Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 Dozens of Culture Days events, Word Vancouver, and Slow Fish Mystery Dinner are our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend – Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 3rd – 28th

Photo credit: Debojit Dhar | Flickr

Spring is here! And so are Vancouver’s cherry blossoms. Every year, Vancouverites eagerly anticipate the blooming of the city’s 40,000 cherry trees. The blooming period, usually between late March and the end of April, signals the arrival of spring, covering the city in a wave of pink petals. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival marks the period and celebrates the beauty of Vancouver’s cherry trees with a celebration of all things spring.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival began in 2006. As many of Vancouver’s cherry trees originated as gifts from Japan, the Festival began as a way to express gratitude for the gift and to celebrate the beauty and joy the cherry blossoms bring to the city. Since 2006, the Festival has marked the occasion with educational programs, musical performances, and fine art and craft exhibitions. The Festival’s mission is simple: “To sustain & renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage, while educating and actively engaging diverse communities in local arts and culture to celebrate the fragile beauty of the iconic Cherry Blossom.”

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival April 3rd – 28th

Sky-High Dining: Vancouver Restaurants With Serious Altitude

Seasons in the Park

Seasons in the Park

Ready for an outstanding meal in Vancouver paired with an exceptional view? Just look up – way up.

Some of the city’s finest restaurants are in the clouds, literally. Perched on mountains and scenic overlooks and on the tops of Vancouver’s tallest buildings, they offer world-class cuisine, plus a bird’s-eye view of the city and surrounding oceans and peaks.

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Sky-High Dining: Vancouver Restaurants With Serious Altitude

Arts in Parks: Vancouver Field House Residency program

Family Day workshop by Cloudscape Comics Collective Photo Credit: Cloudscape Comics Collective

Family Day workshop Photo Credit: Cloudscape Comics Collective

Did you know that you can learn about the basics of comics drawing or traditional Aboriginal weaving after, say, a game of Frisbee or a picnic with friends in a Vancouver city park?

For the last two years, Vancouver artists and art collectives have moved into local field houses and park buildings in a city initiative that provides free studio space to Vancouver arts groups in exchange for community-based art outreach and programs to the public.

In 2011, two field houses were granted to two artists groups, in 2012 seven more parks-based spaces were opened up to artists, and most recently four other artist residencies started their community-focused programs in city parks.

Over 50 artists (solo or collective) work out of Vancouver field houses (former resident care-taker accommodations), park facilities, marinas and community centres from Slocan Park to West Point Grey Community Centre. The program accepts new artists each year by putting out a call for proposals to Vancouver’s vibrant arts organisations.

Some of the field house arts projects include work by: weavers, theatrical troupes, bird-loving designers and comic artists. Here’s a quick glance at some of Vancouver’s 13 field house artist residencies. Continue reading:
Arts in Parks: Vancouver Field House Residency program

10 Places to take in Vancouver’s best views

Photo credit: Seasons in the Park

Photo credit: Seasons in the Park

Vancouver ranks high on many indices – quality of life, sustainable practices, food trucks, and Canadian cities to visit. Oh, and Vancouver happens to be gorgeous.

When I first moved to Vancouver nine years ago I always compared Vancouver to the hot, younger sister of the Canadian trinity of cities (hello Toronto/Montreal I’m looking at you, elder siblings). I felt like Vancouver was flighty, a little vapid at times but, boy oh boy, was she a looker.

The longer I live here, the more I realize that Vancouver has a big heart and brains to match her stunning good looks. From all the social justice, education and tech institutions located here to her ability to host a great party to her parks to her greatest asset, her people, Vancouver has much be ranked. She’s the kind of city that some may love to hate (again, looking at you Toronto) because she is the whole package: brains and beauty. 

I’ve gathered up a list of some of best places to admire Vancouver at her most beautiful. Herewith is my personal list of 10 of Vancouver’s prettiest viewpoints or lookouts. This list is not meant to be an exhaustive compilation but instead a start to a conversation about just where we can admire views of our brainy, bodacious city.  Continue reading:
10 Places to take in Vancouver’s best views