It’s all about mamas this weekend, and there are lots of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Metro Vancouver. You can also enjoy a music festival, take part in a gardening workshop, or celebrate salmon. There are birding walks, nature walks, plant sales, and garden tours, and a ton of other awesome outdoor events. Spend a day at a Science Festival or Spring Fair. And that’s just the start — we’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do. You are bound to find something fantastic to make a memorable weekend with your favourite people.
Featured Event: Royal Canadian Circus Spectac! 2018
May 17th – 21st, Guildford Town Centre, 10355 152 Street, Surrey
May 25th – 27th, Tsawwassen Mills, 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Delta
May 31st – June 3rd, Lansdowne Centre, 5300 No 3 Rd, Richmond
June 7th – 10th, Tradex, 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford
The all new Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC!™ 2018 is touring Metro Vancouver this May and June. This spectacular exhibition showcases a circus tradition that goes back to medieval times. SPECTAC! is coming to Surrey, Delta, Richmond, and Abbotsford from May 17th to June 10th for 33 amazing shows. The internationally renowned acts include The Chinese Acrobats from the People’s Republic of China, the famed Guerrero 4 Man High Wire, the S Caleb Carinci-Asch Equestrian Acrobats, the Bilea Transformation Act, Gonzales Duo Aerial Act, the Juggling world record holder, Tommy Tequila, the sensational Trapeze, the TZ Aerialists, the death-defying Wheel of Destiny with Joseph Dominik Bauer and more. For 2 for 1 Tickets go to www.royalcanadiancircus.ca and use Promo Code yoyomama
10th Annual District Music Festival in the Park
Saturday, May 12th, 10 am – 4:30 pm, PCT Performance Stage at Rocky Point Mark, 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
Support our music students and speak out for Music Education and Celebrate. Head to the Bandstand in Rocky Point Park for a fun day of music.
Science Odyssey: The Baffling Case of Beaver Lake
Saturday, May 12th – Sunday, May 13th, 10 am – 4 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Solve a mystery of microscopic proportions when a series of clues is left from a breach at Beaver Lake! Curious investigators must learn about the swimming invertebrates of our freshwater habitats to crack the case. Only you can unwrangle the puzzle at the Stanley Park Nature House laboratory, where we examine the evidence with magnifiers and microscopes. Please allow for 1 hour to complete.
Free Sustainable Gardening Workshop: Creating a Family Garden
Saturday, May 12th, 10 am – 11:30 am, Harris Barn, 4140 Arthur Drive, Delta
Bring the family and find out quick and easy ways to involve your kids in growing food. Leave with plans for a pizza garden. This workshop is designed for families with children aged 5-12.
Great Salmon Send-Off
Saturday, May 12th, 10 am – 2 pm, Stoney Creek Elementary School, 2740 Beaverbrook Crescent, Burnaby
Come and release young salmon into Stoney Creek. Free family-friendly educational activities and lots of entertainment. Organized by the Stoney Creek Environment Committee.
St. Pius X Spring Fair
Saturday, May 12th, 10 am – 2 pm, St. Pius X Elementary School, 1150 Mt. Seymour Road, North Vancouver
A community event for all ages. Join us for great food, games, and prizes! There will be bouncy castles, a petting zoo, a bottle stall, a cake walk, cotton candy, snow cones, CWL marketplace, a bake & book sale, a raffle and so much more…
KPU Science Rendezvous 2018
Saturday, May 12th, 11 am – 3 pm, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley
The KPU Langley campus will be transformed into a family-friendly event where the public will have a chance to participate in hands-on experiments, magic shows, interactive science labs, art and design activities, bug races, music, and more! As well, you can make seed bombs that kids can “plant” with our giant catapult, walk the outdoor flower labyrinth, view a human lung, watch high-tech patient simulators, tour KPU’s state-of-the-art craft brewery and SO MUCH MORE!
Surrey RCMP Open House
Saturday, May 12th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Surrey RCMP Main Detachment, 14355 57 Avenue, Surrey
Celebrate the start of Police Week with the Surrey RCMP! Everyone is invited to this family-friendly Open House at the Surrey RCMP Main Detachment on Saturday, May 12. There will be a number of hands-on activities and informative displays, food, photo opportunities with police vehicles and members in Red Serge, demonstrations, and more. Come out and join us at this free, family-oriented event. We look forward to meeting you!
23rd Annual Stone Soup Festival
Saturday, May 12th, 12 pm – 5 pm, Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Britannia Community Centre is pleased to host the Annual Stone Soup Festival, a celebration of food, art, environment and community, including a food market, local artists, community groups, and workshops, live music, children’s activities, free soup and more!
Coastal Native Plants Garden Tour
Sunday, May 13th, 1 pm – 3:30 pm, Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club, 1284 – 184 Street, Surrey
Come out for a tour celebrating the beauty and usefulness of native plants, including how to use them in your garden. Meet Bardia Khaledi who will share his passion for plants and guide you on this two-garden tour. Refreshments provided. Please dress for the weather. Pre-registration required.
Tweeting with Songbirds
Sunday, May 13th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Kanaka Creek Regional Park, 11450 256t Street, Maple Ridge
Welcome to the fascinating world of songbirds! A bird expert and others will be on hand to introduce the many different species, their calls that liven up the forest, and natural attractants to bring them into your backyard. Tour indoor and outdoor learning spaces including the Bell-Irving Hatchery, ‘Roof-to-Creek’ stormwater management system and wetlands.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes