20 free events in Vancouver to check out in March

Feb 28 2017, 3:27 pm

Enjoying Vancouver doesn’t have to break the bank! Daily Hive Vancouver has the lowdown on great events around the city, from drum classes to farmers markets and so much more. Here are 20 free things to do in Vancouver this March.

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

North Show Art Crawl 2017

North Shore Arts Crawl

Image: North Vancouver Community Arts Council

  • What: The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts festival that celebrates the creative energy of local artists and creates cultural vitality.
  • Where: Various venues from Deep Cove to Lions Bay
  • When: March 4 to 5 from 10 am to 5 pm

Cartems Knitting Club

  • What: Looking to meet other knitters in Vancouver? Are you learning how to knit and need assistance or advice? Cartems Kits hosts a Knitting Club every other Monday at for people to mingle, learn from one another and gain inspiration.
  • Where: Cartems Donuterie – 3040 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: March 6 and 20 at 6 pm

Drum Masterclass with Cirque Du Soleil’s Eric Boudrealt

  • What: In this masterclass, Eric will show different ways to approach the feel and pulse of different grooves and styles of music. Eric is an incredibly accomplished drummer and educator, working with some of Cirque de Soleil’s most popular touring shows. Bring your sticks, a note pad and learn how to improve your groove!
  • Where: Long & McQuade North Vancouver – 1363 Main Street, North Vancouver
  • When: March 6 at 7 pm

Casual Birding Walk

  • What: Check out shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and more on this 2.5 hour bird watching amble. Bring your own binoculars. Presented by Delta Naturalists.
  • Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park – Meet at Cammidge House via Centennial Beach entrance on Boundary Bay Rd, Tsawwassen
  • When: March 8 from 9 am to noon

Women & Queer Night at The Bike Kitchen

  • What: Learn how to tune up your bike in a positive space for trans women, cis women, queer and genderqueer folks in a relaxed environment led by female and/or LGBTQ2I identified mechanics and volunteers. A great way to introduce yourself to the wonderful world of bike mechanics while eating pizza and listening to some great tunes.
  • Where: The Bike Kitchen – 1896 East Mall, Vancouver
  • When: March 8 from 6 to 9 pm

Vans Hi-Standard

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  • What: An international contest series inviting snowboarders to showcase pure style in a thrilling jam format. Touring across the US, Canada, China, Korea and France, the Vans Hi-Standard Series will feature an original big air format where riders are judged by individual style only, with no rotations over 720 allowed.
  • Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: March 11 from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm

Vive Tu Vida Fitness Spring Open House

  • What: Vive Tu Vida Fitness is hosting a Spring Open House filled with free demo classes all day long to celebrate a successful first five months in New West, and the arrival of Spring. Drop by to try out some classes, get exclusive in-studio deals, and enter to win some awesome prizes.
  • Where: Vive Tu Vida Fitness – #202-627 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • When: March 12 from 9 am to 5 pm

Meet Nettie Cronish, cookbook author & vegetarian food chef

  • What: Nettie Cronish, chef and author of six bestselling Canadian cookbooks, will speak on Indian pantry staples, including coconut milk, chickpea flour, ghee, lentils, rice, yogurt, paneer and of course, curries and masala. The talk will be accompanied by a multi-image video highlighting India’s beauty and details of Nettie’s upcoming culinary journey to India.
  • Where: Alma VanDusen Theatre, Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 13 from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Registration: Online

Group Sandwich Making for First United Church

  • What: A dedicated group of men and women from the congregation gather to make sandwiches to be distributed from First United Church on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Help and support is always appreciated.
  • Where: Jubilee United Church – 7591 Gray Ave., Burnaby
  • When: March 13 (women) and March 23 (men) from 10 am to 1 pm
  • More Info: Please contact the church office for more details if you are interested in helping.

Let’s Talk: Social Ingredients of Health

  • What: Check Your Head is launching a new project with a goal of engaging youth in understanding and addressing the issues that affect their health and wellbeing. The first explores social determinants of health and how they influence our decisions, wellbeing and quality of life. Youth will learn how to increase control over these social determinants of health.
  • Where: Broadway Youth Resource Center – 2455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 16 from 4:30 to 6 pm

Celtic Village at Robson Square


Image: CelticFest / Facebook

  • What: Celebrate all things Irish at the Celtic Village and Street Market. Taking over Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, the Celtic Village will be filled with music, dance, food, shopping and more! This weekend-long street fair also features music on the Main Stage and Howe Street Stage, highland games demos, BC’s best pipe bands, street performers, festive vendors, face painting, and more.
  • Where: Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
  • When: March 17 to 18 from noon to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Free before 7 pm, $10 cover after

Andrew Conroy, Moka Only, Francis Henson and FrankOH at The Media Club

  • What: A free concert at The Media Club, headlined by Andrew Conroy and his band playing hits of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Sing along to hits by artists like the Backstreet Boys, R Kelly, Kesha, and more.
  • Where: The Media Club – 695 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 24 from 8 pm to 1 am

Good Money™ Talks Small Business Series – Surrey

  • What: The half-day event combines networking and learning, and will include a complimentary breakfast and lunch, 30-minute presentations by business experts, exhibition booths from Small Business BC and Vancity and tools and resources tailored for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to start or grow their business.
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: March 29 from 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Registration: Online, free

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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  • What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is Vancouver’s signature springtime event, waking the city up from winter hibernation to an explosion of some 41,000 blossoming cherry trees. Originally gifted from Japan in the 1930s, the cherry blossom now inspires a month-long of 20+ public, mostly free, arts and cultural community events
  • Where: Various venues around Vancouver
  • When: March 30 to April 23

Queer Prov

  • What: A hilarious night of improv comedy for everyone, hosted by Queer Prov, a not-for-profit society dedicated to creating a Queer improv theatre community. Entry is completely free – just bring friends!
  • Where: XY – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Monday night at 8pm

Tuesdays at the Art Gallery

  • What: Make your Tuesdays a little more artsy, during the gallery’s ‘by donation’ night. But even if your pockets are empty, you can still check it out.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St. Vancouver
  • When: Every Tuesday night, from 5 to 9 pm

Instant Theatre’s House Party

  • What: An open jam where students, performers, and brand new audience members can perform together!
  • Where: Instant Studios – 529 East Broadway Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Wednesday night at 8 pm

The Hangout at The Waldorf

  • What: Hang out with good people, listen to music, watch videos, play games and more. Come early to try their new cocktails during Happy Hour (8 to 10 pm) and stay the rest of the night and hangout until 2 am.
  • Where: The Waldorf – 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Friday at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, free before 11 pm with RSVP

Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Farmers Market

  • What: Find local produce, meat, seafood, artisan cheese, bread, herbs, baked goods, artisanal crafts, and more.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, now to April 22

Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, and food trucks.
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, now to April 30
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