5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (May 13-19)

A kids' play celebrating queer families, an afternoon delight drag brunch and sizzling paella on the patio.

Here’s 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, add it to our ongoing Vancouver events calendar here.

1. Celebrate Queer Families and a Penguin’s Birthday with This Heartwarming Musical

May 15- June 2

Waddle on over to Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre for The Papa Penguin Play where queer families and an adorable penguin chick’s first birthday take center stage in a visually spectacular celebration—and come on, who doesn’t like penguins?

When: May 15- June 2
Where: Waterfront Theatre
Cost: From $13.50
More Info: carouseltheatre.ca


2. Come Laugh at an Improvised Slide Show at LMG

May 17

It’s back! The hit improvised comedy show Slide Show returns at the new and improved Little Mountain Gallery, featuring Vancouver’s top improvisors (including our own editor in chief Stacey McLachlan) making up presentations on the spot to accompany PowerPoint slideshows they’ve never seen before. Get ready to laugh at what some might consider “their worst nightmare.”

When: May 17
Where: Little Mountain Gallery (110 Water St)
Cost: $20
More Info: showpass.com


3. Sing and Dance in the Aisles of Guys and Dolls

May 16- June 30

Know every word to “Luck Be a Lady Tonight”? Then a) you are a musical nerd and b) you should probably go experience this classic musical set in 1950s New York, and sing and dance along with the charming gamblers, feisty evangelists and showgirls (the guys and dolls I assume, I’ve never seen it).

When: May 16- June 30
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 
Cost: From $39
More Info: artsclub.com


Como x Paella Guys- Credit Lessnoise Studio

4. Hit the Como Taperia Patio for Some Paella

May 19

Starting this Sunday, we feast and fiesta. Continuing every second Sunday until September 1 at Mount Pleasant’s ¿CóMO? Taperia, the Patio Paella Series will be serving up paella, tapas and a side of summer vibes—rain or shine.

When: May 19
Where: Como Taperia
Cost: $28
More Info: comotaperia.com

5. Enjoy Some Afternoon Delight Drag Brunch at The American

May 18

If Anchorman taught us anything, it’s that afternoon delights are great. For your long weekend, get ready to day party with Alma Be hosting a drag brunch and party featuring sizzling performances, food and drinks—with the best part being you’ll have a whole extra day to recover.

When: May 18
Where: The American
Cost: $18
More Info: eventbrite.ca