With event season in full swing stick around the Fraser Valley this month and enjoy everything from home shows to flower festivals. Here are 15 great ways to explore the Fraser Valley this April.
Admission to the 8th annual Fraser Valley Food Show includes access to events such as the celebrity cooking stage, wine, beer, and spirits tasting pavilion (adults only), the spring craft market, and the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition.
When: April 1, 12 to 9 p.m., April 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fraser Valley Tradex
Cost: Adults $9, seniors $7, youth (13-16) $5, children (12 and under) free
Jazz up your garden at the 88th annual Bradner Flower Show. With hundreds of daffodils on display, arts, crafts, music, as well as local chefs, wineries, and gardening experts on hand there are activities for gardeners, green thumbs, and everyone in between.
When: April 8 to 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Bradner Hall
The 58th annual B.C. Gem Show features club displays, demonstrations, grab bags, children’s creative workshops, gold panning, and door prizes. Back by popular demand is the second-annual rock lovers round up tailgate sale – Saturday, April 9 only.
When: April 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., April 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Ag-Rec Building, Central Fraser Valley Fairgrounds
Cost: Adults $6, students $2
The 14th annual Yard, Garden, and Renovation Show is the place to find everything home owners need to create or improve their outdoor living space. This year’s show features free parking, a family fun zone, and 30,000 square feet of exhibits.
When: April 1, 3 to 9 p.m., April 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Chilliwack Heritage Park
Cost: Adults $8, seniors $6, children (12 and under) free
Featuring more than 90 vendors, this year’s spring market is a one-stop shop for all things spring. Pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and tons of raffle prizes throughout the day.
When: April 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Sports Landing Centre, 45530 Spadina Avenue
The Chilliwack International Film Series continues throughout April. Featured films are Rams, The Lady in the Van, My Internship in Canada, and Youth.
When: Wednesdays in April from 7 p.m.
Where: Cottonwood 4 Cinemas
Are you passionate about craft beer? Learn more about BC’s only Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Meet some of KPU Brewing’s faculty as well as current students. Pre-registration is required.
When: Fridays in April, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: KPU Langley Campus Room 1030 West Building
Take a grand tour through 19th-century Europe and beyond with Angela Cavadas on violin and Paul MacDermot on guitar and requinto. Commentary at 2:30 p.m.
When: April 17, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Langley Community Music School
Cost: Adults $18, seniors $15, students $10
Highlights include demonstrations from MasterChef Canada Season 2 winner David Jorge and professional barbeque competitor Rusty Johnson as well as cheese tasting seminars presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada.
When: April 23 to 24, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Langley Events Centre (Building B)
Cost: Adults $10, seniors and youth $7, children (14 and under) free
Catch the ultimate tribute to two iconic duos, the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkle with Byrd Dawg on the Old Friends Tour.
When: April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Clarke Theatre
View an exhibit featuring fibre artwork created by members of the Mission Weavers and Spinners Guild, celebrating 20 years in the community.
When: March 29 to April 16, Tuesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Rock Family Gallery
Reap the rewards of separating your food waste from your garbage and pick up your free cubic yard of Rot Pot compost at the Mission Landfill. Bring your truck or trailer and have it loaded by machine, or bring bags and bins to shovel yourself. Proof of residency required.
When: April 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Mission Landfill
Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club Archery is hosting the 2016 Canadian Indoor National 3D Championships. There will be two new categories at this year’s competition, non-competitive and hunter class.
When: April 1 to 3
Where: Cloverdale Agriplex
Drop in for family fun, including kids activities, live music, educational displays, barbeque lunch, and tree planting. Arbor Day is part of Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza, a series of free nature-themed programs and events.
When: April 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Holland Park
The Crafty Affaire Market is where you’ll find handmade creations, one-of-a-kind treasures and delicious treats for all. Kids get in free, stay for the door prizes.
When: April 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Elgin Hall
Written by Robyn Roste. Tweet her Fraser Valley events @robynroste.