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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: March 10 to 11

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Daniel Chai Mar 09, 2018 10:00 am 5,060

It’s the freakin’ weekend so let’s have some fun!

Here is our list of 20 things to check out on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, including HSBC Canada Sevens, Brave New Play Rites Festival, and more.

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

HSBC Canada Sevens 2018 

Image: Canada Sevens

  • What: Thousands of fans from Canada, South Africa, England, France, Fiji, Kenya, Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, and more will be flocking into Vancouver to cheer on their team during the World Rugby showdown. The Sevens’ visit to Vancouver is the only Canadian stop on the 10-city World Rugby Sevens Series tour. And throughout the two days, you’ll get to eat, drink, party, and watch the exciting, fast-paced action of the rugby games (all while dressed in an outrageous costume or animal onesie).
  • When: Saturday, March 10 to Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard
  • Tickets: Single-day tickets $65 | Full weekend tournament pass $99  – Tickets available via Canada Sevens.com

Todd Barry – 30th Anniversary Crowd Work Tour 

  • What: New York City-based comedian and actor Todd Barry is widely recognized for his roles as the bongo-playing “Third Conchord” on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Mickey Rourke’s deli boss in 2009 Oscar winner, The Wrestler. He also boasts multiple stand-up appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, two Comedy Central Presents specials, and his latest one-hour Comedy Central special Super Crazy. 
  • When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 and 9 pm
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $22.50

Chef Vij Culinary Arts Workshop

  • What: Budding chefs ages 15 to 18 have an opportunity to explore the culinary arts and restaurant management with Vikram Vij at his My Shanti restaurant, in South Surrey.
  • When: Saturday, March 10, Saturday, Apr 28, and Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: My Shanti – 15869 Croydon Dr., Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $125

Exotic Reptile Show

  • What: Meet snakes, lizards and geckos at this show presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles.
  • When: Saturday, March 10 to Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Times: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

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: Now to Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Westwood Plateau Golf Club – 3251 Plateau Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $49

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 and learn 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

The Rockin’ Roots Ceilidh

  • What: The fundraiser for Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society features live music, drinks, a jive dance competition, and more.
  • When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: Valley View Funeral Home – 14644 72nd Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Lila Downs

  • What: ​A winner of a Grammy and four Latin Grammy’s, Lila Downs is adored for her powerful vocals and fierce theatricality. As an artist with proud indigenous roots and a profound social conscience, her latest album, Salon Lágrimas y Deseos, focuses on feminism, political activism, and the celebration of Latin American women.
  • When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Chan Centre – 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $46-$94

Music from the Celtic Isles

  • What: Join harpist Rebecca Blair with flutist/singer Michelle Carlisle, and fiddler Rosie Carver for a musical journey through Celtic lands and stories.
  • When: 
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $16-$21

Eastside Flea

The Eastside Flea Market (Eastside Flea Market / Facebook)

  • What: The Eastside Flea is a modern-day flea market that occurs every weekend in Vancouver. Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade craft items to vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, plants, artisan eats, and more. You’ll also find food trucks, deejays, pinball machines, a pool table, outdoor courtyard, and other fun things to check out.
  • When: Saturday, March 10 to Sunday, March 11 and Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25 , 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $3 for a single day, or $5 for all weekend

Sunday, March 11, 2018

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: Now to Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive

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Jeff Dunham (Randy Miramontez / Shutterstock)

  • What: American ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham brings his puppets to Abbotsford Centre on his Passively Aggressive tour.
  • When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford
  • TicketsOnline, $65 plus fees

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: Now to Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

2018 Brave New Play Rites Festival

  • What: Enjoy 24 new plays written by MFA and BFA students from the University of British Columbia, performed and produced by members of the Vancouver theatre community.
  • When: Sunday, March 11 to Sunday, March 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Port Moody Film Festival

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

Oats Studios Short Film Screening & Fundraiser Night

  • What: A night of short films from the renowned Oats Studios, hosted by acclaimed writer, director, and visual effects guru Neill Blomkamp (Elysium, District 9, Chappie), who will be joined for a Q&A by VFX supervisor Chris Harvey and Richard Simpson. The evening’s program will feature short films including Cooking With Bill: Damasu, Gdansk, Zygote, God, Firebase, and more. This is also a fundraiser for the #SaveTheRio campaign.
  • When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Winter Farmer’s 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, 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

St. Patrick’s Dance

Green beer for St. Patrick’s Day/Shutterstock

  • What: A 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

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: Now to Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • When: 10 am
  • Where: Fortius Sport & Health – 3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby
  • More Info: Online
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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