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Fun events to check out in Vancouver this weekend: May 13-15

Drag shows, speed-friending, cottagecore picnic and markets and more. There's so much to do this weekend!
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There are plenty of fun events happing in Vancouver, B.C., May 13 to May 15, 2022. From drag shows to a cottagecore picnic to markets, there's so much to do!

This year's spring is cold, and summer isn't looking too promising either. Luckily there are plenty of things to do to keep your spirits up, despite the cold, gloomy Vancouver rain. 

If you feel like venturing out into the city, here are some events you won't want to miss:

Drag Shows

Don't let your weekend be a drag... Here are three evening drag shows/parties to make sure your weekend will be worthwhile.

Late Night Snack 4 Year Anniversary - May 13 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets $20

Ricecake 4EVER - May 14 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets $25 (online) $35 (door) + Pay What You Can option available

Glitch Drag - May 17 from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets $17

Cottagecore Picnic

This TikTok group of local content creators is hosting a charmingly aesthetic picnic for making friends and creating social media content. The dress code: cottagecore.

When: May 13 at 5 p.m.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Park

Cost: Free

LGBTQ+ Speed Friending

Making friends in Vancouver is said to be not the easiest task. For queer folks and Vancouverites wanting to make friends in the LGBTQ+ community, speed-friending is one way to do it! The event is open to those in their 20's to 30's and only 20 seats are available.

When: May 14 from 8-10 p.m.

Where: Ophelia - 165 W 2nd Ave

Cost: $33

Granville Flea Market 

The popular vintage streetwear flea market returns with 10 vendors including thrifts and consignment, toys and shoes. The market is happening at The American with DJ's with live music and delicious food by DownLow Burgers.

When: May 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The American - 926 Main St

Cost: $9

Vancouver Flea Market Antique Show

Thrift and vintage enthusiasts, behold antiques as far as the eye can see!

When: May 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Flea Market - 703 Terminal Ave

Cost: $4

Magic in the Moonlight Market

All things magical and mystical, including tarot readings, antiques, Victorian-inspired clothing, beadwork, taxidermy and apothecary items. 

When: May 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Where: 1415 Barclay St

Cost: $20

Creative Experience at VanDusen

Coffee, snacks and private access to the VanDusen gardens including the Laburnum Walk! This event is a way for the Vancouver creative community to connect, get inspired and create beautiful content with friends, whether you're in photography, video, social media or another creative discipline, regardless of experience. There will also be an option to borrow Canon equipment (first come first serve!) during the event, as long as you bring your own SD Card and a piece of government ID.

When: May 15 from 7-11 a.m.

Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden - 5251 Oak St

Cost: $10

Queer Art Exchange

This event is a safe space for queer, trans and non-binary creatives to gather, perform and share their art. The night will feature poetry, live music and a desi drag show!

When: May 13 from 8-11 p.m.

Where: Fox Cabaret (Projection Room) - 2321 Main St

Cost: Low Budget $12 Regular $17

Bring Your Own Bike Sale

Sell and/or buy a new motorcycle onsite and munch on Ukrainian food from the Hunky Bills Food Truck. All proceeds from food truck sales go towards Ukrainian Charities.

When: May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Trev Deeley Motorcycles - 1875 Boundary Rd

Cost: Free

"What If" by Ballet BC

Ballet BC's final performance of the season is exploring science through a creative lens, resulting in a sci-fi dance performance.

When: May 12-14, 2022 at 8 p.m.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Cost: $21.75-$115.25

Rescued Food Market

This "pay-what-you-feel" market has rescued produce, dairy and frozen meats that would have otherwise become food waste. Shop sustainably at an affordable cost!

When: May 13 from 3:30-6 p.m.

Where: Food Stash Foundation - 340 W 2nd Ave

Cost: By donation