Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

So excited for this weekend.  Not only is it my first long weekend this year, but I’ll have something to do every waking moment!  Comedy, music, dance, and shiny cars… Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 


Vancouver International Auto Show

 

94th Annual Vancouver International Auto Show @ Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Friday March 28th: 12:00PM-10:00PM
Saturday March 29th: 10:00AM-10:00PM
Sunday March 30th: 10:00AM-4:00PM
$15; multi-day passes available; other pricing in effect

Vancouver International Auto Show - McLaren 650S Coupe | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

McLaren 650S Coupe – Photo Credit – Vancouver International Auto Show (facebook)

The Vancouver International Auto Show is Canada’s third largest Auto Show, and one of Western North America’s premier automotive exhibition events.  Shop for your next vehicle, and check out the exotics and rare classics.  Try out some of the market’s top “green” rides, and don’t miss the driving experience simulators onsite!  This year’s show also features a selection of cars making their debut in this part of the world (McLaren 650S, anyone??).  Make a night of it and book this special accommodation package (comes with free tickets to the show).  See you there!

 


Friday March 28th

 

Sonic Boom 2014 Festival of New Music; time varies @ Pyatt Hall & Orpheum Annex (823 & 843 Seymour Street), downtown Vancouver
Pricing varies
Held every spring, the Sonic Boom Festival is a multi-day celebration of music by B.C. composers. Every year the festival features a composer in residence, talented musical ensembles, and dozens of new works by emerging and established B.C. composers.  The festival runs through March 30; see website for the full event schedule.

Janne Mertanen | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Janne Mertanen – Photo Credit – Kirsi Koskinen

Vancouver Chopin Society: Janne Mertanen; 8:00PM @ Magee Theatre (6360 Maple St), Vancouver
$44.25; other pricing in effect
After capturing the attention of the musical public at large by winning the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, Finnish pianist Mertanen has become known as a sublime Chopin interpreter.  His repertoire does indeed cover the composer´s piano music more or less comprehensively. Tickets available for this special performance at Tickets Tonight.

Chutzpah!PLUS: Sidra Bell Dance New York; 8:00PM @ Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St), downtown Vancouver
$34; other pricing in effect
Sidra Bell is a sought-after voice in contemporary dance with a strong female vision, creating works that ignite the imagination and explore the complexities of the human condition.  The repertoire is unusual and highly physical, pushing past dance’s traditional vocabulary and boundaries.  Performances from March 27-29.  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Infinitus | Vancouver Academy of Music | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Chris Loh for Infinitus (facebook)

Infinitus; 7:30PM @ Koerner Recital Hall, Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut Street), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
Vancouver’s beatboxing string trio will be presenting an exciting concert featuring their signature classical/hip-hop/jazz arrangements and compositions.  With their unique skillset and ability to connect with audiences of all ages, Infinitus is quickly becoming one of North America’s premiere chamber groups.  Check the link for more details, or here for more info on Infinitus.

Incite 2014; doors 7:00PM @ Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
Free
Mind-altering and metamorphic. Free readings, interviews and discussions with authors who will change how you see the world.  First come first served seating.  Tonight: Margaret MacMillan.

Vancouverite | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – HOT ART Wet City

Vancouverite: A Comedy Show; 7:30PM @ HOT ART Wet City (2206 Main St at E 6th Ave), Vancouver
$5 advance; $5-10 at the door
Amber Harper-Young and Brent Constantine bring you very funny stories about what adjusting to Vancouver has been like, told to you by some of the best Vancouver comedians including Ben Mills, Brad Dorion, Alex Sparling, Jacob Samuel, and Randee Newmeyer.

Spring Fling; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Surrey Nature Centre (14225 Green Timbers Way), Surrey
Free
Get ready for a  day filled with outdoor games, eco crafts, and fun activities for the whole family!  Hunt for bugs, search for birds, play in the Pole Forest, and discover nature adventures everywhere you go.  Rain or shine, no pre-registration necessary.

Iestyn Davies | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Iestyn Davies – Photo Credit – Benjamin Ealovega

Iestyn Davies (countertenor) & Thomas Dunford (lute); 3:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Dunsmuir St), downtown Vancouver
$39
Iestyn Davies’ unique sound and refined artistry have made him the countertenor of choice.  This young artist has been described by The New York Times as having “one of the most glorious countertenor voices in the world today.”  25 year old Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of 9.  He is a graduate of Conservatoire Supérior de Paris (with honours and the First Prize), and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at many prestigious festivals across Europe and Asia.  Visit the website for the full program.

UBC Concert Winds: The Natural World; 8:00PM-10:00PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Free; tickets available starting at 12PM at the box office
Enjoy an evening of beautiful music from some of the most talented UBC Music students.  UBC Concert Winds will perform with conductor Christopher Unger.  Check the website for the evening’s program.

Vancouver International Dance Festival - Montreal Danse | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Montreal Danse – Photo Credit – Vancouver International Dance Festival

Vancouver International Dance Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
Featuring artists from China, Spain, the United States of America, Germany, Japan, and Canada performing diverse techniques and styles like butoh, hip hop, flamenco, ballet, and cutting edge contemporary dance. Experience three weeks of performances, workshops and other activities from March 7-29 and enjoy the dynamic energy and outstanding artistry of the VIDF’s unique artists and creations. Today: 10 Gates Dancing Inc with Public Recordings, Créations Estelle Clareton and Montréal Danse. Check the website for the full events listings.

Game of Thrones Burlesque; doors 7:00PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), Vancouver
$20 advance; $25 at the door. 19+ only
After playing to sold out crowds in San Francisco, award winning troupe Tourettes Without Regrets is coming to Vancouver to perform Game of Thrones for two nights only! An interactive vaudeville show of live music, comedy, and burlesque.  See the link for more details.

Rio Theatre - Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Photo Credit – Paramount Pictures – from filmnerds.com

Friday Late Night Movie – Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan; doors 11:00PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), Vancouver
$8; $6 if you arrive in costume! 19+ only
With the aid of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using his son’s life-generating device, the Genesis Device, as the ultimate weapon.

 


Saturday March 29th

 

Thirst | Turning Point Ensemble, musica intima, NU:BC | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Turning Point Ensemble

Thirst: Music of Ana Sokolovic, Julia Wolfe and Michael Oesterle; 7:30PM @ Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$39.75; other pricing in effect
The captivating vocal world of musica intima meets the rich instrumental textures of Turning Point Ensemble and The Nu:BC Collective, featuring three of North America’s most inventive and in-demand composers.  On through March 30.  Check the website for the full evening’s program.

Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Market; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ East Parking Lot at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St at W 30th Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
Check out the market every Saturday through April 26th for the freshest seasonal produce and products. A great place to bring the whole family!

Chutzpah! PLUS Festival - Sidra Bell Dance New York | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Sidra Bell Dance New York

Chutzpah!PLUS: Sidra Bell Dance New York; 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St), downtown Vancouver
$34; other pricing in effect
Sidra Bell is a sought-after voice in contemporary dance with a strong female vision, creating works that ignite the imagination and explore the complexities of the human condition.  The repertoire is unusual and highly physical, pushing past dance’s traditional vocabulary and boundaries.  Performances from March 27-29.  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Music for Film; 8:00PM @ Chan Shun Concert Hall, Chan Centre for Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Free; tickets available at 12PM at box office
Music inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Murnau’s classic film Faust, and the original Star Wars series.  Don’t miss this special concert by the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

lipservice | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – lipservice

lipservice 2014; 8:00PM @ The Imperial (319 Main St), Vancouver
$20
A lip sync competition for charity, the main event will be an all-out Jimmy Fallon style lip sync battle!  As a bonus to the hilarity on stage, lipservice is raising funds for imagine1day, a local Vancouver charity creating global change through their education-focused work in Ethiopia.

Walk Richmond: Iona Jetty; 10:00AM-11:00AM @ meet at the Jetty entrance at Ferguson Rd, Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond
Free
Take a guided stroll on the jetty while taking in the panoramic views of Mount Baker to the east, the Coast Mountains to the north with Pacific Spirit Regional Park in the foreground and the Vancouver Island Mountains to the west. There are many opportunities for wildlife viewing on this walk.

ArtRoots | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – ArtRoots (facebook)

ArtRoots; 3:00PM @ Sugar Skull Studio (Unit 300, 68 Water St), Gastown, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Sugar Skull Studio is hosting their first ArtRoots show of 2014, supporting talented artists of Vancouver in the heart of Gastown.  ArtRoots is a unique experience with local art, live flash tattoos, friends, fun, and good music.  Check the link for the full list of local artists.

Vancouver Masquerade Ball for BC SPCA; 7:00PM @ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$99
Back for the second year, this event promises to hold even more entertainment and allure for guests, featuring CTV Morning Live Host, Keri Adams, as the celebrity MC.  Wear your best black-tie attire or vintage inspired costume, don an exotic mask and enjoy a night of live music, dancing, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, prize draws, silent auction and so much more.  All proceeds go directly to the BC SPCA.  Tickets available until noon on March 29.

Vancouver International Dance Festival - Montreal Danse | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Montreal Danse – Photo Credit – Vancouver International Dance Festival

Vancouver International Dance Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Free & ticketed events; other pricing in effect
Featuring artists from China, Spain, the United States of America, Germany, Japan, and Canada performing diverse techniques and styles like butoh, hip hop, flamenco, ballet, and cutting edge contemporary dance. Experience three weeks of performances, workshops and other activities from March 7-29 and enjoy the dynamic energy and outstanding artistry of the VIDF’s unique artists and creations. Today: 10 Gates Dancing Inc with Public Recordings, Créations Estelle Clareton and Montréal Danse. Check the website for the full events listings.

Sonic Boom 2014 Festival of New Music; time varies @ Pyatt Hall & Orpheum Annex (823 & 843 Seymour Street), downtown Vancouver
Pricing varies
Held every spring, the Sonic Boom Festival is a multi-day celebration of music by B.C. composers. Every year the festival features a composer in residence, talented musical ensembles, and dozens of new works by emerging and established B.C. composers.  The festival runs through March 30; see website for the full event schedule.

The Drive | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Commercial Drive – Photo Credit – Commercial Drive BIA (Facebook)

Grandview from Commercial to Clark Historic Walking Tour (with Maurice Guibord); 10:00AM-12:00PM @ Buchan Hotel (1906 Haro St at Gilford St), downtown Vancouver
$15; pre-registration required
This fascinating sub-area has been little explored, straddling industrial, commercial and residential precincts and displaying the transitions that continue to transform its built heritage.  You will see how artists have played an important part in making the area more livable, how demographic pressures have transformed the residential landscape, and how some individuals chose this area to make their statement, be it cultural, patrimonial or other.

Aziz Ansari | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari – Modern Romance; 7:00PM & 10:30PM @ River Rock Casino Resort
$70.25-80.25; 19+ only
Actor-comedian Aziz Ansari has quickly established his presence in the comedy world. The Hollywood Reporter has hailed him as “one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years” while Rolling Stone placed him on the cover of a special comedy issue labelling him “The Funniest Man Under 30”.  More details at the link.

 


Sunday March 30th

 

Thirst |  musica intima, Nu:BC, Turning Point Ensemble| Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Thirst: Music of Ana Sokolovic, Julia Wolfe and Michael Oesterle; 2:30PM & 7:30PM @ Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$39.75; other pricing in effect
The captivating vocal world of musica intima meets the rich instrumental textures of Turning Point Ensemble and The Nu:BC Collective, featuring three of North America’s most inventive and in-demand composers.  Check the website for the full evening’s program.

Vancouver International Dance Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Free & ticketed events; other pricing in effect
Featuring artists from China, Spain, the United States of America, Germany, Japan, and Canada performing diverse techniques and styles like butoh, hip hop, flamenco, ballet, and cutting edge contemporary dance. Experience performances, workshops and other activities, and enjoy the dynamic energy and outstanding artistry of the VIDF’s unique artists and creations. Performances for today’s (last day of the Festival): 10 Gates Dancing Inc with Public Recordings, Créations Estelle Clareton and Montréal Danse. Check the website for the full events listings.

Blim Market | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Blim Market

Blim Market; 12:00PM-6:00PM @ Heritage Hall (Main St at E 15th Ave), Vancouver
Admission by donation
Spring is here! Refresh your home and closet with curious knick-knacks and some unique gifts for those spring babies at the first Blim community market of the year. This month, the market features handmade accessories, jewellery, vintage, pottery, cards, gifts, baked goods, gourmet chocolates, sweets and more from 50 local vendors.  There will be hot food by in-house cook Open Sesame and two free raffle draws for dog surprises at 2PM & 4PM.

Sonic Boom 2014 Festival of New Music; time varies @ Pyatt Hall & Orpheum Annex (823 & 843 Seymour Street), downtown Vancouver
Pricing varies
Held every spring, the Sonic Boom Festival is a multi-day celebration of music by B.C. composers. Every year the festival features a composer in residence, talented musical ensembles, and dozens of new works by emerging and established B.C. composers.  Today’s the last day of the festival; see website for the full event schedule.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival - Sakura Night | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

9th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Night; 6:30PM @ Tojo’s Restaurant (1133 W Broadway at Spruce St), Vancouver
$150 w/ $100 tax receipt
Let the celebrations begin this spring with an extraordinary dining experience hosted by Tojo’s Restaurant, featuring sensational Japanese cuisine created by Tojo’s Restaurant, Zen Japanese Restaurant, RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Seventeen89, Miku Restaurant, as well as Zakkushi and Bella Gelateria.  Don’t miss this special culinary event!

River District Baker’s Dozen; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ River District Centre (8683 Kerr St), Vancouver
Free admission; cash only
An indoors baked goods market hosted by River District Centre.  13 local bakers willbe onsite with their delicious creations for purchase down by the river.  Check the vendor’s list to see if your favourite baker will be in today!

 


I’ll be going to at least one concert, the Farmers Market, and the Auto Show!  Which events are you going to this weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!


 

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