This week is chock-full of amazing events and happenings in and around Vancouver. From celebrating International Hummus Day, to an improv show (or two) on Granville Island, here are the best things to do in Vancouver this week.

Sigur Ros

The dynamic Icelandic group is making its way to Vancouver this Monday, May 9th — so get ready for some funk post-rock to get this week started!

When: Monday, May 9th
Where: 601 Smithe Street
Cost: $105.50+

International Hummus Day at Nuba

May 13th marks International Hummus Day, and to celebrate, Nuba is releasing a line of hummus in three amazing flavours — classic Lebanese style, spicy herb & jalapeño, and the tangy-sweet pomegranate and sumac.

The hummus is made using only 100% traceable Kabuli chickpeas grown by Canadian farmers and will be available via Nuba’s complimentary tasting menu. Guests at all 4 of their locations next week will be offered a free tasting starting Monday, May 9th. Best of all? You could win free hummus for a year!

The new retail line can also be purchased through SpudBe Fresh and Organic Acres Market.

When: Monday, May 9th to Friday, May 13th
Where: Any Nuba location

Canadian Championship: Whitecaps vs Valour

Cheer on the Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Wednesday, May 11th, where they’ll be kicking off their 2022 Canadian Championship campaign against the Canadian Premier League side Valour FC.

When: Wednesday, May 11th
Where: 777 Pacific Blvd, BC Place
Cost: $44+

Xicanx exhibition at MOA

On Thursday, May 12th, a Mexican-American (Xicanx) exhibition is coming to MOA. The artists are all of Xicanx descent and will delve into their own personal histories and collective history through the Chicano civil rights movement, stories of their Aztlán homeland, and more.

When: Thursday, May 12th
Where: 6393 NW Marine Drive

James Taylor and Jackson Browne


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Vancouver fans of legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor are in for a real treat this Thursday, May 12th! The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is slated to perform alongside Jackson Browne at Rogers Arena.

When: Thursday, May 12th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way, Rogers Arena
Cost: $25+

Cirque du Soleil

Nope, we’re not sick of Cirque du Soleil yet, (and don’t think we ever will be!) Even if it’s the same show, each viewing is like the first sip of coffee. A completely new, rewarding experience every time.

When: See showtimes
Where: Concord Pacific Place
Cost: $65+ for GA

2022 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

The DOXA Documentary Film Fest is about to kick things off on Saturday, May 7th with a viewing of Fire of Love (dir. Sara Cosa). However, the festival will be going on all week-long, and feature a ton of local and international filmmakers.

When: Thursday, May 5th to Sunday, May 15th
Where: Various locations
Cost: $15+ for GA in-person ticket

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Grab an afternoon drink

Whether you head to the Boxcar to celebrate the signing of their new lease or book a spot on Reflections: Garden Terrace at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, there are a ton of options for sneaking in a happy hour drink or two this week.

Improv Centre Theatre – Granville Island

Our list would not be complete without something that gives us a little comedic release! Luckily for Vancouverites, Granville Island’s Improv Centre Theatre always has stuff going on to put a smile (no matter how begrudgingly) on your face.

Check out their series The Playground on Thursdays, where the comedians basically have 100% free reign. Or, if you missed the last couple of drag brunches, there’s this month’s Drag at The Improv on Thursday, May 12th.

When: Various showings
Where: 1502 Duranleau Street (under Granville bridge)

Go for a hike

We know it might be hard to fit in a hike during the workweek, but longer days mean more daylight, which means more opportunities to get outside! We’re blessed with some beautiful spring hike destinations, so why not take advantage!

Where: Click the link above for our picks

Complete an Outdoor Mystery Adventure

Vancouver Mysteries offers a series of games in downtown Vancouver where participants can form teams, look for clues, and solve mysteries. Think of it as a pop-up escape room that begins with a secret location, and ends when you find everything you need to solve the case. Better brush up on your local trivia, Vancouver!

Where: Book an outdoor or virtual game
Cost: $25

Have a great week, Vancouver!