It’s May long weekend and we are very excited for some extra family time, particularly if the weather is as nice as the forecast is predicting. This weekend take a tour of the Contemporary Art Gallery, enjoy the Rodeo, or watch a parade through historic Fort Langley. Build a home for a fairy, learn about endangered animals, or celebrate BC Mining Week. Sing Happy Birthday to a really old train engine, or head to Stewart Farm to party like it’s 1845. We’ve listed out just a few of the fantastic events happening this weekend in Metro Vancouver. For more, remember to check out our interactive events guide and OnTheGoKids app.
Looking for more great family activities? Take a look at all the month-long events happening in May!
Culture Babes Contemporary Art Gallery
Friday, May 19th, 10 am – 11 am, Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson St, Vancouver
On Friday, May 19th at 10 am, enjoy a tour of the Song of the Open Road exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. There will be a 40ish minute tour of the exhibit followed by coffee at a local cafe. This visit costs $10 per adult, with tots free. Because the CAG is typically free to visit, the funds from this visit will be donated to the CAG.
The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair
Friday, May 19th – Monday, May 22nd, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 6050A – 176th Street, Surrey
The 29th Annual Country Fair features more family-friendly entertainment than ever before.The area’s largest Midway – rides for daredevils and little buckaroos, Agri Zone – Lots of animals, including their babies, and 4H displays, Kidz Zone – Cowboy & Cowgirl Training. Spectacular interactive Kidz Zone to keep kids of all ages laughing, Cone Zone – kids steer go-karts through a construction zone, The West Coast Lumberjack Show – competition with flying axes and log rolling, The World Freestyle Skateboard Round-Up, BCCMA -BC Country Music Artists, The West Fine Art Show– Featuring Western Art from Artists around the world, Cowboy Rib Fest – Back by popular demand – the best ribs in town! Great music on the Live Outdoor Entertainment Stage with free performances throughout every day & Richard’s Racers Pig Races
Endangered Species Day
Friday, May 19th, 10 am – 1 pm, Greater Vancouver Zoo, 5048 – 264th Street, Langley
Conservation organizations will be at the zoo on May 19th between 10 am and 1 ppm! Learn how you can raise awareness and support the many conservation groups in our community. And, learn what you can do to help and see what others just like you are doing to protect our local species.
Forest Fairy Gathering
Saturday, May 20th, 11 am – 3 pm, Burnaby Lake Regional Park, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby, Cost: Free
Visit the ‘Gnome Depot’ to get construction material for your fairy home. Enjoy free face painting and be prepared for a magical time. Fairy attire welcome.
I Hate Children Children’s Show
Saturday, May 20th, 3 pm – 4 pm, Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Your children are the stars of this award winning, magic show for kids and cool parents, as every child 8 years or older is invited up on stage to help with the magic.
Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 20th, 10 am – 3 pm, Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach
Celebrate BC Mining Week with Family Fun Day May 20th, 2017! There will be amazing activities planned from 10 am to 3 pm, plus the always fun gold panning, exhibits, and underground train tour! Regular admission applies.
Royal Victorian Party
Sunday, May 21st, 11 am – 3 pm, Stewart Farm House, 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
Party like it’s 1845! The whole family will enjoy this royal celebration with dancing, birthday cake and a chance to meet Queen Victoria herself. The “faux” queen will cut birthday cake and grace visitors with selfies and royal portraits. Waist coats and feathered hats are encouraged but not mandatory. Subjects attending the free, all ages event are welcome.
Engine 374 130th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, May 21st, 12 pm – 3 pm, Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
On Sunday, May 21, a free festival centered around Engine 374 will be open to the community. On May 23, 1887, this little engine that could pulled the first transcontinental train into Vancouver and sealed the deal for British Columbia joining Canada, completing a nation that spans from coast to coast. Now, 130 years later, the public are invited to re-live the moment alongside the famous engine at its resting home in Yaletown’s Roundhouse Turntable Plaza. Brought to you by the West Coast Railway Association and sponsored by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association.
Victoria Day at Burnaby Village Museum
Monday, May 22nd, 11 am – 4:30 pm, Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
The Burnaby Village Museum site is set in the 1920s – a place where pictures of the King George V and Queen Mary are hung in the schoolhouse, where the Union Jack flies over the site and Victoria Day is celebrated in grand style.
May Day in Fort Langley
Monday, May 22nd, 11 am – 4 pm, Fort Langley
The May Day Parade is on Victoria Day each year in Fort Langley. In 2017, the 95th annual parade will be on Monday, May 22nd. The parade starts at 11 am (get there early to score good seats!) The parade heads up Glover Road and ends at Fort Langley Community Park. Once in the park, 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.
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