Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Film, dance, music, adventure.. this weekend’s got it all!  Read on for our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday.

 


Friday March 7th

 

2014 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival; 7:30PM @ UBC Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$28.75; other pricing in effect
The 2014 festival returns to the Museum of Anthropology March 4-9 and will include two Signature Evening Performances on March 7 and 8 as well as festival stage performances March 8 and 9.  These performances will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska. Throughout the festival the Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions.

PULP Portside Pub | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Portside Pub

PULP Launch; 7:00PM-10:00PM @ Portside Pub (7 Alexander St), Gastown, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss the launch of the first installment of PULP, a biannual art exhibition benefiting A Better Life Foundation.  Some of Vancouver’s most exciting artists were enlisted to blend archival imagery of Vancouver’s maritime history with art inspired by men’s adventure magazines and vintage pulp iconography.  The recouped costs from sales of these original works will be donated to A Better Life Foundation, which helps to feed, train and employ residents of the Downtown Eastside.  More info at the link.

Half Apple Festival; 6:30PM-10:00PM @ SD Galleria & Sushi Lounge (4316 Main St), Vancouver
$5 at the door
The Half Apple Festival is an emerging artist short film screening and networking event. It will feature short films by Vancouver film students and other emerging artists.

FEAT | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Jason Smolensky & Scott Morgan

FEAT Canada 2014; 7:30PM @ Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway), Vancouver
$28.50; 19+ only
Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks is an annual evening of time-limited presentations.  Each presenter speaks for seven minutes with images; no more, no less. Speakers are invited due to their achievements; however, presentation themes focus on an aspect of their expedition. Be enthralled with stories of adventures on land, water and in the air.

Vancouver International Dance Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
$25-60; 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.  Tonight: Guangdong Modern Dance Company with Goh Ballet.  Check the website for the full events listings.

Vancouver International Women In Film Festival - Pretty Shy City | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Pretty Shy City – Photo Credit – Pretty Shy City (facebook)

9th Annual Vancouver International Women In Film Festival; time varies @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
pricing varies; $12 membership required for all screenings
Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, VIWIFF will screen a diverse selection of shorts and feature films produced by established and emerging women filmmakers from all over the world.  With 33 films in the line-up, gala and industry events, workshops, visiting filmmakers, and panel discussions, this 4-day event is something you don’t want to miss!  On through March 9.

Don Giovanni; 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
$65-200
Mozart’s musical and dramatic portrait of this complex character, and of those whose lives he stains, is Shakespearean in its understanding of human nature. Filled with wisdom and beauty, and by turns funny and terrifying, Don Giovanni is a towering creation, which we honour with a spectacular new co-production featuring state-of-the-art stage technology and design. On select days through March 9.

The King And The Clown | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The King And The Clown – Photo Credit – The Chan Centre

Traditional Korean Music in Film, 3:30PM; The King And The Clown, 5:00PM @ Royal Bank Cinema at The Chan Centre for Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Free
Dr. Hee-sun Kim is a professor of the Graduate School of Education at Kookmin University and a Research Fellow of the Asian Music Institute, Seoul National University. Dr. Kim will speak on traditional Korean music represented in commercial films, touching on the 2008 documentary Intangible Asset No. 82 and the 2005 historical drama The King and the Clown.  The movie will be screened at 5:00PM.

 

 


Saturday March 8th

 

2014 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival; 1:00PM-4:00PM & 7:30PM @ UBC Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$16.75-28.75; other pricing in effect
The 2014 festival returns to the Museum of Anthropology March 4-9 and will include two Signature Evening Performances on March 7 and 8 as well as festival stage performances March 8 and 9.  These performances will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska. Throughout the festival the Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions.

VSO Viviane Hagner | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Viviane Hagner – Photo Credit – Timm Holln

VSO: Glazunov Violin Concerto; 8:00PM-10:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$22-62; other pricing in effect
One of the most critically-acclaimed violinists of her generation, Viviane Hagner makes her VSO debut performing Glazunov’s brilliant Violin Concerto. Bartók’s Dance Suite, one of Glazunov’s most popular works, was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the union of Buda and Pest into the city of Budapest, and Kodaly’s exquisite Dances of Galanta movingly recall the composer’s childhood in what was then his northern Hungarian home town.

Fresh St. First Annual Chili Cook-Off; 11:00AM-2:00PM @ Fresh St. Farms (15930 Fraser Hwy), Surrey
Free admission
Who doesn’t love a good bowl of chili? Check out the six teams competing for your vote (winners announced at 1PM).  You’ll get a free fresh cup of coffee, chances to win a free box of sockeye salmon burgers, lots of food demos, jazz performances, family fun activities, and a chance to sample some of that chili!

J Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – J Fest (facebook)

J Fest; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Nikkei Museum & Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Cres), Burnaby
$15 at the door
An annual one day event, with a special focus on the art and culture of Japan.  The Fest features many of the traditional events of Anime Evolution on a smaller scale, including panels, video and AMV showings, gaming, artists, and vendors.

4th Annual Young Women In Business International Women’s Day Conference: Defining Success; 9:00AM-4:00PM @ Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (1015 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$40; other pricing in effect
Featuring inspirational guest speakers, a well-rounded panel and an engaging expo, the conference is dedicated to encourage professional and personal growth.  With the theme this year as “Defining Success,” the goal is to engage the community in the discussion of the various definitions of success, empowering each other to pursue their true passions.  More details at the link.

Vancouver International Women In Film Festival - Pink or Blue | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Pink or Blue? – Photo Credit – Pink or Blue (Facebook)

9th Annual Vancouver International Women In Film Festival; time varies @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
pricing varies; $12 membership required for all screenings
Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, VIWIFF will screen a diverse selection of shorts and feature films produced by established and emerging women filmmakers from all over the world.  With 33 films in the line-up, gala and industry events, workshops, visiting filmmakers, and panel discussions, this 4-day event is something you don’t want to miss!  On through March 9.

Remarkable Women 2014 Celebration; 2:00PM-3:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Join this year’s celebration on International Women’s Day!  Each year, nominations and stories are collected and shared, and a select group of 12 women representing diverse backgrounds, abilities and experiences are featured which highlight the important role each woman play in our communities.  More info at the link.

VIDF Guangdong Modern Dance Company | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Guangdong Modern Dance Company – Photo Credit – VIDF

Vancouver International Dance Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
$25-60; 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.  Tonight: Guangdong Modern Dance Company with Goh Ballet.  Check the website for the full events listings.

The Outdoor Adventure Show; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
$12; other pricing in effect; cash & debit only at the door
Explore Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences.  See canoe & kayak experts in the Whitewater Demo Pool or ignite your passion for biking, hiking, running, water, board or mountain sports at over 200 exhibits!  Your ticket will also get you admission into The Vancouver Bike Show.  Check out the website for the full events schedule.

Vancouver Bike Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Bike Show (facebook)

The Vancouver Bike Show; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
$12; other pricing in effect; cash & debit only at the door
Western Canada’s largest bike display and entertainment show is back to kick off your cycling season through March 9th.  Ride on down to see your favourite brands, bike products, events, and pro-riders at the show.  Your ticket will also get you admission into The Outdoor Adventure Show.  Check out the website for the full events schedule.

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!

Vancouver Opera Don Giovanni | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Opera – Giant Ant (vimeo)

Don Giovanni; 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
$65-200
Mozart’s musical and dramatic portrait of this complex character, and of those whose lives he stains, is Shakespearean in its understanding of human nature. Filled with wisdom and beauty, and by turns funny and terrifying, Don Giovanni is a towering creation, which we honour with a spectacular new co-production featuring state-of-the-art stage technology and design. On select days through March 9.

10th Anniversary CelticFest; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
CelticFest Vancouver celebrates 10 years of bringing the finest in Celtic culture to concert halls, clubs, pubs and the streets and gathering spots of Vancouver from March 8-16. Get ready for nine action-packed days of amazing music, dance, theatre, family entertainment, spectacle and special events.  The festival kicks off today with Celts on the Creek, a free concert series from 12PM-5PM at The Village on False Creek.  See the website for more details!

Chutzpah Festival - ImPerfect Dancers | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

ImPerfect Dancers – Photo Credit – ImPerfect Dancers

2014 Chutzpah! Festival; time varies @ various locations in Vancouver
$15-30; other pricing in effect
16 exciting days of performances to pull you out of the winter doldrums and reinvigorate your senses for spring. Kick up your heels, move to the music and prepare to be astonished from February 22-March 9! A great diversity of artists who transcend the conflicts of everyday life will take you on creative adventures across different genres of performing arts, including music, dance, comedy and theatre. Today’s performances: ImPerfect Dancers with Idan Sharabi & Dancers.

Family Fuse Weekend; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver)
Regular admission; children under 12 free
Discover the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family FUSE Weekend, where you will meet artists, musicians, dancers, performers, and educators for a weekend filled with family fun! Participate in a range of fun activities, performances, and hands-on sessions throughout the Gallery.

 

 


Sunday March 9th

 

2014 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival; 1:00PM-4:00PM @ UBC Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Regular MOA admission
The 2014 festival returns to the Museum of Anthropology March 4-9 and will include two Signature Evening Performances on March 7 and 8 as well as festival stage performances March 8 and 9.  These performances will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska. Throughout the festival the Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions.

Vancouver International Women In Film Festival - Saba | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Saba – Photo Credit – Vancouver International Women In Film Festival

9th Annual Vancouver International Women In Film Festival; time varies @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
pricing varies; $12 membership required for all screenings
Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, VIWIFF will screen a diverse selection of shorts and feature films produced by established and emerging women filmmakers from all over the world.  With 33 films in the line-up, gala and industry events, workshops, visiting filmmakers, and panel discussions, this 4-day event is something you don’t want to miss!  On through March 9.

UBC Opera: Opera Tea On The Stage; 2:00PM @ UBC Old Auditorium (6344 Memorial Road), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$22; other pricing in effect
Enjoy arias and excerpts being performed by upcoming stars in an intimate setting. During intermission sip on teas and coffees, savour cakes and other light refreshments while intermingling with the performers and members of UBC Opera.  Call 604.822.6725 to reserve.

Chutzpah Festival - Dudu Tassa | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Dudu Tassa – Photo Credit – The Georgia Straight

2014 Chutzpah! Festival; time varies @ various locations in Vancouver
$15-30; other pricing in effect
16 exciting days of performances to pull you out of the winter doldrums and reinvigorate your senses for spring. Kick up your heels, move to the music and prepare to be astonished from February 22-March 9! A great diversity of artists who transcend the conflicts of everyday life will take you on creative adventures across different genres of performing arts, including music, dance, comedy and theatre. Today’s performances: Lev Zhurbin & The Kontraband, ImPerfect Dancers with Idan Sharabi & Dancers and Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis.

10th Anniversary CelticFest; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
CelticFest Vancouver celebrates 10 years of bringing the finest in Celtic culture to concert halls, clubs, pubs and the streets and gathering spots of Vancouver from March 8-16. Get ready for nine action-packed days of amazing music, dance, theatre, family entertainment, spectacle and special events.

E Pauline Johnson's funeral procession, March 10 1913 - Photo Credit - Vancouver Archives

E Pauline Johnson’s funeral procession, March 10 1913 – Photo Credit – Vancouver Archives

Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour: E. Pauline Johnson’s (Tekahionwake); 1:00PM-2:30PM @ Lost Lagoon Viewing Plaza (foot of Alberni St), downtown Vancouver
$10 cash; drop in only
In 1913 flags flew at half mast the day Mohawk poet & stage performer E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) died in Vancouver’s West End. Johnson loved, routinely visited and wrote about Stanley Park. This tour will follow the trails she walked, stroll through the “Cathedral Trees” from her “The Lure of Stanley Park” story, walk the shores where she paddled her canoe, and visit the body of water she named Lost Lagoon.

The Vancouver Bike Show; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
$12; other pricing in effect; cash & debit only at the door
Western Canada’s largest bike display and entertainment show is back to kick off your cycling season through March 9th.  Ride on down to see your favourite brands, bike products, events, and pro-riders at the show.  Your ticket will also get you admission into The Outdoor Adventure Show.  Check out the website for the full events schedule.

Dominique Fricot | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Dominique Fricot – Photo Credit – Mark Cohene

15th Annual Sunday Coffee Concerts: Dominique Fricot; 2:00PM-4:00PM @ Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate), Coquitlam
$12; other pricing in effect
Back by popular demand, the Sunday Coffee Concerts presents an exciting line up of professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver! Enjoy an afternoon musical journey featuring soothing soul, heartfelt blues and jumping swing.  Stay after the concert and meet the performers over refreshments.  Call 604.927.7529 for tickets.

VSO: Glazunov, Bartók, and Kodaly; 2:00-4:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$22-62; other pricing in effect
One of the most critically-acclaimed violinists of her generation, Viviane Hagner makes her VSO debut performing Glazunov’s brilliant Violin Concerto. Bartók’s Dance Suite, one of Glazunov’s most popular works, was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the union of Buda and Pest into the city of Budapest, and Kodaly’s exquisite Dances of Galanta movingly recall the composer’s childhood in what was then his northern Hungarian home town.

VIDF Guangdong Modern Dance Company | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Guangdong Modern Dance Company – Photo Credit – VIDF

Vancouver International Dance Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
$25-60; 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.  Tonight: Guangdong Modern Dance Company with Goh Ballet.  Check the website for the full events listings.

The Outdoor Adventure Show; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
$12; other pricing in effect; cash & debit only at the door
Explore Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences.  See canoe & kayak experts in the Whitewater Demo Pool or ignite your passion for biking, hiking, running, water, board or mountain sports at over 200 exhibits!  Your ticket will also get you admission into The Vancouver Bike Show.  Check out the website for the full events schedule.

Steveston Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Steveston Winter Farmers & Artisan Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
Free admission
Enjoy the amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market, and enchanting entertainers. On select Sundays through April 6th; check the website for more details.

Don Giovanni; 2:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
$65-200
Mozart’s musical and dramatic portrait of this complex character, and of those whose lives he stains, is Shakespearean in its understanding of human nature. Filled with wisdom and beauty, and by turns funny and terrifying, Don Giovanni is a towering creation, which we honour with a spectacular new co-production featuring state-of-the-art stage technology and design. On select days through March 9.

Good Day Sunshine | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (facebook)

Good Day Sunshine; 3:00PM-7:00PM @ CBC Studios (700 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$39
VICO does the Beatles…a nd more! Join for a musical celebration of spring – a fun afternoon of groovy folk, pop and traditional tunes, performed on instruments from all over the planet.  Also on the bill: tasty refreshments, instrument petting zoo, silent auction & cash bar.  All proceeds support VICO’s artistic and educational programming.

Family Fuse Weekend; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver)
Regular admission; children under 12 free
Discover the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family FUSE Weekend, where you will meet artists, musicians, dancers, performers, and educators for a weekend filled with family fun! Participate in a range of fun activities, performances, and hands-on sessions throughout the Gallery.

Bakers Maker - Bread Lab | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Bread Lab – 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, yummy 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.

 

 


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  1. DANCE PARTY FRIDAY NIGHT @ the FAIRIVEW PUB

    Dance to the sweet sounds of ARDENT TRIBE’S Soul Music, classics, originals, and contemporary hits, this Friday night at the FAIRIVEW, 898 west Broadway, after 9:30 PM. Fun, games, drinks, games, and a great band to get your groove on with. Come join the party!