Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

And if you are looking for ways to give your mother the gift of your time, here are some ways you can spend it with her...unless she just wants to be alone for a few hours and enjoy some solitude!

Either way, whether your mother loves craft fairs or the stars, you can point her in the right direction. 

1) Sound of Dragon Music Festival, Vancouver

Organizer Lan Tung wants to redefine Chinese music for a Vancouver audience. It's not just the guqing and other traditional instruments or Chinese opera. You'll hear new sounds and surprising pairings, including Chinese melodies mixed with African choral music, modernized versions of Chinese pop songs, and a seniors choir.


2) Got Craft, Vancouver

Penjing at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens

See penjing plants that are more than 100 years old and buy a beautiful miniature plant for your mother. (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden)

The city’s largest indie craft fair is back for its 15th show. If you're looking for a gift (maybe a last-minute present for your Mom?) or a trinket or maybe something useful that's locally made, then head over to the Maritime Labour Centre in East Vancouver.

Also for a special live gift for your mom, drop by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden to the penjing show and sale. The exhibition features a Chinese art form that goes back 2000 years. 

  • Maritime Labour Centre 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
  • May 10, 11
  • gotcraft.com


3) Trout Lake Farmer's Market, Opening Day, Vancouver

Fresh veggies at the Trout Lake Farmers Market

Buy fresh veggies at the Trout Lake Farmers Market (eatlocal.org)

The ever-popular farmer's market is back for its summer edition. Get fresh produce — asparagus, swiss chard and other leafy greens are abundant now — plus live entertainment and freshly-made food, from crepes to cheese to chili.

  • Trout Lake Farmer's Market, North End parking lot in John Hendry Park
  • May 10
  • www.eatlocal.org 


4) BC Distilled Festival, and The Spring Sessional Cask Festival, Vancouver

A local lover of distilled spirits saw the boom happening in B.C. micro distilleries and decided to bring them together with fans of gin, vodka, and scotch.

More than 17 companies will be there along with food to go with all those spirits. Host Stephen Quinn got a bit of insight this week into two local distilleries, The Long Table and Odd Spirits Society.

  • CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • May 10
  • bcdistilled.ca 
The Spring Sessional Cask Festival

CAMRA's Spring Sessional Cask Festival will feature some of the best local breweries and their low-alcohol beers. (Central City Brewers and Distillers)

And speaking of local producers, the Spring Sessional Cask Festival is also on Saturday afternoon. Our beer columnist Rebecca Whyman explained all about sessional beers in advance of the Cask Festival, at The Cobalt this year. 


5) Astronomy Day at SFU, Burnaby

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Celebrate astronomy and the stars at SFU on Saturday.

Skygazers will love this event, full of telescopes and fellow fans of the stars and planets. The event celebrates International Astronomy Day with rocket displays, a solar system display, and a mobile planetarium, as well as free activities and lectures in tandem with Science Rendezvous, Canada's largest science fest.

The idea is to get people engaged with science through learning and hands-on experiences. And who doesn't want to play astronomy bingo?

  • The Academic Quadrangle, SFU Campus, Burnaby
  • May 10
  • www.sfu.ca