Spring is the perfect time for saving, so Daily Hive Vancouver is helping you out with our checklist of free events around Vancouver! From Easter to Earth Day and so much more, here are 20 free things to do this April.
What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is Vancouver’s signature springtime event, waking the city up from winter hibernation to an explosion of some 41,000 blossoming cherry trees. Originally gifted from Japan in the 1930s, the cherry blossom now inspires a month of arts and cultural community events. Presented by Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation.
What: The annual Capture Photography Festival celebrates and promotes photography and lens-based art throughout Metro Vancouver with nearly 100 exhibitions, public art projects, and educational activities. The Festival promotes awareness of Vancouver’s unique history of photo-conceptualism, inspires community engagement, and creates platforms for showcasing new practices from local, international, and emerging artists.
What: Hop on over for an Easter egg hunt. This event is ideal for families with children ages 10 and under. There will also be Easter-themed games and activities as well as an opportunity to take a photo with a special guest.
Where: Bridgeview Community Centre – 11475 – 126A Street, Surrey
What:Girl Rising tells nine stories of nine girls, each one about how education can change the future for girls, their families, communities and entire nations. Presented by Vancouver School of Yoga and Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage
Where: Vancouver School of Yoga – 300-342 Water Street, Vancouver
What: Little bunnies can complete the all-ages scavenger hunt that will take you exploring around the fort and earn treats as they go. At set times, children 5 and under can also participate in the “Egg Scramble,” where they will be divided by age and will find as many eggs as they can on the giant map of British Columbia. Complimentary admission for Canada 150.
Where: Fort Langey National Historic Site – 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
What: New Sound Collective is back, and this time they’re bringing deep house vibes to Gastown. NSC has teamed up with the folk over at Are you MIA to present an unbelievable night with some of the best house music in Vancouver.
What: Roll up your sleeves and get involved in your local forest this coming Earth Day. On April 22, the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve will host a stewardship event where volunteers will work towards restoring habitat around Rice Lake. Learn about restoration initiatives and biodiversity in the LSCR while removing invasive species and planting native species to enhance the forest understory.
What: Earth Day at Everett Crowley Park offers a wide range of free family-oriented fun including professional performers, music, dancing, cultural and ecological exhibits, and children’s activities. Help plant 1000 native mushrooms to help grow forest roots.
Where: Everett Crowley Park – 8200 Kerr St, Vancouver
What: Instant Theatre hosts a monthly BYOB party – Bring Your Own Boardgame party. Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride. Bring whatever you love playing and introduce others to it. Great way to make new friends and get your game on.
Where: Instant Studios – 529 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays.
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery – 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
What: Karma Teachers New West provides free-or-by-donation yoga and meditation classes in service to the community. Their certified yoga teachers offer a variety of classes suitable for all levels. Everyone is welcome, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Where: Karma Teachers – 28 Sixth Street, New Westminster
When: Various class times during the week
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