Happy short week, Vancouver! From the Avril Lavigne concert to the Shipyards Night Market, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (May 21-24).

Avril Lavigne


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The Avril Lavigne: The Greatest Hits 27-date tour will treat fans to the star’s biggest songs to date. We’re talking “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” “Girlfriend,” and “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” among many more hits.

When: Wednesday, May 22nd
Where: Rogers Arena

Sarah McLachlan 

From her 1988 debut album “Touch” to her 1997 breakout album “Surfacing,” Sarah McLachlan is truly a Canadian pop icon. The celebrated singer-songwriter has countless JUNO awards and Grammy’s under her belt.

When: Thursday, May 23rd
Where: Pacific Coliseum
Cost: $89+

Duke Dumont

In addition to bb’s bonanza, there are a slew of outdoor concerts coming to Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl this week, including Duke Dumont on Friday, May 24th.

When: Friday, May 24th
Where: Malkin Bowl
Cost: $115.43


The Season 4 winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race is performing in Vancouver at the Junction on Friday, May 24th, and its her first Vancouver show! VENUS will be joined by a cast of talented queens at 11:30 pm, with doors opening at 9:30 pm.

When: Friday, May 24th
Where: 1138 Davie Street
Cost: $22.63 for GA

Shipyards Night Market

The beloved Shipyards Night Market is officially back every Friday from May 10th to September 13th, so get ready to enjoy the iconic beer garden and outdoor market, and peruse many mouthwatering food trucks.

When: Every Friday from May 10th to September 13th
Where: The Shipyards, North Vancouver
Cost: Free admission

Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market is North America’s largest outdoor market, and it’s now back in full swing! So get ready to peruse hundreds of delicious food vendors with cuisine from around the globe.

When: Every Friday and weekend from May to October
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
Cost: $8.50 for single admission, $40 for Zoom Pass

Camp What’s-It-Called 

There are always plenty of fun improv shows to check out on Granville Island at The Improv Centre, but “Camp What’s -It-Called” is the newest show running, and involves audience members dictating the mischief a group of campers get up to.

When: Fridays and Saturdays until June 29th
Where: 1515 Anderson Street
Cost: $26.50

Tau Lewis: Coloratura 

The Polygon Gallery has a new exhibit on display by Brooklyn-based Canadian artist Tay Lewis called ‘Coloratura,’ an outdoor installation depicting sculptural portraits and quilts. The piece was created using found, gathered, gifted, and recycled materials from the artist’s personal environments.

When: Until March 20th, 2025
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: Admission by donation

Go for a swim

That’s right, it doesn’t need to be summer to dive into a pool or get some laps in, especially now that most of Vancouver’s outdoor swimming pools are open for the season!

When: Now open
Where: Locations around Vancouver
Cost: $7.41 per adult

Work out at one of these parks

With the rain (hopefully) behind us for now, it’s a great time to get back into outdoor workouts! Thankfully, there are plenty of parks in Vancouver with exercise equipment you can use for free.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver!