Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

From art and board games to poetry and cultural festivals, there are so many events happening this weekend we couldn’t list them all!  Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 


Friday April 11th

 

15th Annual North Shore Writers Festival; 7:00PM-10:00PM @ North Vancouver City Library (120 W. 14th St), North Vancouver
Free
An annual festival where writers and readers meet.  A celebration of Canadian authors brought to you by your North Shore public libraries, on through April 12.   Tonight: The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie and Literary Trivia, hosted by CBC’s Grant Lawrence.

Settlers of Catan Tournament | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Settlers of Catan Tournament; 6:00PM-9:00PM @ Fraserview Branch, Vancouver Public Library (1950 Argyle Dr), Vancouver
Free; children and teens only (sorry, board game friends)
Connect with other teens at a Settlers of Catan tournament at Fraserview Library.  For more information please contact Children’s and Teen’s Services at info@vpl.ca or call 604.331.3603.

From Restoring to Rewilding: Exploring the Once & Future World; 6:00PM @ Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$14; other pricing in effect
The Vancouver we know today is more culturally attuned to and integrated with nature than any city of a comparable size on earth. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment.  Join MOV guest curator of Rewilding Vancouver and author J.B. MacKinnon for this in-depth talk that invites us to learn how the past can teach us about what a healthy ecological world looks like, and delve into how we’re learning here in Vancouver, and beyond, how to raise the bar on what we see as the “normal” state of nature.

Verses Festival of Words - Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 2 & Haiku Deathmatch | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Haiku 101: a poem, consisting of 3 metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 syllables – Photo Credit – Verses Festival of Words

Verses Festival of Words: Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Day 2 + Haiku Deathmatch; 7:00PM @ Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr), Vancouver
$10
Your chance to see some of the best slam poets from across Canada compete to get into the finals on April 12.  Stay for the late night Haiku Deathmatch, where 16 poets (haikusters?) will battle it out in a head-to-head competition… judged by the audience.  More details at the link.

R.I.O. +2 +1; doors 7:00PM @ Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St), VSO School of Music, downtown Vancouver
$20
A reunion of a great jazz trio joined later with 3 exceptional players. Featuring Ron Johnston (piano), Ian McDougall (trombone), Oliver Gannon (guitar), and special guests Ken Lister (bass), Craig Scott (drums) and Cory Weeds (tenor saxophone).  Second show on April 12.  An evening to remember!

The Vocal Concerto: 17th Century Cantatas for Bass | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Diego Velázquez (1599-1660): “Three Musicians” (1618) – Photo Credit – Early Music Vancouver

The Vocal Concerto: 17th Century Cantatas for Bass; 8:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$36; other pricing in effect
Legendary vocalist Harry van der Kamp, renowned interpreter of the bass cantata, joins long-time colleagues, acclaimed music director & violinist Monica Huggett, and lute virtuoso Stephen Stubbs, for a programme of rarely-heard masterpieces from 17th century Germany.  Don’t miss the pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15PM.  Full concert program at the website.

Night Circus: Space Cruise; 8:30PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$25
Is there life on other planets? Where is the Final Frontier? What happened to Elvis? Discover answers to these and many other existential questions at Night Circus:Space Cruise. Not only will enlightenment occur*, but fun will be had! Domineering space leaders will make an appearance by video, interactive games will encourage audience mixing, and you will get a chance to save the day. Alien costumes are highly encouraged. More info at the link. *enlightenment may or may not necessarily occur.

Verses Festival of Words Spoken Word Masterclass with Sheri-D Wilson | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Verses Festival of Words: Spoken Word Masterclass with Sheri-D Wilson; 12:30PM @ Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr), Vancouver
$30
Editor of The Spoken Word Workbook Sheri-D Wilson leads participants in a journey to raise your voice.  Participants are expected to have prior experience writing and performing poetry.

VCBF: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan; 7:00PM @ Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
A collection of amazing Japanese folk tales including worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches, fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses, and magical dogs reincarnate. Four ancient Japanese legends brought to life through a dynamic fusion of Kabuki theatre, Taiko drumming, and shadow puppetry. More info at the link. On through April 20.

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

Photo Credit – Stuart Ward for Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (facebook)

VCBF: Sakura Illumination; 7:45PM-9:30PM @ Sunset Beach (Beach Ave at Thurlow St), downtown Vancouver
Free
Using LED and patterned video lights, artist Stuart Ward illuminates a canopy of cherry blossoms with his sensory projection artwork. The single night quality reflects the tempo of the blossoms and their varying bloom times.

Out For Lunch Concert Series: Arietta Quartet; 12:10PM-1:00PM @ Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
Free with regular admission; limited seating
The Out for Lunch concert series is offered on selected Friday afternoons at 12:10pm and is free with Gallery admission.  Performed by a wide variety of local and international artists in many genres, this event is now a staple in the Vancouver arts and music community.  We recommend you arrive early for a seat.

 


Saturday April 12th

 

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. Don’t forget to check out some of Vancouver’s favourite food trucks. A great place to bring the whole family!

Great Canadian Craft | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Great Canadian Craft; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ The Showbarn, Cloverdale Rodeo (17798 62 Ave), Surrey
$4 online; $5 at the door; other pricing in effect
See over 150 talented artisans and crafters from all over The Lower Mainland and BC.  Meet the designers and makers and support local small businesses!  Partial proceeds go to the Surrey Food Bank Society.  First 50 entrants each day receive a FREE swag bag loaded with goodies!  On through April 13.

Passion and Resurrection; 7:30PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$37; other pricing in effect
Two of Canada’s top choirs, Chor Leoni and Elektra, come together to present a program of powerful choral masterpieces from the past decade that view the traditional Passion story through a modern lens.

North Shore Writers Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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15th Annual North Shore Writers Festival; 10:00AM-6:30PM @ North Vancouver City Library (120 W. 14th St), North Vancouver
Free
An annual festival where writers and readers meet.  A celebration of Canadian authors brought to you by your North Shore public libraries, on through April 12.   Today: writer and publisher panels, historical fiction writers’ panel, author readings, and the festival reception.

Wondrous: The Forest and Sea of the Great Bear Exhibit Launch; 10:30AM @ Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Be transported to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the most spectacular and pristine ecosystems on earth.  Join Dr. Andrew S. Wright (exhibition producer and contributing photographer) and Darcy Dobell (conservationist and associate producer of the exhibition) in the launch of this brand new exhibit. Hear about their experience travelling in the Great Bear Rainforest, followed by a tour of the exhibition.

Vaisakhi 2014 | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vaisakhi 2014; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ KDS Ross Sikh Temple (8000 Ross St), Vancouver
Free
Every April, millions of Sikhs world-wide celebrate Vaisakhi Day, a day that marks both the New Year and the anniversary of one of Sikhism’s most important events, the establishment of Khalsa.  Parade starts from the temple at 11AM.

R.I.O. +2 +1; doors 7:00PM @ Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St), VSO School of Music, downtown Vancouver
$20
A reunion of a great jazz trio joined later with 3 exceptional players. Featuring Ron Johnston (piano), Ian McDougall (trombone), Oliver Gannon (guitar), and special guests Ken Lister (bass), Craig Scott (drums) and Cory Weeds (tenor saxophone).  An evening to remember!

Brahms & Górecki | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Brahms & Górecki; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (604 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$20
Two composers unite two ensembles at the historic Orpheum Theatre.  Festival seating only.

VCBF: Plein-Air Blossom Painting; 11:00AM-2:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5151 Oak St at @ W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$50 + $5 Festival ticket entrance
No matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced artist, join Alfonso Tejada, Sandrine Pelissier, and Elizabeth Harris for four, three hour Saturday sessions on April 5, 12, 19, and 26. Start inside the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, and explore exquisite locations in the 55 acre garden with 20 varieties of cherry trees. Week 2 theme: plein-air and colour exploration with various mediums.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival - Wondrous Tales of Old Japan | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VCBF: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan; 2:00PM & 7:00PM @ Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
A collection of amazing Japanese folk tales including worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches, fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses, and magical dogs reincarnate. Four ancient Japanese legends brought to life through a dynamic fusion of Kabuki theatre, Taiko drumming, and shadow puppetry. More info at the link. On through April 20.

Easter Extravaganza; 10:30AM-12:00PM @ Thunderbird Community Centre (2311 Cassiar St), Vancouver
$3, under 2 years free
Bring the whole family for a pancake breakfast, exciting crafts, fun games, and an Easter Egg Hunt! Pre-registration required; call 604.713.1818 for more info.

Compaigni V'ni Dansi - Spring Dance | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Compaigni V’ni Dansi: Spring Dance; 7:30PM @ Hungarian Cultural Centre (728 Kingsway), Vancouver
$20; other pricing in effect
Learn the traditional Métis jig and square dancing, or sit back and enjoy live performances and demonstrations, featuring the Louis Riel Métis Dancers.

Night Circus: Space Cruise; 8:30PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$25
Is there life on other planets? Where is the Final Frontier? What happened to Elvis? Discover answers to these and many other existential questions at Night Circus:Space Cruise. Not only will enlightenment occur*, but fun will be had! Domineering space leaders will make an appearance by video, interactive games will encourage audience mixing, and you will get a chance to save the day. Alien costumes are highly encouraged. More info at the link. *enlightenment may or may not necessarily occur.

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

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VCBF: Blossom Bollywood; 1:00PM-2:30PM @ Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (W Georgia at Howe St), downtown Vancouver
Free
Learn hip new Bollywood moves this spring with SHIAMAK dancers!  Moves will be so easy to learn that no prior rehearsals are required.  Performances, contests and much more! All ages welcome, pre-registration required.

VCBF: Tree Talks & Walks; times vary @ various locations
Free
Take a guided walk around Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods to the best spots for blooming cherry blossoms.  Today: UBC at 10:00AM and Stanley Park at 2:00PM.  See the website for more details.

Sequitar | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Sequitar; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St, 2nd Floor), downtown Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
Sequitur calls to mind a call-and-response composition through time. The program features new works inspired by pieces specially selected from Vancouver New Music’s musical vaults.  Full evening program at the link.

Verses Festival of Words: Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals; 8:00PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), Vancouver
$15 advance; $18 at the door
40 of the best Canadian slam poets will do battle with poetic wit and verve, and show that they are Canada’s top spoken word artist.  This is your chance to see the best slam poets from across Canada compete to determine the 2014 Canadian Individual Slam Champion.  Don’t miss the special presentation by Vancouver Poet Laureate, Evelyn Lau.

Verses Festival of Words - Word Circus | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Verses Festival of Words: Word Circus; 1:00PM @ Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr), Vancouver
$10
A whirlwhind of words occurs as Sheri-D Wilson, James Lamb, Ikenna ‘OpenSecret’ Onyegbula, and Billeh Nickerson blur the line between stage and page.  The round robin format allows the artists to respond to one another and build the energy in a spontaneous way.  If you’ve seen a ‘workshop stage’ at a folk festival, you’ll know how exciting it is to see artists perform in this more relaxed and informal atmosphere where anything can happen.

33rd Annual Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair & Awards Ceremonies; 9:00AM-3:00PM @ Student Union Building (6138 Student Union Blvd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Free
350 of the region’s top science fair students will present their projects at this year’s regional fair.  These participants will have advanced on from their local, school and district science fairs held across the region.  Students showcase projects in the fields of discovery, energy, health, information, environment, innovation and resources, and be selected for 17 coveted spots to the 2014 Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Vancouver Gallery Hop | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Gallery Hop; 11:30AM-8:00PM @ various locations, Vancouver
Free admission
A day of art, tours, and talks at various art galleries and institutions in the Metro Vancouver area.  Join in the public conversations, take in a few free gallery tours, or attend the Canadian Art magazine launch (RSVP required)!  Full details at the link.

Inaugural Southsiders-VSSL Street Soccer Tournament & Fundraiser; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Andy Livingstone Park (89 Expo Blvd), downtown Vancouver
Free
Drop by for a game or to cheer on your friends!  All funds raised will go towards supporting the Vancouver Street Soccer League.

3rd Annual Canucks Autism Network Family Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Canucks Autism Network (facebook)

3rd Annual Canucks Autism Network Family Festival; 10:00AM-2:30PM @ Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free
Join the Canucks Autism Network as they celebrate Autism Awareness Month.  This free family friendly event includes an awareness walk, live entertainment, a BBQ lunch, a Family Fun Zone, the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron… and a few Canucks alumni!  More info at the link.

The Preloved Sale; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Astorino’s Hall (1739 Venables St), Vancouver
Free admission; cash sales only
Treasure hunters!  Check out this event for ladies and men’s clothing and accessories, some vintage items, and a mix of sizes and styles.  See the website for more.

Celebrate Spring - Festival of Colour | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Celebrate Spring: Festival of Colour; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Nikkei Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent), Burnaby
Free admission
Celebrate the cherry blossom season with a fun, family-friendly spring festival featuring exciting arts performances by Japanese and Filipino artists.  There will be taiko drumming, Japanese tea ceremonies, art sushi workshops, kimono dress-up opportunities, crocheting and corsage making, crafts, and much more!  Some pre-registration required; see more at the link.

 


Sunday April 13th

 

Portlandiapalooza | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Portlandiapalooza; 1:00PM-7:30PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), Vancouver
$13 advance, $15 at the door
Yes, watching first three seasons of Portlandia on the big screen is totally meta. Yes, there will be artisanal grilled cheese, popcorn and coffee, fancy donuts, birds on things, and some of Portland’s best craft beer on tap.  And yes… it gets better.  Because Fred Armisen is going to join in for some fun times on Skype.

Water Loving Otters and Beavers; 6:00PM-7:30PM @ Stanley Park Nature House at Lost Lagoon (north foot of Alberni St), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$10
Visit the domain of the otters and beavers of Stanley Park.  Head out to Stanley Park for a special evening stroll from the shores of Lost Lagoon to Beaver Lake, and discover the habitats of these aquatic animals.  Listen for a beaver tail slap or catch a glimpse of the beaver in the twilight.

Soweto Gospel Choir | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Soweto Gospel Choir: African Grace; 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$34.25-61.25
Multiple Grammy-winning South African ensemble Soweto Gospel Choir are returning in a tribute concert to Nelson Mandela and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid.  Through vibrant rhythm movement and its renowned vocal harmonies, the Choir’s inimitable performance style has become a worldwide phenomenon.  They sold out their last two appearances in Vancouver, so don’t miss out on this uplifting and vivacious spectacle that literally takes your breath away!

Schubert and Bartok; 2:00PM @ Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St), VSO School of Music, downtown Vancouver
$35
VSO Chamber Players presents an afternoon of Schubert and Bartok, featuring Nicholas Wright and Dale Barltrop on violin.  Full concert repertoire on the website.

Second Sunday Series - Amicus Duo - Roedde House Museum | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Second Sunday Series: Amicus Duo & Tea and Tour; 1:00PM @ Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay St), West End, downtown Vancouver
$10
Part of a monthly concert series on the second Sunday of each month.  Go early at 1PM for the Tea and Tour before the concert, or show up before 3PM for the concert, at your convenience.  This Sunday: Amicus Duo, a charismatic voice, clarinet, and piano duo.

Spring Perogy Lunch & Bazaar; 11AM-3:30PM @ Ukrainian Cultural Centre (805 E Pender St at Hawks St), Vancouver
Don’t miss the annual spring perogy lunch and indoor bazaar.  Delicious Ukrainian food and great deals on gently used items.

Great Canadian Craft 2 | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Great Canadian Craft; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ The Showbarn, Cloverdale Rodeo (17798 62 Ave), Surrey
$4 online; $5 at the door; other pricing in effect
See over 150 talented artisans and crafters from all over The Lower Mainland and BC.  Meet the designers and makers and support local small businesses!  Partial proceeds go to the Surrey Food Bank Society.  First 50 entrants each day receive a FREE swag bag loaded with goodies!  On through April 13.

VCBF: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan; 7:00PM @ Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
A collection of amazing Japanese folk tales including worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches, fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses, and magical dogs reincarnate. Four ancient Japanese legends brought to life through a dynamic fusion of Kabuki theatre, Taiko drumming, and shadow puppetry. More info at the link. On through April 20.

Cherry Blossoms - Vikki Leung | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Garry Point Park, Richmond – Photo Credit – Vikki Leung

VCBF: Tree Talks & Walks; times vary @ various locations
Free
Take a guided walk around Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods to the best spots for blooming cherry blossoms.  Today: Queen Elizabeth Park at 1:30PM and Richmond’s Larry Berg Flight Path Park at 1:30PM and 3:00PM.  See the website for more details.

 

 


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