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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: March 24 to 25

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Daniel Chai Mar 23, 2018 5:00 am 4,450

The first weekend of Spring is here, so get outside and have some fun!

Here is our list of 20 things to check out on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, including Vancouver Whitecaps, JUNOS, and more.

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy

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Image: Vancouver Whitecaps FC / Twitter

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on the LA Galaxy at BC Place.
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

International Day Against Racism & Bigotry March

  • What: Witness and be a part of a march against all forms of racism, bigotry, and oppression in Metro Vancouver, taking place later this month. The rally is being held as part of the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which was made as a proclamation by the UN back in 1966. All are welcome to attend.
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 5 pm
  • Where: Thornton Park – 1166 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Cheech & Chong

  • What: Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong perform their classic comedy set at Hard Rock Casino.
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online

48th Annual Happiness Dance

  • What: Every year, the Surrey Square Wheelers Square and Round Dance Club hosts a “happiness dance” as its main fundraiser for its perennial designated charity, The Centre for Child Development.
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Where: Kennedy Hall – 8870 120 Street, Surrey
  • Admission: By donation

HMCS Discover Tours on Deadman’s Island 2018

  • What: HMCS Discovery, the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve unit located within Stanley Park, has a rich history within the city of Vancouver. Located on a small area called Deadman’s Island, it is off-limits to visitors. Off-limits that is, except for this Saturday, March 24, when HMCS will host a free open house for the public, between 10 and 3 pm.
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: HMCS DISCOVERY – 1200 Stanley Park Drive
  • Admission: Free but online registration is required

Walk Richmond – Hugh Boyd Park

  • What: Enjoy a walk around one of North America’s single largest artificial turf fields that borders the Richmond Pitch and Putt golf course. A demonstration of the outdoor fitness circuit is offered following the walk.
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Meeting Spot: Outdoor Fitness Circuit, West Richmond Community Centre, 9180 No. 1 Road.
  • Admission: Free

Bunny Hop Toonie Skate

  • What: ​​Enjoy ice skating, face painting, crafts and more for some family Easter fun.
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: $2 per person, free for children 3 years and under

Ready Player One Vancouver Takeover

  • What: In celebration of Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Ready Player One,” a massive downtown Vancouver takeover will go happening at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The transformation will allow visitors to step inside the film and enter “the Oasis,” showcasing the stage of Spielberg’s new movie. The exhibit takes place at the stackable housing apartments and will show off 25 ft. tall artwork, massive lights, and special effects, as well as actors dressed in the part of the movie. The inside of the exhibit will continue to amaze with eye-catching special effects, VR demos, a retro arcade, and chances to win film-related prizes.
  • When: Now to Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm, daily
  • Where: 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

UBC HOLI Festival 2018

  • What: The highly anticipated festival is celebrating equality with colours and UBC’s Indian Students Association wants you to be a part of it. Come to the event dressed in all white and be prepared to have a ton of fun. The event will feature an Indian food truck so you can enjoy the aromas and flavourful food on offer, and acclaimed Bollywood music maker, Khanvict from Decibel Entertainment will be spinning his favourite tracks throughout the day to celebrate Holi and keep you dancing.
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 6190 Agronomy Road, UBC
  • Tickets: Online, $7

Let’s Hear It! Live – Vancouver

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Image: Jeremiah Vandermeer/Flickr

  • What: “Let’s Hear It! Live – Vancouver” will showcase various artists from different music scenes across the province. The festival will take place in the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and includes The Funk Hunters, Desi Subculture, Peach Pit, MusiCounts StarBand with Dear Rouge, and many more acts.
  • When: 
  • Time: 12 to 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza – 850 W Georgia St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free to attend

Sunday, March 25, 2018

JUNOS: Hosted by Michael Bublé

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Michael Buble hosts the 2018 JUNOS at Rogers Arena (Kyle Besler/Shutterstock)

  • What: 12-time JUNO Award winner and beloved Canadian crooner is set to host The 2018 JUNO Awards, with many more live performances to enjoy.
  • When: Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59

Richmond Outdoor Spring Carnival 

  • What: West Coast Amusements, the largest Canadian midway operation in Western Canada will be making a stop at the Lansdowne Centre in Richmond. They’ll be setting up shop with a massive selection of rides, games, and traditional carnival eats. And no, it’s never too early in the day to have a cotton candy.
  • When: Now to Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 10 pm, hours may change based on weather.
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 #3 Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Available on-site

Gay Day at the Curling Club

  • What: The Pacific Rim Curling League (PRCL) is Vancouver’s LGBTQ curling league, a recreational sports league open to adult curlers of all gender identities and orientations. Try out the fun and social sport at their open house.
  • When: Sunday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Curling Club – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

William Wishes Film Screening

  • What: A special screening of William Wishes, a short film about a zombie-obsessed boy who takes on the persona of his favourite horror film star to cope with the loss of his father. Followed by a Q&A and a mix and mingle with the cast and crew.
  • When: Sunday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: By Donation

Pacific PTSD Awareness 5km Walk/Run

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(Pacific PTSD Awareness Society / Facebook)

  • What: The third annual 5km Run/Walk for all first responders and the community is in promotion of PTSD awareness. Partial funds raised will go towards the Honour House Society in recognition of their work with first responders and their families.
  • When: Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Where: Mill Lake Park – Abbotsford
  • Register: Online, $40-$45

Biggest Dog Meet-up Vancouver #2

  • What: What’s better than a dog? Hundreds and hundreds of dogs. Biggest dog meet-up Vancouver is returning for a second event at Trout Lake Park. The event is hosted by Dogs of Vancity, so expect a lot of photos. If you have a furry friend who plays nice with others, bring them along and introduce them to other canines.
  • When: Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 pm to 3 pm
  • Where: Trout Lake Park
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018

  • What: The event will feature over 80 shows that highlight the Fall and Winter collections of both national and international designers. This season’s line-up features brands from 15 different countries, including designers from Australia, Japan, the United States, Italy, Ghana, and of course – Canada.
  • When: Now to Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: David Lam Hall – 50 E Pender Street, Vancouver
  • AdmissionTickets start as low as $30 for a single show and as high as $350 for a week pass.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Winter Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market has products from local food producers and artisans who follow a “Make it, Bake it, Grow it, Catch it” philosophy. BC-produced vegetables, fruits, and meats are the central draw to this market. There is also entertainment and guided tours of the heritage site (pay by donation).
  • When: Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

The Ouroboros Gala: with Tayybeh & Women of Courage

  • What: ​The Vancouver Women’s Library (VWL) presents an evening of food and entertainment, featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner prepared by Tayybeh, a Syrian women’s collective of chefs. There will also be art and goods on silent auction, live entertainment on stage, and an intergenerational dance party.
  • When: Sunday, March 24, 2018
  • When: 10:30 am and 12 pm
  • Where: 600 Campbell Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

The Lost Fleet Exhibition

  • 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.
  • When: Now to March 25, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$12.50
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Daniel Chai
Daniel Chai is a writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC.
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