5 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in March

Pacific great blue heron at Stanley Park. Photo credit: Flickr user scazon

Great blue heron at Stanley Park. Photo credit: Flickr user scazon

You don’t have to spend money to have a good time in this town. From heron viewing to Celtic street parties and bike touring the pretty pink cherry blossoms, here are five spring events and activities in Vancouver that are free.

5 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in March

1) Visit the Pacific great blue herons at Stanley Park, ongoing
Spring is surely here. Over the last few weeks our urban great blue heron colony has set up camp at their Stanley Park nesting ground for the 13th year in a row. Find these big majestic birds with 2-metre wingspans near the tennis courts at Second Beach and Lost Lagoon. Last year, 86 heron pairs made 169 adorably awkward babies. If you’re a heron noob, the Stanley Park birds are classified as a species at risk in BC. Adults and kids get gooey over their birdy antics. While they’re remarkably used to being watched by humans, it’s important to be respectful of the nesting grounds and observe from afar.

2) Party at CelticFest Celtic Village, Saturday, March 16-Sunday, March 17
Come hungry and bring your mini Bravehearts. The free CelticFest party at Celtic Village  (11am-6pm, Saturday; 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday) on Granville Street (between Robson and Nelson Streets) has live music, crafts, food and a Kids’ Celtic Corner with song and dance, face painting and swordplay demos.

3) Cheer the Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 17
Wear green and shake your shamrocks. The annual parade takes place at 11am March 17, drawing 350,000+ eager spectators. Over 2,000 participants march through downtown Vancouver including Celtic and Irish dancers, award-winning pipe and drum bands, acrobats, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team, and more. Find details on the parade route here.

Whitcomb cherry blossoms at Clive and McHardy. Photo credit: Vcbf.ca Anne Eng

Whitcomb cherry blossoms at Clive and McHardy. Photo credit: Vcbf.ca Anne Eng

4) Bike or walk the early cherry blossoms via Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, ongoing
Get outside: the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival doesn’t kick off until April 4, but that doesn’t stop the VCBF Cherry Scouts from reporting on what’s blooming now. Check out their list of locations that are pretty-in-pink now and take a self-guided tour.

5) Make Spring Break crafts at Granville Island Kids Market, March 18-22; March 25-29
Spring Break camps for kids can be pricey. But Urban Source Crafts at Granville Island Kids Market  is free. Get busy making crafts with recycled materials Monday to Friday 11am to 3:30pm on the main floor. Need more ideas for Spring Break 2013? Check out our full list of events and activities.

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