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46 things to do in Vancouver this March

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Daniel Chai Mar 01, 2017 6:36 am 2,435

March is here and there’s plenty of ways to enjoy Vancouver this month. From the great outdoors to comedy, St. Patrick’s Day to a fireside chat with Dragons, here are 46 things to do around the city this March.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Hit the trails

2017 Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show

  • What: Discover hiking, running and triathlons, camping, kayaking, canoeing, and adventure travel, plus be inspired with seminars from seasoned travellers and experts.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: March 4 to 5
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours

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  • What: Explore the connection between snow and your drinking water. Learn about your water supply in a fun and active way while discovering alpine plants and animals. After a moderately strenuous snowshoe, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.
  • Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: March 10 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, March 4, 11, 16, 18 and 23 from 10 am to 1:30 pm
  • Registration: Online, $18 with own snowshoes; $25 includes snowshoes rental. Ages 16+. Must be physically capable of hiking up and down steep sections with snowshoes.

Casual Birding Walk

  • What: Check out shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and more on this 2.5 hour bird watching amble. Bring your own binoculars. Presented by Delta Naturalists.
  • Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Cammidge House via Centennial Beach entrance on Boundary Bay Rd, Tsawwassen
  • When: March 8 from 9 am to noon
  • Cost: Free, 9+

Vans Hi-Standard

  • What: An international contest series inviting snowboarders to showcase pure style in a thrilling jam format. Touring across the US, Canada, China, Korea and France, the Vans Hi-Standard Series will feature an original big air format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 allowed.
  • Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: March 11 from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm
  • Registration: Online, free

Beaver Watch

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  • What: Try to spot a beaver as it goes about its nightly work. Presented by Metro Vancouver.
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • When: March 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm
  • More Info: Online, $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

Catch a concert

Rae Spoon & Carole Pope at the WISE Hall

  • What: Rae Spoon is an award-winning Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and author. They were the subject and composer of the score for the musical-documentary My Prairie Home, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Carole Pope has won three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie Award. 4 gold, 1 platinum and 1 double platinum album. They join forces for Live at the Wise.
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When:  March 11 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Eric Church

  • What: Eric Church is one of the biggest country acts in the world, with multiple chart-toppers and Country Music Academy Awards. Currently on the Holdin’ My Own Tour, Church recently made headlines by cancelling over 25,000 secondary market ticket orders on the tour and releasing them back to the public.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When:  March 14 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$89

The Internet Presents The Internet Tour

  • What: The Internet began as two people – Syd and Matt. Syd taught herself how to record, engineer, and produce at age 15. She also sings, imbuing every song with a sultry, mellifluous, quiet power. Matt produces and plays synths. She’s now 23; he’s now 26. Like all post-modern relationships, the duo initially met on Myspace in 2008, only to meet in-person three years later.
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street
  • When:  March 16 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $26.50

Kellen Saip and Del Suelo

  • What: Singer-songwriters Del Suelo of Regina and Kellen Saip from Ladner are teaming up for a Sea to Sky Tour. They perform in Vancouver on March 18 at Cafe Deux Soleils.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When:  March 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $10

Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • What: Red Hot Chili Peppers are touring in support of their 11th studio album, The Getaway. The Getaway made its debut at number one in ten different countries while reaching number two in the band’s home country of the United States along with the United Kingdom and Canada. Its first single, “Dark Necessities”, became the band’s 13th #1 single on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: March 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $69-$119

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Launch Party: Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine

Growing Room A Feminist Literary Festival

Image: Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

  • What: Room Magazine celebrates International Women’s Day, the start of their inaugural literary festival, and the launch of “Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine” with a cocktail reception at Fox Cabaret. Mingle with authors from Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival, enjoy appetizers and drinks, and enjoy live music by Sister Says and co-hosts Sierra Skye Gemma and Nav Nagra.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When:  March 8 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

2017 Influential Women in Business Awards

  • What: Business in Vancouver is recognizing BC’s most outstanding business women in private or public sector companies. Honourees have risen through the ranks to become senior executives or entrepreneurs. Through corporate board placements they help influence and shape policy at some of Canada’s largest companies.
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
  • When: March 8 from 11:30 am to 2 pm
  • Register: Online, $115-$145

International Women’s Day Global Run – Vancouver

  • What: Join runners from all over the world to celebrate women. Vancouver’s International Women’s Day Global Run is a 5 km run around the Seawall to honour women’s rights and existence in this world. Everyone is welcome.
  • Where: Plaza of Nations outdoor stage – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: March 8 at noon
  • More Info: Online

Elektra: 30th Anniversary Gala Concert

Elektra Women's Choir

Image: Elektra Women’s Choir

  • What: Glorious voices take centre stage in the pristine acoustics of the Chan Centre as Elektra welcomes Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian for a compelling and unique collaboration on International Women’s Day.
  • Where: Chan Centre for Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • When: March 8 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$50

Women & Queer Night at The Bike Kitchen

  • What: Learn how to tune up your bike in a positive space for trans women, cis women, queer and genderqueer folks in a relaxed environment led by female and/or LGBTQ2I identified mechanics and volunteers. A great way to introduce yourself to the wonderful world of bike mechanics while eating pizza and listening to some great tunes.
  • Where: The Bike Kitchen – 1896 East Mall, Vancouver
  • When: March 8 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free

Laugh it up a comedy show

Kurt Metzger: You’re Making it Worse

  • What: Besides regularly performing in New York City’s premiere comedy clubs, Kurt Metzger’s credits include performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and Showtime’s White Boyz in the Hood. He’s also written for some of the best comedy shows on TV, most notably Chappelle’s Show, various Celebrity Roasts on Comedy Central, and Inside Amy Schumer.
  • Where: Goldies Pizza – 605 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 3 at 8 pm and 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Full Pint Comedy

  • What: A bi-weekly stand-up comedy showcase hosted by Colin Sharp, James Kennedy  and Ryan Williams. Featuring top comics from around Vancouver and from shows like Conan and festivals like Just for Laughs.
  • Where: The Taproom – 1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
  • When: Bi-weekly at 9 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $5

Brian Aylward’s Big Little BC Tour

Brian Aylward

Image: Brian Aylward / Facebook

  • What: Brian Aylward is the 2016 Canadian Comedy Award Winner for “Best Stand Up Comic”. He is a two time Top 8 finalist on Sirius XM Canada’s Top Comic competition, has performed at JFL42, Halifax ComedyFest and appeared several times on CBC’s The Debaters. Also featuring Simon King and Jane Stanton. 
  • Where: Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse – 403 East Hasting Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 18 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Ask Me Anything with special guest Mary Ness

  • What: The Fictionals invite a special guest each month to share their story in Ask Me Anything at Cafe Deux Soleils. Joining the R/Improv fun this month is Mary Ness, volunteer, community organizer, and former co-owner of Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling.
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: March 21 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $7 or $5 for students

Safe Injection Comedy Fundraiser: The Return

Safe Injection Comedy Fundraiser

Image: Safe Injection Comedy Fundraiser / Facebook

  • What: A night of comedy and community to raise funds for The Overdose Prevention Society, on the ground providing emergency services in a state of emergency. Hosted by comedian Mark B. Hughes and headlined by Byron Bertram.
  • Where: Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse – 403 East Hasting Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 28 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $10

Take care of business

TEDxStanleyPark

  • What: TEDxStanleyPark is one of the world’s largest TED conferences. It is held every March in Vancouver, British Columbia. High-impact talks address a diverse range of humanity’s tough challenges and offer practical and optimistic solutions. These talks inspire, stimulate and activate thoughtful optimists with open minds and big hearts to move the needle toward a better world.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When:  March 3 from 8 am to 6 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $77-$127

24th Annual JCC Sports Dinner

Rick Hansen JCC Sports Dinner

Image: JCC Sports Dinner / Facebook

  • What: An evening of laughter and entertainment with Howie Long, NFL Hall of Famer, defensive end for the Oakland Raiders, and lead in-studio analyst on the award-winning FOX NFL Sunday pregame show. Also featuring Rich Hansen, Paralympic athlete and founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation. Hansen is the 2017 Jack Diamond Award recipient.
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 3 at 8 pm and 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $360

Small Business BC Meetup: Women In Business

  • What: In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Small Business BC Meetup is highlighting successful women entrepreneurs. Hear about their journeys and how they’re pushing the boundaries for women in business. Whether you are a woman interested in business or you simply want to connect and hear from inspirational entrepreneurs, join in celebrating women everywhere that are making an impact.
  • Where: Small Business BC – Waterfront Station –601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Register: Online, $10

Exploring Canada and BC’s Place in the Evolving Global Energy Market

  • What: Join BC’s senior business leadership for an exclusive opportunity to learn how Canadian energy companies are addressing future challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities arising from the rapidly shifting global energy and trade landscape.
  • Where: Terminal City Club – 837 Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 10 from 11:30 to 1:30 pm
  • Tickets: Email [email protected]

Fireside chat with Dragons Manjit Minhas and Bruce Croxon

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  • What: Current and former investors on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, Manjit Minhas and Bruce Croxon will be speaking at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s fireside chat “Igniting Investment for Business Growth.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West (Rooms 211-214) – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: March 13 at 6:15 pm
  • Tickets: From $99

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patricks Day Eve Party

  • What: Be the first person at The Blarney Stone on St Patricks Day. Party includes a balloon drop at midnight, as well as live music by The Loaded Stones, and DJ Zeus.
  • Where: The Blarney Stone – 216 Carrall St, Vancouver
  • When: March 16 at 10 pm
  • More Info: Online

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports League’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Irish-themed improv all night long, with Lucky Charm Leprechauns roving the Theatre bringing hilarity and a chance to win a pot o’ gold to all they encounter. VTSL will hold a 50-50 draw at each show, while over in Poet’s Corner, Celtic Colleen will improvise custom limericks tailored to each guest.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:15 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$23.50

Celtic Village at Robson Square

CelticFest

Image: CelticFest / Facebook

  • What: Celebrate all things Irish at the Celtic Village and Street Market. Taking over Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, the Celtic Village will be filled with music, dance, food, shopping and more! This weekend-long street fair also features music on the Main Stage and Howe Street Stage, highland games demos, BC’s best pipe bands, street performers, festive vendors, face painting, and more.
  • Where: Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
  • When: March 17 to 18 from noon to 11 pm
  • Tickets: $10 cover charge after 7 pm, free before

Vancouver Whitecaps Irish Day Celebration

  • What: March down to BC Place with Whitecaps FC supporters groups and check out live Irish music in Terry Fox Plaza before heading in to watch Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC. After the game, head back to Celtic Village for headline Irish Acts and the Mill Street Beer Garden (free admission with your Whitecaps ticket).
  • Where: Meet at Celtic Village – Robson Square
  • When: March 18 at 11 am
  • More InfoOnline

BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K

  • What: Put a little Irish in your step. Come out for a flat and fast 5 km in scenic Stanley Park, with net proceeds going to support Canadian Diabetes Association. Urban Fare will be hosting the food zone in the outdoor tent, plus Granville Island Brewing will be hosting an afterparty with green beer, food, a DJ and more.
  • Where: Stanley Park Pavilion – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: March 18 at 9:30 am
  • Registration: Online, $33-$38. Donate or raise $100 or more and you will receive a free entry.

Vancouver and beyond on a budget

SFU Screening of Eadweard

Eadweard

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  • What: The directorial debut of Vancouver’s Kyle Rideout, Eadweard is a massively ambitious and highly compelling feature film. Decades before the cinema was invented, Eadweard Muybridge became obsessed with capturing motion on film. He was a pioneer in the field of photography, an innovator, equal parts scientist and artist – but he was also a strange and obsessive personality, whose rocky personal life descended into equally sensational melodrama.
  • Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 2 at 1 pm
  • Cost: Free

Drum Masterclass with Cirque Du Soleil’s Eric Boudrealt

  • What: In this masterclass, Eric will show different ways to approach the feel and pulse of different grooves and styles of music. Eric is an incredibly accomplished drummer and educator, working with some of Cirque de Soleil’s most popular touring shows. Bring your sticks, a note pad and learn how to improve your groove!
  • Where: Long & McQuade North Vancouver – 1363 Main Street, North Vancouver
  • When: March 6 at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free

Art & Craft Social

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  • What: A crafternoon and art jam rolled into one. Bring a small creative project such as stitching, sketching, crocheting, or whatever you’re working on. The event is an opportunity to bring together a cross-section of makers, crafters, artists, designers to knit, sew, collage, draw, or paint while they socialize and share. Hosted by Rachael Ashe.
  • Where: HOT ART Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 8 at 6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Let’s Talk: Social Ingredients of Health

  • What: Check Your Head is launching a new project with a goal of engaging youth in understanding and addressing the issues that affect their health and wellbeing. The first explores social determinants of health and how they influence our decisions, wellbeing and quality of life. Youth will learn how to increase control over these social determinants of health.
  • Where: Broadway Youth Resource Center – 2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 16 from 4:30 to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Good Money™ Talks Small Business Series – Surrey

  • What: The half-day event combines networking and learning, and will include a complimentary breakfast and lunch, 30-minute presentations by business experts, exhibition booths from Small Business BC and Vancity and tools and resources tailored for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to start or grow their business.
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: March 29 from 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Registration: Online, free

Party like a rock star

DLUX Fridays with Celebrity Host and DJ Brody Jenner

Brody Jenner

Image: Caprice Nightclub / Facebook

  • What: Brody Jenner, former reality TV star and famous half brother of Kendall & Kylie Jenner, makes his return to Vancouver with a special appearance and guest DJ set at Caprice.
  • Where: Caprice Nightclub – 967 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 3 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free RSVP before 10:30 pm, subject to capacity

The Hangout at The Waldorf

  • What: Hang out with good people, listen to music, watch videos, play games and more. Come early to try their new cocktails during Happy Hour (8 to 10 pm) and stay the rest of the night and hangout until 2 am.
  • Where: The Waldorf – 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Friday at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, free before 11 pm with RSVP

Darude

  • What: Multi-platinum award-winning producer and international artist Ville Virtanen aka Darude has to date sold over 5 million records worldwide. Although best known for Sandstorm, which became the world’s best selling 12″ vinyl of 2000, Darude has had a long and successful career as both a live performer and a DJ.
  • Where: FIVESIXTY Nightclub – 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 10 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20

HSBC Canada Sevens Official After Party: Prop House

  • What: The official party experience of HSBC Canada Sevens Rugby. This year’s Prop House will transform The Commodore Ballroom into the best Video Dance Party of the 90s. Come as you are or suit-up in your best Rugby Sevens “fancy dress” costume.
  • Where: The Commordore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 11 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25, 19+

Save Ferris

  • What: Save Ferris are embarking on their first North American tour since 2002 to accompany their brand new EP that hit the streets in January 2017. With special guests The Elixxxers and VK
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Friday at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $22-$25

Eat fresh with winter farmers’ markets

Vancouver Farmers Market produce (Vancouver Farmers Markets/Facebook)

Hastings Park

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, and food trucks.
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until April 30

Nat Bailey Stadium

  • What: Find local produce, meat, seafood, artisan cheese, bread, herbs, baked goods, artisanal crafts, and more.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, until April 22

Sports

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Whitecaps FC vs. Philadelphia Union

  • What: The soccer season is back underway and this will be your first opportunity to see Carl Robinson’s new look Whitecaps in league action when they host Philadelphia Union for their MLS opener.
  • Where: BC Place
  • When: Saturday March 5, 6:30 pm

Vancouver Canucks vs. Montreal Canadiens

  • What: Given the number of Canadiens fans in Vancouver, it might be hard to work out who the home team is for this early March matchup.
  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • When: Tuesday March 7, 7 pm

Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • What: See Crosby and co. up close as the Penguins visit Rogers Arena to take on the Canucks.
  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • When: Saturday March 11, 7 pm

Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • What: There’s still no love lost between these two teams so you can expect a raucous atmosphere when the Bruins visit Rogers Arena later this month.
  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • When: Monday March 13, 7 pm

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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