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We usually put together a list of our favourite things to do in Vancouver through the upcoming month. But this month is different. Our message is, “Stay where you are!” If you’re already in the Lower Mainland, then by all means, come and visit us for a safe staycation. But if you’re not, then busy yourself with this list of awesome Vancouver cultural activities that you can do exactly wherever you are. Stay safe, and we hope to see you when these travel restrictions are lifted!

Curbside Concerts
Ongoing
For a lot of people, the thing they miss most about “the before times” is live music. Curbside Concerts aims to reunite audiences with performers through small, safely distanced concerts right on your front sidewalk. They started in Calgary and now have performers across Canada, including in the Metro Vancouver area. Just choose an artist, then book a time a date for your private show, starting at $300 for a 45-minute performance.

Dirty Apron Online Cooking Classes
Every Saturday
After cooking for yourself for the past 14 months, you might be looking to expand your repertoire, and Dirty Apron’s online cooking classes could be just the thing. The IRL cooking school has pivoted to offering Saturday night classes that come complete with a meal kit with all of the ingredients, and a two-hour online Zoom class where you’ll learn to cook things like pan-roasted halibut, lemon chive risotto, and chocolate lava cake. Classes with the meal kit are $89 per person (with complimentary wine thrown in), or a flat fee of $30/household for the recipe and Zoom video without the ingredients.

VAG’s ‘Art at Home’ Family Program Series
Through June 30
Just because Spring Break is in the rear-view mirror, it doesn’t mean parents aren’t looking for activities to keep the little ones busy – especially when the weather is lousy. Vancouver Art Gallery’s ‘Art at Home’ program is a collection of 14 different make-at-home art projects, most of which offer options for wee ones as well as older kids. Downloadable sheets and online content cover projects like bubble wrap monsters, wearable art, and furniture sculptures.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival
May 6 – 16
Diverse and thought-provoking presentations have made DOXA Documentary Film Festival one of our favourites each year, but the pandemic means they’ve had to be extra creative this year. Along with three days of drive-in presentations at the PNE, the festival celebrates 20 years with a series of livestream Q&As, industry events, special presentations, and of course, a whole lot of excellent documentaries – all screening online.

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Photo Credits:
Feature Image – Olympic Village bridge: Aditya Chinchure via Unsplash
Image of guitarist: cottonbro via Pexels
Dirty Apron’s cioppino: via the Dirty Apron website
Art at Home graphic: Vancouver Art Gallery website
DOXA billboard graphic: DOXA website