Spring is in the Air – Recommended May Activities

Its Spring time!!! The sky is clear, flowers are blooming everywhere and rainy days are almost a memory from the past. Vancouver begins to make justice to its well known Beautiful British Columbia trademark and we have selected a list of the most exciting and fun adventures for you to explore during this time of year.

Whether you are seeking a family activity or exploring local markets or even searching for landscape sightseeing; the city has many worthwhile breathtaking spots that will certainly give you a pleasant experience.

Vancouver International Children’s Festival (May 29 – June 04, 2017)

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A great attraction for the whole family – The annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival celebrates their 40th anniversary taking place at Granville Island during spring time this year.

You and your little ones will certainly have a great time enjoying fun activities such as pajama nights, evening shows, special birthday, Arts Umbrella Workshop and much more.

BMO Vancouver International Marathon (May 7, 2017)

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This annual race takes place on the first Sunday of May each year in Vancouver.  Runners take on a 42.2KM (26.2 miles) adventure path past beaches, through natural parks, and along Vancouver’s Seawall.

With 70% shoreline view, this unique marathon is a world class event on its own. In addition, there are six different races, in order to better suit everyone’s styles and needs. The Kids’ Run and new 2.5K walk take place on Saturday; the marquee point-to-point Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and 8K all happen on Sunday.

Vancouver Opera Festival (April 28 – May 13, 2017)

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The first edition of Vancouver Opera Festival is a celebration of the vocal and theatrical arts. Discover Opera at its full power and enjoy stunning creation and performance process and the powerful connection and impact of the human voice. Festival includes three new productions: a masterpiece, a timeless classic, and a contemporary tour de force.

This year event’s program includes Italian’s dramatic tragedy masterpiece Otello with the 65-Piece Vo Orchestra led by Jonathan Darlington;  Mozart’s iconic piece The Marriage of Figaro with costumes by fashion superstar Sid Neigum;  Heggie’s classic modern treasure Dead Man Walking with sets by Erhard Rom and much more.

Amusement Park – Playland (May 6, 2017)

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Located in Vancouver, Playland is the oldest amusement park in Canada and it opens this year at May 6th with three new family rides. Attractions includes the new coaster ride, Bug Whirled; The Flutterbye flapping wings; and the mechanical Dizzy Drop.

In between rides, games and food, you will certainly find a suitable tour to your needs and a magical memorable entertaining experience.

Kitsilano Farmers Market (May 7 – Oct 22, 2017)

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The Kitsilano Community Centre parking lot becomes a joyful scenario for Vancouver’s west side finest and freshest food in the city. Shoppers will find great carefully selected seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisan food and fresh bread, local beer and wine. Enjoy some great local music, nearby playground, food truck offerings and many other conveniences.

This casual market is definitely a must go destination,  whether you are in Vancouver for a short visit or just decided to take the day off relaxing and enjoying an occasional sunny afternoon at the park.

European Festival (May 27 – 28, 2017)

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This annual festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Located at Swangard Stadium, Burnaby; this year event happens on May 27th and 28th, 2017. Take advantage of your time in the city and immerse yourself into Canada’s European heritage.

The European Festival truly offers an authentic European atmosphere and a broad variety of exclusive attractions. Experience a continent’s worth of flavors and colors at the Food Vendors and Beer Garden station or simply relax and enjoy some of the most dazzling performances you will ever seen; and don’t forget to stop by at The Arts Plaza and Market Place and witness a series of contemporary artists demonstrating their talented unique craft.

Abbotsford Tulip Festival (April 10 – May 14, 2017)

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The Abbotsford Tulip Festival returns to their previous dazzling location in the country, celebrating our springtime. Immerse yourself in its scenic gorgeous blooming rainbow colored fields featuring more than 2.5 million tulips in a display of marvelous beauty.

Just one hour outside of Vancouver, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is a must see attraction during spring. Visitors are able to enjoy this unique landscape scenario, pick their own customized spring bouquets or purchase a set at their local shop – The “Bloom-Mobile”.

Other attractions include a covered picnic area, food trucks and many family-friendly games and activities. Guests are encouraged to bring their own camera for personal registration and also to check the local weather before heading out.