Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for May 2002


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May 2, 2002
SPRING CRAFT FAIR at Delbrook recCentre, North Vancouver, nominal admission;

May 2 - 4, 2002
Becel Heart Health & Wellness Expo at the Plaza of Nations: Visit the dozens of booths and displays dedicated to improving overall health and fitness performance. Enjoy local chefs, who will prepare delightful dishes for you to taste at our Heart Smart Cooking Stage. Try the latest in-line skates from Salomon's 2002 line of sit in on the many complimentary seminars! 604-872-2928.

May 3 - 4, 2002
1st Annual Heritage Fair with the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. Children's workshops, entertainment, old fashioned games and crafts, and more! 604-987-5618.

May 3 - 4, 2002
Holland Days in Lynden, Washington; (360) 354-5995.

May 3 - 12, 2002
Maple Ridge Mountain Festival: Two full weekends of activities are planned to celebrate the communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Taking place in Maple Ridge, BC, the annual Maple Ridge Mountain Festival includes a parade, the Home Show, MR Hospital Foundation bed races, the Lion's Pancake Breakfast, a Senior’s tea, the Family Arts Fair. a variety of children and youth activities and more; 604-467-7235.

May 3 - 5, 2002
Slam City Jam, North American Skateboard Championship at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver; 604-253-2311.

May 4, 2002
Abba are Bjorn Again, Bjorn Again perform all the greatest Abba hits, Vogue Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

May 4, 2002
Burrard Yacht Club Annual Sail Past offshore Cates Park, North Vancouver, 1:30 - 3:00pm; 604-988-0817.

May 4, 2002
Flea Market at Confederation Centre, Burnaby,

May 4, 2002
Hummingbird Haven: When spring has sprung and the salmonberries bloom, that is the time to look for hummingbird havens in Tynehead. These amazing little birds dart, dive and hover, sip flower nectar and dazzle us with their jewel-like beauty. Learn about their incredible metabolism, long distance migration and daredevil courtship displays. For everyone six and older. Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey; 604-502-6340.

May 4, 2002
Kidstuff Swapmeet at Poirier Community Centre, Coquitlam. Over 50 tables of great deals on infant's and children's slightly used clothing, toys, books and baby accessories; 604-933-6010.

May 4 - 5, 2002
A Weekend of Nordic Craft and Design: Demonstrations by surface textile designer Anne Marie Andrishak; weaver Kaija Rautiainen and goldsmith Pernilla Ahrnstedt. Canadian Craft & Design Museum, 604-687-8266.

May 4 - 5, 2002
The First Annual Kerrisdale Antique & Collectible Fair at the Kerrisdale Area, Vancouver; Art Deco pottery, vintage toys & dolls, timepieces, Victorian jewelry & china, 50's Modern glassware, old advertising, tribal & native arts, kitchen collectibles, Georgian silver, country furniture, fine art, Moorcroft, shabby chic accessories, Arts & Crafts metalware, Irish linens, militaria, folk art, and much, much more. Over 15,000 square feet of antiques & collectibles under one roof! 604-925-3159.

May 4 - 5, 2002
UBC Student Film Festival: "Persistence of Vision", at the Ridge Theatre, Vancouver; "Persistence of Vision" is a presentation of ten short student films. Productions are fifteen minutes or less, and vary in subject and genre, including a rock and roll comedy, a contemplative art film, a medieval drama, and more.

May 5, 2002
14th Annual Rhododendron Festival at Deer Lake Park/Shadbolt Centre for the Arts,

May 5, 2002
Adidas Vancouver International Marathon, Vancouver Canada's largest marathon takes participants from BC Place Stadium through False Creek and historic Gastown, then crossing the Burrard Bridge to the spectator-filled cafes, beaches and beautiful homes of Kitsilano neighborhood before returning to the finish; 604-872-2928.

May 5, 2002
Children's Clothing & Toys Swap Meet - West End Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-257-8336.

May 5, 2002
Family Fun Day at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre: An afternoon of fun for the whole family! Everyone is welcome to get their face painted and join all of the characters from Cir-Kids, a circus filled with performers of all ages, Public Dreams’ colorful and crazy stilt-walkers, and children’s choir Stargazers in this interactive event! 604-251-1363.

May 5, 2002
First Annual Bell Walk For Kids at Spanish Banks Beach, Vancouver. Money raised from the Walk will support Kids Help Phone, Canada's only 24-hour, toll-free, bilingual, confidential phone counselling, referral and Internet service for children and youth; 604-267-7057.

May 5, 2002
Kidstuff Only Swapmeet at Willingdon Centre, Burnaby,

May 5, 2002
May Fun Fly at Vanier Park, Vancouver; sponsored by the BC kite flyers association;

May 5, 2002
Salmon Send-off: Join the Serpentine Enhancement Society and GVRD Parks for some fishy fun. Release salmon fry into the Serpentine River, enjoy hatchery tours, children's activities and a short fish habitat walk. Allow at least one hour to complete all activities. Everyone welcome, Free, drop in, registration not required. Meet at the Tynehead Regional Park Hatchery located at the 96th Avenue entrance between 160th and 168th Streets in Surrey; 604-432-6359.

May 5, 2002
The Shoe Garden at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver. Transform retired shoes or boots into whimsical plant containers; 604-878-5860.

May 6 - 12, 2002
2002 New Play Festival: This festival on Granville Island showcases new works by top Canadian playwrights, at Festival House, Granville Island; 604-257-0366.

May 8 - 12, 2002
New Music West Festival: Experience the fun and excitement of this international music festival and conference including club crawls, seminars, and industry forums, various venues around Vancouver; 604-684-9338. 

May 9 - July 6, 2002
Mom's The World: This play will take delighted audiences on a laugh-filled journey through the treacherous yet deeply touching territory of motherhood: the good, the bad, the ugly. For moms of all ages! At the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island 604-687-1644.

May 9 - September 2, 2002
Marconi's Transatlantic Challenge: Explore the 'miracle' of Marconi Wireless in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic wireless signal by Marconi, on Signal Hill in St. John's Newfoundland. That day - December 12, 1901 was the beginning of a new way of transmitting information over vast distances, shortening the gap between people and places, a first step towards creating the modern village we call global. In addition to a wealth of historical information two interactive stations contain an actual recording of Marconi's voice announcing the first experiment, in both Italian and English. Marconi's Wireless system has truly changed our everyday lives, affecting how we gain information, how we interact with each other and how we communicate with the rest of the world. Science World, (604) 443-7443.

May 10, 2002
Talent Show Extravaganza at the Douglas Park Community Centre, Vancouver; (604) 257-8130.

May 10 - 12, 2002
May Day Festival, Port Coquitlam's largest & oldest event. Parade, traditional Maypole dancing, soap box derby, family amusements; 604 927-7900.

May 10 - 12, 2002
Mayfair, Mayfair is the 18th Annual Exhibition and Family Fair that brings three days of fun and entertainment TO THE south Surrey peninsula. Activities held during the fair include exhibits, talent contests, dog shows, midway, pancake breakfasts, a petting zoo, pony rides, Vancouver Aquarium display, and a slo-pitch softball charity championship. Fun for everyone!  Softball City, White Rock; (604) 536-6844.

May 10 - 12, 2002
Mother's Day Island Adventure for women only: Experience Victoria and the south island like you have never before! Backroads cycling, a scenic nature hike, wildlife viewing by ocean zodiac, winery tour, and plenty of time to relax or enjoy a spa treatment. Comfortable accommodations, fabulous meals, transportation and ferry; 604-539-7772.

May 11, 2002
Antique Road Show: Save-On-Foods at Pintree Village in Coquitlam is having an Antique Road Show with Trevor & Hillary appraising your item. There is a three item limit at five dollars per item; 11 am - 4 pm.

May 11, 2002
Hose Reel Festival Parade on Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, 10:30am Victoria Park up Lonsdale, west on 17th to Mahon Park; Hose Reel Festival & Family Fair at Mahon Park 11:00am

May 11, 2002
Hycroft Heritage Celebration - 40th Anniversary. This 40th anniversary celebration includes entertainment by the B.C. Boy's Choir, high tea, home and garden talks and tours, fashion show, plant sale and more. Tickets available at the door (Adults $15/Children $7.50). For more information, please call (604) 731-4661.

May 11, 2002
Vancouver Karate Cup at the UBC Memorial Gym; 604-612-7233.

May 11, 2002
Wild Bird Trust of BC Walk: Sorting Out Songs at 10am - 12pm Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver; 604-924-2581.

May 11, 2002 
Gremlin, the Musical. FREE presentation of the award-winning children's play. At the New Play Festival, Festival House, Granville Island, noon; 604-685-6228.

May 12, 2002
Mother's Day

May 12, 2002
Mother's Day at Minter Gardens, Chilliwack. A free flower to all the Moms, and in the afternoon, a special Mother's Day musical guest performance in the Courtyard. 1-888-MINTERS.

May 12, 2002
Mother's Day Concert in support of people facing cancer, at the Vancouver Academy of Music. This concert, consisting of Chamber music and some solo performers will feature some of the best young musicians of our time both locally and internationally. Artistic Direction by world-renowned violinist, Taras Gabora, the evening will be followed by a ''Meet the artists cocktail party''. Please phone to reserve 604-731-HOPE.

May 12, 2002
Mothers Day Tea at London Heritage Farm, Richmond; 604 271-5220.

May 12, 2002
MOTHERS DAY TEA, Celebrate Mothers Day with the Mothers Day Tea at the Tuscan Farm Gardens located at 24453 - 60th Avenue, Langley; 604-530-1997.

May 14, 2002
Kim Phuc: Unique Lives and Experiences presents Kim Phuc, who was the 12 year old girl in the Pulitzer Prize winning photo that changed the world as we saw it and that became the most unforgettable image of the Vietnam War; Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

May 14, 2002
Stars On Ice at General Motors Place, Vancouver. Featuring Kurt Browning, Brian Orser, Alexei Yagudin, Isabele Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler, Shae Lynn Bourne & Victor Kraatz and many more; 604-280-4444.

May 15, 2002
International Day of Families

May 16, 2002
Nordic Design: Perspectives and Thoughts, Panel Discussion with Furniture designer Neils Behnsen and design critic Eric Enno Tamm, Moderated by CCDM Director, Angela Brayham; Canadian Craft & Design Museum, 604-687-8266.

May 16, 2002
Design Outdoors: Technology Meets Design: Gord Rose: Designer with Mountain Equipment Coop will discuss outdoor equipment design from a Canadian perspective. Canadian Craft & Design Museum; 604-687-8266.

May 17 - 18, 2002
7th Annual - Antique Swap Meet, Antique gas engines, steam engines, tractor parts, farm machinery, hand tools, cars, trucks, motorcycles, household antiques and much, much more. Food booth & city park nearby, lots of free parking, Berthusen Homestead Park, Lynden Washington; 360-354-4625.

May 17 - 19, 2002
Ridge Meadows BMX Races: The Ridge Meadows BMX Association hosts three days of racing with categories for novice, intermediate and riders aged 5 to 55. Pro-racers from Alberta and Saskatchewan will compete in the West Coast National races as part of this exciting free event. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy refreshments and a fantastic weekend of racing.  Ridge Meadows BMX, 17310 Barnes Rd., Pitt Meadows; 604-463-6225.

May 17 - 20, 2002
Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition, the Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition welcomes North America's top cowboys to Canada's second largest rodeo. The event has become much more than a rodeo featuring 150 acres of family oriented entertainment including agricultural/horticultural exhibits, a western tradeshow, parade, community stages, and the Pacific Northwest Firefighter Combat Challenge; (604) 576-9461.

May 18, 2002
International Museum Day: Free Admission All Day, Canadian Craft & Design Museum, 604-687-8266.

May 18, 2002
All British Meet of Classic Cars at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver; 604-878-9274.

May 18, 2002
Hyack Festival Fireworks, A New Westminster tradition! Join us at the New Westminster Quay Market on May 18th for the fireworks, part of the time-honoured Hyack Festival;604-520-3881.

May 18, 2002
Indoor Flea Market at the Killarney Community Centre, Vancouver; $10/table, admission is FREE; 604-718-8201.

May 18, 2002
Magic of Light: Back by popular demand! Be prepared to be amazed and enthralled as local artist Derrick Wilson returns to the Museum to perform his "Magic of Lights" show, specially created to celebrate our "Let There be Light" exhibit, Surrey Museum; 604-502-6456.

May 18, 2002
North American Chinese Dance Competition at the Centennial Theatre Centre, North Vancouver; 604-984-4484.

May 18 - 19, 2002
Canadian National Rope Skipping Championships at Columbia Place, Abbotsford; 604-850-0314.

May 18 - 26, 2002
Hyack Festival, New Westminster. This popular festival includes family day, May Day celebrations, and anvil salute, and antique fair, fireworks and a parade; 604-522-6894.

May 19, 2002
Music, Noise and Silence at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver. Three meddlesome spirits - Music, Noise and Silence - invade the concert hall and battle for control of the orchestra. Presented by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Part of Kid's Koncerts; 604-876-3434.

May 20, 2002
80TH MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS - FORT LANGLEY, Parade, canoe races, May pole, dancing, concessions, children's activities; 604-888-4867.

May 20, 2002
May Day Celebrations at various locations in Fort Langley; Parade, canoe, races, May pole, dancing, concessions, children's activities; 604-888-1477.

May 20, 2002
Victoria Day

May 20, 2002
VICTORIA DAY - FORT LANGLEY, Attend the parade in Fort Langley and visit the display in the park highlighting the history of the village; 604 888-4867.

May 21 - 24, 2002
Aboriginal Awareness Week

May 22 - 26, 2002

May 23, 2002
Taste of the Nation, Sample fine food and drinks offered by 60 of Vancouver's top restaurants and beverage companies. The annual event is part of a 100-city fund raiser supporting charities that fight hunger, Hyatt Regency Hotel; 604 691-7764.

May 24 - 27, 2002
Northern Lights Rod & Custom Show at the Agrifair grounds, Abbotsford; 604-589-4337.

May 24 - 28, 2002
American Saddlebred Horse Show at the Agriplex, Surrey; 604 882-1152.

May 25, 2002
Lynn Valley Days Parade, North Vancouver, 10am 19th Blvd up to Lynn Valley Rd. to Lynn Valley Park; Lynn Valley Day at Lynn Valley Park and RecCentre 10am - 4pm following parade;

May 25 - 26, 2002
Children's Festival on Granville Island: Family entertainment featuring talent from the Vancouver International Children's Festival. Watch for performances and special appearances in the Public Market Courtyard; 604-666-5784.

May 25 - September 8, 2002
"How can something so heavy seem so light?" "If birds' wings flap, why don't planes'?" Sure these are questions a child might ask, but these are also the same questions grown-up inventors asked a hundred years ago. Flight explores aviation as a springboard to understanding a wide range of science, math and physics principles. Understanding how flight works illuminates the very nature of problem solving and in few other subjects is the result of research so historically rich and visually breathtaking. Sit in the cockpit of a real Stearman PT-17 biplane or a Bell 47D Helicopter, or pedal a Gossamer Condor to find out what it feels like to be the engine of the aircraft that pioneered human-powered flight. Other interactive experiences include a virtual flight on a jet liner, a flyable model helicopter and more. Flight ignites minds - the connections between the ancient dream and its modern fulfillment teaches that knowledge does make dreams possible. Science World; (604) 443-7443.

May 26 - June 15, 2002
Shadbolt Centre Arts Festival: A celebration of the talent and creative accomplishments of our students and instructors. Their work is showcased in a series of dance, music and drama recitals and visual and ceramic arts exhibition, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby; 604-291-6864.

May 26, 2002
Annual Sheep Fair at Maplewood Farm, North Vancouve, 10am - 4pm Sheep shearing at 11am and 1pm (nominal admission);

May 26, 2002
Festival Coquitlam Fishing Derby at Como Lake Park, Coquitlam; Fishing Derby for children under 15 years of age; 604-473-1616.

May 26, 2002
May Days/Ladner Pioneer Days at Memorial Park, Delta; Parade, antique market, kids activities, 604-946-4232.

May 26, 2002
Steveston Salmon Run Antique Cars, Steveston Park, Steveston; 1-877-247-0777.

May 26, 2002
Walk to Cure Diabetes at Swangard Stadium, Burnaby; 604-320-1937.

May 27 - June 2, 2002
Vancouver's International Children's Festival at Vanier Park, Vanvouver. This family festival features theatre, music, dance and puppetry from around the world; 604-708-5655.

May 28 - June 2, 2002
Festival of the Arts, Various locations - Surrey: Canada's largest arts festival, targeted at emerging BC artists; 604-501-5566.

May 28, 2002
7th ANNUAL BULLI BOYS ALL VW SPRING SHOW at Waterfront Park, 1100 W. Esplanade, North Vancouver, 9am - 4pm;

May 29, 2002
Du-Wop: The Concert, Herb Reed and the Platters are joined by The Nylons to sing favourite pop classics at the QE Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

May 30 - June 2, 2002
The VanDusen Flower and Garden Show: A grand festival for flower fanciers, this show features more than 200 displays on everything from flowers to furniture, garden gnomes to gargoyles, peonies to parsley; 604-878-9274.

May 31 - June 1, 2002
Canadian Skills Competition at BC Place, Vancouver. Students from across canada will be gathering for the Canadian Skills Competition. Come and watch events such as robotics, culinary arts, automotive repair, landscape gardening, computer animation, esthetics and much much more; 604-430-2204.

May 31 - June 16, 2002
5th Annual Shadbolt Centre Arts Festival, Burnaby; 604-205-3000.

Ongoing until May 11, 2002
Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival at the Kwantlen University College Music Department at the Langley campus; 604-820-4443.

Ongoing until May 12, 2002
The Spirit of Islam: Experiencing Islam through Calligraphy at the UBC Museum of Anthropology; 604-822-3825.

Ongoing until May 12, 2002
Tulip Festival. Fabulous tulips and thousands of other spring bulbs will be in bloom. Over 50 varieties of cut tulips will be on display in the Countyard at Minter Gardens, Chilliwack; 1-888-MINTERS.

Ongoing until May 19, 2002
Dear Mr. Ripley: Treasures from the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Archives, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver; 604-986-1351.

Ongoing until May 21, 2002
China’s Mariners - Rare Glimpse Into One of the World’s First Maritime Cultures: the Vancouver Maritime Museum takes a rare look at China’s ancient mariners, from the Neolithic Period more than 4,000 years ago, to the fabled Ming Dynasty in the 1500s. Visitors will learn about the construction of Chinese ships and boats, from ancient depictions on jade and lost ships excavated by archaeologists, to modern shipbuilders on the banks of Yangtze. Examine the evidence and make up your own mind – did ancient Chinese mariners visit America before Columbus? At the Vancouver Maritime Museum, 604-257-8300. 

Ongoing until May 26, 2002
The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture. The Uncanny is a wide-ranging exhibition that explores historical and contemporary representation of the cybernetic body - the combination of human and machine - in the visual arts and popular culture. Vancouver Art Gallery; 604-662-4700. 

Ongoing until May 5, 2002
Lost Worlds, Life In The Balance Ongoing In celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity (2001), Lost Worlds seeks to understand the mystery of our natural environment. Take a journey from the fantastic Table Mountains of Venezuela, through the kelp forests of the Pacific, up to a world high above the streets of New York City, down into the soil of the Catskill Mountains and beyond. Weaving together different worlds and their life forms, the film provides insight into biodiversity and the varied relationships of living things, and ultimately into the puzzle of human survival itself. Alcan Omnimax Theatre at Science World; 604-443-7443.

Ongoing until May 5, 2002
Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters: This exciting exhibition is a head-spinning, stomach-churning exploration into the science behind your all-time favourite midway ride, as you learn about physics, physiology and psychology - all while trying to keep your lunch down, at Science World; 604-443-7443.

Ongoing until May 5, 2002
Thrill Ride, the Science of Fun Be prepared for a white-knuckle adventure that puts you in the front seat of some of the wildest rides ever created. The ultimate ride-film, Thrill Ride not only traces the history of rides, past and present, but also details how the development of motion simulator rides have become one the most exciting innovations in recent film history. Alcan Omnimax Theatre at Science World; 604-443-7443.

Ongoing until May 8, 2002
Carmen, Bizet's music is alive with the spirit of Spain, and the tragic story keeps audiences ripped from beginning to end. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 604-280-3311.

Ongoing until June 28, 2002
World On The Wing: World On The Wing contrasts the grace and ease of the motion of birds with our painstaking early efforts to build a flying machine. From medieval attempts to fly with hand-made wings to the first flight of the Wright Brothers on the sand dunes of North Carolina, On The Wing dramatizes how the human race has gained its boundless mobility, Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre, Science World; 604-443-7443.

Ongoing until August 30, 2002
Journey Into Amazing Caves. Audiences will wringle through tiny, twisting passages, drop into gleaming blue labyrinths of ice, swim through flooded underground vaults, and enter a world so extreme the microscopic creatures who live there are called extremophiles. CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX.

Ongoing until October 29, 2002
Yuquot, The Centre of Our World. On the west coast of Vancouver Island there is a place of immense beauty in the summer and inhospitable and violent pacific storms in the winter. This place is Yuquot, and it has been the home of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First nations people since the beginning of time and is still The Centre of Our World. Vancouver Museum; 604-736-4431.

Ongoing until December 31, 2002
Space Station 3D. First cinematic journey to the international Space Station, at the CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place; 604-682-IMAX. 

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