5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (April 17-23)

A food waste film screening for Earth Day, a craft beer fest and a femme-forward comedy show

Your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to kdonaldson@canadawide.com.

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1. Get Your Drink on at the First Ever Vancouver Brewers Fest

April 21-30

Looking for an excuse to drink some top-notch craft beers, connect with fellow B-crafters (what I’m calling craft beer enthusiasts) and cross off some breweries on your “I’ve been meaning to go check them out” list? Then look no further: the inaugural Vancouver Brewers Fest (a.k.a., b-crafter’s Christmas) is about to top off your calendar and your pint glass with 10 days worth of good times and great beers. The first-ever brew fest is happening across 25 of Vancouver’s finest craft breweries and will feature collabs, tap takeovers, games, special functions, beer dinners, talks, and other craft beer-focused events and gatherings. Come support this city’s beloved craft beer community, explore new flavours and mix and mingle with like-minded b-crafters who can all attest to it just tasting better in a glass. For specific deets and goings on for each brewery, be sure to check out the website.

When: April 21-30
Where: various breweries
Cost: From $65
More Info: vancouverbrewersfest.com

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2. Watch some Fierce Femme Comedy with Kylie Vincent’s Bird

April 18-22

As part of the sixth annual Femme Festival (April 15-May 14), a fest highlighting female-identifying voices at the Cultch Theatre, comes Kylie Vincent’s Bird: part stand-up, part memoir, and part fever dream. This punk rock badass brings her solo comedy show to East Van after an eight-month-long US tour and a month in Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. JoinVincent as she navigates the challenges of being a young female-identifying stand-up while dealing with past trauma. With four-star reviews from major outlets, including Comedy Central, Vincent is a rising star to watch.

When: April 18-22
Where: Vancity Culture Lab
Cost: From $15
More Info: thecultch.com

a group of 20 somethings interacting with an electric ball exhibit
Credit: Science After Dark

3. Treat Fun Like a Science with Science World After Dark

April 20

Change it up with a night of science and cocktails. Held on the third Thursday of every month, Science World After Dark offers adult science lovers free reign over the exhibits and galleries, with the added bonus of drinks, food, music and live science shows. Explore six permanent galleries along with the newest exhibition, Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity. Remember, this event is only for those aged 19 and up—see you there nerds!

When: April 20
Where: Science World
Cost: From $37
More Info: www.scienceworld.ca/after-dark

Credit: Mott 32 Spirit Dinner

4. Experience the Unexpected with Mott 32 Vancouver’s Rare Whiskey and Chinese Cuisine Pairing Dinner

April 20

Mott 32, the acclaimed Chinese restaurant, is set to host a whiskey pairing dinner with Select Wines on Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m. This one-night-only event will showcase rare whiskies expertly paired with Mott 32’s signature elevated Chinese cuisine. Hosted by Wine Director Robert Stelmachuk, our 2020 Sommelier of the Year, and Select Wines spirits ambassador Lee Hanson, enjoy a welcome cocktail and appetizer, followed by a seated five-course meal served alongside pours of the evening’s carefully-curated spirit selections (think: Tesseron’s Composition and Lot 76 cognacs, Hirsch’s bourbons and the first legal pot-distilled American craft whiskey, the Old Potrero’s 100-percent Rye Whiskey). You’ll be sipping alongside a tasting menu of indulgences including dishes like soft quail egg, Iberico pork, and black truffle siu mai. 

When: April 20
Where: Mott 32
Cost: $288
More Info: mott32.com/vancouver

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5. Enjoy an Earth Day Film Screening All About Food Waste

April 21

Wonder what the heck to do with all your food scraps? Food Stash Foundation, a local nonprofit fighting food waste, is showing the documentary Just Eat, which is sure to offer ample inspiration—as will the Q&A with film producer Jenny Rustemeyer and zero-waste snacks. Ticket sales go to support Food Stash’s mission of preventing good food from going to waste and provide dignified food access to promote a thriving planet and a healthy community. Go enjoy a film that might actually help you figure out how to properly composite so your neighbours don’t bring it up anymore.

When: April 21
Where: Food Stash Foundation Warehouse 
Cost: From $17.31
More Info: www.eventbrite.ca