Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Spring has officially arrived in Vancouver with the arrival of the cherry blossoms!  Celebrate this weekend with live music, multimedia art exhibits, theatre, and maybe a bit of sport.  Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 


Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

 

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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9th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF); now through April 26 @ various locations in Metro Vancouver
Free and ticketed events
Each spring Vancouver wakes up to an explosion of cherry blossoms.  Our 40,000 ornamental cherry trees are the quintessential symbol of spring, inspiring new poetry, dance, art, music, film, design, crafts, photography, and cuisine.

This year’s festival is packed full of events and things to do!  From the international Haiku Invitational, Bike the Blossoms, Sakura Days Japan Fair… to the BC Blossom Photo Watch, Cherry Scouts Program, Tree Talks and Walks… there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.  Take a self-guided tour with the Cherry Blossom Viewing Google Map, and check out our top picks for this weekend below!

 


Friday April 4th


Night Circus: Space Cruise; 8:30PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$25
Is there life on other planets?  Where is the Final Frontier?  What happened to Elvis?  Discover answers to these and many other existential questions at Night Circus:Space Cruise. Not only will enlightenment occur*, but fun will be had!  Domineering space leaders will make an appearance by video, interactive games will encourage audience mixing, and you will get a chance to save the day. Alien costumes are highly encouraged.  More info at the link. *enlightenment may or may not necessarily occur.

UBC Choral Union | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Stars: UBC Choral Union & Phoenix Chamber Choir; 8:00PM-10:00PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Free; tickets available starting at 12PM at the box office
A delightful starry night is the theme for this program. The UBC University Singers and Choral Union present works by Schumann, Hogan, Rajaton, Howells, and Bach.  Special guest performance by the award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir.

VCBF: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan; 7:00PM @ Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
A collection of amazing Japanese folk tales including worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches, fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses, and magical dogs reincarnate.  Four ancient Japanese legends brought to life through a dynamic fusion of Kabuki theatre, Taiko drumming, and shadow puppetry.  More info at the link.  On through April 20.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival - Sakura Illumination | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VCBF: Sakura Illumination; 7:30PM-9:00PM @ Sutcliffe Park (behind False Creek Community Centre), Granville Island, Vancouver
Free
[UPDATE] Postponed until Friday April 11

Using LED and patterned video lights, artist Stuart Ward illuminates a canopy of cherry blossoms with his sensory projection artwork.  The single night quality reflects the tempo of the blossoms and their varying bloom times.

Rocco; 8:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (601 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$35-70
In Rocco dancers become boxers and boxers become dancers. I n a boxing ring one challenges the other by striking punches, fast footwork, and virtuoso tactics.  The dancers represent brotherhood in all its senses: the good and the bad, devil and angel, the androgynous and the incestuous.  They are Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus, Laurel and Hardy.  Rocco is a dance performance about physical and psychological extremes.  On through April 5.

Camilo The Magician | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Camilo The Magician; 8:00PM @ Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St, next to Public Market), Granville Island, Vancouver
$30
Born and raised in Colombia, Camilo Dominguez first discovered his passion for the art of magic at the age of four.  Today, he is known for his unique approach; blending humor, and a charismatic and heartwarming personality with masterful agility.  Using only his hands and a deck of cards, he aims to provide audiences with a truly original and intimate experience. On through April 5.

Spring Fling Cabaret; 8:00PM-12:00AM @ Wise Hall (1882 Adanac St), Vancouver
$20 advance, $25 at the door
A night brimming with performances of original sketch comedy, live music, burlesque, drag kings, and stand-up comedy.  The cherry on top of the evening is dancing to a mind-blowing live set by Vancouver’s hottest dj – DJ SHE!  This once in a lifetime event promises to be a magical evening celebrating community through creativity and talent.

The Postcard Show Volume 4 | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The Postcard Show (facebook)

The Postcard Show Volume 4: Transformation; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ The Remington Gallery & Studio (108 E Hastings), Vancouver
Free admission
45 talented emerging and established artists exhibit their postcard sized works for sale auction style starting at $10.  Expect to see different mediums such as photography, textile, illustrations, scratch boarding, and more (origami, anyone?).

 


Saturday April 5th

 

Canadian Tire Home-Auto & Outdoor Show; 9:00AM-4:00PM@  Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
A brand new one day event, showcasing new and innovative products from Canadian Tire and offering exclusive giveaways.  Many celebrity guests and chefs will appear on the main stage throughout the day, including Chef Tojo, Rob Feenie, Mike Holmes, Jillian Harris, Todd Talbot, and Buddy Valastro.  Bring the whole family to meet Canadian Olympic athletes and NHL Alumni… and Emmet from the LEGO movie!  See the link for more details.

Alexander Gavrylyuk | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Alexander Gavrylyuk

VSO SpringFest: Preludes & Pictures; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-88; other pricing in effect
Part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s SpringFest series.  Tonight: enjoy the sounds of acclaimed Russian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk on Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky/Ravel.  Don’t miss the pre-concert talk at 7:05PM and the post-concert discussion immediately following the concert.  More info at the link.

Vancouver South African Film Festival; times vary @ Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s (149 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
$10+; festival passes available
VSAFF is proud to present features and documentaries that explore the culture, history and politics of South Africa; films that entertain and inform.  All proceeds from the festival go to supporting the important educational development work Education without Borders has been doing in South Africa since 2002.  On through April 6.

Sakura Days Japan Fair | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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VCBF: Sakura Days Japan Fair; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5151 Oak St at @ W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$12; $10.50 advance/online; other pricing in effect
Experience the special ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, enjoy Japanese festival food, sample premium sake, take a guided Tree Talk and Walk, and enjoy haiku readings.  There will be hands-on workshops for ikebana (flower arranging), calligraphy, and origami.  Don’t miss out on the Japanese classical dances, taiko drumming, Cherry Blossom Dance, shakuhachi (bamboo flute) performance, martial arts demos, and more!  On through April 6.

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 5, 12, 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 1 theme: watercolours.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival - Wondrous Tales of Old Japan | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VCBF: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan; 2:00PM & 7:00PM @ Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
A collection of amazing Japanese folk tales including worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches, fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses, and magical dogs reincarnate.  Four ancient Japanese legends brought to life through a dynamic fusion of Kabuki theatre, Taiko drumming, and shadow puppetry.  More info at the link.  On through April 20.

Camilo The Magician; 8:00PM @ Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St, next to Public Market), Granville Island, Vancouver
$30
Born and raised in Colombia, Camilo Dominguez first discovered his passion for the art of magic at the age of four.  Today, he is known for his unique approach, blending humor and a charismatic and heartwarming personality with masterful agility.  Using only his hands and a deck of cards, he aims to provide audiences with a truly original and intimate experience.  On through April 5.

Spring Showers Artisan's Fair | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Spring Showers Artisan’s Fair; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ River Market (810 Quayside Dr), New Westminster
Free admission
Celebrating local, handmade, and homegrown goods.  Make sure to check out the Royal City Farmers Market in the Food Hall, too!

Night Circus: Space Cruise; 8:30PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$25
Is there life on other planets?  Where is the Final Frontier?  What happened to Elvis?  Discover answers to these and many other existential questions at Night Circus:Space Cruise. Not only will enlightenment occur*, but fun will be had!  Domineering space leaders will make an appearance by video, interactive games will encourage audience mixing, and you will get a chance to save the day. Alien costumes are highly encouraged.  More info at the link. *enlightenment may or may not necessarily occur.

Vancouver Farmers Market - Le Tigre | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The talented chefs from Le Tigre food truck – Photo Credit – Angela Leung

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!

Terminal City Roller Derby Season Opener; doors 5:00PM @ Kerrisdale Arena (5670 E Blvd), Vancouver
$15 advance; $20 at the door; other pricing in effect
The first bout of this doubleheader will line up 2011/2012 Mercury Shield champions, the Faster Pussycats, against fan favourite Public Frenemy.  Both of these teams gave it their all last season, with Frenemy taking third place in TCRG’s house team standings over the Pussycats by a mere 42 points in the final doubleheader of Season 7.  It’s anyone’s guess how this matchup will fare!

Vancouver Whitecaps | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids; 3:30PM @ BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$29.25-148.75; other pricing in effect
The Caps are looking for another win in the first of consecutive home matches this season and looking forward to another afternoon of “absolutely rocking atmosphere” at BC Place!  Join another sell out crowd and cheer on our city’s finest MLS soccer players.

Rocco; 8:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (601 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$35-70
In Rocco dancers become boxers and boxers become dancers. I n a boxing ring one challenges the other by striking punches, fast footwork, and virtuoso tactics.  The dancers represent brotherhood in all its senses: the good and the bad, devil and angel, the androgynous and the incestuous.  They are Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus, Laurel and Hardy.  Rocco is a dance performance about physical and psychological extremes.

Stanley Park Nature House | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Stanley Park Young Naturalists: Flower Power; 10:00AM-12:00PM @ Stanley Park Nature House at Lost Lagoon (north foot of Alberni St), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$25 family membership; for accompanied kids ages 5-14.
Flowers are in bloom and a buzz is in the air.  Discover the powerful partnership between plants and pollinators.  Bugs, birds, bees and other crafty creatures all work together to keep every spring colourful.   To preregister, email ync@stanleyparkecology.ca.

 


Sunday April 6th

 

Vancouver Recital Society - Pinchas Zukerman & Yefim Bronfman | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Pinchas Zukerman & Yefim Bronfman – Vancouver Recital Society

Vancouver Recital Society: Pinchas Zukerman & Yefim Bronfman; 4:00PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$29.75-74.75
Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. With an utterly inimitable tonal quality and a prolific history of glorious music making, the name Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician.  Pianist Yefim Bronfman has a long and celebrated history with the VRS.  His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have The New York Times calling him “one of the greatest pianists alive today”. Visit the website for the full program.

Vancouver South African Film Festival; times vary @ Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s (149 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
$10+; festival passes available
VSAFF is proud to present features and documentaries that explore the culture, history and politics of South Africa; films that entertain and inform.  All proceeds from the festival go to supporting the important educational development work Education without Borders has been doing in South Africa since 2002.  On through April 6.

Sakura Days Japan Fair | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – majomo-photography (flickr)

VCBF: Sakura Days Japan Fair; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5151 Oak St at @ W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$12; $10.50 advance/online; other pricing in effect
Experience the special ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, enjoy Japanese festival food, sample premium sake, take a guided Tree Talk and Walk, and enjoy haiku readings.  There will be hands-on workshops for ikebana (flower arranging), calligraphy, and origami.  Don’t miss out on the Japanese classical dances, taiko drumming, Cherry Blossom Dance, shakuhachi (bamboo flute) performance, martial arts demos, and more!

VCBF: Wondrous Tales of Old Japan; 7:00PM @ Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
A collection of amazing Japanese folk tales including worlds where ogres clash with heroes who are born from giant peaches, fishermen fall in love with dragon princesses, and magical dogs reincarnate.  Four ancient Japanese legends brought to life through a dynamic fusion of Kabuki theatre, Taiko drumming, and shadow puppetry.  More info at the link.  On through April 20.

Nifty For Fifty | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Nifty For Fifty (facebook)

7th Annual Nifty for Fifty Sale; 11:00AM-8:00PM ” Heritage Hall (3102 Main St), Vancouver
$1 admission
30 local designers and artists will gather under one roof with everything from accessories to clothing and trinkets, all for $50 or less.  Scour the racks for great finds by Vancouver’s finest indie designers, including Adhesif Clothing, Allison Wonderland, Elroy Apparel, Daub & Design, Floating Gold Iceberg, Shop Cocoon, Bueno Style, Bronsino and so many more!  Bring cash as most vendors won’t have credit card options.

Vancouver Foodster Culinary Scavenger Hunt; 2:00PM-6:00PM, meet @ Xoxolat (1271 Homer St), downtown Vancouver
$40; other pricing in effect
A multi-faceted “tasting experience” through downtown Vancouver with clues, challenges, prizes and more.  Following your “map and clues card” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites, and treats as well as have a chance to meet the chefs and other notable personalities.  More info at the link.

Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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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.

Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour: Brockton Point’s Secrets; 1:00PM-2:30PM, meet @ Brockton Point totem poles, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$10 cash; drop in only
Discover the Point’s hidden past.  Explore the Pioneer Cemetery, Fisherman’s Cove, S.S. Chehalis disaster monument, Deadman’s Island, Pest House, visit a sawmill site and the 1800′s Athletic grounds, the 9 o’clock gun, see a CMT, and more.  Tour happens rain or shine.

Lori Popadiuk | Essence | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Lori Popadiuk (facebook)

Lori Popadiuk: Essence Opening Reception; 2:00PM-4:00PM @ Hall of One Hundred Rivers, Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall St), Chinatown, Vancouver
Regular admission
Lori Popadiuk is both a visual artist and interior designer.  As she puts it, “In my world, they go hand in hand. I find painting to be not only emotionally satisfying but also meditative. It gives me an outlet through which to let an unstructured flow of creativity evolve.”  Don’t miss this chance to meet an incredible artist!  Her artwork will be displayed through April 30.

 

 


I’ll be using that cherry blossom Google map this weekend!  Which events are you going to? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!


 

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