Event Calendar

See the calendar and listings below for upcoming science- and skepticism-related events in and around Vancouver, BC, and a few major conferences farther afield.

You can add these events to your own Google calendar by clicking on the calendar’s URL and using the “+Google Calendar” link in the bottom corner, or by copying its ICAL/ICS link and pasting it into your browser or app’s “add calendar” setting.

April 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub - Brunch
  • James Randi In Conversation With Matt Dillahunty
  • BC Humanist Book Club: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
  • Yuri's Night - World Space Party
  • BC Humanists Blood Drive
  • Rescheduled Skeptics' Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
  • March for Science Vancouver
  • DNA Day
  • April Café Sci: No small feat: seeing atoms and molecules
  • Cosmic Nights: Destination Mars

Upcoming events:

Thu. Apr. 27
  • Cosmic Nights: Destination Mars
    Thu. Apr. 27, 6:30pm at H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9, Canada


    Would you sign up to go to Mars?

    Cosmic Nights is back at the Space Centre! Discover the wonders of the universe - over drinks! Join us Thursday, April 27th for Cosmic Nights: Destination Mars a party for our favourite red planet! This is a 19+ event.

    Thursday, April 27 6:30-10:00pm $20 early bird tickets until April 13 $25 after April 13 Tickets online through Eventbrite, in person, or by calling 604.738.7827 ext 240

    6:30pm - 10:00pm - Drinks | Music | Games | Demonstrations I Lecture I Planetarium

    7:30pm or 9:00pm - Planetarium Show: Journey to Mars

    In this 40 minute live planetarium show we'll travel to Mars and even though it’s our planetary neighbour, getting there will be no easy task. You'll experience the journey that past robotic missions like Curiosity have taken, and shown how humans may travel there in the future. We'll fly over the beautiful scenery of the red planet and see 360 degree visuals based on real photos taken by past Mars missions.

    8:00pm and 9:00pm - Mars Lecture

    Speaker: Dr. Melissa Rice - Western Washington University

    The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover landed on Mars almost five years ago, and the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been actively exploring Mars for 13 years. Every day both rovers continue to send stunning images of the Red Planet and exciting results back to Earth. This talk will provide an overview of the instrumentation and major results from both missions, as well as plans for NASA’s next rover, which will launch in 2020.

    BIO: Dr. Melissa Rice is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University, where she has held a joint appointment in the Geology Department and the Physics & Astronomy Department since 2014. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in 2012, and was a NASA Astrobiology Institute Postdoctoral fellow at Caltech from 2012-2014. Her research focuses on the sedimentology, stratigraphy and mineralogy of Mars. She is a collaborator on the active Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity missions, a Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission, and a Co-Investigator for the Mastcam-Z investigation in development for the Mars2020 rover mission.


    19+ Photo ID will be required upon entry

    Photo credit: ESO - https://www.eso.org/public/

Sun. Apr. 30
Tue. May. 2
  • WALL EXCHANGE with Cédric Villani: The Hidden Beauty of Mathematics
    Tue. May. 2, 6:00pm at Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2, Canada


    Free tickets required

    Cédric Villani It has been said that mathematics is the poetry of science. Professor Cédric Villani will discuss the interface between mathematics and art, showing how both these disciplines seek to illuminate hidden beauty in the world.

    Cédric Villani is the Director of the Institut Henri Poincaré, France’s prime and oldest international institute for research in mathematical sciences. He has received many mathematical awards, including the Fields Medal in 2010, often considered the most prestigious in mathematics. Prof. Villani is a specialist of mathematical analysis applied to problems of statistical physics, geometry and probability. His books on gas theory and optimal transport theory have become classics.

  • BC Humanist Book Club
    Tue. May. 2, 7:00pm at 4030 W 33rd Ave, Vancouver, BC

  • Nerd Nite v27: Nanomaterials, Burlesque, and Taxidermy
    Tue. May. 2, 7:00pm at Fox Cabaret


    You didn't think we were going to forget about April did you? Well we had a little issue with some plumbing at the Fox, so we're having a special beginning of the month Nerd Nite! We have an amazing lineup once again including some fun prizes and special appearances! Limited early nerd tickets are available, so get on it!

    Featuring special appearance by:Carson Kivari, winner of March edition of Science Slam!

    This month's speakers:

    Bonnie Gray-"Big stuff from small stuff: Nanomaterials and their applications"

    Bio: Dr. Bonnie Gray Ph.D, is a Professor at the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University..

    Burgundy Brixx - "Burlesque"

    Bio: Burgundy Brixx (aka Kyrst Hogan) is a professional singer, dancer, actress, comedienne and neo-burlesque artist. She practices these skills both individually and merged to create neo-cabaret performance art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a Minor in Dance.

    Nicole Balsdon - "I love dead things... and you can too!" Natural history museums are stuffed to the gills with strange creatures, crumbling papers, dark corners, and of course, dead things. Why do we have buildings full of this stuff, and where do they come from? Together, we will embrace the macabre mystique of cabinets of curiosities, and even get to touch real museum objects, so that the amazing stories of science can unfold, right under your fingertips."

    Bio: Nicole Balsdon is the Education & Outreach Coordinator at UBC's Beaty Biodiversity Museum. She is passionate about science communication, museums, program evaluations, and lifelong learning!

    Poster image by: Armin Mortazavi Instagram: @armin.scientoonist

    Photos by: lindsaysdiet.com Music by: DJ Bürger

Wed. May. 3
  • Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. May. 3, 7:00pm at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC


    Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse. The nerd trivia contest starts at 7pm and is put on by Storm Crow Alehouse and hosts Eric Fell and Mister Nickel. A few Vancouver Skeptics will arrive early to get a table and form a team, and then we'll combine our wits to compete against the other teams. All skill levels welcome.

Sun. May. 7
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub - Brunch
    Sun. May. 7, 11:00am at Edith + Arthur Public House, 8410 160 St., Surrey, BC

    Surrey/Langley Skeptics' in the Pub - Brunch happens on the first Sunday of each month.

    Brunch in a welcoming environment. Come out and hang with us!

Mon. May. 8
  • An Evening with Lawrence Krauss
    Mon. May. 8, 8:00pm at pin Hide Map Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1


    Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe.

    In 2013, starred in a new full length feature film documentary called The Unbelievers, which follows Krauss and colleague Richard Dawkins around the world as they discuss science and reason. The film had its world premiere at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto in April 2013. A number of celebrities including Woody Allen, Werner Herzog, Cameron Diaz, Ricky Gervais, Ian McEwan, Cormac McCarthy, Sarah Silverman and others appear in the film, for which Krauss was the executive producer.

Tue. May. 9
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. May. 9, 6:00pm at Rusty Gull Neighbourhood Pub, 175 E. 1st St., North Vancouver, BC

    Join us in North Vancouver on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm for another evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation at The Rusty Gull. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.

Fri. May. 12
Tue. May. 16
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. May. 16, 7:00pm at The back room at Yagger's, 433 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC

    Join us on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for another evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation in the back room at Yagger's downtown. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities in Vancouver with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.

    Frequent attendees: Please welcome any new attendees, and see if you share common interests in areas of science, skepticism, critical thinking, or life in general.

    New attendees: Please feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish, and join in any conversations that interest you.

Thu. May. 18
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub
    Thu. May. 18, 7:00pm at Browns Socialhouse, 9666 King George Hwy, Surrey, BC V3T 2V5, Canada

    Join us for drinks and food in a friendly atmosphere with Surrey/Langley area science enthusiasts who value critical thinking and skepticism. It's a great place to meet local skeptics, make new friends, and get involved and informed about new events and activities. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at Browns Socialhouse, Surrey Centre.

Sat. May. 20
  • Skeptics' Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. May. 20, 11:00am at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC

    Come out on the third Saturday of the month to join your fellow skeptics and science enthusiasts for Saturday brunch around the back tables at the new Storm Crow Alehouse on Broadway about a block west of Granville. Check out the venue's extensive science fiction, fantasy, comic book, board game, nerd, geek, etc. decorations and memorabilia, not to mention their menu of thematically related food and drink options. Hope to see you there!

If you’d like to have your group’s event added to this calendar, send email to: events@vancouverskeptics.org