35 things to do in Vancouver this week: March 13 to 17

Mar 12 2017, 4:18 am

Sunshine, rain or snow – no matter the weather, Vancouver is a fun place to explore. From Spring Break to St. Patrick’s Day and everything in between, here are 35 things to do in Vancouver this week.

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

Monday, March 13

Fireside chat with Dragons Manjit Minhas and Bruce Croxon

Dragons DenBruce Croxon and Manjit MInhas/Facebook

  • What: Current and former investors on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, Manjit Minhas and Bruce Croxon will be speaking at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s fireside chat “Igniting Investment for Business Growth.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West (Rooms 211-214) – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: March 13 at 6:15 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $99

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

Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Discover the past at Burnaby Village Museum’s Spring Break. Learn about lead type at the printshop, feel the heat of the blacksmith’s forge and more.
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • When: March 13 to 24 from 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Tickets: Free admission. Carousel Rides only $2.65 each and Adventure Guides $6 each.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins

Go Canucks Go! (Sergei Bachlakov/Shutterstock)

  • What: There’s still no love lost between these two teams so you can expect a raucous atmosphere when the Bruins visit Rogers Arena later this month.
  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • When: March 13 at 7 pm


  • What: Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists.
  • Where: 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Now to March 13
  • Tickets: Online

Spring Break at the Cannery

  • What: Visit during Spring Break for indoor fishy-fun with the whole family! Enjoy many interactive exhibits about Canada’s west coast fishing history. Pick up a Parks Canada Xplorers booklet and don’t miss the historic canning line in action as the Cannery revs up the equipment during machine demos.
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • When: March 13 to 24 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Free in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary since Confederation.

Crafts from Around the World

  • What: Take a flight around the world and visit five different countries to learn about their celebrations and culture. Each day attendees will create a variety of fun crafts and learn to say some words in the country’s native language to understand the new places visited. Hosted by New Westminster Museum and Archives
  • Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • When: March 13 to 17 from 10 am to noon
  • Cost: $47 per attendee, more info online

Tuesday, March 14

Eric Church

  • What: Eric Church is one of the biggest country acts in the world, with multiple chart-toppers and Country Music Academy Awards. Currently on the Holdin’ My Own Tour, Church recently made headlines by cancelling over 25,000 secondary market ticket orders and releasing them back to the public.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: March 14 at 8 pm
  • Cost: Online, $45-$89

Polish Canadian Art Fusion Exhibition

  • What: The Polonez Tri-City Polish Association presents the 4th Annual Polish Canadian Art Fusion Exhibition. The exhibit will showcase artwork created by Polish artists from BC. Each style of painting is unique, and together the artwork is a representation of diversity, individuality and culture.
  • Where: Galeria – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • When: March 14 to 23, Grand Opening on March 19
  • Cost: Free

DDPP feat. DJ Ginger Snap

  • What: If you’re a woman who likes to shake it to pop music like you’re at a tween slumber party, then this is the event for you! Dance Dance Party Party is a fun-focused, female only, free-form dance “class”. Official rules: no booze, no boys, no judgment.
  • Where: Mount Pleasant Community Centre – 1 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • When: March 14 from 8:15 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: $7, at the main desk

Pi Day 2017 at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

  • What: A celebration of math and Pi, with pie! Pi Day features special presentations, a Pi recitation contest, and math activities from the UBC Math Department and Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences Plus grab a number and join the Pi Parade led by a Pied Piper to enjoy a complimentary slice of pie.
  • Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 14 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: All activities included in regular admission

Vancouver Giant’s Don Cherry Night


Image: Giants dressed in Don Cherry-style Jerseys. (Photo courtesy of Vancouver Giants)

  • What: The Vancouver Giants will suit up for a special cause when they hit the ice against the Victoria Royals at the Langley Events Centre. The team is partnering with hockey icon Don Cherry, his family and the Kidney Foundation of Canada for Don Cherry Night. The Giants will wear Cherry-style jerseys for the game, as part of a national effort to increase both awareness and organ transplant rates by 50% over five years.
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 St, Langley
  • When: March 14 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $19.50-$40

Musical Improv Mixer

  • What: Musical improvisers new and old come together and celebrate musical theatre in spontaneous form in front of an audience. This show will be hosted by Jennifer Pielak with accompaniment/music direction by Evan Thompson (guitar), Peter Abando (keys) and Byron Abando (drums).
  • Where: Kino Cafe – 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 14 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free for players, pay what you can for audience

Vancouver Launch for Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides

  • What: BookThug invites you to celebrate the Vancouver launch of Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides. Deep Salt Water is a stirring memoir about loss and abortion, expressed through the layering of imagery from the ocean. With special guest Adrienne Gruber, author of Buoyancy Control. Hosted by Sean Cranbury.
  • Where: The Paper Hound Bookshop – 344 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 14 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free

Wednesday, March 15

Vancouver Writers Fest and Vancouver Public Library present: Incite

  • What: Hear from three celebrated non-fiction authors including Kevin Donovan, The Toronto Star’s award-winning journalist, whose new book, Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation, has been called “a high point in the history of modern Canadian journalism.”
  • Where: VPL Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When:  March 15 at 7:30 pm
  • Registration: Online

East Side Beer Fest

  • What: Liberty Merchant Company presents the 5th Annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event. This Liberty-sponsored event is in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. East Side Beer Fest features craft beers from all over the world and gift card prizes from La Mezcaleria and Merchants Workshop, with all proceeds from ticket sales and draw prizes directly supporting the GVFBS.
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 15 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: $24.99 plus a non-perishable food donation to the GVFBS. Available at all Liberty Wine Merchants locations

Ladies Against Humanity

Ladies Against Humanity

Image: The Fictionals / Facebook

  • What: The Fictionals’ annual Ladies Against Humanity. Some of the funniest women from around Vancouver bring Cards Against Humanity to life, give out prizes, and crown the next Most Horrible Person in Vancouver. Will it be you?
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: March 15 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Project Love

  • What: Project LOVE is a wholehearted, interactive workshop that confronts the areas of your life that are lacking appreciation or are no longer serving you. Come make a declaration to Self-Love/Love-for-All with the help from Wendy Williams-Watt, Kelsey Grant and Therés Amee.
  • Where: The Beaumont Studios – 316 & 326 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: March 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $40-45

Chris Botti in Concert with the VSO

  • What: Chris Botti is a Billboard chart-topper and Grammy Award-winning talent. He has performed with artists ranging from Sting to Andrea Bocelli, and his live performances are noted for their sophisticated arrangements, virtuosity and variety.
  • Where: Orpheum – 884 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 15 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $27-$95

Coastal Connection Vancouver 8 – Knowledge to Action

  • What: Coastal Connection Vancouver is an initiative that unites professionals involved with research, assessment, management, and conservation of marine and freshwater environments. The theme is ‘Knowledge to Action’, where attendees will hear from speakers that use science-based decision-making in their jobs to effect change.
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $7

What a Young Wife Ought to Know

What a Young Wife Ought to Know

Image: What a Young Wife Ought to Know

  • What: Set in 1920s Ottawa, Hannah Moscovitch’s What a Young Wife Ought to Know tells the story of Sophie, a young working-class wife who has a lot to learn about love, sex and birth control. This play is both a vital examination of important women’s issues, and a love story that resonates with all audiences.
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: March 15 to 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $29-$38

Thursday, March 16

The Internet Presents The Internet Tour

  • What: The Internet began as two people – Syd and Matt. Syd taught herself how to record, engineer, and produce at age 15. She also sings, imbuing every song with a sultry, mellifluous, quiet power. Matt produces and plays synths. She’s now 23; he’s now 26. Like all post-modern relationships, the duo initially met on Myspace in 2008, only to meet in-person three years later.
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When:  March 16 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $26.50

St. Patricks Day Eve Party

The Blarney Stone in Gastown (The Blarney Stone/Facebook)

Image: The Blarney Stone

  • What: Be the first person at The Blarney Stone on St Patricks Day. Party includes a balloon drop at midnight, as well as live music by The Loaded Stones, and DJ Zeus.
  • Where: The Blarney Stone – 216 Carrall St, Vancouver
  • When: March 16 at 10 pm
  • More Info: Online

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
  • Cost: Free

Program 2 – Ballet BC

  • What: Ballet BC’s Program 2 features local choreographers, gathering together Canadian talent to celebrate our country’s 150th birthday. Company 605, Wen Wei Dance and Lesley Telford all presenting new works, along with Crystal Pite’s critically-acclaimed Solo Echo getting a remount.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 16 to 18
  • Register: Online, $22-$92

Emerging Artists: Inspired by material and process

  • What: An exhibition of works based in metal, ceramic and textile by emerging artists Jade Beck, Janet Harrison, Emily May, Laura Meyers and Christina Shimek, presented by the Craft Council of BC.
  • Where: Craft Council of British Columbia – 1386 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now to March 16, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm daily
  • Cost: Free

After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium


Image: Seahorses / Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Vancouver Aquarium’s taking its animal education to the next level on March 16 with its next After Hours. The adults-only event will feature exhibits that teach guests about the sex lives of animals. The intimate affair offers cocktails, beer, and wine for purchase while everyone enjoys a number of special experiences.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • When: March 16 from 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Price: Online, $23 for members and $31 for non-members,

Celebrate the new season with Starbucks’ Spring Cups

  • What: Joining a family of seasonal cups including the classic red cups which mark the onset of the Christmas/winter season, as well as the more recently introduced summer and autumn cups, these new, pastel-hued visual cues will help welcome the new season. Spring cups will be available in participating stores for just a few days starting next week, March 16.
  • Where: Participating Starbucks around Vancouver
  • When: Starting March 16

Friday, March 17



  • What: Daya is a breakout musician who is driving pop music down a different path. Her first single “Hide Away” is platinum-certified, and has had more than 205 million streams on Spotify. Her voice is also recognizable through The Chainsmokers’ hit single “Don’t Let Me Down” which was a #1 hit last year. 
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Vancouver Web Fest 2017

  • What: Vancouver Web Fest shines a spotlight on Internet-created programming. Over 60 web series from 27 countries will be featured, and industry experts will share their experience across distribution, marketing, and new technologies. There will be a St. Patrick’s Day launch party on Friday, a Game Show and Karaoke night on Saturday, and an Awards Ceremony and Gala on Sunday.
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC
  • When: March 17 to 19
  • Tickets: Online, $1o-$150

Paddy Waggin’s St Paddy’s Day Party

  • What: Paddy Waggin’ is a traditional Irish/Canadian folk rock band hailing from Vancouver. Rooted in traditional Irish folk but with rock/punk influences, they play originals and traditional Irish, plus cover songs from newer Celtic groups. Paddy Waggin’ plays Falconetti’s East Side Grill for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Where: Falconetti’s East Side Grill – 1812 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 9 pm
  • Cost: Free

Leprechaun Toonie Skate

  • What: Ice skating, face painting, magical crafts and a pot of gold games.
  • Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: March 17 from 2:30 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: $2, free for children three years and under. Skates and helmet included.

Peppa Pig Meet & Greet

  • What: Peppa Pig is a British preschool animated television series about a loveable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favourite things include playing games, dressing up, days out and jumping in muddy puddles. Little ones are invited to meet Peppa in Capilano Mall’s Grand Court
  • Where: Surrey Arts Centre Theatre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: March 17 from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Tickets: $2, more info online

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: $10 cover charge after 7 pm, free before

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports League’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Irish-themed improv all night long, with Lucky Charm Leprechauns roving the Theatre bringing hilarity and a chance to win a pot o’ gold to all they encounter. VTSL will hold a 50-50 draw at each show, while over in Poet’s Corner, Celtic Colleen will improvise custom limericks tailored to each guest.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:15 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$23.50
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