32 things to do in Vancouver this week: March 20 to 24

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Daniel Chai Mar 20, 2017 10:54 am 1,519

March is passing by quicker than rush hour traffic, so let’s make the most of it! From outdoor yoga to an indoor carnival and everything in between, here are 32 things to do in Vancouver this week.

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

Monday, March 20

Japandroids with Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers

  • What: After three years out of the spotlight, Japandroids returned with their latest album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, in January. Brian King (guitar) and David Prowse (drums) share singing duties, which they recently showcased on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville StreetVancouver
  • When: March 20 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25. 19+

Enjoy $2.99 movies at participating Cineplex theatres

  • What: Cineplex is giving you the perfect activity to keep your family occupied while school’s out. Across Canada, participating theatres will host matinee screenings of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Storks, The Secret Life of Pets and Trolls for only $2.99 per ticket.
  • Where: SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas, SilverCity Riverport Cinemas, SilverCity Coquitlam and VIP Cinemas, and Cineplex Odeon Strawberry Hill Cinemas
  • When: March 20 t0 24 at 11 am each day
  • Tickets: $2.99

Spring Equinox Yoga at Grouse Mountain

  • What: With spring just around the corner, YYoga and Grouse Mountain are hosting a spring equinox event at hiwus Feasthouse on the mountain. The yoga practice will be led by YYoga instructor Meltem Oner to celebrate the March equinox , and the event is complimentary with the purchase of a Grouse Mountain pass. All skill levels are welcomed and mats will be provided.
  • Where: hiwus Feasthouse at Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
  • When: March 20 from 6:30 to 8 pm (meet at the main chalet at 6 pm)
  • Tickets: Complimentary with the purchase of a Grouse Mountain general admission pass,  ski ticket or membership. Registration required at eventbrite.ca

Vegan Wing Night at What’s Up? HotDog!

Photo courtesy of What’s Up! HotDog?

  • What: The first vegan wings-only dedicated night in Vancouver – even the ranch dip is vegan. “Fricken” Wings – lightly battered, deep-fried cauliflower pieces – are tossed in What’s Up? HotDog!’s signature wing sauces which include a choice of hot, BBQ, spicy peanut, lemon pepper, and salt and pepper, along with vegan ranch, Sriracha mayo, and wasabi mayo for dips.
  • Where: What’s Up? HotDog! – 2481 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Monday from 6 pm to midnight
  • Cost: $5 for a 12-piece basket

Vancouver Fashion Week

  • What: Vancouver Fashion Week is the second biggest fashion week in North America and longest running in Canada. The 29th season features talented local and international designers for a week of fun, fashion and festivities.
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Center of Grater Vancouver – 50 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 20 to 26
  • Tickets: Online, $30-100

Learn with Magic

  • What: Enjoy a magic show, then learn to perform your own magic tricks in a hands-on workshop. For children ages 6+, registration required.
  • Where: City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
  • When: March 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 am
  • Registration: Call 604-598-7426

Pint + Paint at Faculty Brewing

  • What: A monthly art class where you get to drink craft beer and create a rad new piece of art for your home. Led by Brooke, attendees will work on a unique mixed media piece with ink and watercolour.
  • Where: Faculty Brewing Co. – 1830 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 20 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Tuesday, March 21

Nordstrom Vancouver Warehouse Sale 2017

  • What: Shoppers can score designer brands for up to 80% off. The event will be hosted by Styledemocracy, which throws the biggest and best warehouse sales in Canada for notable brands like Puma, TOMS, Frank + Oak, Adidas, Lacoste, New Balance, and many more.
  • Where: Queensborough Landing Shopping Centre, New Westminster
  • When: March 21 to 26
  • Cost: Entrance is free

SHINee in Vancouver

  • What: K-pop quintet SHINee bring their sound, style, and stardom all the way to Vancouver.
  • Where: The Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • When: March 21 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Available online

Mic Night: Poetry and Karaoke with Mpowerment Vancouver

  • What: Mpowerment discussion nights are a place where young gay, bi, and queer guys can come together and learn about themselves, each other, and the community. The evening will feature a short poetry writing workshop, and then sing the night away karaoke style.
  • Where: Mpowerment Headquarters – #205 568 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 21 from 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free

The Daisy Theatre

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Alejandro Santiago / Daisy Theatre

  • What: Each performance of The Daisy Theatre will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge. Renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes take over The Cultch Historic Theatre.
  • Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre – 566 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 21 to April 9
  • Tickets: Call 604-251-1363

Paw Patrol Meet and Greet

  • What: Marshall & Chase are coming to Tsawwassen Mills. The whole family will enjoy face painting, balloon artists, and there will be a Paw Patrol activities station. Be sure to swing by and say hi to the furriest friends around. Swag bags will be given out to the first 100 families in line at each event.
  • Where: Tsawwassen Mills – 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Delta
  • When: March 21 and 22 from 11 am to 2 pm and 4 to 7 pm
  • Cost: Free

Free Lunchtime Yoga

Wednesday, March 22

YWCA WorkBC Vancouver Job Fair 2017

  • What: Some 500 positions will be up for grabs when dozens of local companies attend the YWCA WorkBC Vancouver Job Fair at Vancouver Public Library. The event will feature a variety of public and private employers in sectors including Hospitality, Retail, Customer Service and Finance.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 W Georgia St, Vancouver
  • When:  March 22 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free. Jobseekers can register on Eventbrite to skip lineups on the day.

PlayDome at BC Place 

PlayDome/ (BC Place)

  • What: Western Canada’s largest and most anticipated indoor carnival returns to BC Place. With over 45 rides, attractions, carnival games and snacks, it’s the perfect way to keep the kids busy this Spring Break.
  • Where: BC Place Stadium– 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: March 22 to 26
  • Tickets: Online or on location, $8-$29

Impulse: International Improv Festival

  • What: This year’s Impulse Festival features teams from 11 universities from across Canada the the US. Hosted by UBC Improv, the festival promises an unforgettable week of dazzling improv.
  • Where: Various venues at UBC
  • When: March 22 to 25
  • Tickets: Online, $4.50-$8

Lights, Camera, SING!

Broadway-Bistro

Image: Broadway Bistro / Facebook

  • What: Inspired by the Oscars last month, Broadway Bistro’s March cabaret theme is movie musicals. From The Wizard of Oz and Singin’ in the Rain, to Grease and La La Land, head on out and live your Hollywood dreams.
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4470 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 22 at 8 pm
  • Cost: Free

Pull Festival VI

  • What: Vancouver’s 10 minute play festival, presented by SpeakEasy Theatre. Pull seeks out original, un-produced plays from Vancouver based playwrights. 
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: March 22 to 25 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $30-$35

Groundwerk Listening Party 018

  • What: Groundwerk Vancouver is a group of electronic music enthusiasts passionate about showcasing local arts and nurturing community. The listening party series is a monthly gathering where people come together in a casual setting to listen to music which has been submitted by local artists.
  • Where: Anza Club – 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: March 22 at 7:30 pm
  • Cost: Pay what you can at the door

Thursday, March 23

Mac Lethal

  • What: Mac Lethal is a rapper, videographer, author, producer, and entrepreneur from Kansas City, Missouri. He is known for his viral hit, “Pancake Rap,” and is also the creator of the hit blog and book, Texts from Bennett.
  • When: March 23 at 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Online, $20. 19+

Port Moody Craft Brewery Tour

  • What: Port Moody Craft Brewery Tour invites beer-loving Vancouverites on a facilitated tour of four local craft breweries in Port Moody, BC – Twin Sails, Yellow Dog, Parkside, and Moody Ales – otherwise known as “Brewer’s Row.”
  • Where: Port Moody – 2821 Murray St, Port Moody
  • When: March 23 from 7 to 9:30 pm.
  • Tickets: Online, $39 or $70 for two

The Refugee Hotel

  • What: The Refugee Hotel is a dark comedy that brings the struggle close to home. Set in a rundown West End Vancouver hotel in 1974, eight Chilean exiles struggle with the effects of fleeing their unstable homeland. The play is written and directed by Studio 58 alumna Carmen Aguirre, and parallels her family’s experiences as political refugees to Vancouver.
  • Where: Studio 58, Langara College – 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: March 23 to April 9
  • Tickets: Online, $12.25-$24.75

Enchanted Forest

  • What: Venture on a one hour nature quest. Find out how trees talk to each other through their roots and look for forest sprites and rock trolls. Dress in costume and bring food to roast on the campfire.
  • Where: Aldergrove Regional Park – Meet at Blacktail Picnic Shelter by main park entrance on 27240 8th Ave
  • When: March 23 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • More Info: Online, free, all ages

Meet and Greet with Corinne

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  • What: Business woman, frequent napper, owner of a world famous ‘platinum vagine’; Corinne is many things to many people, and next week she’ll be swapping Miami for Metro Van as she plays host at The Pint.
  • Where: The Pint – 455 Abbott Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 23 from 10 pm onwards

Rammstein: Paris at the Rio Theatre

  • What: In this state-of-the-art concert film (which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016), renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund takes a radical new approach to capturing the emotion and thrill of Rammstein’s one-of-a-kind live performance.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway
  • When: March 23 at 6:30 and 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Friday, March 24

Ariana Grande

  • What: Ariana Grande is on tour supporting her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200. Grande began her career on Broadway before starring on the Nickelodeon series Victorious. More recently she guest-starred in an episode of Fox’s Scream Queens.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: March 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $29.95-$250

Zero Waste Market Pop-Up Shop

  • What: Bring your own containers, jars and bags to fill up on local goodies like organic bread and baked goods, bulk dry goods, cleaning supplies, and a stash of long-lasting plastic alternatives. Upcycled jars will be on sale, as well as free sanitized containers if you aren’t able to bring your own.
  • Where: Patagonia – 1994 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: March 24 from 11 am to 6 pm

The 9th Annual Carded | Trading Card Art Show

  • What: A one-night only show of art reproduced on trading cards. The work of 50 artists is presented on trading cards and made available for art lovers to collect and trade. These 2.5″x3.5″ cards are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy random cards in mixed packs of five for $5
  • Where: HOT ART Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 24 from 7 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show

  • What: Western Canada’s largest Gem show features over 80 gem, mineral and jewellery vendors from across Canada and abroad. Browse the unique gems, fine crystals, rare fossils, handmade jewellery, fancy beads and findings, lapidary art, and more. Plus take in lectures and demos, chance to win hourly door prizes and more.
  • Where: PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings Street
  • When: March 24 to 26
  • Tickets: Online, $6-$12

The Lost Fleet Exhibition

Image: R.C.N. officer questioning Japanese-Canadian fishermen while confiscating their boat / Library and Archives Canada

  • What: The Vancouver Maritime Museum is bringing an exhibition that will examine one of the most troubling manifestations of racism in BC’s history. That event was the seizure of up to 1,200 Japanese fishing vessels in 1941 eventually lead into the internment of all Japanese-Canadians across the country. The exhibition will feature various photographs, replica documents, and artifacts.
  • Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: March 24, 2017 to March 25, 2018
  • Tickets: Online, $10-12.50

Andrew Conroy, Moka Only, Francis Henson and FrankOH at The Media Club

  • What: A free concert at The Media Club, headlined by Andrew Conroy and his band playing hits of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Sing along to hits by artists like the Backstreet Boys, R Kelly, Kesha, and more.
  • Where: The Media Club – 695 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 24 from 8 pm to 1 am

GAME OVER: Time to Serenade the Arcade Decade

  • What: Caravan of Creeps presents a tribute to the Arcade Decade, with arcade games, DJs, cosplay contest and cabaret performances.
  • Where: Royal Canadian Legion – 2205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: March 24 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

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

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