May 2017 Vancouver Free Events

May 1 – 7  BC Youth Week Check out what’s happening in your community: http://www.bcyouthweek.com/youth/

May 1 – 31 Explorasian 2017, Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Free and paid events. May 1 Vancouver City Hall will be illuminated in red! explorasian.org

May 4 – 6  Health, Sports, and Lifestyle Expo, Vancouver Convention Centre West. Thurs 5pm-8pm; Fri 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-6pm: http://bmovanmarathon.ca/runvan-expo/

May 5 – 7  Ships to Shore: King of the Sea 2017 Festival, Garry Point Park, Richmond.  Visit Kaiwo Maru, one of the world’s largest tall ships, + other activities: http://shipstoshore.squarespace.com/home

May 5 – 7  Illumination Summer Night Market, 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun 7–11pm. Get your free ticket for this opening weekend at https://www.summernightmarket.com/  When you “buy ticket” for the opening weekend, it will show $0.  Sep 10 last day of Market. Enjoy the numerous lanterns, light displays, + 17′ tall lit Eiffel Tower!

May 5 – Sep 29 (Fridays)  North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market, 5 – 10 pm, Shipyard Plaza, 138 Victory Ship Way.  Admission always free.  http://www.northshoregreenmarkets.com/shipyards.html   

May 6 – 13  Vancouver Bird Week  Reserve early for these free workshops.  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bird-week.aspx

May 6 – Sep 4  Burnaby Village Museum, free admission:  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html

May 6  Free Comic Book Day  http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

May 7 Emergency Preparedness Week Opening, Science World, 10 am – 6 pm.  City of Vancouver and Science World team up with 10 other organizations for this interactive event.  Free admission to Science World.  http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/emergency-preparedness-week-may-7-2017.aspx

May 7, Jun 3, Jul 8  Community Paddling Days with Dragon Zone Paddling Club & Creekside Kayaks, 12:30-3:30 pm, Creekside Community Centre, # 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver.  Try your hand at dragon boating and kayaking for free.  Registration required.  http://dragonzone.ca/community/

May 7 – 13 Burnaby Festival of Learning  Lots of free events but pre-registration may be required. eg. May 7: Rhododendron Festival; May 8: History of Burnaby by Skytrain; May 10: Walk with Dr. Davidicus Wong.  http://festival-of-learning.ca/

May 11  Traces of Words: Art & Calligraphy From Asia, Museum of Anthropology, 7–10 pm. Free admission to the opening of this new exhibition by Prince Amyn Aga Khan. No RSVP required. Parking is just $2 after 5 pm with coupon code TRACES. https://www.facebook.com/events/438951853150302/

May 13  Surrey RCMP Open House, 12 -3 pm, 14355 – 57 Avenue  http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=1599&languageId=1&contentId=29832

May 13  Science Rendezvous and International Astronomy Day, SFU, 11-3:  https://www.sfu.ca/science/programs—events-for-the-general-public/science-rendezvous.html

May 13  BC Water Week: Free Coquitlam Watershed Tour 9 am – 12 pm or 12:30 – 3:30 pm.  Call 604-432-6359 to register.

May 14  10 am – noon Bring Mom to Playland, and she gets in for free!

May 18  Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop with Russell Wallace 7-9pm, 149 West Hastings. Drop-in.  https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2017-2018-Spring/SalishSingingAndDrummingSpring20171.html

May 18 Artists In Our Midst Group Show at Roundhouse, 10 am – 9 pm.  Reception 7 – 9 pm

May 20 – 21  Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, 10 am – 5 pm,  Roundhouse.  Manga/comic/cartoon heaven. See schedule for special guest speakers. Caricaturists also at hand to sketch you as an animal, super hero, etc!  http://www.vancaf.com/

May 20 – Sep 2 (Weekends)  Dance In Transit by Sam’s Dance. Free outdoor dancing downtown in various venues–Robson Square, Jim Deva Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, and Plaza of Nations–in the afternoon or evening.  For schedule: http://samsdanceschoolvancouver.com/2017/03/10/dance-transit-2-2/

May 26 – 28  Ladner Pioneer May Days Fair (est. 1896!), Memorial Park: http://www.ladnermaydays.com/index.html

May 27 – 28  Artists In Our Midst: West of Main Art Work 11 am – 5 pm  Visit over 50 art studios from Main St to West Point Grey.  http://www.artistsinourmidst.com/

May 27  Art Starts 11 am and 1 pm 45-min sessions: Eco-Logical Show with CréaSon (ages 5+).  Jam with the musicians on recycled instruments! 808 Richards, Vancouver: http://artstarts.com/events

May 28 Art Starts.  Same as above except at River Market in Westminster Quay, New Westminster, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster.

May 29 – Jun 3  Arts & Health Project! Healthy Aging Through the Arts, Roundhouse Community Centre.  Exhibition and gala performance free.  Lunch $12: preregister at Roundhouse.  http://www.artsandhealthproject.com/

Register your kids (15 yrs and younger) for free bowling all summer long.  Two free games per day per child at participating bowling allies, usually July to early Sep: https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/

Ongoing Free Events:

All Parks Canada sites  offer free admission in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation eg. Fort Langley, Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  Note: pass not needed to receive free admission.  https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/admission
Bill Reid Gallery, first Friday of the month, 2-5pm, free admission thanks to partnership of Vancouver Airport.  SFU students are always free with student card.  http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/GalleryHoursTicketPrices.php
Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events each Sat in May:  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

Hiking trails  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/spring-hikes-metro-vancouver-fraser-valley-sea-to-sky

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door.  Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites:   http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

  • May 6  The Lego Movie
  • May 13  Heidi
  • May 20 Storks
  • May 27  Trolls

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation ($5 posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

BC Sports Hall of Fame  1/2 Price Admission “Be sure to save that ticket stub for all BC Place events, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks games! Show it at the front desk for 1/2 price admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame valid 2 weeks before or after the game day.” http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/visit/admission/

May 12 – Oct 9  Richmond Night Market, 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station).  Fri–Sat 7pm – 12am; Sun/Holidays 7–11pm. $3.75/adult, kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.  Kids will enjoy the Dino Park!  http://richmondnightmarket.com/

May 20 to Sep 23  Sea to Sky Gondola–Half Price Sunset Saturdays  Only valid for individual tickets purchased at the ticket window from 5:00pm onwards every Saturday until September 23, 2017. https://www.seatoskygondola.com/sunset-saturday-discount?

May 24  World Orienteering Day, Q.E. Park, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Cost TBA, about $5.  https://gvoc.whyjustrun.ca/events/view/2635

May 27 – 28 European Festival 11 am start, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby. $10 weekend pass at gate.  http://www.europeanfestival.ca/

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