It’s the Victoria Day long weekend and that means there are parades, celebrations, and of course, the Cloverdale Rodeo, where you can explore the midway, meet friendly farm animals, and watch some great live entertainment. There are also a ton of great nature-related activities to take part in as a family happening around Metro Vancouver. Spend the day on Southlands Farm, celebrate comics and graphic novels, or learn all about native plants in Stanley Park. There are nature walks, art classes and a historic parade in Fort Langley! Whatever you decide to do, we wish you and your family a fun and exciting long weekend! 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.
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
Move for Health – Parent & Tot Playtime with Sportball
Friday, May 18th, 10:40 am – 12 pm, Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue, Richmond, Cost: Free
Sportball leads a parent and tot multi-sport class for the first half of playtime; open free play for last half of session. This Event is FREE!
Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
Saturday, May 19th – Sunday, May 20th, 10 am – 5 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
VanCAF is a two-day celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, comic lessons for kids, panels, and workshops.
Saturday, May 19th, 10:30 am – 12 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Stop and smell the baldhip roses and other blossoming plants in Stanley Park’s Native Plant Demonstration Garden. Our knowledgeable garden stewards introduce the spectrum of colours, shapes, and pollinator preferences among our native flowers on this guided walk. While we refrain from flower picking, you might just gather ideas for your own garden or artwork, instead.
ArtStarts Explores: Blending
Saturday, May 19th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Have you ever mixed two colours together? How about mixing 2 of the same colour?! These kind of challenges and more are happening in this week’s blending workshop.
Forest Fairy Gathering
Saturday, May 19th, 11 am – 3 pm, Burnaby Lake Regional Park, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Explore nature through the eyes of fairies and gnomes. Build a fairy home in the woods, enjoy free face painting and more. Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave. Shuttle available from Avalon entrance. ALL AGES. FREE, drop by anytime.
Westminster Savings Family Days: Tactile Textures
Saturday, May 19th, 1 pm – 4 pm, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Cut shapes and play with cloth to build a textured foundation that you will transform with a pastel surface. We will be incorporating materials used by exhibiting artist Ben Reeves in the making of his artwork.
Engine 374 Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, May 20th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
CPR Engine 374 pulled into the Vancouver terminal for the first time 131 years ago, becoming the first passenger train to arrive on the West Coast. Join community members and Engine 374 as she makes her annual trip out onto the Roundhouse Turntable, and celebrate with free birthday cake, fun activities, speeches, and a brass band.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Kid’s Koncerts – Inspector Tovey
Sunday, May 20th, 2 pm – 5 pm, Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Maestro Bramwell Tovey takes his final turn as Inspector Tovey, investigating the power of live symphonic music and its ability to inspire, entertain, educate, and bring people together in harmony.
Family Day at Southlands Heritage Farm
Monday, May 21st, 11 am – 3 pm, Southlands Heritage Farm, 6767 Balaclava Street, Vancouver
Open house at the farm. Meet the horses and ponies. Get to know the pigs, sheep, goats, ducks and chickens. Learn about shearing sheep, washing and carding and spinning wool. Discover where barn swallows and barn owls nest, and why bees make honey. Enjoy a picnic in the orchard, while watching hummingbirds and listening to some wonderful musicians. Make pizza in the cob oven.
May Day Fort Langley
Monday, May 21st, 11 am, Glover Road, Fort Langley
It’s time for the 96th annual May Day Parade in Fort Langley. This historic parade includes members of the community, local businesses, lots of music, dancing, and fun! The parade heads down Glover to the Community Park where the May Queens and the Royal Party will be piped in. There will then be May Pole Dancing followed by live entertainment through until 4:00. The Lions famous BBQ Chicken will be available at the park. There will be rides for the children, Mini Golf for Everyone, vendors, food and much more. Mark your calendar for May 21st and come out and join us for a great family day!
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