What: Everyone is welcome at the annual Vaisakhi Day Parade, featuring cultural floats, community performers and live music. To pay tribute to the harvest celebration roots of the parade, attendees are given free food and drink from hundreds of local residents and businesses.
Where: Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar – 12885 85 Ave, Surrey
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 1,000 native mushrooms to help grow forest roots.
Where: Everett Crowley Park – 8200 Kerr St, Vancouver
What: Put on your lab coats and get ready to take to the streets. The March for Science Vancouver celebrates the important role science plays in our lives. It is part of a global movement happening in 30 countries around the world.
Where: The March will begin at Queen Elizabeth Plaza and end at Creekside Park near Science World
What: Burnaby’s premiere wine event. Enjoy an evening of wine tastings, culinary delights and fine music. Funds raised will support Rotary literacy programs, Rotary Fitness circuit, Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Rotary International Polio Plus Program and other Burnaby charities
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
What: The 2017 North America League of Legends spring finals will take place this weekend in Vancouver. League of Legends is one of the largest multiplayer games in the world and a prominent feature on the eSports circuit. Teams compete on the world stage for a chance to be crowned champions and an opportunity to land prize pools that can run upwards of $5 million.
Where: Pacific Coliseum — 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: Celebrate Surrey’s commitment to the environment with this one-day extravaganza which includes musical performances, eco-crafts, a bicycling clinic, and a tree and plant sale. With headliners Shawn Hook and Virginia To Vegas
Where: City Hall Plaza – 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey
What: The Verses festival started out with 16 teams vying for the Billy Sharkespeare Trophy and provincial bragging rights as the team poetry slam champions of 2017. The final four compete on Saturday night to be the first champions of this year’s Verses Festival of Words.
Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia, Vancouver
What: Every spring, vinyl lovers around the world look forward to Record Store Day. Founded in 2007, the special event celebrates independent record stores, their owners, their staff, and the unique community surrounding them. Limited edition vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists, both locally and worldwide, make special appearances in its honour.
Where: Shops across Vancouver
When: April 22
Cost: Free to attend, various prices for records
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