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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: April 21 to 22

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Daniel Chai Apr 20, 2018 5:00 am 3,377

Fill your weekend schedule with an interesting event around Vancouver! Here is our list of 20 things to check out on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. including a Vaisakhi Day Parade, BrickCan, and more.

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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Vaisakhi Day Parade

  • 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.
  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Parade starts at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar – 12885 85 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

2018 Earth Day Parade & Festival

  • What:  The 8th annual Earth Day Parade begins at Grandview Highway and Commercial Drive, and marches its way down to Grandview Park where the festivities begin. The festival features a Kids Zone, scavenger hunts, smoothie bike demonstrations and more.
  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: Parade at 1 pm, Celebration at 1:30 pm
  • Where: Commercial Drive and Grandview Park – 1657 Charles Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

The Beaches

  • What: Canadian alt-rock band The Beaches bring the Late Show Tour to VENUE with guest Taylor Knox.
  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Rotary International Food Festival 2018

  • What: The sixth annual event features food from the Caribbean, India, China, Mexico, Greece, Italy, and Japan. Culinary delights are prepared in partnership with members of the Rotary Club of Burnaby and students of the ACE-IT training program. All foods will be prepared by ACE-IT students, under the supervision of the Chef Stephen Wade.
  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Central Secondary School – 6011 Deer Lake Pkwy, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$43

The Gateway Show

  • What: Stand-up comedians take to the stage and tell their best jokes, then go to an undisclosed location to get way too high, then come back to the stage and attempt to tell more jokes completely baked. Hosted by Erin Ingle, and featuring Ivan Decker, Fatima Dhowre, Myles Weber (MTV, Popular Science, and Sophie Buddle.
  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Nine Dragons

  • What: A stylish murder mystery set in 1920s colonial Hong Kong. Nine Dragons is a compelling exploration of race and prejudice in a colonial society. On the surface, Tommy Lam is obsessed with tracking down a killer in his native Kowloon. In immersing himself in the opulent and lurid world of Victor Fung, however, Tommy finds himself investigating the mystery of his own identity.
  • When: Now to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$55

Earth Day at Hamilton Community Centre

  • What: Assemble a team from your organization, invite their families and help clean up the neighbourhood. Event includes crafts with Explore a Green World, junk disposal by donation, refreshments and prizes. Participants will be entered to win a $50 City of Richmond recreation gift card.
  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Hamilton Community Centre – 5140 Smith Dr, Richmond
  • Admission: Free. Email [email protected] to register your team by April 19.

Collected Traces and Still Here Co. ERASGA

  • What: Co. ERASGA’s newest ensemble creation recalls and traces the transcendent principle of the body’s relationship to indigenous traditional arts. Choreographed by critically acclaimed Vancouver choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Collected Traces and Still Here features seven outstanding dancers from Vancouver and Manila.
  • When: Now to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue Burnaby, BC
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$36

Babes Who Brunch

  • What: The April edition of Babes Who Brunch will be featuring boss babe Marissa Grootes, CEO & Principal Designer of STIL Classics as the keynote speaker. Beyond the raw conversation, there is, of course, delicious brunch time eats and sips, making it the perfect start to your Saturday.
  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Luppolo Brewing Co. – 1123 Venables St., Vancouver
  • Admission: $51.25 per person; buy online

Record Store Day

Record Store Day

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  • What: Vinyl record enthusiasts are invited to celebrate independent record stores all over the world as part of Record Store Day. Here in Vancouver, vinyl collectors can look forward to parties, in-store performances, and special releases from bands old and new.
  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: Times vary by record shop
  • Where: Record stores throughout the city
  • Admission: Free

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Make It! Vancouver 2018

  • What: Make It! is set to feature more than 180 Canadian artists, crafters, and makers, who will be selling gorgeous handcrafted items. It’s an atmospheric shopping environment where you’ll find something for everyone with accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, items for kids, and much more for sale.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $3 – $6 | Kids under 12 are free – available via Picatic

Earth Day at Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

  • What: The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is hosting a stewardship event where volunteers will work towards restoring habitat around Rice Lake. Learn about restoration initiatives and biodiversity in the LSCR while removing invasive species and planting native species to enhance the forest understory. Ages 16+
  • When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Meet at Rice Lake Gate
  • Admission: Free

40th Annual Vancouver Greek Food Fest

Vancouver Greek Food Fest

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  • What: The Greek Food Fest features exciting performances, delicious food, and lots of kef. Get your fill of baklava, spanakopita, and tzatziki sauce in this celebration of everything Greek!
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Hellenic Community of Vancouver – 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

Weedbusters

  • What: Help remove invasive plants that have replaced native species. Learn why these species are harmful to the park. Dress for the weather and come prepared to work off-trail. Ages 8+
  • When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4  pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Glencarin parking lot
  • Admission: Free

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Special Guests

  • What: Utilizing a generous body of work spanning half a century, Buffy Sainte-Marie reminds us that the truest wealth we can accumulate is in community, story, connection and truth. Sainte-Marie and guests Ronnie Dean Harris, Mitcholos Touchie, and an̓usáyum̓, perform live at The WISE Hall.
  • When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The WISE Hall – 1882 Adanac St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Art! Vancouver 2018

  • What:Now in its fourth year, Art! Vancouver hosts a comprehensive, curated program of interesting artist talks, panel discussions, artist demonstrations, art workshops and performances. Special events are located onsite as well as off site in satellite locations.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

BrickCan 2018 at the River Rock

LEGO festival

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  • What: BrickCan is the largest public exhibition of LEGO creations ever held in British Columbia. Guests of all ages can check out hundreds of models built by LEGO fans from all over the world, shop with dozens of unique LEGO vendors, and let their imagination run wild in the BrickCan Creation Station.
  • When: Saturday April 21 to Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Hop Circuit 2018

  • What: This event allows attendees to see one of Vancouver’s most lively brewing districts in a whole new way with epic behind-the-scenes tours – both the front and back doors will be open. There will be food trucks scattered around the neighbourhood to keep you energized throughout this exclusive brewery crawl, and of course, there will be tons of amazing local brews for you to sip at each establishment you check out.
  • When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 5 pm
  • Where: East Vancouver Brewing District
  • Tickets: Online, $95

Port Moody Winter Farmers’ Market

  • What: Find locally grown fruits and vegetables from numerous farms such as Ripple Creek Organic, Snowy Mountain Organics and Wah Fung. Also, bring home certified organic eggs from Rockweld Farm to enjoy with your fresh produce.
  • When: 
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Recreation Complex 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

The Sakura Night Gala

  • What: The fundraiser for Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is happening on April 22. This celebration of Japanese arts and culture raises money for a ton of free community events and programming. It will feature eats from seven local chefs, along with sake, beer, and wine pairings.
  • When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • When: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Stanley Park Pavilion – 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $150 per person; buy online

Hummingbird Homecoming

  • What: Learn how to attract birds to a garden and other facts about these beautiful creatures. Presentations are held at 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm.
  • When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Times: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

Perogy Lunch Weekend

  • What: Get homemade perogies made with love, cabbage rolls, borscht, and sausage on a bun, for cheap at this annual lunch. Everything on the menu (except sausage) is vegetarian-friendly.
  • When: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • When: 11 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: AUUC Strathcona Ukrainian Hall & Performing Arts Society – 805 East Pender, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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