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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: March 5 to 9

Daniel Chai Mar 05, 2018 8:16 am 1,589

Fill your days and nights with a variety of events happening around Vancouver. Here is our list of 35 things to do from Monday, March 5 to Friday, March 9. Everything from Urban Grind, International Women’s Day, and more.

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Vancouver Canucks versus New York Islanders

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the New York Islanders at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Great Romantics

  • What: Pianist David Fray was named BBC Music Magazine’s Newcomer of the Year in 2008, and has been on the path to stardom ever since. Known for his lyrical, expansive and sometimes playful performances, Fray will play Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Bruckner’s tribute to Wagner, Symphony No. 3.
  • When: Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Kwantlen Improv

  • What: Kwantlen Improv is a Drop-In Workshop series in Surrey where you can learn improv games, communication techniques, make new friends, and have fun.
  • When: Every Monday until April 9 (no classes on holidays)
  • Time: 5 to 6:50 pm
  • Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey
  • Price: Free for current Kwantlen students, $5 for alumni, and $10 for members of the public.

Royal Opera House presents Rigoletto

  • What: Featuring some of opera’s most memorable tunes and a cinematic plot of revenge, Rigoletto is one of the most popular works in the repertory. Giuseppe Verdi considered it to be one of his finest works.
  • When: Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Time:  2 pm
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $16-$18

Button Making

  • What: Create images inspired by your favourite books or your own artwork, using coloured markers, pencils and collage materials. All supplies will be provided, just bring your ideas. For ages 8 to 14 years old.
  • When: Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Fraser Valley Regional Library – Ladner Pioneer Branch – 4683 – 51 Street, Delta
  • Registration: Online, Free

JP Maurice’s Jam Night

  • What: An Open Mic Jam Night at the Penny, hosted by JP Maurice from CTV’s The Launch.
  • When: Every Monday
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Penny – 1601 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Comedy Awards

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Vancouver Comedy Awards (JFL NorthWest / Facebook)

  • What: Discover Vancouver’s favourite comedy spaces, supporters, podcasts and everything in between. Hosted by Graham Clark and Talent Time’s Paul Anthony!
  • When: Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Urban Grind 2018 at Harbour Centre

Urban Grind

Image: VanLookout/Twitter

  • What: The 633-step climb is opened annually to the public in March. Participants can make the climb once a week, on March 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. There’s a $5 entry fee to participate as many times as you wish during the day. Upon reaching the top, participants receive a free beer and a $5 voucher for Harbour Centre’s food court.
  • When: Every Tuesday in March
  • Time: Anytime from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Harbour Centre – 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $5

Healthy Kids Fair

  • What: Chat with community health professionals while learning about child development, mental health, nutrition & wellness, and more.
  • When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Cameron Recreation Complex – 9523 Cameron Street, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Anti-Bullying Flash Mob 2018

  • What: The flash mob is meant to raise awareness for the anti-bullying initiative and help people understand the importance of standing up against bullying no matter what form – physical, verbal, cyber or social. Students from both Delta and Surrey will be taking part in the event. They will be joined by BC Lions running back, Tyler Davis, as well as the team mascot Leo the Lion.
  • When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • Time: 12:15 pm
  • Where: Beaver Creek Elementary – 6505-123A Street, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$50


  • What: Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists.
  • When: Now to Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Available online

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

  • What: The 13th Vancouver International Women in Film Festival presents the best of cinema created by women. Events include film panels, workshops, guest filmmakers, artist talks, pitch sessions, and receptions.
  • When: Tuesday, March 6 to Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Speaker Series: Why We Need To Talk About Poo

  • What: Dr. Paul Richard will look into what is wrong with our current methods of handling human waste from the bad design of toilets and washrooms, all the way to how current sewage practices pollute our environment. He’ll also explore its biology – how it can be a good indicator of health or disease – with a side trip into the world of microbiomes and fecal transplants.
  • When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Science World at TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Strong Women Strong Music 2018

  • What: The 12th annual Strong Women Strong Music concert series features West Coast’s most prominent women jazz musicians singing up support for Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA), a program of Atira Women’s Resource Society.
  • When: Tuesday, March 6 to Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Frankie’s Jazz Club – 755 Beatty Street, Vancouver
  • Reservations: Online, $30

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Craft Beer Launch Party

Photo courtesy CRAFT Beer Market

  • What: ​​Head to Craft as they add 42 new beers to their core menu. Enjoy live beats, light eats, and a complimentary beer sampling of much of the new lineup.
  • When: ​Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 7 pm
  • Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

2018: The Battle for Truth

  • What: Join Edelman Vancouver’s panel to discuss the results of the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, an audit of trust in business, government, NGOs and media. Edelman Canada CEO Lisa Kimmel and Edelman Vancouver General Manager Bridgitte Anderson will be joined by journalist and former B.C. Minister of Finance Carole Taylor to discuss the results of the 18th annual Trust Barometer and what they mean for businesses.
  • When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Fairmont Pacific Rim – Star Sapphire Ballroom – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $69-$138

JFL NorthWest Block Party 

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Image: Vancouver Civic Theatres

  • What: The festivities include continual stand-up specials played on a large outdoor screen, live music, and performances by some special guests. In addition to the laughter, the block party will also host food trucks from the Reef Runner and Cheese Street Grill, as well as free drinks from Tim Hortons. A beer garden will be set up at the venue, providing drinks for the entire party. There will also be an LED Games tent, featuring ping-pong and foosball, among others.
  • When: Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm nightly
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza –  630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Laugh n’ Lounge Open Mic Comedy at the Flamingo

  • What: Got jokes? Strut your stuff and finesse your craft at the Laugh n’ Lounge Open Mic, Surrey’s newest spot for comedians of all styles and grandeurs.
  • When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Flamingo – 10768 King George Boulevard
  • Admission: Free

#LetsTalkBusiness with Mayor Mike

  • What: West Vancouver Chamber’s annual Conversation with Mayor Michael Smith. The candid conversation with the business community, include plans for the future, the importance of the October 2018 election, what the issues are, and more.
  • When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: West Vancouver Yacht Club – 5854 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50-$70

The Flame: True Stories from the Pale Blue Dot

  • What: Actors, musicians, authors, radio personalities and more share their personal, poignant and hilarious true stories live on stage. The evening of storytelling is paired with the stunning visuals of the Planetarium Star Theatre. In between storytelling, there will be live music in the theatre and drinks on the star deck.
  • When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: H. R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Sumas Mountain Film Festival

  • What: The Sumas Mountain Film Festival is a single day film festival featuring nine trail running films from around the world. The event will include door prizes and local craft beer from FieldHouse Brewing.
  • When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Matsqui Centennial Auditorium – 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day Banquet: Pave Your Path

International Women’s Day Banquet

  • What: The two-hour event is set to feature a variety of activities, talks from keynote speakers, a diverse panel of female professionals, a silent auction, appetizers, photos, and more in the stunning West Georgia Street high-rise. YWiB is collaborating with some of the best UBC female clubs, including Equal Voice, Women in Science, Her Campus, and SisuGirls to make this event the largest and most interactive International Women’s Day event in Vancouver.
  • When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: TELUS Garden – 510 West Georgia Street
  • Price: Starting at $15 – Available via MyShowPass

Influential Women in Business

  • What: Business in Vancouver recognizes 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.
  • When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm
  • Where: The Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $125-$155

Sparks! Book Launch!

  • What: Join author Ian Boothby, artist Nina Matsumoto, and colourist David Dedrick for the launch of Scholastic’s new graphic novel, Sparks! Best known for their Eisner Award winning work on The Simpsons comic, Ian and Nina will be talking about their new book while also directing people towards snacks.
  • When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: kidsbooks – 2557 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

International Women’s Day at Vancouver TheatreSports

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports is celebrating International Women’s Day with all female casts for the evening’s performances. Furthermore, the 9:15 pm #NoFilter show will be free for all those who identify as women. Tickets will be available in person at the box office on March 8 starting at 6 pm, based on availability. Seats cannot be reserved in advance, and are available on a first-come basis at the door.
  • When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 and 9:15 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online




  • What: The Grammy award-winning star is touring in support of her second album Melodrama, which has produced four singles so far including the lead “Green Light” and follow-up singles “Liability,” “Sober,” and “Perfect Places.”
  • When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6 pm, Show 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Via Live Nation, $46.50-$126.50

Port Moody Film Festival

  • What: The 18th annual Port Moody Film Festival celebrates Canadian Film. With feature-length films, shorts, and more.
  • When: Thursday March 8 to Sunday March 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: Grammy Award winner Nelly performs all his big hits on the All Work, No Play Canadian Tour. Featuring special guest Terell Safadi, guest Seth Whittaker, and more.
  • When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40-$100

Friday, March 9, 2018

Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival

  • What: Enjoy brews from 40 BC breweries, along with local fare from 8-10 restaurants and caterers, at this festival of all things beer.
  • When: Friday, March 9 to Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Westwood Plateau Golf Club – 3251 Plateau Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, March 9 – $59, March 10 – $49

2018 Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

  • What: The best wheelchair rugby teams from across Canada and the Pacific Northwest battle for the title in Division 1 and 2.
  • When: Friday, March 9, 2018 to Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

Carmelahhh Presents: Where Are They Now?

  • What: Comedy duo Carmelahhh have performed at Sidekicks, MixTape, The Lady Show, and the Vancouver International Improv Festival. They’re celebrating their one-year anniversary with some of their favourite classic sketches and new works.
  • When: Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Energy Transitions Forum featuring Bruce Anderson

  • What: Bruce Anderson, Chairman of Abacus Data, shares his latest public opinion findings regarding Canada’s opportunity to demonstrate leadership in the low carbon economy, carbon pricing and clean energy solutions.
    Following his remarks, Bruce will join Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, Vice President, Corporate Relations, Western Region, Innergex Renewable Energy, Tom Syer, Director of Government Affairs, Teck Resources, and Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada for a panel discussion on how the findings of this research may impact public policy decisions and British Columbia’s competitiveness.
  • When: Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel – Mackenzie Ballroom – 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45

The Dears

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(The Dears / Facebook)

  • What: Montreal indie rockers, The Dears perform in support of Times Infinity Volume Two. Featuring guest Lou Canon.
  • When: Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam

  • What: ​The Vancouver Goalball Club hosts the third annual International Vancouver Goalball Grand Slam. Nine teams are attending from BC, Alberta, USA, Japan, and Puerto Rico.
  • When: Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • When: 10 am
  • Where: Fortius Sport & Health – 3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby
  • More Info: Online

I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff!

Image: Debra DiGiovanni

  • What: A night of comedy with Debra DiGiovanni, four time Canadian Comedy Award winner, finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, star of Match Game on The Comedy Network, and her own comedy special “Single Awkward Female”. Also featuring Nic Enright Morin, Syd Bosel, and emcee Jan Bannister.
  • When: Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $45

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

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