Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Here’s to another beautiful spring weekend!  Earth Day celebrations, live music, LEGO block parties (for the kids)… Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 


Friday April 25th

 

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Strings & Serenades; 8:00PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$66; other pricing in effect
VSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop has become an integral part of Vancouver’s music community, and his exceptional talent has become known to critics and audiences alike.  He teams up with another great VSO musician, Assistant Concertmaster Nicholas Wright, in a performance of Bach’s elegant Concerto for Two Violins, and leads the orchestra throughout this concert that focuses on beautiful music for strings.

Vancouver Art Gallery - FUSE | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Art Gallery

FUSE: A Terrible Beauty; 8:00PM-1:00AM @ Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
$21
The Vancouver Art Gallery transforms into THE place for art, music and live performance in the city.  Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of Fuse-goers have converged at the Gallery for this unique adult event.  Live performances in the Gallery spaces, DJs, eclectic Gallery tours and unexpected surprises have made Fuse Vancouver’s favourite see-and-be-seen event.  This month’s event is inspired, in part, by the striking photography of Edward Burtynsky.

Sip n’ Savour: A Tasteful Evening; 7:00PM-10:00PM @ Walton Elementary School (2960 Walton Ave), Coquitlam
$15; 19+ only
An evening to enjoy fabulous food and beverages prepared by 13 restaurants and purveyors of fine foods from the TriCities and beyond.  A chocolate fountain, live music, a selection of wine and beer, amazing door prizes, the children’s art silent auction (canvas art completed by the students at Walton), and unique auction and raffle prizes are sure to make this an evening to remember.  More info at the link.

Hullabaloo - Team Bouts | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Hullabaloo

4th Annual Hullabaloo: BC Youth Spoken Word Festival; time varies @ Astorino’s (1739 Venables), Vancouver
Pricing varies
Hullabaloo is a poetry festival that gives youth a forum to find their voice, to connect with a community of writers, and to dialogue with the public.  16 school teams composed of over 80 youth poets from all over British Columbia come together to compete in slams, participate in workshops, see great feature poets, and connect with other writers and poets.  On through April 26.

Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show (facebook)

Vancouver Tattoo & Culture Show; 4:00PM-11:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East Building Hall C (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Day pass $20, weekend pass $35; other pricing in effect
Immerse yourself in Vancouver’s tattoo culture.  Seminars, piercings, jewelry, clothing, body painting, DJs and more. Tattoos onsite for 16+ only.  On through April 27.

VPL: Board Games for Bored People; 3:30PM-5:30PM @ Dunbar Branch Vancouver Public Library (4515 Dunbar St), Vancouver
Free
Are your Friday afternoons lacking some excitement?  Start your weekend right with board games at the library!  From kid-friendly favourites to strategic award-winners, the VPL’s got something for players of all ages.  All ages welcome.; call 604.665.3968 for more info.

Lego Block Party | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Lego KidsFest

VPL: LEGO Block Party; times vary @ various locations
Free; ages 6-12 (older LEGO friends – scroll down for an adult-friendly event)
Drop-in to express your creativity with LEGO and make new friends.  Lego provided.  For more information contact the Vancouver Public Library at 604.331.3603.

Kerrisdale Carnival Days; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ W 41st Ave (between Maple St and Larch St)
Free admission
Free events for the entire family!  Live performances, horse and carriage rides, photobooths, face painting, sidewalk sales, and clowns.  On through April 26.

Science World - Bricks & Drinks Mixer | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Science World – Bricks & Drinks Mixer | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Bricks & Drinks Mixer: Green Month Style; 7:00PM-10:00PM @ TELUS World of Science (1455 Quebec St), Vancouver
$18 advance; 19+ only
Celebrate Green Month in style! This month’s Bricks & Drinks Mixer features the LEGO Travel Adventure exhibition, brick challenges presented by the Vancouver LEGO Club, and some exclusive green programming.  Mix, mingle and explore science like a kid — without the kids!

Agassiz Tulips of the Valley Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – GoToVan (flickr)

Tulips of the Valley Festival; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ 3971 Lougheed Hwy, Agassiz, Fraser Valley
$3, other pricing in effect; parking is cash only
This popular tulip festival starts April 17 and lasts about two weeks, until all the blooms are gone! This year the fields are 1km walk away from the parking area, so wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.  On through April 27.  More info at the link.

 


Saturday April 26th

 

Kerrisdale Carnival Days; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ W 41st Ave (between Maple St and Larch St)
Free admission
Free events for the entire family!  Live performances, horse and carriage rides, photobooths, face painting, sidewalk sales, and clowns.  Don’t miss the community parade at 10:00AM today!

Vancouver Tattoo & Culture Show; 11:00PM-11:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East Building Hall C (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Day pass $20, weekend pass $35; other pricing in effect
Immerse yourself in Vancouver’s tattoo culture.  Seminars, piercings, jewelry, clothing, body painting, DJs and more. Tattoos onsite for 16+ only.  On through April 27.

Hullabaloo - Ikenna OpenSecret Onyegbula | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula – Photo Credit – Hullabaloo

4th Annual Hullabaloo: BC Youth Spoken Word Festival; time varies @ Astorino’s (1739 Venables), Vancouver
Pricing varies
Hullabaloo is a poetry festival that gives youth a forum to find their voice, to connect with a community of writers, and to dialogue with the public.  16 school teams composed of over 80 youth poets from all over British Columbia come together to compete in slams, participate in workshops, see great feature poets, and connect with other writers and poets.  On through April 26.

Royal Opera House Live Cinema: Wagner’s Parsifal; 10:00AM @ Old Auditorium (6344 Memorial Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$22; other pricing in effect
High definition opera performances from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  Wagner’s hugely profound meditation on guilt, death and possible redemption is always a remarkable event. This one, directed by Stephen Langridge, designed by Alison Chitty and conducted by Antonio Pappano, the creative team who brought Birtwistle’s brutal, beautiful Minotaur to the stage, is especially exciting.  A delicious lunch will be available for additional purchase onsite.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra -  Strings and Serenades | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

VSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop and Assistant Concertmaster Nicholas Wright – Photo Credit – VSO (facebook)

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Strings & Serenades; 8:00PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$66; other pricing in effect
VSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop has become an integral part of Vancouver’s music community, and his exceptional talent has become known to critics and audiences alike.  He teams up with another great VSO musician, Assistant Concertmaster Nicholas Wright, in a performance of Bach’s elegant Concerto for Two Violins, and leads the orchestra throughout this concert that focuses on beautiful music for strings.

Vancouver Peace Choir: Blue Ocean Floor; 7:00PM @ St. Philips Anglican Church (3737 W 27th Ave), Vancouver
$20; other pricing in effect
An evening of music celebrating the tempestuousness, mystery, wonder, love, and peace of the oceans.  Featuring a film by Elad Tzadok.  More info at the link.

MOV - Rewilding Vancouver | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Museum of Vancouver

Where The Wild Things Were; doors 7:00PM @ Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$17 online; other pricing in effect
Join MOV and a cast of wild characters at their spring party!  Don your finest local animal species-inspired sartorials in support of MOV’s major 2014 exhibition: Rewilding Vancouver.  Arrive early to get expertly transformed by face painting artists, mingle and moonwalk with human-plant hybrids, get on the dance floor, or sit back and enjoy the handcrafted analog visuals.  Check the website for more details.

VPL: LEGO Block Party; times vary @ various locations
Free; ages 6-12 (older LEGO friends – scroll down for an adult-friendly event)
Drop-in to express your creativity with LEGO and make new friends.  Lego provided.  For more information contact the Vancouver Public Library at 604.331.3603.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and Velopalooza - Bike The Blossoms | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (facebook)

Bike The Blossoms; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ Trout Lake Park (3300 Victoria Dr), Vancouver
Free; tour is weather dependent
Join Velopalooza and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival for a fun, free guided bike ride. The ride will tour the blossom cherry trees in Vancouver.

Tulips of the Valley Festival; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ 3971 Lougheed Hwy, Agassiz
$3, other pricing in effect; parking is cash only
This popular tulip festival starts April 17 and lasts about two weeks, until all the blooms are gone! This year the fields are 1km walk away from the parking area, so wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.  On through April 27.  More info at the link.

Earth Day Vancouver | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Earth Day Vancouver

Earth Day Vancouver; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ Everett Crowley Park (Kerr St at E 64th Ave), Vancouver
Free
Help plant 1,000 native trees for Earth Day!  Bring the whole family for live entertainment, geocaching scavenger hunts, face painting, magic, and more.

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!

Party for the Planet - Said The Whale | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Said The Whale – Photo Credit – Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet; 10:00AM-9:00PM @ New City Hall Plaza (13450 104th Ave), Surrey
Free
Celebrate Earth Day in Surrey with tons of live entertainment on four stages for the whole family, including performers Bobs & Lolo and Said The Whale, birds of prey demos, mad science, storytelling, poetry, and more!

4th Annual North Shore Art Crawl; 11:00AM-5:00PM @ various locations
Free admission
A community arts festival offering a great opportunity for the public to meet many diversely talented artists and view their work in both public galleries and working studios.  Don’t miss the pottery and weaving demos, participate in painting a community canvas, learn how to paint with oils and cold wax, and more!  On through April 27.

Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour - Lumbermen's Arch | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Lumbermen’s Arch, ca. 1913 – Photo Credit – City of Vancouver Archives Arch P40

Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour: Lumbermen’s Arch Secrets; 1:00PM-2:30PM, meet @ viewing plaza at Lost Lagoon, foot of Alberni St, downtown Vancouver
$10 cash only
Walk along the same route as others did over 100 years ago, to arrive at the historic site of Lumbermen’s Arch.

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 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 4 theme: sketching.

Music In The Morning - Raven Stole The Sun | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Music In The Morning – Raven Stole The Sun | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Music In The Morning: Raven Stole The Sun; 2:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
$18; other pricing in effect
A traditional First Nations story soars to new contemporary heights through a compelling theatre dance and music piece for family audiences.  Raven is a fabulous and magical creature of impulse and curiosity who hatches a scheme for stealing the stars, the moon and the sun, and ends up bringing light to the people of the world.  Call 604.873.4612 for more info.

CARDED!; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St at E 6th Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
A one-night only show of art reproduced on trading cards.  The work of fifty artists is presented on trading cards and made available for art lovers to collect and trade.  These 2.5″x3.5″ cards are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy random cards in mixed packs of five for $5.  If you purchase a pack that doesn’t have your desired card, get into some fast paced trading action with the people around you.  How bad do you want that card!?

 


Sunday April 27th

 

Vancouver Sun Run | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Richard Lam for Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun Run; 9:00AM start time @ Burrard St at W Georgia St, downtown Vancouver
Registration required to participate
Canada’s largest 10K road race takes place on a beautiful scenic course throughout downtown Vancouver.  The race starts at Burrard at Georgia Streets towards Stanley Park, English Bay, across the Burrard Street Bridge, Cambie Street Bridge, and to the finish line outside BC Place.  Last year’s run attracted almost 50,000 participants!  Check the website for registration, road closures, and other details.

ICONS Vintage Clothing Market; 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward), Vancouver
Admission by donation
A labyrinth of counterculture, focusing on vintage clothing vendors, with some local artisans & cool flea market collectors thrown into the mix – psychedelic posters, antiques & curiosities, records, taxidermy, retro lamps & small furniture, cameras, and other odd ball stuff.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra VSO | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Adjusting the Sails; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$30; other pricing in effect
Adjust your sails to catch fresh winds at the second installment of this season’s Symphony at the Annex.  The wind instruments are kept on a tight leash in James Rolfe’s Juggleand, Kurt Weill’s uniquely scored modern-classic Threepenny Opera: Suite. Contrary winds blow in Edward Top’s Riff, after two flutes gently play a motive in memory of Morton Feldman’s piano teacher. The evening comes to a closure in Stockhausen’s counterpoint of classic serialism.

Vancouver Tattoo & Culture Show; 11:00AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East Building Hall C (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Day pass $20, weekend pass $35; other pricing in effect
Immerse yourself in Vancouver’s tattoo culture.  Seminars, piercings, jewelry, clothing, body painting, DJs and more. Tattoos onsite for 16+ only.  On through April 27.

Bakers Market - Salty Cookie | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Bakers Market (facebook)

Vancouver Baker’s Market; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert St – E 60th Ave at Fraser), Vancouver
Free admission
If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place for you. Inspired by traditional farmers markets in Vancouver, you’ll find talented budding, professional or home bakers selling fresh artisanal breads, soft German pretzels, butter croissants, chocolate croissants, cupcakes, cookies, hand made chocolates, brownies, Belgian Liege waffles,vegan cupcakes, mini bundt cakes, muffins, gluten-free baked goods and much more! On select Sundays through May. Check the website for the full list of vendors.

4th Annual Vancouver Wheelmen’s Vintage Bicycle Swap; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Britannia Community Services Centre (1661 Napier St), Vancouver
Free admission
Check out this event for all things bike.  Vintage bicycles, parts, tools, memorabilia, and more!

Agassiz Tulips of the Valley Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – GoToVan (flickr)

Tulips of the Valley Festival; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ 3971 Lougheed Hwy, Agassiz, Fraser Valley
$3, other pricing in effect; parking is cash only
This popular tulip festival starts April 17 and lasts about two weeks, until all the blooms are gone! This year the fields are 1km walk away from the parking area, so wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.  On through April 27.  More info at the link.

Vancouver Peace Choir: Blue Ocean Floor; 7:00PM @ HR MacMillan Space Centre, Planetarium Star Theatre (1100 Chestnut St), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$20; other pricing in effect
An evening of music celebrating the tempestuousness, mystery, wonder, love, and peace of the oceans.  Featuring a film by Elad Tzadok.  More info at the link.

North Shore Art Crawl - Monica Gewurz | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Kelp line bracelets by Monica Gewurz – Photo Credit – North Shore Art Crawl

4th Annual North Shore Art Crawl; 11:00AM-5:00PM @ various locations
Free admission
A community arts festival offering a great opportunity for the public to meet many diversely talented artists and view their work in both public galleries and working studios.  Don’t miss the pottery and weaving demos, participate in painting a community canvas, learn how to paint with oils and cold wax, and more!

Birds of a Feather; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Stanley Park Nature House (under viewing plaza at north end of Alberni St, Lost Lagoon), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
By donation
Rufous hummingbirds, swallows and warblers are some of the migrating birds that are starting to return this season.  Welcome them back during this two-hour, easy walking exploration and learn about bird identification and behaviour.

Eco Fashion Week | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Eco Fashion Week (facebook)

Eco Fashion Week; 12:00PM-6:00PM @ various locations
Pricing varies
There is no limit to human ingenuity and creative thought. This is especially evident in the always-innovative, always-evolving fashion industry.  Through the speaker seminars, industry panels, and of course, the dynamic, collaborative, and award winning fashion shows, join EFW to provoke and perpetuate the collective desire for a thriving world.  On through April 29.  Seminar tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Earth Day Restoration Walk and Work; 10:00AM-12:00PM @ Stanley Park Pavilion (610 Pipeline Road), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Free
Stanley Park is a globally-celebrated urban park, but it isn’t easy to be a healthy island ecosystem in the heart of a burgeoning city.   Join Stanley Park Ecology Society for an easy morning walk to understand habitat restoration that has been underway in the Park:  reconstructing islands and renewing the wetland of Lost Lagoon; removing invasive plants and crocheting ivy into anti-erosion nets; building boardwalks and co-existing with beavers.   Pack your lunch and stay for the  habitat restoration event in the afternoon.

VanDusen Botanical Garden Plant Sale | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Nancy Wong for VanDusen Botanical Garden (flickr)

VanDusen Botanical Garden Plant Sale; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Great Lawn at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver
Free admission
40,000 plants for sale, one day only!  Don’t miss the largest annual plant sale in the Lower Mainland.  Click the link for this year’s plant sale catalog.

Water Loving Otters & Beavers; 6:30PM-8:00PM @ Stanley Park Nature House (under viewing plaza at north end of Alberni St, Lost Lagoon), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$10
Visit the domain of the otters and beavers of Stanley Park.  Don’t miss this 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.

Timberline Ranch Family Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Timberline Ranch

2nd Annual Timberline Ranch Family Festival; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Timberline Ranch (22351 144th Ave), Maple Ridge
$4 online, $5 at the door; family passes available
Featuring western shows, pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, a western photo booth, archery, climbing wall activities, door prizes, and a whole array of other exciting activities that are fun for families of all ages!

Vancouver Recital Society: Charlie Albright; 3:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$35+
Impressive and captivating, this young multi-talented pianist/composer is blazing his way to fame.  Albright has collaborated on several occasions with Yo-Yo Ma and is the recipient of many awards and prizes which keep on coming.  The Washington Post calls him one of “the most gifted musicians of his generation.”  A decidedly distinctive debut.

 


Decisions, decisions! Which events are you going to? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!


 

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