5 Fab Events Happening in Vancouver This Week (May 13-19)

Spice up your calendar with a concert, a car show, and a cat video fest.


May 14

French musician Yann Tiersen knows his way around an instrument – and a bicycle. He started his world tour cycling through Norway, performing at folk festivals and small cafes along the way. His newest album, ALL, features a rainbow of instruments as well as ambient recordings from his various adventures, including sounds from a redwood forest where he was once chased by a mountain lion. His songs will be sung in French and the endangered Breton and Faroese languages – if this musical maven knows one thing, it’s resilience.

When: Tuesday, May 14 7:00 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre
Cost: From $32
More Info: yanntiersen.com

(Photo Credit: Museum of Anthropology.)


Opens May 16

Move over, Pinocchio – the Museum of Anthropology’s new exhibit features over 250 puppets from 15 countries (and that’s no lie). This is the largest collection of international puppets in Western Canada. Shadows, Strings and Other Things sheds light on thousands of years of storytelling history, from Vietnamese water puppets to British hand puppets to Indigenous stop-motion puppet animation. Don’t be left in the dark.

When: Opens Thursday, May 16
Where: Museum of Anthropology
Cost: From $10
More Info: moa.ubc.ca

(Photo Credit: All British Field Meet.)

BeepBeep in British

May 18

Don your fanciest monocle (that’s what British people wear, right?) and strut your way to the All British Field Meet, where close to 500 classic cars will be showing off their shiny curves. Spectators can pack their own lunch or peruse the food truck selection, and a pop up English Tea pavilion will host a live brass band. Righty-o, who’s best in show?

When: Saturday, May 18 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
Cost: $17 for adults
More Info: vandusengarden.org

(Photo Credit: Chef’s Table Society of BC.)

HereToday, Prawn Tomorrow

May 19

Get your fill at the Spot Prawn Festival presented by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia. This fest has live cooking demos, music, and piles and piles of prawns. Attendees can enjoy chowder (in a bread bowl, be still our beating heart) or a full prawn brunch showcasing prawn dishes from our province’s best chefs. Poached, fried or chilled, they’re sure to hit the spot – no prawn intended.

When: Sunday, May 19 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf
Cost: From $12
More Info: chefstablesociety.com

(Photo Credit: The Rio Theatre)

CatVideo Fest

May 18

Cinema got you down? Say “seeya” to nostalgia-ridden remakes and superhero blockbusters – the Cat Video Fest has arrived. This feline-centered film festival is like watching hilarious Youtube cat video compilations, without the ads or the loneliness. You’ll enjoy the meow-vies (sorry) with fellow local cat lovers while raising money for Vancouver’s Orphan Kitten Cat Rescue Association, or VOKRA.

When: Saturday, May 18 3:30 p.m.
Where: The Rio Theatre
Cost: From $12.50
More Info: catvideofest.com