April showers has returned to Vancouver, so let’s escape the gloom with some exciting events around the city! From tulip festivals to easter egg hunts and everything in between, here are 35 things to do in Vancouver this week.
BLOOM, The Abbotsford Tulip Festival returns this year on April 10 (The Abbotsford Tulip Festival)
What: The Abbotsford Tulip Festival features 10 acres of tulips blooming in a brilliant display of colour! With over 35 varieties on display, the Festival is here to celebrate the start of spring and to promote agriculture in the Fraser Valley.
What: Over the past five years, twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden have been relatively quiet when it came to their multi-platinum selling band Good Charlotte. In 2015, the timing finally felt right to breathe new life into the band. They called up bassist Paul Thomas, guitarist/keyboardist Billy Martin, and drummer Dean Butterworth to get the band back together. Good Charlotte is touring in support of their latest album, Youth Authority.
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Amy Allen, Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University, discusses the concept of progress and how it occupies a complicated position in the landscape of contemporary critical theory.
Where: Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University – 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: Company of Strangers, Randi-Lee Browne, Naomi Dorras-Donnelly, Lajla Jean and Wendy “Yau Sum” Cheung will each perform a 20-minute set of their own material. The artists will be displaying a variety of styles mixing folk, pop, indie and rock
Where: Fairview Pub – 898 West Broadway, Vancouver
What: In this interactive, hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to build and walk in your own stilts. The workshop covers two dates in which you will custom build and design your own stilts (students must provide their own shoes to be permanently secured to the stilts) and will include a combination of movement, safety and assembly. You will also then learn how to walk in the stilts that you create.
Where: Vancouver Circus School – #212 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
What: Free monthly meet ups in Vancouver for pregnant women to come together and share experiences, thoughts, feelings and insight about childbirth. There is usually a theme for discussion, such as “Place of Birth”, “Birth Plans”, or “Hopes and Fears”. Each session will usually start with some introductions from the facilitators, but after that, it’s over to the group to talk and share and learn from each other.
Where: Blue Moon Birth – 151 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
What: The Dutch Business Club is holding their annual Movie and Wine Tasting night at Dudoc. This year’s Dutch movie will be “De Helleveeg” (The Fury), a film by Andre van Duren. Before the film there will be an opportunity to taste wine with Heleen Pannekoek the owner of Fort Berens Winery in Lillooet.
Where: Dudoc Vancouver – #100 1445 West Georgia, Vancouver
What: In Generation Post Script, college-age space kids look down on a dying Earth and wonder how it all went so horribly wrong. By newcomer Nebula Company Theatre, the sci-fi play is a kind of “Breakfast Club in Space” reaction to our tech-addled generation. Generation examines the ongoing climate crisis and the rise of the political right by imagining the consequences of our current actions, all wrapped up in the microcosm of living aboard a space station.
When: April 11 to April 16
Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
What: The largest annual conference on real estate investment and management in the region. Vancouver Real Estate Forum will deliver a fast-paced, information-packed program focusing on key issues and challenges facing real estate investors, developers, asset managers, brokers and other professionals active in every facet of commercial, industrial, residential and investment real estate.
What: Use your lunch hour to learn a new skill, improve your business practices and make valuable connections. This Richmond Chamber Lunch & Learn seminar is presented Stephanie Sang of Granted Consulting. Meet new people and enjoy a delicious hot lunch provided by series sponsor, Boston Pizza.
Where: Richmond Chamber of Commerce Boardroom – #202 – NT – 5811 Cooney Road
What: Chilean-American electronic producer Nicolas Jaar released his second studio album, Sirens, in 2016. The young experimental composer founded a subscription based label, Other People, but put it on hold recently in order to go on tour. And he’s clearly a fave, as many of his shows are already sold out.
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Grab your mat and take a break at this free drop-in Hatha Yoga class for all levels. Release all that stress and tension through proper breath work and meditation. You will leave the class feeling revitalized, balanced and relaxed from head to toe.
Where: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, Upper Lobby – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: Meet employers face to face at MOSAIC’s sixth annual career and job fair, one of Metro Vancouver’s biggest recruitment events. Speak with recruiters and managers who are looking to fill hundreds of positions in the areas of business, finance, tech, healthcare, trades, hospitality, foodservice, retail, and more. Companies in attendance include ALS Global, City of Vancouver, Canadian Armed Forces, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, London Drugs, LUSH, Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Royal Bank of Canada, Telus Communications, and UPS.
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive
What: The Tulips of the Valley Festival is a partnership with Onos Greenhouses, which owns and grows the festival tulips, then uses the bulbs to produce tulips for sale in Western Canada. Onos Greenhouses leases the tulip fields from a local farmer in Chilliwack, working in partnership with the farmer to showcase the beautiful fields to the community. Due to the Spring weather (or lack thereof ) this year, the best tulip blooming dates are anticipated to be after April 19.
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
When: April 12 to 30. Mondays from 9 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays to Wednesdays from 2 to 6 pm, Thursdays to Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm
Tickets: Online, weekdays $8 at the fields or $6.50 online, weekend and holidays $10 at the fields or $8 online
What: Seasons Electronic Music Festival will be returning to Metro Vancouver from April 12 to 16. Over the course of the festival, Seasons presents concerts, club shows, label showcases, demos, panels, lectures, and interactive visuals & art installations, culminating in a fully immersive, 2-day main event at the Pacific Coliseum.
Where: Pacific Coliseum and various other Downtown venues
What: Join the Burnaby Board of Trade and Scott Friesen of Simpletivity for Getting It Done!, an interactive seminar on effective task management strategies to help you get and stay focused, organized and efficient.
When: April 12 from 8:30 to 10 am
Where: Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre – 319 North Rd, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online, $10 (BBOT members) or $25 (non-BBOT members)
What: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love, plus some surprising new twists.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: A free seminar with bear expert Tom Saare, chair of the North Shore Black Bear Society. Tom will share practical tips for effectively managing bear attractants, and responding to bear encounters safely.
What:Redpatch is a historical drama that focuses on a young Métis solider from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight for Canada in the First World War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, Redpatchfollows the experiences of this young solider as he endures the horrors of war.
What: This year’s winners will be honoured at The Vancouver Club. This event is more than just an awards ceremony though, it has become one of the premiere networking events for entrepreneurs and professionals alike.
Where: The Vancouver Club – 915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: Extra Lifers from around BC are invited to come see what the Vancouver Extra Life Guild is all about. Meet with Guild volunteers, and representatives from BC Children’s Hospital, learn what the money raised by Extra Life has done for BCCH, and help brainstorm more ways to reach the gaming community within BC and spread the word about the great initiative.
Where: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation – 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver
What: An evening with the legend behind “The Thong Song”. SisQó is the lead singer of R&B group Dru Hill, has released three solo albums, and has also appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap, Snow Dogs, and The Tonight Show.
Where: Harbour Event Centre – 1750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
What: Get ready to drop it like it’s hot because Snoop Dogg is heading out on his Wellness Retreat Tour and he’ll be joined by Cypress Hill, Method Man & Redman. Last time Uncle Snoop visited Vancouver was in April 2016, where he performed a two-hour DJ set at Chinatown’s Fortune Soundclub. Unsurprisingly, he – and everyone else there – got pretty high.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: The Easter Salmon makes its annual return this year to hide eggs for the little ones to find throughout the historic cannery. At 10:30 am, The Great Salmon “Egg” Hunt will start and repeat every 30 minutes throughout the day with the last egg hunt at 4:30 pm. There will also be Easter crafts, games and an interactive story-time suitable for kids ages 2 to 12 years old.
What: Animated group Prozzäk are ready to blow the roof off of 2017 with their upcoming Canadian “Forever 1999” tour. The 90’s duo, Simon & Milo, known for their ear worm hits Sucks To Be You and Strange Disease, spent much of 2016 cryogenically frozen, in preparation for one of their biggest years since the 90’s. With special guest K.I.D.
Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Image: Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival / Facebook
What: After a long winter, experience illuminations, performance, and community; all under a canopy of cherry blossoms. This is a time to appreciate the ephemerality and beauty of nature. Featuring dance performances choreographed by Heather Laura Gray, and a musical soundscape by Adham Shaikh. Event is weather dependant.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park – 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
What: A fun day of chocolate hunting at Galloway Park. Featuring live music, food trucks, firefighters and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. It also raises awareness and funds for local women’s shelter, Tri-City Transitions.
Where: Galloway Park – 3404 Galloway Ave, Coquitlam
When: April 14 from 10 am to 1 pm
Cost: Minimum $5 donation per family, all proceeds go to Tri-City Transitions.
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.