craft Beer Week is back for 2014 with 60 breweries, over 30 venues, and more beer events than you can imagine.
Where: Various locations; see site for details
Cost: Various, see site for details

Monday, May 30 – Sunday, June 5
Vancouver International Children's Festival
What: A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the Vancouver International Children's Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences since 1978. The week-long festival features music, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry, circus acts, and more.

Where: Granville Island, Vancouver
Cost: Various; see site for details

Monday, May 30 – Sunday, June 5
Bike to Work Week
What: Kick off Bike Month with this week of biking to work.
Where: All over the Lower Mainland
Cost: Free

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