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26 free things to do in Vancouver this March

Daniel Chai Feb 28, 2018 1:46 pm 6,487

Saving your money this March? We’ve got your back with our list of fun free events happening in Vancouver this month!

From Easter to Spring Break, and everything in between, here are 26 free things to do around the city this March.

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

Celebrate Spring Break

Spring Break at the Steveston Museum & Visitor Centre

  • What: Explore both the Steveston Museum & Visitor Centre, and the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society Building, on a self-guided tour to learn all about Steveston’s unique heritage. Enjoy fun activities for children on select dates, and take part in a special spring break Steveston History Hunters scavenger hunt.
  • When: Saturday, March 17, 2018 to Monday, April 02, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Steveston Museum – 3811 Moncton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Free

Spring Break at the Carousel

  • What: Enjoy Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum, with a children’s entertainer,  art activities, heritage games, and carousel rides.
  • When: Monday, March 19 to Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free, carousel rides $2.65

Spring Break Movie

  • What: Enjoy a great family movie this Spring Break, including Despicable Me 3 (March 21) and Cars 3 (March 28). Presented by Port Moody Public Library.
  • When: Wednesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Happy Easter

St. Patrick’s Dance

Green beer for St. Patrick’s Day/Shutterstock

  • What: St Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Whalley Legion. Featuring music by The Defibulators, Irish dancers, a “Pot of Gold” contest, and Irish beverages.
  • When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 8 pm
  • Where: RCL – Whalley Legion Br 229 – 13525 106th Ave,, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Bunny Hop Toonie Skate

  • What: ​​Enjoy ice skating, face painting, crafts and more for 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

Old Fashioned Easter at the Historic Stewart Farm

  • What: Meet the Easter bunny, make your own DIY rabbit ears, and decorate egg shaped cookies. Plus take part in scavenger hunts and enjoy free face painting.
  • When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Explore the city

Quilt Expo

  • What: ​Stroll through a beautiful exhibit of quilts on loan from the Pacific Spirit Quilters Guild, observe quilters in action, and even try your hand at a small project to take home.
  • When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Edmonds Community Centre – 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free, registration required.


  • What: Blending future bass, moombahton and melodic trap Brooklyn-based producer LUCA LUSH takes over Celebrities Underground with support from SRFR and Inkredamine.
  • When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Healthy Kids Fair

  • What: Chat with community health professionals, learn about child development, mental health, nutrition and 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

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 as well as directing people towards the snacks.
  • When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: kidsbooks – 2557 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Persian New Year Family Craft Program

  • What: Coquitlam Public Library celebrates Persian New Year with fun handicrafts for the whole family. Enjoy a light snack while learning more about the Persian culture and customs.
  • When: 
  • Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: City Centre Branch, Rooms 136 and 137 – 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Fraser Valley Comedy Competition

  • What: Twelve comics battle it out in this monthly comedy contest. Performers are judged by audience applause, with a sound decibel reader available for close calls.
  • When: Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Chances Chilliwack – 8180 Young Road, Chilliwack
  • Admission: Free


  • What: Dutch mega duo Bassjackers are performing a free show on Easter Long Weekend.
  • When: Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Enjoy the great outdoors

Creative Café

  • What: ​Visit historic Minnekhada Lodge and discover the park’s natural and cultural history.
  • When: Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • When: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park – Meet at Minnekhada Lodge – 4455 Oliver Rd, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Casual Birding Walk

  • What: ​​Check out shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and more on this 2.5 hour bird-watching amble – bring binoculars. For ages 9 and up.
  • When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Cammidge House, via Centennial Beach entrance on Boundary Bay Road, Tsawwassen
  • Register: Online, Free

Run Wild Vancouver presents: Survive Outside

  • What: Run Wild Vancouver is hosting a special edition of the Adventure Smart Survive Outside classroom program. Seasoned trail runners share personal stories and practical tips to help play safe on the trails when traveling fast and light. Attendees will also learn ways to manage the dynamics of running in a group, leadership skills, and things to consider when adventuring with less experienced runners.
  • When: Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: MEC North Vancouver – 212 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

Follow their Footsteps: Animal Signs

  • What: ​​​Learn to be a forest detective by identifying various animal tracks by size, shape, pattern, gait and more. Models and photos of different tracks will be on hand, and there will be an outdoor walk where attendees look for animal signs.
  • When: Sunday, March 18, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Meet at 11450 256th St, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

Super Animals

  • What: ​​If you could have a superpower what would it be? Find out about animals with super speed, ultra strength, and mighty jumps. Super hero costumes welcome.
  • When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave
  • Admission: Free

Spring Fling

  • What: ​Celebrate the first day of spring at the Surrey Nature Centre, with face painting, guided walks, nature stories, eco crafts and more.
  • When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Where: Surrey Nature Centre – 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

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

Enchanted Forest

  • What: Find out how trees talk to each other through their roots while looking for forest sprites and rock trolls on this one hour nature quest.
  • When: Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 1:30 pm
  • Where: Aldergrove Regional Park – Meet at Blacktail Picnic Shelter by main park entrance on 8th Ave
  • Admission: Free

Eat fresh with winter farmers’ markets

Hastings Park Winter Farmer’s Market

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared dishes, baked goods, regional art, craft alcohol producers, and food trucks.
  • When: Every Sunday to April 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
  • Admission: Free

Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Market

  • What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen. Other vendors sell everything from artisan cheeses & breads, to herbs, seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods, and artisan crafts.
  • When: Every Saturday to April 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street
  • Admission: Free

New West Farmers Market – Winter Market

  • What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, local crafts, gourmet prepared foods, food trucks, community information, live entertainment, and more.
  • When: The first and third Saturday of each month until Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Belmont Street, New Westminster!
  • Admission: Free

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Winter Farmer’s Market


(Gulf of Georgia Cannery)

  • 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, but there is also entertainment and guided tours of the heritage site (pay by donation).
  • When: Sunday, March 11 and Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Port Moody Winter Farmers’ Market

  • What: Enjoy local BC products, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods at the Port Moody Winter Farmers’ Market.
  • When: Every Sunday to April
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Recreation Complex – 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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