Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

It’s a beautiful spring weekend! You can surround yourself with petals at a tulip festival, immerse yourself in a ballet performance or get social at an art party–and don’t forget the moms in your life; it’s also a weekend to celebrate them! 

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

April showers indeed! Grab an umbrella and get those rainy day cherry blossom photos, because the festival has officially begun. If you forgot your rain boots, never fear, there are many things going on this weekend that are under a roof, such as a photography festival, 1930s-style yodeling theatre, nude Austrian folk dancing, a spirits festival, soccer, a cheerleading competition, and an Indigenous puppetry story.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

These are a few of my favourite things – Spring in Vancouver

Spring in Vancouver Photo: Rob Weiss

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” Perhaps Maria, from The Sound of Music missed Vancouver in the spring? Personally, I would suggest spring in our fair city is chock a block full of favourite things. Like a blank canvas waiting for paint, Vancouver evolves out of the grey, dark, misty winter with a blast of colour. As we celebrate the well earned, and yearned for, first day of spring, I would like to share with you a list of my favourite things.

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These are a few of my favourite things – Spring in Vancouver

6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

Photo credit: Joseph Lin

Photo credit: Joseph Lin

From family-friendly exhibits and outdoor activities to gin tasting at Vancouver’s first craft distillery, what are you waiting for? Go have fun.

6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April

1) Scope some scrimshaw (whale bone porn) at Vancouver Maritime Museum Thursday nights
Thursday nights (5-8pm) at Vancouver Maritime Museum are by donation. So grab a date and go see the cool and mildly controversial exhibit: Tattoo & Scrimshaw. The saucy images on whale bone led to several bad puns in international headlines and an angry mother. Note: the few items in question are in an elevated display case out of the way of little eyes.

2) Picnic, walk or bike the cherry blossoms til they’re gone
Entire Vancouver streets are lined with blooming cherry trees. Open a door in a coffee shop and a gust of petals blow in. You get the idea. There are 40,000 cherry spread around town. Use the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival bloom map to locate your favourite blossom variety. Then decide whether you want to eat/doze, walk or bike under the pink canopy. The official free Bike the Blossoms meet up is April 27, if you’re keen to join a group.

3) Taste Vancouver-made craft booze at Long Table Distillery
Vancouver’s first distillery is now open for free visits and tasting tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 12noon to 6pm at 1451 Hornby Street. They’re serving up high quality London Dry-style gin made with BC juniper and a Texada limestone-filtered vodka. Cheers. Continue reading:
6 Free Things To Do in Vancouver Between Now and the End of April