Top Vancouver Events April 25 - May 1: bike kickoff, art competition and more

Take part in the Gallery Hop Vancouver this week. Photo credit: The Futurists

Art competition, circus spectacular and Pecha Kucha all in one week? We're psyched! If you didn't get your ticket to Pecha Kucha yet, we're giving you a chance to win - here's how.

And if you've always wondered what it would be like to take a sausage making class, well, look no further - Kelly lives to tell the tale. Who can resist those daily coupon deals. 

Top Picks

Battle of the Brush (Kelly's Pick)
April 27 | CBC Studio 700 | $10/$15

There are tons of culinary competitions out there, why not one for art? Four teams of two artists with differing styles combine their skills, strokes and colors to complete a painting in the theme of Celebration. This is like Iron Chef America for art. Wear a smile, bring your friends, have a drink and vote for beauty! Still not sure if you're in to it? Watch this.

Honourable Mentions

Un-1s Album Fundraiser
Apr 25 | 9PM - 2 AM | Anza Club | $7
Come for an unforgettable night of Love, Peace, Foundation and Family in support of Un-1s new album. Listen to some talented local artists, have a drink, and have some fun on Hump Day.

Vancouver Book Club: An Afternoon with Rob Taylor
Apr 28 | 2PM | Waldorf Hotel | Free

Sometimes we just need a little inspiration in our lives. Through a collection of poetry from Rob Taylor written in The Other Side of Ourselves we find that in many ways. Through his word we're offered exploration in to the real and imagined worlds of our everyday lives. Come listen to what he has to say, chat about it, mingle and check out the winner of the photo contest that VancouverIsAwesome had running prior to this event.

Year of the Bike Kick-off Party
Apr 28 | 1-7 PM | W2 Cafe + Woodwards Arium | Free

2012 is the Year of the Bike and  the former Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition is kicking it off in style to celebrate the official launch of their new name, logo and look. Bring your bikes to this family-friendly,community event that's jam-packed with bike fun for everyone! thanks erin.
Gallery Hop Vancouver
Apr 28 | All day | All over Vancouver! | Free

Hop up to a free day of art, talks and tours happening at galleries throughout the city. Tune in to a morning conversation between Douglas Coupland and Richard Rhodes at Vancity Theatre. Afternoon talks and art tours throughout the city and an evening reception and a magazine launch party.

Free Market X: Mayday
Apr 29 | 12-5PM | Grandview Park| Free

Put on your Sunday best, grab a gift to give to a new friend, and stroll on down for a festive afternoon of mingling while grooving to beats of the Carnival Band. Last market we were told to find a talent or service we could offer for free. What's your transferable skill? Are you a masseuse, a dancer, a face painter, a uni-cycler, a knitter? Everyone had something fantastic they can do, come share it.

Pull Focus Summer Open House
May 1 | 7 - 8.30 PM |  306 Abbott Street | Free

Interested in filmmaking? Want to get involved in your community while learning hands-on filmmaking skills? Come connect with like-minded individuals at the Pull Focus Film School Summer Open House. Pull Focus Film School teaches filmmaking skills while empowering students to apply these skills to a greater cause. thanks steve.

Future Events

Morning Parkour & Skim at Wreck Beach
May 1 (ongoing) | 6:30-7:30 AM | Wreck Beach | Free

Socializing For Social Change (#S4SCYVR)
May 3 | Pink Elephant Thai | $10

7th Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival
May 3-6 | Rio & Vogue Theatre | Varied

Passion, Politics, and Drug Policy in Canada
May 4 | Pivot | $15 but no one turned away

The Magical Encounter
May 4 | Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre @ SFU | $25

Ederlezi Balkan Brass Festival
May 4 | 7.30 PM - 1 AM | Russian Hall | $ 20/ $25

Vancouver International ExplorAsian Festival
May 4 - 25

6th Annual Spot Prawn Festival
May 5 | 11 AM – 3 PM | False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf | $12

8th Annual International Jondo Flamenco Festival
May 6 - 25

Epic Sustainable Living Expo
May 11-13 Vancouver Convention Centre

The 19th Vancouver International Storytelling Festival
June 8 - 10 | Sun Yat-Set Chinese Garden | various

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