Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Vancouver has a global reputation for being a green city. But for 12 days this March, that will take on a whole new meaning.

CelticFest Vancouver returns March 6-March 17, with dozens of music, dance and theatre events where you can let your shamrock shine and wear your green with pride. The annual celebration of Celtic culture includes free and ticketed happenings at venues around the city, culminating in the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15.

Here’s a look at some can’t-miss highlights at CelticFest Vancouver 2015 (prices are for advanced ticket sales online):

Traditional music: Take in the 100-voice Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir (paired with the De Danaan Irish Dancers) ($27) at Christ Church Cathedral on March 13. Or see internationally renowned fiddler and singer April Verch ($25) perform foot-stomping Irish and Scottish tunes at the Annex on March 16.  Continue reading:
Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

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. Continue reading:
5 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in March