Things are definitely looking up these next few days in Vancouver! We’re keeping our fingers crossed for some great weather but either way, there’s plenty to do at home and in person. Check out some art, see some local sights, shop locally, Vancouver has it all for you this week.

Here are 10 socially distant things to do in Vancouver this week.

Digital Dance: Maria Avila

If you happen to be into dance you can check out this virtual dance performance about creating during the pandemic. It’s an exploration of what solo Flamenco can look like and what can be possible under isolation. This performance is a great way to view pandemic-specific art.

When: May 11th
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Do a little local sightseeing

We think that Vancouver might be at its prettiest during the spring months. Everything is looking lush, but (hopefully) the sun is going to be out more often than not. If you’re ready to see Vancouver from all sorts of angles, then make sure to check out our spring sightseeing guide, and enjoy all the beauty the city has to offer you!

When: Available throughout May
Where: Click the link above for more info

Watch Beau Travail

Looking to get out of your regular old streaming groove? Check out this 1999 film by French luminary Claire Denis which is loosely based on Herman Melville’s 1888 novella Billy Budd. It’s a beautiful film following an engaging storyline and we recommend that you give it a watch.

When: On until May 13th
Where: Online
Cost: $12

Check out Science Odyssey Week at the Pacific Museum of Earth

It turns out that rocks can be really interesting. So if you’d like to learn about minerals be sure to tune into this week-long series of events. Maybe you’ll be inspired to start keeping pet rocks again. Either way, we’re sure you’ll learn a lot and getting back in touch with the natural world around us is always a good idea.

When: May 10th-14th
Where: Online
Cost:  Free

Watch some documentaries in a drive-in setting

Huge shoutout to DOXA Documentary Film Fest for embracing the drive-in set up this year. In addition to the main, 11-day long festival, there will also be screenings of some of the most notable submissions at the PNE Amphiteatre. We love the contrast between a classic movie-watching experience and some contemporary, eye-opening documentaries, so we’re really excited to check this one out.

When: May 13th to May 15th
Where: 2901 E Hastings Street
Cost: $50 per car

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Head to a Farmers’ Market

We don’t blame you if your farmers’ markets visits dropped in frequency over the winter. But, we do hope that with spring your passion for supporting local growers and artisans has returned! After all, you just can’t beat a big old bag of produce from an early morning trip to the market. Heck, it’s practically a rite of passage in the city.

Where: Click the link above for more info

Bill Reid Gallery- To Speak with a Golden Voice

Following the continued interest in the exhibition, the Bill Reid gallery has chosen to extend this incredible exhibition on Bill Reid himself. A master goldsmith, carver, and sculptor, Reid is undoubtedly one of the most important Indigenous, and by extension Canadian, artists to have emerged in the 20th century.

When: Open throughout May
Cost: $13

Look at a food-focused art exhibit

Do you love taking pics of food almost as much as you love eating it? Our friends sure do, which is why we told them to visit The Polygon’s latest exhibit, titled A Feast for the Eyes. The show is a roundup of some of the world’s most famous photographers, and all the pieces have one thing in common- a focus on food.

When: On until May 30th
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: Admission by donation

Vist Rydel Cerezo Artist Residency

This unique photography exhibition from queer Filipino photographer Rydel Cerezo takes a look at failure. You’ll get to see what failure is like on the flip side as a way of breaking open. You’ll also see themes like sexuality, religion, race, identity, and culture touched upon.

When: On until June 19th
Where: 2-258 East 1st Ave
Cost: Free

Look at Silent Witness: Photographs of Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks can definitely be a little spooky but photographer Stefano Benazzo’s work shows the beauty of these now-defunct objects. You’ll get to see how the abandoned ships merge with their natural environment in 60 stunning photos. Plus it’s a good excuse to check out the Vancouver Maritime Museum if you haven’t done that in a while.

When: On until July 18th
Where: 1905 Ogden
Cost: $13.50

There’s no boredom in sight this week. We hope that you get out there and have some fun, of course, please be safe and respect venue rules. With that have a great week and we’ll see you back here next weekend!