Emily Carr Degree Exhibition
Check out tomorrow's visual art and design today as the latest crop of Emily Carr University grads show off their paintings, photography, animation, ceramics, industrial design and more at the annual Degree Exhibition, aka the Grad Show (Sunday until May 20). More ocular stimulation? Don't miss Da Vinci - the Genius, an exploration of the revered artist's works and inventions at Science World (until Sept. 3).
See the songwriter who influenced icons including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Roger Waters as music legend and master storyteller John Prine weaves colourful yarns for Vancouver fans (at the Centre Saturday).
Willis Earl Beal
Speaking of unforgettable tales, don't miss Willis Earl Beal, the enigmatic Chicago musician who used to post flyers that read "call me and I will you sing you a song" – and is now labelmates with Adele and Radiohead (at the Biltmore Saturday). And while you're out and about, don't miss catchy Denver noise pop duo Gauntlet Hair at the Waldorf (Saturday).
Vancouver Police Recovered Goods Auction
Pick up stolen goods without ending up in the slammer at the always-popular Vancouver Police Recovered Goods Auction, where you can pick up cameras, computers, tools, jewellery, coins, bikes and even Prada shoes, archery bows and a bag of hammers (at Able Auctions Saturday).
International Burlesque Festival
Spice up your weekend as performers with names like April O'Peel, Cherry Typhoon and Jesse Belle Jones show their stuff – literally – at the racy, lacy International Burlesque Festival, a weekend-long celebration of music, comedy and old-school booty shaking (at the Vogue through Sunday).
Top 10 Endangered Sites Tour
Hop aboard a vintage bus and take a guided tour of Heritage Vancouver's 2012 Top Ten Endangered Sites. The stops are top secret, but past sites have included the Bloedel Conservatory, the Pantages Theatre, the Burrard Bridge, the Vogue and more (Saturday).
Tapestry International Festival
Hear more than 100 women's voices soar as the Elektra Women's Choir rounds out its 25th anniversary season with top choral groups from Seattle, San Francisco and Michigan at the Tapestry International Festival of Women's Choirs at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church (Saturday).
Walk on the Wild Side
Wander stunning forests and seaside trails as Pacific Spirit park interpreters lead five free guided hikes at Take a Walk on the Wild Side – a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Saturday). Then choose from dozens of free guided Jane's Walks, which celebrate urbanist Jane Jacobs and her locally minded ideals.
Catch legendary loudmouth Joan Rivers – who has been doing standup for over half a century – as she dishes the dirt on everyone from celebs to politicians to the woefully fashion challenged (at the River Rock Saturday). For more laughs, head for Moshe Kasher, whose brash stand-up style has landed him spots onConan , Late Night with Jimmy Fallon , John Oliver's New York Stand Up Showand more (at the Comedy Mix Saturday).
Spring Okanagan Wine Festival
Celebrate the start of the growing season at the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival, where you can indulge in Bubbles for Breakfast, an Icewine Discovery tour at lunch, Chef Bernard's Dinner on the Lakefront and dozens more – including the big Westjet Wine Tasting, where you can travel the valley's top wineries in a single night (until May 13).
Spot Prawn Festival
Care for culinary treasures from the sea? Don't miss the Spot Prawn Festival at Fisherman's Wharf, where you can pick up tips from top chefs including Vikram Vij, Tojo and Ned Bell, take in live music, sample fine wines, then buy a bagful of the tasty crustaceans to whip up at home (Saturday).