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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: April 8 and 9

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Daniel Chai Apr 07, 2017 6:15 am 3,856

The weekend waits for no one, so grab a friend and have some fun! Here Daily Hive’s checklist of 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9, 2017.

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fred Herzog: Selections from Modern Colour

Granville Street at Night by Fred Herzog, 1959 (Fred Herzog Equinox Gallery)

Granville Street at Night by Fred Herzog, 1959 (Fred Herzog Equinox Gallery)

  • What: An exhibition of rare and never-before-seen works by Canadian street photographer Fred Herzog is coming to Vancouver. It’s set to be the biggest exhibition of Herzog’s artwork in recent years, with more than 50 photos on display, including 20 previously unprinted images.
  • Where:  Equinox Gallery – #110–525 Great Northern Way, Vancouver (access via Thornton Street, just off Great Northern Way)
  • When: April 8 to May 6 from 10 am to 5 pm; opening reception April 8 from 2 to 4 pm
  • Admission: Free

The Rockstar Puddle Party

  • What: A refreshing dip in Mt. Seymour’s pond. Wear your wackiest costumes and show off your craziest tricks for a chance to win 2017/2018 season passes.
  • Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: April 8 from noon to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free to enter with a season pass or a valid lift ticket

The Plunge

  • What: Find comfort in the uncomfortable at the Plunge, a bi-coastal meditation experience followed by a brisk dip in the water. Come together on April 8 for a 15-minute guided meditation before embracing the chill challenge head on with a cold-water swim. By practicing intentional thinking, you’ll start the day feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
  • Where: Jericho Beach Park – 3941 Point Grey Rd, Vancouver
  • When: April 8 from 6:30 to 8 am
  • Cost: Free

Hungry For Happiness Live

  • What: The Hungry For Happiness event has been created to help women transform their emotions before transforming their bodies. During the two day event, attendees will be taken through the topic of food as a drug, discovering the core issue and healing it from the inside out. Once this is done, it’s easier to stop using food like a drug so realistic weight release can start to take place.
  • Where: UBC Campus, Hillel House – 6145 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: April 8 and 9
  • Tickets: Online, $97–$197

BC Distilled

BC Distilled/Facebook

  • What: BC Distilled is back for its 4th annual festival celebrating regional, small batch, and local micro-distilleries. This year the event will feature samples from 32 distilleries based out of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and West Coast, the Okanagan, Kootenays, and the Interior. Attendees will sample quality spirits, explore an on-site liquor store with over 100 products from the participating distilleries, and speak with the makers and distillers in person.
  • Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
  • When: April 8: Trade Tasting from 2:30 to 5 pm, Public Tasting from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $69.99 + fees

Quidditch 101 with the Vancouver Vipertooths

  • What: Looking for something cool to do with friends? Looking for a team sport in an inclusive atmosphere? Give quidditch a try. The Vancouver Vipertooths are offering a free introduction that is open to all skill levels.
  • When: April 8 from 11:15 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Meet up at the parking lot near Patterson Station  – 6128 Patterson Avenue, Burnaby
  • Cost: Free

Genetic Drift – Boca del Lupo

  • What: Boca del Lupo’s unique Micro Performance Series (shorter plays with an affordable price tag) has consistently dived into thoughtful content matter in bite-sized pieces. Genetic Drift proves to be no different, and is about splicing our genes to adapt to an increasingly hostile Earth – basically, global warming taken to its disastrous conclusion. Follow Gary 3, a human/creature hybrid as the play unravels how ‘human’ life continues on in the post-apocalypse of tomorrow.
  • Where: The Fishbowl – 100-1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now to April 8
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Arctic Moon and Indecent Noise

  • What: Two of the most exciting producers in today’s music scene, and both hailing from Poland. Artic Moon and Indecent Noise perform in Vancouver for the only time in 2017, and will be joined onstage by Discover Records, Seattle Trance Alliance and MarQ.
  • Where: Prive Night Club- 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: April 8 from 10 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

The Vancouver Franchise Expo

  • What: Face-to-face discussions with North America’s hottest franchises, plus proven part-time business opportunities. Must attend seminars for aspiring business owners and countless opportunities to make a big, bold change.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: April 8 to 9 from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $8 (2 for 1)

15th Annual Early Years Festival

City of Surrey

Image: City of Surrey

  • What: A fun and interactive festival for young children up to the age of 6 or for parents expecting a new addition to their family. The Early Years Festival connects with community members and focuses on providing children with a healthy and active lifestyle. Featuring play areas, face painting and balloon artists, and live performances.
  • Where: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre – 13458 107a Ave, Surrey
  • When: April 8 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

Sunday, April 9, 2017

CAN Family Festival 2017

(CAN Family Festival 2016)

  • What: The festival will be hosted by Breakfast Television host Riaz Meghji and will feature fun and games for the whole family. The event will kick off with a fundraising walk for Autism along with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron in Coal Harbour to officially commemorate April as Autism Awareness Month. There will be live entertainment, face painting, a skate park, and a ball hockey tournament with Vancouver Canucks alumni Trevor Linden, Kirk McLean and Darcy Rota.
  • Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
  • When: April 9 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • Admission: Free

Soundwalk: Embodied Emplacement: A Multi-Modal Walkshop

  • What: A “walkshop” of multi-modal listening. Take the 90-minute tour around New Westminster’s picturesque waterfront to explore all the senses with playing, singing, listening, touching, and writing.
  • Where: Outside the Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • When:  April 9 at 2 pm
  • Info: RSVP on Facebook; Free

Reggie Watts

  • What: Internationally renowned vocal artist/beatboxer/musician and comedian. Reggie Watts is on tour to support his new Netflix comedy special Spatial.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 9 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Birding For Beginners

  • What: A morning of bird-watching basics. Presented by Colony Farm Park Association.
  • Where: Colony Farm Road, Port Coquitlam
  • When: April 9 from 9 to 11 am
  • Cost: Free, call 604-432-6359 to register

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: Now to April 9
  • Tickets: Online, $12.25-$24.75

Port Moody Heritage Society – Vimy Ridge Event

  • What: A look back at the historic battle, featuring a Vimy lecture, a Sopwith Camel display, and living history guides.
  • When: April 8 to 9 from 11 am to 5 pm, opening ceremony April 9 at 1 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Station Museum – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: By Donation, suggested $2 or more

Layers of Influence

  • What: Investigating the function of clothing to express social prestige, economic status, political might, and spirituality, Layers of Influence will feature more than 130 majestic and diverse cultural garments – from exquisite Japanese kimonos to the elaborate feather cloaks of the Maori people, among many others.
  • Where: The Museum of Anthropology at UBC – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Now to April 9
  • Tickets: Online, $16-$18

Peak Pride at Big White

Peak Pride is coming to Big White (Big White Ski Resort)

Peak Pride is coming to Big White (Big White Ski Resort)

  • What: Pride events will get started on Friday night with the Opening Reception and Freestyle Party, headlined by Simone Denny of the iconic dance super group Love Inc. On Saturday, you’ll be able to enjoy Big White’s first ever ski hill beer garden party and a downhill Pride Parade, from mountain top to the village. And on Sunday, you can nurse your hangover at a VIP Chatters Brunch, then wind down with a final T-Party at the Blarney Stone.
  • Where: Big White Ski Resort –  5315 Big White Rd, Kelowna
  • When: Now to April 9
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$280

Some Bunny Loves You – Puppet Show & Book Launch

  • What: Jesse Thom and Christache (Chris Ross) have just released their first musical picture book, “Some Bunny Loves You”. To celebrate, Jesse is touring his puppet show of the same name, featuring real-life characters from the book.
  • Where: CIRCUS Play Cafe – 1650 East 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • When: April 9 from 1:30 to 3 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, Free for Children and $10 for adults

Queers & Beers: Spring Edition

  • What: A perfectly balanced and thirst-quenching afternoon of meeting new folks, catching up with old friends and enjoying a nice frothy pint. Featuring24 BC beers on tap, special casks, and vintage tunes spinning by BODYPARTY.
  • Where: The Cobalt – 917 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 9 from 5 to 10 pm
  • Admission: Online, $7-$15

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

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