Are you ready for this? It’s called “sunshine,” and we haven’t seen it on the North Bank since last August (or at least, that’s what it feels like). Thank goodness we are done with our April showers—because now it’s time for May flowers, and downtown Vancouver is bursting into full-on technicolor bloom with the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Right now it’s predicted to be…57° with light showers, but just ignore that because it could change any second (it IS spring, after all) and download the First Friday Hotsheet and walking map so you can see what’s happening all around downtown.
Even if it does happen to sprinkle a bit, you’ll be lucky because you’ll be able to see—but only for a little while longer!—Rainku sidewalk poetry, which only appears during the rain. To see exactly where all the Rainku poems are located, click here to see this Rainku map. While you’re looking down, don’t forget to look up and see all of downtown’s beautiful hanging flower baskets—120 in all—sponsored by individuals and businesses to keep downtown blooming all summer long.
Everywhere you look, art will be in full bloom with original artwork for sale in every medium. See new art exhibits, exciting retail spaces, and restaurants and brewpubs that put Vancouver squarely in the middle of the burgeoning food scene. Shops and galleries will be open late, and there’s usually plenty of live music and complementary refreshments to entice you inside (as though you need enticing). And whenever you post a fabulous picture of downtown Vancouver on your social media, be sure to tag it with #dtVANwa so everyone else can see what’s so amazing about the Couve!
Above image: a bit of Rainku sidewalk poetry