05/07/2015 06:00 EDT | Updated 05/07/2016 05:59 EDT

5 weekend events in and around Vancouver May 8-10

It's Mother's Day this Sunday and while brunch is a great Mother's Day tradition, On the Coast has put together some other great ideas for a wonderful Vancouver Mother's Day weekend.

1. Heritage Bus Tour 
Find out a little about your city's history. Take a guided tour of Heritage Vancouver's top 10 endangered sites in the Transit Museum Society's historic bus.  

Led by heritage expert and author Donald Luxton, the tour will take you to places such as Gastown, Oakridge's United Church and even Point Grey Secondary school.  

The bus will be stopping at two of the sites so that guests can interact with local community members and find out more about why these places are important to our city's history. Tickets are $40.
When: May 9

2. UBC Botanical Garden Annual Plant Sale
If you missed the VanDusen plant sale last week don't fret, the UBC Botanical Garden's annual sale is on Saturday. Master gardeners will be on hand to help people pick and choose among a variety of garden favourites, native plants and edibles. Make sure you bring the kids, because there's plenty of activities for the next generation of gardeners. Admission is free.
When: May 9

3. Grouse Grind
What better way to burn off those brunch calories than doing the Grouse Grind.  Take a somewhat 'leisurely' stroll up the mountain and celebrate with some drinks at the top while relishing the mountain's breathtaking views.  It's free to climb, but costs $10 to take the Skyride back down to the base.
When: Opens for the 2015 Season May 8

4. Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet
Wu Man is an internationally renowned pipa virtuoso, credited with introducing the four-stringed Chinese musical instrument  to the Western World.  

She will play alongside the Shanghai Quarter, one of the worlds most popular chamber music ensembles renowned for their technique and passion.  Titled A Night in Ancient and New China, the musicians will explore China's musical history through a contemporary lens. Tickets start at $36
When: May 9

5. Studio Ghibili Movie Marathon 
Hayao Miyazaki's anime films are beloved around the world and Sunday is your chance to watch three of them — My Neighbour Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies and Princess Mononoke.  The Oscar-winning director's films are described as whimsically imaginative and explore themes such as the environment,  war and peace, familial duty. The first movie starts at 4 p.m. and tickets cost $10.
When: May 10