Another sunny week, another outdoor-focused list of things to do! We’ve got a rodeo and country fair kicking off the May long weekend, a couple of baseball games, and some indoor events to enjoy as well, if you’re ready to cool off from this weekend. From concerts and musicals to the return of Science World After Dark, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (May 15-19).

Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty is an ever-popular American rock band formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1995. The group currently consists of Rob Thomas, Brian Yale, Paul Doucette, and Kyle Cook – and they’re all heading to Vancouver on tour this Tuesday, May 16th!

When: Tuesday, May 16th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Cost: $57.95

The Percy Jackson Musical

If you grew up reading the Percy Jackson & The Olympian series, this is for you. An exciting musical stage adaptation of the novel is coming to Vancouver this May, complete with a five-piece live orchestra. Mark your calendars for May 18th through 28th at the Norman Rothstein Theatre.

There will be nightly shows from Thursday to Sunday at 7 pm and matinee shows at 2 pm from Saturday to Monday.

When: Thursday, May 18th to 28th
Where: 950 West 41st Avenue
Cost: $18 to $58 plus fees

Canadian Blood Services will pay for your roundtrip taxi to their donation centre

Have you been wanting to give back to your community but don’t know where to start? Well, here’s an easy way to make a difference: donate blood. And even better, if you bring two friends with you, you can get a free ride to the donation center courtesy of Canadian Blood Services!

Where: 4750 Oak Street

Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair 

Returning after a three-year hiatus is Cloverdale’s Rodeo and Country Fair, which will be in full swing with live entertainment, over 40 food trucks, Midway rides & games and featured attractions for the whole family.

When: May 19th to May 22nd
Where: 6050 176 Street, Surrey
Cost: $11.57 for early bird tickets

Science World After Dark

Science World’s popular “After Dark” series is officially back, which means adults get free reigns over all the exhibits, with optional flowing drinks available. So if getting tipsy at Science World on a Thursday sounds like a good time (which we definitely think it is), you won’t want to miss this.

When: Thursday, May 18th, and the third Thursday of every month
Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $37 per person

Vancouver Canadians

It’s officially baseball season, and the Vancouver Canadians have returned to Nat Bailey Stadium. This week, they’re up against the Everett AquaSox and the Tri-city Dust Devils.

When: Games throughout May
Where: 4601 Ontario Street
Cost: $10+

Vancouver’s ‘PattyPass’ 

Created by The Real Beef Buddies, the $15 PattyPass gets you 50% off a burger at both casual at upscale spots in Vancouver between May 1st and August 31st. Even better is that $1 from each pass goes toward the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

New this year? An optional 2023 Supper Club membership, which allows members to meet new people and enjoy burger-focused events via the RSVPlist.

Where: See participating locations above

Work out at one of these parks

With rainy days behind us (for now), there’s never been a better time to get outside for a bit of exercise. Thankfully, there are plenty of parks in Vancouver with exercise equipment you can use.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap for this week, Vancouver! Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather!