Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
This weekend is filled with amazing music, dance, art, and family friendly events. Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 


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Janet Echelman - Skies Painted With Unnumbered Sparks | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Skies Painted With Unnumbered Sparks – Janet Echelman – Photo Credit – Ema Peter

Public Launch of Skies Painted With Unnumbered Sparks; Saturday March 15, 7:00PM @ Burrard Landing (between the two Convention Centre buildings on Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free
Come down Saturday evening for the official unveiling of this amazing piece of artwork by Janet Echelman, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the TED conference.  The sculpture suspends 745ft between Vancouver Convention Centre West (site of the TED Conference) and the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.  The launch will take place across the street from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre.

The sculpture is created in collaboration with artist Aaron Koblin, Creative Director at Google’s Creative Lab.  In the daytime, the sculpture’s delicate yet monumental form is subtle, blending in with clouds and sky. At night, it comes alive with illumination.  Using physical gestures, you will be able to choreograph the lighting in real time via your mobile device.

The installation is only available for viewing through March 22, after which it will travel to other cities around the world.  More information about the event is available here; click here for info on the artist. See you Saturday evening!

 


Friday March 14th

 

West Coast Symphony: Classic Music Concert Series; 8:00PM @ Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard St), downtown Vanccouver
By donation
Mark your calendars for an exciting season of music, showcasing outstanding local and international artists.  Enjoy works by your favourite composers and perhaps discover a few new ones.  See the full schedule on the website.

Vancouver International Dance Festival - Modus Operandi | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Modus Operandi – Photo Credit – Vancouver International Dance Festival

Vancouver International Dance Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Free & ticketed events; 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. Today: Kokoro Dance, Modus Operandi. Check the website for the full events listings.

Tony Barton – Sharp Dressed Man; 8:00PM @ Edgewater Casino (311-750 Pacific Blvd South), downtown Vancouver
Free; 19+ only
In this highly energized show Tony Barton, backed by one of the best bands in North American, will seamlessly cover songs by legendary artists such as Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, Michael Buble, John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, Elvis, ​and many more.

SamulNori - Kim Duk Soo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

SamulNori – Photo Credit – Chan Centre

Korean Drumming Demo & Beginner’s Workshop; 1:30PM @ Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Free
SamulNori and Kim Duk Soo provide and demonstration on Korean drumming. Beginners are welcome to attend and participate in the hands-on segment of the class.  Instruments are provided.  SamulNori performs on March 15.

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. See the website for more details!

CelticFest - Hermitage Green | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Hermitage Green – Photo Credit – Hermitage Green (Facebook)

CelticFest 10th Anniversary Gala; doors at 7PM @ The Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$35; all ages
CelticFest Vancouver celebrates its first decade in grand style with an unforgettable evening of performance featuring some of Celtic and traditional music’s finest music artists. On hand is an all-star local, national and international lineup.  Performers include Newfoundland award-winning band The Once, acclaimed Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, JUNO award-winning The Paperboys, and hot Irish band Hermitage Green.

Salt Spring In The City; 4:00PM-9:00PM @ Heritage Hall (Main at E 15th Ave), Vancouver
$2; other pricing in effect
Salt Spring Island’s artists’ creative talents are influenced and inspired by the island and for the first time they will be coming together to bring that distinct flavour to Vancouver. It’s a unique opportunity to discover the best of what the island has to offer, as well as win an exciting array of prizes.  Salt Spring in the City is more than just a market; it is an artist-run collaboration.  On through March 16.

HOT ART Wet City - Scratch | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – HOT ART Wet City

Scratch: New Works by Andrea Hooge Opening Reception; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ HOT ART Wet City (2206 Main St), Vancouver
Free
Scratch features new works on scratchboard by Andrea Hooge. This process involves the careful and meticulous removal of the black surface to create intricate black and white designs. Check out the video and prepare to be amazed.  The exhibit runs March 14-29.

Playdome at BC Place; 10:30AM-9:00PM @ BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
Canada’s largest indoor carnival with over 45 rides and attractions is back at BC Place! Feel like you’re floating in air with the Zero Gravity ride, be spun around on the new open air cars of the Ring of Fire and be flung into oblivion on the Super Shot. Popular favorites such as 1001 nights, The Ferris Wheel and the Zipper are all back to be enjoyed.  Multi-day passes available; see website for more info.  On through March 23.

UBC Symphony Orchestra | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

UBC Symphony Orchestra – Photo Credit – Chan Centre

UBC Symphony Orchestra: The Great Romantics; 8:00PM @ Chan Centre
Free; tickets available from the Chan Centre ticket office starting at 12PM
This free concert, presented by the UBC School of Music, will feature David Gilliham on violin.  Enjoy works such as Strauss’ Don Juan, Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 “Linz”, and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin, Op. 35, D Major.

 


Saturday March 15th

 

Public Launch of Skies Painted With Unnumbered Sparks; 7:00PM @ Burrard Landing (between the two Convention Centre buildings on Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free
See top of this article for event details.

Fort Langley Spring Break  | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Fort Langley National Historic Site

Spring Break at Fort Langley; 10:30AM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
Regular admission rates
Farming and fishing were the main sources of staple foods at the Fort. Learn about the First Nations’ connection to the river and hear stories of the salmon and sturgeon. Determine for yourself what life might have been like in the 1850’s here on the Pacific Coast. With blacksmithing and coopering demonstrations, bannock making, “cow milking,” rope making and more, there’s something for everyone!  On through March 30.

BMO St Patrick’s Day 5K; 9:30AM @ Stanley Park Pavillion (610 Pipeline Rd), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$38 registration
Run in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association!  Limited registration spaces still available (at time of posting).  See the website for more details.

Louis Lortie | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Louis Lortie – Photo Credit – Plushmusic (facebook)

VSO: Louis Lortie plays Chopin; 8:00PM-10:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-88; other pricing in effect
One of Canada’s all-time favourite artists, Louis Lortie plays Chopin’s beautiful, romantic First Piano Concerto. Also featuring the works of Canadian composer Dorothy Chang, and the Finlandia-like, Nordic landscapes of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1.  Special guest conductor Perry So makes his Canadian debut.

Exotic Reptile Show; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Hwy), Richmond
By donation
Drop in to see snakes, lizards and geckos.  A great opportunity to talk with the people who know reptiles best.  Presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles.  All donations support education programs at the park.  On through March 16.

Yukina Takeuchi | Manga Workshop | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Yukina Takeuchi

Manga Workshop; 2:00PM-5:00PM @ Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Cres), Burnaby
$10; 10+ only
Learn the Manga-ka’s hands-on craft that demonstrates how to draft, draw and finish your own Japanese Anime and Manga Style drawing. This is a fun and interactive beginner workshop is designed to those who have never studied Manga or Anime before. If you love drawing pictures, you will surely enjoy this activity!  Pre-registration required.

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. See the website for more details!

CelticFest - Celtic Village & Street Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Celtic Village & Street Market – Photo Credit – CelticFest (Facebook)

CelticFest: Celtic Village & Street Market; 11:00AM-6:00PM @ Granville St (btwn Robson & Nelson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
This weekend-long street fair features music from some of the hottest Celtic music groups around on the Mahony & Sons Music Stage, performances from a range of dynamic local dance troupes on the CelticFest Community Stage (at Robson Square), as well as a range of fabulous street performances at various Celtic Village locations.  Shop at the Street Market for a dizzying array of Celtic treasures and the works of gifted artisans, and sample from a wide selection of food and fare.

Spring Break at the Cannery; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston, Richmond
Regular admission rates
The Cannery will be featuring Titanium Chef, an interactive skit about sustainable seafood choices, daily at 11:30AM and 2:30PM.  Learn more about sustainable choices with a scavenger hunt around the Cannery, and more!  On through March 30.

SamulNori & Kim Duk Soo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Chan Centre for Performing Arts

SamulNori with Kim Duk Soo; 8:00PM @ Chan Centre (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$40.75-76.75
Hailing from South Korea, the kinetic ensemble of master drummers and dancers led by Kim Duk Soo presents a visually stunning and unique style of percussion originating in farmers’ bands, a folk tradition central to Korean heritage.  Over a remarkable 35 years, the ensemble has built upon this tradition, developing their individual sound into the powerful music and pageantry they share around the globe.   A feast for the senses that should not be missed!  Pre-show talk with Dr. Nathan Hesselink starts at 7:15PM.

Jenny Tseng: My Exception Canada; 8:00PM @ River Rock Casino Resort (8811 River Rd), Richmond
$98-268
Mostly known in Cantonese speaking regions as Yan Nei (甄妮), Jenny is a Macau-born singer, based in Hong Kong for much of her career.  Her powerful voice and straightforward personality have made her a memorable diva with a career that spans over 4 decades . Her repertoire includes both Cantonese and Mandarin songs.  On for two nights only through March 16.

Shiamak Spring Funk | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Shiamak Spring Funk – Photo Credit – GuidingStar.ca

Shiamak Spring Funk – Spirit of India; 5:30PM-8:30PM @ Bell Performing Arts Centre (6250 144 St), Surrey
$17
A celebratory culmination of a unique ten-week recreational dance workshop offered by Shiamak’s instructors in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, and Burnaby. This year’s revelry brings together a talented group of dance devotees, ages four to sixty-four, to share a memorable selection of Shiamak’s trademark Bollywood Jazz songs and dance.

Playdome at BC Place; 10:30AM-9:00PM @ BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
Canada’s largest indoor carnival with over 45 rides and attractions is back at BC Place! Feel like you’re floating in air with the Zero Gravity ride, be spun around on the new open air cars of the Ring of Fire and be flung into oblivion on the Super Shot. Popular favorites such as 1001 nights, The Ferris Wheel and the Zipper are all back to be enjoyed.  Multi-day passes available; see website for more info.  On through March 23.

Vancouver International Dance Festival - Kokoro Dance | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Kokoro Dance – Photo Credit – Vancouver International Dance Festival

Vancouver International Dance Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Free & ticketed events; 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. Today: Kokoro Dance. Check the website for the full events listings.

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!

CelticFest - Ceilidh - Lomax Project | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Lomax Project – Photo Credit – Jayme Stone

CelticFest Ceilidh; 8:00PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$28.75; 19+ only
Back by popular demand, the annually sold-out CelticFest Ceilidh returns to Vancouver FanClub for a night of rollicking music, sparkling performances and good cheer.  A stellar lineup of musical rabble-rousers are on tap to deliver a night to remember.  Join fiddlers Nellie Quinn and Chris Meredith from Punters Reunion, Irish traditionalists Crikey Mor, world banjo star Jayme Stone with his acclaimed Lomax Project, and the long-anticipated return of the well-loved and much-missed Mad Pudding.  Get tickets in advance and save.

Salt Spring In The City | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Melinda Photography – Salt Spring In The City (Facebook)

Salt Spring In The City; 10:00AM-8:00PM @ Heritage Hall (Main at E 15th Ave), Vancouver
$2; other pricing in effect
Salt Spring Island’s artists’ creative talents are influenced and inspired by the island and for the first time they will be coming together to bring that distinct flavour to Vancouver. It’s a unique opportunity to discover the best of what the island has to offer, as well as win an exciting array of prizes.  Salt Spring in the City is more than just a market; it is an artist-run collaboration.  On through March 16.

Family Weekend; 12:00AM-4:00PM @ Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver)
Regular admission; children under 12 free
Every Sunday, the Gallery offers unique activities geared towards children 12 & under and their families.  Join the team of Art Agents as they bring the exhibitions to life.  Then move on to The Making Place to experiment with themes, processes, and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities.

Spirit of the West | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Spirit of the West

Spirit of the West; 7:00PM @ Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$46; 19+ only
The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is pleased to bestow renowned Canadian band Spirit of the West with a bronze star, destined for Vancouver’s Starwalk on Theatre Row, and inducting the band into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. The award will be presented at the show. Access to Music Foundation is also pleased to present the bi-annual Beautiful Heart Award, in recognition of a person whose charitable spirit and musical contributions have made a significant impact to British Columbia and Canada. The recipient of this year’s award is the inimitable John Mann, Spirit of The West frontman and acclaimed solo artist.

 

 


Sunday March 16th

 

Cinema Sunday: Annie; 1:00PM-4:00PM @ Pacific Cinemateque (1131 Howe St), downtown Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
John Huston’s film adaptation of the hit Broadway play is a family favourite about a carrot-topped New York City orphan determined to find a better tomorrow.   This all-ages musical is a sure fire way to leave you smiling all day!

Constantinople Ensemble | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Constantinople Ensemble

Constantinople Ensemble with Sepideh Raissadat; 7:30PM @ Capilano University Theatre (2055 Purcell Way), North Vancouver
$36; other pricing in effect
Led by Iranian-Canadian musician-composer Kiya Tabassian, the ensemble draws inspiration from the ancient city of its namesake, illuminating East and West.  Their current project, Paths to the Summit, is a unique Persian music program which recreates rediscovered treasures of Persian music from the 16th and 17th centuries.

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.

CelticFest - St Patrick's Day Parade | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

2013 Parade – Photo Credit – trendphotos.org

CelticFest: 10th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade; 11:00AM @ Howe St at Davie St, downtown Vancouver
Free
CelticFest’s largest and most popular free event, drawing people from all cultures, backgrounds, ages and all walks of life. This colourful (very green) display of fabulous sight and sound takes to the streets.  Don’t miss the award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team and pipe band, fire and police dogs, mounted horse drill teams, multi-cultural organizations and performers, and many more!

CelticFest: Celtic Village & Street Market; 11:00AM-6:00PM @ Granville St (btwn Robson & Nelson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
This weekend-long street fair features music from some of the hottest Celtic music groups around on the Mahony & Sons Music Stage, performances from a range of dynamic local dance troupes on the CelticFest Community Stage (at Robson Square), as well as a range of fabulous street performances at various Celtic Village locations.  Shop at the Street Market for a dizzying array of Celtic treasures and the works of gifted artisans, and sample from a wide selection of food and fare.

Jenny Tseng - River Rock | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Jenny Tseng – Photo Credit – River Rock Casino Resort

Jenny Tseng: My Exception Canada; 8:00PM @ River Rock Casino Resort (8811 River Rd), Richmond
$98-268
Mostly known in Cantonese speaking regions as Yan Nei (甄妮), Jenny is a Macau-born singer, based in Hong Kong for much of her career.  Her powerful voice and straightforward personality have made her a memorable diva with a career that spans over 4 decades . Her repertoire includes both Cantonese and Mandarin songs.  On for two nights only through March 16.

Playdome at BC Place; 10:30AM-9:00PM @ BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
Canada’s largest indoor carnival with over 45 rides and attractions is back at BC Place! Feel like you’re floating in air with the Zero Gravity ride, be spun around on the new open air cars of the Ring of Fire and be flung into oblivion on the Super Shot. Popular favorites such as 1001 nights, The Ferris Wheel and the Zipper are all back to be enjoyed.  Multi-day passes available; see website for more info.  On through March 23.

Saltspring Kitchen Co. - Salt Spring In The City | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Saltspring Kitchen Co. – Photo Credit – Salt Spring In The City (Facebook)

Salt Spring In The City; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Heritage Hall (Main at E 15th Ave), Vancouver
$2; other pricing in effect
Salt Spring Island’s artists’ creative talents are influenced and inspired by the island and for the first time they will be coming together to bring that distinct flavour to Vancouver. It’s a unique opportunity to discover the best of what the island has to offer, as well as win an exciting array of prizes.  Salt Spring in the City is more than just a market; it is an artist-run collaboration.

Spring Break at the Cannery; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston, Richmond
Regular admission rates
The Cannery will be featuring Titanium Chef, an interactive skit about sustainable seafood choices, daily at 11:30AM and 2:30PM.  Learn more about sustainable choices with a scavenger hunt around the Cannery, and more!  On through March 30.

Opera Pro Cantanti - I Capuleti e i Montecchi | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

I Capuleti e i Montecchi – Photo Credit – Opera Pro Cantanti

Opera Pro Cantanti: I Capuleti e i Montecchi; 7:00PM @ Cambrian Hall (215 E 17th Ave), Vancouver
$18; other pricing in effect
The Capulets and the Montagues is Bellini’s rendition of that age old tale of “star-cross’d lovers”, Romeo and Juliet. While families at war swear eternal hatred, two young hearts are inextricably bound in love.  The result is tragedy at its most poignant. With soaring melodies, glorious harmonies, and a timeless theme, I Capuleti e i Montecchi is one of Bellini’s true masterpieces.

Spring Break at Fort Langley; 10:30AM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
Regular admission rates
Farming and fishing were the main sources of staple foods at the Fort. Learn about the First Nations’ connection to the river and hear stories of the salmon and sturgeon. Determine for yourself what life might have been like in the 1850’s here on the Pacific Coast. With blacksmithing and coopering demonstrations, bannock making, “cow milking,” rope making and more, there’s something for everyone!  On through March 30.

Exotic Reptile Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – WSPCR

Exotic Reptile Show; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Hwy), Richmond
By donation
Drop in to see snakes, lizards and geckos.  A great opportunity to talk with the people who know reptiles best.  Presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles.  All donations support education programs at the park.  On through March 16.

 

 


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


 

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3 Responses to Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

  1. Emil

    i will be at western rails on sunday, annual railroadian and swap meet with operating model train layouts

    • Sounds like fun! Thanks for the heads up, Emil.

  2. Emil

    Western Rails is at the cameron rec centre in Burnaby
    sunday march 16 , doors open at 9 am